Farmhouse St Puy, Condom, Gers, Midi Pyrenees, SW France - Tranquil Location, Less Than 1km To The Village With All Amenities
La Salle offers flexible accommodation, equally suitable for small family gatherings, friends or for larger groups. Accessed by a private tree lined drive and with ample parking La Salle has been lovingly restored to its former splendour. The house retains all its charm with many features such as characterful oak beams, thick stone walls, original fireplaces, walnut staircase and magnificent oak front door. Furnishings are carefully chosen in the French country style and are of excellent quality. All bedrooms in the en suite accommodation are individually and stylishly decorated with a touch of 'chateau chic'. There is a well equipped kitchen and lots of recipe books with inspiring titles such as 'Goose fat and garlic' and 'Memories of Gascony' and the many daily markets offer a variety of fresh local produce. The kitchen leads to the comfortable family room and onto the large south facing terrace, where the large dining table and comfortable seating area is perfect for those long lunches or evenings with family or friends where you can chat and relax with the lingering scent of lavender and lemon blossom, and watch the wonderful sunsets. St Puy is centrally situated to visit the surrounding area in which 'there is something for everyone'. Daily markets, beautiful villages, art galleries, restaurants, Chateaux and tastings, walks, cycle tracks, waterparks, themepark and much more await.
Top Traveller Review
The owners have good taste
About the Owner
My husband, son and myself live here on the outskirts of the village of St Puy. My son goes to school locally, so this is a real family home.
The area is a great place to bring up a family The outdoor lifestyle is perfect for children with lots of space and freedom to run around, waterparks, pools and many other activities abound and children are welcome at events and restaurants.
We both have a real interest in food having previously managed catered chalets in the French Alps so the Gers, and Gascony suits us perfectly with its magnificent landscapes and hearty rustic cuisine.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We've had a fabulous holiday. We've thoroughly enjoyed the house and peaceful evenings by the pool drinking our aperitifs. We would strongly recommend 'Chez Vous' the restaurant in the village and Chateau Monluc kept our glasses filled. A la prochaine! - The Shannons
The house and countryside are beautiful. Enjoyed canoeing at Beaucaire and the girls had a great time at Walibi Park. plenty of local markets to visit. The garden was great for our dog, Charlie who also enjoyed his holiday chasing lizards and toads. - Richeaux family
What a great place for 6 friends and 1 mutt to spend 2 weeks, relaxing by pool, ping ponging, water fighting, Monluc fizzy wine drinking,Terre blanche foie gras eating, Connect 4ing, card playing, petanquing, barbequing, under walnut tree swinging, Chez Vous enjoying, stargazing, sunflower admiring, lake swimming, pool monster ducking, holiday romancing, Pousse rapiering, seriously thinking about returning.
4.9 based on 15 holidaymaker reviews
The owners have good taste
A very comfortable family property, a real feeling of luxury, the owners have good taste. Sitting in the outdoor dining area with a glass of local wine with that wonderful summer breeze, delightful. Can highly recommend the kayaks along the river, sorry can’t remember the providers, a short car drive away, very memorable. Great social living/dining/kitchen space and paradise outdoor space for the kids.
Fantastic French Home Away From Home
Seven of us (4 adults & 3 kids) spent two fabulous weeks at La Salle. We received a warm welcome from Jill and Terry on arrival who showed us around their beautiful farmhouse in the small village of St Puy, surrounded by the tranquil French countryside.
The farmhouse is bright and spacious and beautifully decorated in traditional style, with all the modern amenities you would need.
It provided the perfect location as a base for touring local towns and villages and at the same time provided the perfect home for relaxing with our family.
When not touring the local areas, we spent daytime hours by the pool which both kids and adult loved and evenings spent relaxing over numerous glasses of wine on the terrace - recommend a trip to Nick Patrick's Vinyard, Domaine de Sedouprat.
When we felt like exerting ourselves, many hours spent on competitive table tennis matches, but that is about as energetic as we got.
