Chateau and Farmhouse in Benque, near Aurignac, Haute Garonne - Peaceful retreat for families and friends within aasy reach of Toulouse and The Pyrenees
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About Brigid Clarke
We have owned Chateau Benque since 2003. It had been in the previous owners family for some 300 years but, for the last 50 years, the main building had remained unoccupied. We have enjoyed seeing the property lived in again filled with family and friends. The setting is beautiful with panoramic views including the Pyrenees. In the summer, we tend to spend most of our time outside and so cultivating the gardens has been important to us. The covered barn between the kitchen and pool is the perfect place for shaded lunches and evening bar-b-ques. It's probably the most used 'room' in the property. The views of the sunset from the pool terrace are spectacular and then later there are hours to be spent star gazing. We love the area, friends and neighbours and we hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.
Brigid Clarke purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2003
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 15
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
We had a great time
Beautiful property and location. We had a great time. Brigid was very helpful both before and during our stay. Thanks so much, would definitely recommend
Perfect for groups and beautiful views
We stayed here for a week over New Year. The views of the mountains were just beautiful and the space perfect for big groups. I would definitely recommend this property. Thank you Brigid for being so helpful
Beautiful place, perfect for our two families . Very comfortable , had lots of fun with tennis, pool
This was our second visit to this special place, secluded and peaceful ,a perfect spot for relaxation during the day, enjoying the spectacular views, playing tennis, swimming, sunbathing, reading in the shade. The rooms are beautiful and there was plenty of room for our two large families to spread out or all meet up together in the cosy kitchen or outside space for meals and fun. It is really well equipped for catering for large numbers.Thankyou!
A characterful and well equipped house with plenty of space for a large family group
We spent a week at Chateau Benque with our children, their partners and our six grandchildren (ages 11 down to 20mths). The house is beautiful and extemely comfortable and as it is quite a distance from neighbouring properties we were never worried about disturbing the locals - six children can make a lot of noise when they are splashing around in the pool. The older children enjoyed the chance to develop their tennis skills and the hall table was a great place to settle down to a quiet game of Newmarket or to try one of the games the owners have provided, when the adults were too tired to do anything else. We would all love to holiday at Chatequ Benque again. One week was not long enough to enjoy what the area has to offer but we would highly recommend the Museum of Prehistory and its rock shelter in Aurignac. The owner was extremely helpful.
An amazing place, a beautiful, relaxing retreat with space ,stunning views and fantastic facilities
Thank you for the absolutely wonderful week we spent in your beautiful house.
We all loved the place and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my 60th birthday.
We had family and friends from the UK ,Italy,Spain and Germany , they have all have taken the details so expect more bookings as a result!
Everything surpassed our expectations, the beauty of the house and its' surroundings, the attention to detail,the the comfort and cleanliness and the relaxed tranquility and peaceful atmosphere.
The huge kitchen is so well equipped that catering for a large group was easy and a fun part of the holiday.All the bedrooms are clean and comfortable with linen provided.The quiet areas around the lovely gardens and pool were well used when people wanted a bit of peace and quiet just to sit and soak up the sun and the beautiful views.Fantastic!
1.5 hours from the Mediterranean and 2 hours drive from the Atlantic coasts. Within an hour you can be in the French Pyrenees or nip over the border to Spain for a change in culture.
Toulouse Airport is less than one hour's drive. Carcassonne and Pau are both about an hour and a half. Driving from England is straightforward, approx 13.5 hours from London using Eurotunnel. You will need a car to enjoy the area. Car hire is available at the Airport
10km to the small historic town of Aurignac where you will find everything that you need. Bakeries, butchers, bank, pharmacy a fabulous greengrocer, restaurant/bar etc. Within 15 minutes you can be in Martres-Tolosane, famous for its pottery or Cazères on the Garonne. Both have large supermarkets. Between Aurignac and Martresi s the picturesque village of Alan, built around the Bishops Palace.
Central Toulouse is beautiful and is well worth a visit with a host of markets, galleries and museums 1hr
There are some interesting regional restaurants to explore and the lunch menus are usually fantastic value. The area is not particularly geared to tourists and so the various fêtes and events organised throughout the year give you a real flavour of local life. Although relatively undiscovered as a region, there is plenty to do for everyone from historic towns and monuments, beautiful walks, markets, fabulous cycling country, golf and white water rafting in the mountains, as well as easy access to a number of ski resorts.