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What Oliver loves…
- You really feel you are stepping back to a simpler time, surrounded by idyllic gardens and wildlife as far as you can see, staying in a chateau of authentic 18th century luxury
- You effectively have your own private adventure park, with a seemingly endless list of garden features and tranquil spaces
- Guests are afforded absolute privacy in a tiny settlement at the foot of the Pyrenees, along the River Le Ger, miles from any towns or cities
First you see the lawns and the giant cedars of Lebanon, then the Pyrenean peaks on the southern horizon, and then the château, restful on its plâteau, simple, elegant, perfect, with 18th-century proportions. Welcome to another world: one of art, beauty, serenity, fine museum pieces and a dash of humour.
The housekeeper is a treasure and can cater for you – though the kitchen, big, charming, classical, but modern, is an absolute pleasure to cook in. Salon, library, dining room and the grandest of bedrooms glow with French and English antiques and the entire house is a work of art – there are beautiful parquet floors and magnificent plaster ceilings, a grand staircase and oriental designer stencilling.
The rooms in the attic are more child-friendly, and if children want to play on wet days, there's a barn full of games and yoga mats for grown ups. As for the gardens: imagine 200 old roses and scattered magnolias, scalloped hedges, arcades of wisteria, secret corners, a pondful of carp and a suntrap salt water pool enclosed by an exquisite mosaic wall in the style of Gaudi.
An exquisite late 18th Century Chateau situated in the first range of foothills of the Pyrenees, built just before the French Revolution by the Comte du Pac. It sits on a hilltop with exceptional panoramic views down the valley and towards the mountains. Situated on the edge of a small village, the main house is backed by a courtyard of eighteenth century barns and enjoys 11 acres of park and gardens ensuring complete privacy.
The location of the house gives easy summer access to splendid walking, riding, canoeing, fishing, golf and many other sporting and recreational activities. Tennis courts are a very short drive. In winter skiing is available at a number of nearby resorts. Hunting and fishing are also available. The Spanish border is a short drive and the excellent road network makes access to Lourdes, Barcelona and Biarritz possible for short excursions.
The gardens and park of the Chateau, restored and developed by the present owners over the past twenty years, are well known and the subject of magazine articles. There is a large pond (which is not fenced-off), a sunken herb garden, an exotic garden, a rose garden, a stone column pergola, a bamboo walk and an English herbaceous border and many rare and ancient trees and shrubs.
The heated saltwater swimming pool (12.5m x 6m) has an exquisite modern mosaic wall with a mosaic seating area. Around the pool there are sun-loungers, tables & chairs, barbecue, umbrellas and indoor shower, toilet and Turkish mosaic steam room.
The interiors of the house, meticulously restored to an extremely high standard, retain many period features with exquisite plasterwork, decorative fireplaces and parquet floors to all the principal rooms. It has regained its original style and elegance whilst retaining the atmosphere of a real home. The house is wonderfully light and airy. All rooms enjoy wonderful views and are decorated with antique mirrors and furniture. There is a large, hand-built kitchen with all modern facilities connected to a formal dining room. The main drawing room has antique French furniture & tapestries. Telephone, television (French and SKY satellite English channels), video/DVD player and Wi-Fi Internet are available. The house, apart from having many decorative fireplaces, has central heating and is therefore suitable for winter lets.
What you should know…
- A further single bed can be arranged on request in the top floor rooms for those who do not wish to share a bed
- Entrance Hall with antique tiled floors and a grand staircase, marble columns, Empire marble table, banquettes, papier-peint scene, bookcases, large Buddha head, telephone table etc. Facing doors opening up towards the pool and the valley on the opposite side.
- Double Drawing Room with marble decorative fireplace, parquet flooring, furnished with 4 comfortable sofas, armchairs, antiques, Aubusson carpet and tapestries, stereo system, I-pod dock.
- Library with parquet floor, marble decorative fireplace, fitted bookcases, large flat screen UK/French TV, DVD/Video player, large selection of DVDs and board games, writing desk, 2 comfy sofas and large armchair.
- Formal Dining Room with antique parquet floor, large table and chairs for 14 guests, chandelier, antique buffet table, mirror and other period features.
