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Vineyard House with pool near Bordeaux
Ste-Eulalie, 20 minutes from Bordeaux city centre, in the Gironde
11 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms + children’s dormitory with bathroom. Tennis court.

Abbaye de Bonlieu

Bonlieu dates from the 12th century, an ancient Cistercian abby that was restored into a large family home in the 19th century. Today, it combines the charm and character of that period with modern comforts and its situation 20 minutes from the centre of Bordeaux means that you have the best of all world's at hand. The house is set in several acres of parkland where children can run around freely. The abby vineyard has produced wine for centuries and now produces Premières Côtes de Bordeaux.

We are on the outskirts of Bordeaux itself, about 30 minutes from Saint-Emilion. The village is a 5 minute walk and has most essential shops for immediate needs. The airport and main train station are within easy driving distance, Arcachon and the Atlantic beaches are 40 minutes away and there are three golf courses less than 20 minutes from here.

Furnished with family furniture and period pieces, the house is centred around a courtyard and is a place where family and friends can relax together in comfort.

There are three large salons on the main floor of the house, a library music room with a grand piano on the left, a games room to the right and between them, a main sitting room with television and another piano that leads via a double staircase to a magnificent terrace flanked by centuries old magnolia trees.

The left wing of the house has a large dining room, the kitchen, a laundry room and 2 double rooms with en suite bathrooms. On the ground floor is an apartment with a large double room, a single room and a bathroom with bath and shower.
The right wing houses 6 further bedrooms on two floors, along with a children’s dormitory, all with bathrooms. The original abby chapel is also part of this wing.

There are televisions in three of the bedrooms and in one of the salons, Dvd and a music system. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer and a large fridge freezer.
The pool is fenced and the gate can be locked when not in use. There is a summer kitchen equipped with everything needed (cooker, fridge and dishwasher), as well as a barbecue.

The first double room on the ground floor of the right wing of the house has a small sitting room with doors opening onto the vines and pool. The en suite bathroom has a bath. The second bedroom is a twin room with a period style bathroom.

Upstairs is a large double room with an Italian style bathroom with both bath and shower. and a secong smaller double room with a shower room.

A hallway over the chapel leads to a double room and a single room with en suite bathrooms with shower and bath. Around the corner is a large room usually used as a children’s dormitory and playroom with several single beds with a bathroom. A cot is available on request.

The Area

Within a 20 minute drive are three 18-hole golf clubs: Bordeaux-Lac, home to the Bordeaux International Open, has two fairways. Between Bordeaux and Libourne/St Emilion, are two country golf clubs set in a stunning valley amongst the vineyards and there are two others amongst the Medoc vinyards. The local aero club welcomes flying enthusiasts.

There is something for everyone here, famous vinyards, beaches, food, the city, theatre, music, art, history. The centre of Bordeaux is full of graceful 18th century buildings and is easy to walk around. The embankment has been transformed into a series gardens, fountains and riverside walks. Head for the Golden Triangle and the Rue Sainte Catherine that leads down to the Cathedral, where most of the shops are, anyone will tell you where it is. A huge choice of restaurants in the city cater for all tastes and pockets.

Travel Information

Bordeaux-Mérignac - 20 minutes
Car hire available
Paris - 570 km
The house is situated on the north side of Bordeaux near the A10,
(exit n°44, the last exit before the ring road (la rocade) around Bordeaux).
Bordeaux Saint-Jean - 20 minutes
(TGV Paris/Bordeaux) - 3 hours
Car hire available

The station is also the terminus for the new tram system
in the centre of the city, which allows you to travel
around without a car and the bother of parking.

Availability Check

Prices and booking information

January - March€4500
May & June€5500
July & August€6500
September & October€5500

All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday

Linen and towels are provided
A cook and extra cleaning can be provided on request.
Pets welcome

A deposit of 50% is requested to confirm the booking
with the remainder paid 4 weeks before arrival,
together with a returnable damage deposit.

Language(s) spoken:
English and French

To book or for more information please contact
Claude Portmann

Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner

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