Beau Séjour: Bed and Breakfast / Guest House
Bed and Breakfast situated close to Saint Emilion and Bordeaux
Rated number 1 of over 500 B&B's in the Gironde by Tripadvisor
At our bed and breakfast, (chambre d’hotes), Beau Séjour, situated less than 15
minutes from Saint Emilion, we are waiting to offer you our hospitality and to
share with you our passion for this beautiful wine growing region of the Gironde,
also known as "Bordeaux wine country." Beau Séjour translates to "Beautiful Stay"
and that is what we strive for you to experience when you visit us at our home.
Originally from England and lovers of wine we have carefully chosen the location of
our bed and breakfast to be very close to the vineyards of Saint Emilion, Pomerol,
Sauternes, the Entre deux Mers, the left bank, (Medoc) and the city of Bordeaux.
You may be surprised but there is more to this wonderful region than wine! In
order to provide additional information on history, activities and visits we have
created a new site called bordeaux-wine-country.com for your interest.
It gives us great pleasure to welcome guests from France and all over the world to
our home. We are here to help you enjoy the best possible moments whilst you
are staying with us at Beau Séjour. We are passionate about our region and we
love to share ideas for places to visit, the best restaurants, cycle and walking
routes, wine tastings, and not forgetting the many shady spots in the garden to
read a book with a glass of wine to hand.
You will find detailed information on Beau Séjour by clicking the buttons at the top.
If you would like to read why our guests think so highly of us and why they come
back to visit us and send their friends then click here.
All five bedrooms at Beau Séjour are
spacious, luminous, decorated with good
taste and each is furnished individually with
antiques combined with contemporary
The bedrooms have all the comfort you
expect; comfortable beds with top quality
mattresses and luxurious cotton percale
sheets. All bedrooms have their own
private, modern and heated bathroom with
powerful showers, constant hot water,
plenty of soft towels and accessories.
We are always striving to improve what we offer for a memorable and happy visit
and we greatly value the opinions provided by our guests via Tripadvisor.
Thanks to our guests, this is the fourth successive year that Beau Séjour has
been ranked in the top chambre d'hotes in France by TripAdvisor.
Martin F 16 avril 2014 via Tripadvisor
This was our second visit. We stayed with Maureen and Jon last year, and loved
the region - it's so beautiful, with lots to see and do. Including, but not limited to,
wine! I didn't think it would be possible, but Maureen and Jon made sure our
second visit was even better than our first. So what made such an excellent stay?
Accommodation: Chambre Ouest was large, spotlessly clean, comfortable and
had a had a beautiful terrace out to the garden which we could enjoy.
Hospitality: From the moment we walked through the door, Maureen and Jon
were gracious and generous hosts, making us feel comfortable and extremely
welcome. They moved to the area because they loved it, and their enthusiasm
and knowledge of the area shows - they delight in giving guests advice, making
Food: Maureen and Jon really went the extra mile. Afternoon tea is a delight - a
chance to catch up on the day over a cup of tea, homemake cakes and a glass of
wine. Breakfast was excellent with a fantastic choice. Best of all, we arranged an
evening meal which was absolutely delicious - we've come back with a number of
recipes! We will definitely return again - this is a truly exceptional place to stay.
Beverley W 23 octobre 2013 via Tripadvisor
My husband and I have just returned from our first trip to France. Although hard
to believe I would have to say that our 5 day stay at Beau Sejour was the
highlight of our trip. We had hired a car and while at Beau Sejour travelled over
600 kilometres from St Emilion to the Medoc to Bordeaux enjoying the fabulous
scenery, excellent restaurants, visiting exceptional vineyards and all thanks to
Maureen & Jon's knowledge, expertise and caring, thoughtful attitude.
Maureen and Jon went out of their way to ensure that our stay with them was
travelnutEncitasCa 11 octobre 2013 via Tripadvisor
We just returned from 3 weeks in France and Italy and our stay with Maureen
and Jon was just spectacular. They have lovingly restored their home and spared
no detail. Our room was huge...as large as our master bedroom at home. The
bathroom was beautiful and included heated towel racks. Maureen serves a very
good breakfast every morning with homemade jams and pastries. They also put
out complimentary local wine in the afternoon along with tea and biscuits. Both
of them are very helpful in recommending restaurants, wine tours, local markets,
and will virtually plan your entire day for you if you wish. The day we left we
needed to leave very early to turn in a rental car and catch a train in
Bordeaux...Jon insisted on getting up and making us toast and coffee with the
comment "you wouldn't let a friend leave your home without offering coffee". It
was 5:30 in the morning! We just wish we could have stayed longer. It's a truly
beautiful property and the hosts are so lovely and gracious. Don't miss an
opportunity to stay here if you're planning a trip to Bordeaux...it's a true gem.
