Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 9
The house is a beautiful, traditional Gascon house, built in the 1850's, and set in gardens of 2 acres which includes a large swimming pool. It is accessed by a private tree lined drive and has ample parking. The house has been lovingly restored to its former splendour and retains all its charm with many features such as oak beams, impressive stonework, original fireplaces, walnut staircase, magnificent oak front door and high ceilings and windows which help to keep it cool on those hot sunny days,
Situated in the Tenareze hills, the centre of the Armagnac producing region of the Gers, in a peaceful location, on the upper side of a valley among fields of sunflowers and vineyards. It is a detatched property in its own grounds but is not isolated being within 10 mins walk of the local village, St Puy, where you will discover all amenities, including restaurant and bakery. A relaxing country retreat with the convenience of facilities close by.
The house is spacious, light and very well equipped with excellent fittings and is tastefully decorated with a mix of antique and modern furniture with a touch or french 'chic' in the elegant mirrors and chandeliers.
The many guests, staying here whether families or smaller groups, have enjoyed the quiet restfulness, the beautiful gardens and pool and been delighted by all there is to offer in this wonderful historic location.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mimizan Plage 140 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse, 1hr 15 mins approx 110 km, Nearest railway: Agen 45 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||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors||
The cooks in your party will find the kichen very well equipped including a range style cooker with wok burner and griddle plate, and an American fridge/ freezer with chilled water and ice dispencer. Island unit with granite top and chunky chopping block, plus large oak table and chairs. There are several cookery books, which are well worth a read, even for those who don't cook, for their interest and information about the locality with evocative titles such as 'Goose fat and garlic' and 'Memories of Gascony' in which, Pierre Koffmann, the Michelin starred London chef, talks about his childhood visits to his grandmothers' farm in St Puy which inspired many of his recipes.
In the utility room, there is a washing machine and second american fridge/freezer to ensure adequate space to chill drinks and icecream.
The kitchen leads into an informal family room with comfy sofas and mod cons such as, 57'' flatscreen satellite T.V , internet access, i pod docking station, and wii, plus lots of board games.
This room has French doors which open out onto a very large, tiled, sunny south facing terrace, with a covered area and outdoor kitchen with stone sink, worktop and large barbeque. You can relax in the comfortable furniture and read in the shade or eat at the large outdoor table which seats 10 or for the more energetic, 'anyone for pingpong?' Full size table and bats and balls supplied. The terrace is attractively decorated with pots of Olive and Lemon trees. There is also a set of Badminton equipment on the upper terrace and Petanque / Boules which can be played to the front of the house. There are many seating areas, shaded or sunny throughout the garden. There is also a sturdy wooden swing and slide for the children.
There is a second large salon with sofas, T.V, , C.D player, and a selection of books and board games.
On the first floor, there are 2 large double bedrooms with 'en suites'. Both have baths and separate shower cubicles. A further small child's bedroom with single bed leads from the main bedroom. All have original built in wardrobes and lovely views over surrounding landscape.
On the second floor, there are a further 2 bedrooms,which we call the' hayloft rooms'.which were converted from the old 'grenier'. They are packed with rustic charm, lovely oak beams, stone walls and pretty furnishings. There is 1 room with double bed and second with 2 singles. There is a shower room with washbasin and W.C which serves these 2 rooms.
|Further details outdoors||
The south facing terrace looks over towards the large swimming pool (5 by 11m) which has ' Roman' steps into the shallow end making access safe for children.
The pool area is tiled and securely fenced and alarmed. Lovely views over surrounding garden and countryside. ( sunbeds and pool towels are included) THE POOL HAS AN EASY USE ROLL ON, ROLL OFF THERMAL COVER WHICH MAINTAINS POOL TEMP TO APPROX 28--30 DEGREES iIN THE LETTING PERIOD. (THE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY ANSWER TO POOL HEATING WITHOUT EXTRA COST TO GUESTS)
The large terrace is perfect for those long lunches or evenings with family and friends where you can chat and relax with the lingering scent of lemon blossom and lavender, enjoy a few drinks and watch the wonderful sun sets to the west.
The rear garden area is also completely fenced.
We offer cooking holidays and art/painting holidays in May/June and September/October. For further details contact Jill Whaley. All courses are run by experienced, enthusiastic and qualified tutors.
We can arrange for local chef, Soren, who runs a bespoke fine catering service here in the Gers to cater for your special events or for the duration of your stay at La Salle. He specialises in creating delicious, generous and authentic French regional food. Contact us for further info.
The swimming pool is opened from May to October. The swimming lake in Castera Verduzan is open from mid June until mid September as is the water park. Tennis courts in the village free all year.
Changeover day is Saturday. We are flexible with this out of the main season.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
High chair, stair gate and cots available on request free of charge
For those who may find stairs difficult, we have an alternative double bedroom on the ground floor with WC and washbasin close by. Please enquire.
