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Barrusclet - A traditional stone farmhouse set in 40 acres of fields and woodland.

Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 16

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Barrusclet is set within its own 40 acres which is a mixture of garden, farmland (mostly hayfields) and oak woodland. The natural world is truly on the doorstep, and we regularly see deer, red squirrels, birds of prey, owls, bats, a huge variety of insect life, lizards, wild flowers and so it goes on. Our nearest neighbours grow vines and sunflowers, make hay, and keep a few lovely creamy cows that meander about in the distance. It all makes for a constantly changing and charming landscape, which remains interesting whatever the season. This really is an amazingly private and idyllic place to be. An evening BBQ beneath the stars, or a lazy lunch under the shade of our beautiful magnolia tree are perfect ways to relax on your holiday. Plenty of garden chairs and tables are available for you to use, as well as a hammock to lie back and dream in.

The Heated Roman style swimming pool (12m By 6m) is within view of the house and is sheltered on two sides by stone barns, and has views across open countryside from the pool terrace. It is a saline pool, which everybody says is kinder to the eyes and skin than a chlorine pool. It is fenced and gated to comply with French regulations. There is a generous tiled terrace with a gazebo to offer shelter from the midday sun, and plenty of sun loungers. A really lovely pool to relax or play in.

There is also a large games room that offers table tennis, pool, table football, darts, board games and jigsaws and toys for younger children. Cycling holidays in France are great, and we have a large selection of bikes (about 15) available to our guests (from children's to adult's) and these are stored in the barn. It is not always easy to find bike hire in the midi-pyrennes, and it can be expensive. Our bikes are free for you to use. We also provide maps, puncture repair kits, bike pumps etc. We do not provide helmets, so you might want to bring your own. There is also free use of an excellent and picturesque village tennis court only 2km away.

Barrusclet is a fantastic base for family holidays, and for groups of friends to spend quality time together.

Size Sleeps up to 16, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach 150 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Toulouse 100 km, Nearest railway: Agen 56 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 Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 14
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The house is a traditional farmhouse, and is extremely spacious. The rooms have great character with lovely exposed beams and stone walls. It can comfortably sleep 12 to 16 people. Also cots and a toddler bed are available for young visitors, as well as a high chair and stairgate. Bed linen and bath towels are included, and a welcome pack of essentials. Please bring your own pool towels.

Bedrooms

There are five large bedrooms, and they are equipped as follows:-

1.Huge Master Bedroom, approx 7m by 5m. Fabulous Kingsize oak sleighbed, a daybed, plus room for 1 single bed. (sleeps 2/4). Ensuite bathroom with shower over bath.

2.Beautiful kingsize oak sleighbed plus a single daybed, and Ensuite shower room. (sleeps 2/3)

3.Kingsize bed, a single bed plus a daybed.(sleeps up to 4)

4.Gorgeous white French style Kingsize bed. (sleeps 2)

5.Downstairs room with Double bed and space to add a single/zbed. (sleeps 2/3)

The sleeping accommodation is very flexible and we are happy to move things to suit your requirements.

Bathrooms

Large house bathroom with double ended bath and separate shower enclosure.

2 ensuite bathrooms as mentioned, one of which can be used as second house shower room if preferred.

Downstairs WC. With hand basin.

Kitchen

The kitchen is at the heart of this home. It is approx 10m by 5m and houses a well equipped kitchen area, a farmhouse dining table seating 10 people and a very comfortable seating area with big squashy sofas. A second table can be provided if more seating is required, but during the long summer months eating al fresco is high on the list of most people staying in this glorious area of France. For cold winter months there is a large log burner. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave, as well as all the other appliances you would expect. There is a separate laundry with a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The house has central heating which is powered by the log burner or by gas. Also provided are internet,TV with English freeview chanels and a small DVD library and DVD player.

Lounge

Also downstairs is a separate lounge with sofas, books, and tourist information. This is a quiet get away for those wanting to escape the sociable hub of the kitchen. Normally a guitar and keyboard are left in this room.

Games Room

I mustn't forget to mention the vast games room either. It offers table tennis, pool, table football, darts, board games and jigsaws and toys for younger children. There is also a selection of bikes available to our guests and these are stored in the barn. Cycle through the French countryside and enjoy lunch out at one of the many village restaurants. Are our bikes for hire? No, they are free for you to borrow .... so happy days pedalling through the sunflowers and the vineyard.

Further details outdoors

Outside

The house is set within its own 40 acres which is a mixture of garden, farmland (mostly hayfields) and oak woodland. The natural world is truly on the doorstep, and we regularly see deer, red squirrels, birds of prey, owls, bats, a huge variety of insect life, lizards, wild flowers and so it goes on. Our nearest neighbours grow vines and sunflowers, make hay, and keep a few lovely creamy cows that meander about in the distance. It all makes for a constantly changing and charming landscape, which remains interesting whatever the season. This really is an amazingly private and idyllic place to be. An evening BBQ beneath the stars, or a lazy lunch under the shade of our beautiful magnolia tree are perfect ways to relax on your holiday. Plenty of garden chairs and tables are available for you to use, as well as a hammock to lie back and dream in.

