Large 2 bed cottage (king & 2 twins) with private terrace overlooking the vines
- English, French
About Andrew Okell
We are English, we moved to France in 2003 & we run the properties for a living. I have a keen interest in history & wine which we decided to combine into providing wine tours. My partner is a foodie who loves to cook, hence the catering. The cottages are built into a 18th century wine making barn. We designed them ourselves calling them Vines & Roses & we used only local craftsmen for the building & furnishings. We hope to offer a stress free holiday with almost anything you could want including baby sitting, cleaning & transport. As a result we now have many guests who return again & again. Our full day escorted wine tour had been a fantastic success. The French language was been a challenge until we decided to relax & admit that we would always sound like the policeman from “Allo Allo”.
Andrew Okell purchased this Cottage in 2004
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Andy is an excellent host. Very pleasant stay.
A place to do your own thing, relax or go for it
Andy's place is one of those you candidly do not want to review, not that our stay for the second time was not great but if you tell everybody next time we want to stay it will be fully booked. If you want a clean, comfortable place to stay with a great host try Vines and Roses, you can just chill out or you can get out and about and see the sites. We spent most of the week this time and the last out on our bikes, but all the places you may wish to visit are not that far away by car, but take the back lanes at least once and take in the views. We will be back, its only one of four properties we have ever returned to in France and we have rented up to eight in a year over the last ten years.
Lovely place in a beautiful area
A most attractive little place attached to a pretty, small château. Very nicely done inside, the kitchen was for us a major benefit, being very well-equipped, allowing us to take full advantage of the wonderful fresh produce available at the local markets (& supermarkets). The rest of the interior was very comfortable, & gives the impression that the owner has taken an unusual amount of care in his choice of furniture & decoration. Great water pressure means shower & bath unusually (again!) good. The outside seating area, with both upright chairs & chaises longues, & a table, is perfect for lunches (as well as breakfast & dinner, I'm sure, during warmer months), with pretty flowers & shrubs, & easy access to the small pool. Proximity to beautiful St. Emilion is a major asset, as well as ease of access to Bordeaux, which is well worth a day-trip, as long as you avoid attempting to shop at the terrible Quai des Marques. Andy is a generous host, & there are some nice touches, such as his providing a very good 3-course dinner on arrival, plus a decent bottle of wine; he is extremely knowledgeable about the area, having operated there for a long long time. Overall, I'd strongly recommend Lavender as well as Andy's other cottages.
très bon séjour
Nous avons passé un bon séjour, le gîte est très agréable, bien situé pour profiter des visites de la région et Saint Émilion…
Le propriétaire très gentil, très bons échanges
séjour agréable au milieu des vignes
Gîte très agréable et bien équipé au milieu des vignes, tout proche de Saint-Emilion. Bon accueil du propriétaire Andrew qui nous a offert une bouteille de vin à notre arrivée. Nous y retournerons !
THE AREA - The beautiful local villages of Puisseguin, Lussac, Montagne have boulangerie, small supermarkets, banks, chemists and 3 bar/restaurants. The local towns of Libourne and Castillion la Bataille have street markets Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and all the usual large hypermarkets. Bordeaux had an antiques market every Sunday. The medieval gem of St Emilion has a multitude of restaurants and wine tasting ranging from world class to casual dining. In addition, there are. daily wine tours & guided tours of its 12th century underground cathedral and catacombs
THE COAST/BEACH - Villefranche-de-Lonchat (13 km) is a pretty village with a lake-side beach complex. In addition the “silver coast” at Arcachon is 100 km away with its beaches, oyster beds, water park and Europe's largest sand dunes at Pyla.
TRAVEL - A car is essential but we do airport pickups. There flights into Bordeaux and Bergerac from Gatwick, Bristol, East Midlands, Liverpool, Birmingham, London Stanstead, Luton, Manchester, Dublin, Southampton and Edinburgh. Airlines are Ryanair, BA, BMI Baby, Air France, Air Lingus, Easyje an Flybe. Bordeaux and Libourne have trains from Paris (2 hours) or via Eurostar from London (6.5 hours).