Private pool & setting 4 bedroom 3 bathroom tastefully restored to high standard
- english, french
About Marie-Louise Drake
Marie-Louise and her husband Steph moved to the Gers 12 years ago and fell in love with the region straightaway. Together they make a dynamic team, restoring and conserving ancient and neglected houses with a natural flair for design and interiors. Steph is a highly sought-after artisan carpenter builder whose calm presence, perfectionists approach in major building projects meant that together they have successfully faced many challenges, and the results are beautiful homes renovated to an incredibly high standard.
Marie-Louise Drake purchased this Farmhouse in 2013
Why Marie-Louise Drake chose Mansencôme
Marie-Louise says it was love at first sight with Liet a falling down farmhouse close to the tiny village of Mansencome. A friend had told her it was for sale and , arriving at the top of the drive she saw the panoramic views and turned to her husband Steph and said ‘ i want it’ Luckily he felt the same and the decision to buy was made before setting a foot through the door. Set in 4 acres of garden,fruit trees and paddocks. The beautiful restored and refurbished LIET is now the perfect place to stay.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
LIET was owned by a local wine and champagne producer and the orginal huge barrels and workings can be seen in the barn. The family have since become friends and they are delighted to see the house restored to its former glory, but with the all benefits of modern living. The painstaking and tasteful restoration has kept many of the original features as possible without compromising on comfort and style . Although Liet is set in beautiful countryside, it is just 4km from Valence-sur-Biase a bastide village which has at least 4 restaurants , 3 bakers , bank, post office and supermarket. Condom, a lovely historic town is only 8km away with over 20 restaurants, a weekly market and many shops and services.
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
A beautiful house and a beautiful location. We stayed for 2 weeks with our 5 children and we all loved the house, pool and the amazing scenery. The house was really well equipped with everything we needed. The owners seemed to go the extra mile to make our stay as comfortable as possible, even providing a welcome hamper (including wine!) There were lots of outdoor games, bikes and even a ping pong table in the stables to keep everyone entertained and of course the pool with the stunning views was well used. Marie-Louise and Steph couldn't do enough to help and even managed to get hold of a smaller bike for our youngest so he could go cycling with his Dad. They were on hand to recommend places to eat or to visit. The scenery is stunning and the weather was great too. The children really enjoyed the lake at Castera Verduzan and the water park at Gondrin. Later we went further afield to St Jean De Luz and St Sebastian in Spain (about 2.5 hrs drive) Both have beautiful beaches. We had an amazing, relaxing holiday and would highly recommend this property. We would definitely go back.
Thank you so much for taking the time to a review . Knowing our guests have had a fantastic stay at Liet means everything to us. You have a wonderful family and hope to see you in the future. M-L and S
Wonderful house in great location
This has to be the best holiday rental we have had, as this is a well loved family home rather than just a holiday let. It’s fully equipped with everything you could need, has wonderful views and Marie Louise and Steph are very welcoming and helpful. We loved it so much we have bought a house nearby!
Thank you so much for your review Deirdre. Our guests enjoying Liet and there holiday means so much to us. We are sure you will enjoy living/holidaying in the region as much as we do. M-L & S
From the sublime to the more sublime
From the moment of our arrival until our sorrowful departure we have enjoyed our stay at this wonderful and carefully lovingly decorated luxurious property in a most beautiful area of southern of France. We knew nothing of the charms of de Gers but by day 1 with the warm welcome of the hosts and the amazing anentities and info book we felt like we would have happily stayed and explored and relaxed there for the entire summer.
Before departure upon making our reservation we were fascinated by reading others descriptions in their reviews on this site of the swallows scooping up water and navigating carefully one after another over the swimming pool and were delighted to witness it close up most days while relaxing next to the pool. As well as enjoying a single deer who ventured close by in the evening and the birds that cane to feed at the feeder hanging in
The tree outside the kitchen window. We loved exploring as far afield as the routes des lac in the Pyrenees as well as close to home taking picture after picture of the sunflower fields just coming into bloom near masencombe
We can’t think of anything we would want to add to a holiday. It was wonderful
We are thrilled to discover the delights of cooking with an Eno la plancha and I particularly enjoyed preparing the fish and vegetables and fresh herbs / lemons we had carefully bought in the markets especially Eauze market in your most marvellous kitchen, accompanied by glasses of rose bought locally and van Morrison singing (which was in the hosts CD collection) for evening meals outside as the sun started to gently go down.
