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Traditional Gersoise Farmhouse With Private Pool

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse in Lagarde Hachan, Near Mirande, Midi Pyrenees - Located At The Edge Of A Hamlet Surrounded By Beautiful Countryside

Aou Forgeron is a traditional Gersoise farmhouse situated on the edge of a hamlet set in spectacular countryside. The area is characterised with rolling countryside, large deciduous forests to walk or cycle in, and wonderful views of the Pyrenees which are within easy driving distance. A key feature of the property is the two wrap around terraces giving excellent opportunities to enjoy outdoor living and alfresco easting whether seeking sun or shade. There is a soft seating area from which you can enjoy an aperitif as you watch the sun go down, in addition there are ample loungers, reclining chairs, umbrella and a charcoal barbeque.Masseube is 10 minutes by car and has an excellent supermarket providing all your grocery, fuel and wine needs, Mirande, a typical bastide town is 15 minutes drive; both have weekly markets. The regional capital Auch is 20 minutes by car, with its impressive, recently renovated cathedral, maze of small streets with smart shops and cafes and regular brocante and weekly markets.


Owner
Patricia Nelson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2017

About Patricia Nelson

Hello,

We are Patricia and Eddie and live in Belfast. We have owned our property for 10 years and have spent a great deal of time renovating and improving the house to make it into very comfortable and inviting holiday accommodation. Tricia is a keen collector of interesting furniture and objects, and some are

dotted around the house giving it a very individual feel. The house is private, set in lovely countryside, but is not isolated, with easy access to shopping, fuel and so on. We are very happy to talk by phone or email to give you any additional information you may need. Just email or post your contact number and we will call you.

Patricia Nelson purchased this house in 2000

Location

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

One of the most striking aspects of the area is the number and types of birds of prey, which would be excellent for anyone interested in birdwatching. The diversity and sheer scale of this part of France gives artists, photographers, walkers and sports people unlimited opportunity to pursue their interests.

Coast/Beach:

The Atlantic and Mediterranean are around two and a half to three hours drive.

Travel:

Toulouse is one hour fifteen minutes and there also are flights from many other UK airports. Options include Pau, Biarritz, Carcasonne, and Bordeaux. Car hire is essential.

Distances:

Masseube is 10 minutes drive; Mirande 15 minutes. The area is surrounded by lots of small towns and villages each with their own activities, fairs, markets etc. The area is world famous for its jazz and country and western festivals in summer at Marciac and Mirande.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lagarde-Hachan in Gers

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with walk-in shower, wash hand basin and WC. There is also an additional separate WC.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms and double sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: On the first floor there are three bedrooms. Bedroom 1 with dual aspect windows and king size bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Bedroom 3 with twin beds or king size bed. The lounge has a double bed settee to accommodate additional guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • ski lift pass
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: In winter the property is heated by two excellent wood burning stoves. All bedrooms have oil radiators for additional heating. Aou Forgeron is excellent for children, with a private pool and garden. There is lots to do in the region, including cycling, 'brocanting', rafting, mountain bikng, skiing. Outside: There is a large garden to the rear with a private salt water pool complete with security cover and alarm.The pool is maintained professionally on a weekly basis. There is a traditional duck pond, common throughout the Gers. The rear garden leads onto a large, picturesque forest which is ideal for walks or mountain biking; there are two mountain bikes for guest use. A key feature of the property is the two wrap around terraces giving excellent opportunities to enjoy outdoor living and alfresco easting whether seeking sun or shade. There is a soft seating area from which you can enjoy an aperitif as you watch the sun go down, in addition there are ample loungers, reclining chairs, umbrella and a charcoal barbeque. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, including pool towels, and bedlinen are included.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews
5

Beautiful house in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Au Forgeron. It ticked all the boxes for great facilities, lovely outdoor space In a very quiet location. We particularly enjoyed having the use of the bikes ; the area around Lagarde Hachan is great for sedate cycling with lovely little hamlets nearby and great views of the Pyrenees. There is only one shower room which didn't matter much too us as our teenagers all got up at different times. In spite of being very rural it is close enough to local towns for shopping and the Pyrenees is only about an hour away.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Au Forgeron provided everything we needed in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful house, spacious and very well equipped with a pretty garden, good swimming pool and lovely views. A great deal of thought has gone into it and we appreciated the extras especially the bikes and also the support of the local managers. We could have happily spent all our time there but it's in a very interesting region, too.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect stay in the Gers countryside

