Saint Emilion cottage holidays Holiday rentals - cottages & holiday homes to rent in Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion is a wonderful medieval town 35kms north east of Bordeaux sitting on the right bank of the Dordogne. Famous for its wines, Saint Emilion is also a UNESCO World heritage Site and is a fascinating town to explore both above and under the ground!

Saint Emilion, cottages
At a glance...
Restaurants 40+
Cycling trails
Hiking trails
Wine tasting tours
Spa & wellness
Family friendly
Train Des Grands Vignobles
Car recommended
Nearest airport Bordeaux (45km)
Nearest train station Saint Emilion

There are wine tours of some of the châteaux, such as Château Villemaurine where you can explore the underground caves that were used as wine vaults, plus there are the mystical catacombs of the monolithic church.


Saint Emilion has a warm and temperate climate, and due to its inland location and the effects of the Gulf stream, has warm sunny summers and mild wet winters. Summer temperatures can drift to the upper 20s, which is perfect for touring the vineyards or simply chilling out on the banks of the river.

Featured Saint Emilion cottages

The centre of Saint Emilion is characterised by small quaint town houses that are very popular with tourists, as everything that Saint Emilion has to offer is on your doorstep. On the outskirts of town, there is a wide selection of self catering holiday rental accommodation, from spacious country cottages to more rustic dwellings and country farmhouses. Renting a Saint Emilion cottage or holiday home is a great way to experience life in the town - wining and dining at local bars and restaurants. Holiday rentals are also perfect for families, friends and groups as they provide the freedom, flexibility and space to do what you want, when you want - home from home.

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Dining Out

Saint Emilion is famous for its macaroons that are still made in the traditional way that dates back to the 17th century during the time of the Ursuline nuns. However, the local cuisine is far more extensive than biscuits, with the culinary delights of the Gironde on offer plus the world famous Saint Emilion wines.

From seafood to meat, dining out or having a BBQ in your Saint Emilion holiday rental is an experience you won't forget. Some specialities include oysters from the Bay of Arcachon with a crisp dry white Graves, king prawns from the Medoc and Pauillac lamb.

Wines of Saint Emilion

Saint Emilion is one of the oldest active appellations in the Bordeaux region and viniculture here dates back to Roman times. The wines are famous throughout the world, with production predominantly using the Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes - all under the watchful eye of the Jurade (Wine Council). Famous chateaux where you can go on guided tours include...

  • Château Corbin
  • Château La Dominique
  • Château Beau-Séjour Bécot

Things to see and do

Saint Emilion and the surrounding area is full of interesting villages, historic cities and countryside to explore.

A few suggestions...
Monolithic church and bell tower
Kings Tower
Ruins of Château du Roy
Vineyard tours by bicycle
Underground caves of Château Villemaurine
Day trip to Bordeaux
Saint Emilion

Our view on Saint Emilion

One of the most beautiful villages in the Gironde, Saint Emilion is steeped in history and culture and is perfectly positioned for exploring the rest of the region. If you are touring this part of France, and enjoy fine wines and good food, Saint Emilion is not to be missed.