Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2
|Chateau de Mazeres||Self Catering||Saturday||3||7||2||2 sofabeds can be used for extra visitors + price|
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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
First floor bathroom: consists of bath tub/shower, basin, toilet, heated towel rail and hair drier.
Heating is geothermic via radiators and is well heated. The sitting room has a fireplace with a wood fired stove for ambiance.
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.
The SPA/JACUZZI is available at a cost of 40.00€ per week during the summer at 25 degrees Celsius and 100.00€ per week from 1st October to 30th April at 37 degrees Celsius.
We also have a quantity of children and baby accessories including baby seats for cars, buggy, toys and cots which are available.
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.
There is ample parking in the granges or adjacent to the new stables.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard and Else made us very welcome and were excellent hosts. They were a great help in providing local knowledge. This is an excellent property.
We had a wonderful stay at the Chateau de Mazeres this summer. A family of 7 (5 children 11 & under) and the Gite had plenty of space for us . The children enjoyed making use of the games rooms and the pool and the Gite itself has been thoughtfully equipped with toys and all a family may require to self cater.
Our Wonderful hosts helped us explore the area, setting up bikes for the babies, organising kayaks and recommending local festivals. They were quick to respond and communicate throughout the process.
We had never explored this corner of France before but hope to revisit. Our stay provided the right balance of relaxation and adventure.
Great Place. Great Hosts. Would recommend.
Many thanks for the nice review and would have no hesitation welcoming you all back again. It was a pleasure having you and would recommend you to any other hosts.
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.
A very nice couple and daughter, we enjoyed their stay and would recommend them to any other host and they are always welcome back. Thanks
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!!
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