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Gites Madiran - 4 Beautiful Gites In The Heart Of The Madiran Vines - Le Pigionaire (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Le Pigionaire (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)

Private customer parking. The gites surround a private courtyard, with central fountain. Although each gite has its own entrance & private garden area with Out Back BBQ, dining areas and garden furniture - however guests are invited to explore the whole grounds which include a woodland, woodland walks, orchard & ancient chapel. The pool area is furnished with seating & umbrellas and is 100msq. Mini Bar games available - pool, table football, air hockey. Table tennis & badminton, plus a Rugby post - for budding players of all ages!

About the property



28/07/2018, 04/08/2018 and 18/08/2018 only one 2 bedroom gite left available at €850 per week. La Grange (2 bedrooms 850€), at "Le Prielle" is situated in the midst of the Madiran vines.

07/07/2018, 04/08/2018 and 18/08/2018 - only one 3 bedroom gite left available at €950 per week.

- Le Chai, Le Hibou or Le Pigionaire (3 bedrooms 950€),

3 Stars - Prefecture de Hautes- Pyrenees, 3 Epis - Gite de France.

all situated in the midst of the vines.

Fine Wines, Good Food, Pools, Wonderful Views Of The Pyrenees. Peaceful place to spend quality family time playing together

Total accommodation comprises 4 independent gites each fully equipped and with their own private garden and BBQ areas. The gites are situated within a private courtyard, with a separate parking area.

The large solar heated pools comprising a paddling pool (25msq) with a depth of 40cm water falling into a large pool (75msq) with a shallow end of 1m and a deep end of 2m. "Best pool in the Hautes-Pyrenees" Gite de France inspector.

A children's' play area with large sandpit, play house & swings plus many garden games & toys - including Rugby posts for kids of all ages. This is a great values for money family property.

Plenty of space with grounds including woods, orchards, vegetable patch, chickens and 3 hectares to play in and plenty of produce to enjoy.

Summer fetes in local villages, water sports for all ages, horse riding, cycling & walking. A rural retreat giving you time to relax away from it all and play with the family.

Out of peak season it is a idyllic retreat, peace & tranquillity surround you with good food & fine wines all around.

The vineyards of Madiran, which are all around the property, border the Gers, Pyrenees Atlantique & Haute Pyrenees in the heart of Gascony close to the Pyrenees mountains.

An ideal holiday location for lovers of beautiful countryside, good food, fine wine and a more relaxed pace of life.

Space and tranquility, an ideal place to recharge your batteries whilst surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains, in the heart of the Gascon countryside.

More Details

Simon and Paulette Appleby
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Simon and Paulette Appleby


We moved to France in 2003 and have spent 7 years renovating our property. Simon was a manager with Reed in London and Paulette was a Director of QS plc, near Brighton. We decided to leave the UK, our very hectic lifestyles, to try and spend as much time as we could with our 2 children; who were 6 and 4 when we moved; while they still wanted to spend time with us! We have less money now but are free to do what we want when we want. We don't regret a single day here and we appreciate how lucky we are to be able to spend this time together. We love it here and are very surprised to find we have no desire to return to the UK and neither do the kids! In the winter we ski and in the summer we spend days at the beach.

All of the activities we recommend we have tried during our time here - tree climbing, water sports, motor sports, rugby, and of course wine tasting!


Well as it's over 12 years ago that I first wrote this, I thought a quick update might be called for! Our 2 boys have grown, the eldest is now 20 and studying at Loughborough and the second is soon to be 18 & is also planning to head to the UK for Uni.

Simon has started a new business which involves lots of foreign travel and a reawakening of his business brain!

Life at home remains a pleasure, the gardens are maturing and we are all fluent. No plans to move back to the UK still, although I'd like to join Simon in his travels a little more!

Surprisingly we now have regular winter lets, so have fully insulated and installed large log burners in 2 of the gites. We have updated gites 1 & 2, and all 4 have been redecorated, as indeed has the pool area. We have built a childrens play area, playhouse & sandpit. We have a regular customer base, who return each year. which is lovely as they have become good friends. We have found that the people that are drawn to book our property have a similar out look on life as us which has lead to some very convivial summers! Life is good!

Simon and Paulette Appleby purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Simon and Paulette Appleby chose Madiran

We love Madiran - it is a small pretty village, in between the mountains and the coast. The house is right in the middle of the vines. There's loads of space and its very quite and peaceful. The heated pools look towards the mountains - you can swim while looking at the snow. We spent 3 years trying to find a property in France - and looked at hundreds of places - but bought Le Prielle as we fell in love with it at first sight, meaning our original budget had to be "tinkered with!" Although it's remote, we still have a very active social life with Fetes, tennis club, SAMBO, tournaments, art classes and rugby at weekends. We have integrated well into the French life, making friends easily with other parents, as we all speak French, although the kids are much better than us!

