Le Petit Rêve

St. Bonnet-sur-Gironde

Situated a close distance from the Haut-Mêdoc and Bordeaux, Le Petit Rêve is a vine-covered, country farmhouse, whose lineage has been traced back to 1745. With the Gironde only minutes away and Haut-Mêdoc just on the other side of the inland waterway, it is an ideal headquarters for exploring the vineyards of the Bordeaux region. It is also the perfect home for a family on holiday in Southwest France, and is the quintessential romantic getaway for honeymooners. And while it does not have a pool, the property is only 45 minutes from the sandy beaches of the South Atlantic Coast, or a five-minute drive from a well-maintained public pool at Mirambeau.

Le Petit Rêve underwent extensive renovations in the late 1990s. The tile roof, three fireplaces, antique tile floors, massive ceiling beams and window shutters were refurbished but essentially left intact. Windows were replaced in the 250-year-old stone walls, and the shutters redone. All mechanical functions were completely updated, and the grounds landscaped with flowerbeds and walnut and fig trees. The result of this nine-year-long project is an authentic and comfortably appointed French farmhouse with many original features, as well as a kitchen, two bathrooms and other amenities (among them a full stereo system) on a par with the most modern homes.

The rooms at Le Petit Rêve are on a grand scale, beginning with the foyer, which is spacious enough to include a cane bench, assorted chairs and, if needed, a table for up to twelve guests that can be moved in from the kitchen. From the foyer a walnut burl staircase rises to the second floor and the upstairs bedrooms.

The living room is exceptionally spacious, and is furnished with a sofa and several armchairs arranged before a stone fireplace. The room is bright with natural light from windows that face south and west and overlook the gardens and vineyards. A glass door leads to an outside sitting area where it is pleasant to enjoy a cool drink and watch the sunset.

The expansive country kitchen has a farm table that can seat up to twelve. This is the ideal place for a family dinner, especially in cool months with logs burning in the large fireplace. The modern appliances include a four-burner gas cook top, conventional electric oven and microwave, dishwasher and a washing machine. There is generous counter space and a food prep area with a second sink. On the south side a glass door leads to a small terrace and breakfast table.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor. The master bedroom has a sitting area with a sofa, armchairs and a desk, and a queen-sized bed positioned to take advantage of the white stone fireplace. The well-illuminated ensuite bath has a double vanity, WC and tub with hand-held shower, and a grand view of the countryside through a stained-glass window.

The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and views toward the north and east. Just outside off the hallway there is a bath with a glass-and-tile stall shower, sink and a separate WC.

Two bedrooms with beamed ceilings open off the upstairs landing. One bedroom is quite large, being above and roughly the same size as the living room. The other bedroom is smaller and cozier. Both have queen-sized beds, and, like the downstairs bedrooms, bedside tables with good reading lamps. In general the upper floor has a more of a country cottage feel, and as the natural light is limited to four small shuttered windows on the south side of the house, it is far less luminous than the downstairs. There is no bath or WC on the upper floor.

Le Petit Rêve is only a short walk to the quaint village of Saint-Bonnet-sur-Gironde, where there are bakery and other basic shops. Mirambeau, which has a weekly open-air market, is a short drive. Bordeaux, a cosmopolitan city known for its formidable assortment of restaurants, is 45 minutes away by Autoroute. Bordeaux has TGV service direct to Paris, and its international airport connects to London and numerous cities in Europe.

With its thick stone walls keeping the interior cool in summer, and a strong central heating system and three fireplaces for winter, Le Petit Rêve can be enjoyed year-round. Because of its proximity to the Atlantic, the Bordeaux region is generally not subject to extreme temperatures in any season, and summer days rarely exceed the mid-80s (around 26-28 Celsius). It is especially enjoyable in the early fall, when the grape harvest begins.

Le Petit Rêve - The Little Dream was so named by the owners because it is the culmination of their long quest to own a vacation home in France. It is available in July, August and September, and at other times of the year when not occupied by the owners.
  

Bedrooms:

4 (all queen-sized beds)

Baths:

2

Pool:

No

Levels:

2

Style:

Restored 18th-century stone farmhouse

Locale:

Countryside

Caretaker on premises:

No

Nearest town:

Mirambeau (8 km)

Nearest city:

Bordeaux (82 km)

Airport:

Bordeaux

Train station:

Bordeaux (TGV)

Staff:

Garden maintenance. Housecleaning available at extra cost.

Extra charges:

Heat in cool months

Laundry facilities:

Washing machine

Stereo system:

Yes, with CD player

Cable/satellite TV:

Yes

Seasonal availability:

July through September, and year-round when not occupied by owners

Max # of occupants:

6

Restrictions:

No smoking, no pets

Minimum stay:

1 week

Start date:

Saturday

Price range:

$1,200.00 – $2,100.00/wk. depending on season

For further information on availability and pricing, please contact Tom Willits or Nancy Wheeler at willits1@comcast.net or by telephone

413 586 3224