Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 5, Ratings 6 10/10
|Le Cros||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||5||Extra childs bed & nursery with cot & childs bed|
This is an ideal property for families and groups of friends alike looking for a peaceful retreat into the vineyards. There is much to do in the local area, not least for wine and food enthusiasts, but also for fans of cycling and walking. Bordeaux and St Emilion are both in easy striking distance, as well as many of the medieval castles and Bastides with their markets. There are even the ruins of a 14th Century Commanderie less than 10 minutes walk.
Having been home to an Anglo-French family, the 200 year old house has been lovingly restored, maintaining many original features while incorporating some modern comforts together with sympathetic furnishings which preserve the character of the house.
The Dining room seats up to 9, while the Veranda room overlooking the garden can seat up to 12 and opens wide with a bi-fold glass wall on to the terrace. There are 2 wooden high chairs.
The Kitchen is well equipped and includes:
5 burner gas hob and Gas oven (90cm).
Separate fan assisted electric oven and microwave.
Fridge, deep freezer.
There is also a washing machine (8kg).
A line is provide for hanging clothes to dry.
There is a sitting room with books and games.
Additionally there is Bar and TV room, with relaxing sofas.
The Veranda room overlooks the garden and is a general eating and sitting area.
There are 5 bedrooms each of which looks out over the front of the house, with the exception of the nursery looking out westwards and the twin room which has velux windows.
Bedroom one - Kingsize bed and ensuite shower room and toilet. Extra childs bed can be arranged.
Bedroom two - Large single or small double - good for children to share.
Bedroom three - Double bed
Bedroom four - Twin room
Bedroom five - Kingsize bed with ensuite shower room and toilet.
All bedrooms have a fan supplied.
In addition to the en suite shower rooms we have two additional bathrooms upstairs.
Large bathroom with shower bath, sink and toilet.
Smaller bathroom with bath, sink and toilet.
And downstairs we have a shower room with toilet.
We have central heating through out the house as well as three functioning open fires.
Indoors we have many boardgames, books and puzzles. There is television with UK Free2view channels and free wi-fi broadband.
As a family you can enjoy an extensive garden with equipment provided such as swings, cricket set, croquet set and ping pong table.
The large terrace has a fire bowl and seating for evening drinks.
Importantly, the large, private pool is fenced with a motorised hard cover giving peace of mind and allowing you to enjoy the views across the valley. The pool was designed with children in mind and has a large shallow area and shallow steps rather than a ladder.
There is a front gate which can be shut to avoid children running out.
There is parking for several cars.
The house is suitable for most types of visitors and is particularly good for families.
The ground floor and out door terrace is nearly all on one level with wide door frames, however disabled access to bedrooms and bathrooms requires going up stairs.
We are a family of three sisters, Naomi, Alissa and Georgina, each with our own young families. We own the house together with our father Charles a retired restaurateur. Our mother was Lucie who comes from this area and so we have strong connections and a large extended family nearby!
|Year property purchased||1989|
|Why this location?||We have always loved France and particularly this area which has a deep history, fantastic food and great weather. Bordeaux is near enough to get a city fix yet you are in the utter tranquility of the vineyards with beautiful views in all directions. The house itself has been lovingly restored with many of the original features and is our home from home!|
|Unique benefits of property||Most people who come to stay remark on the stunning views across the vineyards and the homeliness of the house. It is not a bland rental property and we are keen to keep some character about the place. Now that we have our own young families we've adapted it to keep the little ones happy too.|
There are Local Farmers Markets every Monday to Friday in the surrounding towns. Night markets take place in nearby Blasimon every week during the months of July and August
The Entre-deux-Mers region retains a strong legacy from the 100 years war which can still be seen today, these include:
Commanderie de Sallebruneau – a 10minute walk away – ruins of a former St John Hospitaliers fortified lodge dating back to the 14th Century.
Le Chateau de Rauzan – a 13th century fort allegedly connected by underground tunnels to our very own Commanderie de Sallebruneau. (approx 10 mins away)
Abbaye de La Sauve Majeure – an important medieval site first built on in 1079 – famous for it’s religious carvings and delicate architecture. (approx. 20mins away)
The Bastides – these are the fortified towns built during the 100 years war. The closest is Sauveterre-de-Guyenne and is the only one to still have it’s four gates.
St Emilion – (approx. 30mins away) – a UNESCO world heritage site with many medieval monuments and buildings as well as a rich history of wine making.
You can combine wine and history with the Bastide wine trail: http://www.vignobledebordeaux.com/rout_bast.php
Other Local Activities (we have links on our website)
Swimming lake in Blasimon
Rock climbing in nearby Frontenac
The Piste Cyclable – The disused railway line from Sauveterre de Guyenne to Bordeaux transformed for the benefit of cyclists
Underground rock caves with stalactites and stalagmites (Grotte Célestine) in nearby Rauzan.
Canoeing on the Dordogne in Branne (approx 30 mins away)
Libourne – (approx. 30mins away) with it’s spectacular and busy food market on Sundays
There are a number of footpaths and walking trails in the area which are well signposted.
Bordeaux city (approx. 50mins away)
Medoc and Haute Medoc wine region (approx. 1hr away)
Dunes de Pyla & Archachon basin – Europes highest sand dunes, great swimming & oysters (approx. 1.5hrs away)
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