Experience the famed douceur de vivre (“sweetness of life”) of Gascony in luxury
The rare position of the house on a large clearing amidst forests and surrounded by unspoilt landscapes flush with wildlife - but in close reach by car of everything one needs or wants to see in this beautiful French region rich in tradition and history - makes it an ideal spot for nature lovers, sporty or even creative people.
Well…and not to forget the ones who long for the most relaxing, invigourating, lazy, stress-free, secret location, a place with no demands, only peace, crystal air and bird song – but buzzing life and people only ever when you feel like it.
Lugane is situated only 2.5 km from the ancient village of Sos (yes, really) in an interesting corner of the Lot-et-Garonne (Gascogne, Aquitaine), which reaches into other, adjoining regions. The whole area and in particular this village has strong Roman roots. This is the region of D’Artagnan of the Musketeers, Foie Gras and Armagnac.
The endless, little populated forests of the region Landes with its Atlantic coast beaches stretching all the way from Bordeaux to beyond Biarritz, begin only a few minutes away.
In the other direction you find yourself already after another few minutes drive amongst the rolling hills of the Gers (the “Tuscany” of France) scattered with tiny, ancient villages and farms, chateaux and far-reaching views over vineyards and sunflower fields - and in clear weather the Pyrenees.
The great mountains of the Pyrenees are only about 1.5 hours away, even the Mediterranean coast only about 3 hours. So, Lugane is centrally positioned amongst contrasting regions of great beauty and history, the sea, the mountains…and several airports of your choice.
The fertile greens of this rural region are untouched, at times as if in another century. There are not many tourists, so people are still friendly with an endearing, old-fashioned touch of politeness elsewhere lost.
Past our forests there are many vineyards, rape seed fields blooming in early spring, then sunflowers everywhere for weeks with falcons circling in the sky. There are frog concerts down the path at the lake down one of our forest paths, where one can also watch the odd shy crane before a refreshing swim.
The nightingales everywhere sing until late in spring before the hot peaceful summers with lush and vibrant nature. Warm and long colourful autumns are scattered with an abundance of mushrooms and edible chestnuts, the weather often pleasant until the end of October. The really cold weeks of winter are few and crisp but quiet and contemplative, lovely by the fire.
Throughout most of the year a myriad of birds can be heard in the forest and fields, cuckoos and owls during day and night, shy wild boar roam around the forest in the night and deer are grazing in front of the windows at dawn or dusk.
…or Buzz …There is so much choice. During the whole summer the region is brimming with life, the true joie the vivre of the French and everybody is enjoying conviviality, lots of good rustic food and wine during the still upheld tradition of having summer village fêtes accompanied by countless events and performances. Also tiny Sos manages to have its own fête plus a big producer’s market every Wednesday evening for six weeks, with live music, long, long tables where all the locals gather for hours to talk animatedly and enjoy the wine and local delicacies from the stands around the market place.
So you have the choice to undertake a vast variety of excursions and activities or sports, visit fêtes or performances, concerts, eat out in restaurants – or to retreat to the tranquillity of your spot in the forest, unwinding – or recovering – away from it all.
Top Traveller Review
The most perfect holiday rental with the most welcoming hosts
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Guestbook comments from the owner
We are very sad to be leaving our idyll in the woods, we have had a wonderful stay here. Most of all we'll miss - 1. Our daily walk & swim in the lake with only the woodpeckers & crickets to disturb the silence! 2. The views from each window over the flowers and into the woods. 3. The smells of hot pine and garlic snails. 4. Swinging in the hammock listening to the crickets chirp. 5. Six o'clock dinner time when the geese & chickens waddle over to say hello. 6. Jeanneau the dog bouncing towards us as we return 'home'. 7. Listening to Babette's amazing stories of the local area. 8.Visiting the local night markets & bull "dancing" at Gabarret. 9. Relaxing in the bath watching the clouds roll by. And finally the night sky & owls' song. Such a perfect place - thank you for all your help and hospitality. We hope to see you again!
