Château Fleur d’Aya

A beautiful moment in Bordeaux Metropole

In the beginning was a locality, Beaudette, in Artigues near Bordeaux. A small hamlet existed. On this site, Mr. Lawton, Abraham of his first name, built in 1760 a chartreuse, that is to say a solid farmhouse but without particular grace. This one on three levels was flanked, in its beginnings, by two returns on the ground floor. The property, although amenity, had an agricultural function to meet the needs of the occupants. Then there was the Revolution and the Empire. In the 1820s, a woman, Désirée-Adélaïde Huet, acquired the estate which originally comprised 25 ha. It may seem surprising for a single woman to acquire agricultural property, but we must remember that we are in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars and that the grim reaper was at work there. Thus, for lack of men, women took control of the economy.

In 1836 Désirée married a certain Lafleur, a lawyer in the Parliament of Bordeaux. This one died rather quickly leaving a widow Désirée, without children. Out of grief, she renamed the building Lafleur in honor of her late husband. Vicissitudes of life, the property changed hands several times before the Despujols acquired it in the 1880s. tower and the addition of a wing with no connection to the original architecture. It is this juxtaposition of styles that makes the flavor of the property today. In 1990 it was dormant, destined for probable demolition, the roofs of the outbuildings were leaking, a barn had burned down, the interior was eaten away by humidity, the old decorations were no more than shadows. of what they had been. It was then that Danièle and Henri Colombani discovered it by chance in a state of near abandonment.

Never mind, the task does not scare them, they acquire the property and roll up their sleeves after deciding to leave Canada, after many successful years. The children will follow and actively participate in the renovation.

With the help of Quebec workers, in a few weeks, they completely renovated the main building, keeping only the walls, floors and roof, and created a modern residence inside the castle. Commons will take longer. In a few years, Château La Fleur had regained part of its luster. In 2020, shortly before her death after a long illness, aware of the work done, Aya asked her husband not to let his work disappear and to transform the castle into a guest house.

We present the result to you.

The château Fleur d’Aya is located in Bordeaux Metropole. It is close to all the metropolis services. Easily accessed by car the railway station is 10 minutes away, the airport is 30 minutes away and there is even a bicycle station 5 minutes away. It welcomes you in its vast and exceptional private park of close to 10 hectares. Besides its unheated pool and its luxury spa, it offers you 5 large bedrooms recently renovated with care. All our bedrooms have views on the park, private bathrooms, enjoy the luxury of king size beds and a personalized décor. There is the Lion, with its décor “Return of Journey”, the Grenouille, in honor of a papier-mache frog bought in Mexico 50 years ago, the Golden Scarab, the Jaguar, in honor of the car and the Bélier in memory of the Château former lady owner. You’ll enjoy your breakfast at the large common table in the chateau main dining room or on the (covered) terrace in season. You’ll be served a generous breakfast of local and organic products: tea or coffee, bread and pastry, fresh juice, cold cuts and cheese, season fruits, fresh eggs from local farms, local and organic jams.

Accommodation and rates

Our rooms in the castle

  • We have 4 rooms and a suite.
    Our suite: The Aries suite, named in memory of Aya the former oawner, includes of a large bedroom of 38 m² and a bathroom of 15 m². It is flooded with light, thanks to its many windows opening onto the park, it offers a double bed of 180 and an extra bed of 120 in the bathroom. It includes shower and bath. It appeals to grays and silver.
    Our rooms:
    1. The Scarabée room is located under in the attic. It is lit by two dormers and two large roof windows. It measures 32 m², accompanied by an independent bathroom with shower / WC of 5m². It is also equipped with an free-standing bath in the room. It is reminisecnt of the gold found on these insects.
    2. The Jaguar room has nothing to do with the animal but everything to do with the cars. It is lit by four dormers and two large roof windows. This room of 38 m² is accompanied by an independent bathroom of 6 m². It is also equipped with an free-standig bath in the room. It calls in the blue of the Ecurie Ecosse which distinguished itself at the 24 hours of Le Mans with the type D.
    3. The Frog Room, named in honor of a papier-mâché frog brought back from Mexico nearly 50 years ago, is located at the eastern end of the castle and measures 32 m², with shower incorporated into the room and separate toilet. It overlooks the park and the commons through its large windows facing north, east and south. It isin the shades of green... frog.
    4. The Lion Room, in honor of the owner, is the "return from travel" room, reflecting the many destinations visited by tha parents. It includes a bedroom of 22 m² and a bathroom / wc with an old tub and shower of 4m². She favors warm tones and travel memories.
    We also have an extra room: The Cardinal room is a small one located between the Frog and the Lion. It echoes the North American bird that Aya was passionate about during her Canadian period. It does not have a bathroom. It includes an 90 wide bed . It cannot be rented alone but can be rented with the Lion or Frog rooms, for a child or a parent, for example. It it in the shades of carindal birds: reds.


The rates of our rooms for two people goes from 190 euros to 260 euros breakfast included.

Host tables

We have just passed the operating permit we have just filed the file, we will offer rates at less than 40 euros per person excluding spirits. Guests must notify us in advance, especially on the day of their arrival


We are 15 minutes away from downtown Bordeaux where you will find lotsd of restaurants, we are also ten minutes away from Bouliac where you'll find a starred restaurant Gault & Millau and its bistro . Restaurants also exist in our town.


Leisure on site

Walk in our park, swimming pool, jacuzzi, petanque game, card game, horse riding in the town of Salleboeuf, possibility to book Ayurvedic massages subject to availability of the masseuse... Other activities in preparation such as workshops, seminars, tastings of wines & spirits and local products.

Leisure nearby

  • Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux (listed as World Heritage by Unesco), Arcachon,... several sites around our place.

To know

  • Capacity > 10 people
  • Credit card accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Table d'hôtes
  • WIFI
  • Total capacity: 15
  • Direct booking free of charge: Yes
  • Breakfast included: Yes
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