We are located in the heart of Gascony - for some of you, Gascony is the tale of d'Artagnan and the 3 musketeers, but for those of us lucky enough to have found this beautiful and yet, truly unspoiled/non-touristic part of southwest France, it is paradise...a region full of magnificent natural surroundings, chateaux, bastides, rolling hills, sunflowers, friendly people, and of course the Gascon cuisine, wines and armagnac! It leaves you with a feeling of wellbeing...that life has rolled on unruffled since d'Artaganan was a kid!
-Looking for something to do? Nearby villages: Chateau and wine tours-armagnac chai's, foie gras and pate artisans, gaming casino, farmers markets, try your hand at pentanque (Gasconne lawn bowling) visit village fetes or festivals, boutique shopping, antique/brocante hopping, and of course...the gastronomic delights of our local restaurants!
A bit further...: The beachs, Bordeaux (has the largest non-vehicle shoppng street in europe!), Toulouse-le ville en rose-such a fascinating city! Oh, and our favorite-The Pyrenees Mountains! We love going for a hike for the day during the spring summer, and every winter drive up with the family for a day ski! We have the best of everything at affordable prices!
The Home: The Lake Cottage is a comfortable place with open loft spaces and large barn windows to let the sunlight flood in. The bedrooms have comfortable beds with crisp linens and fluffy douvets, barn windows providing great views, solid wood floors from the area, with selections from local brocante/antique shops to give the cottage a 'french-country chic' look. All 3 bedrooms are upstairs.
On the main floor is the living space with a large cozy couch, book & DVD library, TV, stereo system and iPod dock. The dining area has views of the east lawn through the large glass french doors. The large farmhouse table has space for 6 hungry guests, and the kitchen just nearby is well equipped for the task! There is a large gas stove and double oven, microwave, dishwasher, Senseo coffee machine, toaster etc. and lots of counter-top space and cabinets! The bathroom has double sinks with an oak counter top and cabinet space, toilet, italian pebble floor, jet shower, and towel warmer. Under the stairs is the laundry area with washing machine and shelves with cleaning products. The wood stove provides ample heat for autumn or winter visitors taking advantage of the proximity of the slopes if just going for the day.
Wether you want to do all and see all, or just be totally stress free and relaxed, its even better knowing you can just sit on the terrace, a glass of wine in hand, while watching the geese fly over the lake, or seeing the kids run by as they explore the forest...the BBQ sizzling...this is it.. the Lake Cottage in Gascony Southwest France!
** We are very proud to announce that our NEW GYM is finished and ready for guests to enjoy the treadmills, stairmaster, freeweights and barbells!
* Dont forget about July! Jazz in Marciac! We are only 45 minutes away, an event not to miss!
* Now taking bookings for 2013! Start early-dont miss out, last year was fully booked! Thank you VRBO!
September: The grape harvest! Be a part of it, and tour the local domains and chateaus! A great time to be in France!
-Visit my Facebook Page for local events: LaTour.Gites
-All our returning guests get a 10% discount!
**If you find our calendar is already blocked on the date you wanted, I have friends with gites available in the same area- dont miss the chance to visit Gascony!
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'We have found the perfect, most magical place ever! ' Thats what we like hearing from our guests, although sometimes, it's said in dutch, spanish or even french!
Jodi (your hostess) has been in the 'gite' business for about 5 years, and loves it. 'As a retired firefighter from Miami, being here in France with my husband and kids was just what I needed...to relax, and tackle a new adventurous project! '
Jodi and Jim have 2 vacation homes for guests to enjoy and come back to year after year! 'This is good.... I can relax and enjoy 'la bonne vie' with family, friends and guests, (whom usually turn out as friends too! )
We were very lucky to find this lost-in-time, rural part of SW France, where the people are friendly, the landscape is stunning, the food is amazing, and the air is pure.
The history and beauty of this area never ceases to amaze me, we're always exploring new villages and restaurants, enjoying the festivals and brocantes... I can't believe its been 9 years!
Just 6 minutes drive from us is a spa village with a large lake that has surveyed swimming and games, playground, picnic areas, large pool, sailing, rowing, paddle-boating, tennis and a snack bar. Our prices are affordable because we simply want folks to have a good time! If my family cant afford to stay at our cottage, then its too much!
The kids can run around outside and 'be kids' and adults have time to relax, and de-stress.. its good for the soul!
Seeking a bit of adventure? Agen has an adventure park called Walibi-beware of the wild rollercoaster! 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive are the beach's! Beautiful dunes and small beach villages are quite special. The Pyrenees Mountains! You dont have to be an expert climber to enjoy a great day in the mountains-the views are stunning-and you might be lucky enough to pass the local cows and horses grazing freely along the trails! Visit Basque villages such as Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the tiny harbor village rich in history and dotted with botiques and restaurants where the food will not disappoint! For a vacation that is natural, relaxing, traditional...well just different and extraordinary, I think the Lake Cottage in Gascony is the place to be!
Nearby is a spa village with a casino, wonderful farmers market, and large lake for swimming, sailing, paddle boating, fishing etc. with heated pool and snack bar. During the summer months, village festivals are a must! Each one unique, and usually with the famous 'Course Landaise' where they dance with the bulls! (not hurt them) Delicious food, chateau visits and wine tasting, Adventure parks, and tree gliding fun for the kids..a great way to get to know the true southwest France! And dont forget the brocantes! (French antique shops) I myself cant keep away from them, and dont mind sharing the locations of the best ones!
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