Le Priolet Guideline

Contact Info

In general, email is the best way to reach any of the people below if you need anything, but feel free to call if it’s time sensitive or an emergency. They all speak perfect English (or are English) so there’s never any language problems.

Caretaker: Nicole Peyrouche

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Mobile:+33 (0)7 85 00 82 981

Home: +33 (0)5 57 47 42 65

Nicole is your point person if you need anything; you’ll find her very accommodating and lovely! She will meet you at the house with keys and show you around. Make sure she shows you how the heating and hot water program works, dishwasher, washer and dryer and coffee machine. In general, old keys need to be turned twice to the right to open doors & gate.

Catering: Peter & Mary Tucker

Email:[email protected]

Mobile:+33 (0)6 26 07 68 14

Peter & Mary are former restaurant owners in the UK and now work as chefs/ caterers at a number of local châteaux. With some notice and schedule permitting, they can organize a meal(s) for you. Speak directly to Peter & Mary about cost and requirements.

Local Winemaker: Claire Poncet

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: +33 (0)6 50 72 79 64

Claire has a family vineyard – Chateau Font Vidal – just up the hill from the house. For only 5 euros pp, you can tour her chateau & vineyard and have a tasting.

She also sells other local wines and sparklers in addition to her own. According to some guests, this is a MUST-DO!

Claire is also available to arrange wine tours in the area (for a small fee), including an entire day: two tours + a picnic at Font Vidal.

–A note about dialing numbers in France – If calling a French number from a US cell phone, press and hold the 0 until a “+” appears, then dial 33 and the rest of the number, omitting the (0). (e.g. to call Nicole from a US cell phone, dial: +33 7 85 00 82 98). If calling from a US landline, dial 011 then 33 and the rest of the number, omitting the (0). If calling from a French phone, omit the +33 and just dial 0 plus the number (e.g. calling Nicole from the house, dial: 07 85 00 82 98). This is why the (0) is always in parentheses.

Check In/Out/Cleaning

Check In time: 5pm or later (unless previously agreed upon)

Check out time: 10am. (Our cleaners need ample time to prep for new guests).

Cleaning fee: 200 euros. When you leave, please pay Nicole or we can also take this fee out of your deposit, whichever is easier.

Please leave the house in good condition, i.e. dishes done, dirty towels on floor in bathroom. The cleaning fee just covers the change-over which includes new bed linens, sweeping etc., but it is not a maid service. Thanks for your understanding.

If you happen to break something, please let Nicole know when you leave. Sometimes these things happen; its much better to know about it than wonder and try to hunt you down after you’ve left.

Directions from Bordeaux Airport

  • Follow signs to Bordeaux – Rocade (Rocade is the ring highway around Bordeaux).
  • Enter Rocade in the direction: Paris & Libourne
  • Follow the Rocade to the Pont D’Aquitaine bridge towards Paris and take exit #1 toward Libourne & Lyon N230
  • Then soon after take Exit #26 towards Libourne E70. Turn left at the end of the ramp and you’ll be on the E70 going towards Libourne, St. Emilion and Castillon-La-Bataille
  • Exit Rte 670 towards Castillon and turn right following signs to Castillon. You’ll pass signs to St.
  • Once you enter Castillon take 2nd light and go right into town. Go to the end of the street and turn right again and head over bridge.
  • Take the 1st left immediately over the bridge. You will be traveling alongside the Dordogne After approx 4km, you will reach the village of Flaujagues. Go straight through the village. We are the 4th driveway on the left – look for an ivy covered tree stump with the name Le Priolet on it. It stands about 8 feet tall.

Caution: there are speed cameras everywhere particularly on the Rocade around Bordeaux and in small towns. They will photograph your license plate if you are speeding and send the rental car the ticket and you’ll be charged.

How Things Work in the House

Internet

In the French countryside, internet infrastructure is poor. We’ve had to resort to a 4G cellular internet connection. (Essentially, a high-powered wifi hotspot). The 4G router is positioned in the kitchen window for optimal reception. LePriolet4G wifi signal appears in the kitchen, living room and upstairs bedroom (password: ilovewine (all lower case). It doesn’t penetrate the stone walls to get to the other end of the house (Den & Loft room). Performance is mediocre, but good enough for email and web browsing. (You’re supposed to be unplugging anyway, remember)? If you need better wifi for work, we suggest going to Chai Pascal in St. Emilion. They have excellent wifi (and lovely food & wine).

