Large 2 bed cottage (king & 2 twins) with private walled garden set in the vine
- 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
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Warm and welcoming
Well appointed, clean and comfortable. Andy is an attentive and responsive host, without being intrusive. It’s easy to see why he has so many repeat guests.
Warm welcome, peace and tranquility amidst vineyards
Warm welcome from Andrew. Overwhelmed by welcoming meal and basic necessities provided so that we didn’t have to rush to the supermarket the moment that we arrived but could unpack and enjoy the pool. Lots of information provided about things to do in the area. Easy access to beautiful Saint Emilion, Bordeaux (for the shopping and visiting) as well as other towns in the area. The house had everything one needed for a comfortable stay. The pool, shutters and fans were much appreciated during the very high temperatures. That we experienced during our stay. Very attractive setting and lovely building. We appreciated the enclosed garden and easy walks with our dog. The excellent baker in Montagne is only a 5 minute drive away (although you could use the bicycles that Andrew leaves available).
Quiet and relaxing in the winelands
Good contact from host Andrew from start to finish. Cottage well equipped with all basic essentials kindly provided for our arrival. Cottage comfortable with private garden for sun bathing or dining al fresco. Located in lovely quiet area but yet only 10 minute drive to beautiful St Emilion.
Really lovely cottage with an informal feel and a friendly helpful host
There was excellent pre-arrival communication from the host, from day of booking up to day of arrival. The arrival meal and welcome pack were very much appreciated (especially as we arrived on a Sunday afternoon when the local shops were closed). Welcome talk from host was very helpful and the information pack in the cottage is thorough and informative.
The cottage was clean and well-equipped, with a lovely enclosed garden, and we really enjoyed our stay here. It can get a bit chilly on cooler days out of season (bring a warm jumper and slippers or slipper-socks, as the floors are rather cold!) We were there in April and needed the heating on most mornings and evenings. The host likes to pop round every day to check everything is ok, and sometimes brought us gifts such as little cakes, and chocolates on Easter weekend, which was a nice touch. (A couple of times he appeared through the interconnecting door to his own property, which could have been a little disconcerting!!)
The cottage is close to Saint Emilion, which is lovely and has lots of things to do and see. You are surrounded by literally hundreds of vineyards. It is also on the borders of the Dordogne region, with several lovely little towns to visit on the Dordogne river nearby. We enjoyed the caves and castle at Rauzan, and a day in Bordeaux, but if you are into full-on active sightseeing, then a week would probably be enough in this area, as it is just a bit too far to drive to the 'main attractions' of the Dordogne region to the east or the coast to the West. If you want a more chilled-out holiday (or one involving vineyards!) then it's ideal. There are street markets a-plenty in the local area, and large supermarkets in nearby towns.
I would recommend this cottage for a small family, it is a really pleasant place to stay and had everything we needed.
Relax in the peaceful heart of the vineyards
A very comfortable, homely and well equipped gite with a a spacious walled garden. Access to a communal pool which was kept spotless. The welcome meal hit the spot especially after a long drive. The owner is sensitively attentive and contactable most times to offer advice on the locality. The immediate surroundings are ideal for lovers of wine, gentle peaceful walks and wildlife. We brought our cycles and found miles of quiet roads to explore and train on. We found our gite a wonderful location for chilling and for holidaying with our dogs.
Lovely gite, perfect location
Set amongst the vineyards, our gite Vine Cottage was in a perfect sleepy location to explore Saint Emilion & the surrounding area. A lovely warm welcome from Andy the owner who met us on arrival. The gite was well equipped, with everything thought of. A well thought out welcome package (provisions) & delicious meal to get the holiday off to a fabulous start. Particularly enjoyed the private little garden which had a table & chairs for dining al fresco, as well as a cute seating area & sun loungers.
Would highly recommend. Hire car needed.
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).