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  • Bordeaux and the Gironde - an enchanted land of wine and water

    If the Gironde region is not already familiar, then why now make this the year to discover its beauties? The capital Bordeaux is already one of the most evocative city names in Europe. To arrive at this historic centre of wine and culture is to enter the warmer, sunnier climes of south west France and immediately to bask in a distinctively, delightfully French way of being.

    Arrival in Bordeaux is not difficult, with the choice of a major international airport, TGV link from Paris and easy motorway access. The city is an enticing combination of wide avenues, elegant 18th century buildings, parks, pavement cafes, shops, museums, fabulous restaurants and, of course, the iconic centre of one the world’s great wine producing areas.

    Bordeaux is also a good starting point from which to explore the Gironde. As you might expect, this is countryside replete with rolling acres of vines, many of them belonging to small independent vineyards. It also embraces the confluence of two rivers, with unspoilt coastline and a fascinating estuary to explore.

    The history of wine production even influences the type of holiday rental you’ll find here. Stay at a truly mouth watering chateau in acres of grounds, make an ancient manoir or Maison de Maitre your very own or enjoy a stone farmhouse with its own swimming pool that oozes traditional character.

    Many of our Gironde holiday properties are in peaceful country locations. Others lie at the heart of towns and villages, like the stunning Le Pavillon-Villemaurine, a Maison de Maitre in St Emilion, shown in our photograph.

    See the full range of holiday rentals in the Gironde and Browse our useful guides to Bordeaux, the Gironde and Aquitaine 

  • Win a week at a luxury Gironde cottage

    There's still time to enter our latest competition where you could win a holiday for four at La Conciergerie, a luxury two-bedroom cottage close to the Gironde estuary in south west France.

    La Conciergerie nestles in the grounds of Le Moulin des Agrilles, a romantic manor house near Lorignac,  Here, Josette and Rod Cooke offer a relaxing cottage hideaway with use of all the outdoor facilities of the main house, which can be booked for house parties, celebrations and beautiful, informal country weddings organised by the hosts.

    This September or October, you could enjoy strolling in the seven acres of beautiful grounds or splashing in the heated salt-water swimming pool. There is also a bar with pool table, an inviting barbecue area and facilities for table tennis and traditional French boules, so you would never be short of things to do.

    The estate is surrounded by vines and open countryside and is close to local beaches. Visitors can explore the Gironde estuary, with its pretty ports and inviting restaurants, and savour wine and Cognac tasting.

    We’ve teamed up with FrenchEntree magazine to offer you the chance to win this holiday (travel not included). Go to page 41 of the May/June issue for full details or enter online here.