La Petite Gensac - Grenier
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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 bisected 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 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 120 km, Nearest railway: Agen 45 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This apartment has been converted from the servants and grooms living areas above the original stabling and covered carriage areas and separated from the main house by a cobbled passageway. Access was by a stone staircase but has been replaced by one with its doorway opening onto the communal courtyard of the La Petite Gensac complex. The fully equipped kitchenette leads off to a comfortable 25 square meter sitting and eating area. The bedroom has two single beds and plenty of cupboard and hanging space. An en suite bathroom completes the well-appointed apartment.
|Further details outdoors|
The Grenier 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 the apartments.
Our private 6m x 12m pool and the pool area is available to guests between 10.00am (1000hrs) and 6pm (1800hrs). Although the pool is accessed through the garden , the gardens are not available to guests .
Welcome pack (milk ,bread, butter and a bottle of wine) will be in the fridge on arrival.
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 outdoor 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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3 Nov 2013
"Super apartment in the heart of Condom"
Grenier is the smallest of three apartments in La Petite Gensac, a development of a wing in an old gentleman's residence in the middle of Condom, and it is ideal for a couple. We stayed there th… More
30 Oct 2013
We had a fantastic weeks stay at the Grenier. It was like home from home! Kinza and Richard have done an amazing job of refurbishing the properties to an excellent standard. The pool is fabulous an… More
12 Oct 2013
"A quiet corner in the centre of town"
We stayed here for for five nights in September, using it as a place for exploring this part of Gascony. The apartment is very well fitted out and decorated and contains just about everything you coul… More
5 Jun 2013
"Everything we had hoped for."
This charming apartment within a fine old mansion in the ancient heart of Condom fulfilled all our requirements as a base for relaxing and exploring the beautiful Gers area. Kinza and Richard are warm… More
30 Jul 2012
"A wonderful apatment in a French Chateau, a short walk from the village square"
It was great to turn into the old winding streets of Condom and then through the high gates of an ancient French Chateau. Then it got better as you discover that your charming location, with the use o… More
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