Special Report... The best of Bordeaux


Villa Saint Simon is a charming & breakfast, offering beautifully restored period rooms as well as self catering apartments, located in historic Blaye, Bordeaux. And, I must add, Mary and Robert's favorite place to stay while exploring Bordeaux.

Villa Saint Simon is located in the heart of Bordeaux's winelands on the right bank of the Gironde River. May we suggest that you spend at least two days or more in order to experience the scope of things and places to visit in the area such as: St. Emilion and the Medoc with its world famous chateaux. Your hosts Les Kellen and Clarissa Schafer will arrange special tastings, field trips to the wineries, art and antique markets, fairs, festivals and other features of the area. Plan to visit the fabulous Blaye outdoor market at the foot of the Citadel, just steps from Villa Saint Simon.

Villa Saint Simon is the ideal destination for those wanting a relaxing holiday while, at the same time, improving their wine knowledge and enjoying the local history and culture.

Within minutes, you can be in the middle of the vineyards of Blaye, Cotes de Bordeaux and Cotes de Bourg tasting the wines of such notable producers as Chateau Cantinot and Chateau Gros Moulin... and many others.  

I endorse and recommend Villa Saint Simon as the "Best of Bordeaux" lodging and experiences. Please do not hesitate to use my name when reserving your special holiday in Blissful Blaye.

The best way to get to know Bordeaux is to stay in the heart of it with a real wine expert as your host. There is no better place to up your education value than in the comfortable rooms of Villa St. Simon in Blaye. Les Kellen and Clarissa Schafer will make your stay as memorable as a glass of fine Bordeaux wine.

Villa St. Simon entry

La Galerie Art Gallery, Wine bar, Tapas and more

Les Kellen enjoying a fine Bordeaux

Villa St. Simon breakfast room

Les talks about wine tasting, listen below. Just click the start arrow

Another venture that makes staying in Blaye an exceptional pleasure is La Petite Cave, more than a wine shoppe, it's the direct source of some of Bordeaux's finest examples of the winemakers art. You can taste, shop and learn...

"We are passionate about wine. It's the heart and soul of the area in which we live and is part of our daily life. We wanted our shop to make available all the great wines that Bordeaux has to offer. Stop by and taste some truly memorable wines."

Leslie Kellen Proprietor, La Petite Cave

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Interior view of La Galerie with a portrait of Clarissa.   Les tastes a fine offering from Chateau Cantinot