A CHARMING CASTLE OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND

An ideal location for holidays, weddings or any other big occasion.

Situated on the right bank of the Dordogne River, in the alluvial plain of Asques and at 5 kms from Saint André de Cubzac, the Château Couffins is a welcoming place. This magnificent mansion built in the neo-classical style of the XVIII century belongs to the same era as the Grand Théâtre in Bordeaux and the Château du Bouilh near Saint André de Cubzac. Its architect was, without doubt, inspired by the genius of Victor Louis, the great French architect of this time.
Here you will find yourself in the Bordeaux heartland, in a rural setting easily accessible by road. (the A10 motorway, 41b exit). A change of scenery is guaranteed and yet the centre of Bordeaux is only 20 minutes away. Other remarkable places of interest are quite near: the vineyards of the Médoc and Saint Emilion, the splendid resorts of Arcachon and Cap Ferret. The domain can accommodate up to 20 people in its holiday « gîtes »: the Ponant Tower can accommodate 8 guests and the Levant Tour, within the castle walls has a capacity for 12 people. These gîtes are decorated in a simple traditional style which is nonetheless modern and refined. This is an ideal location for family get-togethers, or to celebrate an important occasion with friends. Everyone can avail of private areas for rest and recreation and also enjoy the company of others in the many spacious shared living areas.  
So, in the shade of a tower or from the main entrance, with the Dordogne River in the background, in the castle park with its century-old plane trees or by the shaded poolside, savour its charm and take your time to enjoy this unique place. 
Free WIFI access.

THE CASTLE

Up to 20 people can be accommodated in the castle.
The whole castle area can be made available for a particular event. The reception hall opens out
onto the park and the kitchen area can be used for group catering. A vast entrance porch leads you
to this unique place with living rooms, the elegant dining room, bathrooms with slate and marble
decoration and bedrooms with canopied beds decorated with precious fabrics. The charm
works....
12 people can be accommodated in the Ponant Tower
  • 1 bedroom with a double bed (160X200) and en suite bathroom and toilet.
  • 1 dormitory style bedroom with 4 beds (90X200) with bathroom and toilet.
  • 2 bedrooms with 140X190 beds and a communal bathroom and toilet.
  • 1 bedroom with a 140X190 bed with a bathroom and toilet.
  • A fitted kitchen
  • The little living room
  • The big living room
  • The dining room (table 3m x 1.5m)
  • 1 baby’s cot, a high chair, changing mat and bathtub.
The inside courtyard with its majestic stairway leads to the following rooms......
4 people can be accommodated in bedrooms and 4 extra beds can be
provided in the Levant Tower.
  • 1 bedroom with a 160x200 bed with private bathroom and toilet.
  • 1 bedroom with a 140x200 bed with private bathroom and toilet.e room
  • 1 bedroom with a 140X200 bed shared bathroom
  • 1 bedroom with a   90X200 bed shared bathroom
  • 1 sofa bed 130X200 in a separete room, shared bathroom
  • 1 living room, dining room, big kitchen with a dining table (3x1,2m)
  • 2 television sets and a stereo hifi.
In summer, under the magnolia trees in bloom, for your garden party,
you can have ....
  • 2 large barbecues
  • Garden Lounge
  • Ping pong table.
  • Private swimming pool, heated and conforming to safety norms. (8,50m x 3.80m)
Additional features.....
  • Laundry room with washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board
  • Oil­fired central heating.
  • Free WIFI Access.
  • Fire protection with a maintenance subscription.
Towels and linen are provided and included in the price.
A housekeeping service at the end of your stay is also included in the price.

HISTORY

CHATEAU COUFFIN du PERIER. Why such a creation? The answer is in the history of CHATEAU COUFFINS.

First, two cartographic facts: in the cartographic survey around 1723, Claude MASSE, engineer of the King of France Louis XV (1715-1774), does not yet indicate a castle in the loop formed by the Dordogne after “Cubzac-les –Ponts”, facing Cavern. On the other hand, this loop of the river enclosing the castle forms a "bassinet" which may have suggested its name .

Long before the French Revolution, between 1735-1740, the powerful Girondin family named Du PERIER LARSAN was behind the construction of the neo-classical style castle. The domain was likely to be involved in polyculture but centered on the vine.

