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Beautiful Stone Farmhouse With Heated Pool And Views Across Rolling Countryside

Overview

Property

Updated: 25-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 16
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Farmhouse in Gondrin near Condom, Gers, Midi Pyrenees - Tranquil Surroundings With Many Pretty Medieval Villages Within Easy Reach

The house is a traditional farmhouse, and is extremely spacious. The rooms have great character with lovely exposed beams and stone walls. It can comfortably sleep 12 to 16 people. There are 3 bathrooms and a cloakroom. Please call to discuss your requirements with us, as the accommodation is very flexible. There is a large fenced saline heated pool (12x6m), and a games room to keep the children happy, and plenty of outside space to explore. The locality is rich in history, and there are many pretty medieval villages within easy reach. Our farmhouse is situated down a long track off a quiet country road. We are 3km from the village of Gondrin. Here you will find a boulangerie, small supermarket, and very helpful tourist information. The village also has a huge outdoor pool, with lots of fun for all the family, and two tennis courts. The larger towns of Condom and Eauze are 10 mins by car and they offer larger supermarkets and plenty of cafes and restaurants.

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About the Owner

Gill Wooldridge
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Gill Wooldridge

Hi there. We are Gill and Mark, proud and lucky owners of a beautiful Gascon farmhouse. We have been married for nearly thirty years, and have two grown up sons. We share our time between the Gers in Southwest France and the West Midlands, UK. We enjoy being outdoors, cycling, walking, skiing and playing tennis. I like to cook, read and play the piano, and Mark likes to have a 'project' on the go. We both like to entertain and spend time with our family and friends. Our farmhouse is a place where we can do all the above, and more. The warm climate and tranquility are a tonic to our busy English lives.

Gill Wooldridge purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Gill Wooldridge chose Gers

Mid-forties, mid-life crisis! Love affair perhaps? Yes, but a love affair with another country and culture, with another place. A cold, dismal, wet February, and we are in Gascony meeting an estate agent. We have taken total leave of our senses and are trudging round houses and land, some grand, some homely, and some barely habitable. Finally, at the end of a long track off a quiet country lane, we find a stone farmhouse. There are trees growing on the inside, the walls are tumbling in, and nature is rampantly reclaiming her territory. We are captivated. What an adventure to embark upon. Two years later and there has been a transformation. A stone farmhouse with pale green shutters, surrounded by tranquil countryside welcomes her first guests. We love the pace and simplicity of rural life here.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The Gers is an unspoilt destination, well served by several airports, and good road links. The countryside is wonderful, with endless vineyards and sunflowers. It is a very relaxing destination, but there is also a huge variety of things to do within easy reach. Some people have loved the location so much that they have barely left the grounds, lazing by the pool, reading, happy with friends or their own company. Others have set to and visited villages and monuments, vineyards and restaurants, gone horse-riding, go-carting, played golf and tennis, and then come home for a cool dip in the pool. The games room is a great bonus on a wet day. There is something for everyone here. Generally the summer evenings are lovely enough to sit out until late and watch the stars come out one by one.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"A wonderful conversion! Beautiful spacious rooms with top quality fittings and furniture. What a location! Loved the rural countryside, villages, a real french haven of peace with mainly locals. Pool absolutely superb - water beautiful and clean. Finally the host/hostess, Mark and Gill were great. Lovely people! Thanks a lot, Glenys and John xx".



"Our children summed this magical place up one evening. They suggested that 'through the courtyard gateway you could be in Narnia'. We have had a most wonderful holiday and will spread the word like mad! Thank you so much, Steve, Ali, George and Emily".



"The house is beautiful,the bed was comfortable, the pool was fun and our vacation here very relaxing! It was a pleasure to stay here. Au Revoir, Charlotte and Joakim".
Jan 2009
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"A wonderful conversion! Beautiful spacious rooms with top quality fittings and furniture. What a location! Loved the rural countryside, villages, a real french haven of peace with mainly locals. Pool absolutely superb - water beautiful and clean. Finally the host/hostess, Mark and Gill were great. Lovely people! Thanks a lot, Glenys and John xx".



