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18th century Villa,Private Pool,cinema,8 En-suite Bedrooms, Tennis, 9-hole golf

Bedrooms 8
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Gensac, Nr. St.Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine, France - Walled Garden, Walking Distance Village, 10 Mins Lake with Beach

A beautiful wine chai restored for ideal holiday-making. The Orangerie (named after the orangerie in the garden) has cinema, satellite, CD, DVD, iPod and wi-fi, historic beamed 18th century rooms, very self-contained bedrooms (en-suite bath or shower-rooms, door to terrace), plus a walled garden with fenced pool and all garden furniture. Wide range of sporting facilities including tennis court, croquet lawn, boules court, football field and 9-hole short-hole golf course (shared). 7 a.m. bread delivery possible.

Sharon Christians
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
5 August, 2017

About Sharon Christians

Sharon and I have built our villa business over the last 20 years. I am an entrepreneur, earlier I ran a large Travel company. Sharon was head of Communications for Bombardier Transportation until August 2014. We own 6 18th century houses near Gensac & Ste. Foy-la-Grande, and I have managed all the restoration projects. We provide experiences, not just holidays, with spacious accommodation, - great kitchens, all bedrooms en-suite, cinemas, wifi, hi-fi, satellite TV, large securitised pools and exceptional sporting facilities. We aim to give you exceptional personal service, us & our permanent support team. We offer a wide range of optional extras, including minibuses, canoes, chef & maid service. Our houses are ideal for 3 or 4 generation holidays. Exceptional houses, exceptional service.

Sharon Christians purchased this villa in 1999

Why Sharon Christians chose Gensac

The Orangery was a fascinating museum of wine making, transport (stables) and farming. The walls were sound, the oak beams magnificent, the building tall with no first floor. Ideal restoration project as the walls and the beams would be impossible to build today. Ideal location for wine lovers, great for transport with 2 airports and the TGV station nearby. Great climate, not too hot, with spectacular electric storms often at night.

What makes this villa unique

Solitude with the walled garden, sun all day, great entertainment within the house. The pleasure of living in an 18th century building. Lots of sports on site (tennis, croquet, boules, badminton, football and 9-hole developing pitch golf-course in the valley), canoeing on the Dordogne and top level golf at Chateau vigiers, 20 mins away.Table tennis and snooker at the house. Options include mini-bus rental, chef, maid service, exceptional wine cellar (Burgundies and Bordeaux at great prices)

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a fantastic time at L'Orangerie. You have such a beautiful property. Everyone enjoyed themselves which was wonderful as the ages ranged form 81yrs - 4yrs!!! I had a wonderful 40th birthday which I will always remember." S.Evans 27 August 2011

" We had a glorious time, in what you rightly described as a very child friendly property. If you at any time wish for Testimonial, please contact me." J. Hodgson 20 August 2011

'A joyous week! Perfect surroundings and a marvellous cinema experience' S.Orr

'The best place ever visited' The Duffys.

'Real film star pad, we absolutely love it' The McNevins

'An amazing week had by all' The Storeys

'What a great holiday! Couldn’t ask for anything more, the house is just lovely, enough room to get lost in' S.Chessum
Jan 2010
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Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Cafe de la Paix
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Lac du Cadie

Special interest holidays:

Ten fascinating things to do while staying in our houses

1.Visit historic St.Emilion and its châteaux (30 mins away)

2. Visit the Château de Montaigne, home of the great 16th century philosopher, & les Jardins du Sardy (10 mins away)

3.Visit the churches and museums of Bordeaux (60 mins away)

4.Visit the seaside, beautiful bay of Arcachon and the amazing Dune of Pyla (90 mins away)

5.Visit the châteaux of the Dordogne (60 mins away)

6.Visit the Médoc and the great wine châteaux (90 mins away)

7.Visit Chateau Monbazillac & old Bergerac plus a river trip (30 mins away)

8.Explore ancient Aquitaine with Douglas Boyd, author of Eleanor, April Queen of Aquitaine(10 mins away)

9.Go gliding and see the countryside from on high (10 mins away)

10.Take the kids go-carting in Bergerac (30 mins away)

Countryside is ideal for cycling.


The Lac du Cadie, a large lake with sandy beaches, pedalos and fishing, together with a restaurant, is 10 minutes away. The Bay of Arcachon, and the Dune of Pyla (highest in Europe) is 90 minutes to the south-west.


Bordeaux Merignac airport is 60 mins away, Bergerac 40 mins -if you fly we have 2 x 9-seater VW transporters for hire, pick-up/drop off possible, cheaper and quicker than rentals. Airlines cover all UK, BA, Flybe, Easyjet, also direct flights from Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Paris. Train TGV arrives from Paris/Lille/London at Libourne, 30 mins away.


Ideally situated: village of Gensac 2km. Market towns of Ste. Foy-la-Grande and Castillon 14km. Wonderful and beautiful wine city of St. Emilion 26km. Historic Bordeaux 65km to the west, Bergerac around 34km to the east with the chateaux of the Dordogne just beyond. San Sebastien in Spain is just 3 hrs away.

