|Au Rousseau||Self Catering||Flexible||4||9||1||Extra single bed on mezzanine landing|
French traditional country farmhouse on 2 acres with a private pool. In a lovely rural setting overlooking rolling fields of open countryside. Surrounded by sunflowers or maize in summer.
Very private and tranquil but not isolated with the prefecture town of Auch just 10 minutes drive away.
Bright and spacious with a large open plan lounge leading into the kitchen. A tv room, laundry room and garage.
4 bedrooms which sleep 9 people.
The gardens have many fruit trees, flower beds and plenty of space for play.
Situated between 2 picturesque villages, Nougaroulet and Montaut les Creneaux, come and experience a slice of French country life.
The kitchen is spacious with solid oak units and double sink. Large fridge freezer in the kitchen with a second one in the laundry room. Gas hob and microwave.
Fully stocked with dishware and all utensils. Large gas barbeque for the terrace.
Large dining table seats 10 and looks out onto the terrace.
The open plan living area has a large fireplace with armchair seating. The tv area has 2 large sofas, free-to-air UK tv and dvd player, lots of dvds. Bose sound dock. Cabinet full of games. Bar area.
Under floor heating beneath tiled floor. Never been needed in the summertime!!
Downstairs toilet and sink.
Bedroom 1 is downstairs with double bed.
Bedroom 2 is upstairs with double bed
Bedroom 3 is upstairs with kingsize bed
Bedroom 4 is upstairs with 1 set of bunkbeds and 1 single bed.
This sleeps 9 people comfortably (as long as some of you are friends!)
We do have a spare single bed on the large mezzanine landing if needed.
All bed linen is provided.
All the bedrooms have shutters and drapes and fans.
Main bathroom upstairs with twin sinks, corner bath and separate shower.
Toilet downstairs with sink.
Large fireplace in the sitting room. The downstairs has underfloor heating throughout. Upstairs bedrooms and bathroom have radiators.
Hot water is controlled by oil fired central heating boiler in the laundryroom.
Outdoor games like badminton, football, swing ball.
Tv with free-to-air Sky.
Lots of dvds, books and games, table football, Darts.
Enjoy the sun in 2 acres of lovely gardens with a large front lawn. Side lawn with fruit trees.
Terrace with outdoor table and chairs, bordered with flower gardens full of lavender
The pool is 7m x 4m surrounded by decking and flower beds. Sunbeds and table and chairs at pool.
There is a old small pond at the end of the back garden which is fenced off and usually empty.
We are pet friendly but there are no fences surrounding the property.
Plenty of parking around the house.
We love to welcome all-comers but the house is not suitable for wheelchair users due to access to the main bathroom.
I love the French countryside, the warm southern climate, the food and wine and the rugby! My perfect way to relax is sitting by the pool in the late afternoon or early evening watching the swallows dart around while reading a good book and sipping a nice local wine.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||The Gers is the least populated department in France. It has a super climate and a relaxed way of life. The location is between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic oceans. And only 1.5 hours from The Pyrenees. The nearby major city of Toulouse is only 70 kms away.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property is completely private without being isolated. Private pool and nice gardens. There are many nooks and crannies around the property if you want to sit quietly alone with a book or party with a crowd around the deck or patio.
The house is comfortably furnished and bright and spacious.
The Gers has many fetes and festivals over the summer months.
A world famous jazz festival in Marciac each August. Its a beautiful village with headline marquee acts but many other free performances all through the day. Markets and food all around the historic square.
Salsa festival in Vic Fezensac each July. A four day-late night extravaganza of dancing and music. Acts hosted in every restaurant and bar. Salsa fans from all over France.
Mirande hosts a country music festival for 4 days each mid July.
These are just a few of the bigger events, although each village hosts their own weekend summer party.
Our own villages of Nougaroulet and Montaut les Creneaux have a flower festival in late May, a hat party in July, their summer parties in late August/early September and have various other events such as outdoor movie nights and brocantes.
France is famous for its markets and the Gers is no exception. The food markets are incredible , full of local producers and farmers. Lots of organic produce. You can taste and purchase the local vineyards wares.
