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Rural house with pool in peaceful location - ideal for relaxing

Mouchan, France
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights

Holiday Farmhouse between Gondrin and Mouchan - Quiet Rural Location

“Le Caillaou” (meaning pebble), is an old converted farmhouse in a secluded setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by sunflowers vineyards and medieval villages. It is situated at the end of a lane with no through traffic. On a clear day the Pyrenees act as back drop to the view from the house. Le Caillaou is situated between the villages of Mouchan and Gondrin which is a 15-20 minute cycle for morning croissants along the ancient paths and quiet roads. It is an ideal spot to either relax or use as a base for walking and cycling and exploring the natural countryside of the Gers.

Owner

Juliet Kenney

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Speaks:
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Jan 29, 2018
About Juliet Kenney

We are a British couple with two children and this is our little retreat from the busy, stress of our working lives. We have so much enjoyed this part of France for it rural feel and slow pace of life. We hope you do too. We have just returned from a wonderful Easter week. We took the opportunity to go skiing at Le Mongie - perfect for the children and those just learning and we stayed overnight. The weather was beautiful perfect for walking and cycling. When it is hot, we stay by the pool and in the shade of the barn.

Juliet Kenney purchased this House in 2012

Why Juliet Kenney chose Mouchan

We love the peace, tranquility and quality of life. The local towns are pretty and the summer night markets amazing. The wildlife is fantastic and if you are a star gazer use the telescope to look at the stars in the clear skies -we saw Mars, Jupiter and the Moon so clearly.

What makes this House unique

If you love the outdoors and exploring nature this is a perfect location for walking, riding, canoeing, fishing, playing golf. It is also a great place for eating and drinking with so many superb places to eat. The water park is also just up the road. If you are there in July and August try one of the night markets such as the one at Sos - take cutlery and glasses if you don't like plastic ones and you buy your food at one of the stalls and eat it as the sun sets. There is usually entertainment and music for the evening. We had a fabulous celebratory evening at "Les Cordiliers" a Michelin restaurant in Condom - amazing food and service

Amenities

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

      Bedrooms

      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 twin/ single, King bedroom with wet room
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, Traditional French double aspect room
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon, Traditional French bedroom with twin french beds
      • Bedroom 4
        3 twin/ single, bunk beds and single bed with shower room on ground floor
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7/10 (4 Bedrooms) with sofa bed in twin room can accommodate 2 but it would be cosy. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1:Balcony
        King-sized bed plus single bed , Bedroom 2: Double bed views of the Pyrenees when clear. Bedroom 3: Twin beds and double sofa bed view of Pyrenees when clear. Bedroom 4 on the ground floor with bunk beds and a single bed.

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Wet room style
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, Downstairs
      • Shower room 1
        shower, small shower on ground floor
      • Shower room 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Adjacent to twin and double rooms
      • Bedroom 1 with en-suite wet room with wc and shower Bathroom with bath and shower over and wc, adjacent to bedroom 2 and 3 Bedroom 4 en-suite shower. Also ground floor separate downstairs wc

      Location Type

        • Rural

          Theme

            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Living Room
                      Two sofas and a chair with DVD, TV and satellite box and Wi Fi. Access to outside BBQ area
                    • Fireplace
                      Being built for the coming winter 2015
                    • Heating
                      Heating can be supplied for additional winter supplement
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Bed linen provided
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                    • Parking
                      Ample parking
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath and hand towels included. Please bring pool towels
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      Large capacity dryer when sun not shinning
                    • Washing Machine
                      washing machine in utility
                    • Wood Stove
                      Large wood burner in salon

                      Kitchen

                        • Microwave
                          Easy to operate microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee maker and filters available
                        • Dishwasher
                          Bosch dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Fridge freezer in kitchen - small supply of emergency rations such as pizza and chips on a replace what you use basis.
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is fully equipped and has a food larder and cooking drawer for those bakers who just cant say no to knocking up some cookies.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          There should be ample dishes and cooking utensils and glasses.
                        • Oven
                          Two electric fan ovens and one grill
                        • Pantry Items
                          There is a small supply of emergency rations (such as pasta rice tuna) for those who get there late after the shops have shut Please replace what you use.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Fridge freezer in kitchen - small supply of emergency rations and condiments available.
                        • Stove
                          Range cooker gas top.
                        • Toaster

                          Dining

                            • Dining
                              Large oak table and chairs inside, dining areas at the back of the house and in the barn adjacent to the pool. Large bookcase with cook books and things to do and maps of the region
                            • Dining Area

