“You don’t have to be a wine lover to enjoy a holiday in a vineyard in Europe (but it helps), says Annabelle Thorpe” in The Times (Saturday, 11 August 2012).
We were delighted to have our farmhouse at Château Bauduc included – see #6 below. Of course, we can’t repeat the whole article but for those of you who don’t subscribe to The Times, here’s the list with (1) how many each place can sleep, (2) the starting price and (3) contact and booking details. All the vineyards offer wine tasting, not surprisingly, and if you’re planning on staying in a sunny European wine region between May and September, go for a spot with a private pool. Essential after a hard day’s work tasting wines.
We’ve taken the liberty of keeping the description of the farmhouse at Bauduc (pictured) in our shortened version below. The Times website doesn’t link direct to the other websites unfortunately, so you’ll have to do a bit of copying and pasting of domain names for more info.
One final note. Only 5 out of the 20 can be booked direct, despite the time and care that goes into making each destination special. In this day and age, isn’t that a pity?
1. Château de Claribès
“Sleeping four, guests can tour the vineyards and taste and buy wines, swim or canoe the Dordogne.”
From £390 per week through Holiday Lettings (holidaylettings.co.uk).
2. Château de Messey
“Three former workers’ cottages (sleeping two, four or six) that have been restored as comfortable rural bolt holes.”
From £352 for a week, book through Sawdays (www.specialplacestostay.co.uk) or direct on 00 33 3 85 51 16 11.
3. Le Manoir du Vignoble
“Le Manoir sleeps up to 14.”
From £1,150 per week with Vintage Travel (01954 261431, vintagetravel.co.uk).
4. Domaine des Vignes
“The house sleeps up to ten (two kids).”
From £799 pp per week, based on ten sharing through S J Villas (020-7801 4010, sjvillas.co.uk).
5. Le Clos de Fontenay
“The house has two bedrooms, although it can sleep up to six.”
From £595 per week, (00 33 2 4757 1274, www.leclosdefontenay.com).
6. Château Bauduc
“Settle in to the farmhouse that overlooks the vineyard and cellars on the Bauduc estate, and prepare for some serious tastings. Bauduc supplies Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein with its drinkable whites, reds and rosés, and guests can sample them on the terrace. The house sleeps eight, and has a cosy feel.”
From £945 per week (0800 316 3676, bauduc.com).
7. Château les Carrasses
“A number of houses on its grounds, from converted barns (sleeping six) to grape-pickers’ lodgings.”
From £221 per night for a barn house (00 33 4 67 00 00 67, www.lescarrasses.com).
8. Hacienda La Parrilla Alta
Arcos de la Frontera
“Six bedrooms and a pool that overlooks the vines.”
From £1,395 per week through Vintage Travel (01954 261431, vintagetravel.co.uk).
9. Cal Mingo
“The house sleeps up to 16, but its spaciousness means that it never feels crowded.”
From £2,556 per week (16 sharing) through Spain Holiday (020-3384 7066, spain-holiday.com).
10. Hacienda Zorita
“All the facilities of a luxury hotel with the privacy of your own villa.”
From £182 per night, through Chic Retreats (020-3397 0085, chicretreats.com).
“Luxurious five-bedroom house.”
From £1,968 through Holiday Rentals (holiday-rentals.co.uk, ref 845598).
“A sleek hotel in the 19th-century stately home and luxurious villas scattered through the grounds.”
From £278 per night for a one-bed villa, through I-Escape (i-escape.com).
13. Quinta da Tapada
“A simply furnished cottage… Sleeps up to six.”
From £198 per week (based on two sharing), through Owners Direct (ownersdirect.co.uk).
14. Tenuta Montalcino
“Sleeping up to ten.”
From £413 pp per week through C V Travel (020-7401 1010, cvtravel.co.uk).
15. Villa in the Vineyard Apartment
‘This two-bedroom apartment (sleeping six) makes an ideal base for a wine-tasting break.”
From £580 per week through Holiday Lettings (holidaylettings.co.uk).
16. Villa Al Magrini
“Sleeping up to six.”
From £1,404 per week (00 39 583 97801, fattoriadifubbiano.it).
17. Fattoria Lavacchio
“Two converted farmhouses, one of which, Monterifrassine, has five large self-catering apartments.”
From £761 pp (two sharing), including flights and car hire (020-8758 4722, sunvil.co.uk).
18. Villa Castellare
From £567 per night (00 39 055 8074125, www.villacastellare.tuscany.it).
19. Casa Singerna
“Sleeps up to ten in simple but comfortable rooms.”
From £1,466 per week, through Sawdays (sawdays.co.uk) or book direct (0039 0575 791166, casasingerna.com).
20. Villa Taormina
“An ideal family house.”
From £2,855 per week through Owners Direct (ownersdirect.co.uk).
Can you recommend any others? Feel free to comment below.