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Lovely cottage with swimming pool set in the midst of Armagnac country

Overview

Property

Updated: 15-Jun-2016
2 bedroom cottage sleeping 5

The cottage dates from the mid 1700’s and forms part of a lovely traditional courtyard which includes a stunning Pigeonniere. The cottage is laid out over 2 floors and on the first floor includes an impressive entrance hall, beautiful kitchen/sitting room, and utility area. Whilst on the first floor are 2 bedrooms and a modern bathroom with bath, shower, washbasin and W.C. The cottage is traditionally furnished and offers bright spacious accommodation and a wealth of original features.

Le Mirail extends to 8 acres of lovely gardens and grounds which you are free to explore. Tables and chairs are readily available around the garden. There are stunning views in all directions of the surrounding countryside. In 2016 a new 12m swimming pool is available from june.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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Speaks English, French

26 Reviews

4.9
based on 26 holidaymaker reviews

5

A wonderfully relaxing time in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at Le Mirail and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - even managing to relax (which is saying something when travelling with a 9 week old baby!). The gite is set in the grounds of the main house where the Spencer-Nairn family live. It was great to see their friendly faces around and get lots of tips of towns to visit and places to eat & drink.

There is plenty of space and the views from the gite and by the pool are beautiful. The gite itself is very spacious and comfortable and whilst suiting us very well it would also be perfect for a larger family or two couples.

All in all we would thoroughly recommend Le Mirail and we would love to go back to the both the gite and the area again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Just what a gite should be

  • 5 of 5

Just what a gite should be. Tasteful but low key rooms, old beams, wonderful views.Our own courtyard to eat out in. Well positioned for visiting the northern Gers and walking distance from a Plus Beau Village, and most of all, Emma and Hamish made wonderful hosts , never intrusive but always helpful and with advice and help whenever we needed it. We couldn't ask for more. Jill and Tony, Oxford , UK

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill and Tony, Thanks so much for the review......it was so lovely having you here and hopefully we can welcome you back soon. I hope you don't think about us too much whilst you're on the M25!! Hamish, Emma, Tatiana and Daisy
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5

Charming, cosy gite

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Le Mirail for six weeks in April and May 2015. The gite was cosy, charming, rustic and peaceful. The surrounding area is stunningly beautiful and well positioned for exploring the southwest. Hammish and Emma were hospitable and helpful. I will definitely recommend it to friends and hopefully return one day.

Brenda Vancouver Canada

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brenda Many thanks and it was a pleasure to meet you and have you to stay! Have a great rest of trip and have a safe trip home. Kind regards. Hamish, Emma, Tatiana and Daisy. pS Thank you for leaving the gite so spotless!
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5

A wonderful three weeks at la Mirail!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful three weeks at La Mirail. Hamish and Emma are welcoming and friendly hosts. The accommodation is of a very high standard. We spent many evenings enjoying a glass of wine sitting in the garden followed by a local walk. There is a lot to do nearby, lots of hill top towns and weekly markets. Pau and Toulouse are within an hour and a half. The countryside is beautiful with abundant vineyards and fields of sunflowers. The roads are a joy to drive as they are so quiet. We'll be returning! Thank you Hamish and Emma.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic in every way

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Le Mirail was fantastic in every way - comfort, ease, beauty, peacefulness and fun! The location is great for exploring the Gers region, with many villages, towns and cultural locations nearby. The gite is beautiful, comfortable and with everything you need. The hosts could not be more helpful and provided advice, information, bikes, a tree house which our son loved, space, privacy and inclusion in farm life (our son travelling in the small tractor trailer as Hamish did some gardening!). We recommend it to couples, 2 couples, families or 1 and 2 individuals. Thank you Emma, Hamish and the girls. We hope we can come back again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We came back!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay, and le Mirail was just as we described in our 2012 review. The gite is exceptionally clean with a simple, charming décor. The beautiful renovation has preserved the original features and character - thick stone walls and tiled floors, an immense hearth with cozy wood-burning stove, large windows upstairs and down with lovely views to the gardens and fields, and two comfortable, spacious bedrooms with exposed beams and rafters that are a marvel of construction from another era. Le Mirail is surrounded by some of the most gorgeous countryside we have seen in our many trips to France. We visited wonderful villages and towns that we had missed on our first stay, and revisited old favourites. Our walks in the countryside were unforgettable, as were our encounters with local people – in one case a farmer ploughing his field who, seeing that we needed directions, stopped his tractor, climbed down to ask if he could help, then walked us to the start of a trail, where we stood with him admiring a sudden view of sunlit Pyrenees across the horizon before waving goodbye. Last but not least, it was a pleasure to see Hamish and Emma and their family again. Five stars for the quality and character of Le Mirail, its beautiful region and the hospitality of the owners.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark and Jocelyn. Thank you for the review and it was great having you both back again! We really appreciate your visit and hopefully we'll meet up again soon.....either here at Le Mirail or in Winnipeg! Have a great summer. Hamish, Emma and the girls
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse and Bordeaux at 70 Miles Nearest Barpub : Larresingle at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Eauze at 12 Miles Nearest Train : Agen at 35 Miles Nearest Motorway : Agen at 32 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Larresingle at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Atlantic Coast with stunning beaches at 100 Kilometres Car: necessary

Le Mirail is located in the heart of Gascony, the historic name of the Gers (32) department. This beautiful area of rural South West France is famous for its foie gras, stunning scenery, Armagnac and relaxed pace of life.

Condom and the surrounding villages, including Fources, Montreal and Larresingle, have a wide variety of restaurants offering wonderfully hearty Gascon food.There is a wealth of activities to undertake including walking (the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella passes within 1 km of the property) boat trips, cycling, golf, horse riding, tennis, browsing antique shops, gliding and swimming.

Despite the stunning peaceful nature of the Gers the area is well served with flights to and from the UK via Toulouse, Bordeaux and Pau.

In addition the TGV runs to Agen, which 45 mins drive away.

This is a great area for people wanting a quiet get away from the crowds holiday. Despite this there are lots of things to do for all ages..... you just will not be harassed by large crowds, traffic jams and overly busy restaurants and shops.

Other Activities: Boat trips

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Spring
4 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£465
for 7 nights
£465
£1,268
 
 
Late spring
6 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£549
for 7 nights
£549
 
 
Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,056
for 7 nights
£1,056
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£507
for 7 nights
£507
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £17
Refundable Damage Deposit £169
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

An additional fuel charge is applicable for winter bookings. Electricity charged at cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Backpack
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 140 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • A clean, light and airy bathroom.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Cot available on request
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Cot available on request
  • Sitting Room/Kitchen - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Sofa bed in sitting room
  • Please ask if you need an additional single bed or cot in the bedrooms. They are both large rooms, so there is plenty of space! The main bedroom has a lovely comfortable old bed and the second bedroom has 2 large doubles which are modern and extremely comfortable. We can easily add another bed or a cot.

Outside

  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Golf Clubs
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Sand Pit
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • We are a young family, and therefore have a mass of children's equipment, toys, books etc! Please let us know what you need, we are more than happy to accommodate. From July 2016 there will be a swimming pool (shared with us and our friends), but Condom and Gondrin (both 10 mins drive) have excellent, new, outdoor pools with water slides and children pools.

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