|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
Our house was featured in the New York Times.
The Hiron is a beautiful, rustic,18th century country house in the hills of southwestern France, with 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of land, and numerous surrounding buildings. It consists of a main house with 3 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and a 'pigeon tower', with 1 bedroom and bathroom.
There are five terraces, which offer sweeping 360° views of the valley, hills, and fields, and to relax and observe the different light, depending on the moment of the day. There is even a special terrace for sunset, in the ruins of an old tower...Peace, silence, beauty.
The house is rustic with style, and has been renovated with care to preserve the beauty of the original elements - old tile floors, large wood beams, crafted wood doors, 4 fireplaces...You will feel that you are part of this history, but with all modern comforts, including a 14m heated pool. Our place has a unique style - decoration, furniture and paintings are a mixture of antique and modern.
Main floor has a large living room with piano, full kitchen, and study/TV room, each with great view of the countryside and direct access to a terrace. On the first floor there are 3 bedrooms with queen beds. Each one has a private bathroom. The pigeon tower is separate - on the main floor there is a bathroom, and on the first floor a bedroom with a queen bed.
Over the past 12 years we have created very special gardens. We are fortunate to have 150 year old olive and fig depending on when you come to stay, you will enjoy our lilocks, peonies, jasmin, roses, hydrangeas, lavender, clematis, white and purple wisterias, palm and banana trees. You are welcome to pick fruit from the trees in our orchard (cherry, apricot, peach, plumb, apple, pear, fig, pomegranate).
The Hiron is situated in the Gers, which is referred to in French literature as the Tuscany of France. We are 40 min from the Agen TGV train station, 1h 15min from the Toulouse airport, 2h30min from Bordeaux (wine region and the Atlantic ocean), and 5h from Barcelona.The Gers is known for the beauty of its countryside and villages, its tranquility, and art de vivre - this is the region of Armagnac and duck, notably foie gras! The house is 9km from Lectoure, a historic village famous for its 18th century cathedral and its melons! Lectoure has local food stores and a supermarket.
Activities - local food markets in Lectoure and Fleurance, visit of historic villages including Terraube, Laroque Engalin, Marsolan,Valence sur Baise, the Flaran Abbey, cloisters of La Romieu, golf, river boat trips, walks, and biking. Amenities: laundry, parking, TV, internet, housekeeper/cook (upon request).
We spent two weeks here last August. I cannot recommend Le Hiron highly enough.
The house itself is beautiful, painted a rich warm yellow that doesn't show up well on the photos. It sits perfectly in its landscape like an 18th century painting.
The house is down its own long private drive; there are a couple of farmhouses in the distance, but no one is anywhere near close enough to disturb the tranquility. The grounds are extensive and beautifully maintained: we ate figs and plums straight off the tree. The pool is lovely, the water unusually soft. It's a bit narrower than some, but very long - and provided plenty of space for two teenagers, two smaller children, and three adults. It has a fence around it, in accordance with French law. The views across the fields and way beyond are gorgeous in every direction.
Inside, the house is beautifully and painstakingly restored, as it seems in the pictures, but if anything better - and bigger. The main bedroom is huge, with a very comfortable large bed; the second bedroom similarly big. Upstairs is a large attic room which the children found very comfortable. The bedroom in the Pigeonnier is absolutely fine, but as the owners will tell you, more basic than the rooms inside.
Bathrooms have beautiful reclaimed fittings and tiles, lovely old baths and powerful modern showers.
Downstairs, the sitting room is both spacious and comfortable and exquisitely decorated, with handsome antiques - some mid century - and fine paintings (there is lovely art on all the walls). The kitchen is well equipped and stylishly blends old and new; it's large and cool in the heat, and has doors opening onto the terrace, which looks over the "battlements" and beyond. As I recall, it gets sun most of the day and into the evening. There are old flagstone floors downstairs, and there is a small study area which is a good place for small children to play. (NB - there are some lovely things in the house, and if you have children at that age when they like pulling lamps off tables etc, it might not be so relaxing - but our youngest was six and it was fine.)