- Huge, well stocked kitchen featuring hand-painted wooden floors, with eating and sitting area featuring a large breakfast table and chairs for 10 guests, sofa and large armchairs and a large decorative fireplace. There is a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, gas hob with large electric oven, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, espresso machines, 4 sinks etc.
- Utility/Boot Room, with antique tiled floor, a large American fridge and freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, sink etc.
Chinese Bathroom: large bathroom with bath, separate shower basin & WC, large mirror and decorated with antique Chinese rosewood panel doors.
- Secret 2nd staircase to first floor.
All rooms have central heating, antique parquet floors, marble decorative fireplaces, wood panelling, cornices, friezes, chandeliers, bedside lampshades, paintings, carpets, objets d’art and stunning views):
- Blue Room- Large bedroom with king size bed, bedside tables, wall fabric, armchairs, antique Louis XV dressing table, gilded table, armoir, mirrors.. Walk-in dressing room, large en-suite bathroom with bathtub, separate shower, basin, bidet & WC, mirrors, pool and valley views.
- Green Room- Large bedroom with antique, painted double wooden bed, bedside tables, antique dressing table, chairs, stools, sofa, fitted wardrobes and mirror. Stunning valley views and separate bathroom (the Chinese Bathroom), situated on the nearby landing.
- Gold Room - Large bedroom with King-size, baldaquin brass bed, bedside tables, gilded, mirrors, antique armoir, dressing table, chairs and large en-suite bathroom with huge walk-in mosaic shower, double basin, WC, chair, mirror and swimming pool views.
- Red Room - Large bedroom with Empire-style, wooden frame, baldaquin double bed, bedside table, antique mother of pearl and rose wood dressing table with mirror, chest of drawers, large mirror, armchair and stunning valley views.
- Yellow Room - Large bedroom with antique wooden-frame double bed, bedside tables, dressing table with mirror and chair, armoir, large mirror and mountain and valley views.
The Yellow and Red Room share the Stencils Bathroom, a large family bathroom with cast iron, French antique bathtub, separate shower, basin, bidet and WC, armchair, antique display cabinet and mountain views.
All rooms feature large windows, great proportions and extremely high ceilings.
- Clouds Room- Large bedroom with wooden floor, double bed and 2 twin beds, bedside tables, mirror, chest of drawers and en-suite bathroom with shower, basin, WC (suitable for children/nanny and with swimming pool views).
- Moroccan Room- Huge and bright Moroccan-style bedroom with double height ceiling and exposed ancient beams; features metallic frame double bed, bedside tables, leather armchair and foot stool, built in closet with antique Chinese rosewood panel doors, small table, central heating and en-suite bathroom with shower, basin with slate worktop and WC (stunning views of the valley and the mountains)
*A further single bed can be arranged on request in the top floor rooms for those who do not want to share a bed.
**There’s a Poolside Bathroom with shower, basin and WC and a mosaic Steam Room with another shower by the swimming pool.
Swimming Pool area:
- Huge, paved area around the pool with sun loungers, small tables and sun umbrellas, larger iron table with chairs, mosaic sitting area, BBQ and BBQ area.
- Large heated salt-water swimming pool with pool cover to keep the heat in at night.
- Games/Summer Room next to pool to put cushions and games, including ping pong table.
- Steam Room next to the pool with stunning mosaics and shower
- Bathroom with shower, sink and WC
The pool area is surrounded by ancient stone barns covered in old rambling roses and giant wisteria and has a scalloped hedge around it for extra privacy. There’s a pool alarm.
Garden and Woodland:
- The Chateau is complemented by a large, stunning, landscaped garden with innumerable ancient trees, roses & rare plants; it includes:
- Formal garden with old English roses
- English borders
- Colonnade with wisteria alba and climbing roses
- Sunken sundial Herb Garden
- Vegetable garden
- Mediterranean garden
- Exotic garden
- Greenhouse with exotic plants and cacti
- Bamboo walk
- Large Koi Pond
- Croquet lawn
- Landscaped parkland with beautiful trees and shrubs
- Woodland down the hill with donkeys
The property is situated on a hilltop at the foot of the Pyrenees in open countryside mid-way (10 min) between the towns of Saint-Gaudens and Aspet in an area of outstanding natural beauty and on the official Tour De France route.
