“We had a wonderful stay in your enormous family house.  It is set in the beautiful French country side with a large garden and pool, overlooking stretches of vineyards”.

Rachael, July 2017

Our Property

Le Cros was acquired by Charles and Lucie Skipwith in 1989 and has been transformed into a well-appointed 5 bedroom country house in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers vineyards with its own private pool.

The house is set in an acre of well-tended gardens with uninterrupted views of undulating vineyards and the ancient Commanderie of Sallebruneau, an important stopping point on the medieval pilgrim route to Saint Jacques De Compostelle.

The decor and facilities complement the Girondine style of the house, with many original parts of the house preserved.

The Space

5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Kings (both with en suites)
  • 1 Double
  • 1 Twin
  • 1 Wide Single
  • 1 Single & Cot
5 Living Areas
  • Newly fitted Kitchen
  • Dining Room
  • Sitting Room
  • TV Room
  • Veranda Room
5 Bathrooms
  • 2 En Suite Shower Rooms
  • 1 Large Family Bathroom
  • 1 Separate Bathroom Upstairs
  • 1 Separate Shower Room Downstairs


Private Pool
Wireless Internet
UK & French Televisions
Central Heating
Bed Linen
Bath Towels
8kg Washing Machine
Electric Combi & Gas Ovens
5 Burner Gas Stove
Large Fridge
Deep Freeze
Large Garden
Fire Pit
Ping Pong Table
Night Lighting
Cot & Highchair
Log Burner Fire
Sports Equipment
Swing Set




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  • Rental weeks run from Saturday to Saturday
  • All rental rates are by the week and are quoted in Euros and GBP.   Prices may change according to prevailing conditions.
  • The minimum stay is 7 nights. Included in the rental rate are all linen (bed linen, towels, tea towels), utilities, gas bottles and WiFi.
  • Not included in the rental rate is the tourist tax which will be invoiced as part of your 70% balance.  Customers should make their own insurance arrangements.



  • There is a €220/£200 refundable damage deposit required for every booking which will be returned to you at the end of your stay upon a check of the house.
  • Upon confirmation of the booking, we require a 30% non refundable deposit to be paid. This should be made within 5 days for us to hold your booking. We would require the balance of 70% as well as the payment of the damage deposit no later than 30 days prior to the start of the booking.
  • A holiday rental agreement is applied to every booking and will be requested to be signed upon confirmation of your booking and the 30% deposit.
  • You are responsible for taking your own insurance cover.


Le Cros, 10 Route de Sallebruneau, Frontenac, 33760, France


by Car

The house is 50 minutes from Bordeaux and lies just off the D670 on the D123 to the north of Sauveterre de Guyenne (Road Reference D123 E11 Le Cros).

For those coming by road via the Channel ports of St Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre or Dieppe. We find Caen is generally the quickest and can be reached in 6 hours but allow 7 hours. If using GPS/SATNAV co-ordinates are: 44.72833 deg N 0.12388 deg W

by Air

The house is equidistant from both Bordeaux Merignac and Bergerac Airports, with a car journey of of an hour from both. Both airports have a good selection of car rental services (e.g. Hertz, Europcar, Avis)

by Train

The Eurostar from London connects either by Lille or Paris with TGV high-speed train and brings you directly into either Libourne or Bordeaux stations.

Local Guide


There are Local Farmers Markets every day of the week in the surrounding towns. Night markets also take place during the summer months.  For more details plus much more visit this blogspot.

Further Afield

  • Bordeaux city (approx. 50mins away)
  • Medoc and Haute Medoc wine region (approx. 1hr away)
  • Dunes de Pyla – Europes highest sand dunes (approx. 1.5hrs away)
  • Archachon basin – wonderful oysters and swimming (approx. 1.5hrs away)
  • Biscarosse plage and lac (approx. 1.5hrs away)

You can see a lot more here


The Entre-deux-Mers region retains a strong legacy from the 100 years war which can still be seen today:

  • You can combine wine and history with the Bastide wine trail
  • 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.

Local Activities


“What we have really enjoyed about your house is its personality, and the feeling of staying in a lovely home. On our last day, my daughter Rose said “I really like it here, it feels really homey” (Ashcroft – Summer 2016)

“Thanks for a lovely stay. It’s clearly a very special place” (Henderson – Summer 2016)

“We found the house a beautiful and relaxing place to spend a holiday, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.  The house is all round charming and in a lovely part of France.  The pool area is very good, both the pool itself and the furniture. There is plenty of space for a large party both downstairs and in the bedrooms.  The kitchen/garden room area is excellent.” (White – Summer 2016)

“Loved the pool! Perfect temperature. Gorgeous weather all week. Garden and swings were perfect for the kids.  Great location for the shops whilst also feeling ‘away from it all’. Fab holiday, thank you!” (Deacon – Summer 2015)

“Excellent séjour dans cette superbe maison! Nous reviendrons avec plaisir.” (Gwaenelle – Summer 2015)

“Merci beaucoup pour l’accueil, la maison est de grande qualité” (Diyelam – Summer 2015)

“Lovely house, well equipped.  Beautiful surroundings. Perfect for all the children games and the fantastic pool!  We’ve had a brilliant time. Charles was very helpful with all our questions and queries about the local area. Great holiday had by all, thank you!” (Newton – Summer 2015)