Bart Palmer P 11 août 2013 via Tripadvisor
This was our first trip to the St. Emilion region. We stayed here based on a
recommondation from friends that had been here earlier in the year. It was
beyond our every expectation. The accomodations were wonderful, the
enviorment delightful and most of all Jon and Maureen are the most caring,
helpful, and considerate hosts. The breakfasts were exceptional every morning,
high tea every afternoon is a must and when they cook dinner for the guests it is
a 5 star event. Every detail of your stay is important to them and they go above
and beyond to make sure you have the best possible exprerience in everything
you do. Jon and Maureen have wonderful restuarant recommendations, know
where to send you to buy wine, set up tours and excursions to vineyards and
chateaus in the region and anything else you might wish to explore. If you follow
their recommendations you will experience the region at it's finest. We will return
and hope to send friends and family too! Thank you Jon and Maureen for great
memories and the most wonderful, relaxing vacation we've had in 30 years!
DavidLin726 16 janvier 2013 via Tripadvisor
My wife and I stayed here for two nights during our honeymoon trip in Bordeaux
in summer 2012. We arrived with wonders and left with tears. We loved
everything here, and certainly, Maureen and Jon, who run this lovely guest house
with true passion and care for the guests. Definitely the best place to stay on
earth. Will return and stay here again (hopefully with our kids)!
For those of our guests who wish to be
sociable Beau Séjour engenders a convivial
ambiance where there are, if you so wish,
opportunities to meet and converse with
other travellers. Breakfast is often a lively
moment where suggestions for visits are
exchanged, travellers tales recounted and
Beau Séjour is a house for all seasons.
If you are visiting in the warmer months
then you can enjoy afternoon tea, wine and
home made cakes or biscuits (served
without charge) in the shade on the terrace
or in the large garden.
During the colder weather then afternoon
tea or dinner in front of the log fire is a
perfect way to relax after a busy day.
We offer a dinner menu all year round. In
spring and summer, on the evenings when
we are not cooking at Beau Séjour, then
eating out can be fun, either at a
restaurant, an open-air café, or with a
We tend to serve dinner on a Sunday and
Monday evening, when less restaurants are
open. In addition, we prefer to serve dinner
on a Wednesday and a Friday evening.
Please do click on a photo below to take you to the relevant page for more details
Above the 18th century facade of Bordeaux
Above the medieval town of Saint Emilion
Above a concert in the 12th century eglise
Saint Pierre of Naujan et Postiac, our village
Please do click on the photo to
see details of our five rooms
The information available, in English, on this part of France is sparse, unlike the Dordogne which is well documented.
This means that many guests arrive not having allowed sufficient time to explore this area properly. They only realise
the wide choice of things to see having spoken to us or to other guests. Of course it is then too late as the next stage of
their holiday is already booked. For example, many guests do not realise that the Medoc, (the left bank), can easily be
visited using our bed and breakfast as a base. Likewise many guests think that Bordeaux is just another large city. It is
not, it is a beautiful city which is entirely walkable. There are some medieval buildings, roman ruins and a wealth of
architecture dating from the 18th century. There has been massive investment in cleaning up the city in the time that
we have known it. It has a waterfront of 4.5km where wasteland has been changed into a pedestrian area with cafes
and shops where one can walk, cycle and sit and watch the world go by. Bordeaux is a very friendly and safe city. The
countryside around Bordeaux is primarily non touristic rural France, at its best, with pretty villages where family life is
one of the most important values.
We have tried to give more information than is usually available under a new website called bordeaux-wine-country.com
to help guests plan their holiday before arriving. In addition there is important information for those wishing to taste
wine since the manner of visiting wine producers in the Bordeaux wine country is quite different to the manner in
California, for example. So please take time to visit our new site. It is already a source of useful information although it
is still being developed. It covers much more than wine tasting, encompassing historical sites to visit and details on
towns and villages to see.
The medieval city of Saint Emilion is 15 minutes by car, the historic cities of Bordeaux, Castillon and Bergerac are also
only a short distance. The coastal towns of Arcachon, Gujan Mestras, for oysters straight from the sea, and the Dune
du Pyla are within reach.
