Luxury holiday gite with pool near Tarbes - MH006195

9.8/10
Castelnau-Riviere-Basse (20km from Marciac), Hautes Pyrénées, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MH006195 Advertiser since: 27 February 2018
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Chateau de Mazeres Self Catering Saturday 3 7 2 2 sofa beds can be used for extra visitors + price

About this property

Luxurious Detached Gite, Swimming Pool & Jacuzzi. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

The Site:
Built in 1876, it is the principal property of the Hamlet of Mazères, known locally as the "The Château". It was the principle employer of the village inhabitants prior to World War II. Originally the property had about 300 hectares and was mainly devoted to wine growing. Today the site is 1.5 hectares, situated just next to the medieval church Saint Jean Baptiste. It is rumored that the house was built upon an old Priory dating back to the The Knights Templers Saint Jean de Jérusalem, with three mills under its supervision. Sadly, we have not been able to verify the story as yet, but no smoke without fire…

The main house:
Passing through a gated arched entrance building, you enter the vast courtyard surrounded by beautiful outbuildings. On the north side lies the main house, a completely renovated Maison de Maître, with its big lawn leading to the swimming pool.

The Gîte:
The building on the west side of the courtyard, turning left after the gated arched entrance, houses the Gîte. It is the old Guardian's apartment, fully renovated and expanded, on two floors. The Gîte has been tastefully refurbished, modernized with a mix of ultra modern and traditional.

The Terrace: Some 12 x 5 meters, has table and chairs for 12, sun loungers, awning and charcoal barbecue (bag of charcoal is supplied) Big arched glass doors connect you to different rooms on ground floor.


Why choose Mazères?
Lying almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian Line, Mazères is a hamlet of some 15 inhabited houses with a most unusual and magnificent fortified church - Saint Jean Baptiste de Mazères - classified as a Historical Monument. During the first part of the 12th century, the sections above the entrance and the chevet inside the church were carved by some of the best sculptors of the time who had already worked on the Saint Semin Basilica in Toulouse, the Abbey in Saint Sever in the Landes, and in Spain. An excursion in either of these directions could be worth while. The church also boasts its own stone sarcophagus with the the relics of Saint Liberat. This young saint, virgin and martyr was decapitated in the woods near by in the fifth century, as was her sister Saint Quitterie who is being worshipped today in her own sarcophagus at the church in to Aire sur L’Adour.

You will find numerous towers, fortifications, bastides and roman churches along the pilgrim route Saint Jacques de Compostelle passing us only 15 km away, in Maubourguet. Major routes lie nearby, leading us to shrines in Pyrenees some 1.5 hours’ drive including the more recent site of Lourdes and Spain. We, in fact, lie om a minor pilgrim route (hence the fortified church) and have had plgrims froim as far off as Holland laking by and stopping and requesting a top up of their water bottles. This area suffered much conflict over the centuries and today adds fascination and imagery to ones' visit. Worth having a look at are châteaux like the one of Montaner, the donjon of Termes d’Armagnac and we must not forget that we are in the Gascony area, where d’Artagnan, a musketeer with great panache, was born.


The Wines and the Châteaux:
Madiran is the local wine which has become famous not only for the penetration into the world arena but also by science, now known as the "The French Paradox". In France they used the 1999 census data to identify unusual patterns of ageing in France and found that there are significantly more men aged over 75 in the Midi-Pyrenees in Southwest France where the population traditionally drink their local Madiran wines daily. In the beautiful rolling hills of what is sometimes called “Little Tuscany” you can meander from domain to domain and enjoy the wine tasting. Only minutes away from the gîte lie the vineyards of Château Montus and the Cave with its magnificent interior. We are also in the Bas-Armagnac district with the chais’ walls darkened by the evaporation of the Armagnac - The angels’ share.

Festivals, Events and Country Markets:
There are usually a variety of events ongoing, to name a few: Jazz Festival in Marciac during the first half of August, Salsa Tempo Latino Festival in Vic-Fezensac in late July, Country & Western in Mirande (normally middle July), Rock Music, Wine Festivals, Horse Trails, Motor Racing, Bull Fighting, Cultural Events, Flea and Antique Markets, Fetes are especially numerous in the summer months.
There are markets in the area on all days except Sunday and Mondays, selling local and artisanal produce. We are in the duck region of France with all its’ culinary verities, foie gras, confit de canard, magret etc.

Activities:
The property lies in the valley with breathtaking views of the High Pyrenees Mountain range to the South, only 1.5 hours by car to the center of the mountains with its variety of wildlife, walks and skiing or a visit to the Spanish city of San Sebastian just over 2 hours away to enjoy a day out by the sea and take in the street culture and Tapaz Bars, or Biarritz on the French border to Spain 20 minutes to the north of San Sebastian. . The possibilities are endless. This area is criss-crossed with pathways, tracks and chemins, giving access to fields, vineyards, streams, rivers, lakes, woods and forests. With plenty of wildlife you can often come across deer, boar, local coypu (a large river rodent similar to an otter), plenty of different bird varieties (this area is on one of the major migration routes). Whether you explore by car, foot or bicycle, play golf (nearby Golf Courses), fishing, microlite, enjoy a variety or restaurants - the prospects of enjoyment are limitless.
The region offers a host of possibilities only limited by your imagination. Sports of many varieties exist including fishing and salmon fishing, tennis, golf, shooting club, hunting, mountain biking, walking, canoeing, horse riding, microlite etc.


