The perfect base to explore the Bordeaux wine region.
Stay in a working village, shop at farmer markets, self-cater in your own gourmet kitchen, self-tour famous châteaux, taste and buy fine, affordable wines. Discover the Real Bordeaux when you stay at the best accommodation in the Bordeaux winelands.
The town of Blaye is situated on the bank of the Gironde estuary. This working village is the best place in Bordeaux from which to explore the Bordeaux wine lands and in which to experience the culture and lifestyle of French Bordeaux.
Situated on the boundary between what is known as the Bordeaux Left and Right banks, Blaye provides easy access to the over 10 000 chateaux in the Bordeaux region. The Medoc on the Left bank is home to four of the five most famous chateaux in the world and a mere 15 minute ferry-ride across the Gironde. On the Right bank Chateau Petrus (which produces the most expensive wine in the world) and the ancient city of St Emilion are just two of the many places not to be missed.
Your Chez Simon accommodation is located just 200 meters from the Citadel of Blaye, a World Heritage Site that was built by the Marquis de Vauban in the 17th century. These fortifications overlook the Gironde estuary and the town of Blaye and were built to defend Bordeaux from the English that were finally expelled from present-day France at the end of the 16th century.
Your Chez Simon accommodation is surrounded by thousands of chateaux – some produce wines that few of us can afford to drink, some produce wines that are hard to drink but most produce wonderfully affordable and enjoyable Bordeaux wines.
Choose one of the many routes we recommend to explore Bordeaux – drive, cycle or hike to nearby chateaux, farmer markets, flea markets, scenic villages, coastal towns and historic sites. Bring home farm-fresh produce, fine cheeses, mushrooms, sea foods and wines.
Enjoy sun-downers overlooking the Gironde estuary and the Medoc – a short stroll to the ramparts of the Citadel.
Choose one of five restaurants all within easy walking distance of Chez Simon or self-cater in the intimacy of your own apartment.
You could also barbecue in Chez Simon’s old-walled courtyard and dine alfresco or, if chilly, light a fire in the piazza and dine fire-side.
Simply the best accommodation in Bordeaux winelands.