Maison Des Amis

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Sleeps: 9 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

Overview

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On a hilltop with enchanting views of the Gers countryside, only 15km from the historic town of Auch, Maison Des Amis is set in the heart of rural Gascony, a region known for summer landscapes of sunflowers, sleepy bastide villages and some of the most wonderful food and wine in France.

In this secluded setting, you can appreciate the tranquillity from the delightful gardens which open up to organic farmland, giving the impression of endless landscapes around you. Spend warm days by the glorious swimming pool, long lunches in the shade of the summer kitchen, watch kids play games on the lawn and sip Armagnac from a local vineyard as you watch the sun set from one of the many corners of the garden. The peace and privacy will amaze you as you take in the undulating views; you can even see as far as the Pyrenees.

Inside you will appreciate the charm and character of this traditional  Gascon farmhouse, dating back to the mid-19th century and renovated with love and care. Feel at home in the large and airy living space with high oak-beamed ceilings, a sunken fireplace, library corner and French windows. The well-equipped kitchen, featuring many new appliances, offers ample space to create Gascon feasts and doors lead straight to the summer kitchen and terrace with its plancha-style barbecue.

Three bright and spacious bedrooms are full of light and enjoy lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Just a few steps away from the farmhouse, a delightful cottage offers a pretty fourth bedroom and wonderful living space, a lovely second home for guests to enjoy, perhaps grandparents or teens seeking a little independence.

The Gers region is waiting to be explored, an area of outstanding beauty yet relatively undiscovered, meaning quiet lanes ideal for cycling and stunning walks as well as wonderful bastide villages and historic towns to visit. Experience some of the region’s gastronomic highlights in small local restaurants where you can enjoy foie-gras, goose or duck and soak up the vibrant atmosphere at local Farmer’s markets in towns such as Vic-Fezensac, Fleurance and Lectoure. Look out for local fêtes, street parties and events taking place in nearby villages in the spring, summer and autumn, including in Maison Des Amis’ local commune, just a few minutes away.

The beautiful hilltop town of Auch is only 15km away with its narrow winding lanes, magical medieval architecture and magnificent cathedral, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other past-times including bird watching (even from your garden), fishing, canoeing along the River Baise, sampling Armagnac in nearby vineyards or even travelling as far as the Pyrenees mountains for some amazing hikes. Not to mention the incredible châteaux, abbeys, rolling hills and idyllic villages that make up the mesmerising and welcoming Gers region.  

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What you should know…

  • The fourth bedroom is in a delightful cottage, just a few steps away from the main house
  • The owner, a former chef, can prepare a delicious meal for the evening of your arrival, just let us know in advance of your requirements

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Satellite TV Bicycles Provided Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Main House Interiors
(approximately 300m2, two levels inc. split-level ground floor)

-    Open-plan split-level living-dining room (90m2) with sofas, fireplace, dining table (up to 10 guests) and library area. Doors lead to sun terrace
-    TV/reading room
-    Kitchen, well-equipped including dishwasher, fridge-freezer, cooking range with 5 x gas hobs, double electric oven, coffee maker, soda stream. Doors lead to terrace and summer kitchen  
-    Guest WC
-    Bedroom 1 with super-king bed (twin on request) with en suite bathroom with bath, sink and WC
-    Bedroom 2 with super-king bed (twin on request) with en suite shower room with shower and sink
-    Bedroom 3 with super-king bed (twin on request) with en suite shower room with shower and sink
-    WC (shared between bedrooms 2 and 3)

Cottage Interiors (approximately 60m2)

-    Open-plan living area (26m2) with small sofa-bed
-    Open-plan breakfast kitchen corner, equipped with fridge, 2 x electric hobs, kettle, toaster, tea and coffee making facilities. Door leads to covered terrace (30m2)
-    Bedroom (17m2) with super-king size bed (twin on request)
-    Shower room with WC

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (11x5m, depth: 1-2.25m) with remote controlled safety alarm. Low chlorine system
-    Al-fresco dining area with summer kitchen and plancha-grill
-    2 x bikes
-    Boules
-    Grass area (ideal for games)
-    Tree swing
-    Hammocks
-    Grounds (5000m2, unenclosed leading to organic farmland)
-    Stone outbuildings
-    Parking (shaded area for 3 cars)

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi (with two portable boosters)
-    Heating (main house only)
-    Satellite TV (inc. English news channels and German Eurosport)
-    DVD player
-    Board games
-    Books
-    Washing machine

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Des Amis
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Maison Des Amis is in a countryside location in the captivating Gers department of southern France, only 15km from Auch. This is the traditional region of Gascony which is known for landscapes of sunflowers and some of the most wonderful food and wine in France.

The local village/commune, a few minutes by car, is typical of this region with a post office and a bread depot, as well as a village café that only opens on a Saturday morning. In the summer look out for a number of events taking place in the village square from musical evenings to food events; visitors are always made to feel very welcome.

There is a lovely grocery store around 5km away in the village of Barran whilst restaurants and larger supermarkets can be found in Auch (15km), around a 20-minute drive away. Vic-Fezensac (22km) is also a great town where you can discover amazing restaurants and food shops specialising in local Gascon cuisine as well as a weekly market and larger supermarkets. 