Music

There’s a bluetooth speaker underneath the FLOS silver modern light in the corner of the living room. Make sure the speaker is on (it goes to sleep after a period of non-use) and “bt” is displayed at the bottom of the face of the speaker. (The power button is on the top left edge. If “bt” is not displayed, press the Source button next to the power button until it is). To pair your device (phone or laptop), press the “play” button to the right of the source button. (The word “pairing” is written next to it). Philips BTM2460 should appear in your list of available bluetooth devices to pair with. Once paired, you can play anything from your device or a streaming service like Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud or TuneIn (radio).

The speaker can also play CD’s – there are some in the small armoire. Games, puzzles and binoculars are located in the same armoire.

TV

TV service is a UK satellite package. Turn on the TV using the power button on the silver Toshiba remote. Then, turn on the black satellite box w/ the black Humax remote. When the satellite box displays a channel (e.g. 101), you’ll know it’s on. Then simply use P+ up and P- down to change channels only on the Humax remote. (If you’re trying to watch TV and you see “No Signal”, it’s probably because the Humax cable box isn’t powered on, or someone left the source set for HDMI 3. Switch it back to HDMI 2 – see below).

If you want to attach a laptop to the TV (to display content on your laptop on the TV), there is an additional HDMI cable attached to the TV. Using the silver Toshiba remote, press the Input button (top right corner) to display the input options, and select HDMI 3 using the up/down arrows on the remote. Switch back to HDMI 2 to watch cable TV.

Kitchen

  • Stove & Oven – push in and turn the appropriate burner knob at the same time as you press the sparking button on the left most face of the stove. It’s good to keep the gas held in for a few seconds to make sure it stays
  • 1-10 for oven temp translates to: 1=160C, 2=165C, 3=180C, 4=195C, 5=210C, 6=225C, 7=240C, 8=255C, 9=270C, and 10=285C.
  • Dishwasher: Put packet of finish dishwashing product in the container, make sure door is closed and then turn dial to 55 and push
  • Cleaning stone countertops in kitchen: do not use anything abrasive. Use only soapy water and the soft side of the sponge. Do not use anything with bleach in it so we can keep the stone looking beautiful for
  • N’Espresso coffee machine – insert capsule and press either of the green buttons (small or large shot). For frothed milk, pour milk in the frother to just below the top of the spinning mechanism and press the large button on the outside of the It’s important to wipe out the milk frother right away after use or it will develop a coating of milk calcification and stop working. If you need more coffee, you can either buy N’Espresso capsules, Carte Noir or L’Or Espresso capsules.
  • Kitchen door to terrace by river locks when you push lever up and then turn the lock. The lock works the same in the

Kitchen Loft

Please do not go up in the loft over the kitchen. It’s not terribly safe and is just for private storage. Same is true for the small attic off the rear loft bedroom.

Washer & Dryer

To use dryer simply turn to desired time and press the diagonal button with an I – make sure the door is closed and then push S for start. For the washer, pick desired temperature on dial (60 for hot, 30 for cold), pick spin cycle speed

(400-1000), and put washing liquid (small capful) into the middle drawer on upper right of the machine. Make sure the door is closed (it needs to close harder than you might think), and then press start/pause button to start until you hear the water running. Sometimes you have to press start 2x.

Toilettes

Do not flush anything down the toilet except toilet paper. We have an antique septic system which can easily get blocked or overwhelmed. If it does, please call Nicole ASAP.

Pool

Please leave the snake (cleaner) in the pool, if you take it out it will drain the pool and cause big problems for us and we will have to take this cost out of your deposit. And if you have young children and even if you do not, always keep the gate locked.

Trash

Place all glass bottles in the green bin outside the kitchen door. Place all other recyclables – plastic bottles, cans, cardboard, etc – in the blue bin. For other kitchen trash, use the plastic bags inside the silver trashcan in the kitchen. When it’s full, put the bags in the large, green trash bins outside underneath the covered space by the driveway gate (furthest door to the left near to the driveway gate). Thurs. is trash day, Peter comes by and collects it from bins and recycling outside and puts down by the main road.

Locking the House

PLEASE LOCK UP ENTIRE HOUSE (including shutters) AND THE GATE WHEN YOU

LEAVE. Insurance doesn’t cover items stolen or lost when shutters are open.

Activities

In the 4th drawer in the chest in the kitchen you’ll find a number of brochures, books and maps about the area. Feel free to use them, but please make sure you leave them here for the next guests.

There’s a ping-pong table for your use. If you loose the balls please replace them from the nearby Leclerc.