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                  Some reading books and coffee table books
                                • DVD Player
                                  DVD and DVDs and WiFi
                                • Games
                                  Some games on the bookcase - monopoly , Yahtzee, Whose in the bag,
                                • Music Library
                                  A few CDs of a mixture of genres
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Available
                                • Stereo
                                  In the salon area
                                • Television
                                  Flat screen TV
                                • Video Library
                                  Variety of childrens and other films, TV series on DVD and memory sticks for use in TV and DVD player

                                  Outside

                                    • Balcony
                                      Balcony with views of the Pyrenees when clear
                                    • Bicycles
                                      3 adult and 3 children s for ages up to 10
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Back terrace and terracing by the pool
                                    • Golf
                                      There are several golf courses within the region the most famous and oldest being at Pau about 1.5 hours from Gondrin. The closest golf course is in Eauze about 20 minutes drive from the property.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      in the local village of Beauclaire you can rent canoes and do canoe tours for 1 hour up to a day.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Enough space for ball games and general running around
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Stone BBQ
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Skiing can be accessed in about a 2.5 hour drive. Alternatively there are ski buses that run from Condom and Montreal during the ski season. Many folk in the region book a nights stay to get a couple of days skiing in. We go to Le Mongie ideal for young families and the more experienced skier with a variety of easy and more difficult pistes. However there are many other resorts to choose from within a similar distance from the house.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Condom has tennis courts

                                      Pool / Spa

                                        • Private Pool
                                          10m by 5m pool

                                          Attractions

                                            • churches
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • bird watching
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis

                                                          Notes

                                                            • Notes on accommodation: The house is a mixture between traditional French style property with a modern extension. There are several areas for eating or sitting and relaxing around the property Outside: There are several seating areas around the house plus an old tobacco barn that can be used to escape the sun and eat al-fresco. In the evening the barn can be lit with fairy lights for romantic meals and evening swimming. The barn is is adjacent to the pool (5 x 10 metres) and there are various sun loungers, a barbeque and outside chairs and tables. During the day red squirrels may be spotted along with other wildlife such as hummingbird moths and swallow tailed butterflies. Birds commonly seen are hoopoes, barn owls, redstarts, red kites, nightingales, hen harriers, buzzards and kestrels. If you are lucky you may see and hear the migrating cranes. The garden has fig, cherry, plum, almond and quince trees. The spectacular clear nights offer wonderful stargazing through the house telescope. There is badminton and some basic fishing and golf equipment. The garden area is big enough for ball games such as football and boules. There are three adult and three children's bikes. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board and clothes airer. There are also bikes, hammocks, badminton fishing and golf equipment here. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided with the exception of towels for the pool. Linen can be changed weekly by prior arrangement at a small additional cost. Other: There is a separate TV snug area with Sky (UK channels only) which could also be used as an additional bedroom (we can move the sofa bed to here) if required. There is a selection of DVDs for all ages

                                                              6 Reviews

                                                              Exceptional5/5

                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Marvellous Magical Mouchan

                                                              Christopher R.

                                                              We had a very relaxing time in this very peaceful location and it was everything we had wished for our holiday. The house was very well equipped with multiple dining areas, extensive grounds and picturesque swimming pool. It is surrounded by vineyards, fields of sunflowers and views of the Pyrennes . The house is ideally located for exploring the glorious countryside of the area. We enjoyed numerous cycling excursions, walked a stretch of the Camino and spent a wonderful afternoon canoeing on the Baise.

                                                              Lovely family holiday in France

                                                              J&DSurrey

                                                              Le Calliaou is a lovely, clean and well maintained French farmhouse. We really enjoyed our week long stay. The children loved the pool, the water park in Gondrin, canoeing at Beaucaire and the French 'Go Ape'. There is plenty of opportunity for walking and cycling in the surrounding countryside which consists of vineyards and fields of sunflowers. There are plenty of local vineyards which sell great wine, we particularly liked Pellehaut, and markets in the local villages which sell all sorts of fresh local produce.

                                                              We would recommend the house as an ideal base to explore this beautiful area or even just laze in the sun by the pool!

                                                              Fabulous!

                                                              DeeLondon

                                                              The holiday was perfect - just what we were looking for. Relaxation and no fuss. Key features for potential customers:

                                                              A well equipped kitchen no need to take anything with you.

                                                              A big pool which was child safe

                                                              Fabulous views across farmlands and sunflower fields

                                                              Small supermarket within short distance (15 minute cycle ride)

                                                              Oodles of space for the children to play football, rugby, dinosaur hunting and a range of other games (we hardly saw them during the day).

