Welcome to an early version of our new web site. Pages are being added to and photographs improved but please read the pages to find out more about this wonderful region. We have known this part of France for many years and ten years ago we decided to leave England and purchase a house to, after over five years of renovation and furnishing, open a chambre d'hotes, (bed and breakfast), close to Saint Emilion and Bordeaux in the heart of the Bordeaux Wine Country, which corresponds to the French department of the Gironde.Meeting guests from all over the world we have been disappointed at how inadequate the information on this area is in English which gives rise to many guests seeing the Gironde as somewhere to pass through and perhaps to make a quick vineyard tour before heading off to the Dordogne. Guests therefore often miss the beautiful town of Bordeaux, the historically important Bastide towns, (many fortified by the English around 1300), the ever changing countryside, wonderful for just sight seeing or cycling. We often take a 'wrong' turning and frequently discover something new. Doing this recently we stumbled across a tiny jewel of a 14th century fortified water mill.To help guests benefit to the maximum from their holiday in our area we have suggested places off the beaten tourist trails and we have several suggested circular routes for day visits, please see the page Suggested Routes.There is the coastal area with Arcachon and the Dune du Pilat - the tallest sand dune in Europe and close by oyster farms and a wonderful bird sanctuary.The term Bordeaux Wine Country does not exist in French, it is an English term which covers the Department of the Gironde. All over the Gironde wine is made with many different types of grapes, (the cépage) and different type of harvesting, (the vendange). There is however much more to the Gironde than wine. For example our village name, Naujan et Postiac dates back to roman times and with so much history from the middle ages and the later centuries, giving rise to the beauty of Bordeaux, there are numerous visits to make. There is also history from roman times and much older, back to 22 million years ago. More recently, there is history from World War II, often not obvious since this was a department divided between the French and the Germans.The middle ages were a critical time in the formation of this part of France since the whole of the south west of France was English for three hundered years from 1154. Although wine production here can be traced back to roman times, it was the middle ages that gave rise to the growth of wine production with corresponding trade and wealth. We have therefore created this web site to try and give a flavour of the offerings in the area, all the information here is for pleasures that can be taken during a stay with us, or elsewhere in the area.So please take time to click on a photo and find out more about the subject.A special thank you to Alex Hall and Bruno Delmas who were kind enough to send useful photographs. The other person who has offered his superb collection of photos, taken while he and Jenny stayed with us, is Chuck Williams. We will use more as time permits. See Chuck’s site. Chuck has also written a fantastic book on his holiday here, with stunning photographs, see Chuck’s book.If you would like to contact us please click here.PS Yes wine tastings and visits to chateaux do figure on the agenda!
Click on photo above to see places to stay.
Click on photo above for information on vineyard visits.
Click on photo above for details on wine tours and wine tastings.
Click on photo above to see events in the area.
Click on photo above for information on Saint Emilion.
Click on photo above to see castles to visit.
Click on photo above to see abbeys and churches.
Click on photo above for information on Bordeaux.
Click on photo above for information on historical visits.
Click on photo above for information on the coastal area.
Click on photo above for suggested routes.
Click on photo above for information on the Médoc.