Barn | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
LE FIGUIER is a converted stone barn, which has been tastefully renovated retaining original exposed stone walls and wooden beams throughout. Full of character, the cottage also offers modern conveniences to ensure guests' comfort. Flexible accommodation is provided with 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 5 people, with an additional baby cot available on request. Attractive low season rental rates make the cottage an ideal base for exploring this area of France, or for house-hunting visits in this beautiful area of the Gers known as the 'Golden Triangle'.
Located on the edge of a medieval village, set among rolling countryside with sunflowers and Armagnac vines, Le Figuier offers a great holiday destination for relaxation and an opportunity to sample local French cuisine and way of life. Golf, tennis, horse-riding, bike & canoe hire all nearby and many swimming lakes with sandy beaches. Le Figuier can be booked with neighbouring cottage Le Tilleul for large groups of up to 13 guests + 2 babies in cots.
Attractive low season rental rates make the cottage an ideal base for exploring this area of France, or for house-hunting visits in this beautiful area of the Gers known as the 'Golden Triangle'.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Atlantic - Mimizan Plage / Port Boucau 180 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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|
|General||TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Le Figuier sleeps up to 5 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 around the ancient stone fireplace installed with wood burner. A TV / DVD player is provided, with full UK satellite connection and a range of DVDs is provided for guests use with plenty of suitable titles for all ages. Additionally, a large bookcase is well-stocked with books for all ages and interests, as well as board games and jigsaw puzzles for guests' use.
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 young 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.
Le Figuier has been upgraded for winter lets with the latest in ceiling insulation, new heater in the main studio room in addition to the wood-burner. In addtition, a new radiator/towel warmer in the shower-room helps combat winter chills.
|Further details outdoors|
Shared use of a salt-water courtyard swimming pool (8m x 4m). Pool has Roman steps across full-width of shallow making it very toddler-friendly while they gain in confidence in the water. Gradual increasing depth to 1.8m maximum. Range of pool and water toys provided for all ages.
The 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. 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.
Beyond the patio, there is a private, enclosed garden with patio, BBQ and garden table and chairs for outdoor dining in the shade of the lime tree (tilleul). Open area of level grass with climbing frame with slide and space for playing badminton or boules (equipment provided).
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.
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 PACKAGE: for our younger pre-school guests we offer a range of baby and toddler items at no extra charge. These bulky items can be difficult to transport, so we take away the hassle by having them available for you. Currently we can offer the following on request: cots, high chairs, baby bouncer/rocker, table booster seat, baby baths and potty. Just let me know on the booking form which items would be useful for you and I will make sure they are ready for you on arrival. Also available is a range of suitable baby/toddler activity toys and pool toys, as well as age-appropriate DVDs and storybooks ... while you can, why not make the most of not being restricted to peak price school holidays, and take advantage of lower travel and accommodation costs. The weather in the Gers is just as lovely in June/September!
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).
Pets welcome - up to 2 pets per cottage. Additional cleaning charge of 25 euros per pet is also payable locally.
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).
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25 Aug 2014
"Charming Gite in a lovely location"
The house had everything we needed and the children loved the pool, which was a good temperature even though it wasn't heated. We shared the pool with the neighbours, who fortunately had children… More
8 Aug 2014
I booked Le Figuier as a last minute solo getaway for some r'n'r but was a little apprehensive about the prospect of spending a week there by myself. All my anxieties disappeared as soon as … More
6 Aug 2014
"A relaxing holiday in a nice and very cosy cottage!"
We spent a lovely week at le Figuier in July. In the middle of a very small medieval village lies the cottage. It is very quiet and calm. The cottage has a lovely garden and a beautiful terrace under the fig tree. When it was hot we jumped in the swimming pool, which was not too small and not too big either. The cottage was well equiped and we found everything we needed. The environment is very lovely with large fields of sunflowers and vineyards. There were a few tourists. We went to visit Airbus in Toulouse, we did some tree climbing, we hired some bicycles, we did a lot of hiking and we visited some nice little villages in the area.
