Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
The farmhouse is tastefully furnished and retains its traditional charm with terracotta and timber floors, oak beams and imposing central staircase. It sleeps a maximum of 9 plus a cot., in two double bedrooms, one triple bedroom and one twin-bedded room.
There is spacious eat-in kitchen opening onto a large south-facing terrace with outside eating area, and a comfortable sitting room with a traditional fireplace and wood burning stove. Situated in a beautiful, unspoilt and sparsely populated area of France, it is an ideal place to sample the delights of 'real' French country life.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake beaches at Plaisance & Aignan 6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pau 50 km, Nearest railway: Tarbes 60 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, 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||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
A spacious hallway leads into a well-equipped kitchen with a large oak table seating 12 and a Gascon fireplace with a16kw wood-burning stove. On the other side of the hall is a comfortable sitting room also with a wood-burning stove, flat screen TV with satellite TV, DVD and wi-fi internet access. There is a separate WC and shower room with a powerful shower and a utility room with washing machine. On the first floor are 4 light and airy bedrooms, one with a queen-sized bed, one with a double and a single bed and two twin-bedded rooms, and a bathroom with WC.
|Further details outdoors||
The extensive grounds are completely private and enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Large areas are laid to lawn with many mature trees providing shade, including walnut, mulberry, horse chestnut and blue cedar. The long gravel driveway and garage provide ample parking. The 12 x 6m private pool is secured with high laurel hedging and lockable gate and bordered by a large sun terrace with magnificent views. Garden furniture, including a large oak refectory table and benches seating 12, and a barbecue are located on the terraces to the south and east sides of the house. An extensive range of British company 'Treetops' children's wooden play equipment, including swings, treehouse, playhouse, climbing frame, rock wall, monkey bars and giant tree swing is provided and table tennis in the open chai (barn) to the rear of the house. There is a selection of bicycles, racquets for ball games, and boules set, as well as an assortment of indoor board games.
Although ideal for family holidays, with two large woodburners to keep you snug in cooler evenings and very reasonable rental rates off season, the house is perfect for couples or smaller groups.
The Aquitaine/Dordogne region
The Gers is a beautiful, unspoilt and scarcely populated area of France, enjoying hot summers and warm spring and autumn. It is one of the most agricultural areas of France, untouched by heavy industry and mass tourism.
Amidst the breathtaking scenery with fields of sunflowers and wooded hills is an abundance of wildlife - eagles, buzzards, owls, woodpeckers, deer and wild boar can regularly be seen.
Formerly known as Gascony, the area is rich in history with an abundance of historic towns, chateaux and bastide villages with donjons (fortified towers) to explore. The larger towns of Auch with its cathedral and statue of d'Artagnan, Agen, Condom and Pau are all within easy reach.
The area is well known for its culinary specialities, duck, foie gras, armagnac and the local wines of St Mont and Madiran feature strongly on the menus.
Marciac is an attractive small market town set around a beautiful old square with restaurants, cafes and shops. It comes to life in August when it hosts the largest jazz festival in Europe attracting music lovers from around the world. There is also a country & western music festival in Mirande and a tempo Latino music festival in Vic Fezensac. There are many local lively markets, and even the smallest villages host fetes in the summer with communal meals and entertainment.
There are several local lakes with beaches for swimming and other water sports and the area is perfect for walking and cycling. The Pyrenees Parc National and ski resorts, Lourdes, Biarritz and Spain are also within 1 - 2 hours' drive.