The River

The Dordogne River in Flaujagues is clean for swimming, kayaking & great for fishing. Fishing poles and oars are in the shed. Please put everything back where you’ve found it. Kayaks are outside gate leading to the river on right. There is a key to the lock on the kayaks that hangs inside the kitchen on the key hook. If you use it, please make sure you put it back. It’s got a little wooden block on it that says canoe.

There’s an old fashioned “guinguette” open in summertime called La Plage (https://www.restaurant-guinguette-la-plage.fr/) that you can bike or kayak to. A Guinguette (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinguette) is an outdoor café, typically adjacent to a river, with food, music and dancing. La Place is located right below the first bridge to Castillion.

Bikes

Bikes are in the shed next to the driveway. They’re fine for a short ride. If you like to ride and want something higher performance, we recommend renting proper bikes from http://www.freewheelingfrance.com/bike-hire-in-france/bike- hire-in-aquitaine.html. You can also rent electric, regular and children’s bikes at Chateau Soutard just outside of St. Emilion. Call to reserve +33 (0)5 57 24 71 41.

Golf

Emilion Golf Club (http://www.segolfclub.com/). Golf Digest rated it in the golf top 10 of France. To make a reservation: +33 (0)5 57 40 88 64 or [email protected]

http://www.vigiers.com/ Grand Chateau and hotel with its own golf course and superb dining. Approx 45 min away.

Riding

Drot Equestrian farm, Bagas,

Tel: +33 (0)5 56 71 49 92 Wine property doubles as an equestrian centre. Riding out and in the manège.

Mustang Adventure in Mongauzy, Tel: 00 33 (0) 6 32 77 10 73

Discover the pleasures of Western riding in the open countryside.

Helpful Links

http://notjustfortheholidays.blogspot.com.au/ local blog about events & happenings in the area

http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk/ St. Emilion tourism office to book tours both wine and discovery tours of the underground (“monolithic”) church This is the only way you can see it and it is highly recommended!

http://www.bordeaux-tourism.co.uk/Discover-Bordeaux/Must-See Bordeaux Tourism office – more bookings available here for outings and wine tastings for goings on in the area to http://www.eterritoire.fr/ & type in 33350 for the Post Code

Restaurants

Most restaurants in France, except the most casual ones, want you to make a reservation. You should call to reserve, even if only an hour or two before you go. Don’t be intimidated by calling and making a reservation. If you don’t speak workable French, just start with, “Bonjour Monsieur/Madame, parlez-vous Anglais?” Most will speak English or at least enough to take your reservation. If you’re having difficulty, ask Nicole for help.

Reservations for some restaurants in Bordeaux and St. Emilion (and elsewhere) can also be made online using: https://www.lafourchette.com/ville/bordeaux/60566 https://www.thefork.com/restaurant+saint-emilion

Le Fooding is also a great restaurant resource, focused on restaurants in the larger cities and towns.

https://lefooding.com/en

Lunch hours – 12pm-2pm (or 1:30pm) – are strictly observed in the countryside (and throughout France). If you pull into a restaurant looking for lunch at 1:55pm, you’ll probably be out of luck. Also, restaurants can be closed on days you don’t expect (e.g. Tues & Wed). So its always best to verify the restaurant’s hours before you get your heart set on going.

Most restaurants will have a Plat du Jour, a less expensive option than ordering a la carte from the menu. Usually, you’ll have the option of a Plat du Jour consisting of “entrée + plat” (entrée=appetizer), “plat + dessert”, or “entrée + plat + dessert”. There’s always the opportunity for a cheese course (always after dinner) instead of or in addition to dessert. The cheese in France is the best in the world. Most restaurants will also have a Carafe of wine option – an inexpensive local wine. This is a great option, especially for lunch.

We’ve listed some restaurants we enjoy below. All are good; you won’t get a bad meal at any of them. The bold type restaurants are ones we highly recommend, either because they’re exceptional quality and/or a memorable experience.

Local Restaurants

Le P’tit Flaujaguais

+33 (0)5 57 41 55 86

A small, decent restaurant in our village of Flaujagues. Their lunch is like so many of the local restaurants – only 12-15 euros for a 3-course meal. No need to reserve and you can walk from the house. (Note: this restaurant has changed hands recently, and we haven’t had a chance to go since the new owners took over).