An extra charge of £150.00 per person per week will be made for parties of more than 9.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Gers has been called 'the Tuscany of France.' With its rolling hills and valleys, brilliant sunshine and 'picture postcard villages,' It is easy to see why. There is a 'wow' around every corner. This is Gascony, birthplace of D'Artagnan and the three musketeers. Its ancient walled bastide towns and villages are steeped in history. 4 of the listed most beautiful villages in France are in the Gers all under half an hours drive.
The area is known for its gastronomy and hospitality ' Brush up' your french with friendly locals in the markets, day and night, where you can find regional favourites such as confit de canard, foie gras, Toulouse sausage, garlic and shallots, breads, amazing mushrooms, locally grown fresh veg and speciality pastries to name just a few.
'Terre Blanche,' one of the most respected and well known duck producers in the region is located in St Puy, here you can tour the farm, see the ducks, or sample and purchase a variety of pates, terrines and foie gras at its very best.
The weather is generally very warm in June, July and August, (Often in the mid 20s and 30s) with little rain, and nights can remain very warm until the early hours, making eating and socialising outdoors, a must. Spring and Autumn tend to be sunny and warm, but with colder nights.
There are numerous wine and Armagnac producers in the area where you can visit the chateaux and have a tasting.
you will find many Restaurants, and Auberges offering local specialities to suit all occasions and budgets and children are welcome. A typical village restaurant will serve a 3 or 4 course lunchtime menu or 'plat du jour' including wine for 12 -15 euro. (See our 'recommended restaurants' in the information folder at La salle)
Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to see the Red squirrels who are frequent visitors to our garden. Deer can often be seen lingering at the edge of the wood to the rear of the property and there are also an amazing variety of birds, including the more unusual Hoopoe (with its distinctive crown) and call. There are many birds of prey to be seen roundabout.
There are gardens open to the public and a Botanical walk 10 mins drive away.
A great day out is the water park at Gondrin, 25 mins away with its wave pool and kamikaze slides.
Condom, is a Cathedral town with a market on Wednesdays. The architecture is typical of France, elegant buildings with tall shuttered windows, Juliette balconies and ornate ironwork. There are plenty of cafes and bars where you can linger to read your newspaper, (U.K newspapers are available in many 'Tabacs'.) A variety of restaurants and shops are to be found in the old narrow streets.
Pose with D'Artagnan and the 3 musketeers, a 15' high sculpture in the main square. A great photo opportunity for children and parents. There are also some lovely river walks and a large park.
St Puy, is a comparatively 'busy' village, with lots to offer. It is dominated by Chateau Monluc, which is the best known wine producer in the area, but, which is famous for its Pousse Rapiere, an orange flavoured Armagnac which is mixed with vin savage to make a lovely aperitif. They also have a few secrets at the chateau, try the 'Tuile', a sparkling rose wine which is a great favourite with visitors and is only available here.
In the pretty main square of the village, there is a very popular Bar/ Restaurant, 'Chez Vous', the atmosphere is informal and friendly and quite cosmopolitan being frequented by locals, and visitors from much further afield. You can have a meal in the square, or just a drink and listen to the music (there is often live musical entertainment there in the summer months), and you don't have to worry about driving as its just a short walk home. Alternatively you could try the newly opened pizzeria (a favourite for all the family) where you can 'takeaway' or eat in the cosy restaurant area.
There is also the pretty brochante/gift shop where you may find a lovely souvenir of your holiday in St Puy.
Also, a very pretty farmhouse among the vineyards where you can take a panoramic walk, about 1km
for refreshments and the gateau de jour.
There are fetes, simple, communal gatherings with food, wine and entertainment and vide greniers (stalls selling antiques and bric a brac) in most villages, including St Puy, throughout the summer months.
There is also a post office, butcher,baker, general store and petrol station, pharmacy, doctors, hairdresser, a small library and tennis and basket ball courts with childrens play area, everthing you need to sample 'french country living'
Castera Verduzan is 10 mins away. It has something to offer the whole family. There is a swimming lake with sandy beach, toddlers pool, and snack bar for the kids and for mum and dad, definately worth a visit is the thermal spa where you can relax in the pool or saunas or if you're feeling lucky visit the casino or racetrack, a fun day out for the uninitiated.
Fleurance, is 15-20 mins drive. it has a lovely central square with fountains of the four seasons at each corner, and a large farmers style market , the 'Mardi Gras' is held there on Tuesdays which is the best in the area and should not be missed.
Lectoure, former seat of the Counts of Armagnac, is a 15 min drive away. It has spectacular panoramic views from the still intact Bastide walls. Inhabited as early as the 1st century, the fountain of Diana, a celtic religious site, still remains. A small factory which makes the Lectoure bleu paint, made from wode, and traditionally used on the shutters in the area, along with a gift shop which sells naturally dyed products can also be visited.
La Romieu is 15 -20 mins drive, it is a world heritage site, famous for the 'Collegiale'. and the stone cats carved into the masonry all over the village. A very picturesque and interesting village with a couple of lovely restaurants, a real favourite with all visitors.