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**RECENTLY FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. BEAUTIFUL 18TH CENTURY HOU

Francois Richard

Advertiser since: 2012
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights

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**RECENTLY FEATURED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. BEAUTIFUL 18TH CENTURY HOU

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights

Overview

Lectoure House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 9

Our house was recently featured in the New York Times. See article and slideshow of photos:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/greathomesanddestinations/a-blank-slate-with-fig-trees.html?ref=garden&_r=0

The Hiron is a beautiful, rustic,18th century country house in the hills of southwestern France, with 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of land, and numerous surrounding buildings. It consists of a main house with 3 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and a 'pigeon tower', with 1 bedroom and bathroom.

There are five terraces, which offer sweeping 360° views of the valley, hills, and fields, and to relax and observe the different light, depending on the moment of the day. There is even a special terrace for sunset, in the ruins of an old tower...Peace, silence, beauty.

The house is rustic with style, and has been renovated with care to preserve the beauty of the original elements - old tile floors, large wood beams, crafted wood doors, 4 fireplaces...You will feel that you are part of this history, but with all modern comforts, including a 14m heated pool. Our place has a unique style - decoration, furniture and paintings are a mixture of antique and modern.

Main floor has a large living room with piano, full kitchen, and study/TV room, each with great view of the countryside and direct access to a terrace. On the first floor there are 3 bedrooms with queen beds. Each one has a private bathroom. The pigeon tower is separate - on the main floor there is a bathroom, and on the first floor a bedroom with a queen bed.

Over the past 12 years we have created very special gardens. We are fortunate to have 150 year old olive and fig trees...and depending on when you come to stay, you will enjoy our lilocks, peonies, jasmin, roses, hydrangeas, lavender, clematis, white and purple wisterias, palm and banana trees. You are welcome to pick fruit from the trees in our orchard (cherry, apricot, peach, plumb, apple, pear, fig, pomegranate).

The Hiron is situated in the Gers, which is referred to in French literature as the Tuscany of France. We are 40 min from the Agen TGV train station, 1h 15min from the Toulouse airport, 2h30min from Bordeaux (wine region and the Atlantic ocean), and 5h from Barcelona.The Gers is known for the beauty of its countryside and villages, its tranquility, and art de vivre - this is the region of Armagnac and duck, notably foie gras! The house is 9km from Lectoure, a historic village famous for its 18th century cathedral and its melons! Lectoure has local food stores and a supermarket.

Activities - local food markets in Lectoure and Fleurance, visit of historic villages including Terraube, Laroque Engalin, Marsolan,Valence sur Baise, the Flaran Abbey, cloisters of La Romieu, golf, river boat trips, walks, and biking. Amenities: laundry, parking, TV, internet, housekeeper/cook (upon request).

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Francois Richard (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2012
Call Owner
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
85%
Calendar last updated:
December 10, 2014

Why HomeAway

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 nights
Travel with confidence
Travel with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
Guarantee the rental meets your expectations
Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.8
based on 4 traveler reviews

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**Recently featured in the New York Times. Beautiful 18th Century Hou
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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**Recently featured in the New York Times. Beautiful 18th Century Hou
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Lectoure Gers
5

Your Magical Place in the South of France

  • 5 of 5
From the train ride between Paris and the Gers (Agen), we were taken by the wonderful scenery and warmth of the people we dealt with to rent cars, get directions etc. All were very accommodating, even though neither of us could speak much French. They seemed happy to know that we were just trying. It was a lovely drive to Lectoure and when we located the driveway, our hearts began to pound.

The long entrance to the house was beautiful, and when we approached it, our hearts were pounding even faster. Our first view was of the house, surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunflower fields. It was like a dream. When we walked into the main house, the first words out of my mouth were "good lord Janet, we have just gone back in time". It was fabulous. While we did not stay in the guest tower, called the Pigeon House, we did go there many times with a glass of wine, to capture different views. We used the swimming pool everyday many times, when not touring, and enjoyed it immensely.