La Taverne du Belvedere

1 Cote de la Tourbelle, Juillac 33890

+33 (0)5.24.24.75.92

We are quite excited about the new place La Taverne du Belvedere just up the hill with a beautiful view. It’s wonderful, relaxed place to go for sunset. They serve beer, wine and French tapas & charcuterie plates in a charming brocante-like setting. Closed Monday & Tuesday

Le Caffe Cuisine

7 et 9 place du Marché, Branne, 33420

+33 (0)8 99 23 06 77

Le Café Cuisine near the bridge in Branne is excellent for lunch or dinner. (Listed in the Michelin Guide). You absolutely cannot go wrong here. Inside or outside terrace is lovely. Closed Monday, and closed Sunday for dinner.

Au Four de la Rive

66bis avenue de la Dordogne, Mouliets-Et-Villemartin, 33350

+33 (0)7 80 31 66 33

On the river road on the way to Castillon, a lovely setting and good food – pizza & small plates – English Sunday Roast at lunchtime on Sundays.

La Taverne du Pélican

20 Allée de la République, Castillon-la-Bataille, 33350

+33 (0)5 40 20 05 67

Casual spot in Castillon for lunch or dinner. No need for reservations.

Most of the other restaurants in Castillon aren’t great. You can stop at Les Pyrennes for a salad if you are in town, but its not more than just ok.

Le Relais de Gascogne

3 Peyrouquet, 33330 Saint-Pey-d’Armen

+33 (0)5 57 47 15 02 (no need to reserve, but closed Sundays)

St. Pey D’Armens is the first town as you leave Castillon heading towards Bordeaux. At Le Relais de Gascogne, you can get a good 3-course meal for 15 euros with wine. You’ll often see a bunch of trucks parked outside – the drivers know where to eat well without spending a lot of money. Great people watching here & very relaxed.

Auberge Saint Jean

8, rue du Pont, Saint Jean de Blaignac, 33420

+33 (0)5 57 74 95 50

Auberge Saint Jean is very good with a serious chef – quite fancy for the area. Menus are 42-60 euros pp.

Chez Sylvie

12 place du général De Gaulle, 33350 Pujols

+33 (0)5 57 40 50 10

Chez Sylvie is good for lunch in Pujols, with simple homemade food.

L’Ardoise

3 Route du Périgord, 24230 Saint-Seurin-de-Prats

+33 (0)5 53 58 80 16

Nice spot for lunch or dinner. A little bright lighting-wise for my taste, but you get that all over France. Closed Tues & Wed

L’Atelier 115

115 Avenue Du Docteur Nancel Penard, 33600 Pessac

+33 (0)5 56 45 27 57

Lovely spot for lunch or dinner. Open Wed-Fr for lunch & dinner, Sat for dinner only, Mon & Tues for lunch only, and closed Sun.

Le Gensaké

7 allée de la Republique, Gensac, 33890

+33 (0)5 57 47 41 04

Le Gensaké in Gensac is a little place for a quick bite for lunch or dinner with simple offerings and a menu du jour as well as fish and chips on Fridays even though madame is French.

Château de Sanse

1 Lieu Dit Sanse, Sainte Radegonde 33350

+33 (0)5 57 56 41 10

Also near Gensac is the Château de Sanse – sadly the décor just missed as it could be a beautiful Chateau if done right. I hear the new chef is quite good but haven’t tried it recently.

Restaurants in St. Emilion, Pomerol and Adjacent Areas

Chai Pascal

37 rue Guadet, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 52 45

Chai Pascal is wonderful on a Sunday or on off hours, or if you need wi-fi for working and a light meal or snack. Excellent wines. No need to reserve.

La Terrace Rouge

1 Château la Dominique, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 47 05

New and hip, recently re-designed by Jean Nouvel, Terrace Rouge is an excellent restaurant at the Chateau Le Dominique vineyard. Try to sit outside in summer during daylight hours. Excellent steak & caviar from the Aquitaine.

Open everyday for lunch and dinner.

L’Huiterie Pie

11 rue de la Porte Bouqueyre, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 69 71

Outstanding food and both indoor & outdoor seating. It’s down the hill at the bottom of town.

Les Belles Perdrix (Chateau Troplong)

Château Troplong, Mondot, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 55 32 05

Stunning terrace and superb food at Chateau Troplong just outside of St. Emilion. They have a Michelin star. This is our new favorite places for special occasions.

50/70 euros and even higher prix fixe meals. (It’s recently been closed for a “renovation”, which makes no sense because it’s stunningly beautiful, but their website says it’s to re-open in the summer of 2020).

Les Giron’Dines

  • Rue des Girondins, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 77 72

Les Giron’Dines is another of our faves, charming terrace, elegant French food with a modern twist. Reservations are a good idea.

