Maison Des Sculptures

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Sleeps: 9 - 15 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Pool Quirky Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village Laptop Friendly Workspace

*EARLY BIRD 2023*

Book a 2023 villa holiday by 28th February and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

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Experience authentic French charm in Gascony as you stay in an artist’s mansion with a private pool in the heart of the cathedral town of Condom.

Set along a cobbled street just a short stroll from the town’s restaurants and shops, Maison Des Sculptures is an architectural delight dating back to the 18th century. It’s creative owners have designed a welcoming home with period furnishings alongside personal touches such as Murano glass light fittings and sculptures crafted by the owner, always respecting the mansion's many beautiful original features. Yet despite the sense of history around you, there is also a feeling of space and minimalism, allowing guests to rest well in both refined and rustic surroundings.

Appreciate the grandeur of the living and dining rooms, then find a quiet spot to read in the cosy library or reading room. Create a feast in the traditional and spacious kitchen with its double oven and fireplace for cooking in a wood fire, to be enjoyed by candlelight in the 19th century orangerie, accompanied by wine blended by the owners to be found in the vaulted stone cellar.

Outside, the Italian-style garden is just as charming with its stone sculptures, fountain and pretty wrought iron table just perfect for a morning coffee or evening aperitif as you gaze at the views down towards the lower part of town. A swimming pool will also bring great joy as you cool down on hot summery afternoons in your private outdoor space.

Wander out of your maison and within a couple of minutes you will be by the magnificent Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Condom. Explore the town’s narrow lanes, admire medieval houses and find many of the excellent places to dine. The Wednesday morning market will allow you to experience Gascony’s seasonal delights and be sure to try the region’s famous Grand Armagnac in a characterful café-bar.

In the summer hire little motor boats to potter along the river or head into the undulating Gers countryside for canoeing, kayaking, horse-riding, cycling and walks through the glorious landscapes. Be enchanted by the trio of idyllic Gascon villages, Montréal, Fourcès and Larressingle, all three classed as France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ and visit other characterful market towns such as Lectoure, Fleurance, Auch and Agen.

That said, as you stay in this characterful and artistic abode, you may simply prefer to embrace the slow pace of life and take time to enjoy the exceptional food, wine and scenery that this wonderful region is so known for.

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What you should know…

  • The 15-person price is for all bedrooms and bathrooms whilst the 9-person price (not available July/August/Xmas) is for four bedrooms and bathrooms only.
  • Check the "Features" tabs for full details on the bedrooms and their layout including one with a sofa-bed and another with a mezzanine level.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Hairdryer Ground Floor Bed & Bath TV Bicycles Provided Wine Cellar Working Fireplace Heating

1) House with 6 bedrooms/5 bathrooms (15-person price)
2) House with 4 bedrooms/4 bathrooms (9-person price - not available July/August/Xmas)

Maison Interiors (600m2)

Ground Floor
- Living room with fireplace
- Dining room with fireplace, dining table (17 guests) and door leading to garden
- Kitchen, fully-equipped including traditional cooking piano with double ovens, hob and central plancha, two sinks, steam oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, mixed espresso coffee maker, hand-blender, large fridge, chest freezer and open fireplace which can be used for cooking
- WC
- Bedroom with double sofa-bed (140cm), doors leading to garden and private bathroom with shower, bath and WC
- Adjoining library with fireplace and two children’s beds (70x200cm)
- Reading room

First Floor
- Bedroom with double bed (140cm) and private bathroom with shower, bath and WC
- Duplex bedroom (with mezzanine) with double bed (140cm) and three single beds (90cm). Private bathroom with bath and WC
- Master bedroom with double bed (160cm), adjoining living room and private bathroom with shower and WC
- Bedroom with double bed (140cm)
- Bedroom with double bed (160cm)
- Bathroom with shower, bath and WC (shared between above two bedrooms)

All bedrooms have street or side-garden views 

Basement (200m2 vaulted stone cellar, unrenovated)

