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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Maison Dehes is a restored farmhouse which the with which shares a hilltop with a 13th Century fortified tower, looking out over the valley of the Auvignon. The area is entirely rural crop growing, and you should see hares, red squirrels, kites, deer, and much more - all without leaving the garden. The house is 10 minutes walk from the bastide village of Gazaupouy, with tennis and a restaurant, a 5 minute drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of La Romieu, and 15 minutes to the town of Condom with a riverside park, Cathederal, weekly market, banks, and shopping facilties. Visit the Abbey of Flaran for art, and the Chateau of Montluc for alcohol.
The house has been restored to look absolutely traditional from the outside, including the blue shutters which are characteristic of the area. However, internally the house is very modern, with large en-suite bathrooms to each bedroom, a sitting room with an open fire, and a large dining/family room. The kitchen is open plan to the family room, and has all new appliances. The family/dining room has double french windows opening onto the patio (teak garden furniture and BBQ). The garden and swimming pool can be lit at night.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Biarritz 201 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 110 km, Nearest railway: Toulouse 110 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Midi-Pyrénées region
The very thinly populated Département Gers is situated in the South-West of France between Dordogne and Pyrenees and between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Gers originates from the French Revolution when in 1790 the province of Gascony was subdivided. The Gers is now part of the region Midi-Pyrénées. There is hardly any industry in this departement but you will find an almost untouched landscape with a magnificent scenery of sloping hills and valleys with splendid views as far as the Pyrenees.
The Gers offers magnificent sightseeing, walking and biking trips through the inviting vineyards of the Armagnac. There are a lot of tourist attractions such as visits to medieval castles, abbeys, cathedrals and fortified villages where still the presence of d'Artagnan the Musketeer lingers. The Gascony region is famous for its culture of wining and dining and all sorts of musical festivals - including the world renowned Jazz at Marciac.
The landscape is almost entirely rural, with many trees, and is accessible through the well signposted public footpaths. This landscape provides a haven for a wealth of wild animals and birds which it is now rare to see in the UK. This region is relatively undiscovered by tourists - even in the height of summer the roads are largely deserted - but with much to find.
The weather is very hot and sunny in the summer, with virtually no chance of rain. Spring and Autumn are beautiful in the region, with temperatures significantly above those of the UK, but it can rain. The winter is generally mild, with afternoon temperatures comfortably above those of the UK and sunny days but the nights and early mornings are significantly colder because of the lack of cloud cover.
Condom is an relaxed place to visit with a fine Cathederal and an interesting port. There is a park and a circular riverside walk crossing by the weir. From the port you can take a cruise on a restaurant boat down the river Baise. It is also possible to hire a small motor boat, or to canoe. There is a good selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants and a market on a Wednesday. Also a cinema, and a concert hall / theatre.
From the house itself there is a 10km circular walk through farmland and rural roads, or you can walk to the village of Gazaupouy which is a small Bastide. Nearby is the UNESCO heritage site of La Romieu. Do not miss a tour around the church. There is also an interesting walk which takes you past the arboretum and then out in a circle through the countryside and back to La Romieu. There are many walks in the area - my favourite starts from Seviac, where there are the remains of a Roman Villa on show with some marvellous floor mosaics. The local tourist office carries a selection of excellent books detailing these walks, with maps and points of interest.
Abbey de Flaran is a fine building and exhibits a world class collection of art on loan from a local collector. There is also the opportunity to attend evening choral concerts. During the season there are many musical events on in the local villages.
Horse racing is popular in the area and there is always a weekend meeting at one of the local tracks. If you can ride yourself there is a local equestrian centre run by an Englishwoman which offers escorted rides into the countryside. If you prefer something less rural try the motor racing circuit at Nogaro - motorcyles, cars and lorries.
Also, do not miss the stained glass windows in the Cathederal at Auch or a trip on the local scenic railway.
Anyway, those are some of the things I like about the area. Or you can just sit by the pool with a view over the valley to the rolling hills beyond and watch the world go by..................
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3 Sep 2014
"lovely location, lots of local attractions, spacious house; communication and maintenance need improvement"
We stayed in the house for 11 nights at the end of August. Positives: nice location, close to lovely villages, lots of local attractions to visit, extremely spacious houseNegatives: communication betw… More
14 Jun 2011
"Amazing house and idyllic location"
The house is well thought out, very spacious and comfortably equipped. The grounds and surrounding area are so peaceful, it is ideal for a totally relaxing, get away from it all holiday. The owner i… More