Country House nr. Pyrenees, secluded, Heated Pool. Perfect for Jazz in Marciac, Golf nearby. Shops etc 5 mins.
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About Property Manager
Husband and wife, Alan Cook and Elisabeth Guinness (both fluent French speakers) spent some time travelling around France before finding their ideal second home some 6 years ago. Elisabeth owns the Guinness Gallery in Dublin and Alan, a retired management consultant, is chairman of a major theatrical and literary agency. Their interests include cooking, gardening, Bridge and golf.
Property Manager purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2003
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Charming, tranquil house.
The house is well-laid out and elegant, offering convenient and stylish holiday accomodation. The main bedroom is palatial and the reception rooms - a large sitting room and a smaller dining room - provide plenty of space for a family. The covered, outdoor Summer House is the making of the place, a great area for eating, playing games and even, on the long leather sofa, snoozing. The rural location, set back from the lane in a delightful garden, is peaceful and completely private.
The house manager sorted out minor problems in a friendly and efficient manner. The only fly in the ointment was the green water in the swimming pool.
Lovely house. Everything needed for our stay. The pool was very relaxing. Lots of games to keep us busy when we couldn’t go out because of the rain. The internet was very good and we loved the garden
Many thanks Alison. I'm afraid that I dropped you down one star because Annick reported back about the
broken sunbed and the wine spillage on a duvet cover but I'm glad you all enjoyed staying in our house and
hope you'll return one day.
Great rustic house with plenty of charm.
The house is perfect for those who want a character property. It’s quiet location offers the perfect retreat away from it all. This does mean a bit of a trek to supermarkets but worth it. The layout is better that the pictures. Originally I thought the covered eating area was separate from the rest of the house, but it’s ideally located at the end of the property and can be accessed either via the outside tiled walkway from the kitchen or via inside (if you get a tropical storm) meaning you can still eat outside undercover. The couple of issues we had were quickly addressed and sorted by the owner and Francois, the house manager. Although next to a church we only heard the bells twice a day (lunchtime and 7pm). The thick walls meant the house was cool in the summer heat and the frogs in the pond helped keep the mozzies down. Watch out for your inflatables next to the pool as the beautiful roses did like to have a go at them. The garden was stunning and large meaning you could find a quiet place to read a book or 2. A 2 hour drive had us in the stunning Pyrénées. All in all a fantastic holiday and place to stay
Many thanks Nina. Hope you're
now enjoying your seaside break and that you'll return one
day to our area and our house.
Charming property ideal for family holiday
We had a very enjoyable stay in this charming house, along with another family. Both of us have young children, who enjoyed the spacious garden and using the swimming pool. There is ample room in the house, so that people are not treading on each other's toes. It's a beautiful setting in the quiet French countryside. It's 1 5-10 min drive to a small town with basic shops. We found activities within 1 hour's drive for the kids to do, including horse-rising and visiting a falconry, though they were more than happy to be by the pool/ garden most of the time. We would highly recommend this beautiful house.
Beautiful and tranquil
The house, grounds and surroundings are beautiful. The whole place has a homely feel as soon as you arrive, which is exactly how the owners intend. Great size pool for a family. The house is on the edge of a hamlet so the rear looks out on to farm fields and hills which makes for a very peaceful and relaxed stay. Pretty villages and lakes nearby for canoeing. Highly recommended.
What a fabulous treat. Peace and tranquility was requested and that's what we got. The house was immaculate, beautifully furnished and equipped, great pool and superb garden. The kids could just run and run. We loved the area too, quite a few excellent restaurants within spitting distance and whilst the surrounding countryside was a joy to explore, the mountains and Spain were only an hours drive. We also visited the Atlantic coast, a 2 hour drive, but we arrived in time for a late breakfast in Biarritz and explored the coastline down to the Spanish border. We returned home tired, but keen to relax by the pool with a bottle of the local wine, which was excellent! Seems we missed the Jazz festival, next year perhaps. We definitely intend to return next year. Thank you for one of our best holidays in years.
2 hours drive to Biarritz and the charming resort of St. Jean de Luz, a few kms. from Biarritz.
Biarritz airport 2 hours. Tarbes (Ossun) 45 minutes. Pau 1.25 hours, Toulouse. 1.5 hour, Carcassonne 2 hours. Timings are approx.
Mielan is just 5km and 5 mins. by car for all local amenities. Auch (capital of Le Gers) and Tarbes are both just 40 minutes distant. Marciac home of the second largest International Jazz festival in Europe is only 20 minutes away. This annual event takes place during the first 2 weeks of August. Mirande, 10 minutes drive, hosts it's famous Country Music festival each July, normally 10th to 14th. We display details of many other places of interest on our hall table.
Mielan, just 5 minutes drive, has a small supermarket, restaurant, bars, tabac, take-away Pizza, pharmacy and bank. Trie sur Baise and Mirande (each c 15 mins away) have large supermarkets, Mirande also having a Lidl and a Carrefour. Both Auch and Tarbes are main cities with all conveniences, ditto the more upmarket Pau.
Shops are generally closed between midday and 2pm stay but supermarkets are open. The Casino chain of small shops is open Sunday am; also the Intermarché in Trie. Miélan, Trie and Marciac and Mirande are all 'Bastides' (fortified villages) and are surrounded by numerous others. A DVD (with terrible translation!) on the bastides of the Gers is in the bookcase. "Les Vallons du Lac" , just outside Miélan, is a leisure complex with lots of different activities for childen and it has an excellent restaurant.
One of the delights of the sparsely populated Gers and Hautes Pyrenees depts
(Estampes is almost on the border) is almost traffic free roads, even in summer.
Excursions to chateaux for wine or armagnac tastings can be combined with a
4 course lunch for about 12 euro a head, wine included. A cable car can take one to either Le Pic du Midi or to a scenic tour through the mountains via 'Le Petit Train d'Artouste'. Festivals and evening markets take place throughout
the area in summer and there's even a pig festival in Trie with an English fry up
breakfast! The scenery, with rolling hills, valleys and many rivers is beautiful.
To retreat from the sun, there are 13th century Cistercian abbeys to enjoy and the Cathedral in Auch has outstanding stained glass and carved choir stalls. Spain (with unmanned border) isl about 90 mins away via the hillside
town of Montrejeau whose balcony one can stop by for a panoramic view into the Pyrenees. A trip to Biarritz, Bayonne and St Jean de Luz is also advised via the fairly traffic free A64 or/and via detours into the Bearn and Basque areas.