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Le Padouen - a charming 17th century gascon farmhouse gite with a beautiful pool

Monlong, France
  • Farmhouse3229 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps14
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

Relax in this small village next to the church square with views of the Pyrenees

Le Padouen is a 17th century Gascon farmhouse situated next to the church square in a village between Castelnau-Magnoac and the Pyrénées.

The house is arranged around a grass courtyard with vines growing around the windows and views over the surrounding hillside.

A large grassed rear garden sets off a private swimming pool and 60 acres of communal woodland to the rear of the property, where you can enjoy stunning walks following public paths along the canal with fantastic views of the Pyrenees.

Le Padouen is set on the edge of the plains which stretch towards Toulouse and at the foot of the hills which climb gradually up towards Spain.

The Hautes Pyrénées offers more than just 'high mountains'. This diverse region has attracted travellers for hundreds of years and the wealth of activities available locally is tribute to the burgeoning industry catering to those 'in the know'.

So there is plenty to do once you've recharged your batteries by the pool. Local attractions include:

• The "Parc de loisirs" in Lannemezan, a great children's park to enjoy a pony, toboggan or pedalo ride. This park also includes a bouncy castle and merry-go-round, crazy golf, ice-cream stand and cafe (under 10 mins drive away)

• At the end of July, don't miss the fantastic music and atmosphere of the Monléon-Magnoac Samba Festival (under 5 mins drive away)

• The nearby lake, the Lac d'Astarac, has a sandy shore and swimming facilities, again with cafe and pedalos

• You can explore caves (‘grottes’, like the Gouffre de l’Espaross) with prehistoric cave paintings or take a boat trip through les Grottes de Medous and swims in cooling mountain lakes watching the eagles and other wild birds of prey

• The Pic du Midi (alt. 2877) – visible from the village and accessed by cable car – offers fantastic views from the summit, an astronomy observatory, shop and restaurant

• Lourdes with the shrine to Bernadette is under 1 hr away. While there, take the funicular to the Pic de Jer, again with spectacular views

• River fishing at Le Vivier in Lannemezan (15 mins away)

• For a fantastic view of the Pyrénées, our neighbour offers trips in a microlight aircraft (see www.samyulm.com)

• Walking through peaceful valleys, following the ‘routes de la résistance’ through to Spain, taking in medieval hill forts, with nothing to hear but the jingle of cow bells

... not forgetting climbing or rafting in the mountains. So whatever type of holiday you are looking for, the Hautes Pyrénées offers plenty of fun and thrills, or all the peace and tranquillity of ‘le temps perdu’

And please ask us for any information about these activities or help booking them.


Lucy More

Member Since 2006
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english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 09, 2018


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib, Camp bed and cot optional
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double, 2 twin/ single, One 3/4 bed and one bunkbed
      • Bedroom 5
        1 queen, 1 child bed, Camp bed optional (two camp beds in all)


        • 4 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, En-suite in bedroom 1
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, shower, Downstairs bathroom by front door by games room
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, tub, shower, 'Jack and Jill' bathroom between bedrooms 2&3 or blocked off
        • Bathroom 4
          toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, This is shared by bedrooms 4 & 5 (and 3 if required)

          Location Type

            • Rural
            • Village


                • Away From It All
                • Family


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Living Room
                          There is a large salon (7m x 4m) with flatscreen wall-mounted TV, plus a 'games room' with table football, board games etc., as well as another TV-sitting room.
                        • Basic Soaps
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Fireplace
                        • Parking
                        • Sofa Bed
                        • Towels Provided
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet
                        • Wood Stove


                            • Kitchen
                              There are two kitchens, each with the following equipment (only one has a dishwasher)
                            • 4 Ring Stove
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Freezer
                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Child's Highchair
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 14 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Foosball
                                    • Game Room
                                      Table football, board games, etc.
                                    • Radio
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library


                                        • Beach Chairs
                                        • Child's Swing
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Golf
                                          18-hole golf course in Lannemezan (under 10 minutes away)
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                        • Outdoor Grill


                                            • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                            • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                            • wheelchair inaccessible

                                              Pool / Spa

                                                • Outdoor Pool
                                                • Private Pool


                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • caves
                                                    • churches
                                                    • forests
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • restaurants

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • scenic drives
                                                        • sight seeing
                                                        • walking

                                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                                            • ATM/bank
                                                            • groceries

                                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • paragliding
                                                                • skiing
                                                                • swimming
                                                                • tennis
                                                                • whitewater rafting


                                                                    • Towels for the bathroom, bed linen and basic toilet essentials are, of course, provided, as is a hair-dryer. Facilities: Cards, books, DVDs can be available for siesta-time or early evening entertainment and the television receives UK terrestrial channels. A boules set is available. Free wireless broadband internet access is available.

                                                                      8 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Wonderful holiday and beautiful farmhouse

                                                                      Jacqueline C.Durham

                                                                      We stayed here for a week prior to attending our son's wedding in Encausse Les Thermes. We had an amazing week and some lovely memories to take away with us. The house was perfect for our needs; plentiful seating in and outside on the terrace, very well equipped kitchen (two was handy as my daughter's family was staying including baby of 4 months). Bedrooms and bathrooms were very tastefully decorated. We didn't discover the end bedroom until day 2! I wish we had had more time to explore the area but very much enjoyed a visit to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges. I would highly recommend this farmhouse. We were sad to leave!

