Discover the medieval town of St Emilion & its famous wine producing surrounds
Wine & chateau visits in St. Emilion & its appellations
Discover the beautiful & historic regions of this famous wine growing area which includes the appellations of St Emilion, Pomerol, Côtes de Castillon and Entre deux Mers (which is where La Caussade is located). Further afield are the Médoc, Sauterne, Graves & Pessac Leognan appellations and many more. In total there are 57 appellations and over 113'000 hectares of vines in the region. Before your trip, book in some wine tours & meet the vignerons, wine makers and passionate people behind the scenes who are responsable for producing some of the most famous wines in the world. These beautiful areas with their ancient Chateaux set amidst the hills, valleys, rivers & forests are at your doorstep to go out and experience.
The Medieval city of St. Emilion
The ancient town St. Emilion is a short 15 minute drive from La Caussade and definitely worth a visit. Stroll around the ancient cobbled streets, visit its magnificent monolithic cathedral, the beautiful Gothic church & its cloisters, & tour the ancient underground cave system that lies beneath the town. Have lunch at one of the Michelin starred restaurants, or sip a coffee at the Clock tower square and take in the beautiful view over the medieval town. Do some wine tasting at one of St. Emilion's many well stocked wine boutiques and bars. Electric biking & Tuk Tuk tours are also available from the town centre and are a great way to explore the local environs & vineyards.
The Château & Tower of Montaigne
The Montaigne Tower is a classified historical monument from the XIV century. It is where Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, the philosopher, historian of the natural world, humanist & moralist from the Renaissance, spent his time writing his essays, meditating & thinking. The Tower of Montaigne is an important relic of the Renaissance and has become a place of pilgrimage which bears witness to the life and work of this acclaimed thinker & writer.
Explore St. Emilion with the freedom of an electric bike tour. If you've never ridden one, the experience itself is really good fun. E-bikes offer a really easy way for people of all ages and fitness to get around and enjoy the fresh air & stunning scenery of St. Emilion, even pedalling uphill is a breeze!! Rustic Vines Tours offers full and half day tours which includes a picnic and one or two Chateaux visits (depending on the length of the tour chosen). See https://rusticvinestours.com for more details.
For a novel experience, try a Tuk-Tuk tour. The Tuk-Tuks are completely electric and provide an ideal way to see the beautiful countryside & Châteaux of St. Emilion. The Tuk-Tuks are driven by experienced tri-lingual drivers (French/English/Spanish) and will custom each tour to your wishes. Each tour lasts 50 minutes. See www.tuktourevents.com
A region of gastronomic pleasures
Local restaurants we love & love to recommend
Welcome to the land of culinary pleasure! The area of Aquitaine is famed for it's produce and artisan producers. Owing to this, there are an abundance of fabulous restaurants in the area from Michelin starred to local family run. Here are some of our favorites.
L'Auberge Gasconne - St. Pey de Castets +33 5 57 40 52 08
1 minute by car or walking distance
Home style cooking, simple & good €
La Poudette - Pujols +33 5 57 40 71 52
5 mins by car
Great food, beautiful garden terrace in summer €€
Chez Sylvie - Pujols +33 5 57 40 50 10
5 mins by car
Relaxed & enjoyed by locals, sit on the terrace in summer €
Caffe Cuisine - Branne +33 5 57 24 19 67
15 mins by car
Great food, lively atmosphere. Rub shoulders with local vignerons €€
8 mins by car
Pizzas & small sharing dishes, beers & wines on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Dordogne €
L'Envers du Décor - St. Emilion +33 5 57 74 48 31
15 mins by car
Recently acquired by Hostellerie de Plaisance. Classic french menu, great wine list. Frequented by locals & visitors alike €€
Les Belles Perdrix (Château Trop Long Mondot) St. Emilion +33 5 57 55 32 05
15 mins by car
1 Michelin star. Great food, fantastic wine & beautiful spaces €€€
Logis de la Cadène - St. Emilion +33 5 57 24 71 40
15 mins by car
1 Michelin star. Owned by Château Angelus. Indulge in the gastronomique menu €€€
L'Hostellerie de Plaisance - St. Emilion +33 5 57 55 07 55
15 mins by car
2 Michelin stars. Great terrace overlooking St. Emilion. Perfect for a pre diner apéritif. Fabulous menu & wine €€€
La Terrasse Rouge (Château la Dominique) - Pomerol +33 5 57 51 31 36
20 mins by car
Contemporary, busy bistro with an open kitchen and superb views over the famous Cheval Blanc and Pétrus €€
Markets. Local & seasonal fare
If you love a market, you've found your utopia! The Aquitaine area is famed for it's local produce and the markets are a huge part of local culture and enterprise. Uncover a gastronomical treasure trove of fresh & seasonal goods, with all the colours, smells & sounds of the thriving market scene. Stop for a coffee or a fresh oyster and glass of crisp white wine and take in everything the markets have to offer. Our closest markets are as follows, (but there are many more all the way through the Bordeaux area, and going further west to the coast) :
Libourne - Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
St Foy la Grande - Saturday morning
Branne – Friday morning
Castillon-la-Bataille – Monday morning
Sauveterre de Guyenne – Tuesday morning
Rauzan – Saturday morning
Nature, fresh air & local activities
Canoe down the Dordogne
The Dordogne river, which in 2007 was listed as a UNESCO Biosphere, is just a few minutes down the hill from La Caussade. Go exploring down this beautiful tidal river by canoe to make the most of its wild life and tranquility. It's a lovely day out with family or friends and can choose how far you want to venture, from 6 to 20 kms with starting points from Eynesse, Pessac-sur-Dordogne and Lamothe-Montravel. For reservations call the Canoë Castillonnais +33 7 84 20 50 52
Have bikes delivered to you at la Caussade
If you want to explore the area directly around La Caussade, we can arrange for either electric bikes or standard bikes to be delivered to La Caussade and to be at your disposal during your stay. Please give us plenty of advance notice.