"Our children summed this magical place up one evening. They suggested that 'through the courtyard gateway you could be in Narnia'. We have had a most wonderful holiday and will spread the word like mad! Thank you so much, Steve, Ali, George and Emily".



"The house is beautiful,the bed was comfortable, the pool was fun and our vacation here very relaxing! It was a pleasure to stay here. Au Revoir, Charlotte and Joakim".
Jan 2009
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36 Reviews

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(36 traveller reviews)

5

peaceful setting and first rate accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Spent idyllic week at Barrusclet. Thank you, Mark and Gill for making us so welcome, and ensuring our holiday was nothing short of perfect! We loved some of the surrounding villages, particularly Montréal, and enjoyed exploring the region by bike. We will certainly return another time, perhaps when it is warm enough to use the pool as it certainly looked inviting!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing country home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Mark and Gill's lovely home for four nights and it wasn't nearly long enough. The house and property are beautiful and, like the hosts themselves, completely welcoming. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are nice and quiet. The kitchen and laundry facilities are top notch while having everything you might need for a perfect stay. Very close to some of the areas best sights and Mark and Gill have many great recommendations. Would absolutely return!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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5

Beautifully restored farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Barrusclet is quite simply a stunning house that has been beautifully restored by its owners Mark & Gill. The heated pool is delightfully refreshing after a leisurely bike ride along quite country lanes. The house is equipped with everything that you could possible need. We stayed in a party of 10, two families with older teenagers who made full use of the fantastic games room, pool area and bikes. Pretty villages are within a 15/20 min drive in particular lunch in Fources & local market in Eauze on Thursday morning. Mark and Gill are great hosts with plenty of local knowledge. We loved it and hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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This was one of the best holiday properties we have stayed in, very well equipped, fabulous pool!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 13, but there is so much space in the house and grounds it never felt crowded. It's private in a great location near to some lovely villages. The water park in Gondrin was great for the kids and young at heart! Mark and Gill were very helpful in providing information before we went and checking we were ok. Thank you for sharing this lovely place and for providing the bikes for our use, that was a real bonus with the cycle track close by. Would definitely recommend! 👍👍👍

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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A wonderful property in a wonderful area

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful stay in a wonderful property – things only get this good with a lot of thought and effort, which began with the restoration and continues with wonderful touches like a welcome basket of everything you need but didn't have time to pick up on he way and a salt water pool solar-warmed to perfection. Seven of us stayed, ranging from 9 to 85 years old, including two teenagers: nobody wanted to leave; everyone agreed that next year we will come again only for longer.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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A lovely tranquil, rural retreat.

  • 5 of 5

We were three couples with two of us celebrating birthdays. The house was everything we hoped for; spacious beautifully furnished and totally relaxing. The heated pool was a massive bonus, and in fact we spent a good deal of the week luxuriating in and around it. The canopy shade is an excellent concept and very much appreciated in the heat of the day. Because the house and grounds were so accommodating we didn't venture far, though Laressingle and Fources were fascinating and extremely attractive villages. Mike and Beryl couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Altogether a really enjoyable relaxing experience

