Self-catering rental country home in South West France

Auch

Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées

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Sleeps8

Bedrooms3

Bathrooms3

Maison Arrats

Introduction

Lovely family home set in the beautiful Gers region of France.

Wonderful surrounding countryside and 1 hectare of private grounds with private, pool 12m x 6m (with electric cover).

High quality, spacious interior. Living accommodation over 3 floors; lower ground floor has games room with Wii system, air-hockey. Ground floor with fully fitted and equipped kitchen, lovely banqueting dining hall, living room with UK satellite TV and Wi-Fi and two ensuite bedrooms.
Further family bedroom (ensuite) on the 1st floor with double and bunk beds.

All amenities, including restaurants, supermarkets and weekly markets in Gimont and Mauvezin (both less than 10 minutes).

Auch 20 minutes is a pretty town with further selection of restaurants, café bars and shops.

NOTE; Only, two-week bookings for July and August please.

Details

Kitchen and dining area with dining table and chairs, American-style fridge freezer, oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.

Living room with fireplace and UK satellite TV.
Wi-Fi internet.

Dining hall with banqueting tables.

Bedroom 1, double with ensuite WC, jacuzzi bath, shower and hand basin.
Doors to terrace.

Bedroom 2, double with ensuite WC, shower and hand basin.

Stairs to 1st floor;

Bedroom 3, double and bunk beds with ensuite WC, bath / shower and hand basin.

LOWER GROUND FLOOR;

Games room with Wii and air-hockey. Two sofas.

Separate WC and shower.

EXTERIOR;

1 hectare of private grounds.

Dining terrace and BBQ.

Private, pool 12m x 6m (with electric cover) with sun terrace and loungers.

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Prices

From To Weekly rental rates Euros Sterling * US Dollars *
27/08/2016 29/10/2016 September & October € 1,600 £ 1,381 $ 1,795
03/06/2017 01/07/2017 June € 1,600 £ 1,381 $ 1,795
01/07/2017 02/09/2017 July & August € 2,400 £ 2,071 $ 2,693
02/09/2017 28/10/2017 September & October € 1,600 £ 1,381 $ 1,795
Refundable Security Bond € 500
  • * Sterling & US Dollar rates are provided only as a guide. Rentals are payable in Euros.
  • Prices are for the rental of the entire property above, per week.
  • Bookings run from Saturday 4:00pm to Saturday 10:00am.
  • Neither Pure France nor the property owner are liable for any loss or interruption of internet service.
  • No smoking in the property.
  • Bookings include electricity, water, linen and towels (not beach / pool towels).

Location

The property is located in the tiny village of Sainte Marie, 35 minutes from Toulouse.
Surrounding countryside with cornfields and sunflowers.

All amenities, including restaurants, supermarkets and weekly markets in Gimont and Mauvezin (both less than 10 minutes).

The Gers
The most Westerly region of the 'Midi-Pyrénées', a vast and impressive mountain range, which can be seen from the top of the drive. The region is devoted to agriculture, with rolling hills, shallow valleys and fields filled by turn with wheat, maize and sunflowers.
The landscape is dotted with small villages and traditional towns most with a central square 'hale' hosting market days and fetes. Most of the towns have all the amenities required, including a supermarket, pharmacy, bank, butcher, bars and restaurants. All are worth exploring and easily reached by car. The house is nestled between two good sized towns Mauvezin and Gimond.

Mauvezin
The town is located on a hill between the Gimone and Arratz rivers with a 14th century market hall. Monday is market day and the atmosphere is very buzzy with stalls offering fresh fruit and veg, flowers, cheese, fantastic fresh coffee to brew back at the house, local wines, Armagnac and even fashion items, crafts and jewellery. Mauvezin also plays host to the Summer Garlic festival which during the days exhibits sculpted garlic followed in the evening by dancing and the Miss Garlic competition! Throughout the summer there are day and evening events in the square from food tasting to antique fayres often with entertainment for the children including a fun fair, bouncy castle and disco.

Gimont
The approach to the town is via the beautiful flower adorned bridge over the Gimone River. The town is the only one in France where the main road runs directly through the middle of the impressive 'halle'. Gimond is a little more cosmopolitan with boutiques, guano beauty salon and excellent patisserie in addition to banks, chemist, vet etc. There is also a large champion supermarket with petrol station. At the top of the town is a specialist foie gras shop. Market day is Tuesday.