The fortified (bastide) towns of the Gironde are fascinating to visit especially on market days, to sit outside a café and
absorb the atmosphere with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee or tea is wonderful exercise!
Often, the first impression of a guest when they arrive at our guest house is that they are in a spacious and relaxing
home, not in a bed and breakfast but somewhere they feel welcome and 'at home'. There is a lot of space at Beau
Séjour and guests are encouraged to feel at home in the grand salon, which is about 70m², or in the large garden.
Sometimes a bed and breakfast or a guest house is a little impersonal, we try our best to make sure that our B&B is not,
in fact quite the reverse. We enjoy taking time to explain visits, be it to Saint Emilion or to Bordeaux or to our favourite
producers in the markets or at local farms. Each day there is a market nearby and on most days a choice of markets.
There are food and general markets in Bordeaux as well as a ‘flea market’ and a special biologique (organic) market in
Bordeaux on a Saturday.
We do not have a swimming pool at our bed and breakfast so the garden is a place of quiet to relax in and enjoy the
wildlife. You can see red squirrels here all year round, whether they are rushing about gathering or searching for nuts
or just rushing about. Sometimes there are deer in the garden. There is a wonderful assortment of birds, perhaps the
most spectacular are the hoopoes, which can be seen in early summer feeding their young in the garden. There are
many birds of prey around and there have been sparrowhawks nesting in the wood nearby. The woodpeckers and
golden orioles are more often heard than seen.
There are wonderful abbeys at La Sauve and Blasimon, both less than 15 minutes from our B&B by car along the lanes.
In Saint Emilion there are many magnificent churches, the Eglise Monolithe, the Tour du Roi, the collegiate church.
There are also many wonderful churches and monuments in Bordeaux.
There is great exercise to be had, perhaps walking in the lanes or cycling, whether on the cycle track nearby or the
quiet lanes. Cycles or motorbikes can be left at our bed and breakfast safely. Cycles can be hired in Creon at the old
railway station which is now a centre for the cycle path which uses a disussed railway line. Alternatively you can book
bikes before arrival and have them delivered here. The local area is ideal for runners who like an early morning run,
either on the quiet roads or the cycle track, so we are told! There are many wonderful walks, for example around Saint
Emilion or Bordeaux. Horse riding in the vineyards is a pleasure for the young and not so young.
Around our dinner table there are often several nationalities and sometimes conversations in three languages, so it is a
good opportunity for the French or Spanish to practice their English or another language and likewise for the English to
practice their French. So come to our bed and breakfast, close to Saint Emilion and Bordeaux, to practice your French
or English conversation with a glass of wine in your hand!
Above is Chateau de la Brède dating
from the beginning of the 14th century.
Click on photo above, of Chateau
Beychevelle, for important details
of vineyard visits
Please do click on a photo below
to see more details on the subject
In order to give pleasure to our guests throughout the year we prepare and
cook local, fresh food for the breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and dinner.
Our aim is to follow the saying of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
1755-1826 (French epicure and gastronome):
'To invite a guest into your home is to make yourself responsible for
their well-being and happiness for as long as they are under your
For those who like to be more independant we also
have a holiday cottage in a wing of our house.
Guests in the holiday cottage can benefit from
breakfasts provided in the cottage and the
afternoon teas in the house, both are included in
the price. There is the possibility of joining other
guests for dinner in the house but also there is the
pleasure of cooking for yourselves. Click here for
more details about our cottage.
On the way to the duck farm Feeding one of our first guests. A neighbour’s vines Time to cut the grass
How to arrive at Beau Séjour. Our inaugural guests were two very weary cyclists who were following the pilgrim route
to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, in high summer, and stopped at our gate. However, guests usually arrive by car.
There are two airports within easy reach: the journey time from Bordeaux Airport is 40 minutes, Bergerac Airport is 60
minutes. The train stations at Libourne and Bordeaux Gare St Jean are served by the fast train, the TGV, from Paris.
The journey time from Libourne train station to Beau Séjour is 20 minutes and 40 minutes from Bordeaux train station.
The towns of the Dordogne, such as Sarlat are about 2.5 hours from Beau Séjour. We have ample secure parking for
cars, bikes and motorbikes in the courtyard at Beau Séjour.
We used our Jaguar E Type for most of our holidays in Saint Emilion, travelling from England. We always took wine
back, one time we packed in 144 bottles, plus luggage, tool kit and Maureen - just!
If you click on the photo above or have a glass of wine
perhaps you can read the title! under the trees
Above is the Abbey of La Sauve
Majeure founded in 1079