- Simple wine cellar

Outside Grounds (700m2)

- Swimming pool (4x9m, depth: 1.5m) with safety alarm. Open approximately May to end-September
- Orangerie summer dining room
- Shaded patio
- Charcoal barbecue
- Italian garden with stone sculptures
- Fountain
- Second garden (at bottom of ramparts)
- Bikes (2 x vintage bikes, 2 x outdoor bikes including child seat)
- Garage with second fridge (one car parking space)
- Private parking for 4-5 cars (direct access to the garden)

Facilities 

- Wi-Fi
- Gas central heating
- Fireplaces (wood included)
- TV with TNT channels
- Amazon echo dot sounds system
- Entry system via access code
- Security system
- Hairdryer (in each bathroom)
- Ironing facilities
- Washing machine and dryer 

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Des Sculptures
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Maison Des Sculptures can be found in the heart of Condom, a historic riverside town in the beautiful Gers department of southern France.

Just walk down the lane and within 300m you will be at the magnificent Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Condom. Wander around the medieval lanes of this charming town, admiring historic houses and stopping off in a traditional café-bar for a glass of Armagnac (there is also a small Armagnac museum very close by the maison).

Experience the gastronomy of this authentic region by dining out in some of Condom’s excellent restaurants or simply shopping for local produce at the Wednesday morning market where you can expect to find all sorts of seasonal delights as stalls are set up around the cathedral. Seek out Gascony’s famous foie-gras and magret, some amazing goat cheeses and all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables including melons, kiwi fruit and garlic.

Rent small motorboats along the Petite Baïse in the summer months, take leisurely boat trips along the river or look out for canoe and kayaking excursions both in the town itself and in Beaucaire, around 15km south of Condom.

In the land of D’Artagnan and the three musketeers, get out and about in the glorious Gers countryside and embrace the slow pace of life in this wonderful region. Visit idyllic villages such as Larressingle (6km), Fourcès (13km) and Montréal (15km) or discover more bustling markets in characterful towns such as Fleurance and Lectoure, both around half an hour away, or Auch (45km), the historic capital of Gascony.

If staying in July and August visit the night markets in local Gascon villages, a great way to spend an atmospheric evening. The vibrant and famous Jazz Festival in Marciac, about an hour away, is also not to be missed for music lovers.

There are some lovely walking trails around the villages, especially Larressingle and Montréal which are part of the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage route. Arrange a hot-air balloon ride, find summer swimming spots at local Base de Loisirs and visit some of the most beautiful wineries and estates across the region.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse

(116km)

Nearest Airport 2 Pau

(120km)

Nearest Restaurant Condom

(Within a short walk )

Nearest Bar/Pub Condom

(Within a short walk )

Nearest Shop Condom

(Within a short walk )

Nearest Tennis Condom Tennis Club

(2km)

Nearest Golf Golf de Guinlet

(28km)

Nearest Train Station Auch

(45km)

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 Kids Ideal for Teens

It’s fantastic being able to stroll out of your characterful holiday home, close to all the restaurants and shops, and within 300m you can be standing outside the mighty cathedral in Condom.

Hire little motor boats along the Petite Baïse in the summer or take a leisurely boat ride along part of the town’s river. There are also canoeing and kayaking opportunities, especially in Beaucaire around a 15-minute drive south of Condom.

The undulating scenery of Gascony is wonderful for family walks and cycle rides (the villa has some bikes to use or hire your own in Condom including electric bikes). Horse-riding is another way to discover the glorious landscapes.

Heading south, enjoy a summers day at the Base de Loisirs at Castéra-Verduzan with its pedal boats, supervised swimming and inflatable water park – check opening dates beforehand but it is usually available July, August and some June weekends.

Find more summer watersports, a play area and an outdoor pool at the Base de Loisirs at Lac de L’Uby, about a 45-minute drive away.

