Characterful Farmhouse in the Gers - Beautiful tranquil surroundings to enjoy
Gill and Mark Wooldridge
- english, french
About Gill and Mark Wooldridge
Hi there. We are Gill and Mark, proud and lucky owners of a beautiful Gascon farmhouse. We have been married for over thirty years, and have two grown up sons. We share our time between the Gers in Southwest France and the West Midlands, UK. We enjoy being outdoors, cycling, walking, skiing and playing tennis. I like to cook, read and play the piano, and Mark likes to have a 'project' on the go. We both like to entertain and spend time with our family and friends. Our farmhouse is a place where we can do all the above, and more. The warm climate and tranquility are a tonic to our busy English lives.
Gill and Mark Wooldridge purchased this Farmhouse in 2007
Why Gill and Mark Wooldridge chose Gondrin
Mid-forties, mid-life crisis! Love affair perhaps? Yes, but a love affair with another country and culture, with another place. A cold, dismal, wet February, and we are in Gascony meeting an estate agent. We have taken total leave of our senses and are trudging round houses and land, some grand, some homely, and some barely habitable. Finally, at the end of a long track off a quiet country lane, we find a stone farmhouse. There are trees growing on the inside, the walls are tumbling in, and nature is rampantly reclaiming her territory. We are captivated. What an adventure to embark upon. Two years later and there has been a transformation. A stone farmhouse with pale green shutters, surrounded by tranquil countryside welcomes her first guests. We love the pace and simplicity of rural life here.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The Gers is an unspoilt destination, well served by several airports, and good road links. The countryside is wonderful, with endless vineyards and sunflowers. It is a very relaxing destination, but there is also a huge variety of things to do within easy reach. Some people have loved the location so much that they have barely left the grounds, lazing by the pool, reading, happy with friends or their own company. Others have set to and visited villages and monuments, vineyards and restaurants, gone horse-riding, go-carting, played golf and tennis, and then come home for a cool dip in the pool. The games room is a great bonus on a wet day. There is something for everyone here. Generally the summer evenings are lovely enough to sit out until late and watch the stars come out one by one.
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Excellent French farmhouse for a large fmily or group
We spent a most enjoyable week at Barrusclet. This spacious farmhouse easily accommodated our family of 9 adults and 7 children. The large pool with shaded seating was the big draw as was the local waterpark. The large and good quality outdoor dining facilities meant that we ate most of our meals outside using the BBQ and well stocked kitchen. The indoor dining table was also a good size and quality. The children hung out in the games room when not in the pool. The location was quiet and secluded. The house was cleaned well by two delightful Dutch ladies, and the welcome pack was much appreciated."
Wonderful holiday! Lovely property!
Many thanks Gill and Mark for providing such a lovely holiday home. It turned out to be exactly as described and perfect for our family group of three generations. The children loved the pool, the bikes and the tennis court but also the extensive garden and its endless opportunities for play. The middle ones were content as the children were fully occupied and happy. Most mornings a sizeable party of children and others cycled to the village for bread and croissants.
The weather was brilliant for our stay so most time was spent outside but the house was comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. Everything was in good order!
As we stayed for two weeks we were able to enjoy some of the surrounding countryside and activities like canoeing and pony riding but Barrusclet was so complete there was little need to venture further.
Each of our group had a memorable holiday and can all highly recommend this property.
The perfect place
If you’re looking online, look no further. You simply won’t get better than this gorgeous property.
The owners are fantastically helpful and kind, with excellent communication throughout. The property is stunning and very generously kitted out to a very high spec. The pool is simply glorious. Even our three teenagers couldn’t find anything negative to say! 😄
Seriously, this is your place.
We had a lovely week in this property. Such a beautiful house and a beautiful rural location. We loved the pool and the bikes and the kitchen proved fantastic for long dinners in the evening . We visited the local towns nearby but essentially had a very relaxing holiday. Thanks for a lovely holiday.
Hi Deirdre. Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the pool and bikes, and that you found our lovely, big kitchen a fantastic space for entertaining. Hope to see you again in the future. Gill and Mark.
We have just got back from the most relaxing week at Barrusclet. The beautiful farmhouse and its grounds were the perfect place to relax and enjoy the French countryside. From relaxing by the pool, to watching the birds of prey circling the neighbouring fields, to enjoying aperitifs at the front of the house sat under the wisteria in the early evening sun... every part of Barrusclet was perfect! The inside of the house is just as beautiful as its extensive grounds, from the old wooden beams to the Range cooker and log burner which provided the perfect space to relax with a book, watch a film, eat around the large wooden table and play board games! Gill and Mark have done a beautiful job keeping the original farmhouse features as well as creating a functional and comfortable space!