4.4 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
The most perfect holiday rental with the most welcoming hosts
Well "Lugane" is quite simply the best holiday rental we have ever been to. This lovely woodland house is absolutely beautifully decorated with antique furniture and the fabulous artwork of the owner. It has everything you could possibly need for a home from home experience along with the special touches that Babette, the owner, adds to make it homely and welcoming. The woodland garden is perfect for the sun or shade loving as it has lovely open spaces for the sun worshippers among us and also many trees to provide shelter for those who prefer a cooler place to relax. The kids loved that the garden was spacious enough for football tournaments and had many places to explore and hide in. The most amazing thing about this property though has to be the lake. Immense, and breathtakingly beautiful it was the place that we spent so much of our holiday. The water was clear, warm and so inviting that our six year old who is very nervous around water not only got in on the first day but also was confidently swimming around by day three. I am sure that there are not many holiday rentals where you can swim in a private, totally secluded lake whilst watching the deer running across the hills that frame it....amazing! The hosts are lovely and are on hand if anything at all is needed yet keep distance enough that you also feel as though you have your own space. The area is full of picturesque villages and beautiful scenery. The villages of Fources and Larressingle are definately worth visiting. We cannot recommend this rental enough, is is perfect, the only problem is that you will never want to leave. Thankyou Babette and Effi for a wonderful stay in your amazing home, See you next year hopefully!!!
Remote and peaceful but beware you may not get your deposit back
Positives: peaceful, remote, rural location. Spacious house, antique and quirky interior. Close to a pretty village with bistro. Supermarket 15 mins away. The house stayed cool downstairs.
Dog: The owner has a great dane which roams freely round the garden. Great if you love great danes but It was slightly skittish. It stood on our 6 year old son’s foot on the first day and he was in a lot of pain.
Deposit: 1 month since departing the property and we have still not received our deposit back. The owner did not mention anything at the time but 4 weeks later when I chased up the deposit she decided she is claiming £50. There were 2 old plastic garden chairs which were very brittle as they had been left out in the strong sun. They slightly cracked when my partner leant back on them. We discussed this with her at the time and as they were so old there was no mention of us being charged for them.
Lake: The lake was wonderful for adults, but our 2 children aged 6 and 8 were not so keen. Dangerous to get in as the owner had placed 3 concrete steps in the water, these were very slippy. Clay soil at the bottom so very murky which our daughter did not like. The children could only stand up in an area of 1m x1m, and the rest was very deep, so not good for children to play in for a long period of time, like they can in the sea or swimming pool. No flat area to lay or sit near the lake, just a small area of grass on a slope. There was also a bench. As it was 30 degrees when we were there it was too hot to stay at the property all day with no water to cool down. We explored the surrounding area and found some great swimming pools, this didn't seem to go down well with the owner who asked if we “prefer chlorine”.
Facilities: No washing machine. It says on the website that the owner will do the washing. We asked her to do 1 load but didn't feel comfortable asking her again. It would be better to have a machine in the property. The kitchen was very well equipped with various bits of equipment like toast maker, electric oven but many of these had uk plugs with no adapters available. It made the kitchen feel very cluttered with little worktop space. Several lights upstairs in the bedroom but most either didn't work or didn't have continental plugs.
Very hot upstairs in the bedroom. Babette, the owner, an interesting lady and helpful when we asked for information but it did feel abit like we were living in her house with a list of rules to comply with.
Lugane Sos - Paradise in the forest
We had a really lovely time here. Babette was the perfect host and the gite was lovely, clean and comfortable. Upon our arrival, Babette and her family made us feel very welcome with a little soiree .Greatly appreciated the eggs from Babette's chickens and the fruit and wine The lake is beautiful and the water was still warm enough in September to have a swim.
The gite is located close to many places of interest to visit but if you feel like doing nothing it is easy to stay put and enjoy the tranquillity of the forest. There are plenty of good restaurants within a short drive - Babette provided a comprehensive list of the best places to eat.
I can thoroughly recommend Lugane as a lovely place to holiday.
Relaxing lakeside holiday with family.
We have just returned from our stay at Lugane and can't rate the house and the hospitality highly enough.
Babette, the owner, ensured that we had all the necessary details to make the arrival straight forward and welcoming - from detailed directions to complimentary drinks from the last remaining vineyard of the area.
The house is set within a large forest a short drive/cycle ride from nearby Sos. It is a peaceful, tranquil location with only the sound of crickets and birds to keep you company. Within the house you have all the facilities listed - my teenage son particularly enjoyed using the toasted sandwich maker and we enjoyed several bbq's at the front of the house.
The house is big enough for a large family, we are a family of four with 13 and 17 year old teenagers. The kitchen, lounge and dining room plus large open plan bedroom provided us with plenty of room to relax. It is artistically decorated with large paintings and antique furniture and remains cool despite the hot weather.