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Location

From the Owner

Mid-forties, mid-life crisis! Love affair perhaps? Yes, but a love affair with another country and culture, with another place. A cold, dismal, wet February, and we are in Gascony meeting an estate agent. We have taken total leave of our senses and are trudging round houses and land, some grand, some homely, and some barely habitable. Finally, at the end of a long track off a quiet country lane, we find a stone farmhouse. There are trees growing on the inside, the walls are tumbling in, and nature is rampantly reclaiming her territory. We are captivated. What an adventure to embark upon. Two years later and there has been a transformation. A stone farmhouse with pale green shutters, surrounded by tranquil countryside welcomes her first guests. We love the pace and simplicity of rural life here.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse Blagnac at 120 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Gondrin at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Eauze at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gondrin at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Mimizan Plage at 150 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Bike hire in France. Rather than hire we offer plenty of bicycles for you to borrow. The local countryside is superb for cycling with far reaching views, and plenty of lovely villages and vineyards to visit. We have maps and routes for you to borrow, or we can possibly even arrange to guide you if you let us know in advance. We have in the region of 15 bikes, at least 10 of these are adult bikes. We also have bike pumps, repair kits etc. for you to use. We do not provide helmets. If you like to wear a helmet you need to bring your own. We have had some wonderful cycling trips out to local villages, stopping for lunch at Fources, or the market at Eauze. If you like cycling then this could be the place for you. It is great during off peak weeks as the temperature is much better for physical activity, plus the house is great value then. It is just perfect for a group of friends who enjoy active holidays, with cycling, tennis at Lauraet, and the road to Santiago de Compostela.

Coast/Beach:

The Atlantic coast is approx. 2 hours drive away. This will take you to the surfing beaches between Biarittz and Bordeaux.

Travel:

There are 5 main airports within 2 hours drive. We always use either Bordeaux or Toulouse (1.5 hours) with Easyjet or Flybe. Both are good airports with all the main car hire operators available. The other airports are Pau and Bergerac, and a bit further away is Biarritz. Ryanair, Flybe, Air France and British Airways are worth looking at for these 3 airports.

By car the drive from Calais is approximately 10 hours. Caen and St. Malo (6 -7 hours) are closer, as are Bilbao and Santander in Spain.

Distances:

Gondrin our nearest village is 3km. Montreal is a medieval village with bars and restaurants: 5km. Larresingle is a medieval fortified village: 5km. Condom offers boat trips, cafes and restaurants: 12km. Eauze has a great market and good eateries: 12km. Agen and Auch are large towns and are both about 45 minutes drive away. Bordeaux and Toulouse are the major cities and are both under 2 hours drive.

Further Details:

Our region is famous for Armagnac and Foie Gras. There are many vineyards within easy reach where you can drop in for a tasting, and most of the restaurants have local specialities on the menu.

Other activities within an hours drive include: High Ropes courses, canoe trips, Wallabi World theme park, a great Go-Karting course, a Water Park, paint-balling, and horse riding. The Thermal Spa town of Castera Verduzan, and the Roman Villa at Seviac with its mosaic floors are both close by. Also there are numerous swimming lakes and pools with beaches and slides and play areas. Plenty of small villages are within easy reach, and many offer restaurants and bars for you to discover during your stay. Our favourite is the auberge in the lovely village of Fources, a tiny medieval village built in the round, with gorgeous flowers at every window. The plat du jour is 13 euros and includes 3 courses, wine and coffee. This village also hosts a flower festival and regular antique markets.

Another local village is Montreal. It has a lovely square, with bars and restaurants, and hosts a medieval fayre in the Summer. It also has a small bull-fighting arena, where during the summer festival there is a bull-jumping contest. Not really our thing, but we were happy to see that the bulls were not hurt. The larger market town of Vic-Fezensac has a large bull-fighting stadium, where I think it is more serious. Vic-Fezensac also hosts a huge Latino Salsa Festival over one week in the Summer, and a weekly market. Most of the local villages host their own festivals throughout the summer, and these can be great fun with live music, eating and drinking, sporting contests, and firework displays. The tiny medieval fortified village of Larressingle is a really pretty spot, with a small café/restaurant, and a working museum of medieval weaponry. The pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela comes through this area if that is your interest, and the peaceful Abbaye de Flaran is close by.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low
25 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£900
for 3 nights
From
£300
£1,200
 
 
Mid
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 
 
High
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,000
for 7 nights
£2,000
 
 
HIgh
8 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,300
for 7 nights
£2,300
 
 
High
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 7 nights
£2,500
 
 
High
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,000
for 7 nights
£3,000
 
 
Mid
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 
 
Low
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Low
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£750
for 3 nights
From
£250
£900
 
 
Mid
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Prices 2017
Low £900 - £1200
Mid £1200 - £2300
Peak £3000

Discounts for smaller groups, long term lets, and short breaks considered in off-peak season. These can be very generous, depending on how busy we are, so please do enquire. Also arrival and departure times can be more flexible on short off-peak breaks and depend on what other bookings we have. We are usually happy for guests to arrive earlier and leave later if there is not an adjacent booking to consider so please ask.

