House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 13
Located on the edge of a medieval village, set among rolling countryside with sunflowers and Armagnac vines, Le Tilleul and Le Figuier offer great holiday accommodation for a group get-together and an opportunity to sample local French cuisine. The two neighbouring cottages have shared use of a salt-water swimming pool, as well as their own separate, private patio and garden. Golf, tennis, horse-riding, bike & canoe hire all nearby and many swimming lakes with sandy beaches.
LE TILLEUL is a tastefully renovated stone farmhouse which retains original exposed stone walls and wooden beams throughout. Full of character, the cottage also offers modern conveniences to ensure guests' comfort. Flexible accommodation makes Le Tilleul ideal Ideal for a large family group, a family on holiday with grandparents, or two families on holiday together. Baby cot available on request.
LE FIGUIER sleeps up to 5 people in 2 bedrooms. There are exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings throughout, as well as ceramic tiled floors softened with rugs. A spacious, airy attic bedroom studio has an extra-large wrought iron double bed and a single bed. The room has a high vaulted ceiling and there is a cosy sitting area with TV / DVD player, and wood burner stove set in ancient stone fireplace.
Downstairs the cosy dining kitchen with gas cooker is fully equipped for up to 6 people. Also on the ground floor is the second bedroom with twin beds (which can be set-up as bunks to allow more floor space for children if preferred). From the kitchen is access to a huge shower-room / WC. A washing machine and large fridge/freezer are located in the adjoining garage.
French windows on either side of kitchen lead to sunny patio with pergola, superb brick-built BBQ & garden beyond, or to the stone-walled courtyard with salt-water swimming pool.
Both cottages offer a selection of DVDs available for guests use suitable for all ages. Board games & jigsaw puzzles also for all ages. Plenty of reading material (fiction, non-fiction, travel books and local guides) for both adults and children.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Atlantic - Mimizan Plage / Port Boucau 180 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau / Bergerac / Toulouse / Biarritz 90 km, Nearest railway: Agen 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (3), Cots (3), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Further details outdoors||
Le Tilleul and Le Figuier both have French windows opening directly onto the courtyard swimming pool (salt water), located between the two properties. The pool is 8m x 4m, graduated to a maximum depth of 1.8m. Roman steps across the full width at one end of the pool make it easy for our younger guests to build their confidence in the water playing on the steps until they feel ready to take the plunge. A paved sunbathing area with teak loungers and reclining chairs surrounds the pool. For safety reasons, there are child-proof doors from both properties, as well as a pool alarm. Range of pool and water toys provided for all ages.
LE FIGUIER: Away from the poolside, another kitchen door leads directly onto a splendid patio / terrace with pergola over. This is a delightful, private and sheltered spot in which to enjoy breakfast in the morning sun, or a shaded lunch when the sun is high in the sky, and there is sufficient space and seating for all 13 guests to dine al fresco if desired. In the evening, the brick-built barbecue with chimney over makes cooking the dinner a pleasure while the abundant fig tree (Figuier) completes the setting.
The patio area is fully enclosed making it an ideal, safe and shaded area for young children to play, or a dog if appropriate. At the barbecue end of the patio is a gate leading to the garden beyond which is a level, rough-mown area ideal for games of badminton or boules (equipment provided). At the top of the garden is a gated parking space and the entrance to the castle is literally 50 paces away.
LE TILLEUL: Again, French windows from the kitchen lead directly onto a spacious patio, with large wooden table and chairs for outdoor dining in the shade of the lime tree (tilleul), and a charcoal BBQ. Beyond the patio, there is a private, stone-walled garden with flower beds and herb garden. Beyond low hedges the stone-walled garden continues with a further open area of level grass with climbing frame with slide and space for playing badminton or boules (equipment provided). Plum and peach trees provide a degree of shade and guests are welcome to pick the fruit in season.
The gardens of both cottages are totally enclosed on all sides, making the accommodation totally toddler friendly, so parents can relax. Similarly, the enclosed gardens make the cottages totally safe for pets and we are happy to accept well-behaved pets (max. 2), subject to an extra cleaning fee.