The local area also provided us with some great trips out. We enjoyed visiting a local market, had a variety of beautiful local hamlets to meander around and we even did a wine tasting at one of the local vineyards. The old air raid siren that goes off at midday everyday, to signify the start of lunch, also provided the perfect opportunity for lunch in the local hamlet of Fources. The ‘plat de jour’ was local and delicious.... 3 courses for only €13!
All in all I cannot recommend Barrusclet enough!! I can’t wait to visit again :)
Beautiful place for a holiday 5*
Such a tranquil place to stay. Set in the beautiful French countryside, it was a lovely way to relax. The facilities were excellent, everything you needed. We cycled to lovely little villages near by for lunch. There are some fantastic places for dinner too. All in all, we will be back! *****
Special interest holidays:
Bike hire in France. Rather than hire we offer plenty of bicycles for you to borrow. The local countryside is superb for cycling with far reaching views, and plenty of lovely villages and vineyards to visit. We have in the region of 15 bikes, at least 10 of these are adult bikes. We also have bike pumps, repair kits etc. for you to use. Sorry, but we do not provide helmets. If you like to wear a helmet you need to bring your own. We have had some wonderful cycling trips out to local villages, stopping for lunch at Fources, or the market at Eauze. If you like cycling then this could be the place for you. It is great during off peak weeks as the temperature is much better for physical activity, plus the house is great value then. It is just perfect for a group of friends who enjoy active holidays, with cycling, tennis at Lauraet, and the road to Santiago de Compostela.
The Atlantic coast is approx. 2 hours drive away. This will take you to the surfing beaches between Biarittz and Bordeaux.
There are 5 main airports within 2 hours drive. We always use either Bordeaux or Toulouse (1.5 hours) with Easyjet or Flybe. Both are good airports with all the main car hire operators available. The other airports are Pau and Bergerac, and a bit further away is Biarritz. Ryanair, Flybe, Air France and British Airways are worth looking at for these 3 airports.
By car the drive from Calais is approximately 10 hours. Caen and St. Malo (6 -7 hours) are closer, as are Bilbao and Santander in Spain.
Gondrin our nearest village is 3km. Montreal is a medieval village with bars and restaurants: 5km. Larresingle is a medieval fortified village: 5km. Condom offers boat trips, cafes and restaurants: 12km. Eauze has a great market and good eateries: 12km. Agen and Auch are large towns and are both about 45 minutes drive away. Bordeaux and Toulouse are the major cities and are both under 2 hours drive.
Our region is famous for Armagnac and Foie Gras. There are many vineyards within easy reach where you can drop in for a tasting, and most of the restaurants have local specialities on the menu.
Other activities within an hours drive include: High Ropes courses, canoe trips, Wallabi World theme park, a great Go-Karting course, a Water Park, paint-balling, and horse riding. The Thermal Spa town of Castera Verduzan, and the Roman Villa at Seviac with its mosaic floors are both close by. Also there are numerous swimming lakes and pools with beaches and slides and play areas. Plenty of small villages are within easy reach, and many offer restaurants and bars for you to discover during your stay. Our favourite is the auberge in the lovely village of Fources, a tiny medieval village built in the round, with gorgeous flowers at every window. The plat du jour is in the region 13 euros and includes 3 courses. This village also hosts a flower festival and regular antique markets.
Another local village is Montreal. It has a lovely square, with bars and restaurants, and hosts a medieval fayre in the Summer. It also has a small bull-fighting arena, where during the summer festival there is a bull-jumping contest. Not really our thing, but we were happy to see that the bulls were not hurt. The larger market town of Vic-Fezensac has a large bull-fighting stadium, where I think it is more serious. Vic-Fezensac also hosts a huge Latino Salsa Festival over one week in the Summer, and a weekly market. Most of the local villages host their own festivals throughout the summer, and these can be great fun with live music, eating and drinking, sporting contests, and firework displays. The tiny medieval fortified village of Larressingle is a really pretty spot, with a small café/restaurant, and a working museum of medieval weaponry. The pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela comes through this area if that is your interest, and the peaceful Abbaye de Flaran is close by.