2 Bedroom (Sleeps 4) Farmhouse in Gensac

Chateau life! Spacious French farmhouse surrounded by our own vineyards with wonderful views.

At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Garden.

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  • Property Type Farmhouse
  • Location Gensac
  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms 2
  • Minimum nights stay7
  • Low season price per week€900
  • High season price per week€1200
  • Average price per week€900
  • Customer rating 4.9 / 5 ( 20 reviews )
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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 tranquillity 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 picnicing, 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.

The rental rates are for the whole house accommodating up to four people, including electricity, towels and household linen.

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By Nicole on 29-Aug-2019

Beautiful property and location and excellent hospitality. The tour of the vineyard was great and the wine exceptional. We had privacy as well as easy access to the hosts. We will definitely stay here again.

5 of of 5

By Hayley on 24-Aug-2019

Spacious restored house situated on a large vineyard in a quiet village. The garden is not closed off from the road, so if you have young children it is good to keep in mind, but the traffic is very little (about 3 cars per day pass the house while we stayed there). The house has everything you need for a comfortable stay: clean fluffy towels & bed linen, bbq coals, and even things like handsoap & dishwasher tablets so it's one less thing for you to worry about! Helen was very responsive during our stay (she lives next door) and had good ideas for things to do in the area.

4 of of 5

By Robin on 17-Aug-2019

Helen makes sure to make you feel right at home! She has a lot of information at your disposal of the surrounding cities as well as some local tips! I would definitely recommend her place when visiting the area, spacious rooms, great views and very tasty wines! Thanks for having us!

5 of of 5

By Uri on 25-Jul-2019

Helen and Nick were great host the place is amazing we will definitely come back again. Uri&Iris

5 of of 5

By Simon on 28-Jun-2019

Die Unterkunft ist sehr schön gelegen, mitten in einer wunderschönen Natur. Die Ausstattung des Chateaus ist zweckmässig oder die Räumlichkeiten grosszügig und mit viel Charm ausgebaut worden. An diesem Ort kann man sehr gut entspannen und die umliegenden Dörfer auch per Bike gut erreichen. Für uns war die Wahl dieser Unterkunft ein absoluter Volltreffer. So ist es sehr gut möglich, dass wir wieder Sommerferien bei den Gastgebern buchen werden.

5 of of 5

By Lynne on 15-Jun-2019

Helen is an excellent host. The house is comfortable with everything you need for your stay. The highlight is the tour of the vineyard!!!

5 of of 5

By Tom on 02-Jun-2019

For anyone looking for a peaceful getaway from the day to day, this spot located in the beautiful Dordogne countryside is hard to beat for sheer serenity. The verdant surrounds have an instantly calming effect, Helen’s welcome and hospitality full of genuine friendliness, it only remains to then try some of wine which is grown directly behind the chateau. The accommodation itself is French simplicity done well, there is nothing left to do but soak it in. Would absolutely return, but for longer next time.

5 of of 5

By Andy on 22-May-2019

Helen's place is a fabulous and well appointed 2-bed house attached to the main Chateau on their private vineyard. It was absolutely perfect for us and has everything you need, and more! Helen made our stay so easy by getting some food and drinks for us as we arrived on a Sunday after the shops had closed, she arranged bikes so we could enjoy some cycling, and the best part was a very informative personal tour and tasting of their wonderful vineyard. I would highly recommend Helen's place to anyone who wants a relaxing escape to the beautiful Bordeaux wine region. Thanks Helen and Nick - we'll be back!

5 of of 5

By Brayn on 27-Jul-2018

Helen is a great host. She conducts the wine tasting of the local wine yard and generally is a great person giving good tips to enjoy the time around Gensac. Thanks Helen!

4 of of 5

By John Bailey on 30-Sep-2017

We had a very good week at Helen's house, she was a great host. The whole place was a delight, all very clean & modern. If you are after a quiet 'get away from it all' break in gorgeous countryside then this is for you.

5 of of 5

Living the Chateau life!

By Heide Shilstone on 27-Sep-2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Chateau de Claribes. The holiday house, which is just adjacent to the main house, was perfect for our group of two couples as there are two master bedrooms, each with a bathroom. The house was decorated in a beautiful, serene and was equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The best part was the location in the middle of a working winery and vineyard. The owners, Helen & Nick couldn't have been nicer or more helpful - we especially enjoyed Helen's tour and tasting. (Their wines are organic and vegan, and we were very interested in learning about the wine making process.) All in all, a delightful holiday - highly recommended!

5 of of 5

By Chris Walker on 31-Aug-2017

Great location for touring the Bordeaux area. We spent an interesting hour visiting the vineyard and the chai. We definitely enjoyed the organic wines whilst sitting in the garden - peaceful and the sky full of stars.

5 of of 5

Beautiful cottage with stunning views, excellent hosts and excellent access to local points of interest

By Amy Beevers on 16-Sep-2016

I stayed at the wonderful Chateau de Claribes with my husband and our 5 month old baby. The accommodation was great - clean and wonderfully restored and decorated. The 2 double bedrooms were spacious and the travel cot provided was in perfect condition (which is a rarity in my experience) The surrounding countryside is truly stunning and we thoroughly enjoyed travelling around the local area and vineyards. The nearest shops etc were only a 5 minute drive (or 40 minute walk with a pushchair) away and we were able to get all the necessary food essentials there. The cottage is excellently placed to explore a number of attractions in the local area, including day trips to Bordeaux, Bergerac, and St Emillion. We also had a lovely afternoon at the local swimming lake which is fantastic for children of all ages - even our little baby! We were certainly be going back. A car is a must however!

