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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Berniès - Heart of Gascony

from £215 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 7 reviews

Very Good 4.5/5 

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Farmhouse / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10

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Farmhouse / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 130 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Enclosed by its own grounds filled with established orchard of peaches, apples, pears, plums and walnuts, you can pick your own breakfast, lunch and dinner, staying in a historic home that dates to the 100 Years War and that lies at the heart of historic Gascony, with guaranteed sun for at least nine months of the year.

Down a driveway lies the house and private grounds, where you can eat in the shade of our mature trees or on the flag-stoned terrace. Explore our 35 acres of sunflower fields and oak woods. We have our own newt and crayfish ponds, a stream, small fishing lake and large, secluded field, ideal for camping, complete with a stone fire-pit.

In a walled garden with its own pigeonnier, a three-storey dovecote built from stone and wood, sits a spacious swimming pool, with a shallow, stepped end for small children, and a deeper end with a water slide. Here also is a kitchen garden stocked with onions, leeks, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuces, raspberries and herbs. Over the wall, is a large garden with a swing, football nets and a netted trampoline that make this a holiday location where children can safely roam free and will not easily get bored.

Inside this large, traditional Gascon noble-man's home there are four high-ceilinged double-bedrooms, and a spacious kitchen with two dining tables. In the kitchen there is a large fridge, a chest freezer, a new gas stove and Bosch fan oven, and every kind of pot and pan to cook yourself a Gascon feast, sourced from the near-by Agen Sunday market, staffed by small producers - the best in a region of gourmands.

If you can't find what you want there, many other fruit and vegetables farmers are close-by, including our friendly neighbours, Denis and Fatima Duffour, growing the best organic melons, Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes and Gariguette strawberries in the area. You can also visit Monsieur Laffargue, an award winning Blonde d'Aquitaine beef cattle farmer who sells direct to the public. A couple of kilometres away are yet more farms selling chapons, pintards and all kinds of free-range poultry. Our local village, Pergain-Taillac is five minutes away for your bread and croissants and Madame Juin will sell you milk and eggs direct from her farm.

At night, fill a glass and watch the bats and barn owls from the terrace. Visit one of our local Michelin-starred restaurants or flop in front of the large plasma screen and catch a movie on the satellite TV or from the DVD library.

We are surrounded by historic towns and villages, thermal spas, waterparks and lakeside bathing. Close by there are three horse riding stables, and fields criss-crossed by mountain bike routes, with some of the best road riding in the region, on lanes that rarely see traffic. Surrounded by trekking circuits as well as tree-top zip-wire courses, there is plenty to do outside this house and its park.

With a clutch of (child-friendly) Michelin starred restaurants in the neighbouring villages, it is also only a little over an hour to the great cities of Toulouse and Bordeaux. The Pyrenees mountains are only a 90 minute drive away too. The enormous dunes and beaches of Arcachon and Cap Ferret can be reached in 90 minutes too, making this a great base from where to explore the region.

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Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 11:00
Nearest beach Cap Ferret 130 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Toulouse 105 km, Nearest railway: Agen 21 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Terracotta tiled hallways, pressed with the traditional footprints of a duck and a dog to drive away the devil, Berniès has been restored and updated to become luxurious and welcoming, with British satellite TV as well as French digital channels, and free wifi access, making this also a well-connected home.

Further details outdoors

An enclosed private garden shaded by two mature horsechestnut trees, leads through a lockable gate to a walled kitchen garden and a 6m x 13m outdoor swimming pool with water slide and sun loungers on the tiled terrace area. Apple, cherries and figs overlook the pool, as do raspberry canes and tomato vines, with herb beds to take cuttings from.

An ancient tower houses the garden games and chairs, and inside an adjacent barn is a table tennis table and sports equipment.

Further details

Maps, guides and leaflets available. A welcome folder with suggestions and essential numbers as well as recommendations. Pool open June to October. An extensive DVD library of films for children and adults.