Would recommend La Salle for families and friends to get away, relax and enjoy a bit of rural France, but at the same time not being too far away from local amenities.
Really enjoyed the local restaurant Chez Vous (but recommend you book). Areas we suggest you take time to enjoy are Larressingle Medieval Village, the daytime market in Eauze, and if the time of year is right, the night market with live entertainment at Vic Fezensac. Also worth a visit is the quaint town of Lectoure and canoeing at Beaucaire.
Beautiful spacious country home with all amenities
The house is a perfect location for exploring the rolling countryside of the Gers area en famille, with its vineyards and sunflowers..with local markets and boulangerie, ancient villages, Roman ruins. The children (8-12yrs old)were delighted to find a trampoline, ping pong ,wii system, many DVDs and of course a pool.
Gourmet-style kitchen, meals outside on the shady terrace, room for everyone.....we loved it all! Thank you to Jill and Terry for their suggestions.
A perfect holiday for artists, non-artists & dogs
The descriptions of the area were accurate - the area is stunningly beautiful, good for walking, photography and wildlife (we saw deer, hares, foxes, salamanders and lots of birds), as well as for drawing and painting. This is a perfect holiday if you are a painter with a non-painting partner and a dog.
La Salle is a wonderful old house, beautifully renovated and looked after, with spacious rooms. We had a big, clean, comfortable bedroom and lovely ensuite bathroom, and made ourselves at home in the well-appointed kitchen and living room. The art studio was light and airy and very nice and cool to work in in the heat of the day, and had work surfaces, easels, some art materials, and a range of art books. We sat out in the large shady verandah, and ate all our meals out there, overlooking the beautiful garden, which is also very well looked after, and the swimming pool.
Our hosts, Jill and Terry, were extremely friendly, hard-working and professional. They really made us feel at home, looked after us and entertained us well, nothing was too much trouble. They took us round to villages, art exhibitions, the local Chateau for wine-tasting, and to the market at Lecture, a medieval fortified hill-town,all extremely enjoyable. We ate out at Chez Vouz in St Puy one evening, very good food and wine and great atmosphere sitting outside in the old market area and listening to some laid-back live jazz.
Jill's cooking was absolutely delicious, fresh and varied, and she managed to cater for individual requirements as well as producing great meals twice a day, including wines and gorgeous desserts. Mealtimes at the long table on the verandah with Jill, Terry and Thierry and the other guests had a relaxed family feeling, and were a real highlight of the holiday.
Overall, this was an excellent holiday, and we would recommend it as a painting holiday and also as a comfortable, relaxed centre to hang out in or explore the area from.
Ideal for our purposes
We spent two weeks at La Salle in June, with a shifting community of guests from three generations, peaking at nine adults. All greatly enjoyed their stay, whether it was mostly spent in the pool, visiting local bastides, or cooking, eating and drinking in the extensive outside patio. The accommodation, and its owners, are flexible and the latter (Terry and Jill), who live locally, are very friendly and responsive to any problem. We would recommend it without hesitation.
Amazing home for a Vacation in Gascony
Our week stay at La Salle, St Puy was flawless. The house and gardens are perfectly relaxing and the house is spotless and exactly as shown in the pictures. The home is very well equipped (read don't bring your hair dryer) and perfect for families with or without children. The home is three stories with two bedrooms, bath on the third level with a play area additional. On the second floor are the main two bedrooms with attached bathrooms. Both have windows on every wall for morning light and sunsets. Downstairs offers not one but two complete, large family rooms, laundry room and huge kitchen. The two owners Terry and Jill are very friendly and helpful. They both went out of their way to make sure all our questions were answered. They have compiled a wonderful book of information about the area and were great with recommendations for things to see and restaurants to visit. The yard is huge and now has a trampoline and table tennis for use. The pool was perfect for afternoon swims. Our small dog loved the yard and surrounding area which is perfect for afternoon walks. Everything is as advertised and shown in the photos. The owners were there to greet us upon arrival and also to wish us off upon departure. A wonderful touch. The owners recently added more outdoor furniture which makes for a wonderful third outdoor living room. Super fun house to use as a base for Gascony. Walking distance to St Puy: Croissants and Chez Vous (A must visit restaurant to enjoy. Order the Foie Gras)
I can highly recommend this property.
