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18th Century Gascon Large Gathering Farmhouse w/Large Private Pool & Tennis



Updated: 25-Mar-2016
Farmhouse in Mont De Marrast, Nr. Mielan, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Rural Farming Area Surrounded by Beautiful Bastide Villages. Just Over an Hour to the Pyrenees

The house is in the peaceful village of Mont de Marrast. It is very secluded and has plenty of space in the house and the garden to spread out.Up to 14 people can dine comfortably in the kitchen,or loggia or the stone terrace leading off the kitchen.The terrace overlooks the pond,orchard and rose garden. The pool is on the south facing side of the house with views to the Pyrenees. The tennis court is not visible from the house but is just through the orchard. All three drawing rooms have wood-burning stoves and for the winter months there is central heating too.It is a fantastic area for walking and cycling as the roads are so quiet. The area is known for its duck, foie gras armagnac and of course wine. A chef who stayed here told us it is the best equipped kitchen he has been in!

  • Sleeps 14
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

We bought this house originally as a second home but loved being here so much we decided to spend more time here and less in England and Hong Kong.We have 4 children now aged 23 to 32 who just love the house.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The garden as well as the house were quite lovely and even beyond our high expectations.Also what a pleasure to stay somewhere so perfectly equipped as a home.The impression that you had left without changing anything much was charming and heart warming".The Child family July 2011

"Charming,tasteful,restful-a perfect introduction to the Midi Pyrenees". Linda Nutter and Larry Blair Vancouver

"Your house is absolutely magnificent,the grounds tres charming". Ted and Lori
Dec 2013
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From the Owner

It is a very beautiful rural area with far far fewer people than England.The weather is seasonal but summer arrives in March and continues until the end of October.The winter can be cold but we have eaten lunch outside on Christmas day.The views of the mountains,seen much more often in the winter,are so uplifting.Our family wanted sun,tennis and a pool and ski-ing so this was the perfect area

Activity and Interests



Tarbes-Lourdes 52kms, 50 minutes

Pau 1 hour 5 minutes

Toulouse 118kms,1 hour 20 minutes.We find this the best with Easyjet from Gatwick

Biarritz 2 hours


Portsmouth to St Malo- overnight ferry from Portsmouth arrives early in the morning.Between 7 and 7 and a half hours drive.We usually return from Caen on a faster daytime ferry


Trie sur Baise 7kms market Tuesday supermarket,bank,greengrocer,tabac,cafes,doctor

Mielan 9 kms beautiful village,butcher,small Thursday market

Marciac 18 kms 20 minutes drive, market Wednesdays,restaurants,beauticians,jazz festival,water sports

Mirande 18kms 20 minutes drive,market Mondays restaurants,beauticians,dentist

Tillac 13 kms picturesque,restaurant with charming outside seating in the summer

Pau Just over an hours drive

Further Details:

Abbaye de Flaran,Valence sur Baise:Cistercian Abby founded in 1151-one of the best conserved in France. Worth going for the paintings alone

Auch:Historical capital of Gascony-Cathedral,shops and many restaurants

Fources:Fortified medieval round village just beyond Condom. Fantastic flower festival the last week-end in April.Brocante markets too at other times

Maquis de Meilhan:Site of massacre of resistance fighters-just after Masseube

Saint Mont and Madiran:Vineyards to the north beyond Marciac

Ordan Larroque:delightful village and rare plant fair Sunday 12th October 2014

La Pivoine Bleue: Paeonie nursery in Montegut

Un Coin du Passe,Castera Verduzan-treasure trove of antiques and brocante. fantastic restaurant there too-Le Florida

There are lots of antique and brocante fairs (and Vide Greniers) One especially good one is at Terraube around the end of August/beginning of September

Driving is a pleasure as there is so little traffic.There are endless wonderful villages to see and of course lots of churches and chapels

Studio Pottery:Sue Ure in Saint Michel(5 minutes away)www.sueureceramics.com

A full time chef can be arranged at additional cost


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Pool heating if needed is charged at 100 pounds per week

Changeover Day:
Saturday 4.00pm arrival 10.00am departure

Notes on prices:
The prices quoted are for the house and barn to sleep 14
Out of high season the house can be rented on its own,with the barn locked, to sleep 10. High season 2850 pounds.Mid season 1995 pounds. Low season 1550.00 pounds.
Central heating (for winter bookings) will be charged at 150 pounds per week
In the low season the barn can be rented with the house locked to sleep 4. 950 pounds.Central heating 75 pounds

30% non refundable deposit is needed to confirm a booking. The balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of 400 pounds is due at the same time as the balance. This will be returned within a week of departure assuming no damage

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Updated: 25-Mar-2016
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From the Owner

If we have friends or family here there is so much to do without leaving the house.With all the sporting activities those who are energetic are happy and there is so much space and opportunity for relaxing too.The food is local and fresh and the wine excellent. We find the journey from Gatwick to Toulouse very quick and easy. Easyjet are a great airline and very rarely late

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite 1: shower,bath,double sink,loo Ensuite 2: shower,bath,sink,loo Ensuite 3: shower,sink.loo Ensuite 4: bath with shower,sink,loo Ensuite 5: bath,sink loo Ensuite 6: shower,sink,loo Ensuite 7: bath,shower,sink,loo Utility next bed 5: shower


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Via large Gascon staircase Bed. 1: 6' bed with dressing room Bed. 2: 6' bed or 2 singles. Via smaller Gascon staircase Bed. 3: 6' bed or 2 singles Bed. 4: 2 singles Ground Floor Bed. 5: 6' bed or 2 singles Barn both beds. 6' bed or 2 singles


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Children are very welcome but there is an unfenced pond near the house so not suitable for very young ones.The pool is alarmed but not fenced Outside: The garden is 1.27 hectares.The approach is through stone pillars up a gravel drive to the car port.The entrance is through an arch to the gravel courtyard.In spring this is full of iris followed by the roses. The large terrace with seating for 14 is shaded by a spreading Catalpa.The French doors from the kitchen lead on to the terrace and from there are views of the pond,orchard,rose garden and to the hills beyond.Through a doorway next to the barn is the loggia which faces south looking down a lavender path to the pool which is 12 x 6 metres and can be floodlit at night. The gas BBQ is on the terrace just by the loggia. There are many different corners with benches and seating in sun or shade. The croquet lawn is visible from the pool and beyond the orchard is the tennis court.There are plenty of loungers by the pool and for those wishing to be more active there are some bikes.An open outbuilding houses the table tennis and the table football.2 Boule sets available Utility Room: Washing machine,tumble dryer,Belfast sink,loo,shower,iron,ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels,including pool towels,and linens are included.They are changed at the beginning and end. At an extra cost they can be changed during the stay. The property is cleaned at the beginning and end of a stay. Extra cleaning can be arranged at extra cost. Other: Studio kitchen: Rayburn,electric oven and hob,dishwasher,fridge,table and chairs for 6 Barn: utility room: washing machine,sink and loo Loggia: large table seating 14,dishwasher,fridge,sink,sideboard,cutlery,crockery and pool glasses

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