18th century stone house in medieval Gascon hill-top village on pilgrim route to Compostella, old Halle at front, principal rooms at rear, views south. Carefully restored, retaining original charm. Ground floor: large well-equipped kitchen, utility room; elegant drawing-room and dining-room; en suite double bedroom (ground floor bedroom no steps, suitable for elderly, but tiled kitchen floor uneven); WC; sitting-room with TV, DVD and games. First floor: 4 large double bedrooms (2 en suite), 1 smaller bedroom, another bathroom; and 2 further WCs on this floor. Top floor: 2 bedrooms (1 double bed, the other 2 singles) and shower room, W.C. By church but very private; garden with sitting and eating areas, views south over rolling country. Stone steps to pool (enclosed for safety) in attractive local Lectoure stone. Seating areas under tiled roof and beneath olive trees. Garage. Miradoux has all facilities; area of churches, restaurants, outdoor activities. Good access plane, train, car.
Further details: If you'd like further details of the house and its environs, or wish to see some more photographs, please go to www.miradouxhouse.co.uk; or contact us direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 00 44 (0)1653 648261.
This is a large handsome house which can comfortably sleep 12-14 people, and there is, for a small additional fee, a gite alongside which takes another 4 people in 2 bedrooms. The house lies at the heart of a lovely medieval village on a hill so there are views to the south, but all the amenities are within an easy stroll. Unusually for village houses it has a pool, and though the church and the Halle are right nearby its high garden walls ensure privacy. All in all we feel this house offers the dual advantages of real contact with French village life as well as the privacy of a holiday home usually only found in houses set in large private grounds.
Though most of our visitors come for the sun and the pool life of the high season, the regional cultural and gastronomic attractions can be enjoyed at any time. Friends celebrating anniversaries, groups who enjoy varying a bit of sightseeing to churches, museums, or trips to see traditional Gascon village architecture with cooking fresh produce from the vibrant local markets in the well-equipped house kitchen, or eating out in restaurants in the area (which vary from simple to sophisticated), are all catered for. We think the house suits reading groups at any time, old friends who often like to go away together for their holidays, Christmas and New Year family get-togethers, or simply those who want to enjoy an off-peak break when the weather isn't too hot but is still a lot pleasanter than northern Europe, and the plane and ferry prices are less steep. So really it's an all year round sort of place. And out of season (Sept-April minus Xmas and New Year) we offer a reduced price!
A group renting earlier in 2011 commented:: ‘We had such a wonderful week at Miradoux and thank you for making it possible. It was a perfect place to spend with friends, adults and children alike. I can see why you fell for it, lots of space but cosy as well, with all its original features. We loved being in the village and the children enjoyed doing the breakfast run and endless trips to the very well stocked Casino usually to buy sweets. Because the weather was not warm enough to lie by the pool, we played masses of tennis, every day both courts were full. All the locals were incredibly friendly. We introduced the girls to petanque, looked round Chateau de Gramont, walked, played masses of card games. We celebrated 2 birthdays and 1 wedding anniversary while we were there, so we went out to the restaurant in Bardigues, which was particularly good. Lovely position, delicious food, exceptional service and we were made, particularly the children, very welcome. Madame who cleans for you was splendid, so friendly and helpful'.
Comments from 2012:
I feel I must add my thanks for letting us share your lovely house, if only for a week. We all enjoyed it immensely; one of my sons-in-law said it was the first holiday house he had visited and wished was his! Miradoux, and the country roundabout, are just the sort of places my wife and I have enjoyed so much in the past. Thank you again.
Group in 2012
We had a marvellous time at your lovely house in Miradoux – it is wonderfully situated and managed to remain relatively cool despite the temperature outside reaching the high 30s. There was so much space, and the kitchen was well furnished with every item one could conceivably require. My brother in law was most impressed and created some great meals for us all.
The children enjoyed the floating lilo and rubber ring.
Your local contact was great showing us around the house and obviously takes great pride in it. We found her to be very cheerful and extremely helpful.
On our last night there was a jazz concert in Les Halles which we could listen to as we ate our final meal in the garden. We enjoyed a great holiday enhanced by staying in a fantastic house.
Group in 2012
Je ne voudrais pas quitter votre belle demeure sans vous dire un grand MERCI de la part des 18 hôtes ... qui ont passé un séjour mémorable dans cette belle maison, entourée d'une aussi belle région !
Cette maison a une âme. Elle est spacieuse et chaleureuse, ce qui nous a permis de nous réunir confortablement tant à l'intérieur qu'à l'extérieur.
Un grand Merci aussi pour la confiance que vous nous avez témoignée en laissant ces objets qui vous sont personnels, et une cuisine de 'chef' grâce à laquelle nous avons pû concocter quelques recettes ... gastronomiques (aidés par ces prodigieux produits régionaux !)
Nous sommes un peu frustrés de n'avoir pas eu le temps de voir tout ce qui était initialement programmé au cours de ce séjour. Peut-être reviendrons-nous, en tout cas avec plaisir ?
Hôtes en 2012
J'ai omis de mentionner également la gentillesse des villageois remarquée par chaque membre de notre groupe, et la serviabilité de votre intendante. Avec émotion nous avons quitté ce hâvre de paix !
In the Gers, Gascony, 15 kms from the cathedral town of Lectoure, the hill-top village of Miradoux has baker, mini-market/butcher, bar/ restaurant, hairdresser, newsagent, bank, pharmacy, Post Office and even 24 hour petrol pumps. There are tennis courts, many footpaths, and in the locality riding and other outdoor activities. Markets in surrounding villages 7 days a week (Saturdays in Miradoux), and excellent restaurants, including Michelin starred. The local specialities goose, duck, garlic, melons. Decent local wine. Toulouse is 70 mins away, Agen on the Garonne a shopping centre. Music festivals in the summer, chateaux and churches (some fine Romanesque). Crisp winters with Christmas crèches in villages around (including Miradoux under the Halle). Skiing in the Pyrenees a possibility. The A 62 autoroute exit 8 is15 mins, Agen station 30 mins for connections to Bordeaux and TGV (change Lille or Paris for Eurostar). Toulouse, Bergerac and Bordeaux airports within easy reach
Other Activities: Go-karting; bull-fighting
Ski: Skiing in the Pyrenees, either on the French or Spanish sides, or in the duty-free mini-state of Andorra, with a number of popular resorts and many hotels and ski-hire shop, is possible on a long day trip.
Don't forget you can find more information about our house at www.miradouxhouse.co.uk