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Gites Madiran - 4 Beautifully Gites In The Heart Of The Madiran Vines

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

900€ last 2017 Peak Weeks - 2 beds 15/07 & 29/07, 3 beds 08/07 & 19/08 - Rent one or all of four beautifully restored Gites.

Final 2017 availability

2 bedroom gite available 15/07 & 29/07

3 bedroom gite available 08/07 & 19/08

Contact us for more information.

- Le Chai, La Grange, Le Hibou or Le Pigionaire at "Le Prielle" are situated in the midst of the Madiran vines.

3 Stars - Prefecture de Hautes- Pyrenees, 3 Epis - Gite de France.

Fine Wines, Good Food, Pools, Wonderful Views Of The Pyrenees. Peaceful place to spend quality family time playing together

Total accommodation comprises 4 independent gites each fully equipped and with their own private garden and BBQ areas. The gites are situated within a private courtyard, with a separate parking area.

The large solar heated pools comprising a paddling pool (25msq) with a depth of 40cm water falling into a large pool (75msq) with a shallow end of 1m and a deep end of 2m. "Best pool in the Hautes-Pyrenees" Gite de France inspector.

A children's' play area with large sandpit, play house & swings plus many garden games & toys - including Rugby posts for kids of all ages. This is a great values for money family property.

Plenty of space with grounds including woods, orchards, vegetable patch, chickens and 3 hectares to play in and plenty of produce to enjoy.

Summer fetes in local villages, water sports for all ages, horse riding, cycling & walking. A rural retreat giving you time to relax away from it all and play with the family.

Out of peak season it is a idyllic retreat, peace & tranquillity surround you with good food & fine wines all around.

The vineyards of Madiran, which are all around the property, border the Gers, Pyrenees Atlantique & Haute Pyrenees in the heart of Gascony close to the Pyrenees mountains.

An ideal holiday location for lovers of beautiful countryside, good food, fine wine and a more relaxed pace of life.

Space and tranquility, an ideal place to recharge your batteries whilst surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains, in the heart of the Gascon countryside.

More Details

Simon and Paulette Appleby
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Simon and Paulette Appleby


We moved to France in 2003 and have spent 7 years renovating our property. Simon was a manager with Reed in London and Paulette was a Director of QS plc, near Brighton. We decided to leave the UK, our very hectic lifestyles, to try and spend as much time as we could with our 2 children; who were 6 and 4 when we moved; while they still wanted to spend time with us! We have less money now but are free to do what we want when we want. We don't regret a single day here and we appreciate how lucky we are to be able to spend this time together. We love it here and are very surprised to find we have no desire to return to the UK and neither do the kids! In the winter we ski and in the summer we spend days at the beach.

All of the activities we recommend we have tried during our time here - tree climbing, water sports, motor sports, rugby, and of course wine tasting!


Well as it's over 12 years ago that I first wrote this, I thought a quick update might be called for! Our 2 boys have grown, the eldest is now 20 and studying at Loughborough and the second is soon to be 18 & is also planning to head to the UK for Uni.

Simon has started a new business which involves lots of foreign travel and a reawakening of his business brain!

Life at home remains a pleasure, the gardens are maturing and we are all fluent. No plans to move back to the UK still, although I'd like to join Simon in his travels a little more!

Surprisingly we now have regular winter lets, so have fully insulated and installed large log burners in 2 of the gites. We have updated gites 1 & 2, and all 4 have been redecorated, as indeed has the pool area. We have built a childrens play area, playhouse & sandpit. We have a regular customer base, who return each year. which is lovely as they have become good friends. We have found that the people that are drawn to book our property have a similar out look on life as us which has lead to some very convivial summers! Life is good!

Simon and Paulette Appleby purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Simon and Paulette Appleby chose Maubourguet - Trie sur Baise area

We love Madiran - it is a small pretty village, in between the mountains and the coast. The house is right in the middle of the vines. There's loads of space and its very quite and peaceful. The heated pools look towards the mountains - you can swim while looking at the snow. We spent 3 years trying to find a property in France - and looked at hundreds of places - but bought Le Prielle as we fell in love with it at first sight, meaning our original budget had to be "tinkered with!" Although it's remote, we still have a very active social life with Fetes, tennis club, SAMBO, tournaments, art classes and rugby at weekends. We have integrated well into the French life, making friends easily with other parents, as we all speak French, although the kids are much better than us!