There are charming villages in the surrounding area; the nearest town with a large supermarket and good restaurants is only a short drive away; we found rivers for wild swimming; there's also two swimming lakes nearby with beach, slides etc which the children enjoyed.
Thank you Francois and Richard for sharing your amazing home.
What a wonderful property! We fell in love with it instantly and imagined ourselves being here every summer.
It's packed full of charm and rustic character with everything you could need. The gardens and outbuildings are a warren of nooks and crannies that you want days to explore.
The pool is lovely, if a little cold, and the gazebo a perfect place to flop and dry off.
We had a toddler and a six year old who both loved it, although there are enough steps and slopes that you need to remain vigilant.
We would heartily recommend Le Hiron.
We have rented houses in France, Spain and Italy beginning in 2004 and this location and house is one of the best!
The house is located near a small town (Lectoure) , but in a rural, beautiful agricultural setting.
Plenty of attractive fields of well tended crops to gaze upon with a glass of a local wine at the end of the day.
Nice area for walking if you are so inclined and easy to navigate country lanes if you like driving leisurely to view the countryside.
The house is well equipped with modern kitchen appliances, bathrooms (ensuite) are modern and comfortable.
The best memory of our two week stay is our connection with the local couple who manage the property and their English expatriats who welcomed us warmly and provided entres to local shops, restaurants and artisans and their own delightful company.
From the train ride between Paris and the Gers (Agen), we were taken by the wonderful scenery and warmth of the people we dealt with to rent cars, get directions etc. All were very accommodating, even though neither of us could speak much French. They seemed happy to know that we were just trying. It was a lovely drive to Lectoure and when we located the driveway, our hearts began to pound.
The long entrance to the house was beautiful, and when we approached it, our hearts were pounding even faster. Our first view was of the house, surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunflower fields. It was like a dream. When we walked into the main house, the first words out of my mouth were "good lord Janet, we have just gone back in time". It was fabulous. While we did not stay in the guest tower, called the Pigeon House, we did go there many times with a glass of wine, to capture different views. We used the swimming pool everyday many times, when not touring, and enjoyed it immensely.
The house was fabulous with its big working kitchen and fireplace, but l think that we spent most of our time on the many stone patios and decks, that capture the unbelievable views of the neighboring farms, rolling hills and sunflower fields. We had cheese and wine on the decks every afternoon, complimented by the delicious blue grapes (growing along the walkways), and fresh figs.
We cannot begin to say enough about Le Hiron that would express our true feelings and enjoyment. The little towns we visited were extremely quaint, and we were treated very nicely by the locals and restaurants. We look forward to our planned return to Le Hiron within the next year or two, and the peace and serenity we enjoyed while there. Thank you so much for introducing us to your magical place in the south of France.
It's a comfortable house, in a lovely area with a beautiful garden and a exceptional panoramic view on the hilly countryside. The interior decoration is tasteful and refined. The landlord are very helpful, reactive and do their utmost to make your stay pleasurable.
If you are looking for an authentic "French Country" vacation spot where you can enjoy French food and culture with friends and family in the south of France, Le Hiron might just be the place you're looking for...It certainly was for us..
The 19th century farmhouse is thoughtfully furnished with an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary furniture. Both the main house and the adjacent "Le Pigeonais" (like a small fully detached cottage next to the main house), were clean, spacious, and comfortable, with modernized bathrooms, feather beds, and a spectacular view of acres and acres of sunflowers (in full bloom in June when we were there) right outside our bedroom window!
It was a short drive each day into the local village to pick up fresh bread, meat, cheese, vegetables (and, of course, wine!), and the kitchen had everything we needed to prepare simple French fare...but, only if we felt like it, as there were several very pleasant restaurants in the village too...We even baked a tart in the oven using fresh apricots and plums picked fresh from trees on the property!
The swimming pool was an added bonus, especially for our eight year old daughter, and we enjoyed many of our evening meals together outside on the patio off of the kitchen.
Le Hiron was wonderful and we would stay again in a heartbeat!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Oct 1 2016 - May 31 2017
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$2,000|
From $1500.00 per week