About this location

The Midi-Pyrénées region

Guaranteed sun for at least nine months of the year! Berniès is in the department of Gers, forming the major part of the old historical region known as Gascony that was described by Abert Camus as Tuscany in miniature, having the highest concentration of bastide (defensible walled) villages in France. Unspoilt by motorways, mass tourism and major industry, it has a rich heritage, a rugged landscape, superb climate (hot, dry summers and cold winters), fantastic regional food (cheese, meat, vegetables, soft fruit) and wine (Cote de Gascon, Fronton, Gaillac and Tariquet) - not to mention aperitifs like Armagnac and Floc. We are surrounded by independent producers and farmers, growing melons, apples, plums. Farmers sell their own fruit juices, breads and cheese. Everything from suckling pig to wild boar is being reared. Local people are friendly and welcoming.

Pergain Taillac

Year round, the Gers is perfect walking country with the main St Jacques de Compostelle pilgrim route passing just a few kilometers away from us at La Romieu, a historic village also famous for its collegiate church of St Pierre, a UNESCO world heritage site. From its cafes and bar, there are dozens of circular walks through the sunflower fields and woodlands, suitable for all levels of fitness, with the striking twin towers of St Pierre serving as a constant locator on the horizon. The historic towns of Lectoure, Condom and Nerac are also close by, as is the medieval fortress village of Larrisingle. The magnificent Chateau de Bonaguil is barely an hour's drive. Some of France's most incredible cave art sites are a similar distance away.

If you prefer pedal power there is nothing better than taking a couple of hours out on the traffic free undulating lanes that surround us. There are bicycles for all ages in the stables and we have a full list of road and off-road routes.

Painters and photographers are drawn to the Gers for its beauty, enchanting little bastide (fortified) villages and clear air. Every day of the week there is a market somewhere close by. All summer there are vide grenier (empty loft or bric-a-brac) sales. And the region is alive with festivals, (including the internationally renowned Marciac Jazz Festival, the Tempo Latino Festival in Vic Fezensac and the Grand Pruneau Show is Agen). Every Friday night in summer there is a music and food festival in our neighbouring village of Lamontjoie.

A new water-park in nearby Nerac. the town of 'Chocolat' fame, is never frantic. Parc Walabi (a proper theme park) has rides for every size in Agen, which also has a skate park and lovely nooks and crannies and chic shops to browse, as well as a little gem of a museum. Even nearer, La Romieu has a huge open air pool and bar, should you get bored of our pool. The canals 15 km away, are shaded by fruit plantations, and run for hundreds of miles, their tow-paths great walking and riding routes. There are also several shady rivers down which to canoe or swim. And we have two thermal spas nearby at Lectoure and Castera Verduzan.

There is also an alternative. You could do nothing, and laze by the pool in Berniès, enjoying the silence.

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14 Aug 2014


"Perfect for a big family celebration"

We recently stayed at Bernies for my mother's 70th birthday so lots of kids and adults. This place was perfect, full of antiques and interesting pictures from the Far East, it really felt like s… More

12 Aug 2014


"Lovely house surrounded by Sunflowers"

Stayed here for my Mother in Laws birthday for a week with all her kids and grandkids.We had a marvellous time. Although the house is in a very small Hamlet, once you get your bearings quirky french … More

9 Aug 2014


"Beautiful ancient house and grounds"

A very relaxing location with a pretty garden and airy spacious rooms. Surrounded by rolling countryside, there are few facilities within walking distance but several villages within 10 or 15 minutes&… More

29 Jul 2014


"This is scenic place in the Gers, large with nice garden and pool, though terribly dated, and needs a urgent clean up."

The Gascony house is nice, but somewhat hard to find in the Gers. It has a nice garden with patio, pool and childrens area. Big old house with many big rooms overlooking a pretty Gascony landscape. T… More

21 Jul 2014


"Timeless tranquillity"

This was our first trip to this region of France. We were delighted at the gentle pace of life in such beautiful surroindings. Wife and I wanted a nice home to explore the region from, and Bernies l… More

18 Feb 2013


"a dreamy rural retreat"

Bernies is a very comfortable and characterful house set in stunning gardens and sunflower filled countryside. Its perfect for those looking for a rustic and rural retreat. The rooms are very spacious… More

7 Jan 2013


"Fantastic and stylish family home."

We had a wonderful family holiday at Les Bernies. The House is delightfully furnished and the pool is superb. the accommodation is stylish but not fussy and the kids had room to roam and play. This is a warm and welcoming holiday home in a delightful area of France and I would recommend it to friends and anyone whether families or 'grown ups'!

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      Calendar last updated:13 Apr 2015

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