We almost want to keep our enjoyment to ourselves now that we are home because we intend to go back and wouldn’t want the house to be unavailable because it’s oversubscribed. Thank you to wonderful hosts Marie-Louise and Steph for your thoughtful attention to every detail and friendliness. We loved making friends with your two lovely horses and miss everything about being in Liet.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review . We are delighted that you enjoyed Liet and the region as much as we do. Look forward to seeing you again. M-L and S
Beautiful house in a lovely relaxing countryside location
We enjoyed our wonderful family holiday in a truly beautiful area of the Gers during September 2018. We arrived late in the day to a very warm welcome from Marie-Louise and Steph, we also appreciated their generous welcome basket in the Kitchen. Liet is situated in a very peaceful elevated location with 360 degree views around the rolling countryside, you can see the village of Masencome with its chateau and church in the near distance and the Pyrenees on the far horizon. The house was very well equipped for our family, and all the rooms were comfortable, well furnished and beautifully decorated in a French style with great attention to detail in all rooms. In addition, you have views from every room. Marie-Louise and Steph take great care of their home, the large gardens and pool are very well maintained and we also enjoyed fruit from the trees every day during our stay. Another highlight for us was the outdoor facilities: There were badminton rackets, ping pong, table tennis and swing ball. We particularly enjoyed the bikes, cycled every morning for an hour around the countryside. We also enjoyed relaxing in the garden by the pool watching the wildlife and beautiful sunrise and sunsets. We have been visiting our family in the Gers since they moved out to France in 2005, and have stayed in many gites. Liet is the best house we have ever stayed, and has truly has everything to make a perfect family holiday. We also picked Liet because of the ground floor mobility access, my Mum so enjoyed her bedroom and shower room on the level ground floor. We hope to return in the future. Thank you very much.
Hi Chris, Thanks so much for taking the time to do this lovely review and very happy that you and your family enjoyed Liet so much. Look forward to seeing you all in the future. Marie-Louise and Steph.
We had such a wonderful holiday last year we had a repeat this year. Steph and Marie-Louise greeted us like old friends, they are very special people who love their home and welcome visitors with grace and kindness. Nothing is too much trouble. The house, pool, gardens, views, location, in fact everything about this magical place is simply perfect. We shall return!
Hi Suzanna & co, So pleased you chose to return to Liet and love it as much as we do Marie-Louise and Steph
Leit is perfectly located in beautiful Gers countryside yet close to all amineties and surrounded by picture postcard bastide villages most of them having regular vide-greniers , markets, fetes and activities. There are many chateaux offering wine & armagnac tastings (one within walking distance). The nearest large village is Valence-sur Baise (3k) it a has 3 boulangeries, supermarket, restaurants ,bank, pharmacy, doctor, hairdresser and beautician. The Gers is a gourmets paradise with restaurants catering for all tastes and budgets. There are many restaurants offering a delicious 3 course meal for under 15.00e and Condom (8k) is the nearest larger town with UNESCO cathedral, over 20 restaurants,( inc michelin 2* ) bars,market, many shops and river cruises. The world heritage11th century Abbey de Flaran (2k) is open to the public and has many exhibitions. Liet is in an ideal spot for walking, bike and horse riding ,there is an equestrian centre under 2k away. If you feel like a change from the pool at Liet there is a fresh water lake with a beach at Castera -Verduzan (appox10k) while you are there have lunch in one of the good restuaraunts. you also could relax in the thermal baths or have a flutter in the casino . Other favorite stunning villages to visit are the Fources the village circulaire, so pretty with 2 great Aubererges. The ancient fortified village of Larresingle known as petite Carcassonne is about 8k . Montreal the oldest bastide village in the south westis a few k further and La Romieu famous for its cats and collegialis a must.