Le Pigeonnier

Flaujagues, Gironde
+33 (0)6 23 00 75 41

Saint Emilion and Castillon both a hop away from a warm, wonderful barn with owners to match. Stylish, cosy and deep in organic vines


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

It is rare indeed to visit an empty house in midwinter and experience an instant warmth that brings the place to life. Your French/German hosts – Valérie and Frank – come from the world of performing arts (she a dance choreographer, he a set designer) and have now turned their attention to viticulture and making your stay special; they have the gift of hospitality tenfold, leave you cherries and walnuts (in season!) and love to share their passion for producing organic wine. Your space? A beautifully renovated, 400-year-old ochre-washed ‘pigeonnier’ with a sun-drenched terrace on an idyllic old farm among vines, a five-minute walk from the village. Step through a glazed door to a stylish yet cosy vaulted and beamed living room with a cool stone floor, minimal high-quality furniture and old walls. The kitchen is simple, the bedroom is fresh and light, and there are single beds on the mezzanine. There’s a pool to dunk in, Saint Émilion is close, the beaches of Arcachon and the boulevards of Bordeaux are an easy drive, and in summer Castillon gives a re-enactment of the last battle of the Hundred Years War.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurant 600m.


Nightly price
from €85
Weekly price
from €600
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 4
From €853 beds2 bedrooms


What a stunning location amongst the vineyards! We loved le Pigeonnier - so characterful, and also very comfortable. Great walks in the area, including one directly from the Pigeonnier. Perfect base for wine-tasting and sightseeing and we found some wonderful restaurants within easy distance. Relaxing by the beautiful pool in the afternoon was bliss!

Margie, London

Le Pigeonnier is an idyllic countryside retreat. The setting amidst the vines couldn't be more beautiful, the pool is delightful and the house is well equipped and stays nice and cool even on hot days. We did the trip without a car and managed perfectly well as we mostly wanted to relax rather than do lots of sightseeing. Frank kindly picked us up from Castillon (you can also book a taxi) and there are two bikes you can borrow to get to, for example, the lovely swimming lake that is about 20 minutes' ride away.

Eve, Paris

Where do we start? If you are looking for a little corner of "paradise" with your feet IN the vineyard surrounded by peace and tranquility, then Le Pigeonnier does tick all those boxes. Not only can you get fresh eggs from the friendly and entertaining roaming hens but you will never fall short of a good organic red as supply by the owners' own brand is at hand. We have seen may places in France and we must say that the region is fabulous and Le Pigeonnier is a comfortable and ideally located starting point to explore the lovely surroundings with easy access to all facilities.

Antoon, London

Tranquil setting, providing the perfect first week for our holiday. The gite is very comfortable with a small but very well equipped kitchen. We loved sitting on the patio and looking across the vineyard. The children enjoyed having access to the swimming pool which is so clean and well cared for. We spent several days at Lac de la Cadie which is perfect for children wanting to enjoy paddle boarding and swimming in open water. We enjoyed a wander round Saint Emilion and a trip to the beach just south of Aracachon. Valerie is a wonderful host and so wanted us to enjoy our stay.

Charlotte, Cambridge

Le Pigeonnier is in a wonderful peaceful location close to the river and surrounded by grape vines, yet within an hour of Bordeaux and the sights of the Dordogne. The interior is simple, with a well-equipped kitchen, and the private garden and (shared) pool are just dreamy. Valérie was a very kind host, available to answer any questions and to recommend some of the many wonderful places to eat and drink nearby (including an excellent riverside pizzeria just 5 minutes’ drive away). The perfect location for countryside, coast and culture.

ABM, London

My family and I stayed a week with Valerie and Frank in their lovely gite, Le Pigeonnier. The setting was idyllic and the house was lovely! On top Valerie is absolutely lovely and very helpful (we didn’t see much of Frank as I think he was busy working)! Their wine is also a very nice glass and organic to boot!! We also very much enjoyed the pool and the tranquility. I have to admit that we loved the region too and we did plenty of cycling! If you get the chance go and visit the Chateau Le Castellet in saint Emilion as the wine is to die for! Ask for Patrick as he is great!!

