Chateau Sentout, one of the best hidden secret of Bordeaux
In Middle of 40 Acre Grounds with a Chapel, Water Skiing, Wine Tasting, WiFi, Individual Air-Cond.
Villas and Apartments f0r 2 to 8.
Spectacularly sited on top of a hill amid vineyards and meadows just south of the handsome city of Bordeaux, this 17th century chateau with its charmingly restored cottages and flower filled courtyards, serves as a comfortable base for touring the famous wine chateaux, medieval villages and pristine Atlantic beaches of Aquitaine. Well renovated accommodations for 2 to 8 people. Large heated pool with protection fence and shallow end for children, situated in a separate courtyard with high pool enclosure openable for cloudy days, sandpit in the orchard. Included: table tennis, badminton, basket ball, volley ball, bowls, nearby tennis.Waterskiing on the Baurech lake, horse riding, 5 golf courses within less than 1 hours drive, canoeing 30 minutes. The chapel provides a haven to listen to classical music, video, fax, satellite TV. Free WiFi access, Air-conditioning.
We organise wine tastings in the most prestigious Bordeaux wine chateaux, at Medoc, Sauternes, Graves and St Emilion, and will help you in organizing your visits to the numerous mediaeval villages such as St Emilion, Bazas, La Reole, oyster villages at Arcachon and Cap Ferret, the Dune of Le Pyla - the largest sand dune in Europe - the pristine Alantic beaches at Biscarosse, lake at Hostens, a favourite to families. Amongst other activities: waterskiing and horse riding at 1 mile, treetop climbing at 4 miles, Bordeaux historical center with its preserved architecture from the 17th century, lots of cafés, jazz café, fish and local cuisine restaurants, parks and the now renovated two miles riverside along the river Garonne with its astonishing "water mirror".
Our large swimming pool, heated and covered but openable, may be used starting mid March, to mid November; it is surrounded by a safety fence and a shallow end for children. It is situated in middle of a loan with banana trees, palmtrees, badminton, swing and a pergola. The beautiful chapel offers the possibility of listening to classical music or could be used for weddings or celebrations.
We are welcoming our guests on a weekly basis from Saturday to Saturday in the summer season and for shorter stays in the other seasons. To help you, visiting Aquitaine, a GSM navigator might be lent to you.
The Château's differing architectural styles which mark the passing years lend to its elegance and unique charm. An Italian feel is created by the Genoese storehouse and its Tuscan columns found in the courtyard. The inner courtyard's patio is Spanish in style and the windows leading from the main house to the bishop's bedroom are Moorish "Retour d'Egypte" (1813).
The main house, flanked on both sides by two massive square towers surmounted by balustrades, is embellished by two turrets and a large square tower, all three roofed with slate. The terrace at the front of the house facing the valley, is decorated with a stone balustrade.
The gardens, in turn formal and natural give each villa a space of its own, allowing guests to enjoy their privacy whilst being part of the group. Large spaces under the columns or in the arches of the former wine store, near the wine press are perfect to organize parties and meals for 20 and up to 43 guests.
|Size||Sleeps up to 40, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Hostens 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Merignac 33 km, Nearest railway: Bordeaux St Jean 17 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Fax machine, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (4), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details outdoors|
Chateau Sentout is surrounded by 40 acres of meadows and woods with no immediate neighbours, and is offering a peaceful and calm atmosphere to our guests. Small paths and roads are allowing walks and trekking around it and the former 20 miles railway leading from Bordeaux to the hart of the Entre-Deux-Mers district is now exclusively dedicated to cycling. Cycle station in Creon, 5 miles from us. The village of Langoiran offers lots of facilities: Restaurants, bakers, butchers, chemist, banks, supermarket, cash dispenser. Restaurant St Martin with its terrace along the river is a perfect place to enjoy meals and watching the mascaret with surfers or the surprising ships transporting the Airbus wings from England to Toulouse and passing in front of the restaurant...
Rentals by the week from Saturday to Saturday in the summer seasons or less than a week in the other seasons.Payment per credit card or bank transfer, 25 % at booking time and balance 2 months before arrival. Price reduction for 2 consecutive weeks bookings and for group booukings.
Aquitaine can be divided into five departments:Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot & Garonne, Pyrénées Atlantiques.In addition to their shared history, these areas have a great deal in common:
They are wine producers and are particularly noted for their cultural heritage,sporting achievements and vernacular architecture.
The Romans aptly named the region Aquitania, a "land of water"as it is dotted with lakes and marshes and many important rivers such as Adour, Dordogne, Garonne, Isle and the Gironde estuary. Its 270 km / 170 miles Atlantic coastline, which stretches from Pointe de Graves in the north to Hendaye at the foot of the Pyrenees, also makes it one of France's main tourist attractions.And, of all regions of France, Aquitaine is by far the most important in terms of prehistory. This is most true of the Périgord, an area with an almost unique cluster of major prehistoric sites.
Around 400,000 BC, the first hunters arrived in the Vezere valley where they lived in rock-shelters in the limestone cliffs and where they made flint tools and weapons. Trace of their activities have been discovered at over 150 sites and in some 50 decorated caves and thanks to Le Moustier, we have an insight into the life and religious rituals of prehistoric hunters from around 80,000-30,000 BC.
At the Cro-Magnon site in Les Eysies, artefacts from 35,000-10,000 BC have revealed the amazingly high level of skill attained by early man and a similar sense of wonder comes from looking at the caves paintings, depicting mammoths, horses,and reindeer at Lascaux and the so-called Venus figures, found at Laussel in the Dordogne and at Grassempouy in the Landes.