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Dear Jacqueline,

                                                                      Thanks for the review and so pleased you enjoyed your stay :-)

                                                                      Chris and Lucy

                                                                      A FAB HOLIDAY HOME!

                                                                      Anne Marie R.

                                                                      Myself, husband and large family have stayed at so many holiday homes in France and this one so far was the best! The house itself was amazing, as was the pool and large gardens; beautiful area for evening strolls! We also loved sitting in the garden in the evenings; very relaxing! The owners were very nice and helpful! Overall a wonderful property which I'd highly recommend to others. Annie Bill,and family.....

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Dear Annie,

                                                                      Thanks for your comments and really glad you enjoyed your holiday!!

                                                                      Best wishes,

                                                                      Chris & Lucy

                                                                      1 semaine au padouen

                                                                      Philippe S.France, Rueil malmaison

                                                                      Superbe gite que nous recommandons. Prestations de qualité, déco très sympa. Idéal pour réunion familiale avec ses nombreuses chambres et salles de bain. Piscine agréable, enfin quand il fait beau. Grand jardin, grande maison, accès wifi appréciable surtout lorsqu'il s'agit de trouver des randonnées ou des sites à visiter. Nous y avons passé une très bonne semaine. Dommage cependant qu'elle ne soit pas dans la montagne mais sa situation est tout de même pratique.

                                                                      The Jones Family 2014

                                                                      Emma J.

                                                                      The Jones Feb 2014

                                                                      Wow, my family and our friend’s family all stayed at Le Padouen over the winter holidays. We were the first two families to enjoy the whole of this wonderful, private, spacious and excellently equipped home. The owners who lived in one half before have now moved and created this amazing house. We each had our own space with separate kitchens and sitting rooms if needed, but we felt we were all together. The children loved all the rooms and the entertainment of English television, DVDs, books, board games and the large baby foot table that resulted in many evening of football competitions.

                                                                      The space outside was also very much enjoyed, the beautiful courtyard at the front of the property was where we caught many sun -rays, in February can you believe!! If only we could stay in the summer to enjoy the pretty swimming pool area and rear gardens. However we did mange to take in the woodland walks to the rear of the house, which we would thoroughly recommend. The views of the snow capped Pyrenees were breath taking and within 45 minutes we were in great ski restores, these we found very family friendly and well priced. We would recommend this area and home to any family wanting home comforts and a little French luxury.

                                                                      nice french countryside house

                                                                      Michael f.

                                                                      The Padouen is a very nice house with lovely decoration.

                                                                      The pool is very private, even if it is in the owners garden.

                                                                      The owner who we didn't see much of, or hear… just when we needed them…

                                                                      The garden very well maintained and cool in the evening.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Dear Mika,

                                                                      Thank you for your review. I am really glad you enjoyed your holiday and it was great to meet you all.

                                                                      Best wishes,


                                                                      What a little find...


                                                                      We are a family of five with 3 young girls. The house was spot on for what we wanted for a week in the region, with the three girls in one bedroom while we had the other side of the house. The grassed garden by the house and the pool at the rear gave us all the space we needed for running around and laying in the sunshine. The location is good to reach the mountains and local shops, while there is a very good young child's fun park about 15mins away by car as well as caves and spa resorts a bit beyond that.

                                                                      The owners, Chris and Lucy, are very friendly and really make you feel most welcome. Overall, we had a great time there and would recommend it for others with young families.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Thank you, it was a pleasure to meet you all. Hope to see you all again in the future.


                                                                      Monlong, France

                                                                      The nearest town is Castelnau-Magnoac, about five miles away, with its market square – and very good Saturday market with local produce – stone and colombage architecture, one traditional french restaurant, two pizzerias, bank, super- market, boulangeries and patisseries, boucherie, three bars and a lake that has a beautiful pathed walk with a childrens assault course . A little further in the other direction is the much larger town of Lannemezan. For skiers (November-March), and from this year snow scooters, the Val de Louron resorts such as Saint Lary-Soulan are easily accessible in around 50 minutes. If you would like a day out to the coast, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts are a two-hour drive away. There are many restaurants and auberges in the local area serving fresh produce using only ingredients produced on the farm – especially ‘confit’ and ‘magret de canard’, foie gras and cassoulet – at prices from the past in the UK. The food and fresh produce is wonderful. Golf: Lannemezan golf club, an 18 hole course open all year round, with a restaurant, a pro shop, beginner and advanced lessons from the resident pro Monsieur S. Imbertie (15 mins away). Ski: • In the winter months, of course, the ski resort of Saint Lary-Soulan offers superb skiing and great apès-ski! (45 mins away).

                                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                                      Please note that an additional service charge applies if you book directly through the site using a credit card, but NOT if you arrange to pay by bank transfer to our HSBC account (20% deposit at time of booking and balance six weeks before arrival). If you would rather pay for cleaning then a £140 charge will be applied. A refundable damage deposit of £250 is required on arrival. Bed linen and bath towels are provided but as these are not for pool side use you will need to provide your own pool towels. Special arrangements can be made for long lets during the ski season, from November until the end of March.

                                                                      8 Reviews
                                                                      Wonderful 4.8/5
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