Another family-friendly attraction is Aqualand and the theme park Walygator Sud-Ouest, both just outside Agen.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Potty
  • Booster seat
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Bicycles Provided

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • VIP Access to the Local Tennis Club Included
  • Cultural Tours and Hot-Air Balloon Rides Available
  • Bike Rental Available

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 service

Extras included at this property:

VIP access to the local tennis club in Condom

 Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Wine purchase (from the cellar)
- Chef
- Restaurant reservations
- Wine tasting
- Cultural tours
- Babysitting
- Airport transfers
- Bike rental and tours
- Hot-air balloon rides
- Yoga
- Aqua-gym lessons
- Darts tournaments

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 €1500 paid via French cheque or bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 6.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, including mid-week clean (4hrs) for stays of a minimum of one week. However, 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.
Changeover day Saturday in July & August. Flexible during all other periods.
Minimum stay 7 nights in July & August. 4 nights at Christmas and 2 nights during all other periods.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including weekly change for stays of over 7 nights.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Pets welcome? Max. 2 dogs welcome on request only and with prior agreement with the owner. If accepted, pets must stay on the ground floor only and a charge of €15 per pet per day will apply, payable locally.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included.
Other Ts and Cs The 15-person price is for all bedrooms and bathrooms whilst the 9-person price (not available July/August/Xmas) is for four bedrooms and bathrooms only.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 9 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 4th 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 £2,915 £3,407 £3,900 £4,393 £5,289
Jul 8th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - - - £6,829
Aug 26th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 £2,915 £3,407 £3,900 £4,393 £5,289
Dec 15th 2023 - Dec 31st 2023 - - £4,978 £5,625 £6,829
Dec 31st 2023 - Jul 6th 2024 £2,915 £3,407 £3,900 £4,393 £5,289
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 7th 2024 - - - - £6,829

Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 4th 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 £3,248 £3,808 £4,368 £4,927 £6,007
Jul 8th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - - - £6,829
Aug 26th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 £3,248 £3,808 £4,368 £4,927 £6,007
Dec 15th 2023 - Dec 31st 2023 - - £4,978 £5,625 £6,829
Dec 31st 2023 - Jul 6th 2024 £3,248 £3,808 £4,368 £4,927 £6,007
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 7th 2024 - - - - £6,829

Prices based on an occupancy of 9 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 4th 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 €3,051 €3,567 €4,083 €4,599 €5,537
Jul 8th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - - - €7,149
Aug 26th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 €3,051 €3,567 €4,083 €4,599 €5,537
Dec 15th 2023 - Dec 31st 2023 - - €5,212 €5,889 €7,149
Dec 31st 2023 - Jul 6th 2024 €3,051 €3,567 €4,083 €4,599 €5,537
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 7th 2024 - - - - €7,149

Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 4th 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 €3,401 €3,987 €4,572 €5,158 €6,289
Jul 8th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - - - €7,149
Aug 26th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 €3,401 €3,987 €4,572 €5,158 €6,289
Dec 15th 2023 - Dec 31st 2023 - - €5,212 €5,889 €7,149
Dec 31st 2023 - Jul 6th 2024 €3,401 €3,987 €4,572 €5,158 €6,289
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 7th 2024 - - - - €7,149

Prices based on an occupancy of 9 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 4th 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 $3,297 $3,855 $4,412 $4,970 $5,983
Jul 8th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - - - $7,725
Aug 26th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 $3,297 $3,855 $4,412 $4,970 $5,983
Dec 15th 2023 - Dec 31st 2023 - - $5,632 $6,364 $7,725
Dec 31st 2023 - Jul 6th 2024 $3,297 $3,855 $4,412 $4,970 $5,983
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 7th 2024 - - - - $7,725

Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 4th 2023 - Jul 8th 2023 $3,675 $4,308 $4,941 $5,574 $6,796
Jul 8th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023 - - - - $7,725
Aug 26th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 $3,675 $4,308 $4,941 $5,574 $6,796
Dec 15th 2023 - Dec 31st 2023 - - $5,632 $6,364 $7,725
Dec 31st 2023 - Jul 6th 2024 $3,675 $4,308 $4,941 $5,574 $6,796
Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 7th 2024 - - - - $7,725

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

• How long have you owned the property?