5 of of 5

By Glen Robert on 31-Aug-2016

We were 2 couples traveling. The accommodation was very comfortable and we appreciated that there were 2 well appointed bedrooms and bathrooms on the opposite ends of the building.
Staying on the vineyard was magical. Having breakfast or afternoon drinks under the shade of a tree, overlooking the vineyard was excellent. Drinking the wines from the estate was an added bonus.
The common areas were very comfortable and the kitchen was well appointed.

5 of of 5

An idyllic location to escape and explore

By Richard Johnson on 30-Aug-2016

This was a return visit for us and our two children (5 and 1). We love the peaceful and safe setting of the house - the children loved running between the vines. The house itself is really well equipped. There are lots of thoughtful touches, like the ice box and picnic blanket. Helen and Nick provide a really useful digest of local information, and there is a wealth of things to do and see - lots of markets, castles, lakes and towns to explore.

5 of of 5

By Jean-Marc Denuel on 01-Aug-2016

Nous avons passé un formidable séjour dans la petite maison d'Helen, au point que nous lui avons demandé d'y rester un jour de plus! des hôtes accueillants, bienveillants et souriants, une petite maison charmante, remarquablement aménagée et décorée, un environnement magnifique et reposant : tout était réuni pour notre bien-être. bravo et merci!

5 of of 5

Stunning setting, perfect accommodation and hosts and much to explore in the area!

By Sue Stubbs on 05-Sep-2015

"Thank you for making us feel so welcome. We had a fantastic holiday and really wish we could stay another week! We have cooked with a French chef, swam in a lake, river and various pools, got lost in a run through the vineyards and had a memorable evening at the night market. It was special to see my dad's comments earlier on in this book."

5 of of 5

Deceptively large holiday home

By Howard Slaney on 17-Aug-2015

We had a great fortnight here. The property is well equipped and the rooms spacious. The shutters and thick walls help to keep the interior cool, even in the crazy temperatures experienced in summer 2015! Overall excellent, with two key points worthy of note: 1) Helen and Nick bend over backwards to be of assistance making a stay there stress-free 2) We were easily able to entertain 11 people both inside and outside of the property... It is spacious! We'd have no hesitation in recommending this property to others.

5 of of 5

A Piece of Paradise for Rent

By Tammy Jones on 03-Aug-2015

My husband and I, along with another couple, had the pleasure of staying here for a week in late July. Our trip centered around the renewal of our vows on our 10th wedding anniversary. Choosing the perfect place was crucial to us and we nailed it! Chateau de Claribes is situated in the quiet countryside just outside of the small town of Gensac. While it shares a wall with the owners’ home, it feels like a completely separate cottage and is very private. There are three sitting areas outside and plenty of country roads for walking. The scenery with views of rolling hills and grapevines is beautiful and peaceful. The house has a very spacious kitchen/dining/living area on the ground floor and two bedrooms with two bathrooms on the upper floor. One is equipped with a shower; while the other has a bathtub with shower attachment. The owners, Helen and Nick, have great taste and have done a wonderful job designing this place with elegant fixtures and furnishings. It came equipped with everything we needed, except a toaster which I can't live without. Our hosts graciously left their personal toaster with us for the week. The holiday house provided us with a wonderful home base, allowing us to venture out in any direction to explore the nearby towns. As mentioned, we wanted to do something special for the renewal of our wedding vows. Helen took the time to discuss multiple options and places for the ceremony, as well as to provide suggestions for upscale nearby restaurants for the dinner. One of the options was for her and Nick to prepare and serve a five-course dinner for the four of us on their personal terrace. They said they have never done this before but were willing to give it a go for us. IT WAS FIVE STAR AMAZING! After renewing our vows on their lawn overlooking the vineyards and valley, we were given a quaint sitting area under the shade of a chestnut tree to sip champagne. When we were ready, we moved to the terrace where the service and presentation of the courses were spectacular. Each course paired with one of their wines. Simply delightful. Nick was terrific, taking the time to elaborate on the wines and answer our questions. We must have spent six hours on their property and never once felt rushed or like we were intruding on their private space. It was a highlight of our trip, for sure. Thank you, Helen and Nick. Go. Stay at Chateau de Claribes. You won’t be disappointed. You will stay at a lovely, comfortable farmhouse. You will get to meet these wonderful hosts who make you feel like you are good friends. And, if you miss your dog like we did, their own dog, Belle, might be persuaded to make a few visits.

5 of of 5

Beautiful holiday home on a vineyard with wonderful hosts

By Paul Laing on 01-Aug-2015

I spent 8 nights in Chateau de Claribes with my wife and two young children, one aged 6 and the other just 2. Helen and Nick, who own the cottage and the vineyard, extended a very warm welcome to us on arrival and throughout our stay. Helen bought in local produce for us before we arrived, provided us with a very useful information pack, directed us towards the wonderful night markets and stocked our wine rack with their own wines while Nick very kindly shared their sports kit with our children. The cottage itself was perfect, clearly quite recently renovated, well presented and equipped with everything that we needed for our stay. For anyone concerned about the lack of a pool, there is an excellent alternative around 10 minutes away at Blasimon: a free, public swimming lake, dredged annually and complete with its own beach and lifeguards. The locals clearly loved it and so did our kids. I don't often write reviews but felt compelled to put my hand up in support of Chateau de Claribes. The property ticks all the boxes and Helen and Nick made it a truly memorable stay.

5 of of 5
10 April 2021 - 26 June 2021 early summer
900€ per week
26 June 2021 - 28 August 2021 summer
1200€ per week
28 September 2021 - 06 November 2021 late summer
900€ per week
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