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Altogether, a great place to be... and what better place than your very own 13th Century village. Situated in the heart of Gascony, this enchanting fortified settlement offers wonderful valley views over lush, unspoiled and ever changing countryside.Castelnau de Fezensac boasts 12 delightful houses with space for 3 to 11 guests for a total capacity of 80, a church of its own and private gardens. Beneath the village walls, among a handful of pine trees, lies an alluring private pool and a tennis court nearby for those with more energy. The village also has an impressive vaulted 180mÂ² reception room, perfect for large functions.As you enter the village you will notice only the sounds of the bees in the blossom, birds singing in the fruit trees and occasionally the sound of church bells, evoking the feeling of stepping back in time. The individual houses have been tastefully decorated and furnished with antiques and fabrics from the original era, so much so that they have been featured in articles in Vogue, ELLE Decor and Conde Nast Traveller, among other publications.In 2001 Castelnau de Fezensac was granted the highly acclaimed International Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Award (RICS), prize handed by HRH, the Prince of Wales. The Castelnau de Fezensac welcomes all types of events. Open all year round, a visit can be arranged on simple request. No time restriction - Wi-Fi access - Nightly Lighting â€“ Total privacySet in the heart of the historic land of Gascony (land of the famed D'Artagnan) in the south west of France, the Castelnau de Fezensac is built on a rocky spur and dominates beautiful country side.The nearest airport is Toulouse (100km) and trains are available from Agen (35km). Other airports to be found in Bordeaux, Pau, Tarbes and Agen.Lectoure is the nearest town (5km).It boasts a superb natural thermal spring. Visitors can enjoy the spa steam rooms, sauna and pools. Nearby La Romieu is a UNESCO world heritage site which offers the perfect surroundings for a walk and picnic.Golf courses, riding and cycling are all available in the local area and for those who prefer something special, hot air balloon rides can be arranged. Just minutes away is Condom, with excellent restaurants, river boating and canoeing. A taste of Gascony The Gers department is the most rural of the country. It offers a visual serenity which seems effortlessly matched by the even temperedness of its inhabitants. Over the years, the Gers has maintained a solid reputation for its gastronomy. Numerous local markets display a large variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and farm poultry. Of course the unmissible foie gras, confits and magrets of duck are simply first rate. It is no wonder so many chefs find a continuous inspiration to nurture and develop a food tradition that proposes constant delights.A sip of traditionAnother source of pride is obviously wine. From the round and fruity Cotes de Gascogne and Cotes de Saint-Mont to the more powerful Madiran, not forgetting wine and Armagnac-based aperitifs like Pousse Rapiere and Floc de Gascogne, the Gers represents an ideal for wine aficionados and the management of the Castelnau will be all too happy to organise tastings for you and your guests.A land untouchedThe Gers is a rural department turned towards agriculture and the preservation of nature. This environmental bond has kept villages alive over time, and local heritage has also been maintained. There are a multitude of exceptional sites to visit such as chateaux, market towns and bastides, museums, and a noteworthy botanical garden a few minutes away, just to name a few. Golf courses, riding and cycling are all available in the local area and for those who prefer something special, champagne balloon rides can be arranged. Just minutes away is Condom, with excellent restaurants. The cultural hotspot of Toulouse an hour away. Organised tours, wine tasting, stargazing and cooking lessons can all be organised (please contact Oliver's VIP concierge to arrange).HousesHoneyed limestone walls adorned with vines and nestling fruit trees follow paths to brightly painted doors which open to houses of different capacities, elegantly furnished with Gascon antiques and fabrics, both old and contemporary art and clean-lined modern bathrooms.Together, the 12 houses provide the perfect accommodation from 67 and up to 80. Versatility is the key here and the winding village streets and gardens have plenty of places for all. Each house is totally original, exemplifying a flair for design, which is not kept just for the interiors, the whole village is heavily scented with the fruit and herbs of the region which