The 3 Maisons des Illustres (Homes of illustrious persons) in the Gironde are in Graves and Sauternes!
La Brède - Château de Montesquieu (1689-1755)
Montesquieu, a man of letters, magistrate and President of the Bordeaux Parliament, often stayed at the Château de La Brède (13th century), finding there a good environment to think and write www.chateaulabrede.com
Domaine de Malagar - Saint-maixant
François Mauriac (1885-1970), spent all his holidays at Malagar, and was inspired by the place when writing ‘Flesh and Blood’ (‘La Chair et le sang’), ‘Destins’ and ‘Vipers’ Tangle’ (‘Le Noeud de vipères’). Carefully preserved, the writer’s abode welcomes you into his world. In the former cellar, now converted into an exhibition centre, discover moving family photos, as well as historical documents and videos that trace Mauriac’s life (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952) throughout the 20th century. www.malagar.aquitaine.fr
Château Malromé - Saint-andré-du-bois
The painter Henri de Toulouse-lautrec (1864-1901) used to come here to rest after his Parisian escapades. It was also here that he took his dying breath on 9th September 1901. After visiting the Château, make your way to Verdelais to see the painter’s resting place, in the shadow of the family cross of the Counts of Toulouse. www.malrome.com