                                                              Washing machine so no need to take lots of clothes.

                                                              TV with Sky (just take your Sky card with you).

                                                              Would highly recommend.

                                                              Le Caillou

                                                              ChrisUnited Kingdom

                                                              We had a fantastic week in this gorgeous house. The house itself is stunning, beautifully decorated and furnished, sparklingly clean, and absolutely everything you could want is provided.

                                                              The swimming pool is beautiful, with unbroken views for miles of the surrounding Olive Groves and Vineyards.

                                                              Everything you need is a short car journey (or an envigorating bike ride!) away, and it is truly the most tranquil place you could imagine.

                                                              A cheerful and friendly French farmer passes on his tractor sometimes on his way to the fields, so you feel 'in touch' and the lady who prepares the house doesn't live far away.

                                                              Summing up, a perfect holiday location with loads of space, lots to see locally if you wish, or just to stay at home and relax.

                                                              We will definitely be going back!

                                                              Super Relaxing

                                                              LorraineSurrey

                                                              A beautiful house with amazing views of the sunflowers and vineyards. Spent a lot of time around the pool relaxing. Very comfortable with good facilities. We chose to eat in most evenings as the local shops made self catering so easy and prices were reasonable too. House is excellently maintained and everything you need is supplied.

                                                              The kind of holiday where you can totally relax.

                                                              Locals very friendly. Would definitely go again.

                                                              Glorious Gascony

                                                              jennylondon

                                                              A typical Gascony house right in the middle of vineyards and sunflower fields. Very comfortable with good facilities. We chose to cook several evenings using excellent produce from local markets but also ate out in restaurants in the towns and villages. We made good use of the pool. Lots to do in the area and lovely countryside and you can expect good weather too. Thoroughly recommended. Would go again.

                                                              Location

                                                              Mouchan, France

                                                              Special interest holidays: This is a wonderful location for walking, cycling, horse riding and visiting the local "bastide" towns. The famous walking route "St Jaques de Compostella" passes through the countryside. There are walking and cycling maps and walking books at the house. There are many gastronomic places to eat (full details in the house) and lovely locations for long lazy lunches. We have enjoyed several meals at Les Cordiliers in Condom a Michelin starred restaurant. There is canoeing and a two or three French style go ape course within easy reach of the house for a day out. Coast/Beach: The Atlantic coast is about 3 hours driving away to the west. There are many local lakes and water parks the nearest being 7 minutes away in Gondrin. Most of the local villages have water parks which vary in size and facilities. Gondrin is one of the largest in the region. Travel: A car is essential: Distance from airports: Toulouse Blagnac –approx times - 1hr 30 minutes, Pau 1 hr 40 minutes and Bordeaux 2 hours Distance from Ports: Calais – 12 hours, Caen 7 1/2 hours driving time without stops Distances: Gondrin is the nearest village at 7 minutes by car with local amenities and a water park (summer only). There are however plenty of picturesque villages within 30 minutes drive or cycle such as Montreal, Larresingle or Fources just waiting to be discovered. Condom is 15 minutes away with large shops and "Les Cordeliers" Michelin starred restaurant. Castera Veduzan is a Spa town with a casino and good restaurants such as Le Florida. Further Details: Gondrin is the local village and it is well stocked with a boulangerie, boucherie and a small supermarket, it also has a great water park suitable for all children of all ages when you get bored of the pool! There is also a 17km disused railway track that is easy and safe cycling for children which passes near Gondrin and goes all the way to Condom. Condom is the main larger town nearby with all the shops, banks and amenities that you would need with a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Also a cinema, river cruises, antique shops and tourist office adjacent to the cathedral plus the librarie gourmande (book shop with cakes!).

                                                              Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Booking Notes: To make a booking contact via email or by phone. Booking is reserved on receipt of a 25% (non-refundable) deposit. The balance is due 8 weeks before the start of the holiday, together with a refundable deposit of £200. For complete peace of mind we advise guests to cover the risk of cancellation with their own holiday insurance. Changeover Day: Bookings in high season run from FRIDAY 4pm to FRIDAY 10.00am to allow for cleaning. Earlier arrival may be possible by prior arrangement please enquire. Out of high season flexible dates and days can be accommodated so please do enquire. Notes on prices: Prices for the property are in UK sterling. An additional heating charge of 150 GBP is required per week from November to April. If you are a small party and do not wish to use the whole house please ask and we will see if we can accommodate you and reduce the price.

                                                              $140avg/night
                                                              6 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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