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Traditional, renovated stone built cottage In Miradoux, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees

Overview

Property

Updated: 22-Nov-2016
Holiday cottage 5 minutes walk to Miradoux, Nr. Lectoure, Gers, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Traditional Built Cottage On The Edge Of The Village Nestling In The Rolling Hills Of The Gers

Bijou cottage ( Jewel) is a renovated barn and is situated amongst 3 acres of private land next to the owners cottage.The adjoining paddocks still have an abundance of fruit trees including cherry,apple, pear, figs, and walnuts. During the summer months the fields surrounding the cottage will often be a sea of vibrant yellow from sunflowers, which are synonymous with the area and are truly spectacular. The cottage has retained its old French charm but offers comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. It is a short walk across the Chemin (track) to the village of Miradoux which attracts many visitors by its surrounds and tranquillity. The cottage is a stones throw from the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage trail and during the summer months Miradoux welcomes thousands of walkers as they pass through.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Our names are Michael & Nigel and have been living in Miradoux, Gers in the Midi-Pyrenees's since September 2014. We moved to France looking for a complete change of lifestyle having both just retired 2 weeks before we left the UK- talk about pressure and a steep learning curve!

Michael was an account manager for a major catering supply company. Nigel had worked in the NHS as a Ward manager, Macmillan Nurse and latterly as a Matron. We both loved out jobs but felt that if we didn't make the move now our dream might never happen.

We lived on the welsh borders with out Jack Russells ( both here with us) learning French from zero from..., but hey, it all adds to the fun!

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6 Reviews

5
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

5

RELAXEZ VOUS

  • 5 of 5

FRIENDLY WELCOME FROM ANDREW AND MICHAEL SET THE TONE FOR A

VERY RELAXING WEEK IN MIRADOUX..LOVELY SURROUNDINGS ,SPACIOUS GITE,GREAT SIGHTSEEING,QUIET ROADS AND GOOD EATING.PITY THAT WE WERE ON A TIGHT ITINERARY WITH ONLY ONE WEEK TO SPARE BEFORE VISITING FRIENDS IN THE MINERVOIS.THE GERS IS A TERRIFIC AREA AND WE FULLY INTEND A RETURN VISIT. MAGGIE AND JOHN

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John & Maggie, Thank you for your review. We were so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and it was great that you clearly appreciated our place and the Gers as much as you did. Hope to see you again. Regards, Nigel & Michael
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5

A Jewel indeed

  • 5 of 5

Not Bijou but Bijoux, and this property is certainly a French jewel. Mike and Nigel were excellent 'neighbours', full of local knowledge, and we enjoyed sharing a drink or two with them both. Really nice people, very welcoming and keen to ensure our holiday was enjoyable.It made such a difference to our stay.The Gite is well equipped and in a superb location. The sunflowers were in full bloom and looked great in the surrounding fields. We would visit the local markets, and villages and enjoy the French atmosphere. Great restaurants in the surrounding towns, I would highly suggest a visit to 'La Plancha' in the next village of Castet-Arrouy. Would certainly recommend this property to anyone and would like to visit again one day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A dream location and immaculate accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks for a fabulous week in the beautiful French countryside. The property is picture perfect and the location idyllic, having distant views over the surrounding sunflower fields from the vine covered terrace. Cool in the midday sun and close enough to the very welcoming pool! We discovered a perfect little bar/restaurant in Castet-Arrouy, the next village and fine dining in Lectoure, about 10k away. Our extremely welcoming hosts gave us fruit from the trees, fresh eggs, homemade jam and even a G & T one evening! This property is a joy and we will certainly return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wales
5

RURAL IDYLL

  • 5 of 5

This characterful accommodation set in a tranquil rural location proved just the place to unwind and relax. Peaceful sleep in well appointed accommodation that provided all the comforts of home in French country ambiance. The very agreeable hosts were able to provide invaluable local information when needed. Indeed; the offer of fresh free range eggs from the chickens in the orchard was such a treat.

Far reaching views views from the garden over countryside gave a vista that only France can provide. Distant hilltop villages, cottages and chateaux all take their place in this regions geography. There are also a plethora of ancient towns, markets and villages to explore; together with a diverse choice of restaurants. Watch this space, I will surely return again soon.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

What a find!

  • 5 of 5

We had not visited this part of France before but it did not disappoint. The country side is amazing and there are numerous towns with markets nearby, to enjoy.

Bijou Cottage is ideally situated to take advantage of the views and we spent some time just walking in the area.

Michael and Nigel are so welcoming and the cottage is lovely with all the facilities you could wish for. The rooms are spacious and full of character. Outside is a patio area with barbecues and swimming pool which overlooks rolling fields and hills.

You are actually quite torn with staying the day relaxing and enjoying what the cottage offers, or venturing further afield.

Thank you Michael and Nigel. See you again soon.

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a find!

