|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Large 18th century stone house set near the church in a medieval Gascon hill-top village on the pilgrim route to Compostella, old Halle at front, principal rooms at rear with wide views south. Carefully restored (won French prizes), retaining original charm. This house combines the advantages of French village life and unspoilt open country.
Ground floor: large well-equipped kitchen, utility room; elegant drawing-room; dining-room to seat 14; en suite double bedroom (ground floor bedroom has no steps; suitable for elderly, but note the tiled kitchen floor is uneven); WC; smaller sitting-room with TV, DVD and games. Handsome tiled entrance hall.
First floor: up elegant wooden staircase to 4 large and charming 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.
The house is near the church at the heart of the village but very private; garden with sitting and eating areas under wysteria arbor is surrounded on three sides by high walls, to south has views over rolling country. The pool (enclosed for safety) in attractive local Lectoure stone surround is set at a lower level which ensures easy access but out of sight. Seating areas beside pool, under tiled roof and beneath olive trees. Beside the pool there is a shower and WC. There is another garden across a village road with grass and fruit trees. Garage.
The leafy garden and pool provide a safe environment for small children, but their elders will enjoy the privacy in the quiet of a small village combined with the big views southwards towards the Pyrenees (only occasionally visible).
This is a handsome house which can comfortably sleep 12 people and there is, for a small additional charge, 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 [10 X 5 metres], 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 relatively remote houses.
Miradoux, in the NE of the Department of the Gers, has all facilities; this is an area with much to see, plus restaurants, and outdoor activities. Good access by 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 email@example.com or on 00 44 (0)1653 648261.
Most of our visitors come for the sun and the pool life of the high season, but the region’s 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, in addition to family summer holidays, suits reading groups at any time, parties of old friends who 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 [the house is well-heated out of season] 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 (October-April minus Xmas and New Year) we offer a reduced price!
One group 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 mini-market 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'.
And another: ‘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’.
And another: ‘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’.
And yet another: ‘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’.
A French group commented: ‘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 ?
And another member of a French party: ‘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 !’
And: ‘Je tenais à vous remercier pour tout, nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans un cadre formidable’.
La France Profonde, wine, markets, stone of village and church and castle, open spaces, language, empty roads, southern sun. And charm and style in the house, with all mod cons, plus ease of access from the UK.
The house is situated in the ridge of an old bastide-town, it is acccessible from the small but beautiful middle-aged center of Miradoux and it has a southern view over the sweeping hills of the northern Gers. Miradoux is on an old pilgrim's way and each day people from all over the world pass the town and the church on their way to Santiago. The house is elegantly and comfortably furnished and very well equipped (kitchen, sufficient and spacious bathrooms) and has two salons as well as a separate dining room. The swimming pool is in a walled area and gives you all the privacy you want. The landscape is of an extreme balanced beauty but with an undertone of agricultural sturdiness (sunflowers, corn). Which gives a very real sense to the already esthetically rewarding surroundings. Really great for walks and biking. And of course the (local) ingredients (markets!) are delicious! A wonderful place.
This is a large, comfortable house set in a small French village but benefitting from the tranquility and beautiful views of one of the least populated areas of western Europe. 15 kms from the cathedral town of Lectoure in the Gers, Gascony, 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, from simple to Michelin starred. The local specialities goose, duck, garlic, melons. Decent local wine. Toulouse with many shopping, music, museum and other attractions is 70 mins away, Agen on the Garonne a shopping centre. But there are many smaller towns and villages which each have their own character, medieval churches, timbered buildings, market squares and often good restaurants. Music festivals of various types in the summer, chateaux and churches (some fine Romanesque). Crisp winters with Christmas crèches in villages around (including Miradoux under the Halle). Many outdoor activities, sporting, walking, cycling, boating. 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. With longer months of good weather than the north, but seldom unbearably hot. A friendly part of France, not overrun by tourists, with beautiful countryside, relatively few people, yet easily accessible from northern Europe.
Winter months are usually mild (no guarantees offered!) but the house is well heated and cosy despite being large.
Other Activities: Go-karting; bull-fighting; hot-air balloons, canoeing et al.
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$537|
For 2015 you might like to know that we're offering a 10% discount on bookings of two weeks, and 15% off bookings for periods of three weeks or longer. This represents amazing value for this superb house and lovely setting. And with the euro falling against the UK pound and US dollar it's an even better deal! We are happy to advise on methods of payment.
A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking, the balance to be paid at least six weeks before the rental begins (or immediately if the rental is due to begin within a shorter period).
In addition to the obvious cleaning and preparing of the house before your arrival and after your departure, these rates include a 3 hour visit by our cleaner during each week of your stay. You can also, by private arrangement, engage her to do extra hours if you wish.
We have tried to keep the rental rates simple: essentially this means a high season rate through the summer and at Christmas and New Year, and a low season rate during the autumn, winter and early Spring. Please note that we have not increased the rates for school half-terms so this may be an opportunity for you to make a booking for this popular period.
We have quoted rental prices in euros, and can give you guidance on money transfers to a French bank which is nowadays a staightforward process. But if you would rather pay in pounds or dollars we would be happy to accept with just a small addition for any costs involved.
With the recent decline in the euro against the £ British pound and $ US dollar this is a bargain.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.