GASCONY - PICTURESQUE, SECLUDED COUNTRY COTTAGE. GREAT CENTRAL PYRENEAN VIEWS

Susan Cubitt

Speaks french, german, italian, english
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights

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Maubourguet - Trie sur Baise area Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Charm, Comfort, Quiet - Private Garden - Relaxing Rural Setting - Ideal 2-5.

Picturesque, vine-clad Gascony cottage in traditional L-shape with a latticed open barn. The property is set in a private rural position on the edge of a hamlet. It stands alone at the end of a lane - secluded though not isolated. Only 20 min. to the A 64 motorway, 1hr. Toulouse & Pau airports, 30 min. Marciac International Jazz Festival.

The cottage has beamed ceilings, an open fire and many original (and modern) features. It's well equipped, comfortable and attractively furnished with French and English antiques. To the front there's a pretty, lawned garden lined with mature trees and shrubs. There are two terraces - one for sun and great sunset views, one for leafy shade. A perfect base for relaxing, walking, exploring - or a quiet holiday for 2.

This is an unspoilt area of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy panoramic local views over fields and woods to the snow-capped central Pyrenees. Come to relax and enjoy the quiet. Experience Gascony's great food and wine, lush landscapes, clear air and amazing night skies.

Amenities:

Ideal for 2-5. First floor: 2 double rooms (one with extra single bed); single bed on the mezzanine; single bed in small adjoining passage room; washroom.

Ground floor: comfortable living/ dining room with corner kitchen, fireplace, TV / DVD, sofa, armchair, dining table + chairs; separate sitting room with sofabed; modern bathroom with loo; utility room; Internet.

Garden furniture, BBQ, table-tennis, city bikes (free use but elderly!). Plenty of holiday reading, maps, guidebooks, games.

Good range of reference material on local events and activities, wine, food, music / jazz festivals, historic sites and a regularly updated list of local restaurants.

Excellent daily farmers' markets nearby. Supermarkets / hypermarkets about 20 min.

Quiet rural environment near a working farm - there's no exotic night life or street bustle.

Places to see - things to do:

Explore the hills, valleys and mountain peaks. Watch the Tour de France pass through in July. Visit spa towns, ancient castles and abbeys (Mauvezin, St. Sever, St. Bertrand de Comminges, Flaran) or historic sites like Montmaurin, Auch, Tillac and the famous astronomical observatory at the Pic du Midi de Bigorre.

Go wine-tasting, enjoy local Gascon and Spanish cuisine.

Visit international summer festivals like 'Jazz in Marciac', street theatre in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, classical music in St. Bertrand-de-Comminges, the Tarbes international Tango Festival or the Pyrénées piano festival in Barèges, theatre, concerts and museums in Pau and Tarbes.

Enjoy golfing, riding, stargazing, climbing, skiing, walking, water sports, coarse / fly fishing (holiday licences are sold locally June-Sept.).

Swimming/boating lakes:

Miélan (c.26 km), Lourdes (c.38 km), Marciac (c.45 km). Water-sports centres: Boulogne-sur-Gesse (c.35 km), St. Pé de Bigorre (c.48 km).

Travel Planning:

Access is easy by road, rail and air.

Several low-cost carriers serve the area.

Car-hire facilities are available at all the major arrival points.

Nearest motorway exits: Capvern, Tournay (A 64).

Nearest airports:

Tarbes-Lourdes 40 min (ryanair, bmibaby); Pau 45 min (cityjet, flybe, AF domestic); Toulouse 1¼ hrs (e.g. AF, BA, easyjet, bmibaby, flybe, jet2.com); Carcassonne (2 hrs) and Biarritz (1¾ hrs, both Ryanair).

Nearest rail stations:

Tournay, Lannemezan, Tarbes, Pau, Toulouse.

Nearest Motorrail station: Toulouse.

Excellent TGV link to Bordeaux / Paris; TGV links Paris-Montparnasse and Tarbes-Lourdes several times daily (5 ¾ hrs).

