TRAVEL UPDATE - For those of you who don't want to risk cancelled or postponed flights, check out travelling by car & ferry, or train.
From Caen ferry port, for example, the journey time to Claribes is around 5 hours and 5 minutes, or make the journey part of your holiday by stopping off on route - Le Mans, Loire Valley, Futuroscope, Check out Wonderlog for more ideas - https://wanderlog.com/drive/between/10320/9663/caen-to-bordeaux-drive. You travel in the comfort of your own car, no need to hire a car, and stop off when and where you choose!
The journey by train from central London to central Bordeaux takes from 5 hours and 20 minutes - depending on the time of day and the connection you choose. You can change trains in Paris which requires a change of station (this is included in the travel time), or change at Lille and just change platforms! With the with super fast line (LGV) the journey from central Paris to central Bordeaux is just 2 hours!
Sitting majestically on a limestone escarpment and surrounded by our own vineyards, the holiday house at Chateau de Claribes has magnificent views over our own valley to the front, and vineyards to the rear. Peacefully situated in the heart of the countryside, yet only 3km from the pretty village of Gensac, our visitors enjoy the tranquil, relaxed pace of life, with close proximity to all the services of village life.
The small village of Claribes, with just 10 permanent residents, is a site of historic interest. The buildings are more than 400 years old, with a small (former) chapel and priory at the heart of the hamlet. Chateau de Claribes has an access to limestone caves that traverse under the main house towards Gensac.
The house provides an ideal base for exploring the Bordeaux region rich in culture, architecture, activities, food and wine. Or just a relaxing, peaceful home to enjoy the tranquility of the vineyard covered hills and valleys.
On arrival, pass through the flower-filled front garden to the door, where you enter into the middle of the very spacious ground floor space (13m x 6m with high ceilings). One huge cooking, eating, relaxing space, there is plenty of dining and lounging furniture for six. An abundance of cookware, crockery and cutlery ensures meals can be relaxed. Former guests have entertained 11 people easily! The living area has a sofa, chairs, TV with DVD player, books and a selection of board games. The wood burner provides warmth and ambiance for chilly early spring or late autumn visits.
On the first floor are two spacious double bedrooms (each 5m x 5m), one with en suite shower room with shower, lavatory and washbasin. The second bathroom has bath, lavatory and washbasin. Each bedroom has hanging space, drawers for clothing and a hair dryer.
Large, soft fluffy towels will be in the bathrooms, and the beds made up for you on arrival, with plenty of pillows, duvets and crisp cotton sheets.
The house was renovated with sustainability in mind. Keeping the character of this centuries old farmhouse, we've sympathetically installed new plumbing and electricity to meet today's needs. Locally crafted tiles and wooden floors, rugs made from natural materials, and furniture from the village cabinet maker, all help to reduce our carbon footprint. We only use water-based paints and ensure that we buy from companies who also have a reputation for sustainability. We can provide allergen-free pillows and duvets on request.
The private gardens to the front, rear and side of the house have dining and lounging furniture, with parasols and a barbecue. There's plenty of space for outdoor games - badminton, frisbee, boules, basket, rugby and foot balls, etc; are available. There is private parking for two cars. Within 5 minutes drive you will find tennis court, bike hire, canoe/kayak hire, whilst a little further further afield are natural swimming lakes and beaches.
Facilities for day-to-day life are available in the village of Gensac, including a small grocery store, boulangerie, cafe/restaurant, bank machine, doctor and pharmacy. Large supermarkets, a lively weekly market and a wide variety of shops are all available in the nearby towns of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande and Castillon-la-Bataille.
You are welcome to explore amongst the vines, walk through our fields down to the river for paddling and a picnic, or sit by our babbling natural source of water to experience the tranquility of Claribes.
Collect seasonal fruit and nuts from the gardens - plum, cherry, mirabelle, greengage, fig, green fig, almonds, walnuts, etc.
Bike, canoe and kayak rentals are just five minutes away, with the option of bike delivery and collection. Tennis courts are available in the village. There are a number of golf courses with a 15 minute drive, with Chateau Vigier being the closest course.
Our house is 50 m from your holiday home which is completely private and independent from us. We will be there to greet you, show you around and handover the keys. We provide a book of useful information about local shops, restaurants, places to visit, maps, running, walking and cycling routes, as well as specific activities and events available during your stay. You can be completely independent, but we are on hand for any questions you may have. We offer all our visitors a tour of the vines and winery, followed by a tasting or our organic, award winning wines.
Although animal lovers, we are not able to accept pets under any circumstances.
For the comfort and safety of all our guests, the house and gardens are no smoking zones.
The rental rates are per week for the whole house accommodating up to four people, including electricity, towels and household linen.
For short stays, the price per night is 240€ for a minimum of a 3-night stay.
We offer a further discount for bookings for two or more weeks.
If you have any questions about the house, local area, activities, etc; do get in touch by 'phone or email.