L’Envers du Décor

11, rue du Clocher, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 74 48 31

A well known spot in St Emilion, open all year. Lovely terrace in summer and great wine list. Food is not as good as the others listed here but, you won’t be disappointed.

La Table de Plaisance

  • Place Clocher, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 55 07 55

In the posh Hostellerie de Plaisance, this is a 2 Michelin star, formal restaurant in the very center of St. Emilion. Haute cuisine, very expensive.

Le Logis de la Cadene

3 place du Marché au bois, 33330 Saint-Émilion

+33 (0)5 57 24 71 40

Le Logis de la Cadene is traditional French on a very steep street with a beautiful terrace. Also a small hotel.

Café Saigon

21 rue Guadet, Saint-Émilion 33330

+33 (0)9 53 00 00 19

Sometimes you just need something different than French food every day. A nice option for casual Vietnamese.

Le Comptoir de Genès

5 La Croix du Moulin de Louis, 33350 Saint Genès de Castillon

+33 (0)5 57 47 90 03

Le Comptoir de Genès is a cute wine shop/eatery on the way to St. Emilion. Fairly chic but don’t expect fancy food – its a good atmosphere.

L’Atelier de Candale

1, Grandes Plantes, 33330 Saint Laurnet des Combes

+33 (0)5 57 24 15 45

Located at Chateau Candale near St. Emilion, L’Atellier de Candale is a lovely restaurant.

La Table de Catusseau

86 Route de Catusseau, Pomerol 33500

+33 (0)5 57 84 40 40

La Table de Catusseau is on the way to Pommerol from St. Emilion in the tiny town of Catusseau. It’s slightly more formal, but absolutely lovely. We tried it recently and had a lovely meal. Closed Sat lunch, Sunday dinner and Monday.

La Reserve du Presbytère

22 Grand Rue, 33570 Montagne

+33 (0)5 57 79 03 43

La Reserve du Presbytère is north of St. Emilion in the town of Montagne. Closed Tuesday in winter and Wed all year round. Menus begin at 20 and 25 euros pp depending on whether its lunch or dinner. Yet another great spot.

Les Marronniers

30, le Bourg 33570 Montagne

+33 (0)5 57 74 60 42

E-mail : [email protected]

Restaurant and wine bar. Simple, affordable and basic. Nice Terrace.

Restaurants In Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and Adjacent Areas

Cote Bastide

4 rue de l’Abattoir, 33220 Sainte Foy la Grande

+33 (0)5 57 46 14 02

Modern French in St. Foy, very good.

Au Fil de L’Eau

3 Rue de la Rouquette, 33220 Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

+33 (0)5 53 73 83 42

Faces the river. Great choice after visiting the market.

Restaurant Le 8

8 Rue Marceau, 33220 Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

+33 (0)5 57 41 31 49

Is supposed to be good, but have not yet tried

Tan Thanh

52 rue Victor Hugo, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande

+33 (0)5 57 46 04 32

Thai restaurant

Le Bambou

106 rue Victor Hugo, 33220, Sainte Foy-la-Grande

+33 (0)5 57 46 22 67

Vietnamese restaurant

La Guarida de Francesca

Le Bourg, Place de la mairie, 24610 Montpeyroux

+33 (0)5 53 82 68 74

There is a new Spanish restaurant in Montpeyroux called La Guarida that’s supposed to be quite good for a change of pace

Le Pressoir

20 Rue de Montpon, Saint Méard de Gurçon 24610

+33 (0)5.53.80.56.78

Have not yet tried this place but have heard its good. Closed on Tues evenings and all day Wed.

Favorite Restaurants in Bordeaux

Consult our Bordeaux Guide book, Bordeaux Code O1, which is black and located in the armoire in living room.

Michelin guide to Bdx http://bit.ly/21lmxG2

New cool places to check out https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2016/mar/22/bordeaux-restaurants-food-drink-chefs-france-breaks

More suggestions https://theculturetrip.com/europe/france/articles/where-to- eat-in-bordeaux-10-local-restaurants-you-will-love/

Also, walk on the quai near Chartrons (past the skate park) and sit down at one of the restaurants along the river that are located in the Hangars. The best ones are listed here and can be reserved at same link. http://bit.ly/1SEtGLT

La Tupina

7 rue porte de la Monnaie, 33800 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 91 56 37

www.latupina.com/en/

La Tupina is one of the most famous restaurants in BDX, with a very charming look and excellent food. Fairly expensive.