For about 200 years, several owners succeeded each other with their various fortunes. Through the successive editions of "Bordeaux and its wines" by Charles COCKS and Edouard FERET, we can follow the history of the vineyard and the estate .

We note in the 2nd edition (1868), that Mr SEIGNAN operates the estate with a production of 250-300 barrels of red wine.

In the 3rd edition (1874), Auguste SEIGNAN Junior is noted as the farmer manager with a production of 350 barrels of red wine. Château Couffins is considered as one of the most remarkable castles of the Fronsadais area.

The 7th edition (1898), notes Madame de RAYNAL as manager of the domain,.
The estate suffered, like all the national viticultural areas in the second half of the nineteenth century, new parasitic diseases such as powdery mildew, mildew and especially phylloxera which devastate almost all vineyards
These attacks seem to have been curbed since we note a production of 300 barrels of red wine on a property reconstituted of the best grape varieties from American rootstocks, which ranks this area among the most famous and largest of the Fronsadais. It covered nearly 85 hectares, including 50 in one piece, as indicated by a cadastral document found and available at the castle.

In the 9th edition (1922), successive owners are mentioned (André COUSTEAU and his son Albert, respectively uncle and cousin of the Commander Jacques-Yves COUSTEAU, the family DROMILLY, the civil Sté of Château Couffins). Successively through cultural improvements and techniques, these owners, have enhanced the reputation of the estate and the quality of the production.

But a decline has begun.

In the 11th edition (1949), there is less production with 200 tons.
The partial reconstitution of the vineyard, the refurbishment of the winery and the cellars which allowed to reap 2000 barrels, are powerless to reverse the order of things.

The wine world is undergoing a brutal change at this time. Administrative recognition does not follow. The origin of these quality wines is not promoted by an appellation that would ensure a better profitability of the production.
Meteorology adds a big layer ... of snow and the frost in 1956 and complete the dramatic situation. The penalty falls, the vineyard is destroyed. The vines are pulled out.

The 12th edition of “Bordeaux & its Wines “(1969), Château Couffins no longer appears as a winery.

Another page of its history has been written since 1956 with the recovery of the domain by the family VANDENBERGHE-PARRET.

Of Belgian stock, settled in Normandy at the end of World War I, this family settles in Gironde and takes on the challenge. The family restructures the property with an orientation of mixed cropping and cattle farming.

In 2009, thanks to estate dispositions, the estate is restructured.
However, the family ties, far from being broken, are reinforced for all the children including Nathalie BONNET-VANDENBERGHE and all the grandchildren who grew up in the castle.

A new page of its history is being written.

The farm continues under the direction of Nathalie’s brother and nephew, then the castle returns to Nathalie who has transformed it into a tourist attraction to accommodate tourists
Despite the different orientations, the castle and the farm are linked and their fate is intimately sealed in the immemorial stone inherited from their parents.

To remember the glorious hours of the old vineyard, but also to honor the successive managers who have ensured the durability of Château Couffins, Nathalie, winemaker in Bourgeais, has created a branded wine: CHÂTEAU COUFFIN du PERIER.

CHÂTEAU COUFFIN du PERIER is a Côtes-de-Bourg AOC wine produced on a property in Saint-Ciers-de-Canesse where Nathalie lives, less than 25 km from Château Couffins. Her husband, Christophe BONNET, also a winemaker, owns CHÂTEAU HAUT-GUIRAUD, in Saint-Ciers-de-Canesse also.

The vines of Nathalie, ideally exposed to the South-West, extend on the first clay-limestone slopes of the right bank between Bourg and Blaye. They give a remarkable view of the estuary of the Gironde. The vineyard, planted strictly with Merlot grapes, has grown since the 2008 vintage. The recent vineyard management practices abstain from the use of any fertilizer, weed killer or pesticide molecules of synthesis, in the purest respect of the vine and the environment. The vineyard is controlled and certified by ECOCERT SAS.

Among the vintages available, we offer wines with a bouquet of ripe red fruits, marked by a melted wood at the end, a beautiful intense colour. They offer on the palate a suppleness and a roundness built on elegant tannins. The wine can age well, unless you taste them now with a beautiful steak "à la bordelaise".

We can welcome you to our properties during your stay, with a visit and a free tasting by appointment. We hope you discover the various Bordeaux wines.

