La Maison de Bujan, an old wine-maker’s home, dates from the 18th century. It is part of the vineyard estate of Château Bujan and is set two hundred metres from the château. The single-storey house has two ensuite bedrooms to sleep four guests comfortably, with room for two more guests on convertible sofas.
On the ground floor, the spacious living area features a large stone fireplace and exposed stone walls. Across a coffee table, two sofas face each other, one of which can be converted to an extra bed if needed.
The former adjoining barn has been converted into a dining room and a well equipped modern kitchen with a gas stove. One one side, this connects to the living room, and on the other, opens onto a terrace under a wooden roof in the traditional style of the region. This is an ideal spot to dine al fresco at the outdoor table and chairs, enjoying a view of rows of vines growing on the hillside.
Also on the sheltered terrace is a jacuzzi with seating for five, where one can enjoy a hot and relaxing soak in any season.
The two bedrooms are in the part of the house that was formerly the wine store. One has a double bed and an ensuite bathroom with a bathtub, shower and toilet. The second bedroom has a pair of twin beds and a single bed suitable for a child with an antique wrought-iron frame. The ensuite shower room also has a basin and toilet. Both bedrooms have doors leading directly outside to the gardens and the jacuzzi.
The estate of Château Bujan is part of the Côtes de Bourg wine-producing area, close to the famed vineyards of the Médoc and Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux region. The château itself is open to the residents of la Maison de Bujan, and the owner, Pascal Méli, will give a tour of the facility or discuss his winemaking craftsmanship. His wine recently won an outstanding two stars in the Guide Hachette, the Bible of French wine.
Gauriac, two kilometres from the house, has a bakery, a grocery, a pharmacy and a doctor. The town of Bourg, seven kilometres away, offers a good range of amenities, including a traditional Sunday open-air market where one can find vegetables, meat and fish, cheeses, and oysters.
The great Gironde Estuary is just a minute's walk from the house, and one can walk or cycle along its banks for hours.
In Blaye (nine kilometres from the house), the market takes place on Wednesday and Saturday on the harbour, just in front of the 16th century citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It is a beautiful part of town that should be explored on foot, offering wonderful views of the Gironde estuary from the ramparts. One can find some great small restaurants inside the citadel or between Blaye and Bourg along the estuary.
The Bordeaux region has a long and rich history, and its numerous small winding roads are dotted with Romanesque churches, medieval castles, small harbours, fortified towns, wine châteaux, and an abundance of hiking trails and a scenic route along the estuary bank.
The owner, Pascal, can also organize visits to the great or little-known vineyards of the Bordeaux region. The best-known wine region of France and the world, Bordeaux’s winemaking traditions go back to Roman times and has defined the lifestyle and the landscape for 2000 years. Discover the Médoc area by the route des châteaux: Château Margaux, Château Latour, Château Lafitte, Château Mouton-Rothschild, and villages with evocative names such as Pauillac, St Julien, Beychevelle, Moulis, Listrac, Margaux, Cantenac and many more.
The city of Bordeaux has wonderful examples of 18th century architecture which makes it one of the best preserved cities in France. The nearby medieval town of Saint Émilion is a classified UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its narrow cobblestone streets should be explored on foot.
Wandering through Sauternes’ rural roads, plan to see the famed Château d’Yquem, as well as the Château de Malle with its gardens, and the Château de La Brède where the 18th century philosopher Montesquieu lived and wrote “The Spirit of the Laws”, said to have been a source of inspiration for the American Revolution.