All amenities are just a 10 mins' drive away, including boulangeries, butchers, newsagents, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, weekly food markets and a train station. Being locate in the deep countryside by the Pyrenees, local restaurants are are simple and rustic. For fine dininghead to Castet (25/30 mins drive), St Lizier (35/40 mins drive), Bossost in Spain (45 mins drive) or Toulouse (around an hour's drive).
International airports: Toulouse (50 min), Lourdes (40 min), Pau (75 min), Carcassonne & Biarritz (around 90 min).
Many sights are nearby, including:
Aspet (10 min), a charming village with its twice weekly farmers' market, its traditional cafes and restaurants, perfect for a lazy morning coffee watching the world go by;
Saint Bertrand de Comminges (20 min), officially one of the most beautiful villages in France and one of the stops of the Camino de Santiago De Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
Aurignac (25 min), a stunning hilltop Medieval town with its charming cafes;
Toulouse (50 min), the Ville Rose, a bustling, pretty university city with a great history, beautiful monuments and wonderful shopping and food;
Bossost, Spain (40 min), a charming mountain village on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees with Michelin quality food and great shopping.
Auch (90 min), the heart of the Gers and a beautiful town to visit;
Biarritz (90 min), a wonderful city on the Atlantic, great for surfing, eating out, sunbathing and shopping. A perfect day trip.
Carcassonne (90 min), a Mediaval city with an incredible history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Activities nearby: cycling (Tour de France route), hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, white water rafting, speleology, horse riding, paragliding, golf etc.
Toulouse Airport - 50 minutes
Lourdes Airport - 40 minutes
Pau Airport - 1hr 10 minutes
Biarritz Airport - 1hr 45minutes
Carcassonne Airport - 1hr 30 minutes
Nearest supermarket 10 mins
Nearest Farmers’ Market 8 mins
There are 3 daily British Airways & Easyjet flights from London Gatwick and Heathrow to Toulouse, as well as further direct flights to Toulouse from many UK and European Airports. Air France offers daily flights (via Paris) to Toulouse and Pau. Ryanair offers flights from London Stansted to Lourdes 2 to 3 times a week, Carcassonne & Biarritz. There’s also a high speed TGV train service from Paris and Bordeaux to Toulouse. From Toulouse there is a train service to the local station (St Gaudens), 10 min away.
|Nearest Train Station||
(Over 100 km)
Encausse-Les-Thermes & Soueich
A relatively new addition to France, the Midi-Pyrénées was created to surround the cultural capital of Toulouse in the late 1970s. You might think that its relative youth would mean the Midi-Pyrénées is short on character or identity, but remember, this is France we’re talking about – the whole country is steeped in history and tradition. Encompassing parts of Gascony, Languedoc, the Gers and several others, you’ll get a varied slice of the whole French experience here, not least if you stay at one of our beautiful chateaux in the Midi-Pyrénées! And if you want to discover the best of what the region has to offer, our Midi-Pyrénées travel guide is here to show you where to go, what to eat and how you can make the best of your break with some amazing activities.
This beautiful Chateau is immersed in beautiful countryside and is the perfect place to unwind, relax and enjoy nature in the company of family and friends.
Perfect for families, children and adults of all ages. Enjoy an al fresco dinner, relax by the pool, play games on the lawn, enjoy the local farmers' markets, take advantage of the nearby mountains to hike, cycle or ski. Great fun for the whole family.
BABY AND TODDLER EQUIPMENT
Mattress protector: x3
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Mattress protector
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- <1hr to Airport
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Bicycles Provided
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Fenced Grounds
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Maid Service Included
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Maid Service Included
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Services and facilities included:
- Maid service 15hrs/week (for Chateau bookings only)
- Meet & greet
- Pool cleaning
- Games and board games
- Wi-Fi internet and SKY TV, DVDs.