2 years

 

• What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

By choosing the Maison des Sculptures, we touched here the true luxury with the space of the countryside at our feet and all the conveniences of a small tourist town just a stone's throw away... We love its location in the historic centre in this quiet cobbled street, we appreciate its kitchen opening onto a private patio, we savour every day that we pass its volumes, its garden, its orangery and its swimming pool, hidden from the others. But most of all, we never cease to delight in the panoramic view towards the setting sun offered by the hotel's garden, which rests on the ancient city walls. Exceptional!

 

• Are there any interesting stories in its history?

It can be said, without being mistaken, that this mansion was entirely born from the pregnant dream and tenacity of its first hostess, Louise de Mellet, at the crossroads of the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI. Louise de Mellet, wife of Alexandre Copin who commanded the Fort Royal in Martinique, dreamed of returning from Martinique to a mansion in town. The choice of the position of the hotel directly in the street, that is to say without a courtyard, would have been a subject of tension in the couple. Alexandre Copin is already owner of the Charterhouse of Lagarde in the Gascon countryside. But his wife, presumably won the battle and this is how the Hôtel de Mellet was born.

Originality of the place: the initials above the front door can be read in both directions: from the street: L d M, for Louise de Mellet. From the lobby, ACL for Alexandre Copin.

Louise was the sister of the Marquis de Bonas who financed several mansions in Condom. She was also the daughter of Laurent de Mellet and Françoise d'Auxion de Vivent, niece of the Marquis de Bonas, lieutenant general of the King's armies. One might think that part of this colossal heritage is not unrelated to the luxurious restructuring of the Louise de Mellet hotel.

 

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

- Must do?

Go to the “village des brocs” in Lectoure. An ancient hospital turned into a mini antiques boutiques village.

- Must eat?

Ask our chef at home to cook for you her famous “pot au feu au foie gras”. Unforgettable!

- Must see?

La collégiale de La Romieu . A stunning historical visit coupled with a visit to the “jardins de coursiana”. 

 

• What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

Every morning, it is on foot, in the same cobbled street of the Mansion, that our travellers must go to have their croissants. Cyril Garnier has his pastry bakery there. Only then will they be able to enjoy the thousand delights that Gascony has to offer, in all seasons and for all ages.

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Reviews

  • Superb

    Posted by Ravi on 14/09/2022

    I have stayed in countless houses in France, and this too was superb! It was completely perfect for our family group, plenty of room for everyone, each room was stunning, characterful, with high ceilings throughout. The house is set off a quiet street in the town, and you are a 60 second walk to the main square, perfect! This is a beautiful townhouse and I’m so pleased to represent it. Thank you.

  • A wonderful stay with friends

    Posted by Vincent on 09/11/2021

    We had a wonderful stay with friends, in an exceptional setting for its history, its comfort and its privileged location in the heart of the historic center of Condom. The Maison des Sculptures has all the assets to meet up with family and friends in one large house, as well as to discover this very beautiful Gers region. We can't wait to come again and spend another stay there very soon!

  • Such a special atmosphere

    Posted by Loïc on 09/11/2021

    Besides being with very dear friends, I found in this place such a special atmosphere that you only find in some houses.
    The size of its volumes, the beauty of its rooms, the decoration in the spirit of its owners, the garden redone with incredible taste ... All this together means that we are in La Maison Des Sculptures, in the sweetest and most beautiful of cozy cocoons. I really enjoyed this place and the good energy that these walls give off. And when we're gone, we just want to ... come back. Thank you again!

  • Thank you!

    Posted by Marie-Thérèse on 09/11/2021

    To describe my stay in Maison des Sculptures, I will allow myself this quote which seems to me the very most accurate: "There are houses that give orders. They are more imperative than fate: at first glance we are defeated. We will have to live there." (Amélie Nothomb, French author). Thank you!

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