Solmiac
Solmiac is approximately 15 minutes away and has a wonderful Lac with plenty to keep the children happy. There is a big slide, pools for children big and small; there is a mini golf course, a playground and plenty of picnic areas. A small cage offers cold drinks, sandwiches and very good chips! The town has a covered 'halle' that plays host to popular night fete's during the summer with stalls selling local crafts, paella, wine, beer, a fair and dancing late into the night.

Cologne
East of Mauvezin it has a stunning bastide square and beautiful covered market which is why it has featured in many tourist board posters. There is a popular restaurant serving wonderful meat dishes renowned for its generous helpings.

L'Isle Jourdan
L'Isle Jourdan is reached by the N125 as you head out of the top of the town of Gimont. It has a large lake with pedal boats, swimming and picnic areas. There are many shops, large supermarket, several restaurants and bars. On Saturday morning there is a large market offering local produce, household items and traditional French baskets. There is a wonderful bed linen, table linen and quilt cover stall, previous purchases are to be found in the main bedrooms of the house. A marionette play and donkeys from a nearby sanctuary put in regular appearances. For golfers there is a 9 hole course with the back 9 off set. Fleurance situated on the Gers River, offers the same golfing facilities with a restaurant. It also has one of the main commercial centres in the Gers with many excellent shops for non golfers!

Aura
The stunning city straddles the River Gers. The old town is situated on a bluff overlooking the beautiful tree lined river with the cathedral Saint-Marie, built in Gothic style, with a classical facade standing majestically at the top. Branching out from the cathedral are cobbled lanes with fashionable boutiques, bars and restaurants. Place de la Republique buzzes during the lunchtimes and evenings with many outdoor eating areas. In the new town there are interiors, fashion, art shops alongside bars and coffee houses. On Thursday mornings the river is lined with lively market stalls and has a wonderful atmosphere, it is well worth a visit.

Toulouse
The airport is 40 minutes from the house on the N125. Allow for traffic when returning to the airport for the flight home! Toulouse city centre is 50 minutes away. It is a vibrant city both day and night. There is plenty of architecture to appreciate in addition to art galleries and museums. The Place de Capitol has several bars, coffee shops and restaurants from which you can sit and watch as the world goes by. Toulouse is a fashion conscious city with boutiques and high street names to be found down every avenue. You can make your way round on foot, bicycles available for hire, as part of a guided tour or even by boat.

Reviews

« It was a fantastic holiday/property and extremely well appointed. »  J. Wright

« We have absolutely loved our time here, the setting, the peace, the sunsets and the whole ambience of the place. We love the décor, such abundance, not like a holiday home but a family home. We’ve had a great weather and feel rested and refreshed – and we’d LOVE to come again! »  Mark, Debbi Nish, Peter & Victoria Jones

« We’ve had a very relaxing week here. The weather has been great and we have all made great good use of pool! It’s our second visit to this region and we especially like visiting the nearby villages. Mauvezin market, Monfort and the restaurant in Cologne were our favourites. Auch is also worth a trip.
We’ve all really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return one day. »  Sarah, Ian, Jack & Freya

« Beautiful house, beautiful views.
Perfect holiday with all the conveniences you could want. Our two girls loved it, as did we.
Great time! Thank you! »  Nial & Elaine

« A wonderful stay in a 'home away from home' it has every comfort to make it really perfect.
Thanks for all the effort made to make this a great holiday!
The wine was appreciated – put us in the holiday mood from he start. Connor and Sadhbh thought the games room was the 'best room ever'.
We are taking home some great memories from a beautiful corner of France!
Merci again. »  Michelle, Brian, Connor & Sadhbh

« Thank you for letting us share your slice of heaven with us. Wonderful home with all we needed to have fab holiday. Weather was perfect! Tan is great! »  Rusth, Stephen, Molly & Jack de Groot - St Albans, Herts

« What a beautiful place, allowing us to completely switch off and relax.
We have been very lucky with such good weather and having enjoyed lazing by the pool, as well as exploring the region. We are all very sad to be going home and are counting the weeks till we can return!
Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home. »  Nikki, Robert, Jess & Charlie

« A fantastic house and home to all six of us for a week. Whether chilling out on the sun loungers, playing in the pool or as a base to discover this beautiful region Maison Arrats has it all. We can recommend going to local night fetes, coffee in Mauvezin or Gimont, lunch in Fleurance and to cleanse the soul how about Lourdes!
We have all had a brilliant time. Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. »  Harry, Emma & co

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