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Meet your host at Villa St Simon

Blaye and the entire Bordeaux region you just have to fall in love with! It happened to me, Les, in 2002 when I discovered Villa St Simon and to Clarissa, the artist, when she arrived here a couple of years later. Ever since countless numbers of friends and guests have made the same experience and therefore return, recommend it to their friends and family or even invest in property here themselves.

We originally had the vision to create a home-from–home in Bordeaux for friends and guests from all over the world. So, we restored the 1860 Villa and turned the former family home into a Bed and Breakfast. Over the years we have extended the B&B and now also offer self-catering apartments and an Art Gallery & Restaurant.  With recognized artists from all over the world, an ambience that could be found in Paris or New York and our Restauarnt & Wine Bar, you get the opportunity to indulge in all good things life has to offer.

Teaching has always been our passion and the teaching goes on; at Villa St Simon our greatest pleasure is to guide you on how to taste, recognize, and – most important – how to even better enjoy Bordeaux wines. Join us on coached wine tastings or on the more profound Demystifying of Wine that we now offer in English and in French.

With over 8000 châteaux in Bordeaux, between the famous Grand Cru Classé and many unacknowlegded boutique wineries, you can find some very good-value jewels ; discovering these is our never-ending mission!  As licensed wine negociants we also source and make available to friends and guests the best value for money wines and Wine Futures (Primeurs) that we can find in Bordeaux and other parts of France.

Whether you are passing through or – far more sensibly – taking a few days break in Bordeaux, come and share our passion for all things Bordeaux has to offer.

“A journey is dead unless you experience the culture – and that is mostly experienced through the people.” (Colin Thurbron)

We couldn’t say this any better, benefit from our more than 15 years of local knowledge, our closeness to wineries and the people of this area. Visit Villa St Simon and enjoy fantastic accommodation and a wine experience of a lifetime.

We look forward to welcoming you to the fun side of Bordeaux.

Leslie and Clarissa