  • 5 of 5

Having returned from a short break at Bijou Cottage, I would like to recommend this to others in need of a relaxing holiday. Michael and Nigel, the owners were very welcoming and friendly and were available for help, if required. The property is very much as described and is certainly not 'Bijou', offering plenty of inside and outside space. My friend and I enjoyed their company and managed to share the odd glass of red. The facilities at Bijou were very comfortable and whilst it was not warm enough in April to enjoy the pool, it looked very inviting. The cottage is surrounded by fields of sunflowers and although these had only just been sown, the owners told us that when flowering later in the year, these provide a stunning backdrop. It really offers an away from it all holiday, with lovely walks and nearby towns and villages to visit, if required. I look forward to visiting this gem in the French countryside again soon.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ian, many thanks for posting a review of our cottage, very glad to hear that you enjoyed your break and the positive comments. Point taken that the name, Bijou cottage, might imply that the property is small, which, as you say it most definitely isn't. Hope to see you again sometime. P.S. Weather first week of May beautiful and the pool being used. Regards, Michael & Nigel
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Location

From the Owner

We chose to buy a house in the Gers because we fell in love with the wonderful countryside and the numerous medieval bastide villages which renowned for there beauty and quintessential style. We'd been searching for a characterful rustic property with land, for quite awhile, but, as we approached the house for the first time in April 2014 we both knew that our search was over. Although it's a cliché, we both feel that we are now, living the dream and look forward to sharing a little of our new life with our guests in Bijou cottage. Although where we live is very rural, and little English spoken (we think a definite plus and one of the. main reasons for coming here) it is very accessible to both large and small towns with excellent and varied shops/facilities.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse at 60 Miles Nearest Train : Agen at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A62 Toulouse / Bordeaux at 10 Miles Nearest Beach : Med at 125 Miles

Coast/Beach:

The atlantic coast is a 2.5 hour drive away.

Travel:

Toulouse- Blagnac Airport- 99km/60 miles 1 hour drive.

Bergerac- 121km/75 miles- 1 hr 44 min drive.

Bordeaux- Mireignac Airport 180km/112 miles- 1hr 40 min drive

Car hire recommended.

Distances:

Local weekly markets in surrounding villages ( Miradoux every Saturday morning), some with night markets during the summer.

Lectoure, historic bastide town 10 miles.

Agen/Boe with hypersupermarkets and excellent shopping malls 16 miles.

Walibi Family Theme Park can be found near Agen 22 Miles

GoKart Track ( Kartagen ) nr Layrac 12 miles

Saint Clar Leisure Lake ( swimming, boating, peddle boats and a man made beach) and animal park 10 miles

10 Pin Bowling & Laser Land in Agen 22 Miles

Further Details:

Situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills of rural France Bijou cottage affords easy access to the surrounding countryside and villages where you can enjoy the markets, restaurants and many festivals that are on offer during the summer months.

The nearby village of Miradoux is only a 5 minute walk and has a bakery, bank, post office, cafe/bar/restaurant, newsagents, pharmacy and petrol station as well as a small supermarket and other small businesses.

Nearest town is historic Lectoure which during the summer months is a vibrant tourist destination with weekly market and a good selection of restaurants, out door swimming pool and health spa.

Within a 20 minute drive, for those guests like to shop, Agen, Boe and Fleurance offer a wide choice of large and independent shops.

Toulouse, ( hour and a quarter drive) is the capital city of the Midi-Pyrenees region and the 4th largest in France. The city is the centre of the European aerospace industry with the headquarters of Airbus. The city has a unique architecture made of pinkish terracotta bricks which earned it he nickname of La Ville Rose (' the Pink City')...a must see!

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 1
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£229
for 4 nights
£400
 
 
Rate 2
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Rate 3
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£214
for 3 nights
£500
 
 
Rate 4
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£600
for 7 nights
£600
 
 
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£193
for 3 nights
£450
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday. Out of season some flexibility can be negotiated.
Departure time 10am. and arrival after 4pm. please.

Notes on prices:
All prices are in UK pounds and paid direct into our UK bank

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The cottage is perfect for those that just want to get away and relax in the middle of the French countryside and indulge in your favourite pastime's ( if it was me, a glass of red wine and a good book). However, if you're feeling energetic there are lovely walking trails crisscrossing the surrounding hills. If your after busy nightlife then itbwont befor you. Although peaceful here even during the summer months there are endless things to enjoy and places to explore. Within a 20 minute driving radius there are innumerable small towns with local and artisan markets and at the other extreme you find very large town and shopping malls with a huge variety of shops and restaurant's. in July & August nearby towns have open air swimming pools as well gokarking and bowling alleys.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • library
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bath/shower, w,c.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - A single bed situated on a mezzanine / landing See notes#
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, An addition single dead can be added if required
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2+ Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both main bedrooms are quite large and have the capacity for a double bed and single bed in each room # PLEASE NOTE THE 3RD BEDROOM CONTAINING A SINGLE BED IS SITUATED ON A MEZZANINE / LANDING AND IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR AN OLDER CHILD OR ADULT .

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Non smoking only, no pets. Nigel & Michael live in the cottage neighbouring Bijou and will offer as little or as much contact/help as you require. Every thought has been given to ensure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Bijou cottage also has wifi connection. Outside: Bijou cottage lies within 3 acres of the owners small holding and has a rural feel with free range chickens and open farm land surrounding it on all sides. The area outside the cottage is for the exclusive by guests and has a rose covered dining/sitting area, chimney brick and a gas BBQ, lawn and flower beds with views towards the village. The area surrounding the pool is terraced and planed with flowers and shrubs. Bijou is not connected to the owners property, all be it close by, and has a separate drive/parking area at the back of the cottage. There are chairs and sun loungers available for use in the garden and around the pool. There is a small secluded patio next to the pool which is perfect for relaxation during warm summer evenings either with a glass of wine or a good book. Utility Room: washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board, access to washing line. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels are provided for inside use and the cottage is cleaned prior to and after visitors. Other: Adjacent to the kitchen and living room there is a large dining room with farmhouse table which comfortably seats 6 people.

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