L’Expérience (The Experience)

Come visit and experience the romance of Le Petit Rêve, The Little Dream!  Set in the gardens, sunflowers, and vineyards of Tremont near Bordeaux, this romantic hideaway has all the charm and French beauty one can imagine. Situated a close distance from the Haut-Mêdoc and Cognac wine country, Le Petit Rêve is a truly romantic country manse, whose lineage traces back to 1745. With the Gironde and Atlantic Ocean only minutes away and with the finest wines and Cognac in the world all around the region, it is an ideal spot for exploring the French culture. It is also the perfect home for a family on holiday in Southwest France near the most beautiful beaches in Europe and is the quintessential romantic getaway for honeymooners.

La Maison (The House)

Le Petit Rêve underwent extensive renovations in the late 1990s. The tile roof, three fireplaces, antique tile floors, massive ceiling beams and window shutters were refurbished but essentially left intact. Windows were replaced in the 250-year-old stone walls, and the shutters redone. All mechanical functions were completely updated, and the grounds landscaped with flowerbeds and walnut and fig trees. The result of this nine-year-long project is an authentic and comfortably appointed large French farmhouse with many original features, as well as a kitchen, two bathrooms and other amenities (among them internet, telephone, and stereo music system) on a par with the most modern homes.

L’Intérieur (The Inside)

The rooms at Le Petit Rêve are on a grand scale, beginning with the foyer, which includes a large cane bench (original 1800s banquette) and a floor-to-ceiling cabinet (original 1700s vaisselier). From the foyer a walnut burl staircase rises to the second floor and the upstairs bedrooms.

The living room is exceptionally spacious and furnished with a sofa and several armchairs arranged before the stone fireplace, a desk, and other French antiques. The room is bright with natural light from windows that face south and west and overlook the gardens and vineyards. A glass door leads to an outside sitting area where it is pleasant to enjoy a cool drink and watch the sunset.

The expansive country kitchen has a farm table that can seat up to twelve. This is the ideal place for a family dinner, especially in cool months with logs burning in the large fireplace. The modern appliances include a four-burner gas cook top, conventional electric oven and microwave, dishwasher and a washing machine. There is generous counter space and a food prep area with a second sink. On the south side a glass door leads to a small terrace and breakfast table.

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor. The master bedroom has a sitting area with a sofa, armchairs and a desk, and a queen-sized bed positioned to take advantage of the white stone fireplace. The well-illuminated ensuite bath has a double vanity, WC and tub with hand-held shower, and a grand view of the countryside through a stained-glass window.

The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed, and views toward the north and east. Just outside off the hallway there is a bath with a glass-and-tile stall shower, sink and a separate WC.

Two bedrooms with beamed ceilings open off the upstairs landing. One bedroom is quite large, being above and roughly the same size as the living room. The other bedroom is smaller and cozier. Both have queen-sized beds, and, like the downstairs bedrooms, bedside tables with good reading lamps. In general the upper floor has a more of a country cottage feel, and as the natural light is limited to four small shuttered windows on the south side of the house, it is far less luminous than the downstairs. There is no bath or WC on the upper floor.

l’Extérieur (The Outside)

The house is set within wide sweeping farmland and vineyards.  The sunflowers surround the house in July, the vineyards year-round, and the gardens from March until October.  Sit under the tree shade or the gazebo at one of the outdoor tables and sip your champagne or wine in the warm breezes. Whether picking plums from the plum tree in June or figs from the fig tree in August and September or walnuts from the walnut tree in September and October, there are always ways to connect to the beauty that is Le Petit Reve both inside and out.

Proche (Nearby)

Within 45 minutes one can travel to:

  • to St Emilion, set on the hill in one of the most famous wine regions in the world
  • to the Medoc, home of Rothschild, Margaux and many of the world’s most famous vineyards
  • to Cognac and the world-renowned Cognac houses
  • to Ile – d’Aix (Napolean’s exile)
  • to the local village Mirambeau for shopping and supplies.
  • to the multiple outdoor/indoor markets with their fresh vegetables, fish, meat, fruit, and breads, food for that perfect lunch or dinner is always available!
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From the Owners

We visited friends back in 2000 in this area of France (Charente Maritime near Bordeaux) and were introduced to this magical house…The Little Dream. We have spent the last 19 years experiencing many adventures, wondrous dinners with wines and cognacs, fabulous beaches, great local markets, Roman ruins, great friends and many other things. What a time it’s been! We’d love to share the house with you so roam through the picture gallery and let us know if you have any questions!   À bien tôt

Price

Le Petit Rêve can be rented weekly, monthly or for a longer term.
Weekly – $2,100
Monthly – $6,700
Longer Term – TBD
(Seasonal pricing discounts available)

Contact

Tom Willits and Nancy Wheeler
info@lepetitreve.com
001-413-538-1744