Last week Palate Press paid homage to all things Bordeaux in a series of posts dedicated to the region. There were several excellent articles, including: some of the many changes to the wines of this region, some of the recent challenges, an overview of this reborn city, and also one featuring some of the new and exciting producers in the region. This last one, written by yours truly, highlights three producers I had the pleasure of meeting this past September on my trip to the region. Check it out here.
One of the producers I mention in the article — Château d’Arcole – is the oldest organic estate in Saint-Emilion, and one of only 5 Biodynamic properties in all of Bordeaux.
In addition to making fantastic wine, they recently built an incredible new guesthouse available for visitors to rent. When I toured this modern and sleek rental, located just outside of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion, I was blown away by not just how cool of a property it is, but also the incredible price they charge guests to stay there by the week – just 200 euro per night for up to 8 people. Below are some photo highlights of my visit.
Château d’Arcole — Guest Cottage
Grapes in the vineyard. The property is one of only 5 biodynamic vineyards in the region.
As you enter the guesthouse you are greeted with this awesome kitchen.
I loved these two decorations in the kitchen
Also on the main floor is this spacious living room
Two of the guest rooms located upstairs
One large room located upstairs with several single beds. Perfect for families traveling in the region.
Quick peek at the two bathrooms, located upstairs. Clean, modern, and spacious compared to what is typical of the area.
And if you happen to visit in the summer months you get to take advantage of the pool, which happens to be located just feet away from the vineyard!
And if you do get to visit, these two awesome, humble, and kind people will take good care of you — Owners Philippe Gardère and Véronique Barthe
This type of lodging is akin to the bed & breakfast style lodging we can experience here in the states, only set in a vineyard, near one of the coolest villages in France (Saint-Emilion). It’s so much more intimate (and comfortable!) than staying at a hotel, and so much more unique. It’s by far my favorite way of experiencing a new region.
You can find out more about the Château d’Arcole guesthouse by visiting their website. I did not stay overnight at the guesthouse during my trip, but it is definitely on my list should I return (hopefully with my own family!). On the day I visited (early September 2013) they had just bid farewell to their very first guests of the cottage. Like I said, it’s brand spankin’ new! To read more about Château d’Arcole please check out my article in Palate Press.
Thank you to Philippe Gardère and Véronique Barthe for your warm hospitality and lovely wines, and thank you the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) for arranging the tour and trip to the region.
For more on my trip to Bordeaux:
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