La Porte Bleue is tucked away in the ancient village of Gensac on the border between the Gironde and Dordogne, close to the beautiful Dordogne river surrounded by vineyards and fields of vivid yellow sunflowers.
The all-important boulangerie, only 100 metres away, makes for easy daily indulging in freshly baked pastries and delicious baguettes straight from the oven. A grocery shop in the village comes in handy for basic essentials and picnic provisions plus there is a wine ‘cave’ and two bars/restaurants which are great value for money.
The owners’ favourite place for an aperitif has a terrace with a great views over the valley which is especially stunning as the sun goes down. There are two tennis courts in the town and tennis racquets are available for you to borrow in the property.
THINGS TO DO
If you would like to explore the famously pretty countryside by bike, cycle hire can be arranged locally.
The Dordogne River makes the perfect place to head, just two kilometres away, for picnics and paddling, canoeing and thirst quenchers at a lovely riverside bar in the next village of Pessac.
A little further away, beautiful and immaculately maintained Lac du Gurson (20 mins drive) has a lovely lake beach for swimming and paddling.
For wine lovers, Gensac is surrounded by vineyards and the medieval wine town of St Emilion is only a 25 minute drive, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are numerous tours of wine chateaux to choose from and excellent restaurants to sample the vintages with the region’s gourmet specialities.
St Emilion is just one of the prestigious wines of the Bordeaux region where the capital itself has plenty for children and adults alike, being named the Lonely Planet destination of the year in 2017.
Bordeaux is steeped in French history and culture, with elegant boulevards of designer shops, open top bus tours, museums and art galleries, a riverside promenade and beautiful parks.
We looked all over France before we bought our place and we chose Gensac as it’s in the heart of a very special area. It's extremely pretty, with lots of bastide towns and villages that look just as they have for centuries. Each has a wonderful weekly market, with Ste Foy la Grande being voted the best market in France in 2014.
We are very well-connected, there are two local airports Bergerac (c.45 minutes) and Bordeaux (c.1 hour 15 minutes), as well as a train station less than 10 kms away at Velines,with trains to and from Bordeaux, and connections to the Eurostar in Paris.
Just a six hour drive from Caen ferry port, you can have breakfast on the ferry and lunch by the pool!
We are less than half an hour from St. Emilion with its world famous vineyards and chateaux and as we are surrounded by vineyards you can taste wine everywhere you go! We are two km from the beautiful Dordogne river where you can hire canoes and bikes, and enjoy a drink or a meal at the restaurant by the river. For excursions, we also adore the local night markets, held in the Bastide towns all around us, and further afield, Bordeaux, for its mix of amazing architecture, culture and things to do, as well as the incredible beaches and dunes of Arcachon (approx. a two hour drive).