|Space||731 sq. ft.|
Le Château de Gandière once hunting lodge then farmhouse sits on a hilltop in 12 acres of land with panoramic views over the Durrance valley and the Gap-Tallard airfield famous for Skydiving and Gliding.
The lodge offers a Private Terrace and you are welcome to explore the hillside beyond where Sanglier and Deer are amongst the many Wild Visitors.
A large Vaulted room provides Kitchen/Diner/Living room with french TV/DVD. (Please note in the cold months you need to keep a log fire going to keep downstairs cozy, but we provide the wood free of charge.) Stone Spiral Stairs lead to a small Sitting room with Balcony and 2 sofa beds. This gives access to: Bdrm1 with Dble bd and Balcony, Bdrm 2 with Dble mezzanine bed + single bed, and the Bathroom/wc.
Ideal for families with children the lodge provides a spacious base from which to sample the many outdoor activities and local colour the area has to offer.
I live on site so will be here to welcome you and be on hand if required. However the lodge is completely independent and private.
We often have horses on the property so i'm afraid DOGS must be kept on a lead when outside the house.
SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THE AREA HAS TO OFFER
White Water sports - Canoeing, Hyrospeed, Kite surf, Water sking, Rafting, Quad Biking, Paint Balling.
AIr Sports - Skydiving, Hang Gliding, Gliding, Micro lites, Ballooning, Gyrocopters, Light aviation, Helicopters.
Climbing, Canyoning, Hikking, Walking.
Cycling - Tour de France routes, Mountain Biking.
Ice skating, Swimming, Golf, Fishing.
Tyrolienne, Tree adventure parks, Via Ferrata.
Horse riding, Horse trekking.
Local Markets, Live music, Festivals, Concerts, Local produce.
I came to France in 1991 to run a small business on the airfield close by. I sold the business after starting a family, two boys 16 and 20. I now work from home and am I now work from home and am studying a university course by correspondence.
Sarah Brearley purchased this farmhouse in 1993
According to the local tourist office this is one of the most spacious and attractive holiday lets in their area.
It's always given us the sense of freedom that comes from having a lot of space to yourself but at the same time it's conveniently close to the things one wants to do.
The local villages still function as village communities which makes for a very civilised way of life.
We've enjoyed receiving guests from all over the world and all walks of life. Retired couples here for the flavour of France to bands of skydivers here for the excitement.
We adapt around each guests tastes, with some families we've more or less shared children for the week, others are clearly here to enjoy time alone together.
However i think everyone has appreciated there being someone on hand, there's always a question about where to buy something, or eat, best places to swim at this time of year, or a car to be pulled from a ditch!
If you've any questions about the lodge or area please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Have a good holiday
yesterday we arrived safely in stormy and rainy Germany. Thank you very much for the good time in your house and the hospitality.
We enjoyed our stay and the wonderful countryside, and even the Cote d'Azur couldn't come up to it, it was just as cold, only much more traffic...
Nevertheless we enjoyed our holidays.
The house is wonderfully tucked into a picturesque setting. As a couple, the home was very spacious and provided a great base for climbing at Ceuse and exploring some of the nearby towns (Tallard, Gap, Sisteron, Orpierre, etc). It should be noted that the house is not well situated for walking, and a vehicle is needed for basic groceries and other needs. That being said, there is a wonderful set of markets across from the airfield within a few minutes drive. Not at all the fault of our host, but construction on the drive below the hillside was ongoing and we were a little worried about the potential for a flat tire on our small rental car. Hopefully this will be completed soon. Finally, the WiFi was at times unreliable, but functioned fine for the majority of our stay. Sarah was a hands off host, but available when needed, exactly our preference! All in all, we'd definitely recommend this spot to others!
The property is lovely,cool and spacious with all facilities you need. Lovely views and an area with loads to do for a family with 2 teenage boys (we did rafting, lake swimming, kayaking, karting, via ferratta, canyoning, zip wires, high ropes, freefall simulator, cycling and walking for example)Looking forward to our next stay here
We had a lovely relaxing stay at this property with our 2 young children. The house itself is very clean and contained everything that we needed for our week's stay. Lovely views from the property windows! The owners were extremely helpful and there was lots to do in the local area and further afield if required. We would highly recommend. Kate and Mark
Especially for those with an interest in all facets of Natural History (such as us, being visiting entomologists), this is an ideal base for exploring the Hautes-Alpes region, especially around Gap, the Lac de Serre-Ponçon, Parc National des Ecrins, etc. and for access, is also ideally situated close to the A51 motorway. Sarah and Phil will provide as much (or as little) help and advice as you want and were ideal hosts. We drove down from Geneva, but for most (if flying to France), driving from Marseille is the easiest route. The accommodation descriptions were wholly accurate and the lodge is perfect for those seeking rest and relaxation and a comfortable and quiet night's sleep. One small aspect for consideration is a possible clarification of the precise directions to the property (which we initially misinterpreted), not helped by the local road being in process of being re-laid (and moved!) during our stay. However, this does not detract from what is a great place to stay, whatever your interests and is excellent value for money, in a most scenic, not remote, yet still wild part of France.
Nous avons passé quatre jours de retrouvailles en famille dans cette atmosphère calme et chaleureuse, un délice! Un grand merci a Sarah pour cette maison sur deux niveaux très bien équipée, pratique, confortable, spacieuse et certes un peu isolée mais à quelques minutes de toutes les commodités. Malgré la saison et les températures à la baisse, nous n'avons jamais eu froid dans la maison : en plus des radiateurs nous pouvions aussi allumer la cheminée (bois disponible dans la cour) qui est équipée d'un système de ventilation qui envoie aussi la chaleur a l'étage, et comme la cheminée peut se fermer au moyen d'une vitre, elle a fonctionné de jour comme de nuit! Un petit nid douillet !!!!! Nous ne manquerons pas de recroiser la famille à Gandière si l'occasion se présente !
This beautiful lodge is recommended to everyone looking for a very relaxing stay with almost every activity option in the vicinity you might think of. The lodge is well-maintained with fantastic service by the owner, if you need it. You have children? You love the peace of chirping crickets? Want some amazing evenings sitting outside, looking at the mountains, sipping Martini? Don´t look any further. Perfect place for it, especially, if you like airplanes and parajumpers. There is enough of both during the day, but never disturbing. You might easily want to stay there longer as you planned to do.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£84.22|
Please note 'Winter' rates are exclusive of electricity, which is charged at cost, but firewood is provided free of charge. The deposit is non refundable if you cancel less than 30 days before arrival.
If i have no news of late arrival more than 24 hrs after your expected arrival time i will assume you are not coming and may re-let the house.
Any faults should be notified to me or my representative within 24 hours of your occupation otherwise you may become liable as you will be for any damage during your stay.