|Tarrit de Bas||Self Catering||Saturday||3||8||3|
An idyllic, tranquil location deep in the countryside of SW France. Slow down and enjoy Gascony's markets, historic towns and cuisine! Gascony is often said to epitomise the idyllic French country life and Tarrit de Bas certainly reflects the pleasures of Gascony. A delightful, timbered farmhouse packed full of charm and character. Set in huge grounds with wonderful views and a sumptuous swimming pool, Tarrit really captures the spirit of a French countryside holiday.
The main entrance leads into an open-plan living area divided into the beamed dining area with seating for 6. Leading from the dining area is an old-fashioned country kitchen recently upgraded with new units and granite work-top. Kitchen equipment includes: dishwasher; spin dryer; washing machine; oven; microwave; fridge-freezer; kettle; coffee maker; toaster; iron and ironing board
The feature salon benefits from triple French doors to the terrace. Lounge facilities include huge tv, dvd (plus an excellent dvd collection) and a large fireplace.
Two of the 3 bedrooms are downstairs:
Master bedroom with king-size bed, large dressing room and views south over farmland. This room has direct access to the terrace. The en-suite bathroom is also very spacious with bath, separate shower, wc and basin.
Double bedroom with doors to the terrace, additional single bed and separate dressing area. The en-suite includes bath with shower fitting and basin. The wc is in a separate room.
A staircase from the far end of the lounge leads to a mezzanine landing accessing the third bedroom - double bed, additional single bed and separate dressing area. The en suite includes bath with shower fitting and basin. The wc is separate.
Each bedroom has an en suite.
The master bedroom en suite has bath, separate shower, wc and basin.
The other two bedrooms each have bath, shower fitting, basin and separate wc.
The property is centrally heated and off-season lets are possible.
Pool table in the adjoining barn.
The property is set in a 19 acre plot of beautiful Gascon countryside.
This is a mixture of formal gardens, terraces, a barn (with pool table) plus the pool at the rear of the property. There's also a covered terrace and plenty of sun-loungers and parasols.
The gardens to the front of the house offer plenty of space for kids to enjoy ball games.
The swimming pool (open from May until end of September) is deserving of special mention. For one thing, it's not a bland rectangle, but is kidney-shaped, and large too. The depth ranges from 1.0m to 3.0m (so quite deep). There are Roman steps to the shallow end, and it is protected by an alarm. Its siting is idyllic - it overlooks lovely secluded countryside, and you really do feel as though you are swimming in a little oasis. In our opinion the pool is a real draw for this property.
And make the most of the fruit trees! In the past, guests have picked fruit from the orchard to make cakes and jam.
There is parking for several cars.
Tarrit works best for families who just want to unwind for a week or two without straying too far from the house - a genuine holiday. It really is a great choice for Francophiles who will love the local markets, villages and cuisine. In the low season, Tarrit also has two working log fires to keep things cosy.
Toddlers - superb safe grounds. Cot (without linen) and highchair available
Teenagers - lots of space and games/entertainments, but quiet location
Reduced mobility - old house with a few steps
Wi-fi; 40” tv with free-to-view English channels; dvd library; pool table; table tennis; 4.5" refracting telescope (unpolluted skies for star-spotting); 19 acre grounds.
I'm Co-Founder and Director of Alternative Aquitaine, a holiday rentals company specialising in SW France. I've been travelling to SW France since childhood and now it's my business too - since 2003 in fact. I'm based in Devon but take every opportunity to visit this lovely corner of France.
|Year property purchased||2000|
|Why this location?||It's the epitome of Gascony - the rolling hills, pretty market towns, great cuisine and the tranquility. Little has changed in the Gers - the scenery and the way of life. That's why I love it.|
|Unique benefits of property||'Tarrit' enjoys a lovely, secluded setting with wonderful views and no near neighbours. The grounds are extensive and private. The swimming pool is a real treat during hot summers and it's also great to have the village close by. The property has great character and charm and is faithful to the half-timbered Gascony tradition. Inside it's spacious with modern bathrooms and kitchen.|
Reputed for the best boulangerie in the area – winner of many prizes!
Tennis courts, leisure lake and lido swimming pool - a great place for a family afternoon and picnic
A very pleasant market town which bursts into life every Thursday morning on market day. There's some nice examples of half-timbered architecture too plus a good choice of places to eat. Amenities include a cinema and supermarket.
This area is little known, outside of France, for its wine despite a number of highly rated labels including Tursan and Madiran appelations. It is armagnac that southern Gascony is famous for and there are plenty of places where you can taste a drop. Many Armagnac producers locally are open to the public or you can visit Ecomusee de l'Armagnac near Labastide d'Armagnac, another medieval bastide renowned for its exceptional arcaded square. Condom which claims to be the 'capital' of the unofficial Armagnac region and is home to the Musée de l'Armagnac
If music is your thing, there is much to enjoy: for two weeks in August Marciac (approx 50 mins' drive away) hosts an internationally-known jazz festival; Vic Fezensac (approx. 30 mins' drive) hosts a latino festival in the last week of July; Mirande (approx 50 mins' drive) holds a country festival in the second week of July; there is a classical festival in the towns surrounding Nérac from June to August.
At the delightfully maintained village of Barbotan-les-Thermes, you can enjoy a day's pampering at the town's thermal spa station.
Striking a similarly bizarre note is the delightful Gascon village of la Romieu (lying just east of Condom). It's peculiarity is that it boasts a colony of stone cats! It's all to do with an old legend that saw the number of cats in the town reduced to two. See if you can hunt down all 15 stone cats that now reside in the village! True or not, the village is worth a visit - the 14th century collegiate chapel is quite a sight - and the Armagnac pruneaux ice cream delicious!
Why not enjoy the area by river and take a boat trip along Le Val de Baïse. Between Valence-sur-Baïse and Condom you will pass rolling countryside, castles and fortified villages.
Montréal is an English-built bastide founded in the late 13th century. Further east are Larressingle with its fort and moat. It is an easy ride by car to historic Nérac, a quiet, attractive town on the Baïse river. The old town is a maze of narrow streets lined with 16th and 17th century houses. There is also a lovely park (La Garenne) with several fountains, which was laid out by Henri IV's father in the 15th century, and a good selection of pleasant shops and restaurants. If you're near Nérac, then try and visit the four-tower mill of Barbaste, a landmark in Lot-et-Garonne. It's next to a romanesque bridge on a pre-Roman causeway leading from the Pyrenees to Perigueux. Slightly further on is the walled village of Vianne founded in 1284 when English and French started to fight over Aquitaine. Vianne has charming handicraft shops, glass factory and a lively night-market. Barbotan, St Justin and Labastide d'Armagnac are also worth exploring. Fources, an extraordinary example of one of the region's many bastides (planned medieval towns founded in the 13th and 14th centuries) and known for its annual flower show in May. Close by is Seviac, a site of Gallo-Roman villas of some luxury for their time.
Here are some ideas for some longer days out: Cordes/Ciel, a hill top medieval village; Pujols, one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France, a must for a Sunday morning; Albi with its Toulouse-Lautrec museum and superb painted cathedral; Auch for its famous cathedral; the virtually unknown yet beautiful city of Pau; prehistoric caves: Pech Merle, Les Eyzies, Lascaux.
Tarrit is superb accommodation with good quality furnishings,and it has the homely feel affording
you real comfort.
There was nothing we could fault it is extremely quiet which suited our party, so relaxing with great pool and gardens.
The house catered for everything for alll your needs, highly recommend.
Mr. B. Southampton
That's lovely to hear, thank you for leaving a review. It is a beautiful home and setting and we're so glad you enjoyed it.