by Paige Donner
Ecolodge des chartrons in Bordeaux, France. Photo credit: Paige Donner.
Paige Donner wrote this post about Ecolodge des chartrons in Bordeaux, France. She is a luxury writer specializing in sustainable lifestyle. You can read more on her blog and her green travel in France post.
Ahh…Bordeaux! Synonymous with the best wines in the world, most travelers go to Bordeaux for one reason only: du vin. And here is where “traveling greener” will effortlessly deliver you right to the heart of all that is good in Bordeaux.
When I first learned about the Ecolodge des chartrons, it was its EU Ecolabel certification that attracted me. But when I realized it was located in the Chartrons district, the city’s original and historical wine district, I knew I had struck a bull’s eye.
Breakfast terrace. Photo credit: Paige Donner.
The Ecolodge des chartrons’ 5 rooms are all deluxe-sized with excellent WiFi.
The 18th century building that the Ecolodge has been crafted from, complete with solar panels, water efficient fixtures and ecological refurbishments, is one of the older buildings that the wine industry of Bordeaux sprung from.
Located on rue Raze, the buildings in the district were once warehouses where the wine merchants storedwine barrels before rolling them down to the river and onto the boats for export to England.
Historically, Bordeaux belonged to England for three centuries when Eleanor of Aquitaine’s French husband became the English King.
Several museums within walking distance of the Ecolodge, the Musee du Vin et Negoces and the Bordeaux Monumental, give excellent city backgrounders and the first even offers wine tastings.
Deluxe room. Photo credit: Paige Donner.
Hence, given the city’s English flavoring, a Bed & Breakfast felt very natural for Bordeaux.
The charming hosts Veronique and Yann serve breakfast in the covered and heated terrace/breakfast room. Their little ramekins of assorted jams are delightful condiments for the fresh croissants, coffee and yogurt.
In the evenings, guests are welcome to share the downstairs sitting room where they’ll find wine glasses and a corkscrew.
For more info, visit the Ecolodge des chartrons site.