General Information:

It's an easy drive to the mountains and Spain, to Béarn, Comminges, Madiran, Jurançon (important wine-producing areas) and Armagnac.

Pays Basque c.60 min; Atlantic coast (Bayonne, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz) 1¾ hrs; San Sebastian 2¼ hrs; Narbonne and Med. coast c. 2½ - 3 hrs.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
"The views on my first morning took my breath away - with the chain of Pyrenees Mountains

stretching out across the horizon and their jagged snow-topped peaks. I sat in the garden on my second day and just listened to the eternal peach of the countryside. No passing traffic to fill the air with noise, friendly neighbours (...) and air so clear that the stars at night light up your path as you fetch in wood for the cottage's big open fire (...). There are many wonderful touches, like a telescope to watch the stars, loads of games, UK TV channels, a great collection of books to read and (...) plenty of wonderful walks in the area and towns to explore (...). But you also have to overcome the strong inclination not to leave at the end of your stay."
Mar 2010
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Susan Cubitt

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 1998
Speaks french, german, italian, english

Who I am: I'm an art, film, food and nature enthusiast. I love to spend time in museums, galleries and cinemas. I dislike flying and prefer train travel, cycling, cross-country skiing, lake swimming, hiking and botanizing. What I enjoy: unspoilt landscapes, beautiful artworks, ancient buildings, browsing brocantes and markets, practising languages, meeting people, jazz, cooking, gardening, sketching, reading and relaxing. Living for so long in a fourth-floor apartment in the heart of a big city I really enjoy the contrast that the cottage offers with its private rural location and lush green surrounds. Gascony's beautiful landscapes are so far removed from the gentrification and consumerism of the city with its food, fashion and design focus.

Susan Cubitt purchased this cottage in 1992

Something about the cottage must have sparked memories of our old family home in Somerset - a picturesque Elizabethan farmhouse with thatched roof, beamed ceilings, creaky floors and huge fireplace, set in rose gardens, orchards and pastureland for the cows.

Our peaceful, uncrowded corner of south-west France is the perfect counterpoint to the hubbub and consumerism of a big city. This is a lovely spot to escape to - you can relax in sun or shade enjoying real privacy, tranquility, long views and amazing night skies.

Beautiful location, good accessibility, seclusion (away from the crowds though not isolated), plenty to discover close by. Southern Gascony has a lot to offer - lush landscapes, space, unspoilt nature and low pollution, a rich cultural heritage and summer music festivals and international attractions like 'Jazz in Marciac'.

The cottage has a great deal of charm and a traditional feel. We've worked hard on it over the years and added some modern features to its original character so it's comfortable and welcoming.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights
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Reviews

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Gascony - Picturesque, Secluded Country Cottage. Great Central Pyrenean Views
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews
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Maubourguet - Trie sur Baise area Hautes-Pyrenees
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Comments from Owner Guestbook

'We were quite sad to leave the utter peace and tranquillity.' (J.L. 04/06)
' We have many enjoyable memories of our stay and our trips in the mountains and hinterland. The gite was a real pleasure - so well appointed and in such a tranquil location.' (JM 8/05)
'Had a wonderful time, mountains were fantastic;we could not believe how much snow there was still! The house was the perfect peaceful retreat.' (AR 04/05)
'We really appreciated having shade and just watching the activity of the birds, butterflies and lizards was quite energetic enough for us much of the time!' (JC 8/03).
'We had a wonderful time. La F.was certainly located in the most beautiful part of France I have visited.' (GC 6/03)
'Loved the house and surrounding area. A splendid holiday was had by all.' (AP 8/02)
'We had a completely relaxing time in one of the most welcoming houses we've ever had in France.' (CS 6/01)
'The house is full of character and the location all that we'd hoped for.' (MT 8/00).
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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Great property for visiting area and relaxing

  • 5 of 5
Property that has everything,great location for trips to the many attractions in area.
Gardens and outside space great for a relaxing day or evening with friends or family or alone.
Privacy but not isolated.
Very well equipped with every thing you would expect.
Very good information provided by owner previous to and during stay.
Added to our must visit again list.
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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A charming place for a holiday

  • 5 of 5
This is well equipped and comfortable ideal for a 'do nothing' holiday.
Refreshingly it is honestly described and does what it promises.

