We stayed at the Domaine Pascaud last week as part of a package cycling tour. When we arrived, I found to my delight that we were actually staying in a brewery! In addition to their bed and breakfast business, Fabrice and Pauline run a craft micro brewery on the premises as well as catering for large wedding parties in the enormous hall that had been converted from a barn on the premises.
Having just cycled around 40 kilometres from St Emillion in the late summer heat, we were hot and bothered when we arrived. Fabrice immediately took pity on us and offered us each a bottle of his craft brewed beer. It was like nectar on the tonsils and just what the Doctor ordered! Thanks!
Our room was in a cottage that adjoins the old farmhouse where Fabrice and Pauline and their two kids live. They were great hosts. We chatted a lot and learned about their enterprises and could clearly see that they both put in a helluva lot of work to build their various businesses. I really admire this and do wish them well.
The Domaine Pascaud is behind electric gates on a large fenced plot that is alongside the main road that runs from Bordeaux to Cadillac, which is nearby. Traffic noise could be heard but was not overly intrusive. Our room had all the usual facilities. Wifi was offered foc but didn't seem to work properly on our smartphones or tablets. In terms of location, the Domaine Pascaud is around 15 minutes stroll to the nearby village of Rions where there is a restaurant and a pizzeria. It is probably around half an hour stroll to Cadillac where there is a greater choice of places to eat. In both cases, there is a route that runs near the river and away from the main road. There is an outdoor swimming pool on the premises but we did not take the plunge.
Breakfast was the usual French arrangement and was served in the old kitchen that was alongside our room. It was entirely adequate for a hard day's cycling. We had not booked directly with Domaine Pascaud so cannot comment on price but we really liked our hosts and wish them well in their endeavours. Nice people!