were all locally sourced and carefully planted. Function SpacesOne enters the Castel through a large Renaissance porch, part of a classified 17th century monumental stable block. The spacious vaulted hall of 180mÂ² offers a comfortable seating capacity for 150 guests. This opens on to an expansive lawn terrace with valley views, allowing a further seating capacity of 150, ideal for late afternoon aperitifs, outdoor eating or anything you may wish to conceive.Outside GroundsThere is no through road in the village so guests are able to walk the cobbled streets undisturbed. The beauty of the stronghold is the ability to have en entire world of your own where can enjoy precious moments with family and friends. There are a number of large communal areas to eat, sit or play in with a multitude of outdoor games available. Beneath the walls, the outdoor pool offers magnificent valley views. Just outside the entrance to the property there is also a tennis court and parking available. FacilitiesPrivate poolWi-Fi/Internet accessTennis court on siteIdeal for celebrations / Party houseIndoor gamesOutdoor gamesWorking fireplaceHeatingConference facilitiesChapel on siteCaretaker/owner lives on siteRecommendedTake the idea of a dream venue to the next level and hire yourself a whole village exclusively! What makes it so special, apart from the fact that it is the only independent and private medieval village in France, is the incredible versatility of the place where a multitude of open and closed spaces can be tailored to your needs. In times of formulaic packages, the Castelnau represents a return to choice and imagination.Event ReceptionThe 180mÂ² monumental vaulted stable block comfortably takes 150 seated diners. It opens onto a grassy terrace with stunning views which can allow a further seating capacity of 150, a perfect aperitif, buffet, spit roast or anything you may wish to conceive. At your disposal is the Castelâ€™s Church.AccommodationWith 12 delightful unique houses to share amongst your guests. Between the 12 houses which can sleep 80 guests, there are: 10 drawing rooms, 7 dining rooms, 22 bedrooms with queen or king size beds, 11 bedrooms with 23 single beds, 28 bathrooms & 15 gardens, a delightfully varied assembly to satisfy all needs. If you have more than 80 people you wish to accommodate over night at the Castel, we can help rent you chambre dâ€™hotes or gites in the surrounding area, there are also Hotels in Lectoure, Marsolan and Condom. Prices range from â‚¬80 - â‚¬250. The Grounds & FacilitiesEach house boasts itâ€™s own garden with furniture and BBQ equipment. Throughout the stronghold there are a multitude of enchanting areas to eat, play or simply relax. Beneath the village walls, the outdoor pool is surrounded by wooden decking and stunning valley views and just outside the entrance to the property there is also a tennis court and parking available. Wedding CeremoniesThe exclusive use of an entire village provides a truly unique setting for a magical wedding. Use the Castelâ€™s church or an outside terrace with a breathtaking backdrop of Gascon countryside. Toast the day with champagne and canapes from within the walls of this romantic, historic venue.The Best of French CuisineMichelin starred chef Fabrice Biasiolo is available to cater your wedding or large function, he is very experienced and happy to provide the perfect menu for your special day. We also have a Private Chef who can tantalize you with authentic local cuisine for relaxed meals, picnics or barbecues. The possibilities are limitless but rest assured, you will eat and drink well in this gastronomic corner of the world.EntertainmentWhether you dream of violins or harps or acoustic guitars or you would prefer to kick off your shoes and dance the night away, a wealth of quality acts and musicians can be arranged to provide you with the ideal entertainment to suit your special occasion.ServicesThe price of the Castel is only for accommodation and the use of the monumental stables. All others services i.e. catering, music, and marqueeâ€™s are billed directly to you by the contractors you choose. The Castel does not take any commission on any of the ancillary services we recommend.Our bilingual team can fully organize an event for you, catering, flowers, photographer, entertainment, menuâ€™s, order of service on the Castelâ€™s headed stationary, fireworks, picnics, guided tours of the area etc, for a fee.
Please note any event rental may be subject to additional charges (that will be pre-agreed) on top of the published rental amount. This is to cover the extra costs associated with putting on a wedding. ExtrasOn site conciergeMaid service available (at extra cost)Chef/Cook available (at extra cost)