It is secluded but not too isolated and is well located for sight seeing excursions.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Owner's Response: We're very glad you found the cottage a comfortable place to recharge your batteries!
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A comfortable and relaxing break

  • 4 of 5
The house was very comfortable and extremely well-equipped.Life was very quiet and peaceful. The living/dining area was rather dark and interior lighting was needed at all times. The kitcen area would have been small for 6 people. But these are small quibbles in terms of the overall comfort. The surrounding country was ver beautiful and unspoilt by tourists
- which is to our taste. Unfortunately the weather, though warm, was mostly overcast. Overall this was one of our best holdays after over30 years of self - catering in France. Very clean and well-maintained. We woud recommend the food at 2 ferme-auberges near to Castelnau - Magnoac; local restaurants were not so good.Trie market was very good. We never saw the key-holder, but an old lady gave us the keys ( mother? )
  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Owner's Response: We're very happy you had a peaceful and comfortable stay. We're sorry the sun didn't show its face enough
and you had to put the light on! Good news about the fermes-auberges - I'm sure other guests will be glad to follow that up.
Thank you for the recommendation.
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Fantastic cottage, the best we have ever had!

  • 5 of 5
Without doubt the best provided for and supplied cottage we have ever had. You feel like a guest in the owner’s home rather than a rented cottage! Beautiful settings, beautiful house with a wonderful, tranquil and private garden, not overlooked and just the odd farmer passing.
A wonderful place to stay and enjoy. The first cottage we would go back to for its total setup.
  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Two Weeks of Relaxation, Peace and Quiet

  • 4 of 5
We found the house very easily from the directions given. Its secluded location was just what we were looking for.

Bottles of wine were waiting which was very welcome given the 12 hour drive from Calais.

The house was clean and tidy when we arrived.

Everything in the house worked as it should. Extensive instruction was provided for all the appliances in the house which included satellite TV which was great for catching up on Olympic events at the end of the day.

Wifi worked faultlessly.

The garden is lovely and outdoor furniture is provided so we made the most of it. Games provided, including a table tennis table, kept us all amused.

The owners arrived on the middle weekend and couldn't have been more helpful.

We would definitely recommend the house to others wanting a quiet break.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Tarbes-Ossun-Lourdes
Nearest Ferry
200 Miles
Bilboa
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Tarbes (TGV)
Nearest Motorway
11 Kilometres
Tournay or Capvern
Nearest Beach
119 Miles
Bayonne or Biarritz
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
Trie-sur-Baïse, Tournay
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Montastruc, Trie-sur-Baïse, Tournay
Car: necessary

Southern Gascony is one of France's most tranquil and unspoilt regions. It has a friendly, relaxed pace of life, beautiful scenery and breathtaking views. It lies to the west of Toulouse, its lush, rolling farmland stretching from the Gers into the Hautes-Pyrénées and Bigorre.

This traditional cottage is a perfect rural retreat. It's an ideal base for walking, relaxing or exploring. It lies 12km NW of Tournay and 12km south of the popular market town of Trie-sur-Baise with its patisseries, bars, cafés, supermarkets, newsagent and cheerful wine shop. The region is full of historical and culinary attractions. It's an easy drive to Marciac for the famous festival 'Jazz in Marciac' in August - one of the area's many summer events. Access is easy via road, rail and air. Nearest airports are Toulouse (about 1 hr.), Pau (45 min.), Biarritz (90 min.), Carcassonne (2hrs.). Low-cost and domestic flights (via Paris, Lyon) serve the local airport Tarbes-Lourdes (40 min).

Other Activities: Hiking, sightseeing, stargazing, painting, sketching, writing, wine-tasting, house-hunting - and relaxation!

