France: Bordeaux


Easy reach from the city of Bordeaux - and truly excellent wines
By Jane Anson

This Guide was last updated on 12 May 2010
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Château de La Brède

Address: Avenue du Château, 33650 La Brède
Tel: 05 56 20 20 49 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:40:27N (44.67411)     Longitude: -0:32:38W (-0.54399)  

One of the few moated castles in the area, and extraordinarily well preserved, the château is also surrounded by English-style gardens. Expect plenty of proud displays of Montesquieu’s musings.

Useful information: Open from Easter till the end of November.

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La Ferme Exotique

Address: 1932 Chemin de Port de l’Esquillot, 33140 Cadaujac
Tel: 05 56 30 94 80  Fax: 05 56 30 99 28

Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:44:13N (44.73707)     Longitude: -0:30:49W (-0.51366)  

It has to be said, this is strictly one for the children, but if you are here with your family, and they need a break from châteaux visits, this is a surprisingly good day out. You can go horse riding, carriage-horse riding, visit a petting zoo, as well as a bigger zoo, where they have over 1,000 animals.

Useful information: Adults €7.50, children €6, Pony riding €4 for a half hour. Open from 10.00-20.00 March to October (till 19.00 November to February).

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Golf de Pessac

Address: Golf Blue Green Bordeaux Pessac, Rue de la Princesse, 33600 Pessac
Tel: 05 57 26 03 33   Fax: 05 56 36 52 89

Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 44:47:38N (44.79391)    Longitude: 00:42:54W (-0.71507) 

There are a number of golf courses around the Bordeaux area (around 20 in total), and this one covers 120 hectares, attractively surrounded by pine trees. An 18 hole course, plus a separate 9 hole course.

Useful information: Lessons offered, from €32 per half hour.

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