Charming Gite in the Countryside

June 7, 2011 @ 6:16 pm
posted by Sandra Sheridan

Al fresco aperitifs in Montlieu la Garde

For a different rural type of experience, we booked a couple of nights at a charming Gîte (B&B) – “Les Galards” – some 50 kilometers north of Bordeaux.  Set on a working farm, the lovely home was built in 1857 and beautifully restored in 2001.  Over two idyllic days, we shared apéritifs drinks at a long, outdoor table and breakfast in the colorful dining room with the hospitable owner and 3 other guests.

During the day, we roamed quiet countryside roads, visited village galleries and found our way to the Gironde River, all the while passing sunflower fields and fertile vineyards.  In fact, the renowned Bordeaux and Cognac vineyards spread along the hills edging down to the river.  We dined in small villages in the evening and returned up the long driveway to our comfortable home away from home.  The experience was so delightful, we know we shall return again.


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