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Special Offer This month 25% off contact owner for details - Al Hambra Sleeps 12 (4 Bedrooms)

Overview

Property

Updated: 22-May-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Description

Al Hambra Sleeps 12 (4 Bedrooms)

Former stables and hay lofts this is a spacious Gite with enclosed courtyard. Relaxing large open plan kitchen/dining/lounge area with second lounge over looking views of the country side and outside space to enjoy the long warm gascon evenings, private courtyard garden terrace and outside barbecue area.

Bedroom 1. Double

Bedroom 2. 2 Singles or Double

Bedroom 3. 3-4 Singles

Bedroom 4. Double

Bathroom: Bath with shower

Downstairs:

Bathroom: Bath with Shower

Kitchen: (fully equipped) Laundry service

Open plan dining/lounge area cooking utensils, toaster, oven, hob, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, coffee machine,microwave, iron. Lounge furniture /TV. Ninendo wii plus games.

Sun room - lounge furniture and patio doors that open the full length of wall.

large selection of books, film library, radio/cd player, selection of CD's, selection of children’s toys and books.

central & underfloor heating. Barbecue, parking, large garden area for ball games , enclosed courtyard garden,

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About the property

Enjoyable, Peaceful & Relaxed

Traditional Gascogne style farmhouse with 2 Gites attached. The converted former stables and former armagnac distillery sleeps up to 12 and 7. Sitting in an elevated position facing south over looking the beautiful rolling hills of the department know as the Gers bordering Lot et Garonne & Landes. La Platte and shared pool is set in 2 hectors of park land backing onto the regional national park of the Gers. Market towns of Gabarret, Eauze, Mezin and Condom are within easy reach. Enjoy good food, fine wine and Armagnac. Book two gites together and receive 10% discount.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Matthew & Jillian Bell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had s lovely stay. No stress, no work, all peaceful and quiet. We've made 2 new friends - Fudge and Smudge ( the two beautiful cats) The pizzas were great, the site is enourmous, the surroundings breathtaking - we may come again!! Thanks for your hospitality
Jul 2016
  • 1 of 5

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had s lovely stay. No stress, no work, all peaceful and quiet. We've made 2 new friends - Fudge and Smudge ( the two beautiful cats) The pizzas were great, the site is enourmous, the surroundings breathtaking - we may come again!! Thanks for your hospitality
Jul 2016
  • 1 of 5

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Notes

Booking Notes:
25% of the cost of the holiday is required at time of booking in order to secure the holiday. Final payment is payable 8 weeks prior to travel plus security deposit of €250, refunded at the end of the rental period. Payment in sterling is available. Off season fuel charge of €100 is payable (Nov - Feb) Special couples reduction of 20% in off peak times. Plus short breaks of 4 days available in off peak season. Please contact us for full details.

Changeover Day:
Sat - Sat change over. Arrival time after 4pm and departure time before 10am.
We may be able to be flexible with change over days - contact the owner.

Notes on prices:
Rental payment is also accepted in sterling. Please check with owner.
Security deposit €250 payable at 8 weeks and refunded at the end of the rental period. Off season fuel charge of €100 is payable (Nov - Feb)
During off peak times we offer a 20% reduction in the rental price for couples wishing to get-away. Also offer short breaks 4 days and weekends. Please contact us for details.

10 Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

5

Un séjour inoubliable à réitérer dès que possible!

  • 5 of 5

Mon séjour dans la famille Bell est sans aucun doute mon meilleur souvenir de cet été. Jillian et Matthew sont aux petits soins pour leurs invités. Ils sont tout deux d'une gentillesse incroyable, rendant le séjour encore plus chaleureux.

Le cadre est idéal : pas un bruit la journée, mis à part le chant des oiseaux, la piscine exposée au soleil toute la journée permet de se rafraîchir puis de bronzer en sirotant un "Orange Juice".

Les chambres sont coquettes, on ne souffre pas de la chaleur la nuit et les lits sont confortables. La salle de bain est propre et tout y est pour qu'on se sente comme chez soi..!

Al Hambra est vraiment LE LIEU pour passer des vacances au calme, en profitant du soleil et du chant des oiseaux. En outre, diverses activités sont possibles dans les environ : Acro-branche, aqua-parc, tennis, ping-pong, équitation... On a même cuisiné nos pizzas & cookies, avec des recettes anglaises !

Les plats que nous concoctent Matthew et Jillian sont tout bonnement succulents. Leur cuisine est à la fois raffinée et gourmande; il y en a pour tous les goûts !

En plus d'avoir rencontré d'autres personnes, j'ai passé une semaine mémorable sous le soleil du Sud !

Je garde un excellent souvenir de cette expérience, qui devrait d'ailleurs se réitérer pendant l'été 2017 !

