A former wine estate with a focus on well-being
in the Gironde estuary and Mer des Pertuis marine park

VERTHEUIL, Gironde Aquitaine FR
bed & breakfast, Aquitaine

Property owners’ take the floor

Why did you settle in this region, in this place and not elsewhere ?

Château La Gravière had everything we were looking for: old stones, beautiful surfaces, old trees and a few vineyards near to the ocean and its vast beaches. It allowed us to make our project come to life – a dwelling house distinct from a guest house that allows conviviality and independence for all.

What can you offer people staying with you ?

In addition to the region’s most beautiful wineries and the nearby ocean beaches, we offer a lovely setting that lends itself to well-being. The spa, outdoor pool and garden were designed with rest and relaxation in mind. In the same way, we have integrated the guest house into the whole property so that visitors can spend their time here in complete independence or in a convivial way according to their wishes.

What specific architectural features does your building have ?

The house has retained the typical architecture of the Médoc region’s wine estates. We have preserved the volumes, restored the facades and completely redone the technical aspects. The interior spaces have been designed to allow each room or suite to be both close to the heart of the house and perfectly isolated. We made all the adjustments and carried out the decoration ourselves by combining the charms of the old with modern materials and colours.

Places you would personally recommend

There are some excellent restaurants in the area, starting with "Le Saint Julien" in Saint Julien, "Le Bontemps" in Arsac and, of course, "Château Cordeillan-Bages" in Pauillac. The prestigious Châteaux du Bordelais and their spectacular wineries are another must-see along with the pretty cabins that are nestled among the bends of the small roads that wind around the estuary. We love the sheer size of the beaches that the Cordouan lighthouse watches over, we have nicknamed it the "king of lighthouses". Off the beaten track, there are plenty of organic farms scattered about, a saffron producer, a micro-wine estate and many other places for tasting delicious products.

What is its history ?

Vertheuil is thought to be the commune where the first vines of Médoc were planted by Abbey monks in the 11th century. Although we have discovered traces of very old constructions during our work, our property does not appear to date this far back – it is most probably from the 17th century. What we are sure of is that several generations of winegrowers came and went here before all wine-making activity at the property was stopped at the end of the sixties. As for the great cedar that reigns over the park, it is thought to be at least two hundred and fifty years old.

Our opinion

Sometimes, happiness comes from the smaller things in life. For some, a ray of sunshine, the perfumes of summer, a dip in the pool or a stone house surrounded by nature and vineyards are enough. As long as the promise of fresh air and foamy waves are nearby, little else is needed for an enjoyable stay. Such is the Château la Gravière’s simple yet obvious gamble.

Prices

between 116 € and 228 € / night

Ref 589843

Open from 1st April to 31st October

Accommodation capacity

14 5 5

All of the property’s rooms and suites are arranged on either side of the shared areas (dining room, living room and wellness area) they all come with private bathrooms and separate toilets. On the ground floor are a bedroom and a junior suite, both have private terraces. Two other suites, also designed in duplex, are spread over the ground floor for the living room and the first floor for the bedroom and the bathroom. In addition to a kitchen area available on request, there are large sofa beds for two extra guests. The final bedroom is upstairs. The property has one other shared area which is used for laundry and bike storage.

Facilities and amenities
  • Table d’hôte meal
  • spa bath
  • Baby bed
  • swimming pool
  • Wireless Internet connection
  • Daily cleaning service available on request

Languages spoken

English

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