About the property
- Chateau / Country House2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Beautiful manor house for family holidays. 5 bedrooms. Sleeps 12. Natural pool
Maison Bernis is a beautiful Gascon manor house that is well equipped as it is our family home. Located in the Gers countryside in the South of France, an hour from Toulouse Blagnac airport, the nearest towns are 15 minutes away by car. Outdoors there is a magnificent natural pool, a petanque court, jungle gym with slide, and outdoor eating and sitting areas. Indoors there are 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and family room. There is wireless broadband, toys, games, books, DVDs and English freeview satellite TV to enjoy. The whole estate is rented for your sole use.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 21, 2018
About Gavin Erasmus
We bought Bernis in December 2011 and moved in for the start of the school year in September 2012. We lived full-time at Bernis until June 2017 when we left on an adventure to research sustainability around the world.
Gavin Erasmus purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2011
Why Gavin Erasmus chose Monbardon
Bernis in an hour away from Toulouse and the Toulouse airport of Blagnac; yet it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle. Bernis is everything one imagines of a French summer - long summer days, beautiful vistas to the Pyrenees mountains, sunflowers, fresh air and healthy food - you can help yourself to the fruit and veg in our garden. A glass of chilled wine would complete the picture!
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Bernis offers old-world grandeur with the luxury and convenience of a modern family home making for a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday in the sunny South of France.
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It was a lovely unspoilt house with a breathtaking natural pool.
A piece of paradise
We had a wonderful week at Maison Bernis with our parents (70) and our children (2.5 & 5 yrs old). The grounds are just beautiful and surrounded by stunning landscapes. We loved the natural pool as well as relaxing in the hammock or wondering in the gardens. There were so many things for the kids to do, from the toys area outside, the trampoline, the vegetable garden and even a great selection of kids DVDs. The rooms were all generous in size and we enjoyed eating outside most days. Being able to BBQ and have lazy breakfasts was a real bonus. Local shops were well stocked and a good variety of restaurants close by too. we did do some exploring of the local area - nearby lake beach was so lovely and quiet.
The hosts could not do enough and were very patient with all my questions. Being in the lovely countryside, you couldn't help but do very little and truly relax. The sunflower fields and the stars at night were just cherry's on the top. So much care and effort has gone into this house and it was a pleasure to stay there. We will be back!
Thank you - it is always so wonderful to hear that our guests have enjoyed the magic of Bernis and the surrounding countryside as much as we do!
Wonderful House and Gardens in the Bucolic Countryside
The owner's father set the tone of our stay at Bernis with his warm welcome, a tour of the extensive property and the next day delivery of his homemade plum jam. Bernis is a beautifully restored hilltop home with high ceilings, large rooms, is full of light and tastefully decorated. It is equipped with everything and even my amateur chef husband wanted for little in the kitchen. We spent a week there with our active teenage daughters and they loved it. Swimming in the huge natural pool (the photos don't do it justice), picking fruit from their trees and vegetables from their extensive vegetable garden, and eating dinner overlooking the countryside. Lovely. We visited the markets in the local towns and ate at some great restaurants....duck & fois gras are specialties of the region. We visited the jazz festival in Marciac and towards the end of our stay we went on a great hike through a local gorge. In retrospect we would have done more hiking. We want to go again but this time spend 2 weeks.
Wonderful relaxing retreat
Our stay was a mixture of an indulgence of timeless experiences - local cuisene, great wine, quaint towns, a visit to snow covered Pyrenees, balanced with a Space Centre and an Airbus factory outing. Need I say more!!
Peaceful & relaxing and yet loads to do.
I have recently had a fabulous holiday at Bernis. The autumn colours and scenery were breathtaking. From strenous country walks to lazy strolls down to the abundant vegetable garden, to visits to the well stocked and interesting local markets to a picnic at one of the Lakes in the Pyrenees - I could write an entire blog on my visit - suffice it to say Bernis has it all and Bernis is the Best. I will definitely be returning (if the owners will have me, that is. We did partake in rather an extended and generous wine tasting evening with Christiaan - the local wine master who hosts wine and food pairing evenings!)
Escape it all in rural France
Fantastic property in beautiful, rustic Gascony. Amazing views of the Pyrenees, great hiking and dining nearby. Check out the local farmers markets for ingredients for a home-made meal, or try any of the nearby restaurants recommended by the hosts. Perfect for a large family or a group of friends.
Una casa histórica en la región de Gascuña. Es un sitio bien ubicado para discubrir el campo y visitar los restaurantes y mercados los pueblicitos del sur de Francia. Vistas preciosas a los pirineos. Ideal para una familia o un grupo de amigos para escaparse y disfrutar del campo.
Travel: Bernis is under an hour from the Blagnac airport in Toulouse. Pau and Lourdes are just over an hour away. Distances: Toulouse - 1 hour Auch - 45 minutes Pyrenees mountains - 1 hour Masseube - 15 minutes Bologne sur Gesse - 15 minutes Marciac Jazz Festival - 50 minutes Swimming beach - 10 minutes Further Details: There are many things to do in the local area including eating out and about (take a look on our website for our favourite restaurants), attending the Jazz festival in Marciac in late July and August or even visiting Auch and Toulouse. Every second year, two stages of the Tour de France comes within an hour of us and makes for an adrenalin-filled outing! Local markets include: Monday – Samatan Wednesday – Bolougne sur Gesse Thursday – Saint Gaudens Friday – Seissan Saturday – I’sle en Dodon and Castelnau Magnoac Our closest centres for shops and banks are Masseube and Bologne-sur-Gesse; both approximately 15 minutes away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Changeover Day: The changeover day is Saturday. The property will be available from 14:00 and we ask guests to vacate the property by 10:00 am on the day of departure. Please ensure that you leave the property in as good a state as it was when you arrived as changeovers are extremely tight. We reserve the right to withhold part of your security deposit should extra cleaning be necessary.