In Medoc, around 1,500 BC, large bronze axes were being produced. At the beginning of the 5th century, a series of invasions led to the Visigoths making Aquitaine part of their kingdom in 481. They, in turn were expelled by the Franks and it was around that time that Christianity was beginning to take hold in the towns and cities, although it did not really become widespread in the region until as late as the 11th century but this period did see the start of the construction of some of Aquitaine's first great abbeys and churches.
After the death of their king Clovis, in 511, Frankish Merovingingian control was weakened by the division of the region into separate administrative areas. Taking advantage of this, the Vascons, a people from the Pyrenees who are sometimes equated with the Basques, invaded in 580 settling between the Garonne and the Pyrenees, which became known as Gascony in the 7th century.
Then the Arabs arrived but they were repulsed at Poitiers by Charles Martel in 732. Then the Carolingians annexed the territory but their rule was relatively short-lived as, in the mid-9th century, the Normans sailed up the Adour, Dordogne and Garonne rivers, pillaging and ravaging towns, churches an monasreries as they went.
Bordeaux was torched in 848 and Gallo-Roman civilisation was broken
and gradually it withered away
During the 11th and 12th centuries, the population began to increase, churches and monasteries were springing up all over the Southwest of France, the Abbaye de la Sauve-Majeure founded by Gerard de Corbie in 1079 had more than 300 monks in 1095 at his death.
More and more land was being cleared in order to build abbeys and monasteries especially along the main pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella in Spain.
Some religious buildings like the Cathedrale Saint-Front in Perigueux were built in the Byzantine Romanesque style but from the 13th century ownward, they was a general downturn in religious architecture, although the great Gothic Cathedrals of Bordeaux, Bazas and Bayonne were rebuilt in the 14th century following the devastation of the Franco-English 100 Years' War.
Thanks to Philip the fair, a firm ruler and accomplished diplomat, Bertrands de Goth, Archibishop of Bordeaux, was elected Pope in 1305 as Clement V . His position allowed him to bestow favours on the Gascon clergy. He also initiated the construction of the great chateaux at Roquetaillade, Fargues, Budos and at Villandraut.
Englishs in France In 1137, Eleanor of Aquitaine daughter and heiress of William X,
Duc d'Aquitaine married Louis VII, later king of France.
However, as Eleanor had not only failed to produce a royal heir but also led a life that displeased her husband, the marriage was dissolved in 1152.A few months later Eleanor married Henry Plantagenet who, in 1154, became
king of England. Apart of the French enclaves of Armagnac and Béarn, the duchy of Aquitaine was now under English rule. Hostilities between the French and the English in the region began in 1328 and continued until 1453, when the English were soundly defeated at the Battle of Castillon by Charles VII with the death of General Talbot. This was the end of se so called Hundred Years War
Bordeaux is a port city in the southwest of France, with one million inhabitants in its metropolitan area at a 2007 estimate. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called Bordelais.
With a population of 1,200,000 inhabitants in the Bordeaux-Arcachon-Libourne metropolitan area, the fifth metropolitan area in France is known to be the world's wine industry capital, and it is considered Europe's main military space and aeronautics research and construction complex.
Bordeaux wine draws its name from the city around which it has been produced since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.
Tourism in Bordeaux had already developed considerably following the city's extensive facelift. However, it will now be entering a new dimension thanks to the UNESCO listing, undoubtedly exceeding the 2.5 million visitors a year Bordeaux currently welcomes.
Baurech & Tabanac are small communities of almost 1000 inhabitants, close to the Garonne right banks; part of their territory is on the flat land along the river, and the other part which includes the village is situated on the hills of Premières Côtes de Bordeaux, the beginning of the Entre-Deux-Mers district. The communes are rural, hilly and very typical.
The centre of the villages are very picturesque and contains the church, the Town hall and some wine chateaux.
Their small size means that there are no shops or restaurants. The only commerce is a hairdressing salon. There is a doctors surgery located in the Bourg, an antic dealer along the D10, down the hill, a Citroën garage, many artisans. The beautifull situation of Baurech & Tabanac on the hills facing the Garonne river valley explains why so many châteaux have been built over the past centuries in or around the village.
Baurech is housing a small lake, property of Mr Thierry Malhomme, well known French champion of water ski. Competitions and trainings are organised all year round both for beginners and confirmed amateurs.
Enjoy Golfing in Aquitaine
Aquitaine, situated less than an hours flight from Paris, and less than 2 hours' flight from the major European cities, offers golfers, amateurs and professionals alike, some fifty-odd courses scattered over the region.
The geographic diversity of the region means that there are all kinds of courses,
as varied as their surrounding landscapes and their settings, that are playable
throughout the year in a particularly pleasant mild climate.
We have a long-standing golfing tradition here.
It was in Aquitaine, in Pau to be precise, that Willie Dunn laid out the very first golf course in Continental Europe in 1856.
Activities and leisure at chateau Sentout and nearby:
In the property itself, the most popular is the large swimming pool covered and openable; heated with a shallow end for children and babies. Boules, volley ball badminton and basket and not to forget a sandpit for babies.
The chapel offers a restful place to listen music and both amplifier and a choice of discs are available.
Both in the village of Baurech and Tabanac, there are horse farms organising lessons or walks, near the chateau a tennis court and in the forest 3 miles from us,a tree-top climbing complex.
Canoeing on the river Ciron in the district of Sauterne 15 miles from Sentout is a great opportunity from April to October, canoe are provided on the spot.
Last but not least, the Atlantic beaches, the Arcachon bay, Oyester farms at la Teste, and water parks and zoo.