Changeover Day:
Bookings are generally Saturday to Saturday. Arrival time after 4pm and departure time before 10am please. Outside peak times we may be prepared to be flexible on arrival times and dates. Please contact us for details.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
Possibility of longer lets in off-peak times.
****Generous discounts available in off-peak times for smaller groups: Please enquire for details and we can discuss your requirements.****

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Facilities

From the Owner

The Gers is an unspoilt destination, well served by several airports, and good road links. The countryside is wonderful, with endless vineyards and sunflowers. It is a very relaxing destination, but there is also a huge variety of things to do within easy reach. Some people have loved the location so much that they have barely left the grounds, lazing by the pool, reading, happy with friends or their own company. Others have set to and visited villages and monuments, vineyards and restaurants, gone horse-riding, go-carting, played golf and tennis, and then come home for a cool dip in the pool. The games room is a great bonus on a wet day. There is something for everyone here. Generally the summer evenings are lovely enough to sit out until late and watch the stars come out one by one.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • churches
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Master En-suite - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Main House Bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower Room - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs toilet - Toilet
  • 3 Bathrooms in total. One house bathroom with bath, wc, basin and separate shower enclosure. One ensuite to the master bedroom with bath/shower, wc and basin. One shower room with wc and basin. 1 Downstairs WC. With hand basin.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Room for another single. Large double bed = UK Kingsized bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed, This room has space for an extra single bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10/16 (5 Bedrooms) Please note that a Large double bed is a UK kingsized bed. We also have two large cots available. The bedrooms are all large and can accommodate a cot. We are able to use the small lounge/music room as an additional bedroom if requested and agreed in advance. There is an extra double bed available for this room, but no other bedroom furniture. Notes on bedrooms: 1. Kingsize bed, daybed and room for an extra single bed with en-suite bathroom. 2. Kingsize bed and single, With en-suite shower room. 3. Kingsize bed with single bed and daybed. 4. Kingsize bed. 5. Double bed and room for single bed.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 15 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Outside: The house is set within its own 40 acres which is a mixture of garden, farmland (mostly hayfields) and oak woodland. The natural world is truly on the doorstep, and we regularly see deer, red squirrels, birds of prey, owls, bats, a huge variety of insect life, lizards, wild flowers and so it goes on. Our nearest neighbours grow vines and sunflowers and make hay. This really is an amazingly private and idyllic place to be. An evening BBQ beneath the stars, or a lazy lunch under the shade of our beautiful magnolia tree are perfect ways to relax on your holiday. Plenty of garden chairs and tables are available for you to use, as well as a hammock to lie back and dream in. The Roman style 12m by 6m heated swimming pool is within view of the house and has views across open countryside. It is fenced and gated to comply with French regulations. There is a generous tiled terrace with a gazebo to offer shelter from the midday sun, and plenty of sun loungers. Utility Room: There is a separate laundry with a washing machine and a tumble dryer, plus iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and linen are provided. Please bring pool towels. There is a complimentary welcome basket with essentials like tea, coffee, milk, bread, jam, wine, etc. The house will be clean when you arrive, and we ask that you leave it in a similar condition. Arrival and departure times: Arrival time is from 4pm onwards, and please leave by 10am on your day of departure. Other: There is a large well equipped games room, with table tennis, pool, darts, table football, board games and jigsaws and toys for younger children. There is also a large selection of about 15 bikes available to our guests and these are stored in the barn.

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