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Tranquil Retreat with Swimming Pool, Cookery Classes and Art Courses - Clos De Chinon

 The Beautiful Clos De Chinon
  • ID: 386
  • House
  • Weekly £ 2,895 - £ 4,083
  • Bedroom(s) 4
  • Sleeps 8
  • Bathroom(s) 4
Average guests rating:      0 / 5 ( 0 Reviews )
Highlights: Swimming Pool, Cookery Courses, Holistic Therapies, Surrounded by Vineyards, Beautifully Renovated, Catering Available, Weddings Arranged, Internet, Art Classes, Sleeps 4-8


Nestled between Saint-Emilion and Bergerac, Clos de Chinon lies in a part of the world famed for its tranquility, cuisine and rolling vineyards. Cookery courses and catering available. Sleeps 4-8.


Staying in a luxury, boutique 'Maison Bourgeoise' you will enjoy a glimpse into the real France. From the bustling local markets and antique fairs; to relaxing, kir in hand, on a local café terrace; to experiencing the history and wonder of Saint Emilion and Bordeaux. This elegant house is set in beautiful grounds, surrounded by the vines with a huge barn and pigeonnier.

Any amount of catering is possible - why not have a sumptuous breakfast served daily in the garden or living area, or indulge in a 3 course gourmet dinner? Picnic bags for lunch can also be arranged. A three course gourmet dinner including wine is €65 p/p.

All four comfortable bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. The dining area allows for cosy conviviality, with its blazing log fire during the cooler months.

Clos de Chinon

The house has been completely redecorated to the very highest standard with the help of a great local architect and his artisans. Everything is here to provide and help create an unforgettable dining experience. The kitchen dining area is a great place to have informal lunches, and to roast chestnuts over the massive open fire. The living room has two comfortable sofas and a more formal dining area for 8 people.

There are 4 double bedrooms (one on the ground floor), all with en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom has a very large four-poster bed. The house also benefits from an internet connection, central heating and towels provided daily. The bathrooms have heated towel rails


Outside there are an abundance of fruit trees and bushes: cherry, plum, apple, pear, raspberrries and figs. There is also a private swimming pool and plenty of space for parking.

Services & Catering

Clos de Chinon offers informal art courses, holistic recreation and treatments, all arranged with local businesses. But, you are of course free to simply put your feet up and relax within the grounds of the house. Throughout the year the house have a culinary adventure in operation! For this cookery experience, you will be invited into the kitchen to watch, learn and engage in the joy of cooking. You will leave with great new ideas and the ability to direct a fantastic dinner party at home, with some of Barbara and Jonathan's recipes, lovely memories and a burning desire to return to celebrate an event with some close friends.

The owners offer cookery courses during your stay should you be of interest. Try your hand at Thai cuisine in a 2 hour class from 3 to 5 pm. The class is for 4/5 students in French. However, for a small additional cost a translator can be arranged. The chef will then serve dinner for up to 8 adults with wine included. The course is around 500 Euros and must be arranged by appointment.

Jonathan and Barbara are Chefs by profession, with their restaurant career in London spanning three decades. They have had recognition from major restaurant guides such as the 'Michelin' and 'The Good Food Guide'. Through the years, there were many challenges but they were forever moving with the times and were always on the lookout for fresh ideas; just about every London food critic took note and wrote favourably about their cuisine, particularly praising the unique style of cooking, presentation and freshness of their ingredients.

Closed during the winter, so no catering available, except during the Christmas season.

Special Events

If you are planning a really small wedding in the most beautiful region of France, and you want to stay in a very special French country house, look no further.

The house has a silver and grey suite with 4 huge windows allowing light and sun to illuminate this elegant space. The property has one other suite and a further 2 bedrooms with their own bathrooms for close family or friends. There are also other properties nearby to provide further accommodation.

The owners will provide amazing celebration meals and more simple compositions throughout your stay. They know where to find your music and who can arrange for flowers. The park is a stunning backdrop for some beautiful pictures.

The perfect wedding stay is 5 nights which gives you a chance to relax after your journey, enjoy some swimming or get a massage or reflexologist from 55 euros per session, per person. Just leave it all to the hosts as you unwind and enjoy every moment leading to the main celebration.

Wedding package: The house is yours for 5 nights with a total of 8 guests.

