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The local area

The farmhouse is a great place to do very little but it’s also the perfect base from which to explore the vast Bordeaux wine region, as we are within half an hour of St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves, Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes and 50 to 75 minutes from the famous Médoc appellations of Margaux, St-Julien, Pauillac and St-Estéphe.

The charming town of Saint-Emilion and the superbly restored city of Bordeaux, both Unesco World Heritage sites, are just over 15 miles away. The long sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast around Archachon and Cap Ferret are an hour or so’s drive and worth a trip in fine weather. Heading inland, there are lovely bastide towns and pretty villages set in the peaceful countryside near the Dordogne and Garonne rivers.

For eating out, there is a wide choice of excellent restaurants to try, whether you prefer something local - there's a very good restaurant in the town - or one of the many spots in Bordeaux or Saint-Emilion, or set amongst the vines.

At Bauduc, there are many walks through our private woods, fields and vines, and a tour of the vineyard and the winery can be laid on. We are a ten minute stroll from Créon, a town founded by the English in the early 14th century (the region was in English hands for nearly 300 years) and a market has been held here every Wednesday since 1315, apparently. It’s one of the best food markets around. In addition to having top local butchers, bakers, fruit and veg stores and a leading fishmonger within easy reach six days a week, the supermarket is a five minute drive.

Many guests make use of the excellent activities on offer locally. You can hire bicycles in Créon to go on the cycle route, which replaced the old railway line that stretches 16 miles (25 kms) in one direction and 16 miles in the other. It’s a peaceful jogging track too.

There is a well-run stables just 3 miles away for horse or pony riding at all levels, and there are two water-skiing lakes within a 15 minute drive. A big tree-climbing activity centre, with ropes and walkways and tarzan swinging, is only five miles away and has proved to be a big hit with adults, teenagers and children. There are several golf courses to choose from, with simpler ones 20 minutes from Bauduc and the more prestigious courses about 45 minutes or so by car.

A great family day out, and well worth the 45 minute drive to get there, is canoeing down the Ciron river in Sauternes, starting at Villandraut and winding up at Bommes. Phone ahead to book and everything is provided, including waterproof boxes for a picnic, which we recommend you take. They'll bring you back to your car at the end.