House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Stylishly restored bourgeois house in superb small village with own pool and private walled garden. Sleeps up to 8, in 2 luxurious double bedrooms and 1 huge twin (can be made into a bunk room for 4). First floor sitting-room with full width balcony, large dining room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and shower-room. Internet, phone, TV, DVD, stereo etc… Holiday without the car or explore the rich and varied culture of the South West.
A simply stunning holiday home for people who just love good food and wine.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sandy beach at Aignan Swimming Lake 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lourdes/Tarbes airport or Pau Pyrenees airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Mont-de-Marsan 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
All bedlinen & towels - including guest towels, bath mats, tea towels and pool towels.
All electricity and gas (unless otherwise negotiated for longer stays).
A welcome pack of milk, bread, wine & cheese.
A basics pack of tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tabs, toilet rolls and cleaning stuff (to save you doing that tedious first day shop).
A basic clean at the end of your stay. If you want, we can do a "pack up and go" clean at an attractive hourly rate which means on your last day you needn't worry about anything apart from catching your plane!
Truck-loads of information on hidden gems you'd never find without help!
A gourmet welcome.
An honesty wine cellar.
A personal shop for your arrival - simply email us your list and it'll be here waiting for you.
Babysitting service for that special night off.
Wine or culture trails.
|Further details outdoors|
There's a private walled garden with barbecue, eating and lounging areas, together with your own pool to cool down. There's plenty of space for relaxing and catching some rays – even the winter sun here can be unbelievably warm.
The house which is centrally-heated is perfect for winter as well as summer visits and can comfortably sleep up to 8.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The surrounding area offers a host of cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities which will leave you never having to look for something to do. Food and wine are King around here. You'll find much of the cuisine is based around the duck, with of course foie gras holding centre stage. Whether you're for it or against it, it's a way of life for the folks round here and if you're a fan, you won't taste better the world over – guaranteed! The local vineyards, both well known and not so well known are welcoming and unpretentious. During July and August there are loads of night-markets and Christmas markets are becoming more and more popular – why not think about doing your Christmas shopping in a whole new style?
In terms of sport and activities, in the village itself, you can play tennis, basketball; enjoy riverside biking and walking and there's also a village outdoor pool if you fancy a swim in the company of others. Within 30 minutes drive you'll find great swimming lakes and a huge choice of outdoor swimming pools; fantastic walks, bike routes and off-road biking; canoeing and kayaking; horse-riding; golf; fishing; water-ski-ing; parachuting and hang-gliding; motor racing... the list goes on...why not check out our website for more ideas...
The Village, Riscle, with its population of only 1200, boasts 7 café-bars/restaurants. All only a few minutes walk from the house!
The main village boulangerie is run by husband and wife team Jean-Luc and Joelle who pride themselves not only on the range and quality of their bread, but on the patisserie they lovingly prepare every day of the week (except Monday when they take a well earned rest – then you walk to one of the other two local boulangeries).
There's a small supermarket run by the Barr's, a local family who pride themselves on their butcher counter, cheese selection and fresh fish on a Friday. And then of course there's the oyster-man who comes from the coast (sorry, did we mention ...foodies?). Thereafter, you've got a stunningly stylish flower-shop, a small clothes shop, a tabac, cashpoints and for those unforeseen problems, pharmacies, doctors and dentists…basically all you could want for that well-earned rest in rural France.
The village market is on a Friday morning and spills from the market hall right down into the main town square with its pretty fountain and imposing XI century church. Why not stop and sip a coffee in one of the café bars while you watch the world go by?
If you fancy a swim in the company of others, you could take a leisurely stroll to the newly refurbished village pool which is open in July and August. Or there are two lovely swimming lakes within a 15 minute drive. In addition, the River Adour which runs through the village has many small, secluded river beaches which are great for picnics and total tranquillity. In the park you'll find peaceful and unspoilt river walks and picnic spots, tennis, basketball and fishing. You could always hire some bikes if you fancy.
Also in the village is the Church of St Peter of Riscle. This classified historic monument of France dates way back, with questionable traces of IXc roots, but is certainly traceable back to the XI century. A typical gascon, gothic church, it holds court over the whole village and is visible from virtually every corner. It holds an interesting and troubled history with the English - so beware!
At the local college, you'll find La Galerie Bleue, a gallery focusing largely on modern art which is open to the public both during and outside term time. Here you'll regularly find exhibitions by well-known international as well as French artists.
The village festival is held in early August and is a spectacular celebration for the whole family.
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21 May 2014
"Riscle feels like home after 2 days!"
We stayed in Madam Suzie's charming village house as a base for house hunting. All I can say is that we hope to return soon and she will be our neighbour! We feel as though we have found a great … More
15 May 2014
"Lovely house in great location"
Great comfortable space, big rooms on 3 floors (so you have to be ok with stairs). Well equipped kitchen. Sunny enclosed garden, often sat outside even in mid January. Owner lives in village and was v… More
15 May 2014
"A beautiful and revitalising Easter destination"
We spent three weeks in Riscle this Easter, it is a beautiful, friendly destination and the perfect place from which to explore Gers, The Pyrenees and perhaps even further afield. This is a large, stu… More
14 May 2014
"The perfect house to enjoy France"
Spent 4 weeks at the Vrai Sud and used it as a base to visit Bordeaux, Biarrirtz, and Spain, visit all the local markets and just chillout. If you want to spend a holiday in a traditional French house… More
10 May 2014
"Exactly what is says on the tin"
Lovely house, dog friendly can't fault it. The kitchen had everything that you could need to cook lovely food - not required Suzie left us a lovely arrival dinner and so many restaurants close by… More
14 Aug 2013
"Fortnight in Riscle"
The House itself is as promised by the website, a clean, unique house with character and room for a family of five to stay together in harmony for two weeks. Susie is a friendly hostess, cooking a lov… More
6 Jul 2011
"When you dream of a holiday in rural France, this is the dream you want to be having!"
From the moment you start planning your holiday to Le Vrai Sud, you soon realise that this will be special. Suzie, the owner, soon feels like a great friend who happens to have an amazing place for y… More
1 Jun 2011
"Holiday in style for francophiles!"
Lovely stylish but comfortable house in quiet rural town but within easy distance of world class wineries , the wonderful Marciac Jazz Festival plus swimming lakes and the medieval Tour de Termes.The … More
28 May 2011
"Fantastic Family Holiday"
We had a wonderful family holiday in this lovely house. It was big enough to accommodate 7 of our family from England and Australia. Our ages ranged from 3 to 73 years and there was something for ever… More
26 May 2011
"Lovely spacious 3 storey house in busy centrally located village."
We were warmly welcomed by Suzy who showed us round the house and explained the local area. The house was very well equipped. There was wine and tinned food on an "honesty" basis and some fr… More
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