The house was fabulous with its big working kitchen and fireplace, but l think that we spent most of our time on the many stone patios and decks, that capture the unbelievable views of the neighboring farms, rolling hills and sunflower fields. We had cheese and wine on the decks every afternoon, complimented by the delicious blue grapes (growing along the walkways), and fresh figs.

We cannot begin to say enough about Le Hiron that would express our true feelings and enjoyment. The little towns we visited were extremely quaint, and we were treated very nicely by the locals and restaurants. We look forward to our planned return to Le Hiron within the next year or two, and the peace and serenity we enjoyed while there. Thank you so much for introducing us to your magical place in the south of France.
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lectoure Gers
5

Unforgettable place

  • 5 of 5
It's a comfortable house, in a lovely area with a beautiful garden and a exceptional panoramic view on the hilly countryside. The interior decoration is tasteful and refined. The landlord are very helpful, reactive and do their utmost to make your stay pleasurable.
  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Lectoure Gers
4

Charming "French Country" at its Best!

Charming "French Country" at its Best!
  • 4 of 5
If you are looking for an authentic "French Country" vacation spot where you can enjoy French food and culture with friends and family in the south of France, Le Hiron might just be the place you're looking for...It certainly was for us..

The 19th century farmhouse is thoughtfully furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary furniture. Both the main house and the adjacent "Le Pigeonais" (like a small fully detached cottage next to the main house), were clean, spacious, and comfortable, with modernized bathrooms, feather beds, and a spectacular view of acres and acres of sunflowers (in full bloom in June when we were there) right outside our bedroom window!

It was a short drive each day into the local village to pick up fresh bread, meat, cheese, vegetables (and, of course, wine!), and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare simple French fare...but, only if we felt like it, as there were several very pleasant restaurants in the village too...We even baked a tart in the oven using fresh apricots and plums picked fresh from trees on the property!

The swimming pool was an added bonus, especially for our eight year old daughter, and we enjoyed many of our evening meals together outside on the patio off of the kitchen.

Le Hiron was wonderful and we would stay again in a heartbeat!
  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lectoure Gers
5

Ideal confort zones

  • 5 of 5
When we told our friends that we were heading to a private villa in the south of France, eyebrows were raised higher than expectations. It turns out we were wrong about our destination; we found a private paradise in the south of France. Le Hiron not only surpassed our expectations, it surpassed our Hollywood imagination. For that matter, it continued to do so with each day of our unforgettable stay.

An oasis of quiet idyll, Le Hiron overlooks a valley of endless sunflower fields, postcard sunsets and pastis-imbued evenings. The historic property offers a dizzying array of elegantly appointed comfort zones, both indoors and out. This is an environment created for devotees of luxurious escapes from the expected; you will be seduced by its spell of romantic abundance.

If you want to live in the novel of your French countryside dreams, Le Hiron is for you.
  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Map

Nearest Airport
51 Miles
Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Lectoure
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Agen
Nearest Motorway
23 Miles
Agen
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Lectoure
Nearest Ski
103 Miles
Bareges
Nearest Beach
112 Miles
Contis or Mimizan

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Rates & Availability

From €1,500 Per week

Lectoure House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
October-May
Oct 1 2014 - May 31 2015
14 night minimum stay
€1,500
 
 
June
Jun 1 2015 - Jun 30 2015
14 night minimum stay
€2,000
 
 
July
Jul 1 2015 - Jul 31 2015
14 night minimum stay
€2,500
 
 
August
Aug 1 2015 - Aug 31 2015
14 night minimum stay
€3,000
 
 
September
Sep 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
14 night minimum stay
€2,000
 
 
October-May
Oct 1 2015 - May 31 2016
14 night minimum stay
€1,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €2,000
Cleaning €150
Notes From $1970.00 per week
Bank transfer, 1/3 upon reservation, the rest 2 weeks before arrival
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Amenities

Lectoure House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4090 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , very large master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , 2nd bedroom is large too
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , in the pigeon house,
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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