Further Details:

2 good local restaurants within 5 mins. Leclerc supermarkets at Castillon and Ste. Foy (15 mins). St. Emilion is amazing, historic and beautiful. Bergerac is 40 mins to east, gateway to the beautiful Dordogne.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gensac in Gironde

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 9 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedrooms 1 and 4 with bath, WC, basin etc. En-suite to bedrooms 2, 3 and 6 with shower-room 2 with WC etc. En-suit to bedroom 5 with bathroom and WC etc. En-suite to bedroom 7 with shower. Bathroom 8, with WC etc. Separate WC.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 16 (8 En-suite Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with double bed. Bedroom 5 with twin beds. Bedroom 6 with double bed. Bedroom 7 with twin beds. Bedroom 8 with double bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Most of our clients are families with small children, and the fact that all the bedrooms open onto a large terrace is a major bonus. I holidayed there with my 3 adult children, their spouses and 7 grandchildren and we all had a superb time. Outside: Large terrace with table-tennis table and tables with benches for 16 and parasols. Sun loungers for 16, 2 parasols by pool, large barbecue.Fenced pool 10m x 5m with constant 1.5m depth. All in walled garden. Parking for 8 cars. 50m walk to tennis court, boules court and croquet lawn (shared). A golf pitch range of 9 holes is being created in our valley and we have a field with a small football pitch available, so there is a wide range of sporting possibilities, Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels (bath and pools) and bed-linen included. Maid service and mid term changes are optional extras. Optional chef (superb), 9-seater VW transporter mini-vans with airport/station pick-up service, 4-seater Canadian canoes, bicycles for.


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18th century Villa,Private Pool,cinema,8 En-suite Bedrooms, Tennis, 9-hole golf
average rating of 4.375 based on 9 reviews

Really pretty! Great for a big family reunion. Enjoyed very much! Thank you, Ian.

  • 4 of 5


  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Excellent place

  • 4 of 5

There were 16 of us we had a great time Ian was an excellent host, we had a cooked meal on the first night which was fantastic. The rooms are comfortable just the showers are a little tired, a couple of us builders suggested he make them into wet rooms. Most of us like to cook so we made use of the kitchen several times. The village is about a half hour walk away and there are two bars/restaurants. We preferred Le Gensac the owner and staff are great fun and their food is 5 star. Up the high street just past the Spar shop is a house with a penguin and some chairs outside.... this is not a bar as we found out just a man having a beer in his front room haha... I recommend the canoe trip great fun.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning bright and airy villa

  • 4 of 5

This high-spec property was formerly a crumbling wreck and has been lovingly restored into a stunning and comfortable villa. We loved the brightness and sense of space created by the huge downstairs windows and the fact that the bedrooms all opened directly onto a sun terrace. Decent pool in the grounds which the children loved. We enjoyed evenings spent on the terrace or on the comfy sofas upstarts. Our only issues were that the pool cover was broken when we arrived and the freezer broke during our stay, which Ian the owner dealt with as promptly as possible. It's quiet and secluded - a place where you can forget about the real world and simply relax.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pool cover is a security feature allowing a hard cover, solar powered, to cover the pool. The motor became disconnected and was repaired the next working day. The fridge/freezer (Baku - new in 2015 - never another) will be replaced. Luckily the house has a large commercial fridge as well, plus a separate freezer, as back-up.
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Beautifully renovated house in a lovely spot

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully renovated house in a lovely spot, in gorgeous countryside and close to vineyards and a pretty village. Lovely pool and grand piano, very friendly owner who is full of good local recommendations. Some fixtures/furnishings are a little tired but overall we had a great time in the house. Bordeaux and St Emilion within easy reach and made excellent day trips.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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WOW!!!! Accomodation we wished we owned!!!!

  • 5 of 5

As seasoned travellers and holiday makers we had very high hopes of what our accomodation in Bordeaux would be like, but they were exceeded by this property. Firstly the property allowed us to stay together all 12 of us, we had so much fun with the different activities that were about the place from Tennis, Golf, Table tennis, the use of the pool table, the private swimming pool. The 3 metre projector tv allowed us to watch the Euros with English commentary. The kitchen was fully furnished including a pizza oven. We rented the two VW people carriers which allowed us to come and go as we pleased.

Ian as the owner could not have done any more for us, every request was taken on board and fulfilled. Having since returned home, friends and family have commented on how amazing the place looked in the pictures we posted online......the pictures are amazing but L'Orangerie has been firmly installed as the premium level of what we will expect from other accomodation and this is what will set it apart from every other holiday accomodation we have experienced. Keep up the great work Ian.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great fortnight in a wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two weeks at the Orangerie - the property was even more impressive than the photographs and had plenty of space for our 3 families to enjoy. Lovely pool and terrace, tennis court, table tennis and pool table kept us busy.

The cinema room / sound system was very impressive but don't forget to bring some DVDs. Great, friendly, attentive service from the owner including initial shop and helping to arrange transport for trips etc - Ian was a friendly and warm host.

Would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gensac, Gironde

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 8
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 14
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £438.3

Booking Notes:
SECURITY! Always speak to the owner before booking.
Security deposit of €500. required.
Terms and conditions apply.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday in peak season. Flexible off-peak.
Occupancy from 5 pm on day of arrival. Departure 10 am. Early arrival/ late departure with approval and additional fee.

Notes on prices:
Prices subject to change and negotiation. Payment by Bank transfer only.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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