Meet Your Hosts

Meet your host at Villa St Simon

Blaye and the whole of the Bordeaux region you just have to fall in love with! It happened to me, Les, in 1999 when I discovered Villa St Simon and to Clarissa, the artist, and Julian, the 2CV lover, when they arrived here a couple of years later. Ever since countless numbers of friends and guests have made the same experience and therefore return, recommend it to their friends and family or even invest in property here themselves.

I personally had the vision to create a home-from–home in Bordeaux for friends and guests from all over the world. So, we restored the 1860 Villa and turned the former family home into a B&B. Over the years we have extended the B&B and now also offer self-catering apartments and an Art Gallery.  With recognized artists from all over the world, an ambience that could be found in Paris or New York and Alison’s Tapas & Wine Bar, you get the opportunity to indulge in all good things life has to offer.

Teaching has always been our passion and the teaching goes on; at Villa St Simon our greatest pleasure is to guide you on how to taste, recognize, and – most important – how to even better enjoy Bordeaux winesJoin us on coached wine tastings or on the more profound Debunking de Wine that we now, since Thomas from the Loire Valley has joined us, offer in English and in French.

With over 8000 châteaux in Bordeaux, between the famous five and the mediocre many you can find some very good-value jewels – and this is my never–ending mission: As licensed wine negociants we also source and make available to friends and guests the best value for money wines and Wine Futures (Primeurs) that we can find in Bordeaux and other parts of France.

Whether you are passing through or – far more sensibly – taking a few days break in Bordeaux, come and share our passion for all things Bordeaux has to offer.

“A journey is dead unless you experience the culture – and that is mostly experienced through the people.” (Colin Thurbron)

We couldn’t say this any better, benefit from our 10 years of local knowledge, our closeness to wineries and the people of this area. Visit Villa St Simon and enjoy fantastic accommodation and a wine experience of a lifetime.

We look forward to welcoming you to the fun side of Bordeaux.

Leslie, Clarissa, Thomas & Alison