Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Chateau de Sours is situated high up on a commanding limestone plateau just to the southwest of Libourne and Pomerol, and facing St Emilion. Producing the finest wines for over 200 years, our current winemakers continue to blend the traditional rigour and craftsmanship of the region with a modern creative approach that produces some of Bordeaux's best red and white wines, as well as leading a renewed interest in top class rose.

Le Studio de Chateau de Sours is new to the rental market in Autumn 2012. All bookings at our two guest properties (offer applicable to minimum one week stays) will receive a free tour of our winemaking facilities, ideal for wine enthusiasts. See this link from one of our satisfied guests who came to stay recently (copy and paste into browser): http://flowerona.com/2012/10/staying-at-chateau-de-sours-in-southwest-france-this-autumn/

There is the possibility of taking both guest properties at the chateau (l'Ecurie and the Studio), which also sleeps five, to make it a perfect holiday for two families or a larger group of adults. White bedlinen, and fluffy white towels and bathrobes, provided as inclusive in the rental price.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Arcachon or Lacanau 50 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bordeaux Merignac 25 km, Nearest railway: Bordeaux Gare St Jean 23 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The Studio has been recently and sympathetically converted from the old chateau stables to offer the best of Bordeaux to visitors...a spacious and airy living area and a well-equipped kitchen/dining area, and very comfortable bedrooms and modern bathrooms.

The terrace has views over the chateau's vines as well as our potager, from where you are welcome to help yourselves to whatever is in season to cook up a storm for dinner. There is a central stylish living area with two comfortable sofas, two large footstools, coffee table, triple aspect views including glazed double doors opening out onto the courtyard. The kitchen is fabulously equipped and located off the living area with a large farmhouse table that easily seats six to eight people or more. There are large double glazed doors that lead from the kitchen straight out onto the terrace, where you will find a table, chairs, parasol and a barbeque, and also lovely views towards our potager. The double bedroom and ensuite shower room leads off the entrance hall downstairs, whereas the triple bedroom with three single beds and adjacent shower room are found up the stairs on the first floor. The double bedroom has views over the vines and our newly planted orchard, whereas the triple room looks out over the chateau's courtyard. Bathrooms have fluffy white towels, bathrobes and bathmats. There is a TV with international satellite channels and a DVD player with a small library of titles. In the courtyard you will find table tennis, balls and bats. We have three bicycles which you are welcome to use at no cost to explore the local area, on a first come first served basis. We can offer tastings of the estate wines (at a per head extra cost). We also offer the option of a fridge-stocking service before your arrival (at extra cost) which takes the strain off you a little after a long journey. We are child-friendly and can provide a cot, high chair and toys on request.

Further details outdoors

The Studio at Chateau de Sours is a luxury property, guaranteed spotlessly clean, yet with many of the facilities and chic decor of a boutique hotel. The property has an authentic French feel about it, and hospitality at Chateau de Sours comes with the same warmth and care that characterizes our approach to winemaking. A stay at the chateau puts you right at the heart of the region's history, culture and cuisine, as well as the enchanting castles and villages surrounding the property.

Only 15 minutes from St Emilion, 30 minutes from Bordeaux, 60 minutes from the Bassin d'Arcachon or the world-famous surf spots of the French Atlantic coast such as Lacanau, and 60 minutes from the Dordogne and Bergerac, the Studio at Chateau de Sours is the perfect base to explore all that the region has to offer. Local markets with wonderful local produce abound: Wednesdays at Creon (5kms), Thursday and Saturday at Branne (8kms), Wednesday and Sunday at St Emilion, Monday, Friday and Sunday at Libourne. You will not go hungry! There is also a local 8-8 type shop, boulangerie and also a take-away pizza service only 2 minutes drive away, or 5 minutes by bicycle.

Further details

This property is no smoking.

Changeover day is Friday. However, we also offer short lets of 3 nights+ in Mid and Low Seasons.

Fridge stocking service available prior to your arrival at cost.

Bed linen and towels included in rental cost.

Deposit €500, refunded two weeks after departure date providing there are no breakages, damage or extra cleaning required.

The Aquitaine region

Chateau de Sours stands in the heart of the Bordeaux region with its rich and fascinating history, wildly romantic castles and bastide towns, natural beauty, and thriving cultural life. Among the many attractions of the local area are the legendary beautiful towers and Roman remains of St Emilion, where the first vines were planted in Bordeaux; the prehistoric caves of Lesault, where the world was stunned by the discovery of the Cro Magnon cave paintings; and the galleries and museums of Bordeaux itself. The forests and rivers of the surrounding region are ideal for hiking, canoeing, riding, hunting and fishing, all of which can be organised from the Chateau, as well as no less than seven 18-hole championship golf courses within an hour's drive for the golf enthusiast.

St Quentin de Baron

St Quentin de Baron is a small traditional village in the Entre Deux Mers region of Bordeaux. It has a population of 1,300, and is situated 23kms east of Bordeaux, near to the Dordogne river. On big spring tides, the phenomenon of the Mascaret, a tidal bore on the Dordogne river, can be observed at St Pardon (about 15 minutes drive) which attracts surfers and crowds from around the world.

There are local markets in the surrounding towns and villages almost every day of the week, where a vast array of fresh local produce is on offer, including vegetables, cheeses, flowers and meat.

There is a very well-run riding stables within 4kms of the property with horses catering for all ages and abilities. There is both extensive and beautiful hacking on offer here, and also manege-based riding lessons.

At Creon (5kms) you will find the Piste Cyclable Roger Leypebie, a resurfaced disused railway line now intended for recreational cyclists. Some of the old railway stations have been converted into cafes where you can stop for a light lunch. It is possible to cycle almost all the way to Bordeaux in one direction, and as far as the beginning of the Dordogne region (Sauveterre-en-Guyenne) in the other....a total length of some 55kms. A fantastic facility to have so close by for bicycling enthusiasts. There is also a bicycle rental station at Creon, where small trailers can also be hired which attach to your bike to take your small children with you without tears!

Within 15 minutes' drive you will find St Emilion with all it has to offer to the wine and culture enthusiasts. Fabulous restaurants, beautiful old churches and buildings are here to discover, wine tastings and tours can be organised by the Office de Tourisme...here, the wine world becomes your oyster. It is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, and rightly so.

Golf can be played at Chateau Vigiers, a championship course where one can pay a daily green fee (about 30 minutes' drive). There is also a lovely brasserie here, as well as an outdoor swimming pool...great for the kids.

Canoe rental: possible at Ste-Foy-le-Grande on the Dordogne river, about 30 minutes' drive.

Bordeaux: 23kms drive from us, a city waiting to be explored and discovered. Vibrant by day and by night. Fabulous restaurants. Great shopping. Sparkling nightlife. Opera and ballet at le Grand Theatre. Cookery school at le Chapon Fin. Vinotherapie spa at Les Sources de Caudalie, Chateau Smith Haute-Lafitte, 23kms southeast of Bordeaux.

Bassin d'Arcachon: about 60 minutes' drive.

Surfing at Lacanau: world-class. About 60 minutes' drive.