Simon was voted on to the local council - which involves us in many local activities. There lots going on all year round for all ages. Paulette was on the village school PTA and has taken groups of children back to the UK including 3 "class de decouverts" she runs a weekly Art Workshop. Simon has taken 2 rugby tours to the UK & Ireland.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Peace, calm and space. A real rural retreat providing time & space to enjoy your family, with mod-cons when you need them.

The home and gardens are immense, with so much space for everyone.

The evening silence, sitting sipping wine as the sun sets & the stars appear is always a joy. The unspoilt night sky enables fabulous views of the Milky Way and is constant wonder. We like to come back from an evening out, uncork a red & just lie on the grass gazing at the stars,, its quite unbelievable and something we could never have seen in Sussex & something you never tire of looking at!

We have found the time to do those things we really want to do, but seldom have time to do.

It's a special place that brings you back on touch with nature, family and what's really important in life.

A very beautiful part of rural France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Simon and Paulette get it just right, offering a warm welcome, help and advice in a very friendly and unfussy way. The kids absolutely loved the pool! Pete Strauss & Family. August 09

Thanks for a thoroughly relaxing week in your idyllic corner of France. Our party of two adults and two preschoolers have had a great time. Your setting is beautiful and the recipe of a well equipped gite, large and child friendly pool and gardens, We hope to visit you again soon. Thomas family, July 09
Nov 2006
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Madiran Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Gite 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Upstaits Gite 3, with sink
    Shower Room Gite 4 - toilet , shower , Downstairs in Gite 4 only, with sink.
    Bathroom Gite 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Gite 2 upstairs, with sink
    Bathroom Gite 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Upstairs Gite 1, with sink
    Bathroom Gite 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs Gite 4, with sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • A further 8 bedrooms are available in the nearby 3 Gites
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Gite is child friendly, a cot, high chair and plenty of toys are available. There is satellite television, DVD and Video machine, a selection of both Eng, Fr DVDs and videos are available. WIFI connection on the veranda. Table tennis, badminton, rugby post in grounds. Mini bar games - pool, air hockey and table football. Tennis courts, both indoor & outdoor available to our guests, in Madrian. An adjoining door enables the Chai and La Grange gites to be let as either 2 separate units or 1 large unit sleeping 10+ people. Ideal for 2 families wishing to holiday together, or large groups wishing to holiday together. Le Pigionaire is an idea holiday home for winter and Christmas holidays, as it is fully insulated with a central wood burning stove and under floor central heating. All 4 gites have their own private garden, with out back BBQ, a dining area and garden furniture. Separate parking area. Laundry is provided, at no extra charge. Pets welcome - by arrangement. Outside: Private customer parking. The gites surround a private courtyard, with central fountain. Although each gite has its own entrance & private garden area with Out Back BBQ, dining areas and garden furniture - however guests are invited to explore the whole grounds which include a woodland, woodland walks, orchard & ancient chapel. The pool area is furnished with seating & umbrellas and is 100msq. Mini Bar games available - pool, table football, air hockey. Table tennis & badminton, plus a Rugby post - for budding players of all ages!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gites Madiran - 4 Beautifully Gites In The Heart Of The Madiran Vines
average rating of 4.888889 based on 19 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This VRBO was one of my favorite stops on our trip through Europe this Winter. The accommodations were clean and well appointed, and a great value for the price. Lots of activities on the grounds for kids to play, and surrounded by picturesque vineyards and friendly people.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review! We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Europe! Hope the school diary & photos were all well received on your return. Best Paulette & Simon
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Wonderful relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful holiday. Very friendly and accommodating hosts and a charming and spacious restored property. Top quality swimming pool and many other activities for the family. Plenty to see and do within driving distance. An extremely peaceful and relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another fabulous holiday with Simon and Paulette!

  • 5 of 5

Another fabulous holiday with Simon and Paulette!

Our family of 2 adults and 4 children (12,9,6 and 3yrs old) spent another glorious 3 week holiday in Le Prielle this summer (August 2015). Beautifully peaceful - or as peaceful as it gets with 4 children! - in an idyllic location. On our arrival late in the evening we were met by Paulette who suggested the kids go straight to the pool with her, needless to say they didn’t need to be asked twice. The weather was lovely which gave us the opportunity to relax in the garden, wander through the orchard and over-feed the tolerant hens. Lots of out-door games for the kids including a newly built wooden house which was a great thrill – well done Simon! Hours of fun on the swings not to mention the very many afternoons spent in the pool. We were a little more adventurous this year and took several day trips – there is an endless list of places to see. As always Simon and Paulette go well beyond the call of duty to make a holiday here a really special one. We will definitely be back!