Le Noailles

12 Allées Tourny, 33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 81 94 45

http://lenoailles.fr/

Le Noailles is an classic old Brasserie from the turn of the century near the Grand Theatre

Le Brasserie Bordelaise

50 rue Saint-Rémi 33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 57 87 11 91

https://www.brasserie-bordelaise.fr/

Le Brasserie Bordelaise is a charming brasserie with excellent food & wine.

Le Petit Commerce

22 Rue Parlement Saint-Pierre, 33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 56 79 76 58

Le Petit Commerce is a very cool place with conscious food, specializing in seafood & fish.

Moshi Moshi

8 Place Fernand Lafargue, 33000 Bordeaux

+33 (0)5 57 30 17 78

Good spot for Japanese food.

Other

Something fun & different to do in Libourne is going to Chez Rossi, which is a Guignette. Eat outside (on a nice day) while listening to old-fashioned French music with dancing. Wed – Sun.

https://www.mascaret-chez-rossi.com/

Shopping for Food & Wine

Traditionally, French people in the countryside go to local outdoor markets for their fresh food and produce. These markets are one of the best parts of living in France. The quality is exceptional and most of the vendors are from local farms.

Market Days

Monday – Market in Castillon, generally markets are from about 8am – 12:30 or so. This is the nearest market and is highly recommended.

Tues/Fri/Sun. – Libourne

Tues. Sauveterre-de-Guyenne

Wednesday – Puisseguin & Coutras & Montpon-Ménestérol Thurs. Morning – Branne, St Denis-de-Pile, Lussac

Fridays – Gensac, Pineuilh, Libourne

Saturday – St. Foy le Grande (this market is very impressive!), Rauzan, Coutras

Sunday – Most villages including nearby Gensac & Castillon will have oyster farmers who set up tents and sell their wares.

There is a small market in St. Emilion on Sunday as well. Sunday- Guitres, Port-St.Foy

Also the Sunday market on the Quai (river) in Bordeaux down by the Chartiron area is wonderful and goes till about 2pm. You can enjoy a myriad of food that you can eat there including oysters, wine, empanadas, paella and a bunch of other goodies. Eating along the river on a nice day is truly divine. Vendors set up tables.

The Marche des Capucins down near the St. Michel church in Bordeaux is also open on Sunday from 8-1pm or so to go and sample foods from the different stalls. They are open from 8-1 from Wed – Sunday. http://www.marchedescapucins.fr/

Boulangerie/Pattiserie (Bakery/Pastry)

This is France – in a small town like Castillon, there’s not one or two but 6 boulangeries in town. You’d kill to have any one of them in your home town.

Our favorite one is Boulangerie Patisserie Troel (4 Place du XIV Juillet), but you should explore them all and pick your own favorite! (The locals are fiercely loyal to the boulangerie they go to).

There’s also an amazing boulangerie – Le Fournil de Velines – just outside of

Castillon (follow signs that you find on the main road opposite the Leclerc supermarket) – they make bread in a wood fired oven in the same manner since 1850 – 47 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 33350 Saint-Magne-de-Castillon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yywmFkzYCuc

There is also a new wood-fired oven baker just to the left of the Leclerc in Castillon as you face the supermarket. Further towards Castillon there is a BIO (organic) place with meals you can take out.

In a pinch you can go to Pessac-sur-Dordogne and get croissants and bread in the small epicerie/press/tabac there or go to the small bakery in Gensac which is good. Most of the time croissants will be sold out by 8:30am.

There is a very small convenience store in our village next to the restaurant, which carries bread daily and some fromage and charcuterie. For France, it’s not that impressive, but good in a pinch.

Butcher

The local open-air markets all sell meat, but if you’re shopping on a a non- market day, there are several butchers (boucherie) in Castillon which are good. We like the Boucherie P Marcou at the end of the main road (rue Victor Hugo). There’s another good one near the church.

In Pessac-sur-Dordogne, there’s the Boucherie Chevallier which has won awards. It’s also excellent and has a small selection of produce.

Gensac also has a small butcher.

Fruit & Veg

Try markets first, but on off-days, there’s a good fruit and veg vendor in Castillon on the main shopping road (rue Victor Hugo).

There is a very nice Spanish specialty shop just outside of Castillon on the main road (D936) towards St. Foy la Grande.

Casa Andaluz 151 Rue Michel Montaigne Castillon-la-Bataille

Grocery Stores

There’s a large E. Leclerc just outside of Castillon (towards Bordeaux) – sort of like the nicest Walmart you’ve ever been to. It’s open until 8pm most nights and now on Sunday mornings until 12:30pm.

