Beautiful château spectacularly set in the middle of its picturesque country estate of 63 hectares, with dramatic views of the Pyrenees.
The château dominates its land of pastures, woods and streams and welcomes private guests to enjoy themselves in these idyllic private surroundings.
The emphasis is on an easy-going family atmosphere where guests are encouraged to relax, help themselves to drinks, treat the place as home and come and go as they please. There are no meals to make.
The château’s history can be dated back to 1666 but it is evident that there was a property here for centuries before. It was completely remodelled in 1850 and an extension added in the early 1900’s, date unknown. The owners bought the property in 1989 and have carried out various alterations and improvements.
Owner and hostess Sally Mayo is very much at the heart of Château d'Arlens. She and her team run a successful private guest house business from the château and regularly host private functions such as weddings and other social events.
As you would expect, the interior is full of character features which add to the ambience of informal elegance.
The 10 bedrooms offer a variety of doubles and singles, and in special circumstances extra bedrooms can be made available on the ground floor (NB these rooms are more basic and more suitable for teenagers).
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 10 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 8 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (8)|
|Outdoors||Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The ground floor for the most part in not included in the rental. Accommodation includes laundry, boot room, billiard room, plus additional bedrooms which link to the first floor by a spiral staircase.
The first floor is the main living area and reached by a double flanking 'perron’ (stone staircase) up to the main entrance hall. There are also paved steps up to the terrace outside the kitchen. At this level you will also find 2 en-suite bedrooms
The top floor has 2 large landings, 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and covered roof patio.
Ground Floor / Basement:
Most of the ground floor is used for staff, including the bedrooms, as shown on the floor plan.
The one room that certainly is used by guests is the billiard room with full-size snooker table - a very popular post-dinner retreat!
If you are downstairs you will certainly notice the quirky, graffiti-style decor! The artist who created this went on to become a star pupil at the Beaux Arts in Paris!
Stairs lead down from the kitchen hall to a hall off which are the laundry, shower room (used as the washing machine room), garden/boot room, ironing room with vinyl floor, WC, cellar. This area has a smooth concrete floor (à la 1920’s).
Comprises the main living area for guests plus two en-suite bedrooms.
NB Bedroom 1 is Sally's room.
Bedroom 2 (c.25m2) – King size bed + antique French-style single bed. Fireplace, oak square floor panels, window. Basic en-suite shower room with pine flooring and panelling, shower, basin, bidet and W.C.
The 14m Hall has glazed double doors and marble mosaic floor. The hall, at the north end, includes the elegant Piano room with carpeted floor.
Additionally on the first floor you will find:
Drawing room (24m2 + 25m2) – oak herringbone parquet flooring, large carved stone fireplace, two double carved oak entrance doors and south-facing windows. Satellite TV in this room (and also in the kitchen).
Day room / kitchen (42m2) - this is the place where guests tend to gather. Direct access to the terrace, an imposing fireplace, and huge arched windows facing south. This is a really lovely room. There's also satellite TV available in this room.
Dining room (42m2) – oak flooring, dado panelling, 2 double carved doors. Adjacent Butler’s pantry.
Inner hall with stained pine floor, dado panelling and glazed double doors.
Library hall – glazed double doors, chestnut floor, oak staircase up to 2nd floor.
Cloakroom - handy independent W.C.
Main stairs - oak floor, leading to top level and featuring a colourful mural depicting local wildlife.
At the east-end of the first floor are the kitchen facilities for staff. This area includes a small kitchen for guests to prepare light meals, snacks & kids' meals if required.
A 17.5 m Landing is divided by glazed double doors beside the main stairs. This level is where the majority of guest bedrooms - 8 - are found. All rooms are very individual.
Bedroom 3 (c.24m2) – elegant and spacious featuring a king size bed that can be divided into singles. Wood floor, south-facing window with gorgeous views, and a north window too. Archway into dressing room. En-suite bathroom has bath with shower, basin, WC and bidet.
Bedroom 4 (c.24m2) – king size bed that can be divided into singles. Wood floor, big south window and a north window too. Private bathroom is just across the landing and includes bath with shower, basin, bidet and WC.
Bedroom 5 (c.30m2) – French antique double bed. Wood floor, 2 south dormer windows. Private bathroom across the landing with large (2m) old fashioned rounded bath, bidet, W.C. and basin.
Bedroom 6 (c.18m2) – 3x single beds, so ideal for kids. Fitted carpet, south dormer window.
Bedroom 7 (c.18m2) – Twin beds. Fitted carpet, south dormer window. Simple accommodation so best for the kids.
NB Bedrooms 6 and 7 do not have a private bathroom. They tend to be used by kids who can share their parent's bathroom.
Bedroom 8 (c.20m2) – Double bed. Wood floor, west dormer and north dormer window. En-suite bathroom (#6 on the plan) realtively basic, with wood floor, small bath, large shower, basin and W.C.
Bedroom 9 (c.21m2) – Double bed + single bed. Wood floor, en-suite bathroom (#7 on plan) - bath, basin and bidet.
Bedroom 10 (c.17m2) – Double bed. Access via a (sheltered) flat roof, the bedroom has wood floor, and shower room as part of the room separated by a curtain, with shower, basin, and W.C. This room is one of the more basic but perfectly comfortable.
Bedroom 15 (57m2) - King size double + single bed. A vast sitting room / bedroom adjacent to the party barn. The room has a basic en-suite bathroom with bath, shower & WC.
|Further details outdoors|
The château ambience continues outside with its fabulous grounds to explore, pool and outbuildings that are ideal for parties and events. It's the package of château & grounds that makes Arlens feel like a country estate.
The grounds of 63 hectares include wooded areas and streams and offers lovely walks.
Most of the gardens are on the east side of the château. This area includes the pool, the tennis court, lawns, summer house, orchard. In front of the château is a lawn with old trees planted to complement the house and not to obscure the beautiful views, in particular a very old beautifully shaped oak tree and cedars.
The large terrace facing east and south is ideal for meals and can be covered by an awning which is electrically operated. 4 wide steps (4m) descend to a protected semi-enclosed paved area, on the south side of which is the 'summer dining room’.
Swimming pool - 12m x 6m with a recess for the steps (3m x 1.5m) extending beyond the shallow end. The pool is protected by fence (within a hedge) and has Roman steps into the shallow end. The max depth is 2m50.
Tennis court - surfaced with artificial grass, measures 34m x 17m and is situated between the garden and the orchard.
The many out-buildings include the 'party barn' where events and receptions are held. Very spacious at 280m2, the party barn has a highly polished cement floor which resembles polished slate, impressive old beams and pillars exposed to the roof and large sliding glazed doors opening west on to the courtyard. It's a perfect venue for celebrations and is often used for dancing weekends!
Château d’Arlens is in the heart of Gascony (Armagnac country), south west France.
A long drive leads to the château which is situated on a promontory and is completely surrounded by its 63 hectares of pasture land and woods. It overlooks the rolling countryside and faces due south straight at the Pyrenees.
Peace and tranquility are at the heart of the experience of staying at Château d'Arlens - and Gascony generally (you may hear the occasional car passing along the road to Plaisance, but the road is some 500 yards away down below in the valley).
The château is framed by mature oaks, cedars and ashes with copses behind the château, and on either south-facing flank.
The local market town of Plaisance du Gers in the Arros valley is 6 kms away and the town features a good range of shops and weekly market. A car is needed to explore the area - the whole point of Arlens is its position and privacy.