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay, and found everything as described, and even better! We loved the traditional farmhouse itself, nicely decorated and very well equipped, especially the kitchen. However, as we were blessed with wonderful weather we actually spent most of our time on the wonderful terrace, where we ate all our meals (majority cooked on the great Weber barbeque) listening to birds and smelling the jasmine and lavender. The saltwater pool (apparently salt not chlorine to deter frogs) was lovely and we enjoyed several swims a day. Sadly, we only discovered the extensive network of tracks through the woodland behind the property towards the end of our stay and would have liked to do more bird watching and fossicking had we explored the woods earlier. We also enjoyed our game of petanque every evening at the front of the farmhouse with a glass (or three) of wine. The surrounding market towns are charming, although it did take us a day or two to realise that markets are generally all finished and packed up by midday! Merci beaucoup pour des vacances merveilleuses.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A gorgeous French hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four had a fantastic week away at Au Forgeron. The owners were extremely helpful and responsive, and managed to arrange a cot for our 2 year old. The house is utterly charming, with lots of French character and a modern, well-equipped, open plan kitchen. We had loads of fun in the saltwater pool; the surrounding garden and woodlands were magical for our two young children (we especially loved the lavender!) If you want peace and quiet then this is the place, but if you want to get out and explore then there's plenty to do. The drive to Pau is well worth it - a beautiful, vibrant city with lots of history and a cosmopolitan vibe. We didn't have the greatest weather, but I think we were very unlucky. However, it didn't stop us enjoying this wonderful area of France. We just wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Simply to best place I have stayed in France

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were met by the house managers who were so helpful. The property is beautiful and trust me, the photo's don't do it justice. We love the garden and the pool where my kids spend the majority of their time while at the property. For me having WiFi and a decent bed made all the difference.

The kitchen is fully equipped and a decent BBQ was very welcome.

I cannot recommend this property enough and may well return in a couple of years.

Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Some places advertise themselve as a 'home from home', Aou Forgeron actually is.

  • 5 of 5

We have recently returned from a 2 week stay in this wonderfully relaxing property. It is a credit to both the owners and the property manager that it has such a calm and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for an action packed, 24/7 party venue this may not be for you, although there is plenty to be done with mountain biking, walking and kyaking being on the doorstep. If you want to get away from everything and have some quality down time this has to be top of the list.

This is truly a home from home in that, although the house is very stylish and well funished, it doesn't feel that you are staying in a sterile show home. The owners have obviously put a lot of time and thought into the presentation. Being a bit of a foodie the kitchen was a highlight for me, being well equiped and open plan onto a lovely sitting room. The bedrooms were all very comfortable with plenty of storage so that unpacking didn't leave piles of clothes on chairs. A couple of evenings we made use of the lounge to watch a couple of films via Wi-Fi, which was generally good in the main part of the house.

The local area is pretty rural but the small town of Maseube is only a 10 minute drive away where there is a good supermarket, chemist, bakers and bars/restaurants. The locals are very friendly and laid back and this is definitely a very traditional part of France. A little further afield is Auch which is well worth a visit. Great restaurants in the upper town and the cathederal is well worth a visit for the achitecture as much as any other reason. Even my YouTube and Pokemon Go obsessed son was impressed.

As we travelled with our 2 teenagers we were a little worried about being out in the sticks but the kids loved the pool as well as the abundance of spaces in and around the house where they could chill out. The outside areas are brilliant, we ate all our meals on the covered verandah and the L shaped sofa is an ideal spot to enjoy a glass of wine and the amazing sun sets. The pool is perfect for cooling off as it can get pretty warm during the day, we saw over 30 degs most days, and you can even manage a proper swim.

There really isn't anything we could wish for to make this property a better destination and even an issue with the fridge was quickly resolved. We have now been to France for the last 5 years and this is head and shoulders above the other properties we have stayed in. We will definitely be returning.

Spencer & Amanda.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lagarde-Hachan, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low
1 Sep 2017 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is required with the balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A £100 refundable deposit is also required as security to cover damage to the property or excessive cleaning or breakage costs. All rates are in Sterling.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover is Saturday however other options will be considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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