Auch, which is our largest local town has 2 weekly markets.
Thursdays in the lower town/basse ville and Saturdays in the higher town/haute-ville, right beside the Cathedral.
We have a list pinned on the fridge of all the local village market days !! And you will have no problem filling said fridge when you get back !!
Our favourites ( besides Auch) are Fleurance on tuesday mornings and Lectoure on friday mornings.
Lectoure is a beautiful ancient village that sits on a very high hilltop with great views. You can visit the market and then take a walk around the ramparts of the village, after a coffee and pastry, of course !
Fleurance is a another busy village and this market is always packed with locals.
Most markets are on in the morning hours and will be winding up by the time the midday bell goes. You don't hear this bell unless you are French when it is pre wired into one's brain !! But make sure you get up early enough.
There is an exception, of course, and that is the Marches de nuits. The night markets, which are held in July and August.
Alternate Wednesday evenings they take place in the villages of Lavardens or Vic Fezansac. Markets and much entertainment. Plan on eating dinner at these events. There is plenty of outdoor restaurations. You go order your food self service style, then go to the stall of the local wine producer who will open your bottle. Then sit yourselves down at one of the long trestle tables and introduce yourself to the people beside you.
Lots of shopping available around here.
Auch has large supermarkets in commercial zones on the outskirts of town.
Our nearest is approx 10 kms ( 10 minutes drive) . Le Clerc and its a huge shop with everything.
Auch town centre has an old town with smaller boutiques and a lower centre with more small shops and some chain shops.
Montaut les Creneaux (3kms) has a small epicerie. Preignan(6 kms) has a large boulangerie.. Marsan (4 kms) has a boulangerie and spar.
If you want city shopping then Toulouse isn't too far, 72kms. Plenty of car parks in the centre. Head for Place Capitole and Place Wilson. Fabulous shops and great restaurants.
Rue des Arts if you're looking for LV, Hermes or Longchamp !! ( the girls know what I mean!!)
Around the house there is plenty of room for football and badminton. And, of course, you'll be swimming in the pool.
In the area there is horse riding, canoeing, golf, cycling walking and running tracks.
There is a number of leisure parks ( base de loisirs)
These are set around lakes with man made beaches, water slides and many amenities. Our favourites are in St Clar ( 30 mins), Castera Verduzan (35 mins) and Isle Jourdain ( 25 mins). There is a minimal entrance fee for the day.
Wallaby world is close to Agen ( 1 hour) . Its a large amusement park with lots of high adrendalin rides and water features. Huge picnic area too.
Le Vert en L'air ( zip wire park) is in Pavie. This has lots of levels and takes most of the day to get around.
There are many places of historical and cultural interest to visit in the region.
This is an area rich in farming and agriculture and has many food and wine producers. You can visit lots of the local farms that sell their Foie Gras, Confit de Canard, Cassoulet.
Lots of vineyards that offer tastings of their wine and armagnac.
Auch is the prefecture town of the Gers. It is a large town with all amenities and a rich history. The Cathedrale de Sainte Marie sits on top of the old part of town with steps leading down to a statue of D'Artagnan. Victor Hugo based his character on a local person, Charles de Batz.
The region is noted for hilltop medieval villages. Our own village of Nougaroulet is picturesque and also Montaut les Creneaux which has a little guided walkway around its outskirts.
Some of the nearby villages that are worth a visit include Mauvezin, Lavardens and Lectoure.
If you are planning a couple of day trips, then the world heritage site of Carcassonne is 1.5 to 2 hours away. Follow signs for the Cite as you approach to guide you to the parking areas. It is very busy in the summer months so try to get there early.
The Pyrenees are not too far. Lourdes would take approx 1.5 hrs. 2 hours to be up amongst the mountains. La Mongie is a ski village with lift access to the Pic de Midi with its Observatory. This is the route that the Tour de France takes to cross the Pic de Tourmalet.
The Cirque de Gavarnie is also in this area.
Toulouse is 72kms drive. It is the 4th largest city in France. Known as the Ville Rose for its pink bricked buildings. Very cosmopolitan city, full of fabulous shops and restaurants.