From the New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/15/travel/gascony-food-restaurants-france.html?_r=0

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

On the ground floor we have:

Open plan kitchen and dining room
The kitchen is of a modern design and new, it includes a large Gaggenau Fridge/Freezer, Miele Double oven, Miele Dishwasher, Espresso Machine, Induction Hob, Microwave, fully equipped including a full selection of Le Creuset pots and pans. Kitchen bar with bar stools, a dining room with Danish Piet Hein's designed elliptical table, seating 10 (at a pinch). Big arched french windows lead onto the terrace.

Living rooms

The sitting room comprises 2 futon settees (turning into 2 double beds), 2 easy chairs or more if required. Flat screen television with dvd and cd players, the fireplace has a wood fired stove. Door leads onto the terrace. Stairs to the upper floor.
Shower room, utility room and toilet: there is also a shower room and basin off the hallway between the sitting room and kitchen. You will find the toilet, basin and washing machine off the sitting room in the utility room next to the stairs. The Gîte is not specifically constructed with disabilities in mind. The sitting-room is equipped with 2 Futon sofa-beds that convert into double beds, and the downstairs shower, sink and toilet are suitable for reduced mobility, but not for wheel chairs.

Bedrooms

First floor:
Two spacious double bedrooms with double beds. Extra bed(s) and bed-linen can be supplied and there is plenty of room for 1 extra bed or 2 in each double room. One of the bedrooms is accessed via the smaller children's bedroom which has a double bed with bunk bed on top, accommodating up to 3 children.

Bathrooms

First floor bathroom: consists of bath tub/shower, basin, toilet, heated towel rail and hair drier.

Heating

Heating is geothermic via radiators and is well heated. The sitting room has a fireplace with a wood fired stove for ambiance.

Entertainment

Amenities: we have a trampoline with safety netting, also a quantity of bicycles for adults and bike accessories for babies, full size badminton court in the old stable building with a full size badminton court, table football (baby foot), table tennis, darts, quarter pipe for skateboards etc.

We also have a quantity of children and baby accessories including baby seats for cars, buggy, toys and cots which are available.

Garden and outside

Heated swimming pool (heated during the summer season if we have a cool period, call for info if the pool is open) and jacuzzi. The 12 by 6 meter swimming pool is designed with children in mind and has a shallow area of 1 meter running for approximately 4 meters, a panic ledge of 1 meter deep runs around the entire interior of the pool and the shallow end shelves gently towards the center of the pool.
The pool is fitted with an electric floating semi-rigid cover controlled by a key and out of reach of children; this is believed to be a safer option than alarms and fencing.
Pool house includes sun loungers, a hot and cold shower and changing area. (Pool house kitchen, bar and barbecue are for the owners' use unless by prior arrangement).
Guests have shared use of the pool until 1800 hours, including all pool side facilities but use of pool can be extended by mutual agreement as we are flexible unless we ourselves have dinner guests etc.

We have a trampoline with safety netting.

Parking and garages

There is ample parking in the granges or adjacent to the new stables.

Visitor suitability

We are able to host additional visitors who pass by for a period of 'x' days and we will charge for linen, towels etc and 10€ per day per person, subject to our prior approval.

Information about any additional facilities

In the garden we have a full size Badminton court, hammocks and a hammock chair suspended from trees.

Animals and pets: there are a range of poultry including chickens and ducks, 2 horses, 2 pygmy goats, 2 cats and our Labrador girl Charlie. Therefore, it is not always possible to accept pets except by prior arrangement, also there is a possibility that horses can be liveried, but again only by prior arrangement.


Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

  • Shared pool

* Vet details: Vétérinaires Duport Bert + d'infos 17 r Granier de Cassagnac, 32160 PLAISANCE DU GERS 05 62 69 30 11

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Plaisance
Distance: 6.7 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 75 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Fresh water
Name of nearest fishing location: Adour River
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Chateau Pallanne
Distance: 30 km

Gym/spa

Mountain biking

Distance: 75 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Chateau Montus

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Hautacam
Distance: 86 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau Montus
Distance: 3 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Else Stein

