Escape into the rolling hills and sunflower fields of rural France.
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About Gail Phillp
Ric and Gail Phillp , ex-ski instructors ,retired to France in 2008 from Andorra to enjoy their hobbies-walking, cycling, golf, amateur bird watching. Ric to build his kit car and learn to play the saxophone ! Gail to create and potter in her garden in between playing golf and volunteering the local Dog Refuge, making cakes, jam and chutney! Both of us have always loved the countryside and mountains and feel we have found the ideal spot to live with Foxy our rescue dog now our children have left home.
Gail Phillp purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Gail Phillp chose Lalanne
What makes this Cottage unique
This is one of the most peaceful and beautiful locations in the sunflower region of Gascony. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine per year we are lucky to be able to eat outside nearly all year round, enjoying that view which made us fall in love with this property.! From our door step we can walk or cycle on virtually empty roads and tracks. We can play golf admiring views of the Pyrenees on uncrowded courses. We have plenty of good varied,, well priced, local restaurants (within 10 mins ) offering wonderful Gascony cuisine with very friendly service Yet,,although we're away from everywhere we're also very well situated - We can ski in the winter or take a hike in the mountains once the snow has melted We're within easy reach of the the main cities , Toulouse , Auch, Tarbes , Lourdes , where there are plenty of things to do and see . No wonder we often think we are living in Paradis !
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One word; GREAT
This is the place I’v been looking for all my life! Piece, quit, space, pool, vieuw, private house. Great aera of France that is undiscovered by tourisme. You can go visit places or just stay a relaxing day reading and enjoying the great vieuws an piece. I never want to go to another place for holiday anymore! Thanks Gail!!
Arjan and Monique
Rural French Delight
Excellent property - comfortable, very clean, all mod cons, very private and peaceful location. Lovely hosts who were so helpful in every way but also very relaxed about the property and left us to enjoy ourselves while at the same time were always on hand if needed.
Comfortable gite with amazing views
Compact, comfortable with fabulous mountain views, helpful owners near at hand but not obtrusive, lovely area to explore mountains and beaches
Tranquil retreat. Just fabulous
Small but tidy and perfectly functional. Great location if relaxing doing nothing floats your boat. The owners are excellent, helpful and respectful of your privacy. Thanks again.
We had a wonderful stay at Le Petit Rossingnol. The gite is perfect for couples looking
to relax in authentic rural France, and the pool is a blessing for cooling off in the heat of the day. The views from the terrace go from lovely (minimum setting) to jaw dropping when the heat haze clears and the mountains are visible.Gail and Ric are all that you want from hosts; discreet and allowing you privacy, but friendly and on hand if you need them.There's plenty to explore in the vicinity if you can tear yourself away from the view: the Gallo Roman villa at Montmaurin is one of the prettiest I've ever seen, set in greenery and glades, Boulogne sur Gesse is a sleepy bastide town with a market and a couple of restaurants- although the best food we had was at two Ferme-Auberges in Boulogne's outlying villages: Peguilhan and Preville, where the three course lunch time menus were less than 14 euros, home grown and home cooked. While the Pic du Midi was a little disappointing when we visited, being shrouded in cloud, (to be fair, the chap at the ticket office warned us that the summit was foggy) it was still an interesting experience, meeting the wild alpaca at the bottom of the mountain, and going up in the cable car for a coffee at the top. We stopped at the Chateau de Mauvezin on the way back from the Pic- a small medieval castle with fabulous views of the mountains. St Bertrand des Comminges (which belongs to the association of the "Prettiest Villages in France") was indeed very pretty with craft shops and an ancient monastery. The wildlife around the gite was fun- an unidentified honking/rustle from over the road turned out to be two frogs going a-wooing in the pond, birds of prey swooped and screeched in the midday sun, and the bovine ladies formation eating team kept us entertained as they moved around their field munching. All in all, we had a lovely time- thank you Gail and Ric.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review ! It will be very benificial to future guests and we hope to see you back again one day !
Very well equipped gite, great location, amazing view of the Pyrenees and spectacular sunsets. We saw deer at the edge of the woods every day. Gail & Ric were great hosts, very helpful and knowledgeable of the area.
Many thanks for taking the time to write this review
We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again
You were great guests too !
Here in this unspoilt corner of Magnoac in the day you can sample the culinary delights of Gascony, wander around the local markets, sit and watch the red kites soaring and tumbling in clear blue skies while enjoying a glass of the local wine on the terrace, watching the sunset behind the mountains,all accompanied by the evening chorus of the crickets and frogs in the nearby pond ! Then at night you can find a local fete to dance the night away or just enjoy star gazing and experience the most amazing skies in this non polluted region of France..
For the more active there are ample walks in this beautiful countryside, cycling along quiet roads or off road following the small canal, golf at one of the many not quiet and picturesque golf courses in the area. For bird watching, swimming, canoeing and fishing there are 3 lakes with in 15 mins. Also close by are horse riding stables and a local aerodrome for sky diving and parachuting.
The Tour de France, in July, comes through the area each year and is an exciting event to watch and experience even for non cyclists !
Further afield each year, in August, you can go to the famous
International Jazz festival at Marciac.
Other attractions -
The Country and Western Festival at Mirande
Tarbes Haras National (famous horse stud)
plus the Horse festival Equestria .in July
Pic du Midi de Bigorre - take cable car to weather station at 2887 m (best trip to do!)
Visit Airbus museum Toulouse
Visit heritage sites of midi Pyrenees i.e
St Bertrand de Comminges
Garvanie (World Heritage site)