Hirondelle is a pretty stone built gite perched on a hillside overlooking vineyards, woodland and the local church spire. It has a beautiful shaded terrace and a large outdoor area with plenty of sun and shade all day long. There is a new above ground pool 50 metres or so from the gite which is in a lovely, secluded spot between a meadow and woodland. Hirondelle is equipped to a high standard with a very comfortable bed and, if needed, a top quality bed-settee. Guests love to just breathe and relax and enjoy the beautiful open outlook and local wildlife. The local village is in easy walking distance and whilst small has all you need; bakery, general store, post office, bar, restaurant, hairdresser, pharmacy, pool and tennis courts. It is a really welcoming place and we work closely with the community to support small local business. The local area is fascinating and very beautiful with rolling landscapes, pretty villages, unique attractions and a sense of space and peace. It is often described as La France Profonde, deep, rural France. In some ways time has stood still and the pace of life is very different. There are no major industrial sites so the air is clean and the skies are incredible. Enjoy incredible local produce; delicious food, great wines and of course a glass or two of fine Armagnac. We love it here and hope that all our guests will feel the same about this special corner of the world.
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- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 12, 2019
About Alasdair Downes
We are both Scottish, Alasdair from Glasgow and Fiona from Galloway. We lived in the North East of England for many years. It was always hovering in the back of their minds that one day we would like to run our own business. As keen campers, the idea of a campsite with gites was appealing. After a few years of swithering and dithering we just decided to get on with it and here we are.
Alasdair Downes purchased this House in 2017
Why Alasdair Downes chose Castelnau-d'Auzan
We looked at a lot of lovely properties on the way but Le Poteau was the one. We both knew as soon as we arrived for our first viewing. We love the feel of The Gers. It is tucked away, less well known than its neighbours and not massively touristy. The local people are friendly, welcoming and extremely kind. The fact that the gites were part of the deal was unexpected but brilliant. We like the fact that they are not on the campsite itself so provide a real escape for people but it also means that "giters" can use the campsite if they want to join us for a social evening or whatever. There is also free wifi on the campsite.
What makes this House unique
We fell in love with it because it is so real and normal here. The village is a pretty but working village where people get on with life. The local towns are busy but not hectic and the roads are wonderfully quiet. The landscape is gorgeous, verdant and ever changing with the rhythm of agriculture. Incidentally Gers has the highest level of Bio agriculture in France which makes it a great habitat for all wildlife.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The property was very private on a beautiful location over looking the village of Castelnau-d’Auzan
The property was clean and tidy with a very nice covered terrace to relax under and enjoy the relaxing view while eating lunch. The owners are very helpful and pleased to guide you, and make recommendations as to what to visit in the region. As you travel along the narrow road to the property you are flanked on both sides by vines, and you really know you are in La Belle France. A very restful and relaxing retreat.