At Le Figuier there is a gated parking space on the rear drive, and a further gated space at the top of the garden. At Le Tilleul there is space to pull up against the stone wall opposite the main front door.
Changeover day: Saturdays only June-August, other months please contact owner.
20% discount on seond and subsquent weeks on April/May and September/October bookings.
Both cottages have lots of great reviews .... please look at each cottage individually to gather feedback from previous guests.
Bed linen and bathroom towels can be provided if required at a reasonable rate. Additional charges for linen/towels are payable locally in euros: bedlinen = 11 euros per person, bathroom towels = 5 euros per person - you will be asked to indicate any requirements when the final balance payment is due. Guests are advised to provide their own pool towels if required. Baby/toddler items (cot, high chair, booster seat, baby bath and potty) are available on request.
Fully refundable security deposit of £250 is payable at the time of final holiday payment. This will be destroyed following trouble-free check-out (can be returned by post if preferred - please advise).
This property is ideal for family gatherings with it's ample garden space and centrally located pool. However, due to village location, and relative proximity to neighbours, the property is unfortunately not suitable for hen/stag parties.
Pets welcome - up to 2 pets per cottage. Additional cleaning charge of 25 euros per pet will also be deducted from deposit.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Historic setting just outside the castle walls of the 13th century fortified village of Larressingle in the Gers. The cottages are quietly located, just out of sight of the castle, but with easy access to the bar/creperie within the castle walls, and a nearby restaurant.
The Gascony region of south-west France is still relatively undiscovered by tourists, and so provides the chance to relax and enjoy something of the real France. The surrounding countryside is fields of sunflowers and Armagnac vines. Duck dishes, foie gras and prunes are the local specialities, washed down with Armagnac or the local aperitif 'Pousse Rapiere'! The bustling market town of Condom is only 5km away and offers all amenities and a range of restaurants.
The area abounds with history with its medieval fortified villages at Fourcès, Montréal du Gers, La Romieu, l'Abbaye de Flaran, to name but a few. Colourful weekly market in Condom, as well as at nearby towns of Nérac, Eauze and Lectoure.
See recent article in Daily Telegraph online (February 2011) for a taste of what's offered at Larressingle: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/travel/free-wheel/8345917/Larressingle.html
PLACES OF INTEREST:
Chateau de Larressingle: on your doorstep, as are the Medieval War Machines with daily hands-on demonstrations. Condom: nearest large town with its Cathedral dominating the town centre. Wide-range of shops and restaurants. Also the Armagnac Museum, and daily boat trips on the River Baise. Ancient villages of historical interest at Montreal (10km), Fources (15km), La Romieu, Flarans. Weekly markets at Condom, Nerac, Eauze and Agen. "Parc Walibi", part of the Six Flags empire is at Roquefort near Agen (30km), smaller than many theme parks, but perfect for a family day out, and tickets are good value for money. Bordeaux and the Bordeaux vineyards eg. St Emilion about 90 minutes drive, a great opportunity to stock your wine cellar.
SWIMMING / RECREATION:
Nearest base de loisirs (leisure park) is at Montréal du Gers (10km), a natural lake, with water slides and a sandy beach. At Gondrin (15km) is a huge man-made outdoor pool, with bumpy slides and corkscrew slides, and a large playground. Further bases de loisirs are at Lislebonne (near Mézin, 10km), Barbotan les Thermes (20km), Lectoure (25km) and more. All good places for a game of boules, badminton, beach volleyball etc. At Condom there is an outdoor public swimming pool, with a full set of diving boards and a grassy area for sunbathing.
Horse-riding at Escalans (20km), Poudenas (15km) and Les Ecuries d'Armagnac at Valence sur Baise (30km) also offer guided hacks (in English) out into the hills. Tennis - courts available at Condom, Eauze and Gondrin. Golf de Guinlet (18 holes) at Eauze (15km), beautiful, wooded course - said to be the best in the area. Mountain biking: various routes around the area, bike hire at Mézin and other places. Karting, quad bikes, light aircraft all available at Caudecoste (50km).