A Selection of Very Special Villas in Aquitaine
Houses for Occasions
This portfolio of houses, which my wife and I own, has been created for special occasions - and big occasions. Special Villas offers a unique range of large properties, 9 in all, from 5 bedrooms (sleeping 10) to 24 bedrooms, (sleeping 48) and we make birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and groups a natural speciality, on top of family holidays.
Special Houses and Entertainment
We have restored all these houses to very high practical standards. We avoid luxury and have gone for highly equipped and rustic character. En-suite bedrooms (1 exception from 43 bedrooms). Fully equipped kitchens. Large cinemas. Satellite programmes. Hi-fi. Snooker (5 out of 9 properties). Wi-fi throughout. Grand pianos (7 out of 9).
Exceptional Sporting Facilities
Naturally, all properties have a private swimming pool - the larger ones have 2 or 3 - table tennis, and use of a tennis court. Five of the properties have, in addition, croquet, boules and use of our (developing) 9-hole golf course.
Many Optional Extras
We pride ourselves on being able to offer what you want. Our Options List includes multi-menu catering with our own chef, maid service, baby-sitting, VW minibus rental (9-seater), air/rail transfers, wine-list, use of Steinway. We can also offer organised tours of wine chateaux, with access to some of the best such as Haut Brion. We have our own 4-seater Canadian canoes and bikes for hire.
Many Places of Interest
The houses are perfectly situated for those who wish to explore. The wonderful and famous wine village of St.Emilion is 30 minutes away. The beautiful valley of the Dordogne lies to the east, beyond explorable Bergerac. The Atlantic Ocean at Arcachon is stunning. Bordeaux is a beautiful historic city. The Medoc - the greatest wine territory in the world - is 90 minutes away. Lac du Cady, with its sandy beach is 5-20 minutes away. The Chateau of the famous philosopher Montaigne is 10-20 minutes. So much to do - if you wish!
Train: TGV via Paris or Lille takes you, with no stress, to Libourne, 30 minutes away.
Driving: Autoroute 95% of the way, 8 hours + from Calais depending on time of day and year.
Air: Perfectly located between two thriving airports, Bordeaux (60 mins), and Bergerac (25-40 mins).