Hot air ballooning
For a truly unique experience take a ride in a hot air balloon over the vineyards & beautiful countryside of St. Emilion. The team from La Ferme du Ciel will come & pick you up and take you to their ballooning park, where the flights start. After the flight they team organise a picnic with Grand Cru wines from St. Emilion & locally sourced produce. For more information visit www.lafermeduciel.eu and for reservations call +33 60 884 8408. Please note that flights are weather dependant.
The gardens of the Lamprey
These large botanical gardens in Sainte Terre, are freely accessible and home to several hundred species of riverside plants, which have been carefully curated along a pebble trail, reflecting the sinuous nature of the Dordogne. The park is mainly dedicated to the Lamprey, a prehistoric eel like aquatic animal which has been around for 450 million years. The park also houses a wealth of information on the flora and fauna of the Dordogne. After visiting the park of the Lamprey, you can visit the Cabestan, the Lamprey Fisherman's Farm and go on a guided tour along the river (with or without a Lamprey tasting). The tour with the local fishermen, will let you discover the ancient fishing techniques that change according to the tides of the river. For more information go to www.lamproie.fr
St. Emilion Golf Course
The 5 star St. Emilion Golf Course, designed by American golf course architect Tom Doak (also designed Pacific Dunes in Oregon, Ballyneal in Colorado, Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand). It is ranked the 7th best golf course in France by Golf Digest. It's18 holes are situated throughout a valley lined with hundred-year-old oak trees, enormous pines trees and of course vineyards. Located 10 km from the village of Saint Emilion, this unique golf course in France is a definite must for golfing enthusiasts. See www.segolfclub.com
The Atlantic coast
The Atlantic coast is about 1.5hrs drive away but definitely worth the visit if you have the time and if you love long, wide white sandy beaches and crashing Atlantic waves. The closest beaches are Lége-Cap Ferret and Lacanau. However if you go a bit further you can reach the beautiful La Coorniche at Arcachon +33 5 56 22 7211 (reservations a must). Or if you want a truly authentic experience you can eat fresh oysters on the waters edge at any of the oyster shacks driving out along the peninsula of Cap Ferret, or try the famous Chez Hortense overlooking the bassin of Arcachon and the Dune of Pylat (the biggest sand dune in Europe).
L’Eclerc – St. Magnes de Castillon (8 mins by car – direction Castillon-La-Bataille)
L’Eclerc DRIVE (shop on line & collect) – St. Magnes de Castillon (8 mins by car)
Intermarché – Castillon-La-Bataille (8 mins by car)
Liddl - Castillon-La-Bataille (8 mins by car)
Carrefour – Branne (15 mins by car)
Carrefour – Libourne (20 mins by car)
St. Pey-de-Castets – at the bottom of the hill (Rte de l’Eglise) and turn right, its on the corner. It has excellent croissants, pain au chocolate & pain au raisin!
Castillon-La-Bataille – a few to choose from
Branne - a few to choose from
The closest is Castillon-La-Bataille (8 mins by car)
Also, Branne, St. Emilion, Sainte Terre
Pharmacies are closed on Sundays, however for emergencies they have a rota system between other pharmacies in the area. If you go first to the pharmacy in Castillon, there will be a notice to forward you to the pharmacy in service for that weekend.