Located in the Bordeaux wine region, close to the picturesque village of Saint Emilion, this chateau is the perfect place to stay whilst exploring the vineyards in the surrounding area. Isabelle, the owner of the chateau, ensures everything is prepared for your stay and will organise any wine tours or meal reservations you wish to make prior to your arrival.
All the rooms in Chateau de Courtebotte have been refurbished to a high standard integrating modern fittings into the lovely traditional building. Downstairs there are plenty of areas to unwind in during your stay including a large lounge, a TV room with board games and a billiards room. Guests are well taken care of as Isabelle is always on hand to offer refreshments including home baked goodies.
I stayed in the Patio suite, which as the name suggests includes a large private terrace overlooking the Dordogne River – perfect for enjoying wine and macarons! The rooms were very large and palatial with an extremely comfortable bed and plush sofas to relax on. The other key feature of the Patio suite is the enormous bathroom with the bath taking pride of place in the centre complete with a pillow to relax against, pure heaven when coupled with bubbles both in the bath and in your glass.
Isabelle prepares an ample breakfast spread including more jam flavours than you ever knew existed to accompany the freshly baked pastries on offer. To line your stomach before a day of wine tasting take advantage of the many goodies available including the delicious homemade yoghurt.
With its proximity to Saint Emilion I would highly recommend spending a day meandering around this idyllic UNESCO protected village, Isabelle can of course arrange transfers for you. Whilst exploring you will soon learn that everyone knows Isabelle and speaks very highly of her!
Once a week Isabelle offers the chance for guests to indulge in her delicious home cooked dinner, this is something not to be missed and in all honesty was better than the Michelin starred restaurant down the road! The dinner during my stay included creamy butternut squash soup to start, hearty duck casserole topped with mashed potatoes for main, and banana bread for dessert. All of course accompanied by a magnum of claret from the vineyard next door and followed by a French cheese board.
Disclaimer: Wine has been mentioned many times in this post, I fully endorse drinking wine all day every day whilst in Bordeaux.
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Chateau de Courtebotte – https://www.chateaudecourtebotte.com/?lang=en