"In the vrai sud" is steeped in history, being one of the grandest houses in the village. It stayed in the same family for 4 generations before it was purchased in 2003. It is full of character and filled with a golden light that will transport you to holiday-mode the moment you step inside.
Enjoy the views from the full-length balcony then relax in the impressive lounge with its comfy furniture and restored architectural features. Or eat in the enormous dining-room after cooking in the modern, well-equipped "cheffy" kitchen (foodies!).
Come night-fall, there are two really comfortable, spacious and stylish double bedrooms and a huge twin room that can either be set up for two adults in twin beds or for four children in a bunk-room set-up - the choice is yours. All the beds will be made up ready for your arrival.
There's a family bathroom with double basins and a huge double-ended bath together with a shower room and separate wc.
The house has gas central heating, a'state of the art' woodburner for the dining room and has two stylish (and effective) mobile gas heaters for top-up if it gets really cold.
Outside there's a private walled garden with 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.
When it comes to home entertainment, there is satellite tv, a dvd player and a hi-fi. We've also installed phone and wi-fi so you can keep in touch without running up huge mobile phone bills and we even provide an iPod dock so you can play your own music!
The house, which is centrally-heated and has a state-of-the-art woodburner, is perfect for winter as well as summer visits and can comfortably sleep up to 7.
The large dining room comes equipped with woodburner in the winter, cd/tuner and iPod docking station. The large dining table easily caters for 6 with space for 2 more 'at a push'. A highchair is also provided.
Off the dining room is a well equipped "cheffy" kitchen with dishwasher, fridge-freezer, oven/hob and everything you would expect to help you with your creations.
This is a large room with seating for 8 and 2 french windows on to a balcony to the front of the property.
There are 3 main bedrooms with 2 fitted with double beds and a very large rear bedroom with 2 single beds and 1 more available should the need arise.
There is also a travelcot.
There is a large bathroom with 2 basins, bath and a WC. There is also a shower room on the ground floor and a separate WC.
There is gas central heating with radiators on all floors and a 'state of the art' woodburner in the dining room in the winter.
There is satellite tv, dvd, cd/tuner, wi-fi and phone. There is also a wide variety of books and games.
The private, secluded rear garden is equipped with pool, sun beds, bbq and a table for 6 with parasol.
There is ample parking to the front and a side driveway which can be used for loading and unloading.
The house is on 3 floors with an imposing staircase. It does not have wheelchair access.
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|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We were looking for a village in a rural area that had enough amenities to satisfy the needs of a young family. The village, close enough to Spain and the Pyrenees for a day trip and close enough in winter to a ski slope for a day trip, is surrounded by farms and vineyards. As a member of a local cycling club, I can vouch that there are excellent routes to discover the area on 2 wheels.|
|Unique benefits of property||The town house on 3 floors is situated in the middle of a village and close to restaurants and bars without getting in the car. With an enclosed garden it also overs a safe haven to be 'away from it all' and yet be in the midst of village life.|
As a member of the local club, I can vouch that the area offers numerous local circuits to suit all standards. For more detail please look at the website inthevraisud.com
The Adour is perfect for canoeing. Canoeing from place to place is very popular here so why not plan a round trip?
If you're into golf, there's 3 good courses within an hour's drive of the house. Golf du Chateau de Pallanne is an 18 hole course, only 30 minutes away and is built around a beautiful 18th century castle, in an undulating site with the Pyrenees as a backdrop. In Eauze which is a 45 minute drive there's a good 18 hole course, some challenging holes plus a swimming pool and restaurant if there are non-golfers in your party. In Auch which is 1 hour away, there's Golf des Embats, a hilly 18 hole course on outskirts of our Gers capital with a good restaurant.
Riscle, Viella, Plaisance, Marciac, Castelnau Rivierre Baisse, Aire sur l'adour - all within a 20 minute drive.
Only 10km away in Goux is a professional parachuting and hang-gliding centre - quite literally take yourself to another level!
Around mid-May there's the Condom Bandas y Penas Festival which offers a lively weekend of music with international bandas (brass bands) from Gascony, Spain and Belgium - a sight and sound that'll keep your toes tapping for days.
A 13th century tower associated with Gascon celebrities such as Thibault de Termes, the companion in arms of Joan of Arc; Henri de Navarre and d'Artagnan. Apart from its history it offers a stunning view of the whole Adour valley. It also plays host to a range of medieval attractions throughout the year.
The Marciac Jazz Festival takes place at the beginning of August. It has been running for over 25 years and has grown to an enormous event during which the sleepy town of Marciac is transformed. Nearly every building turns into a restaurant or bar, many with their own live jazz. The music winds down around 3am and the atmosphere is laid back and informal.
During mid august, Madiran holds its fete du vin (wine festival). It's a fun day out for the whole family and quite simply involves buying a glass and tasting wine at the many local wine producers stands. Just make sure you're not the driver!
Monday - Mirande which has a big market on Mondays and Saturdays. It's a 45 minute drive but on market day makes a good day out. Tuesday - Aire sur l'adour a bustling little town only 15 minutes drive away with nice shops and a good buzz on Market day. Wednesday - Marciac which is 20 minutes away and well worth a visit. Stop and have a coffee and croissant in Cafe de l'Hotel de Ville. Thursday - Plaisance which is a short 15 minute drive and although the market is reasonably small, you can often pick up some unusual items. Friday - Riscle don't miss it, it's on your doorstep! Saturday - Aire sur l'adour Sunday - Bassous which is a drive of 25 minutes and well worth a visit. The market can be hit or miss, depending on the weather, but there's a cafe there that you simply must try!
For a few days in July, Mirande tranforms itself into an American town. It is now recognized as the first Country Music festival in Europe. Over 200 stands, on both the festival site and in the centre of town, propose numerous articles for sale including indian and western clothing and, of course, local gastonomic produce.
The Saint Mont wine festival is held during the last weekend of March every year. It's a superbly organized wine and culinary experience. In addition, thanks to its new owners, the grounds of the monastery are open for all to explore and enjoy.
Relax and bronze yourself; take a refreshing swim or sail in a boat or pedalo. All your needs are catered for next to the swimming lakes around Riscle. If you're not familiar with swimming lakes in France, they are just superb. They are perfect family swimming pleasures with lifeguards and cafes. The Lac de la Foret at Aignan is 15 km away and the Lac de Plaisance, with its sandy beach is only 10 km.
Now owned by French television presenter Francoise Laborde, you might be lucky enough to get a visit (the Monastery is occasionally open to the public). This stunning piece of Gascon heritage is worth a look even from the outside!
Tempo Latino is held at the end of July. The best concerts are normally on the Friday and Saturday nights. Vic Fezensac is transformed and the bars and music run through the nights of the festival. The main street becomes a huge market and the atmosphere is non-stop.
We are surrounded by all sorts of vineyard from posh chateaux (which can look intimidating, but are very welcoming) to simple farms where you fill the bottles yourself. You will enjoy a warm welcome at every one (whatever their style) and you will be offered free tastings wherever you go - just make sure you're not the driver!