La Chartreuse de Cos d'Estournel indoor swimming pool

La Chartreuse de Cos d’Estournel

Location: Bordeaux, France

Bedrooms: 8

Guests: 16

If you’ve ever fancied living the life of luxury in the private home of an intrepid globetrotter and playing “Seigneur du Manoir”, then you need look no further than La Chartreuse. As an added bonus, this particular jewel is set in the heart of a prestigious French vineyard in the Médoc with a personal team of staff at your entire disposal. Whatever your particular interests and desires; from horse-riding through the pine forests to visiting the UNESCO Heritage sites of Bordeaux and Saint-Émilion, from oyster catching in the Bassin d’Arcachon to a private firework display in the vineyard as you taste the vintage wines – your wish is our command.

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Inside La Chartreuse

  • The house has oodles of character, with incredible doors and partitions from an 18th-century property in Rajasthan a defining feature. Interior designer Jacques Garcia worked his magic on La Chartreuse, much as he did with La Réserve in Paris (also owned by Michel Reybier) which bears more than a passing resemblance to La Chartreuse.

  • Two spacious junior suites and six large bedrooms, all en-suite, which can accommodate a total of 16 guests

  • Living areas include an opulent lounge, traditional dining room and a well-stocked library

  • Your private chef, with Michelin restaurant experience, will take care of all your dining requirements, creating sumptuous dishes to suit your tastes and preferences, making the most of the local, seasonal produce and pairing dishes with wines from the cellar.

  • Inviting 15m swimming pool and beautiful steam room

  • Gym with a selection of weights and equipment

Things to do on your doorstep

  • Go behind the scenes of the vineyard and inspect the vines and stare-of-the-art wine-making facilities in the company of Dominique, the estate’s Technical Director. He will encourage you to sample the wines directly from the barrel in the vat room so be prepared!

  • Enjoy a dip in the outdoor swimming pool

  • Wander through the exquisite, expansive gardens among the topiary elephants

  • Take tea on the terrace

  • Savour the beautiful views of the rows of vines undulating into the distance beneath the Médoc sky

  • Bespoke celebrations can be arranged for birthdays or special events, with live music and fireworks

A little further afield

  • Visit the UNESCO Heritage sites of the ancient quarters in Bordeaux and prestigious wine village of Saint-Émilion

  • Take a trip on horseback through the nearby pine forests

  • Discover the many lighthouses near the Gironde estuary

  • Head to the beach and take a boat trip to see the Bassin d’Arcachon

  • Cycle around the Bassin d’Arcachon and have lunch in an oyster farmer’s hut

  • Enjoy a stroll around one of the many quaint villages such a Margaux

  • Ride the Atlantic surf or climb the Dune du Pilat

Location

La Chartreuse is located in the heart of the Cos d’Estournel vineyard in the Médoc area of southwestern France. It is the palatial family home of Michel Reybier, famed for his prestigious hotel brand, La Réserve. La Chartreuse is about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux Airport