Chateau in Cabara, Nr. Saint Emilion, Gironde, Aquitaine, France - Part Of Small Village And Only 1 Kilometre From All Local Amenities
Maison Villevieux sits in a small, quaint village on the banks of the Dordogne river. This grand old house has been loving restored and decorated to a high standard and would suite anyone from young families or young professionals to older couples wishing to visit the local vineyards, restaurants and historical sites of the region. The house is within an hours drive of the Arcachon basin and the beautiful peninsular of Cape Ferret.
Top Traveller Review
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About the Owner
About Gabrielle Hennah
I was born in Sydney and moved to France, aged 12 so I consider my spiritual home in is Australia but my heart will always be in France..and for all the right reasons: the culture, the food, the fabulous wine and the French! I have been a franco-phile all my life and fell in love with this region about ten years ago. Bordeaux offers everything Paris does but on a smaller and more interesting scale. The region surrounding the City has everything from beaches to vineyards to incredible cultural history. I have two children (now 11 and 8 years old) who have grown up in our French home and love it. My husband is English and he too shares my passion with France. I am an interior designer and am lucky enough to work a lot in the Bordeaux region.
Gabrielle Hennah purchased this chateau / country house in 2004
Why Gabrielle Hennah chose Entre Deux Mers
Our criteria in buying a property in the area was that it was close to a main City, in a small village so we were not isolated and could chat to the neighbours and that we were within easy access to activities for both the children and for us and our friends and family.
What makes this chateau / country house unique
For us and our family, the location of the house is key as it offers us everything we sought after from a rural experience to not being too far from good restaurants and bars.
(7 traveller reviews)
Who could ask for more?
We are a family of five who love the Aquitaine region and wanted a getaway in the real countryside. I cannot fault this house. From the moment we drove into the village we were so impressed. The property is vast, and far more luxurious than we expected. All the rooms are airy and beautifully appointed. I only wish I could recreate that ambiance at home! We loved the kitchen, very well equipped, and enormous living space, to escape at the height of the summer sun. The bedrooms are large and elegant, and no expense has been spared with fixtures and fittings. We had a wonderful holiday full of fun and laughter and days by the pool (very private)...and days exploring this very special area of France. When you are on the doorstep of Saint-Emilion you are simply spoilt for choice in terms of wine and food and good times. Thank you so much Gaby for a wonderful break. We will definitely come back soon!
A Perfect French Escape
We booked the house as a weekend getaway for a group of 5 friends. We hired a car from the airport with no problem at all and found Gaby's directions spot and arrived with no hitches. The house itself was incredible - our idea of French elegance and homely comfort - the rooms are stylish and chic and the history and architecture is unspoilt. Wonderfully comfortable beds, with beautiful linen and soft furnishings. Everything you could possibly want in terms of equipment and the terrace in the evening was stunning. A gorgeous pool (heated) and given that we all had young children, I appreciated the lovely small table and chairs, trampoline and children's plates and cutlery, games and bunk-beds. Stunning surroundings and beautiful walks on your doorstep and the nearby supermarket was fully stocked with cheese, meats and wine ! A very happy and memorable weekend in a property that just made us smile from the moment we arrived.
A little bit of luxury in the Cabara
A memorable long weekend relaxing in Cabara.
The owner, Gabby, and her husband, bought and renovated the property and have certainly added their creative touch. It is glorious in both architecture and interior decor. All rooms are unique in style and have their own charm. The house and grounds are superb and it was a real bonus to have a heated swimming pool of which we certainly made use.
Even though our trip was just for a long weekend, because of all the advice and help in booking restaurants and places to visit we feel like we were there for longer. Some of the places visited included shopping in St.Emilion and Chateau Candale a true gem of a vineyard with amazing food - both in very easy driving distance (10-15mins max).
Lazy evenings sat round the table on the terrace enjoying the summer sun, gossiping with a large glass of rose just made each day even more memorable – such a relaxing time!
Overall, a wonderful chateaux decorated with great taste. Very reasonable price, considering how lovely the place is. Highly recommended to anyone looking to visit this stunning area. I am very fussy but this exceeded my family's expectations! A five star experience.
Heaven in Cabara
We were looking for a complete ‘chill out’ stay and this charming house with quality furnishings totally stood up to the job. Gabrielle’s driving directions from Bordeaux were spot on (once we got out of the car park!!) so use them if hiring a car from the airport!
