Exclusive Villas For The Annual ‘Vendange’ in France
Every September, the sun-burnished vineyards of France become a hive of activity, as armies of grape pickers and trundling tractors, weighted down with the precious fruit, mean the annual ‘Vendange’ is in full swing.
Even though ingenious, gangly machines are increasingly stripping the vines these days, the harvest is still a quintessentially French tradition and festivals take place in countless towns and villages so everyone can celebrate with good food, lively music and of course, plenty of wine.
To experience the Vendange first hand with good friends or family in the lap of luxury, Le Baou is a stunning Provencal villa for 15 which has its own vineyard, where the English owner and a reputed local wine-maker (who is actually Scottish!) produce fine red, white and rose wines with the label, Le Baou d’Enfer (www.facebook.com/LeBaouDEnfer). Le Baou is surrounded by the vineyards and beautifully landscaped grounds including a walled garden, lawns, gravel dining terraces and a 12x6m pool. Le Baou comfortably accommodates 3 or 4 families, comprising 6 bedrooms in the Main House (3 ensuite doubles, 2 double/twins and 1 single) and 2 further double bedrooms and bathroom in an Annexe. Le Baou is available through Anglo French Properties and 7 nights in September costs £6,900. Le Baou is 4 kms from the village of La Mole, 11kms from the ‘village perché’ of Bormes-les-Mimosas and only 14kms from the Bay of St Tropez.
In South West France, Cahors is one of the region’s most prestigious wine towns , renowned for its excellent reds to rival much pricier Bordeaux and within an hour’s drive, upto 12 family and friends can stay in the exquisite setting of Moulin de St Sulpice on the banks of the River Cele. Le Moulin has a small vineyard of its own and Patrick is in charge of making a highly quaffable red which is available to guests. Le Moulin comprises a 13th century mill, miller’s house, tower and self-contained cottage set in 25 acres of lovingly tended garden and grounds including an 11x4.5m swimming pool, grass tennis court, croquet lawn, orchard and even its own island created by the mill race. The cluster of idyllic old buildings provide plenty of space for 3 or 4 families to stay at Le Moulin, with 5 bedrooms and 6 bath/shower-rooms in total. Le Moulin de St Sulplice is available through Anglo French Properties and 7 nights in September costs £3580. Le Moulin is 2 kms from the medieval riverside village of Marcilhac-sur-Célé, 10 kms from the small town of Cajarc and 25 kms from the charming historic town of Figeac.
Anglo French Properties is a well kept secret among Francophiles in the know. For over 20 years, Miles Maskell has been arranging rentals of a personally selected handful of only 20 or so of the most distinctive chateaux, villas and country houses in the most reliably sunny regions of south west of France, Provence and the Cote D’Azur. More information is available at www.anglofrenchproperties.com, tel. +44 (0)207 225 0359.
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