£5,500 includes the following:
- Welcome drinks on the patio.
- Afternoon tea.....A selection of your favourite things served in the Garden.
- Dinner in the evening.
- Celebration meal for 8 people - includes amuse bouches/3 bottles of champagne.
- Starter: White wine.
- Main course: Red Wine.
- Dessert... dessert wine from Monbazilliac.
- 3 bottles of champagne for toasting the happy couple.
- Coffee and sweet things/choc things.
120 euros per person and 120 euros for each person beyond the 8 residents.

Wedding cakes made just for you. Cost according to style and size required.

Buffet or barbecue on the next day at £70.00 per person for food served at 2pm till 4PM, includes: pimms, red and white wine.


Post Code (Zip):
Latitude / Longitude: 44.792750931806694 / 0.07477826293950329
Airport Bergerac 30 minutes
Bakers Pessac-sur-Dordogne 3 km
Beach Arcachon Bay 120 minutes
Market Bergerac 30 minutes
Restaurant St Emilion 20 km
Town Bergerac 30 minutes
Train Station Bergerac 30 minutes
Village Gensac 1 km


The house lies an hour from Bordeaux, 30 mins from Bergerac and 20km from St Emilion. The local village of Gensac is just 1km away.

Area description

Nestled between Saint-Emilion and Bergerac, Clos des Chinon lies in a part of the world as much famed for its beauty, tranquility and verve as for its wine, cuisine and rolling vineyards.

The City of Bordeaux has buzzing restaurants, theatres and incredible architecture. Bergerac, much smaller than Bordeaux, has an enchanting old town with great individual shops, fountains, cobble stone streets, a market Bricante every 1st Sunday of the month and a traditional market every Wednesday.

Stop at St Foy La Grande to enjoy a coffee in the square, take a walk along the river or if you are around on Saturday morning you will find shopping a real delight.

Leaving the house to get to St Emilion (everyone must visit this pretty village!), you should drive through Pujols, as just outside there is a great little restaurant with a very pleasant atmosphere and fantastic food. Sunday is a good day for venturing to Issegac Market. The town itself is quaint and riddled with tiny rivers, loved by tourists and locals alike. The dessert wines of the region are fantastic and the Monbazilliac wine, a musty fragrant delight from this spot, is very good value.

The most highly recommended restaurant is just a few kilometres away and it is essential to be hungry when you arrive. The vineyard workers of the area leave for their day with sustenance at this family orientated place. The bean and vegetable soup with duck stock is fantastic.

If you yearn for sea air and seafood, make an early start to set off for Arcachon Bay, as it will take two hours to get there. The shops are smart and the ambiance is that of a well visited resort where sophisticated Bordelaise promenade. Spain is approximately 4 hours away and en route are Bidart, St Jean De Luz & Biarritz.

The region is an area rich with vineyards and Chateaux of every shape and type, with grapes and vines as far as the eye can see.

Your holiday can be complemented by attending music festivals (seasonal) or Fetes and Medieval Festivals (the History of the Hundred Years' War surrounds the area). Or you can just rest in the garden with an interesting book, enjoy the pool or have an Indian head massage.

Accommodation, Facilities and Services

Property type: House

Board: Self Catering

Bedroom(s): 4 ( 8 Sleeps )
  • Double Room with en-suite: 4
Bathroom(s): 4


  • Long term rentals: No
  • Pets: No
  • Smoke: No smoking
  • Children: Yes, great for kids
  • Wheelchair: No
  • Eldery or infirm: Not suitable

Holiday type

  • Family
  • Group


  • Countryside
  • Garden
  • Vineyard

General facilities

  • Central Heating
  • Electricity
  • Events
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water Supply
  • Weddings

Indoor facilities

  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Oven

Outdoor facilities

  • Garden Furniture


  • Catering (extra)
  • Chef (extra)
  • Linen Provided
  • Massage
  • Towels Provided


Car is essential
  • Off-road Parking


Local activities:

  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Wine Tasting

Other activities:

  • Vineyards (10 minutes)


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Check in: 16:00, Check out: 10:00

Short breaks only available in April, May and June. These have to be catered, please enquire for details.

October bookings must be catered for at £1000 per person for 4 days.

Please note that catering is included in the price for Xmas & New Year bookings.

All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.

Energy costs are included in the rental price in the summer. To expenditure in the winter. This could be up to €1000 per week if the property needs to be fully heated for a week e.g. over Christmas.

End of stay cleaning is normally included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it otherwise a cleaning charge may apply.

No pets allowed

No smoking in the property.

There is a security deposit of €1000. This must be paid prior to arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.

It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

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