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour - merci beaucoup pour tous vos beaux commentaires. C'est notre plaisir! nous espérons vous revoir très bientôt. Merci encore
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5

Une famille adorable !

  • 5 of 5

Cela fait plusieurs fois que je vais faire un séjour chez la famille Bell. C'est une famille adorable à laquelle je suis très attachée ! Grâce aux Bell j'ai pu améliorer mon anglais dans un cadre chaleureux et détendu. Les activités sont très variés et les leçons sont agréables car ludiques. La nourriture est particulièrement bonne !! J'ai réellement passé des moments inoubliables dans cette famille que j'espère revoir au plus vite.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were stunned by the property and the grounds, tastefully decorated and furnished, the pool is fabulous!

Jill is so friendly and helpful and bakes delicious cakes while Matthew is very knowledgeable about the local area with the best places to visit. My family have said it's our best holiday so far and would definitely visit again.

Thank you The Bell Family!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carrie - it was a pleasure to meet you and your family. Thank you for your lovely comments. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Looking forward to seeing you all again next year. Thanks again
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5

Très bon séjour dans la belle campagne française

  • 5 of 5

Très bel endroit calme et reposant, le silence est absolument fantastique ! Brume mystique le matin et lumière divine la journée ! Un décor très romantique ! Gite très confortable et parfaitement équipé, patio privatif et belle piscine qui doit être très agréable en été ! De nombreux sites à visiter aux alentours . Des hôtes charmants et très accueillants

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour cette belle critique. Nous sommes heureux que vous avez apprécié votre séjour et apprécié cet environnement paisible. Nous aimons cette région et les gens merveilleux locaux et nous sommes très heureux quand d'autres personnes aiment ça aussi! C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer et nous espérons vous revoir très bientôt.
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5

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

We booked Al Hambra as a base for us whilst we were house hunting. We could not have chosen a better place.

Matthew and Gillian were perfect hosts and spent time sitting down with us offering us tips and advise on the local area. In-fact without their help, we would not have found our perfect house which we moved into in September.

The gite is perfectly kitted out and is extremely comfortable with a beautiful pool to laze around when the mood takes and a lovely terrace to have early evening drinks whilst watching the wildlife. We even had some friends fly out and join us so that they could make the most of the gite and setting whilst we were out and about house hunting.

Thank you Matthew and Jillian and we will definitely spread the word.

Kind regards

Wendy and Barry Hughes and Charlotte and Blair Jarvis

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful region

  • 1 of 5

The properties are clean and comfortable in a lovely setting and within easy travelling distance of some very pretty towns and villages. The pool is maintained to a high standard and provided welcome relief from the blazing sunshine during our stay. A car is essential to make the most of your time in the region.

Why then would I tick "no" to the question " would you recommend this property to your friends?"

Simply because.........

Unfortunately, during our stay, the handle to the pool umbrella was broken by one of our party and whilst this is regrettable, it was certainly not through abuse of the equipment and accidents will happen. What I was not prepared for was the extremely aggressive manner in which I was spoken to by the owner when he ordered me to accompany him to the pool side to explain how the damage occurred.

On returning home, I queried the fact that the cost of a brand new umbrella had been deducted from our security deposit. I was able to provide photographs of the damage which very clearly indicated that there was rust in place around the winding mechanism. My query prompted a long e-mail detailing a number of "issues" that our party had caused throughout the week, these ranged from extremely petty to completely fabricated i.e glass bottles around the pool, water bombs, rubbish and lolly sticks in the pool and smoking in the gite. Whilst two of our party are smokers, they absolutely did not and would not smoke inside as our family group included two young children, there is no way that we would have compromised their safety in this way. We also cleared everything away at the end of each day throughout our stay.