  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Great holiday, beautiful location - so peaceful & quiet.

Pools were fantastic, a really family friendly place with plenty of things for the kids to do at the play areas & with the rugby posts..

Wine & food spot on.

Hosts even drove us to & from restaurant & around a couple of chai's so we could do some quality wine tasting!!

Rebooked for summer 2016 as we left - looking forward to it already!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Booked a gite for my daughter and family as we have a house nearby. Beautiful location very peaceful with good quality facilities. Owners are very accommodating. Good sized pool with paddling pool for toddlers. Would definitely recommend if you would like to get away from it all for a few days.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you & we look forward to seeing you again!
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Très agréable séjour au milieu des vignes

  • 4 of 5

Très agréable séjour dans un gite spacieux et agréable, le calme au milieu des vignes.

Nous avons profité de la piscine, ma petite fille a aimé les petits jeux et les poules... et bien sûr nous avons apprécié la gentillesse de nos hôtes.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci c'est bien gentilé, ont espérons que vous reviendrais un jour! Cordialement Paulette & Simon Appleby
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
La Pallane
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Atlantic Coast
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Painting & drawing courses with an English & French speaking Artist, on site, materials provided 25€ per 1/2 day. Guided visits of the local Chateaux & Vineyards provided by the owners, with wine tasting at each location (driver provided!). Gourmet meals in house & at local restruarants also available by arrangement. An excellent way to celebrate special occassions - 40th & 50th birthdays, anniversaries, and family parties for New Year & Christmas are all catered for.


Within easy reach of the Pyrenees mountains, the French Atlantic coast and the Cote d'Argent and Spain all offering a wide variety of activities.


Nearest airports:

Lourdes/ Tarbes (Stansted, USA & Paris) - 30 mins.

Pau Pyrenees (Paris, Lyon, London City Airport) - 40 mins.

Bordeaux Merignac, Toulouse Blagnac, Biarritz (All major UK Airports) - 2 hours.


Close to the market towns of Plaisance du Gers, Vic en Bigorre, Maubourguet and Aire sur l'Adour visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for quality regional produce. The areas around Madiran include the wine growing region of St Mont, Juracon and the Bearn. In addition, within easy reach, to the north is the Armagnac region and some of the most charming towns in South West France. Local Facilities: 3km to nearest village - MADIRAN - where there is a Boulangerie,Tennis,Bar,Restaurant

Further Details:

The historic town of Lourdes, is 45 mins. away. Visitors can worship and visit the cave where Bernadette had her vision. Wine tasting, mini-golf, Surfing, fishing & horse riding are all available locally. Fetes - We list a few of the local fetes below; which we thoroughly recommend. Madiran - 14/15 August - Fete du Vin - where all local producers offer free tasting of thier wines & foods. Music & meals available over a period of 4 days. November - Portes ouverts - where all producers open their Chais for tasting & purchasing prior to Christmas. Marciac - International Jazz festival - 2 weeks of music, stalls & food from around the world. Plaisance du Gers - July - huge street fete, including course landaise. Maubourguet - August - huge street fete over 4 days including bull fighting & course landaise.


Rates & Availability

Madiran Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 3
Mar 11 2017 - May 5 2017
1 night minimum stay
Rate 4
May 6 2017 - Jun 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Oct 29 2017 - Dec 16 2017
1 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 13 2018
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 14 2018 - Jan 21 2018
1 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Jan 22 2018 - Mar 30 2018
1 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2018
Mar 31 2018 - Jun 29 2018
1 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2018
Sep 9 2018 - Nov 2 2018
1 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Nov 3 2018 - Dec 15 2018
1 night minimum stay
Christmas 2018
Dec 16 2018 - Jan 12 2019
7 night minimum stay
Winter Special Rate 2019
Jan 13 2019 - Jan 19 2019
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax $0.81 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Booking Notes:
Direct Bank Transfer, Cheque & cash - no further charges.
Credit card & online via Owners Direct - a charge of €25 euros will be applied.
50% deposit at time of booking, balance due 60 days prior to your stay.
A fully refundable deposit for breakages required on arrival €200 euros.
Cleaning charge €75 euros per gite if cleaners required.
Wood 65€ per stere in winter.

Cancellation rules apply, please enquire.
Gites must be left clean & tidy, a caution will be charged & taken from the deposit, if not!
Meals (0n request) 14€ per person, Breakfast 7€ per person.
Changeover Day:
Flexible out of season
Arrival - 4pm. Departure - 10am.
July & August Arrival - Saturday 4pm. Departure - Saturday before 10am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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