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|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|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||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), 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).