Simon was voted on to the local council - which involves us in many local activities. There lots going on all year round for all ages. Paulette was on the village school PTA and has taken groups of children back to the UK including 3 "class de decouverts" she runs a weekly Art Workshop. Simon has taken 2 rugby tours to the UK & Ireland.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Peace, calm and space. A real rural retreat providing time & space to enjoy your family, with mod-cons when you need them.

The home and gardens are immense, with so much space for everyone.

The evening silence, sitting sipping wine as the sun sets & the stars appear is always a joy. The unspoilt night sky enables fabulous views of the Milky Way and is constant wonder. We like to come back from an evening out, uncork a red & just lie on the grass gazing at the stars,, its quite unbelievable and something we could never have seen in Sussex & something you never tire of looking at!

We have found the time to do those things we really want to do, but seldom have time to do.

It's a special place that brings you back on touch with nature, family and what's really important in life.

A very beautiful part of rural France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Simon and Paulette get it just right, offering a warm welcome, help and advice in a very friendly and unfussy way. The kids absolutely loved the pool! Pete Strauss & Family. August 09

Thanks for a thoroughly relaxing week in your idyllic corner of France. Our party of two adults and two preschoolers have had a great time. Your setting is beautiful and the recipe of a well equipped gite, large and child friendly pool and gardens, We hope to visit you again soon. Thomas family, July 09
Nov 2006
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Booking Notes:
Direct Bank Transfer, Cheque & cash - no further charges.
Credit card & online via Owners Direct - their charges apply
50% deposit at time of booking, balance due 60 days prior to your stay.
A fully refundable deposit for breakages required on arrival €200 euros.
Cleaning charge €75 euros per gite if cleaners required.
Wood 65€ per stere in winter.

Cancellation rules apply, please enquire.
Gites must be left clean & tidy, a caution will be charged & taken from the deposit, if not!
Meals (0n request) 14€ per person, Breakfast 7€ per person.
Changeover Day:
Flexible out of season
Arrival - 4pm. Departure - 10am.
July & August Arrival - Saturday 4pm. Departure - Saturday before 10am


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Madiran in Hautes-Pyrénées

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Gite 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Upstaits Gite 3, with sink
    Shower Room Gite 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs in Gite 4 only, with sink.
    Bathroom Gite 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Gite 2 upstairs, with sink
    Bathroom Gite 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs Gite 1, with sink
    Bathroom Gite 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Upstairs Gite 4, with sink
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • A further 8 bedrooms are available in the nearby 3 Gites
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The Gite is child friendly, a cot, high chair and plenty of toys are available. There is satellite television, DVD and Video machine, a selection of both Eng, Fr DVDs and videos are available. WIFI connection on the veranda. Table tennis, badminton, rugby post in grounds. Mini bar games - pool, air hockey and table football. Tennis courts, both indoor & outdoor available to our guests, in Madrian. An adjoining door enables the Chai and La Grange gites to be let as either 2 separate units or 1 large unit sleeping 10+ people. Ideal for 2 families wishing to holiday together, or large groups wishing to holiday together. Le Pigionaire is an idea holiday home for winter and Christmas holidays, as it is fully insulated with a central wood burning stove and under floor central heating. All 4 gites have their own private garden, with out back BBQ, a dining area and garden furniture. Separate parking area. Laundry is provided, at no extra charge. Pets welcome - by arrangement. Outside: Private customer parking. The gites surround a private courtyard, with central fountain. Although each gite has its own entrance & private garden area with Out Back BBQ, dining areas and garden furniture - however guests are invited to explore the whole grounds which include a woodland, woodland walks, orchard & ancient chapel. The pool area is furnished with seating & umbrellas and is 100msq. Mini Bar games available - pool, table football, air hockey. Table tennis & badminton, plus a Rugby post - for budding players of all ages!


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Le Pigionaire (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6)
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The perfect family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, well maintained gites in a beautiful courtyard. Great gardens for kids adventures and a super pool. All topped off with wonderful hosts. Thanks Simon and Paulette, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Richard! So pleased your kids enjoyed the pools & grounds. Hope to see you all again in the near future.
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Great place for family to stay, with really god size pool.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous place to stay for a family holiday, great location with beautiful scenary. Big garden and rural location make it perfect for kids to play and explore. Lots off places to see and visit around. Great sized pool for everybody to enjoy. Paulette and Simon are great hosts who make it extra special.