6 Oct 2013
"Late summer get away"
We enjoyed our stay at Le Figuier, A good sized property with a large garden and off street parking. We didn't get to use the pool as it was just out of season but the pool area was nicely laid … More
19 Sep 2013
"a WEEK WAS TOO LONG"
We were happy with the overall look and feel of the gite. There were some things that were broken and dangerous and the manager seemed to be aware but not too concerned. We also discovered powerpoints that pull out of the wall as you plug in the kettle. Kids dvds were all scratched and out dated making it very frustrating with young children. When we asked about internet it was looked at as a non necessity and we were told to go to the sports bar in Condom which we did and due to a mix up ended up spending about 80 euros on lunch for 5 of us which was very average for a short use of internet at the end as by then the kids were climbing the walls. Internet was accessed at the Auberge up the road but again we felt obliged to buy a meal for our "free wifi' which cost about 70 eur. Food was average here for what you pay. Once we saw the castle and the kids visited camp siege, anything else of interest is a drive- be prepared to drive a lot!
Such a shame you had an expensive misunderstanding at the café, it is a very popular location for WiFi with many of our guests for just the price of a cup of coffee and a great view of the cathedral too. However, the good news is that Le Figuier and Le Tilleul will be upgraded over the winter season with a broadband connection for all guests to use.
15 Sep 2013
"A magical place"
Larressingle is a beautful tiny village. the medieval castle is stunning and quite enchanting. we walked through it or had running races with the kids around it every day. there are a few gift shops and 2 cafes for having lunch, drink, Crepes etc. the surrounding countryside is spectacular - very rural. Good value at the local restaurant. The house is a good size for a family of 4. Beds comfy, rooms dark and quiet at night so kids slept in. Waking up to squirrels feeding in the tree and scampering across lawn. Big front yard for soccer and badminton. Large area to eat meals outside (although my hubby did have to clean the BBQ before we could use it). The pool was fantastic for our children. We visited local market in eauze, canoed down the Baise(excellent) visited medieval site machines in Larressingle which kids loved, fantastic dinner in Fources. There is also an excellent flat bike path or running/hiking track about 4km down the road. A great week - could stay longer.
9 Sep 2013
"Magical location well worth the journey."
We spent our 2 week summer holiday in Le Figuier with our sons, aged 10 and 13. The small village of Larressingle was enchanting, with a steady flow of visitors creating a lively atmosphere within the… More
Delighted that you all had such a marvellous time. There is indeed plenty to see and do in the area to keep you busy on a return trip. Look forward to hearing from you again soon.
26 Aug 2013
"A fantastic place to stay"
We are an extended family of ten and we occupied both Le Figuier and Le Tilluel. This makes a superb arrangement because we had the complete run of both properties with the swimming pool between them.… More
Delighted that your holiday with extended family holiday went so well - what a lovely idea to bring children and grand-children on holiday to help you celebrate your Golden Anniversary.
5 Aug 2013
"We had a lovely time - Larressingle is a great place to stay."
Le Figuier was just right for us in terms of space and location. We arrived on the day of the Medieval Fair in Larressingle so we joined hundreds of others at a Medieval Banquet on our first night.
The pool at Le Figueir was lovely; as the outside temperature averaged 37 degrees C every day it was gorgeous to be able to slip into the pool to cool down. It was still hot at night so the fans provided in the main sleeping area were very welcome.The outdoor eating and BBQ area was great but could have done with a sweep and a hose down before we arrived.
We would definitely consider going back to Le Figueir again; preferably for 2 weeks next time. 1 week was not long enough.
6 Jul 2013
"Lovely property in a great location"
We loved Le Figuier and it's great location. We compliment the owner and caretaker on the high standard of the property. The cottage was lovely, very comfortable and perfect for our needs. We particularly liked it's close proximity to the castle/old walled village and the wonderful creperie. We had a great week touring around the nearby picturesque villages, enjoying walks around Larressingle and generally relaxing. We would have no hesitation recommending Le Figuier or Le Tilleul to anyone wishing to stay in this area.
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