Newly Renovated One Bedroom Gites On A Traditional French Vineyard
Steve and Rob
About Steve and Rob
Rob and Steve have been involved with hospitality, travel and tourism and retail all of their working careers, so they appreciate client needs and strive to give the highest levels of customer service and quality. One of their latest challenges was being part of a team responsible for bringing a large hotel with no stars up to 4 star status and achieving two rosettes for one of its restaurants in the process. Their individual and joint skills come to life when greeting guests and visitors to ensure that their expectations are not just met but surpassed in a comfortable, friendly and approachable ambiance. Having lived and worked in other countries previously, they are accustomed to embracing different cultures and customs and are in their element when exploring new and exciting places to discover or sampling foods and drinks native to the region they are living. You will find their exuberance in passing on this information both valuable and interesting - particularly over a glass or two of their own produced wine.
Steve and Rob purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Steve and Rob chose Puisseguin
"We finally visited this area of France after friends recommended it to us. We instantly fell in love with the beauty, the quiet pace of life and of course - the wine! When searching for a property that we could call home and develop into a business venture we stumbled across Clos Vieux Rochers - an unloved small vineyard with a courtyard surrounded by an ensemble of derelict and poorly maintained buildings. Nestled in the rolling hills at the heart of the vineyards of Bordeaux we are only a short drive to St Emilion. We have incredible views with easy accessibility, the perfect location for our dream home and an idyllic base to explore the region and for our guests to enjoy our property and grounds - including our adjoining woods and valley (perfect tranquility and inspiration for painters, readers and writers). What may have made others make a hasty retreat, sparked our vision and imagination - we saw the potential of what this hidden gem could become. We have already renovated the derelict owners house, and adjoining visitor/guest tasting room and shop." The old farmhouse, which was added to during its long history, has now been renovated to form four beautiful one bedroom gites, each totally independent and individual whilst offering all the modern conveniences expected of todays travellers. This dream project continues to unfold and will do so over the coming years in the replanting and development of the vineyard, facilities and cellars.
What makes this Cottage unique
Visiting Clos Vieux Rochers offers its guest the opportunity to experience the day to day life of a fully working vineyard. As the seasons change so also can your experience. Rob and Steve live and work at the property so are always at hand to answer questions about the wine making process and if you are fortunate, maybe even a guided tour of the vineyard and cellars. They are happy for guests to explore the property with its adjoining valley and woodland enabling them to absorb the beauty of their surroundings.
A +++++++! Incredible
It's hard to know where to begin, but I will start off with the Biggest THANK YOU I can say! My wife and I stayed with Rob and Steve for a week and we could not have asked for more! The moment we arrived, we knew we made the correct choice to stay at Clos Vieux Rochers! The property is beautiful, the hospitality is even better, and the wine that these two make, is world class! Our home for the week was spotless and had every amenity we could ask for! We had homemade breakfast every morning which is fantastic, I highly recommend it! From the food, the late night chats under the stars, and the wine(of course), we both can't wait to come back for sure!
I personally cannot thank you both enough for assisting me when I came down with a cold!
A first class operation that deserves 5 Stars, no doubt!
We look forward to returning and bringing friends to experience a truly wonderful slice of heaven in Monbadon!
Dayne and Krista
Very welcoming, expert advise, amazing wine, beautiful, crisp white linen & towels. Breakfast presentation, variety & service with more than enough per person. Would recommend without any hesitation. Seen on t.v. but everything was well beyond our expectations. Steve and Rob could not do enough for us. Everything they suggested was top-notch. From visits to restaurants to wine tasting. Bed sheets smell beautiful. Would most definitely recommend & return to this 5 star accommodation. Thank you, Steve & Rob for making this holiday so enjoyable for us.
Mario and Frances were a joy to host at our property and showed a real interest in what we have done to renovate the vineyard and buildings. It was a pleasure to see their enthusiasm and contentment while staying with us and we would not hesitate to recommend them to other hosts. We would be pleased to welcome them again in the future for another visit.
The World Heritage Site of St Emilion town, famous for its fine wines, historic monuments, beautiful buildings and sparkling café/restaurant culture is only 12,5km away.
Many vineyards and Chateaux open throughout the year and welcome visitors for wine tastings and tours.
Puisseguin is the mayoral village to Lafon and enjoys fetes throughout the summer months. It is surrounded by vineyards from the appellation areas of St Emilion Grand Crus and Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux. Facilities include a lovely bar/bistro, supermarket, butchers, chemists, as well as, postal and bakery facilities within the supermarket.
Marked in history as the town that the English lost Aquitaine to the French after 300 years of rule, Castillon la Bataille sits on the River Dordogne only 11km away. Commemorated each weekend annually throughout July and August with a spectacular battle recreation, local wine tasting from the region, restaurants and local craft producers.
The town also hosts a bustling market every Monday throughout the year. Come early as it starts to close at lunch time!
Other towns and villages host markets throughout the year:
Puisseguin 2.7km Wednesday
St Seurin Sur L'Isle 11km Sunday
Many local towns and villages celebrate each weekend throughout July and August with Night Markets - a chance to eat, drink and socialise the French way! A really friendly and affordable way to feel part of and embrace the French culture of this part of France.
The Lac de Gurson is a beautifully tranquil recreational spot for all the family to enjoy. A man made lake with sandy beach, swimming zone, picnic and BBQ areas in the woods, fishing, lakeside walks, café/restaurant, canoeing, BMX courses, childrens play area, toilets/ changing facilities and free parking.