There is also an Intermarche in Castillon that’s smaller, and not quite as nice, but useful in a pinch.

Wine

Wine is everywhere – it’s not hard to find. A good spot is La Grange in Juillac run by Claire (see under Contact info). She sells a lot of local wines. The wine coop in our village – Les Guignots – has the cheapest table wine around, and you’ll be surprised at how drinkable it is. Tel: 05 57 40 08 06 Try their pink sparkling wine, its wonderful!

There are many wonderful wine shops in St. Emilion of course. Plus it’s a lot of fun to stop at the local Chateaux and buy direct.

For buying wines to ship home we recommend Ets Martin in St. Emilion. (Ask for Benoit). If you have a business, he can ship to you w/o tax which covers the shipping charges (if you’re sending a couple of cases home). If you do not have a business he can still ship to you but you’ll pay the duty. He is our source for the best wine in the world! If you’re going to buy some wine to ship home, call him and he’ll do an incredible tasting for you in their underground tasting room, even if you know absolutely NOTHING about wine. http://www.etablissements-martin.fr/

Good wine info here: http://www.winetravelguides.com/Guides/France/Bordeaux/Pomerol-and-Fronsac/Introduction

Sightseeing & Outings

Cadillac makes a nice day visit. Go to the Chateaux de Cadillac (closed at lunch times), which is lovely. Eat lunch at L’entrée du Jardin in Cadillac 27 rd pont by the river, 08 99 69 71 32 which is quite good or go to Rions for a real gastronomic treat listed above under restaurants/further & the town is charming too!

Tour the vineyards via Segway, tuk tuk, Harley Davidson, helicopter, horse or bike! http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/uk/3-what-to-do/56-unusual- discovery-of-the-vineyard.html (I do not advise taking the silly tourism train around St. Emilion unless one person isn’t mobile).

Or Motorcycle with side car! http://winebiketour.com/index.php/fr/home/

Five Historic Chateaux to visit, each an hour’s drive or less http://www.chateaulabrede.com/en/ http://www.chateau-montaigne.com/en/ http://www.chateau-de-duras.com/

http://chateau-monbazillac.com/en/the-castle (dessert wine tasting) http://www.chateaudevayres.com/

Gardens to visit

  1. https://jardinsdesardy.com/ Fabulous water feature
  2. http://www.milandes.com/ Chateau of Josephine Baker, superb museum, lunch and lovely garden and view
  3. http://marqueyssac.com/?lang=en Unbelievable gardens, can combine this visit with Josephine Baker chateau and museum and a stop in Beynac a stunning historic village.
  4. http://www.chateaudemongenan.com/ 25 kl from Bordeaux, Chateau and remarkable listed
  5. http://www.chateaudevayres.com/ Historic Chateau and garden only 15 min from Bordeaux
  6. There are roman ruins not far from us in Montcaret, with some stunning mosaics that are 1500 years old! http://www.villa-montcaret.fr/en/

Bergerac, which is about ½ hour to the East, is a medieval town with a beautiful old village and a gorgeous market. Make sure you find and walk to the oldest part of town. There is a Le Fooding approved restaurant near the covered market called La Table du Marche. http://www.lefooding.com/recherche/la- table-du-marche.html

There is a movie theater in Bergerac as well as in Libourne, but nearly all the movies are normally in French.

St. Emilion is a must see medieval village, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Consult with the tourist office for tours of the underground (monlithic) church and other

key sites. Wine tastings can be had at many chateaux, consult with the tourist office. http://www.saint-emilion-tourisme.com/ We love Le Clos Fourtet with its miles of underground cellars and Clos Jacobins.

Plus there’s a sparkling wine tour http://www.lescordeliers.com/ which is located in an old monastery.

Cheese Farms

You can visit a local Dutch cheese farm to buy and if you phone ahead they’ll show you around. They make an incredible cumin gouda. http://vdh.fromages.pagesperso-orange.fr/FR/contactfr.html

Good for the kids.

Further afield there is an Abbaye which makes the most delicious cheese with a walnut liquor soaked rind which is famous in France. (http://www.abbaye-echourgnac.org/). Plus, going to hear the sisters chant at their beautiful recently redone Abbey is a lovely outing. They also sell a lot of other things in their store made by other monasteries.

Saturnes is a nice day visit for wine tasting. We like Chateau Haut Bergeron, family owned and operated for 5 generations. http://www.chateauhautbergeron.com/

Tours are just in French. 2009 is scrumptious!

