About us

Coincidence brought me, Leslie Kellen, a South African visionary entrepreneur, to Blaye where I instantly fell in love with a perfectly positioned “maison de maitre” overlooking the Gironde River: The Villa Saint Simon guest house dream was born! My innate passion for people and the French culture together with my deep knowledge of wine enabled me to create an environment that attracts people from all over the world. The experiences made, transcends classical tourism to meaningful encounters and lifelong connections.

Then the day came when I met my enchanting German wife, the artist and interior designer, Clarissa, and together our visions soared to new heights.

As a power duo we took the oldest trade road in Blaye, Rue St Simon, and started converting existing historical buildings into apartments, art studios, vintage garages, event and exhibition spaces, underground cellars and the latest edition, the Etalon Rouge Winery. We also created our own wine bar, La Petite Cave, where some of the most magical memories are created!