Services available at extra cost:
- Extra cleaning
- Breakfast sundries bought by housekeeper
- Extra linen/towels
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£1,000 (or €1,200) paid by cheque or bank transfer prior to arrival|
|Arrival time||After 5.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||Before 10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Reasonable energy costs included.|
|Heating costs included?||Extra £100 per day, payable locally.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, including pool towels.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Smoking & Fires not allowed.|
|Pool heating charge?||The pool is heated free of charge from late May to 1st October for 12hrs per day. Additional heating can be provided for an extra cost.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Customers are required to sign an agreement with the owner. The form will be provided after the booking is confirmed and must be signed and returned prior to arrival.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Telephone charges to UK mobile phones not included.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Extra guests from those listed on the booking not allowed.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, Stag/Hen parties and other celebrations are not allowed.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Changeover day||Saturday in high and peak seasons, flexible otherwise.|
|Other Ts and Cs||The pool is open from May to October, dates may vary depending on the weather.|
|Other Ts and Cs||A further single bed can be arranged on request in the top floor rooms for those who do not wish to share a bed.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||£4,558|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 11th 2020||£6,450|
|Jan 11th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||£4,558|
|Apr 18th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||£5,662|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 13th 2020||£6,450|
|Jun 13th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||£6,450|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||£6,880|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||£6,880|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 17th 2020||£5,662|
|Oct 17th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||£4,558|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021||£6,450|
|Jan 9th 2021 - Apr 17th 2021||£4,558|
|Apr 17th 2021 - May 22nd 2021||£5,662|
|May 22nd 2021 - May 25th 2021||£6,450|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||€4,997|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 11th 2020||€7,072|
|Jan 11th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||€4,997|
|Apr 18th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||€6,207|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 13th 2020||€7,072|
|Jun 13th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||€7,072|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||€7,543|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||€7,543|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 17th 2020||€6,207|
|Oct 17th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||€4,997|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021||€7,072|
|Jan 9th 2021 - Apr 17th 2021||€4,997|
|Apr 17th 2021 - May 22nd 2021||€6,207|
|May 22nd 2021 - May 25th 2021||€7,072|
Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:
|Nov 22nd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019||$5,528|
|Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 11th 2020||$7,823|
|Jan 11th 2020 - Apr 18th 2020||$5,528|
|Apr 18th 2020 - May 23rd 2020||$6,867|
|May 23rd 2020 - Jun 13th 2020||$7,823|
|Jun 13th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||$7,823|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||$8,344|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||$8,344|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 17th 2020||$6,867|
|Oct 17th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||$5,528|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 9th 2021||$7,823|
|Jan 9th 2021 - Apr 17th 2021||$5,528|
|Apr 17th 2021 - May 22nd 2021||$6,867|
|May 22nd 2021 - May 25th 2021||$7,823|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Breathtaking views, plenty of character, wonderful hilltop location, stunning mountains nearby
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The Comte was found hiding in a wall recess, taken to Toulouse and guillotined!
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
Landing a helicopter on the lawn, but it was not difficult to accommodate.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Visit the local market, ride on the Tour de France route past the chateau, go hiking, skiing in Baqueira across the border
Magrait de canard with blueberry sauce!
St-Bertrand-de-Comminges, part of the camino de Compostela; Toulouse, the "Pink City"
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Drive 40 mins across the border to Bossost in Spain for some Michelin star quality food.
A grand home from home
This is a spectacular house which somehow manages to feel homely at the same time. Huge comfortable rooms, most bedrooms have their own bathrooms. An eccentric mix of works of art everywhere, which makes it feel as if you're visiting friends who just happen to have popped out. The housekeeper is super-friendly and efficient. Gardens and pool dream-like. The owners dealt with us personally, doing their best with all our questions. The week was gloriously hot and sunny, and we lounged by the pool and ate out under the catalpa trees... Dreamy. We shall be back next year in July for whole 2 weeks. Thank you.
A truly remarkable holiday
We had planned a reunion with another family, and as there were 12 of us, we needed large accommodation. We found the Chateau to be perfect and very flexible for all of our needs. There are plenty of en suite bathrooms, and the water was always hot on demand, which is impressive as there were 5 teenagers in our party. The kitchen is fully equipped, you can tell it is a home, as it was absolutely stocked with everything you could want. The Chateau is tastefully decorated, with the Owners' personal touches giving it a warm atmosphere. All the mod cons to make it a remarkable week were there too; satellite English TV, with DVD, and WiFi. The grounds and gardens are stunning, with views of the Pyrenees mountains and are extremely well maintained. The pool area is also a great area to relax , the heated pool is a large size too, all 12 of us were frequently in at the same time! The Chateau makes for a truly remarkable holiday! You can really take it as easy or make it as active as you want because there are plenty of different activities to do in the local area.
