La Petite Gensac - Cathedrale
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Leave the apartment by its secure private gate and you are at once in the typically Gascon town of Condom - rich in history, ancient buildings, museums and Roman artefacts. It is dominated by the magnificent cathedral of Saint-Pierre and dissected by the River Baîse, still with the quays once used to load barges with Armagnac brandy en route to Bordeaux. Restaurants and cafes abound to suit all tastes and pockets. Good shops and a twice-weekly market are very close by for all self-catering needs.
Just outside the town lies the beautiful countryside of The Gers - the very heart of Gascony. No suburbs, no industry, just gently rolling, well farmed fields and woodland interspersed with Bastide villages, fortified towns, ancient religious buildings, Chateaux and Gallo-Roman sites. They are all there to be savoured and enjoyed by those with an interest in history and a love and appreciation of countryside, culture, architecture, good eating and, above all, a joie de vivre!
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 120 km, Nearest railway: Agen 45 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The CATHEDRAL apartment is within our permanent home of Hotel de Gensac. This large apartment (130m2) is on the first floor and is spacious enough for permanent occupancy sleeping six comfortably.
Both bedrooms are equally large and airy with east facing windows overlooking the gardens. Bedroom one has a large double bed and an en suite WC and basin. The other has two small doubles. Original marble fireplaces with mirrored stucco panelling, French furnishings with armoires and Egyptian cotton bed linen all go toward creating an atmosphere of comfort and restrained elegance.
Opening off the wide central corridor, the 30 square metre, high ceilinged sitting room is tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished with double aspect windows giving a fine view of the Cathedral over red rooftops. The seating for six and the television make this room a perfect place to relax after a days sight seeing.
|Further details outdoors|
The Cathedrale apartment is accessed from the patio which is itself accessed via a gate opening onto La Petite Rue L'Hotel de Ville. Unloading is allowed there but parking is in the public parking area 200 metres away. The patio is a private communal area for both apartments.
Our private 6m x 12m pool and surrounding paved area is available to guests between 10.00am ( 10.00 hrs ) & 6pm ( 1800hrs ) Although the pool is accessed through the gardens, the gardens themselves are not available to guests.
Welcome- pack of basics ( butter, bread, milk and bottle of wine ) will be in the fridge.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Gers is the central department of Gascony in the Midi-Pyrenees, located just north of the central Pyrenees and since Napoleon times has been named after the Gers river which runs north-south through the department. It is largely agricultural and is the least densely populated department in France.
The Gers is sometimes referred to as the French Tuscany because of its gently rolling hills and old villages, including many "bastides" or fortified towns. Gers is separated from the Pyrénées by Comminges and Bigorre and the scenery is of rolling hills and glacier formed flat valleys with views of the Pyrénées from the southern hills.
The towns and villages tend to be small and far apart and the local economy is mainly agricultural - vineyards, cereals, cattle, and of course, ducks and geese for the famous Gascony preserves, pâtés and particularly foie gras.
The Gers is one of the least densely populated départments in France and there is no heavy industry or autoroutes so consequently it has some of the cleanest air in all of Europe. It is therefore no surprise that Gascons live longer than any other people in France.
The climate in Gers is warm and the winters are mild, snowfall being extremely rare, and the temperature rarely falls below freezing. Summers are warm but there is the likelihood of electrical storms. Nurtured by the warm southern sun, the land is rich and fertile, the gently undulating hills covered with fields of corn and sunflowers, as well as the vineyards of the Armagnac producers.
The town name 'Condom' is derived from 'Condatomagus', meaning 'old gallic market'. Condom lies on the river BaIse along one of the main pilgrimage routes of Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Because of its location on the riverbanks of the Baise, in the 19th century Condom became the capitol of the Ténarèze region and the access gate to the Armagnac. The river Baise is nowadays still very well suited for all kinds of boating trips. At the Capitainerie in the small harbour you can even rent a boat yourself. Canoeing excursions can be booked a little bit further upstream in Beaucaire.
There are many delightful places to visit in and around Condom: the Armagnac museum as well as the Cathedral St. Pierre are almost mandatory (and only a short walk from La Petite Gensac Apartments). A stroll through the weekly market (on wednesdays) is also a great delight for all senses. For those who prefer more physical pursuits, tennis, horse-riding, swimming, fishing and golf are all available nearby. There are also some wonderful walks along the Pilgrim Route to Compstela, and you might meet some interesting pilgrims along the way, as this route is still widely used for this purpose.
Book a boat trip on the river and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings along the river. Believed by many to be one of France's loveliest regions, the Gers is even more delightful when viewed in this manner. You can gaze out onto fields of golden sunflowers, vineyards, woodland and pastureland, and sip your Armagnac as you go.
The town of Condom also hosts an international music festival every year, and this proves very popular with the local people and visitors alike. Chess fans will be delighted to know that Condom is the venue for not just an international festival of the game, but also hosts a chess marathon!
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26 Feb 2014
We stayed in the wonderful Cathedral apartment for 10 nights last summer during June/July. We were highly impressed with the quality of the accommodation, the range of facilities and equipment in the … More
31 Jul 2013
"Surpassed my expectations"
This was a perfect holiday which was made a pleasure by Richard and Kinzas' wonderful apartment,lovely grounds and personable hosting. We stayed in the 2 bedroom Cathedral apartment. This apartme… More
14 Jul 2013
"Exceptional apartment that gives a taste of life in a French chateau"
We recently stayed in the two bedroom cathedrale apartment that is part of the larger chateau. The apartment is huge and is filled with comfortable furniture and bedding and everything is very well st… More
11 Sep 2012
"Everything we could have hoped for ....and more"
We have traveled in France for over 20 years and we have rented many villas and apartments but nothing compares to La Petite Gensac - Cathedral Apartment. We were greeted with a very warm welcome by o… More
10 Jan 2012
On arrival which was very late we received the warmest of welcomes and was immediately at home. We stayed in the cathedral apartment and we absolutely loved it. There was everything you could need fro… More
9 Oct 2011
"Excellent location, great accommodation, charming hosts"
spacious and comfortable accommodation - well equipped. Excellent location - lovely to be able to pop out for fresh baguettes and croissants for breakfast - only 1 min. walk. Right in the centre of … More
15 Sep 2011
"Quality French chic - so wonderful and everything we had hoped for."
We spent 12 nights in the Cathedral Apartment and from the very first moment were made to be SO welcome by our hosts. The accomodation takes your breath away, and the setting and the fantastic pool ar… More
1 Sep 2011
"Absolutely loved our stay at La Petite Gensac"
I can sum up La Petite Gensac in one word - awesome! Out of the two self-catering apartments available at the moment (there will soon be a third), we stayed in the Cathedrale apartment. It's mass… More
Thanks Gaby for your comments , we want all our guests to be happy & comfortable when they stay at La Petite Gensac . Condom is such a pretty little town ,and to be able to pick up a croissant a second away is what our guests love ! Hope you will be back with the boys and perhaps with girlfriends next time !
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