Long Beach, CA USA
From the Owner
“Apart from the lifestyle, we chose the Gers and St Puy for its breathtakingly beautiful scenery which changes continuously with the seasons. Known as the Tuscany of France, with its picture postcard villages, brilliant sunshine and winding roads, it's easy to see why. There is a wow around every corner. This is Gascony birthplace of D'Artagnon. Its ancient walled towns and villages are steeped in history, mystery and romance. Also known for its gastronomy and hospitality. There are markets both day and night where you will find regional favourites such as confit de canard, foie gras, Toulouse sausage, cheeses and pates and lots of fresh fruit, veg and garlic! There are many restaurant to suit all budgets and occasions and locals are friendly in this still unspoiled region.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Painting and Pilates holidays at La Salle.
Spa and relaxation week
Our residential painting holidays take place on set dates throughout the year and are based on 7 nights and are all run by enthusiastic professional and experienced tutors.
These activity holidays are priced separately (see our personal website) and are available to individuals or groups and non participating partners or friends are welcome. Prices start at £550.00/person for a painting week in May 2016
For more information on courses, dates, lots more photos and prices please see our personal website link on the green 'send request' tab.
The beach resorts of the west coast are less than 2 hours away, Mimizan plage and Arcachon being the closest. Alternatively, there is a purpose made swimming lake with sandy beach at Castera verduzan, 10 mins drive away and others similar close by. There is also a superb water park at Gondrin, about 25 mins away with toddler pool and play area and for the more adventurous, wave machine and kamikaze slides. This is a great day out for all the family at very reasonable cost.
You can drive to St Puy via ferry from the UK. Travel time varies. From Calais it is approximately a 10 hour drive. From St Malo 6 hours. Other crossings are available. Toulouse International airport is 1 hour 15 mins away. Bordeaux, Pau, and Bergerac airports are less than 2 hours away. Car hire is available from all airports. Main train station at Agen (TGV) access to all areas of France. The use of a car is highly recommended though not essential.
Condom is the closest town to us being an easy 10 min drive. There you can find 3 large supermarkets and a choice of restaurants bars and cafes. wed market.
Auch, 30 mins drive, is the capital of the Gers, with its 'old town', cathedral and narrow old streets, there are a wide variety of shops including hypermarkets
Castera Verduzan 10 mins try the thermal spa, casino or racetrack, all fun days out.
Fleurance 15 mins has the best market in the area.
Lectoure 15 mins ancient bastide town.
The weather is generally very warm in June, July and August often in the mid 20s-30s with little rain. Nights can remain warm until the early hours making socialising outdoors a must. You can brush up your french with friendly locals in the markets both day and night. There are fetes in local villages most weekends.
There are numerous wine/Armagnac producers in the area where you can do a tasting including here in St Puy. Try the Pousse Rapierre, an orange flavoured Armagnac which is mixed with vin sauvage to make a delicious aperitif or the Tuile, a sparkling rose, only available here.
You will find many restaurants offering local cuisine to suit all occasions and budgets and children are welcome. A 3 or 4 course lunch menu or plat du jour wine inc, will cost as little as 12-15 euro or for that special occasion 2 Michelin Star restaurants nearby in Lectoure and Condom, both within 15 mins drive. The restaurant in St Puy is very popular, has a great atmosphere often live music.
Terre blanche, a respected and well known duck producer in the region is located in St Puy. Here you can visit the farm, see the ducks or sample and purchase a variety of pates, terrines and foie gras.
Four of the officially listed most beautiful villages in France are close by. Larresingle with its ancient fortified walls and interactive battle machines, kids love it. Fources, with its characteristic 'round' tree covered place and moated chateau. Great Auberge with 4 course menu. La Romieu, a world heritage site, famous for the collegiale and the stone cats carved into the masonry all over the village. (You can discover the story yourselves) is very picturesque and has 2 lovely restaurants.
Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted to see the red squirrels, frequent visitors to our garden and deer on the edge of the wood and many birds such as the more unusual hoopoe with its distinctive call and crown. There are gardens open to the public and a Botanical walk and so much more.
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29 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
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28 May 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
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25 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
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16 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
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9 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
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Accommodation is cleaned prior to arrival but please leave accommodation as you find it.
Garden and pool maintenance carried out as required.
Flexible subject to availability. Arrival time 4pm and departure at 10 am please.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
From the Owner
“The proximity of St Puy, helps make our property a great venue. With Chateau Monluc 'on the doorstep', producer of 'Pousse rapiere' and a great choice of wines and the popular cafe/restaurant 'Chez Vous' with its informal and friendly atmosphere, visited by locals and visitors from further affield. You can have a meal in the square, listen to the music (often live music) or just relax with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. You don't have to worry about driving as its just a short walk home. Throughout the year, there are 'vide greniers', stalls selling antiques and bric a brac in St Puy and many nearby villages. Local fetes and cultural activities a plenty. There is also a boulangerie, shop pharmacy, doctor and everything you need to sample French country life at its best.”
- Sports & Activities
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dishwasher ...
- Kitchen ...
- Oven ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Hob ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered ...
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- live theatre
- water parks
- winery tours
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Toilet - Toilet
- Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bedroom 1 En suite with separate shower, wc, bath, washbasin. Bed 2 Fourposter room has Bathroom en suite with separate shower, bath, bidet, wc and washbasin. Bed 3 bathroom en suite, wc, wasbasin, separate shower. Bed 4 Bathroom en suite, wc washbasin, separate shower. Toilet on groundfloor, washbasin, wc. Bed 5 Shower room en suite, wc, ceramic washbasin Ground floor wc, washbasin.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
- Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
- Description of sleeping capacity: The farmhouse Sleeps 8+ in 4 en suite bedrooms. 2 cots are available for babies. Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms are spacious and light and have en-suite facilities. Bedroom 1 king size bed, Bedroom 2 fourposter bed,. Bedroom 3 King size bed, Bedroom 4 2 single beds Baby equipment, 2 cots, toys, books, jigsaws.
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Tennis ...
- 4 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Please note the owners live in a separate accommodation at this property unless the whole property is booked. Guests have sole use of the main house, pool, terrace and fenced garden as described. Large and small groups have enjoyed the magical atmosphere here and been delighted by all there is to offer in this wonderful historic location. The gardens are planted and landscaped with charming details such as the dovecote over the grenier door (home to wild birds and red squirrels) and the large bird table in the garden is well frequented in Springtime and Winter. Outside: The terraced gardens have a mediterranian feel with lawns and mature trees including cypress, olive, lemon, cherries, plums, apricots, fig, walnut and other semi tropical plants. There are many seating areas throughout the garden shaded or sunny. The south facing covered terrace has an outdoor kitchen with stone sink, food prep area and large BBQ + tools, large dining table and chairs and outdoor sofas where you can relax after your meal with a good book and a glass of your favourite tipple. The terrace has large urns and pots of olive and lemon trees and faces the swimming pool (11 by 5m) with its tiled surround and banks of lavender. The easy use roll on, roll off thermal cover maintaining water temp to 28- 30 degrees during the letting period and is alarmed and fenced with pergola and sunbeds. There is a children's swing slide and trampoline The garden is also completely fenced (so parents don't worry, kids or dogs won't wander off) Towels, T-towels and linen are included and changed weekly. (includes pool towels). The property is cleaned on changeover day or may be cleaned mid stay by prior arrangement. Welcome pack on arrival. Pool and gardens tended weekly or as necessary. Other: The elegant salon with stone fireplace and ornate plasterwork can double as bed 6 if needed with convenient wc opposite. Comfy sofas and satellite TV. A good selection of DVDs family games and books can be found. Lovely country style antique furnishings.