Swimming Pool

The Heated Roman style swimming pool (12m By 6m) is within view of the house and is sheltered on two sides by stone barns, and has views across open countryside from the pool terrace. It is a saline pool, which everybody says is kinder to the eyes and skin than a chlorine pool. It is fenced and gated to comply with French regulations. There is a generous tiled terrace with a gazebo to offer shelter from the midday sun, and plenty of sun loungers. A really lovely pool to relax or play in.

Further details

The house comfortably sleeps 12 to 16 people in 5 large bedrooms. To accommodate 16 people some of the rooms are used as family rooms by putting in extra single beds. We are happy to move beds around to suit your needs, and this would be best discussed directly with us. We also have 2 good quality cots and a toddler bed available, and 2 high chairs.

We try to carry out all our maintenance work and gardening on Changeover days so that our house and grounds are always in good order for our guests. Please appreciate that this is not always possible, for example if it is raining on changeover day we cannot mow the grass. Also, changeover day only leaves us with 4 - 6 hours to clean and prepare the whole house, and there is only so much we can physically achieve in this time. On some occasions we may need to carry out maintenance and gardening during your stay. We promise to be as quick and discreet as possible so as not to interrupt your holiday any more than necessary. If your party is going out for a day, or half a day, let us know, and we will do our best to do any noisy jobs, such as mowing, at that time.

The house is cleaned between bookings, and we ask that you strip any beds you have used, and put used towels in a pile in the laundry. Please leave the house tidy as you found it so that our cleaner's can get on and prepare for our next guests.

The Midi-Pyrenees region

Barrusclet is located about midway between Toulouse and Bordeaux in the Midi-Pyrenees. The Gers region of France is very beautiful and there are lots of interesting medieval villages to visit. Our region is famous for Armagnac and Foie Gras.

There are many vineyards within easy reach where you can drop in for a tasting, and most of the restaurants have local specialities on the menu. The countryside is rolling hills with far reaching views and we are surrounded by sunflower fields and vineyards. The weather is generally quite a bit warmer than the UK, and in the summertime we are always eating outside, and sitting under the stars until late evening.

Condom

Barrusclet is situated down a long track off a quiet country road. We are 3km from the village of Gondrin. Here you will find two boulangeries, a small supermarket, tabac, pharmacy, doctors, tourist information etc., everything you need for a self-catering holiday. There is also a small hotel and bar, and the largest outdoor manmade swimming lake in France. This area is great for families, with slides, inflatables, table tennis, tennis courts, children’s play area, and plenty of grassed area for sunbathing and picnics. Gondrin has a small Sunday market selling local fresh produce.

A 2 minute drive, or short cycle ride in the other direction brings us to the tiny hamlet of Lauraet. We hold a key to the immaculate, yet barely used tennis court, which is overlooked by the pretty village church.

Plenty of small villages are within easy reach, and many offer restaurants and bars for you to discover during your stay. Our favourite is the auberge in the lovely village of Fources, a tiny medieval village built in the round, with gorgeous flowers at every window. The plat du jour is 13 euros and includes 3 courses, wine and coffee. This village also hosts a flower festival and regular antique markets.

Another local village is Montreal. It has a lovely square, with bars and restaurants, and hosts a medieval fayre in the Summer. It also has a small bull-fighting arena, where during the summer festival there is a bull-jumping contest. Not really our thing, but we were happy to see that the bulls were not hurt. The larger market town of Vic-Fezensac has a large bull-fighting stadium, where I think it is more serious. Vic-Fezensac also hosts a huge Latino Salsa Festival over one week in the Summer, and a weekly market. Most of the local villages host their own festivals throughout the summer, and these can be great fun with live music, eating and drinking, sporting contests, and firework displays. We have found the people to be very welcoming and there is a great sense of community.

We are also only a few kilometres away from the tiny medieval fortified village of Larressingle. It is a really pretty spot, with a small café/restaurant, and a working museum of medieval weaponry. The pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela comes through this area, right past Barrusclet in fact, and the peaceful Abbaye de Flaran is just a short drive away.

The larger towns of Eauze and Condom are 10-15 minutes drive away, and these both offer larger supermarkets, and a greater choice of restaurants and cafes. The river Baise runs through Condom, and river cruises are available.

Our region is famous for Armagnac and Foie Gras. There are many vineyards within easy reach where you can drop in for a tasting, and most of the restaurants have local specialities on the menu.

Other activities within an hours drive include: High Ropes courses, canoe trips, Wallabi World theme park, a great Go-Karting course, a Water Park, paint-balling, and horse riding. The Thermal Spa town of Castera Verduzan, and the Roman Villa at Seviac with its mosaic floors are both close by. Also there are numerous swimming lakes and pools with beaches and slides and play areas. If golf is your thing, there is an 18 hole championship course, Golf de Guinlet , at Eauze, Golf d’Albret at Barbaste, and Golf d’Auch-Embats near Auch. There are other courses in the region but if you are a keen golfer I would recommend that you do your own research so you know exactly what you are getting.

We are approx. 2 hours from the Atlantic coast and The Pyrenees, and approx.3.5 hours from the Mediterranean. Lourdes is within striking distance, as is Marciac and its famous Jazz festival.