Super miejsce na wakacyjny wypoczynek jesli szukasz ciszy i spokoju w gronie rodziny. Na miejscu znajdziesz w pelni wyposazony dom zwlasnym ogrodem. Sporych rozmiarow basen plus brodzik dla malych dzieci. Swietna baza wypadowa do zwiedzania okolicy, a jest co ogladac. Jesli szukasz czegos we Francji to szczerze polecamy.

Marta, raf martyna oli and max

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely words, Hope to see you all again soon! Best Paulette & Simon
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Get away from it all for fun family time in a great rural setting

  • 5 of 5

I was a little concerned about how our family would cope with staying in this rural location having stayed on campsites close to towns and with lots of shared amenities previously. However within minutes of arriving our boys (9 and 12 years) were running around loving the freedom of all the space, the various different garden games available and playing in the pool. The gites were well laid out around a courtyard with plenty of indoor and outdoor space a world away from the cramped caravan/lodges we have stayed in before. Paulette and Simon were welcoming and were incredibly encouraging - asking the boys if they had tried the fruit from the trees in the orchard, found the den in the woods, letting them feed chickens, pigs & piglets, and telling them when the best time was to look for chicken eggs. Paulette suggested some places to visit that we all might enjoy and was quick to respond to questions we had or sort out a few things that we needed. I can't imaging a more accommodating owner. Our holiday was finished off with the offer of a night-time swim for the boys and a glass of wine (or two) for the adults. Oh and in case you are worried, we had wi-fi access in our gite for times when we all needed to catch up with the outside world!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely words, so glad you all enjoyed your stay & we look forward to seeing you all again sometime! Best wishes Paulette & Simon.
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This is a magical place!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on a motorbike, in bright sunlight, through the vineyard and into the historic courtyard, edged by a mature garden with tall trees - a romantic setting. Our gite was comfortable and spacious, with doors opening up to enjoy the outdoor space. We could not have asked for more, perfect for a family gathering and at the same time easy to find a spot to retreat and relax too. We highly recommend this magical property.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely words. Look forward to seeing you both again in the not too distant.... Paulette & Simon
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  • 5 of 5

This VRBO was one of my favorite stops on our trip through Europe this Winter. The accommodations were clean and well appointed, and a great value for the price. Lots of activities on the grounds for kids to play, and surrounded by picturesque vineyards and friendly people.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review! We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Europe! Hope the school diary & photos were all well received on your return. Best Paulette & Simon
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Wonderful relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful holiday. Very friendly and accommodating hosts and a charming and spacious restored property. Top quality swimming pool and many other activities for the family. Plenty to see and do within driving distance. An extremely peaceful and relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
250 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
La Pallane
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Atlantic Coast
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Painting & drawing courses with an English & French speaking Artist, on site, materials provided 25€ per 1/2 day. Guided visits of the local Chateaux & Vineyards provided by the owners, with wine tasting at each location (driver provided!). Gourmet meals in house & at local restruarants also available by arrangement. An excellent way to celebrate special occassions - 40th & 50th birthdays, anniversaries, and family parties for New Year & Christmas are all catered for.


Within easy reach of the Pyrenees mountains, the French Atlantic coast and the Cote d'Argent and Spain all offering a wide variety of activities.


Nearest airports:

Lourdes/ Tarbes (Stansted, USA & Paris) - 30 mins.

Pau Pyrenees (Paris, Lyon, London City Airport) - 40 mins.

Bordeaux Merignac, Toulouse Blagnac, Biarritz (All major UK Airports) - 2 hours.


Close to the market towns of Plaisance du Gers, Vic en Bigorre, Maubourguet and Aire sur l'Adour visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for quality regional produce. The areas around Madiran include the wine growing region of St Mont, Juracon and the Bearn. In addition, within easy reach, to the north is the Armagnac region and some of the most charming towns in South West France. Local Facilities: 3km to nearest village - MADIRAN - where there is a Boulangerie,Tennis,Bar,Restaurant

Further Details:

The historic town of Lourdes, is 45 mins. away. Visitors can worship and visit the cave where Bernadette had her vision. Wine tasting, mini-golf, Surfing, fishing & horse riding are all available locally. Fetes - We list a few of the local fetes below; which we thoroughly recommend. Madiran - 14/15 August - Fete du Vin - where all local producers offer free tasting of thier wines & foods. Music & meals available over a period of 4 days. November - Portes ouverts - where all producers open their Chais for tasting & purchasing prior to Christmas. Marciac - International Jazz festival - 2 weeks of music, stalls & food from around the world. Plaisance du Gers - July - huge street fete, including course landaise. Maubourguet - August - huge street fete over 4 days including bull fighting & course landaise.