We are a family with 2 children a girl of 18 and a boy of 15. We have a black Labrador dog, 2 horses, 2 pygmy goats, 2 cats, ducks and chickens which are all very friendly. Father is British and mother is Norwegian, speaking English, French, Norwegian and German.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? Lying almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian Line, Mazères is a hamlet of some 15 inhabited houses with a most unusual and magnificent fortified church - Saint Jean Baptiste de Mazères - classified as a Historical Monument. The church also boasts its own stone sarcophagus with the the relics of Saint Liberata. This young saint, virgin and martyr was decapitated in the woods near by in the fifth century. Worth having a look at are châteaux like the one of Montaner, the donjon of Termes d’Armagnac and we must not forget that we are in the Gascony area, where d’Artagnan, a musketeer with great panache, was born.
The Wines and the Châteaux.
Madiran is the local wine which has become famous not only for the penetration into the world arena but also by science, now known as the 'The French Paradox'. Our local Chateau Montus produces La Tyre, the flagship wine of the Madiran.
This area suffered much conflict over the centuries and today adds fascination and imagery to ones' visit.
Unique benefits of property Built in 1876, it is the principal property of the Hamlet of Mazères, known locally as the 'The Château'. It was the principle employer of the village inhabitants prior to World War II. Originally the property had about 300 hectares and was mainly devoted to wine growing. Today the site is 1.5 hectares, situated just next to the medieval church Saint Jean Baptiste. It is rumored that the house was built upon an old Priory dating back to the The Knights Templers Saint Jean de Jérusalem, with three mills under its supervision. Sadly we have not been able to verify the story as yet, but no smoke without fire…
The main house
Passing through a gated arched entrance building, you enter the vast courtyard surrounded by beautiful outbuildings. On the north side lies the main house, a completely renovated Maison de Maître, with its big lawn leading to the swimming pool. Eastwards are the original stables, now a games room with full size Badminton court, table tennis, table football etc.

The Owner Recommends

Places to go, restaurants to visit things to do:

We are in a rural setting but are close to many activities all maximum 30 minutes away and during the summer there are many. Such as Festivals, Events and Country Markets
There are usually a variety of events ongoing, to name a few: Jazz Festival in Marciac during the first half of August, Salsa Tempo Latino Festival in Vic-Fezensac in late July, Country & Western in Mirande normally middle July, Rock Music, Wine Festivals, Horse Trails, Motor Racing, Bull Fighting, Cultural Events, Flea and Antique Markets, Fetes etc. Sunday and Mondays, selling local and artisanal produce. We are in the duck region of France with all its’ culinary verities, foie gras, confit de canard, magret etc.
, Golfing, tennis, lake with zipwire, bull fighting, car boot sale on most weekends, extensive areas along the Adour River and hills for walking or cycling (we have a collection of many bikes suitable for all sizes including a tandem), wine routes through the Madiran and Saint Mont wine areas.

Also nearby one can water ski or get towed on an inflatable banana, fishing opportunities are a plenty with a permit and even day trips to the Pyrenees for salon fishing in the season is recommended.

For day trips, Bordeaux is a short two hours away and for wine lovers visiting the Route de Chateaux along the river bank visiting Chateau Margaux, Palmer and the like is an unforgettable experience.

Another favourite is visiting San Sebastian renown for it's Tapas and has more Michelin Starred restaurants than any other city, it is worth a walk through the old centre and has lovely architecture and beaches.

We have a list of our favourite restaurants and will guide for forthcoming events, recommendations and happenings in the area.

4 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
9.8 / 10 Liz & Simon Day 7 August, 2019

We would like to thank the owners for a wonderful stay - they made us very welcome and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The property met with our expectations and was well presented and maintained - the pool and the badminton court were highlights for the whole family. We particularly enjoyed the Jazz Festival at Marciac, a day out in Biaritz and a night stop in San Sebastián for some wonderful tapas. Thank you.

10 / 10 Shireen and Dave - Essex 30 September, 2018

If you are looking for a peaceful, stress free holiday than look no further. This place is magical and has everything for family requirements including our family dog. Our daughters (aged 8 and 12) were always amused with 2 pigmy goats, 2 horses, chickens, ducks and their beautiful black Labrador dog called Charlie.
The luxurious gite had everything and more, which is required for a self catering holiday. Extremely spacious and so very comfortable. Home from Home living.
Also a very welcoming heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and a games room with a full size badminton court, darts, pin ball table, football table and basketball all included for your enjoyment.
The owners Richard, Elsa and their children made our stay so special and very welcoming. A memorable holiday, that I can truly say from all of us, we certainly didn’t want to say Au Revoir!
Felt like we won the lottery!!

10 / 10 Lesley and Adrian 26 September, 2018

The gite and location exceeded our expectations. Richard and Else have left no stone unturned, the accommodation was perfect and fully stocked with everything you could think of.
They also were there if we needed it but left to ourselves, they just seemed to know.
I would definitely recommend to my friends, in fact I already have.
The gite is located in a very quiet and private location, it perfectly suited our needs of a relaxing week with excellent weather to boot.

Loved it

Owner response

A most charming couple and we enjoyed their stay immensely. We would highly recommend them to any gite owner as they were not only respectful of the property but clearly enjoyed France and what it has to offer. Not much one can add when one has perfect guests!!

9.3 / 10 JonH&fam 26 July, 2018

What a relaxing place to stay in. We hardly moved from the GIte, Pool, Jacuzzi and hammocks in the garden all week. It was so relaxing and the owners were so friendly & helpful.
They did everything they could too make our stay great. They suggested places we could go, things we could see etc but apart from trying out a couple of their favourite restaurants we were very content where we were. We did venture as far as the local nature reserve which was within walking distance.
We will definitely come back to this property and normally we are keen to try new places.