We have nothing but praise for this lovingly restored house and although we were only a couple, it felt very comfortable and not too big (although it is!) and we made good use of the lovely garden / terrace and pool.
After a day exploring the local area, a glass of wine and dinner on the very peaceful terrace, was our own little piece of heaven in Cabara.
Worth driving the 15 minutes to St Emillion town, with its numerous sites / shops and great restaurants and we ended going back a few times !
I would definitely recommended this friends / families, big or small groups, as it would accommodate all.
Beautiful house, heaps of space and lovely pool
We stayed at this gorgeous house for a week in August and it was absolutely beautiful. Wonderfully spacious and the pool and garden kept our 5 young boys (21 months to 7 years) entertained whilst the terrace for dining suited us adults very well! There is a great beach and lake a 10 minute drive from the house which I'd highly recommend (I'm afraid I can't remember the name but it's in their visitor's book) - we had a great time here. The place was empty when we arrived at 10am and we were very well looked after in the café and watersports. St Emilion is just beautiful and we all did the road train tour. Only downside is the 1 toilet issue upstairs and the 1 downstairs being tucked away under the stairs but that's very minor when the house and area is so beautiful.
My extended family, with ages ranging from 16 months to 89 years of age, spent a wonderful 8 days in Gabrielle's beautiful home in Cabara.
The quality of the furnishings and decorations far exceeded our expectations. Also the size of the house allowed us all an element of privacy. The gardens and village setting just a short walk from the banks of the Dordogne river added to the charm. Branne had plenty of shops and a supermarket which was more than adequate. We also ate at cafe cuisine which had a great set menu. The location was good for trips to Bordeaux, St Emilion and has many vineyards worth a visit in close proximity. The only downside is that in such a large house there was only one WC upstairs and one downstairs! But the pluses far outweighed the negatives.
From the Owner
“Our criteria in buying a property in the area was that it was close to a main City, in a small village so we were not isolated and could chat to the neighbours and that we were within easy access to activities for both the children and for us and our friends and family.”
Activity and Interests
The coast is approximately 1 hour away (traffic dependent!) and can be done as a day trip. From Arcachon you can take the small ferry to Cap Ferret (for example).
Bordeaux Airport is a 45 minute drive from the house and Bergerac is 50 minutes. The nearest train station is Libourne which is on the mainline to Bordeaux and Paris . Car hire is essential.
Saint Emilion is 12 kilometres, Libourne is 12 kilometres, Bordeaux is 40 kilometres. Cap Ferret is 90 kilometres
Banks, cash points, pharmacy and supermarkets are all 1 kilometre from the house.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
29 Jul 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Dec 2017 - 13 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£500|
50% deposit will be required upon confirmation of the booking with the balance due prior to arrival. A refundable deposit of £500 will apply.
If there is vacancy then we are flexible on our rental dates. During busy times (July and August) we generally ask that you vacate the house by 11am to allow for cleaning and new tenants arrival around 4pm.
Notes on prices:
Outside of school holidays we are flexible on the length of bookings.
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.
From the Owner
“For us and our family, the location of the house is key as it offers us everything we sought after from a rural experience to not being too far from good restaurants and bars.”
- chateau / country house
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Heated Pool
- Private Pool
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Two bathrooms, one with bath and shower, one with shower only. Downstairs laundry room also has shower room and toilet.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king sized bed. Bedroom 2 and 3 with super king sized bed. Bedroom 4 with queen sized bed, Bedroom 5 with two singles and one single set of bunk beds. Baby cot and play facilities also available.
- Golf ...
- Max. occupancy: 12
- pets considered
- children welcome
- Notes on accommodation: Each bedroom has been decorated to a high standard with White Company linens and ultra comfortable beds. There are four large bedroom with king and super king sized beds plus a large children's bedroom with two standard single beds and one standard bunk bed. Outside: The outdoor garden is an easy-care design with large lavender beds, a large lawn area, draping wisteria providing shade on to the terrace and beautiful rose bushes around the 'dependence'. There are sun loungers, a private 9x4 metre pool with electric cover (safety regulated for children), a gas BBQ and a larger outdoor dining table and chairs. There is also a large trampoline for children, a table tennis table, a netball/basketball hoop and a tennis court (1 minute walk away). Utility Room: The large laundry room has a washing machine, a dryer and an iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are all include and there is a maid service once a week, generally on a Saturday morning. This can be increased if required. Other: There is a large and private office with desk, leather chair and WiFi to use at your convenience. Perfect for those who need quick and efficient access to their office from a remote location.