A STUNNING FAMILY HOLIDAY RENTAL

“We had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful family home. Le Cros has a lovely feel to it”

Antonia, August 2018
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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

Amenities

Private Pool
Wireless Internet
Television (UK channels)
Central Heating
Bed Linen
Bath Towels
8kg Washing Machine
Microwave
Electric Combi & Gas Ovens
5 Burner Gas Stove
Large Fridge/Freezer
Dishwasher
Large Garden
Fire Bowl
Ping Pong Table
Night Lighting
Cot & Highchair
Terrace
Log Burner Fire
Sports equipment
Gas BBQ
Swing Set
DVDs & Games
Bar Billiards Table

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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 7 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.

Contact

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

Directions

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

Markets

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

History

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

Guestbook

“We had a week at Le Cros in August 2018. It was easy to find, and the location was stunning. Open fields of vines all around, and a beautiful ruin just 2 fields away, which our young children took to calling “cat’s castle” and it made for regular picnics and adventures. There is a medieval herb garden that local students are lovingly tendering to.

The house is dark and cool in parts, a wonderful respite on hot days. But equally the wow factor is the kitchen and veranda room where we spent many happy meal times, with the open plan cooking/eating area. The kitchen was so well equipped it inspired us to buy more meals we could make from scratch. As well as the standard French fayre of baked Camembert, crepes and so on.

We found several adventures to play around the house – such a well-stocked TV and games room, outdoor leagues of croquet and table tennis, hid-and-seek and pool games.

The pool is very safe, and there were ample umbrellas to provide shade, whilst watching the lizards streaking across the hot stone.

It really felt as comfortable as being in someone else’s home – not a holiday house. It feels warm and lived in, without too much clutter.” (Lee, August 2018)

“We had a wonderful holiday in your beautiful family home. Le Cros has a lovely feel to it and I am sure your parents had many happy times there.” (Waddington, August 2018)

“Thank you for making the house available to us and when our friends came for the weekend this is when the house came into its own. Fun, laughter and entertaining. le Cros was made for this and all our friends loved the house and the space that it offered. We congregated in the kitchen, dining area and garden, it was perfect.” (Clarke, September 2018)