This Chateau is not only a wine producer but famous for its gardens and worth a visit as well. http://www.chateau-de-malle.fr/chateau.html

Chateau Grand Barrail near St. Emilion has a spa for swimming, facials, massages etc.

http://www.grand-barrail.com/uk/spahotel/beautyandwellness

Further, about 1 hr away is the world famous Caudalie spa, just south of Bordeaux. Can be combined with a wine tasting and superb lunch. http://www.sources-caudalie.com/en/

Chateau de la Riviere in Fronsac is another wonderful place to visit for wine tasting, mainly for the spectacular looking cellars. Their wine is just ok. http://www.chateau-de-la-riviere.com/

Charming historic towns that are easy drives away include: Sauveterre-de- Guyenne, Rauzan, Duras (w/ a Chateau), Eymet, Cadillac (with a Chateau you can visit) and Montsegur.

Swimming

Take a dip in the lake at nearby Lac de la Cadie (on the main road to Castillon). 2nd left in Flaujagues village and go toward Castillon, you’ll see a sign to the Lac by the house with a turreted tower. OF COURSE nothing beats a dip in our own river, the Dordogne, but make sure the kids are good swimmers are there in a strong current in the middle.

Going to the beach one day is a must do in summer and then end your day tasting oysters in Cap Ferret. We like the beach just west of Lege-Cap Ferret – Le Truk Vert. You can rent surfboards there and there are several small snack bars on the beach.

Caves

The Lascaux caves dating back 20,000 years are about 45 min to 1 hour away. You can only see reproduction but there are a multitude of other caves you can see in the area.

http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/index.php?lng=en#/fr/00.xml

and a wonderful pre-history museum http://www.pole-prehistoire.com/

Bordeaux is choc full of fun things to do including:

CAPC museum (modern art), which is fabulous! Museum itself and their expos are tres kool. 7 rue Ferrere 05 56 00 81 50 www.capc-bordeaux.fr

We like the Chartirons area, with its lofts and antique shops, particularly rue Notre Dame. Cute cafes here include Chez Dupont at #45, A La Cantine, Les Quatre Saisons d’Estelle at #104, La Boca (Epicerie Italiane). Also like the design/ furniture store RKR at #73 & OOTZI shoes further down.

St. Michel church is a fun hike up for a view in a terribly old church. Every Sunday they have a junky but fun flea market there. In the same place and open almost everyday is the Bordeaux version of the marché aux puces. (flea market)

Having a drink or seeing a show at the Grand Theatre Opera House is a magnificent outing.

Le Jardin Public makes for a beautiful stroll.

The new wine museum is sensational – La Cité du Vin http://www.laciteduvin.com/en

Cathedral St. Andre & Tour Pey Berland are gorgeous and worth a visit as is the

Centre Jean Moulin which profiles the role of the resistance during WWII.

Feel free to use Bordeaux guidebooks in the old sink near the door in kitchen, and/or the maps & other info in the shopping basket against the wooden wall in kitchen. But please return them all.

There are plenty of bars that play music and discos in Bordeaux, consult the guidebooks in the house.

You can also train into Bordeaux if you’d prefer via Castillon train station, trains run about every hour or two. It’s a 30 min. train ride, consult schedule first at the train station.

http://www.horaires.tv/gares/Gare_de_Castillon-la-Bataille.html

Tours on a boat (sail or motor) from Bordeaux:

http://royal-garonne.com/ , croisieresburdigala.fr,  bateauarawalk.com , bateausinbad.fr

And http://bordeaux-river-cruise.com offer a myriad of ½ day and even shorter trips from Bordeaux or Blaye.

You can take a cruise on the river with this firm. http://www.evolutiongaronne.fr/

Miscellaneous

If you need someone to drive you to airport or train, try Dave Robson 05 57 40 30 Cost to Bordeaux airport from our house is approx.. 85 euros – less than a taxi.

A woman who can come and do pilates, Kate Sanders 06 08 06 80 01

More info: Tourism Website for our region http:// www.visitbordeauxgironde.co.uk/

Some history of the area. http://bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk/blog/2010/09/the-entre-deux-mers/

Tourist info website for our area http://www.entredeuxmers.com/

Find the most beautiful villages in France and the most remarkable gardens using this website. http://regionfrance.com/jardins-remarquables/

Consult this blog for more going’s on in the area. http:// notjustfortheholidays.blogspot.fr/

More about the Aquitaine http://www.tourisme-aquitaine.fr/en/

Very local place for wine tasting. http://www.chateau-carbonneau.com/EN/ photos.las

Dordogne Tourism (neighboring department) https://www.seedordogne.com/ attractions

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