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Luxury holiday rental in Gascony

La Barre
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ABOUT
About La Barre

Sleeps 10-12

5 Bedrooms

4 Bathrooms

Pool

Rural & Peaceful

 

The house is set out over 470sqm (5000sqft) & has 5 large bedrooms & en-suite bathrooms, sleeps 10-12. It also has a salt water pool, Wifi, UHD TV (SKY, Streaming Services, French TV), Blu-ray, HiFi (indoor and outdoor) Table Tennis, Pool Table, huge selection of kids games & toys, outside covered lounging/dining area & Weber gas BBQ and for winter rentals the house is fully underfloor heated with open/stove fires.

 

Back in 2002, with a young family in tow, we set about trying to find our perfect holiday destination: By chance a friend who had just returned from Gascony suggested that we should try there. It was a part of France that we did not know, but on arrival in the Gers, we, like many others, fell in love with the region. Far from the hustle and bustle of our city living, we found instead quiet roads winding through beautiful rolling fields of sunflowers and vineyards as far as the eye could see, interspersed with medieval villages where time seemed to stand still. Then we tried the local food….and we realised that we had found our “perfect place”.

We did what every tourist does and gazed into estate agents’ windows, imagining ourselves with a place of our own. As we hovered outside one agent, we were caught and invited in. Like lambs we complied and before long were comfortably seated, Armagnac in hand (it was after all mid-afternoon) discussing our dreams. Then came the killer line: “this has just come in, it’s not for sale yet as the owner is unsure, but it will go quickly if he does decide to sell”…

Next morning, the suited and welly-booted agent took us to look at the "not for sale" property, which essentially turned out to be a pile of limestone rocks surrounded by fields on top of a hill. Clearly this was an ancient ruin, with trees growing both inside and outside but our minds began to  whir. "Nothing a lick of paint, a bit of elbow grease and some TLC couldn't fix.....right?"

 

 

Cut to ten years later; having expended a lot of sweat, blood and tears and emptied our pockets numerous times, the lambs finally managed to bring La Barre back to life.

 

The house is now fully restored to modern standards with all things that you would expect in a luxury home. We have retained many of the historic 14C elements, such as the limestone mullion windows, fireplaces and arched stone doorways, but of course the property boasts all the amenities expected of luxury 21C interior and exterior living.

Situated on top of a hill in its own 10 acres of private land and accessed by a 1Km private drive through surrounding fields & forests, La Barre has stunning valley views to the UNESCO cathedral of Condom and Pyrenees beyond. If you do fancy venturing out for some provisions or a market or two, then you are only 4Kms from local amenities. Some have been known to walk…  although be warned: the drive is uphill on the way back…so buy an extra baguette for the return trip.

Original unmodernised barn
The Details of La Barre
Our story of La Barre
Today
La Barre ruin
La Barre ruin
ROOMS
Master Bedroom
Our rooms at La Barre

Our rooms offer huge airy spaces, with a mix of super kingsize and single beds with ensuite bathrooms and magnificent hilltop views over the Gascony countryside.

AMENITIES
Our facilities at La Barre

Dining

 

6m x 6m Kitchen equipped with range cooker and  induction ceramic hob, along with every item you'd expect in a luxury kitchen

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Outside there is a covered dining/lounging area with a Weber Gas BBQ & Sound system

Free Wifi

 

The house is served by free high-speed WiFi, both inside and outside around the pool and covered eating area.

Average speeds:

200Mbps down, 70Mbps up

Parkland

 

Set over 10 acres, with a mix of  lawns and wild flower meadows, interspersed with fruit trees, ornamental shrubs and oak forests with sunflower fields beyond. Plenty of space for outdoor games or simply  enjoying the peace and wildlife.

Audio & Video

 

UHD SmartTV  with SKY, Netflix, Amazon Prime, French TV,  Blu-ray player and an eclectic library of films for the young and not so young.

 

There are Hifi  systems both inside and outside allowing you to connect your music source.

Pool

 

Private 12m x 6m salt water pool with electric security cover. The pool is surrounded by a large paved area with sun-loungers and parasols looking out over breathtaking views of  the Pyrenees. There is also an adjacent changing room with shower and wc.

Games

table tennis, pool table, crocket set,  board & card games,

kids toys & puzzles along with an assortment of inflatable toys for the pool.

GALLERY
La Barre Gallery
SEE & DO
See and Do

Winery Tours

 

The Gers is the Armagnac region of France and as well as this it produces its own variety of red and white wines. The local Chateaux are always happy to welcome guests (without appointment) to sample their produce

Cultural Sites

 

There are a multitude of  historic  Chateaus, abbeys, towns and villages around us, along with Roman ruins.

Additionally there are numerous museums and galleries to suit all tastes.

Markets 

 

Markets are ubiquitous to the local area. Each town has a market day scheduled not to conflict with any other. You will find all types of local produce available along with clothing and curios.

Leisure Activities

There are a huge number of activities available in the area too numerous to mention, but locally we have everything from Tennis, Golf, Horse riding, Hiking, River boating, Kayaking, Fishing and Cycling. Further afield there are the Pyrenees to the south (2hr drive) and the beautiful Atlantic coastline to the west (2hr drive) with its surfing, white beaches and mountainous sand dunes.

And finally, around the house the wildlife is truly impressive. On any given day you might see deer, hare, wild boar and in the air a huge eagles, pheasant, partridge, doves, nightingales and a whole number of smaller birds. If you're very lucky, you might even see our resident barn owl.

Reviews
La Barre sunset through flowers

GUEST REVIEWS

Quite simply, the best holiday home we have ever rented, with everything you could need for a blissful and comfortable stay...

Rates and Availability
Rates and availability at La Barre

For all booking enquiries please contact us directly

 

Minimum stay is 7 nights. Check-in and Check-out Saturdays

Low Season: January 1st - 31st May 2024  - Rate  GBP 1925 per week

Mid Season: 1st June - 28th June 2024 - Rate GBP 3000 per week

High Season: 29 June - 30th August 2024 - Rate GBP 4000 per week

There is a GBP 600 refundable damage deposit for all bookings

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