Featured in The Sunday Times as one of Europe’s Top 50 villas.
chateau is not just a villa, it’s an experience… Imagine driving down a quiet country lane in rural Armagnac, then down a 150-metre drive, and arriving at a typical 17th Century Gascon manor house, surrounded by 17 acres of gardens, woodlands and organic hay fields. Old stone walls around a formal courtyard…an original pigeonnier…a wisteria covered arbor…an ancient wooden verandah…gardens dotted with lavender…
chateau is designed to thrill the senses and to fully transport you to this quintessentially charming part of South West France.
The manoir is beautifully furnished with contemporary pieces, antiques and art. Special care has been taken to maintain the original and charming patina. Here it’s all about warmth, character and authenticity. The two historic ‘salons’ are at the heart of the house and perfect places to gather at any time of the year. Outdoors, two charming dining areas set the scene beautifully for lavish alfresco meals of foie gras, duck, cheese and other local specialties, and a heated swimming pool and games barn keep everyone entertained.
The setting is private and rural and yet a vibrant Gascon village is just a 10-minute walk away or bike ride along a country lane. Besides a restaurant-cafè at its centre, it also has a bakery, butcher, pharmacy and even a tennis club (rackets provided back at the manoir) as well as a striking red bullring which is over one hundred years old and the stage for the traditional ‘Course Landaise’.
This is The Gers, the heart of Gascony, Musketeers, foie gras and Grand Armagnac country. This is the real France where guests can immerse themselves in authentic fortified villages, market towns, historic and cultural attractions and some of the best food and wine in the world.
If you need a large supermarket or other restaurants you need only travel to Cazaubon (12km), Nogaro (12km) or Eauze (20km) and there are some great weekly markets in Eauze, Barbotan-les-Thermes and Vic Fezensac. Other typical local towns and villages worth visiting are La Bastide d’Armagnac, Aire sur L'adour and Euginie les Bains. The area is also famous for the historical racing event held at the Nogaro circuit as well as the biggest jazz festival in Europe held at Marciac. Even Bordeaux, Toulouse and Pau (vintage motor racing in May) are within easy reach.
The local village (1km) is just a ten minutes walk along a country lane from chateau. A vibrant village with a bakery, butchers, local pharmacy and a very welcoming restaurant-café where you can go for a morning coffee, lunch or evening meal. One particularly striking highlight of the village is the bull-ring, over one hundred years old, where you can watch the ‘Course Landaise’, a slightly different version of Spanish bullfighting.
The village has tennis courts that you can book via the local Tabac, just let them know where you are staying to make use of the family membership. Golf lovers can play at Golf de Guinlet (20km) or various other courses in the region and cyclists will appreciate the opportunities to explore the beautiful area by bike, a popular pastime in Gers and Gascony.
On a Thursday be sure to visit Eauze (18km), the capital of Armagnac, where you will find a glorious market selling fruit, vegetables, cheese from the Pyrenees, seafood from nearby Atlantic coast and local sausage made with figs, nuts and herbs as well as the famous ‘Eau de Vie’. If you have a taste for Armagnac, there are plenty of opportunities to visit local producers and guided tours as well as tastings can be arranged.
Formula One fans must visit Nogaro (16km) where you can hire racing cars for the day to drive around the track.
Other noteworthy villages and towns in the area include the thermal spas at Barbotan Les Thermes (12km), a thirteenth century fortified village, Le Bastide d’Armagnac (40km) and Marciac (50km), home to a well established jazz festival.
If you do wish to venture towards the coast, then the Atlantic coast is within a two hour drive – the area is a paradise for surfers, especially in places such as Biarritz (150km) and further south, or you can explore the beautiful sand dunes and pine forests of the more remote parts of this coastline further north.
- Hall with sitting area with Sky TV
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining room (12-14 seat) with log-burning stove
- 'Grand salon' with sofas and working fireplace
- 'Petite salon' with sofas and decorative fireplace
- Double bedroom with super king size bed and en-suite bathroom
- Double bedrooms with super king size bed
- Double bedrooms with king size bed
- Study/nannies room with single bed
- Laundry room/Cloakroom with W.C and double sink
- One triple bedroom with three singe beds
- One bedroom with two or three single beds and a super king size bed
- Shower room with W.C.
17 acres (7 hectares) of gardens and grounds, access through a 150m-long country lane
- Enclosed pool garden with private heated swimming pool (size: 10m x 12m/ heating type: Air Source Heat Pump) with fence and alarm system
- Two verandas with outdoor dining facilities (accessible from the kitchen)
- Formal courtyard
- Ancient 'Pigeonnier
- Party/games barn
- Fruiting orchard
- Ancient woodland
- Organic hay fields
- Log-Burning stove
- Working fireplace
- Wi-Fi (kitchen only)
- Sky TV
- Washing machine and dryer
- Steam iron and ironing board
- Sunbeds and parasols
- Tennis rackets
- Mini-football goals and footballs
- Two charcoal bbqs
Security deposit: €500 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time: 4.00 p.m.
Departure time: 10.30 a.m.
Energy costs included?: Yes.
Linen & towels included?: Yes, including pool towels. A mid stay change of linen and towels is also included for bookings of two weeks.
End of stay cleaning included?: Yes. A mid stay clean is also included for bookings of two weeks.
Heating costs included?: Yes.
Changeover day: Saturday (other days are possible on request).
Minimum stay: 7 nights from June to September. 4 nights during all other periods.
Smoking Allowed?: Outside only. Please note that all cigarette butts must be disposed of.
Pets welcome?: On request and by prior arrangement with the owner.
Other Ts and Cs: Weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations are not permitted.
Internet access?: Wi-Fi is available in the kitchen only.