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19 Aug 2014

5/5

"Welcoming country property with great facilities"

Dear Mark and Gill

We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our week at Barrusclet. The house is wonderful - you have done a fantastic job on the renovation, and the region is beautifully unspoilt with an impressive number of pretty towns and villages which we explored (mainly by your bikes!). Thank you for making us feel so welcome.

Great range of activities at the house kept everyone entertained: ping pong, pool table, swimming, cycling (great local cycle path on disused railway), music room, well equipped kitchen, DVDs, wi-fi, strolling around the grounds and footpath, and tennis court up the road.

Having left the house yesterday at 7.15 am, we just made it back to Caen for the 4.30 pm ferry!

22 Jul 2014

5/5

"Magnifique!!!!"

That's me and my family back from two fabulous weeks staying at Barrusclet. A big thank you for providing such a beautiful, picturesque and tranquil setting for us to re-charge our batteries. My family (along with my brother's family and my parents) loved Barrusclet - the space inside and out, the pool, the games room, the well equipped kitchen etc etc etc. Coming from a building background I can fully appreciate the renovation works - lovely job!!. My 10yr old girl especially loved playing with her cousins in the pool - they'd still be there if we hadn't dragged them away!! And the bikes satisfied my cycling daft 14 yr old son who loved the quiet peaceful roads and tracks around the area - watching the tour on TV also helped!! Playing tennis at our own 'private' court was well used with everybody joining in - Andy Murray better watch out :-). The water park in Gondrin, as you could imagine was a big hit with the children - a great facility.

We didn't venture to far but did visit most of the surrounding villages and towns including Auch, Euaze, Montreal - we particularly enjoyed the beautiful little village (a common saying) of Forces, sitting drinking coffee and chilling in the sunshine. As the kitchen was so well-equipped we found cooking no problem - even I made a meal one night!! When we did eat out we found nothing but lovely, friendly service, good food and reasonable prices. We found the restaurant by the water park in Gondrin to be especially nice and also The Loft in Eauze and salted caramel crepes in Condom.

All in all a fantastic holiday with only one downside.....it had to end!!!

16 Jun 2014

5/5

"We wanted for nothing"

It's always a bit of a stab in the dark when you choose a holiday home online to rent for your main holiday but it has to be said that this time we got it right! We wanted for nothing at Barrusclet! The property is amazing with views that we will never forget and it has a warm pool which was ideal for our children. Mark and Gill couldn't have been more helpful and as for the area, well, we were surrounded by wildlife, culture and vineyards. What more could you ask for? I would give this holiday home, the area and its owners 10/10. Spot on!

23 Sep 2013

5/5

"Idyllic"

What a fabulous French week we have had. We have played pool games, tennis, a little cycling, table tennis, darts, pool etc. free wifiThere has been so much laughter and it has been so wonderful to e… More

3 Sep 2013

5/5

"Perfect holiday home in a beautiful, tranquil location."

We were a party of 4 adults and 7 boys of ages ranging from 4 to 14 years old. Barrusclet has so much to offer...the accomodation is 5 star and there is plenty to do...big pool, well equipped games room, wi fi, tv with lots of English channels, lots of well maintained bikes, tennis court (just up the road, no-one else was ever on it) and so much space for curious boys to explore outside the property. Gondrin, the nearest village/small town was close enough to do a quick bread run (car/bike) to the bakery every morning and has a big enough supermarket for stocking up on essentials. We stayed for two weeks and it was bliss. I will never forget the sight and scent of the stunning magnolia tree... Thank you Gill and Mark!

11 Jun 2013

5/5

"Bliss!!!"

Absolutely fantastic holiday had by our party which consisted of 2 boys (8 and 9) and 6 parents/grandparents. If you are looking for an escape from the rat race then this is the place to be. We arr… More

31 Oct 2012

5/5

"Wonderful relaxing holiday in terrific countryside"

This is a superb spacious property recently totally renovated in traditional french style. It has been carefully furnished and decorated to the highest standard and provides excellent accomodation for… More

30 Sep 2012

5/5

"faulous family/couples holiday"

We stayed in this lovely villa last week, there were 3 couples and a small baby in our group all with differing requirements from the holiday.Myself and partner are quite active and found running in t… More

7 Sep 2012

5/5

"Truly amazing property in a lovely location."

Our group - made up of two families with a total of four adults and six children - spent two fantastic weeks at Barrusclet in August 2012. The house is excellent - the bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas have been carefully planned and beautifully furnished. The pool is great as is the "games barn" which would have been invaluable has the weather been unkind (no chance of that, temperatures in the 30s for two weeks). Mark and Gill the owners are incredibly helpful and thoughtful - the welcome pack made up of quality gastronomic items was fabulous. The local area in incredibly peaceful and picturesque with charming villages and towns within easy reach. We will definately be returning.

24 Aug 2012

5/5

"A magical family holiday"

Barrusclet is a beautiful farmhouse, thoughtfully furnished and generously equipped. The owners were most solicitous and have created a house that has a comfortable, welcoming feel.The enchanting gro… More

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