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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The House

Menginolle was built as a Maison de Maître, with large rooms, high ceilings, thick stone walls and shuttered windows which keep it cool even in the height of summer. As you enter from the South Terrace, you see the original carved Gascon staircase. The ground floor has old tiles throughout and to your left through the front door is the large dining kitchen (19` square) with exposed beams, open Gascon fireplace, double gas oven, dishwasher, sinks, large American fridge, antique pine dressers, and large pine table which seats 14 people. Ample crockery, cutlery, and cooking utensils are provided. The kitchen leads through to a large enclosed veranda and terrace facing West, for outdoor eating, admiring the view, and keeping an eye on the pool. Tables, chairs, and barbecue equipment are provided.

To your right through the front door is the drawing room (17' square) with exposed beams, open fireplace, sofas, chairs, desk and well-stocked bookcase - all antique.

The hall also leads through to a sitting room (22` x 14`) with sofa, chairs, TV, DVD, braodband connection and games table, which in turn leads through to the swimming pool with fountain, 12m x 6m, set between house and woods, and visible from the terrace.

Also on the ground floor is a bedroom (18`6 x 14`) with French windows to the East leading out through a small garden. It is furnished with twin beds, hanging linen press, chest of drawers, tables and chairs. There is a separate tiled shower room with built in basin and W.C and a laundry with sink, washing machine, drying machine and ironing facilities.

Up the carved staircase to the right is the main bedroom (19` square) with fireplace, brass and iron double bed, tallboy, wardrobe, tables, chairs and chaise-longue leading to a bathroom with bath, shower, basin, W.C. and bidet.

To the left on the first floor is a further bedroom (17` square) with fireplace, brass double bed, desk, hanging linen press, tallboy, tables and chairs. It has a separate bathroom with bath, basin and WC, a few steps further up the main staircase.

The house has rustic charm with sophisticated taste. It is comfortably and well furnished throughout, in keeping with its age and style, and with many antique pieces. Sheets and towels are provided as well as many finishing touches, like guest soaps.

At right angles to the South façade of the house are three double storey traditional barns. The first barn houses an open games room with table tennis, firewood, and barbecue equipment. The second barn houses machinery and pool equipment.

The ground floor of the third barn has been converted to a bedroom/sitting-room/kitchen/dining area (33ft x 24ft) with an ensuite shower. It is furnished with 19th century French provincial furniture including 2 beds, an armoire, a vitrine, sofa, table and chairs.

The first floor of the same barn has been converted into a bedroom/sitting room (27'x20'). It has a double bed and ensuite shower room and is furnished in the 19th century Indian style. It is approached by an outside staircase and balcony and, like the ground floor room, has fine views towards the Pyrenees.

The Grounds and gardens

There is a large sloping grassed forecourt with views to the South East and South West, leading to an orchard with herbaceous borders. The land slopes away steeply to the South West, to a small wood with bluebells and rhododendroms. One can walk from the front door round the barns to the West and sit in the shade of two ancient oak trees on a hillock facing South and West towards the Pyrenees and thence walk on round to the West-facing terrace with its veranda and the pool is in a garden with views to the East. To the North ,walks take you along a pergola with roses and wisteria to the bog garden, rose garden, and wild flower meadow, a large field beyond with a temple, down to a wildlife pond and then round a wood to the West.

There are outstanding views to the West, South and East. The setting is exceptionally peaceful. The garden is open to the public in the first weekend of June under a national scheme. Most gardens which open are public or commercial. Ours is one of only 6 or 7 private gardens in the Department chosen for the scheme.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Midi-Pyrenees region

Gascony is a beautiful, little-known and under-populated land in the deep South West of France. We are in a region of rich farmland, rolling hills, forests, rivers and lakes, set against the massive background of the Pyrenees, snow-capped even in summer.

There is almost no traffic and you can often drive for 20 minutes without seeing a vehicle. The birdlife and wildflower life are wonderful. There are deer and boars. There is peace, and stillness, and wonderful night skies with millions of stars.

The atmosphere is like that of rural England 70 or more years ago.

If you enjoy the countryside, the sun, wildlife, architecture, and visiting ancient towns and villages there is plenty to see and do. Maps and guidebooks are provided at the house.

We are about one hour from Pau by car and 40 minutes from Tarbes and Auch, the largest towns near us, 20 minutes from Marciac, and 10 minutes from Villecomtal-sur-Arros.

The Pyrenees are about 45 minutes away. In about 2 hours you can be through the Pyrenees into Spain, or at the Atlantic, or at the Mediterranean.

There is plenty of walking, horse-riding, golf, tennis, swimming (in lakes) and picnicking around us. There are a number of golf courses nearby, including the particularly beautiful one at the Château de Pallanne (20 minutes) where visitors are always welcome.


Things To Do

Spend the day in Auch. Visit the Cathedral, known through the world for its spectacular carved stalls and stained glass windows. Then follow the steps leading to the river, do a little shopping in the cobbled alleyways.

The tallest and most beautiful church spire in Gascony is in Marciac which also hosts a yearly International Jazz Festival - August 1st-15th - Two weeks of world class jazz to suit every taste and enjoyable for the whole family.

Mirande Festival of Country Music - Mid July - Seventy concerts and events from morning to night.

Tillac Classical Music Concerts - Every summer - Concerts in the acoustically rich Tillac Church.

Visit Fources and discover the smallest and only round Bastide village in the Gers. During the summer, there is an annual flower festival and also Donkey racing around the village!

Spend the day at Lourdes

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Calendar last updated:06 Apr 2014

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