Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 5 9.5/10
|Lugane||Self Catering||Saturday||1||4||1||2 extra beds in 45 m2 bedroom|
Experience the famed douceur de vivre (“sweetness of life”) of Gascony
The rare position of the house on a large clearing amidst forests and surrounded by unspoilt landscapes flush with wildlife - but in close reach by car of everything one needs or wants to see in this beautiful French region rich in tradition and history - makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers, sporty or even creative people.
Well…and not to forget the ones who long for the most relaxing, invigorating, lazy, stress-free, secret location, a place with no demands, only peace, crystal air and bird song – but buzzing life and people only ever when you feel like it.
Lugane is situated only 2.5 km from the ancient village of Sos (yes, really) in an interesting corner of the Lot-et-Garonne (Gascogne, Aquitaine), which reaches into other, adjoining regions. The whole area and in particular this village has strong Roman roots. This is the region of D’Artagnan of the Musketeers, Foie Gras and Armagnac.
The endless, little populated forests of the region Landes with its Atlantic coast beaches stretching all the way from Bordeaux to beyond Biarritz, begin only a few minutes away.
In the other direction you find yourself already after another few minutes drive amongst the rolling hills of the Gers (the “Tuscany” of France) scattered with tiny, ancient villages and farms, chateaux and far-reaching views over vineyards and sunflower fields - and in clear weather the Pyrenees.
The great mountains of the Pyrenees are only about 1.5 hours away, even the Mediterranean coast only about 3 hours. So, Lugane is centrally positioned amongst contrasting regions of great beauty and history, the sea, the mountains…and several airports of your choice.
The fertile greens of this rural region are untouched, at times as if in another century. There are not many tourists, so people are still friendly, with an endearing, old-fashioned touch of politeness elsewhere lost.
Past our forests there are many vineyards, rape fields blooming in early spring, then sunflowers everywhere for weeks with falcons circling in the sky. There are frog concerts down one of our forest paths, to the lake, where one can also watch the odd shy crane before a refreshing swim.
The nightingales everywhere sing until late in spring before the hot peaceful summers with lush and vibrant nature. Warm and long colourful autumns are scattered with an abundance of mushrooms and edible chestnuts, the weather often pleasant until the end of October. The really cold weeks of winter are few and crisp but quiet and contemplative, lovely by the fire.
Throughout most of the year a myriad of birds can be heard in the forest and fields, cuckoos and owls during day and night, shy wild boar roam around the forest in the night and deer are grazing in front of the windows at dawn or dusk.
…or Buzz …There is so much choice. During the whole summer the region is brimming with life, the true joie de vivre of the French and everybody is enjoying conviviality, lots of good rustic food and wine during the still upheld tradition of having summer village fêtes accompanied by countless events and performances. Also tiny Sos manages to have its own fête plus a big producer’s market every Wednesday evening for six weeks, with live music, long, long tables where all the locals gather for hours to talk animatedly and enjoy the wine and local delicacies from the stands around the market place.
So you have the choice to undertake a vast variety of excursions and activities or sports, visit fêtes or performances, concerts, eat out in restaurants – or to retreat to the tranquillity of your spot in the forest, unwinding – or recovering – away from it all.
Fully equipped kitchen with extra micowave, mini-grill oven, coffee machine, espresso machine, full-size breakfast table, fridge with separate deepfreeze compartment.
45sqm (485 ft2) with 3m oaktable for 8 people, fireplace with 2 sofas, antiques, stereo, tv with 3 languages satellites.
One very large 45sqm (485 ft2) with antiques, French brass double bed, 2 separate beds, work area, sitting area and music centre.
Very large Victorian bathroom with rolltop bath, sparate shower, bidet and antique mirrored toiletry table.
Fireplace and extra heater upon request; winter: central heating.
Wi-fi connection, tv (cable to connect to laptop to watch films can be supplied), dvd player, games, bicycles, kayak, barbecue.
Large garden area in front with trees, right up to cork oak park with meditation bench; barbecue grill; swimming lake down forest path.
Ample parking space in front of gite.
Ideal for couples or small groups. The large bedroom has 1 double and 2 single beds but futher beds can be added
Ideal for long walks, cycle tours, horse riding, visiting nearby French markets and summer festivities, sightseeing chateaux and famous historical sites, wine tasting around the many vineyards, trips to lakes nearby, thermal spa treatments in Barbotan; excursions to the sea with miles of sandy beaches or the Pyrenee mountains.
We supply free eggs from our chickens and vegetables from our garden.
All necessary facilities nearby in village Sos (2.5 km): supermarket, restaurant, post office, pharmacy, medical doctor.
I am an artist who loves nature and animals.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||The tranquility in our forest and the varied sourrounding landscape is balm for the soul - but I'm never far away from the hub of life when I need it.|
|Unique benefits of property||To find a place in a setting like this is rare, it helps to connect with what is important in life and to breathe again without stress.|
Apart from swimming in our lake near the house, walking, cycling, canoeing, bird watching, boat trips, archery courses in the village, dancing or creative courses, there are many summer fetes (festivities), concerts and markets in all the surrounding villages all through summer, where one can sample local food and join in the fun. Equidistant from the mountains and the sea (1 h 45 min) one can do excursions to the vast Atlantic beaches or the Pyrenee mountains. Chateaux (castles) and historic sites are nearby and everywhere to explore. There are several water parks in the area.
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