Chateau visits

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We have been organising château visits within the Bordeaux area since 1999 and have visited all the famous ones and many more. Whether it be Premier Cru Château Haut-Brion or a château more local to our villas, we can create a great experience for you, using our own mini-buses if appropriate. We know which châteaux, which restaurants, critical timings.

Minibus Rental

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We have two 9-seater Volkswagen Mini-buses (long-wheel-base) available for clients to rent on a weekly basis. These are quality vehicles, a delight to drive and cheaper than hire companies. Air-conditioning plus ability to take luggage for 9 people. We also include - or may be able to offer separately - pick-up/delivery to airports. This can save an hour or more compared with queuing in a rental office, and ensure that you get a great start to your holiday, in the pool in 20 to 45 minutes.

Canoe Rental

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There are few better expereinces than drifying down the beautiful Dordogne River on a summer's day, kingfisgers darting in the riverside bushes. There are several canoe-rental companies based on the River Dordogne nearby. Theirs are plastic canoes and single or two-seaters. We have invested in two 4-seater Canadian canoes which we can offer as an alternative, complete with lifebelts etc. We pick you up from the house and take you to a suitable departure point, then meet you by agreement down-river.

Bike Rental

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Our local area is perfect for cycling, with beautiful scenery, hills and flat plains and many tracks to follow. We have a small fleet of mountain bikes to rent, purely because we have found the few local bike hire companies are very expensive. Our bikes are delivered to the house and are available on a daily or weekly basis.

Catering

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Aquitaine is known for its food and most of our clients treat themselves to a dinner with our chef Helmut during their stay, particularly if there is a birthday or anniversary. We have a wide choice on menus, though a single group choice is necessary. We also have an exceptional list of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines - Helmut is also a sommelier and I gained a Rosette in the Good Wine Guide when I had a wine shop some years back.

Maid Service

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If you wish regular or occasional cleaning - or baby-sitting - we can provide this service to your needs.

Piano Rental

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Three of our houses have grand pianos, from a Yamaha C3 to a full concert Steinway B. These are available for hire by serious pianists.