The quintessential chateau experience
Located in idyllic surroundings, this is the place to come to for the quintessential French Chateau experience. From the perfectly proportioned and beautifully decorated rooms, to the regal vista down the entire valley this place has it all. The grounds are equally exquisite, set within the surrounding Pyrenees, with its beautiful and serene Koi & goldfish pond, the mature bamboo forest, to the tended rose bushes. Yet, none of this is at the expense of modern comforts; there is a fully kitted kitchen, power showers, a heated pool, UK SKY TV and wifi. This is certainly the place to come to get away from it all and to return rested and ready to face the world again. Truly stunning.
A Very Special Place
The Chateau made a fabulous setting for a very special family holiday; there were 11 of us, ages ranging from 2-70, and we were very comfortably accommodated within the main house. From its hilltop position, there are incredible views across the valley and towards the mountains; the garden is extensive and amazing and the adults and children alike spent many happy hours playing hide and seek, watching the fish, ducks and the majestic swans, chatting to the donkeys, swimming, playing table tennis, swinging in the hammock, marvelling at the array of trees and shrubs, picking fruits and herbs and generally relaxing. The house is breathtaking, both outside and in, and has been lovingly restored to its intended grandeur by the owners, who have included many personal touches which serve to ensure this is a unique and unforgettable home, not a soulless holiday rental. The housekeeper is a gem, and her cooking on a couple of evenings made our stay extra special. Thank you 'G & TP' for making your home available!
Splendidly opulent yet simply blissful. A delight!
This magnificent Chateau is a much loved and cherished home and an absolute joy for any blessed souls fortunate enough to spend time there. The house itself is beautiful and oozes charm and history. It has been lovingly and artfully restored in a way that makes it delightfully opulent and splendid yet still homely and supremely comfortable. The magnificent library with a lifetime of reading, the beautiful artifacts, antiques and paintings make this something very special.The kitchen is fabulous and reflects the owners' love of cooking with every conceivable implement and culinary gadget at your fingertips. Conjuring up exotic feasts from the abundant local produce is a joy and the magical family banquets that result will feed unique memories that you will take away and keep a lifetime. The gardens are breathtaking as they evolve through each day with the changing light and seasons. The pool, the steam room, hours of table tennis and boules on the lawn all add to the cherished moments you will have here at this splendid Chateau. The enticing area that surrounds offers endless opportunities to explore, learn, discover and delight at the plethora of villages, markets, mountains, rivers, ancient edifices, delightful folk and all kinds of wonders that await you. Take your family, your friends, your lovers to this truly blissful property for the perfect holiday and the most rewarding and exquisite escape from the world. You will be so very glad you did. I wish we were back there right now and know that we will return. Many thanks to the thoughtful owners for sharing their home and their passion with others. What a joy!
Magnificent! Great class and stunning gardens
We spent 2 blissful weeks over Christmas and New Year: the Chateau is exquisite, full of charm, character, beautiful objects and class. A real gem in the foothills of the Pyrenees with commanding views of the mountains and the gently sloping valley below. The garden is worthy of RHS listing and the bedrooms are enormous, comfortable and breathtakingly decorated, whilst featuring the most beautiful parquet floors we have ever seen. We'll come back again for Summer so we'll be able to use the huge pool and see the hundreds of roses in bloom. Thank you.
This beautiful Chateau has it all: charm, elegance, antiques, comforts, location, views to die for, a large heated pool, a sauna, an incredible garden, croquet lawn, nearby facilities and charming farmers markets, huge kitchen, privacy and even a bamboo forest! We loved it all!
A dream holiday for the whole family
Our whole family spent 2 fantastic weeks in this luxurious chateau in September'16: the weather was fantastic, sunny and dry throughout, thus allowing us to make full use of the beautiful, heated pool, the gorgeous garden (one of the prettiest and most extensive we've ever visited), the croquet lawn, the BBQ and the wonderful steam room. This is a true, comfortable, yet grand home with all mods con and hundreds of incredible period features: we couldn't have found a better property and a nicer location. Thank you to the wonderful owners for allowing us the pleasure to stay in their wonderful home.
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