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Sauveterre-de-Guyenne - the commune and its surrounding area

Sauveterre-de-Guyenne is a small bastide town located in the heart of the “Entre-deux-Mers” region of South West France. Although some buildings in Sauveterre date back as far as the 10th century, I understand that the bastide towns in the Aquitaine (our region) were developed and reconstructed by the English, who owned the region at that time and England was the main market for the local wine, in the 13th Century to protect the local community of wine producers from French attacks. The “100 year War” was finally won by the French at Castillon La Bataille about 14 kms from Sauveterre and ended English supremacy in the area. This last battle is re-enacted every August at Castillon and is really impressive – starting around 10pm and ending with canons firing around midnight.

Sauveterre was developed with a grid plan on the standard square model around a central, arcaded, square. Originally the town was surrounded by walls which have long since been demolished, however the four gateways still stand to the North, South, East and West. The main square has been recently refurbished and has a busy market on Tuesday morning. Around the arcaded square there are 2 restaurants, a pharmacy, two “boulangeries” with home baked bread and cakes, the newspaper shop where children can spend hours choosing sticker books and sweets, the “Tabac” which still sells tobacco but has recently increased the level of fishing and shooting material on its shelves, the Post Office where the staff spend a lot of time chatting and it can take hours to buy a stamp, The Tourist Office run by the “Mairie” (Town Hall), a flower shop, a shoe shop, an optician with shop, and of course, many banks and hairdressers. It is very pleasant to wander the small streets, many still cobbled, and end up having a beer in the market square.

On leaving the town by the West gate you see the local “routier” hotel, bar and restaurant. It is always full of lorry drivers and locals who go for the beer, the company and of course the 5 course meal including wine for 11 Euros! On turning to the North from this gate you walk, or drive, about 150 metres up to the local Supermarket, SuperU, which like most supermarkets sells everything. We have watched it expand over the last 18 years with interest. The owner has recently bought a local Chateau a model of which is on view in the basement of the Tourist Office owing to its historic interest.

During the school year there is continuous activity in the town, from theatre and music recitals, Quines (Bingo) in the Town Hall, brocantes (High class jumble sales) twice a year under the arcades and many other activities. Once the school holidays start at the end of June the place changes. It is well worth looking at www.sauveterre-de-guyenne.com site to really find out what is going on in the town, but the main event is the “Fête des vins” which always happens on the last weekend of July. This is when you can taste wine from the entire region, eat local food and your children can ride the roundabouts and dodgem cars.

Nearby, at Monsegur, there is an annual, internationally renowned Jazz Festival on the first weekend of July and the town goes on the have night markets every Wednesday throughout the summer, when you can wander around tasting local food, listen to music and generally relax on a summer evening.

Sauveterre lies 15 kms south St. Emilion, 15 kms north of Sauternes and 55kms SE of Bordeaux (with the Medoc to the west of that city. The “Entre-deux-Mers” speciality is a white wine and although many local farmers have turned to production of red it is the white that really excels. Sauveterre has a cooperative on the edge of the town, as do most towns in the area, where you can take your plastic “bidon” and fill up by the litre, at very reasonable prices, using a system a bit like a petrol pump!

I understand that the name “Entre-deux-Mers” (translating as “Between Two Seas”) originates from the Middle Ages when the pilgrims heading to St Jaques de la Compostelle in northern Spain had to cross the two enormous rivers, the Dordogne 15 miles to the north of Sauveterre and the Garonne 15 miles to the south of Sauveterre. There are many abbeys, churches and villages that developed as stopping places for these pilgrims which have been beautifully restored and really are worth a visit. Castelmoron d’Albret is one of these villages. Built on a rock four kms from Sauveterre it is also the smallest commune in France. The abbey of St. Ferme is also very impressive and has a regular programme of outstanding concerts.

From Sauveterre it is possible to ride a bicycle along the old railway line, now a dedicated bike route and well surfaced, for 55kms through the vineyards in the undulating landscape all the way to Bordeaux. The old railway stations have either been restored as homes or turned into small cafés to refresh at along the route. Bicycles can be hired at the Tourist Office.

Within a radius of 10 miles there are many sporting facilities including tennis, riding, canoeing, swimming, and of course fishing and shooting when in season. There are many golf courses in the area, my favourite, being at Langon. It takes you on a lovely 18 hole walk through the pine forest on a course that is not at all easy (because of the trees) and it is not a “top of the range course” (for that you need to go to Chateau Vigiers) but the bird sounds and pine smells are exceptional!

One of my favourite days out is to go slightly further afield, about one and a half hours drive to the east, to the famous Lascaux caves. While there I try to fit in a trip to another cave, usually Rouffignac, but there are others, and one of the Troglodyte villages in the Périgord region. The same distance to the west are the Atlantic beaches with the Dune de Pyla (the largest sand dune in Europe) and of course the amazing oyster beds and restaurants of Cap Ferret.

And, of course, France is known for its food. There are good restaurants everywhere, it would take another report to deal with them!

During the Second World War the Vichy line separating occupied from “free” France passed between Sauveterre and St. Leger, when we first arrived in St Leger we heard many interesting stories from our neighbour concerning that period including an incident that is related in the book “The Blue Bicycle” by Régine Deforges. There are many monuments to resistance workers in the area and the Jean Moulin museum in Bordeaux is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the history of World War 2.

Written by Sarah Baggett - Owner of Property 4607 in Sauveterre de Guyenne, France

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                                                                                                      Sauveterre de Guyenne Holiday Farmhouses & Gites (300+)

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Stylish elegant home you won't want to leave

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Wow! We are so lucky to have discovered such an outstandingly stylish home in which to spend a relaxing holiday enjoying the stunning setting from the beautifully appointed terrace and infinity pool overlooking vineyards. From the first contact Nora, Peter and Kristal were friendly, courteous and welcoming full of great ideas and suggestions for exploring the area including atmospheric local markets, fabulous wines and superb restaurant recommendations which combined with a very warm welcome and introduction to their gorgeous property full of stylish details where everything you could possibly need for a 5star stay is provided. This meant we could simply unpack, relax and enjoy their gift of a chilled bottle of champagne on the terrace to begin our holiday knowing they were on hand should we need any other guidance or recommendations during our time here. The memories of our stay here will remain with our family always and our two daughters aged 18 and 20 particularly enjoyed their own en suite bathrooms and TVs for some down time after taking full advantage of the pool and stylish sun loungers. The highlight of their holiday however was getting to know Kiwi and Lily the family's lovely dogs and we had to check they weren't smuggled into the car for our very reluctant journey home! We would love to return to this wonderful home next year as we have ordered some fabulous wine from this years harvest in St Emilion - an amazing and beautiful area to visit- so a great excuse to come over and collect it! Thank you for allowing us to share your slice of paradise - A bientot. Mike Sue Georgia and Lucy Harrogate
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

                                                                                                      The house has been beautifully decorated and is full of character.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Myself and my partner stayed here for a week whilst organising suppliers for our upcoming wedding. The property is a lot larger than the photos do justice and has been exceptionally well finished. The kitchen is well stocked with a dishwasher and convex hobs and a coffee machine. There is a lovely fireplace in the living room. Whilst it wasn't cold enough to warrant its use during our stay (26 degrees in October!) I would imagine it would create a lovely atmosphere. There is a bit garden space outside with tables and deckchairs to enjoy the sunshine and the bedrooms are all good sizes. The owners were incredibly friendly and accommodating. There is a supermarket five minutes away and the house is approx 35 minute drive from the airport. We would certainly stay here again 9/10
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 09, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017