Toby, London

Le Pigeonnier is a lovely, peaceful and relaxing to stay - we had a most enjoyable week! Very clean, high quality and tastefully decorated. Each day we ate all our meals outside on the terrace with views of the vineyards (often joined by a very friendly hen sitting quietly beside the table)! Lovely warm swimming pool to enjoy with views of the sunset. Valerie was very friendly, helpful and welcoming - and we enjoyed their delicious organic wine too! We returned refreshed and totally relaxed. Thoroughly recommend!!

Frances, Derby

We really enjoyed our stay at le Pigeonnier. How lovely to be among the vines and sample the delicious wine. The property is very private with a fabulous terrace for outside living. The pool is excellent and very relaxing. The owners are so friendly and hospitable and it was a delight to stay in their property. We would recommend.

Sue, Leeds

Thepigeonnier is great find ,the photos do not do the property justice . It well decorated and everything is on hand that you need . Valerie and Frank are great hosts and make great wine also !

Stuart, Woburn

Le Pigeonnier is an excellent gite and its charming owners, Valerie and Frank, did everything possible to make our 2-week stay perfect. The gite is well-appointed and is in a beautifully peaceful vineyard location. A superb pool is shared with the owners. The patio has both sun and shade, so eating outside is a pleasure. Plenty of interesting places to visit in the area and good, reasonably-priced restaurants, especially at lunchtime. We highly recommend the gite.


We had such a lovely holiday at Le Chalard - the sun shone, the pigeonnier was full of all we needed and the pool is fabulous. The vines all round the house are lovely to look at and the wine is excellent too! We had frequent visits from 2 chickens and a cockerel and a cat. Valerie was an excellent and warm host. Many thanks for a great week!

Charles, Lechlade

Lovely, peaceful rural setting...marvelous view through the vineyards to the distant hills. Valerie is wonderfully charming, extremely informative/efficient & incredibly helpful--she even assisted us with trying to charge our car when the battery failed & then called the tow truck. And she brought us fresh eggs, courtesy of her delightful chickens, Jurassic & The Twins! Enjoyed the expansive, private patio & swimming pool. All very clean & well-equipped. Comfy bed. "Country" WiFi allows more time to decompress & explore--beautiful St. Emilion is a short drive away. Mille mercis, Valerie!


This little place was ideal for our needs. The area is quiet and it is so peaceful and wonderful to wake in the morning and look out at the vineyards. There is the town of Castillon not far from here and there is everything you need there and lots to do around the area. Valérie could not have been more friendly and helpful. She communicated very well in English and have us some tips on places to visit. We loved meeting Banga the cat, the wandering chickens and the resident green tree frog. Serenity abounds and the sunset was gorgeous. We had a lovely time.


We had a fabulous week at Le Chalard and really appreciated the lovely stone property and the lines of vines leading out into fields and gentle hills. The house felt pleasantly cool and spacious for our family of three and had all we needed to cook for ourselves. As guests we had the privacy of our own terrace and garden area, but we very much enjoyed meeting Valerie and Frank, who are wonderful hosts, very welcoming, friendly and accommodating. The very well maintained salt water pool provided a lot of pleasure to our five year old son. Merci Valérie et Frank et à bientôt!


The pictures don’t do this delightful property justice. The Terrace is sublime, just what we dream of with lovely views through the vines, a shady tree and flowering borders. Inside is well designed, good shower, perfect small kitchen, lovely china. The pool is superb – beautiful new sun loungers which arrived on the same day we did! It’s a great romantic get away for two – but four can squeeze happily in. Our two daughters (in their early 20s) decided to join us at short notice and they fell in love with it too. Valerie and Frank are the most delightful, friendly and helpful hosts.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Valérie Karpinski

  • Discover the wine routes that lie all around. Taste the great wines of the numerous prestigious château's in the area.
  • We are 10 mins from the Lac de la Cadie Plage (lake) and from supervised swimming spots, quad bike rides and jet ski hire.
  • Events going on throughout all summer (scenes d'ete); Gironde concerts, spectacles. Check out this year's programme.
  • Many morning markets to be discovered....Libourne on Sunday's (30mins) and Castillon on Monday's (10mins).
  • Visit the Medieval villages (one hr by car)...Sarlat, Perigueux, Bordeaux as well as Cap Ferret, Arcachon, la Dune du Pilas (2 hours by car).
  • In need of some zen relaxation? Ask about our Yoga Classes !