Auch (15km) is an incredibly picturesque hilltop town with medieval winding lanes, half-timbered houses, beautiful historic architecture and its grand cathedral, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy wonderful Gascon cuisine at one of the many charming restaurants and enjoy the lively atmosphere at one of the two weekly markets on a Thursday and Saturday morning, selling all sorts of great seasonal produce from the local area.

Indeed, you can experience the famous cuisine of Gascony across many restaurants across local villages, serving local delights such as foie gras, prunes, duck breast, goose or whatever may be in season – look out for some great lunchtime menus. Armagnac and wine tours in this region are also possible with many local vineyards offering complimentary tastings and the chance to buy their product.

In the spring, summer and autumn villages come alive with fêtes, festivities, markets and evenings of live music. There are also great night markets in the height of the summer in larger towns. If staying in July or August, look out for the famous music festival that takes places in Marciac (45km), featuring jazz musicians from across the world. The owners will give you information on what is taking place during your stay.

Other places to explore include the well-known market towns of Fleurance (40km) and Lectoure (50km) as well as the delightful villages of Larressingle (42km), Fourcès (52km) and Montréal du Gers (50km), three of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

The owners have maps and guides for walkers and cyclists; bike hire can be arranged in advance and bikes delivered to the house. The country roads and lanes in this region are particularly quiet so are most appealing to cyclists of all abilities. Keen hikers can even head to the Pyrenees, a 90-minute drive south, especially wonderful in spring with the wildflowers. Canoeing on the river Baise and fishing are also popular pastimes here.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

(91km)

Nearest Airport 2 Bordeaux Airport

(198km/2hr30)

Nearest Airport 3 Bergerac

(161km/2hr35)

Nearest Village Local commune

(5km)

Nearest Shop Grocery store

(5km)

Nearest Restaurant Auch

(15km)

Nearest Supermarket Auch

(15km)

Nearest Town/City Auch

(15km)

Nearest Golf Golf D'Embats

(10km)

Region

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.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Just a couple of minutes drive away is a donkey farm where you can have free tours taking you around the farm and you can even buy beauty products made from donkey milk!

Hire bikes and head to the riverbank in Auch where you can follow the path, passing beautiful views of the town on one side and reaching stunning parkland on the other at Parc du Couloumé. Parc du Couloumé is a great place for a picnic with amazing views of the old-town and ample space to play games, run around and enjoy the playground.

There is lots of fishing across this region and water-lovers can hire canoes on the River Baise in Beaucaire, just south of Condom. Castéra-Verduzan lake for swimming with waterslides and canoe on the River Baise just south of Condom. In the summer there is also lake swimming and waterslides at Castéra-Verduzan, around 20km away.

Young adventurers can spend the day at the tree-top activity park around 20km away, near Pavie, offering courses for various age ranges from 3+, as well as paintball (ages 8+), electric scooter bikes (ages 14+). Check the opening times which vary from weekend only (with reservations) in spring and autumn to daily in French school holidays.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Bicycles Provided
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Arrival Evening Meal Available
  • Bike Hire Available (delivery to house)

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

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Pre-stocked fridge/provisions in advance
- First evening meal can be prepared
- Bike rental with delivery to the house

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

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €600 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Supplements may apply during autumn and winter months. Please note that only the main house has heating, not the separate cottage.
Linen & towels included? Yes and mid-stay linen change for stays of two weeks or more also included.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and a mid-stay clean for stays of two weeks. Please note, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Smoking Allowed? Strictly outside only.
Pets welcome? No.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and other special events are not permitted.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 9 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 £2,711
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £2,969
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £2,711
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £2,388
Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 £1,807
Oct 24th 2020 - May 22nd 2021 £1,937
May 22nd 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 £2,582
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021 £2,969
Jul 17th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 £3,227
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 £3,034
Sep 4th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 £2,582
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 4th 2022 £2,582

Prices based on an occupancy of 9 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 €2,822
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €3,091
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €2,822
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €2,486
Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 €1,882
Oct 24th 2020 - May 22nd 2021 €2,016
May 22nd 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 €2,688
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021 €3,091
Jul 17th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 €3,360
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 €3,158
Sep 4th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 €2,688
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 4th 2022 €2,688

Prices based on an occupancy of 9 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 3rd 2020 - Jul 18th 2020 $3,172
Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $3,474
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $3,172
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $2,795
Sep 26th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 $2,115
Oct 24th 2020 - May 22nd 2021 $2,266
May 22nd 2021 - Jun 26th 2021 $3,021
Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021 $3,474
Jul 17th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 $3,776
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 $3,550
Sep 4th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022 $3,021
Jan 1st 2022 - Jan 4th 2022 $3,021

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
We have owned the property since May 2019

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Incredible views and location, pure peace and quiet, charming traditional Gascogne stone house.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Recently owned by a prominent French political and fashion brand family.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?

Just enjoy the total peace and tranquillity of beautiful French countryside - You probably won’t want to do anything else.

Must eat?
Fresh produce from the local markets. Wonderful long lunches in our favourite restaurants. Indulge in some of the Gascogne specialities: Duck, Goose, Foie Gras, Wines and Armagnacs.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?Even after 20 years of living in the beautiful French Alps we are still amazed by the: ‘Step back in time’ astounding rural scenery and sense of space. The welcoming yet untouristed ambiance of the Gers, it’s wonderful villages and people.

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