A very short walk away from the house along a forest path is the large swimming lake. The lake is totally private with only one access point, it is in a beautiful natural setting and Babette provides a kayak to explore the corners of the lake. The lake becomes deep quite quickly, within a few steps, so our children loved being able to somersault off inflatables- we spent most days at the lake!
Surrounding the house is a large woodland to explore, on the 2 bikes provided by Babette or by foot. We were lucky enough to spot deer on our very last day. We explored the local night markets particularly enjoying the large one at Nerac and the smaller one at Sos. There is a great bistro in Sos which also has a take away menu for wood fired pizza and in nearby Poudenas there is a cosy pizzeria which serves pizza by the river.
Nearby activities include a 'Total Wipeout' inflatables course at a lake in Casteljaloux or boat trips along the river at Nerac. A drive to the beach is a good day out as was a trip to Bordeaux. Be sure to visit the local vineyard as they are most welcoming and you are able to sample their Floc and Armagnac - great value and delicious.
We had a fantastic time at the house, it was a great find and we'd thoroughly recommend it to others. Thanks again for your kind hospitality.
Melissa and Nick
Wow - what a find!
This little house is the perfect place to escape from it all - if you want to!
The pictures, although good, definitely do not do it justice.
There are lots of good things about the property but in my opinion, the best thing was the swimming lake. Amazing! Very clean, fresh water coming from two separate springs. The lake has a clay bottom (very good for the skin). It's huge and completely private. No need for a costume if you want to feel liberated! Short 5 minute walk from the house, located in the garden of the property. Unique and fantastic way to cool down.
The house is decorated very tastefully with Babette's (the owner) art and nice furnishings. Although there is only one bedroom, it would comfortably sleep more than two people.
The bathroom is lovely with a huge, deep bath. Great way to relax whilst looking out the window.
You have all the facilities you could need. We enjoyed a BBQ outside almost every evening though the kitchen is large and fully equipped for cooking proper meals.
The little house is very private and it's relaxing to stay out the front through the day surrounded by nature.
There is plenty to do nearby if you feel like it - Babette can recommend a lovely beach to visit or markets, musical events etc.
Babette and her husband Effe were very friendly. We enjoyed a drink with them (or two, or three)! They also gave us a lovely bottle of wine from the local vineyard to enjoy on our stay.
Sos is small but has everything you might need - grocery shop, pharmacy etc. As well as a nice little restaurant which is very reasonably priced. Sos is only 2km away so you can easily walk there if you want to leave the car at home, or it's a five minute drive to pick up supplies.
I cannot recommend this place highly enough!
Activity and Interests
There is a bus stop in the nearby village.
There is a car hire in the next village with good prices.
There is a vast amount of activities and sightseeing on can do, brochures are in the tourist offices or on-line.
As anywhere in France, there ar many castles, monasteries, churches etc. to visit. We are very close to the pilgrims route Saint-Jacques de Compostelle.
Apart from the lake a couple of hundred metres from our house, there are many lakes, rivers and canals for swimming and boating.
Directly here in Sos one can do courses is archery with a former national champion.
Only 20 min. away is Barbothan les Thermes with thermal spas.
Creative courses are possible:
Painting, drawing, sculpture (owner is an artist and used to have a school in the UK)
Dance, classical and modern
Festivals (world-famed Jazz festival in Marciac and Flamenco-festival in Mont de Marsan, etc.)
Festivities (every village has a summer fete)
concerts & opera
art exhibitions & galleries
Markets, produce & antiques
bull fights without violence ("Courses Landaises)
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
24 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£179|
• Wochenende oder wenige als 1 Woche möglich auf Anfrage, je nach Buchungen
• Reinigungskosten E 30.- nach Vereinbarung
• Heizkosten im Winter extra auf Anfrage
• Langzeitmieten, vielleicht für künstlerische Projekte, (mehr als 1 Monat) ist möglich, Preis nach Vereinbarung
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Fireplace ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Music Library ...
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- pets not allowed ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- botanical garden
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- outlet shopping
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- 120 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- large bathroom with toilet, bidet, shower, Victorian roll-top bath tub, antique vanity table.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed
- 45 m2 huge bedroom / open-plan chambre Victorienne with large French brass double bed and 2 single beds. More can be added. Antiques and work station. WiFi. Sitting corner with sofa and arm chairs. Music centre. Ensuite large Victorian bathroom.
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
- Tennis ...
- 2 bicycles
- swimming, endless walks in forests and country side or cycle tours right from your door step. Everything else is within close reach including horse riding. And we'll give you fresh eggs from our chickens every day if they're productive!