Golf: Golfing enthusiasts can choose from local Championship courses within 1 hour's drive, some of them full of history as well as challenge:

Bagnères-de-Bigorre (beautiful views); Pau (one of the most magnificent courses in France - the oldest course in Europe); Tarbes; Lannemezan; Lourdes; Masseube; and Château de Palanne near Tillac. Most of these are 18-hole courses.

There are about 28 courses in the area. The greens and fairways are permanently green, the soil base of varying mixtures of rock, blue clay and sand all retain and trap the moisture throughout the year (unlike the regions of Provence and southern Spain which can be dry and arid), and most of the courses here are adjacent to the large rivers which flow through the departments. Many courses have electric buggies, club houses and putting greens. All are playable 52 weeks a year because of the mild climate, though after heavy rain they can get a bit muddy. There are courses for beginners, courses for long handicappers and challenging courses for the experienced golfer. Green fees have become reasonable in recent years. Most courses charge more at weekends and during the tourist season (July - Aug.). South-West France has a long tradition of golf playing, the course Pau-Billère being the oldest club in continental Europe, created in 1856.

Golf towns a little further away: Auch, Bayonne, Biarritz, Bidart, Eauze, Eugènie-les-Bains, Fleurance; Mont de Marsan; St. Jean de Luz.

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Availability & Rates

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Maubourguet - Trie sur Baise area Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High
Jun 21 2014 - Sep 5 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£449
 
 
Early Autumn
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 10 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£388
 
 
Low
Oct 11 2014 - Dec 19 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£286
 
 
Christmas / New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£310
 
 
Low
Jan 3 2015 - Apr 3 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£295
 
 
Easter / Spring
Apr 4 2015 - May 15 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£320
 
 
Mid
May 16 2015 - Jun 19 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£390
 
 
High
Jun 20 2015 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£459
 
 
Early Autumn
Sep 12 2015 - Oct 16 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£390
 
 
Low
Oct 17 2015 - Dec 18 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£295
 
 
Christmas / New Year
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 1 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
£330
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning per booking £35
Refundable damage deposit £350
Notes Please email for Booking Form + Booking Conditions. Ask us if you've a question.
Preferred min. stay: 14 nights. Single-week supplement: £14.
Optional: Linens (double £18, single £16 each); Internet (£1 per day)
3% discount: stays of over 3 weeks
Off-season arrival/departure days can usually be more flexible.
Bookings are provisional until we receive your completed & signed Booking Form by post.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Maubourguet - Trie sur Baise area Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 135 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Garage ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • PC
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telescope
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Sofa Bed
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Oven ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , (ground floor), with washbasin, mirror, hairdryer, window
    Bathroom - toilet , (first floor), with washbasin, mirror, shelving, velux
    Cloakroom - toilet , (ground floor), outside utility room
  • Modern, ground floor tiled bathroom with underfloor heating; bathmats provided. Upstairs washroom with loo.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , Width 160 cm, Length 2 m
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Width of double c.145 cm, Length 195 cm / Ikea cot.
    Passage room - 1 twin/ single
    Mezzanine - 1 child bed , Short antique bed
    Sitting room downstairs - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Width of sofa bed c.145cm, Length c. 195 cm
  • Two double rooms with beamed ceilings (one room larger than the other), both with bedside tables, lamps, fans. One single bed in passage room, 1 small antique bed in mezzanine, 1 cot
Entertainment:
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Books for Adults
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • botanical garden
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • skiing
  • equestrian events
  • golf privileges optional
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • golf
  • fishing
Notes:
Child's high chair, baby bath, changing mat are available as well as the cot. Free-standing fans in both bedrooms. There are several different sizes of wellington boots for guests' use. The polished wooden stairs are ungated and may be unsuitable for small children or the elderly/infirm. The cottage is safe for small children provided they are supervised at all times. Wheelchair access: some doorways are narrow; on the ground floor there are 2 steps. The telescope has a sky map for visitors' use. On clear nights the stars are amazing. Four new mountain bikes can be hired (3 sizes). If you'd like any shopping done for your arrival, we'll be happy to arrange this. A number of local shops and supermarkets open on Sunday morning so you won't be left high and dry!
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