The owners live in the distillery attached to the rental properties and are on- site for most of the time, following the incident with the umbrella they monitored our every move making it difficult for us to relax and enjoy the remainder of our holiday. In our experience, they seemed to have difficulty in differentiating between house guests and paying guests, the latter must be allowed to spend their holiday in the way they choose, as long as the properties are treated with respect. Surely, if you are advertising both properties together and are happy to accept the rental income that 19 people generates, you must also accept a certain level of disruption with a group of this size. There is a fine line between being attentive and intrusive, unfortunately, in our experience, the owners have yet to master the art.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your review, sits very incongruously amongst our good record of glowing reviews, which should immediately send alarm bells ringing in the minds of any discerning traveller. We pride ourselves in offering a friendly, relaxing environment for all our guests .We take pride in our product & love this region & its people & meeting all of our lovely guests. However, out of the hundreds of people we have welcomed here, there are, thankfully, a rare few, that seem to deliberately ’throw caution to the wind’ whilst on holiday, at other peoples expense. As the grounds and pool are shared with our other customers, we do our very best to provide a clean, tidy, relaxing environment. These are the things that people expect and rightly so. If people are rowdy, have loud disputes amongst themselves, litter or leave possible hazards (glass bottles around the pool). It necessitates us to ask for adjustments in this behavior, before it impacts on other people’s holidays. It is always very disheartening for us to experience such problems but this is extremely rare. Living on site - offers a lot of advantages to our guests: we offer bike hire, book restaurants for guests, recommendations for areas to visit, baby sitting etc. We organize horse riding & sports activities' en-group' at discounted rates, provide delicious homemade meals, cakes, bread and ice cream. Some of these things Barbra and her party very happily took part in and gave us excellent feedback at the time. We can also continue to maintain the standards that people expect and deserve. We know that a customer requires ‘clean’ comfortable and 'well maintained' accommodation at a reasonable price, that is why, in our contract we ask that guests replace any items that they break (new & expensive parasol-for which, we have the original receipt) so that we can keep offering the ‘comfort’ that they enjoyed to our next guest. Otherwise these costs would impact on the rental price of the Gite. We do not think that this would be fair on all the honest, hard working people who save their money to have a nice holiday. Yes we agree 'accidents do happen' and that is why the majority of people replace items without being asked and without complaint and often with an apology. We continue to offer our guests ‘clean and comfortable’ accommodation in a ‘lovely setting” and maintain our ‘high standards’ because we care deeply and we know from hundreds of positive experiences that this is appreciated by most people.
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac & Bordeaux-Mérignac at 121 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Eauze at 14 Kilometres Nearest Train : Agen at 45 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A62 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : sos at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Bordeaux at 120 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The coast between Bordeaux and Biarritz, with its many surfing beaches, is about 2 hours drive away. There are a number of swimming lakes with man made beaches, water slides close to the property.

Travel:

Nearest airports: Bergerac airport 121 km, Bordeaux-Mérignac airport 141 km, Toulouse airport 160 km and Pau airport 148.5 km. Ryanair /Easy Jet flys from Liverpool, Jet2 from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Norwich and all London Airports. Car hire is essential. About 10 hours drive from Calais, 6 hours from St Malo or take the Eurostar train to Agen car hire available from Agen station.

Distances:

The city of Agen being only 49km away. Saint PÉ St Simon has a small shop and restaurant. Within a short drive or bike ride from the house is an open air pool set in parkland. Each town has a traditional French market selling local fresh produce every morning. Eauze at 14km being one of the best on a Thursday. There is a magnificent spa at Barbotan les Thermes which is 20km. Gabarret at 8km, Montreal 12km, Mezin 12km, Condom 25km. Also with easy access to the Pyrénées stunning mountains & lakes

Further Details:

The region boasts an astonishing 146 chateaux, one of the largest and most imposing of which is that of Lavardens, built on a limestone outcrop. One third of modern day Gersois villages are original medieval bastides. These fortified villages have grid patterned streets and central arcaded market places and were established at many strategic points all over the south west of France in the middle ages. There are many wine domains which include MonLuc at St Puy which do guided tours and free wine tastings.You can also enjoy - horse riding, golf, boat hire on the Baise river, Casinos and Spas. We are on the route of the famous 'Pilgrims Walk'. We are backing on to the regional national park of the Gers and there are many good walking routes and cycle routes. We can arrange activities before and during your stay so you can make the most of your holiday.

Facilities

Property Type

  • barn

Theme

  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 160 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Or 2 singles
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed, extra bed can be added, check with owner
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed, with private terrace on ground floor next to 2nd bathroom

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation:New infinity style 10 x 5 pool shared between both cottages & owner with large sun deck over looking the valley, meets ALL the required security and health rules for public use pools. • Bikes available to hire. • Evening meals available - check with owner for rates. (off peak only) • Airport collection and drop off - check with owner for rates. (off peak only) • Laundry service available. • Special offer for couples 20% reduction on off peak prices only. • Take part in exciting organised activities such as horse riding in the forest, acrobranche, sports etc. etc. all can be arranged during your stay or before you arrive. Outside: Set in 2 hectors of park land and woods. Over looking the "The Gelise Valley" the property sits within three departments of france the Gers, Lot et Garonne and Landes, giving you easy access to three different regions of france on our door step to explore. Or just relax at "La Platte" in the outdoor terraces with cast iron pizza oven, barbecue, outdoor furniture, children's play area with swings, slide and selection of outdoor games. New infinity style swimming pool 10x5 metre with stunning views of the valley as you swim and enjoy the long hot summers, shared between the two cottages & owner. Meets all the required security and health rules for public use pools. Children's play are

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