Beau Séjour: Bed and Breakfast / Guest House
Bed and Breakfast situated close to Saint Emilion and Bordeaux
Rated number 1 of over 440 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.
Thank you to those guests who voted for us and so made us the
Number 1 Bed and Breakfast in France in 2013, thus we climbed a
step higher from Number 2 in 2012!
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 exceptional.
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 plans
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
In the autumn and winter it is perhaps
less enticing to go out to eat, particularly
as there are fewer restaurants open.
During the winter months we will always
cook for guests given prior notice.
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.
Above Chateau Palmer in Margaux
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
possibility of dinners but also from the pleasure
of cooking for themselves. Click here for more
details on 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