FOR YOUR HOLIDAYS AND SEMINARS : ACCOMMODATION+ RECEPTION ROOM

ACCOMMODATION FOR UP TO 20 PEOPLE

Short stay    Consult us
from 1 to 3 nights  


 
Weekly         Consult us
from 17:00 Friday to 10:00    
thefollowing Friday
 

Tourist and leisure activities during your stay
You can avail of the services of a personal chef for:
Breakfast lunch or dinner
Estimate on request 
Wine tourism
Guided tours of Côtes de Bourg : free tour included as part of the weekly rate.
You are in the heart of the Bordeaux vineyards, a great opportunity to
discover the great wines of Bordeaux. Enjoy wine tasting at Château Haut ­
Guiraud , visit the cellars and get involved in the work of the vineyards with
hands­on experience of wine making.
Free service.
Our winery is located 22 kms from Chateau Couffins in Saint Ciers de
Canesse.
For more information: website of the Château Haut­ Guiraud
 

FOR YOUR WEDDING AND OTHER PRIVATE EVENTS : ACCOMMODATION + MARQUEE

The site can accommodate up to 100 people.

Short stayfrom    Consult us
from 17:00 Friday to 10:00 Monday 

  
Weekly rate        Consult us
from 17:00 Friday to 10:00 the
following Friday                              
 

Rent a marquee for your guests
The site can accommodate your guests in a marquee which is rented under
your responsibility.
Contact : renaultdedier@orange.fr  Specialists in marquee
rental for special events

ULLMAN circus marquees, to celebrate an event in a country­chic style ...
Estimate on request: Tel 06078889

A PRIVATE CATERER

En savoir plus : Contact Damien LABROCHE

A WEDDING PLANNER

Need a staging for you event?

A WINE MARCHANT

At your disposal, the organic red wine of Nathalie but also...spirits, champagne, beers....by Tony.

TOUR GUIDE

PRIVATE TAXI

En savoir plus : Alexandre VIGOUROUX

RENTAL CONDITIONS

  • High and low season rates: please contact us.
  • Payment by bank transfer, cheque.
  • 30% deposit of the time of booking, the balance 15 days before keys are given
  • A deposit is paid on arrival.
  • Presentation of your rental insurance certificate (résponsibilité civile) for the period of your stay
  • Rental expenses as well as the housekeeping service at end of stay are included in the rental price.
  • Tourist tax applicable from 2016: € 1 per person per overnight stay (exemption for minors.)

ACCESS TO THE CASTLE

 
 WE ADVISE YOU TO RENT VEHICLES AT THE BORDEAUX MERIGNAC AIRPORT OR AT THE SNCF TRAIN STATION IN BORDEAUX,  DEPENDING ON YOUR ARRIVAL POINT TO GO TO THE CASTLE COUFFINS AND CIRCULATE DURING YOUR STAY OR CONTACT PRIVATE TAXI ALEXANDRE VIGOUROUX www.classeprestige.fr 
 
 From the A10 towards Paris, take exit N ° 41 towards St Vincent de Paul, cross the Eiffel bridge
and take the first road on the right for Asques, signpost "Castle Couffins" 3kms.
              CHATEAU  COUFFINS, 2705, route de cubzac 33240 ASQUES

 From A10 towards Bordeaux, take exit N ° 41 towards AMBES then take the direction ST
VINCENT DE PAUL and follow the instructions given above.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION : Milage from the CHATEAU COUFFINS
  • SNCF railway station St Jean Bordeaux 22 km
  • Bordeaux­Mérignac Airport 30 km
  • SNCF railway stations 3kms Cubzac les Ponts and St André de Cubzac 5 km
  • Shops near Cubzac les Ponts, 3 km: bakery, grocery, tobacconist, newsagent, butcher, florist, pharmacy, hairdresser, post office
  • SUPERMARKET STE EULALIE GRAND TOUR 8kms

TOURISME IN GIRONDE

A WEDDING AT THE CHÂTEAU COUFFINS

PHOTOS AT THE CHATEAU COUFFINS

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    WINE OF PROPERTY

          Nathalie, winemaker in appellation COTES DE BOURG - GRAND VIN ROUGE DE BORDEAUX.

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