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Les Figues

A 19th century five-bedroom stone farmhouse surrounded by mature gardens, with an orchard and swimming pool, set in quiet countryside in Southwest France.

Suzie Young
With Gite.com since March, 2007
+44 7880 743 970
+44 207 724 6475

About the Holiday Home

The swimming pool
The swimming pool

Les Figues is a spacious and airy two-storey stone house, built at the end of the 19th century amid quiet countryside in the Gers. Five bedrooms can accommodate up to ten guests. It is extremely spacious and built laterally making it a perfect space for families with young children. A mature garden surrounds the house on three sides, with an orchard of cherry, walnut, and a variety of plum trees. Set slightly away from the house is the five by ten metre swimming pool, which is shaded on one side by two tall cedars. A picnic table in the orchard and a stone table on the terrace give plenty of options to dine outside. There is a table tennis table under one of the barns. And a badminton court in the garden.

The living room
The living room

The owners are art collectors, and all the walls are decorated with their collection, mainly posters and cartoons. The breakfast room has a high ceiling with French windows opening onto the garden.

Adjoining it, the fully equipped kitchen includes a new Bosch stove, and is fitted with antique cupboard doors, collected by the owners. A large stone fireplace dominates the dining room, where up to ten can sit at the wooden table.

The mezzanine library
The mezzanine library

Guests may prefer to dine at the outdoor tables in the orchard on on the terrace, or in the stone chai adjoining the house - an outbuilding once used to store wine casks. The chai is accessible from the house and has been adapted as a summer dining and dancing space, complete with a stereo.

In the living room, a large sofa creates a comfortable space to enjoy the television and stereo; the stone floor keeps it cool in summer. Upstairs on the mezzanine is the library, with hundreds of novels for visitors to read. Perhaps the most stunning feature of the house is the 125 sq ft summer dining room. This room is used for games, dancing, and is adjoined to the house. Perfect for lazy long summer evenings.

The downstairs bedroom
The downstairs bedroom

Four of the five bedrooms are upstairs, while the fifth bedroom is on the ground floor. Each room has a double bed, apart from one of the upstairs rooms, which can be adapted to have twin beds. All of the upstairs bedrooms have their own new ensuite bathroom. The ground floor bedroom has a separate bathroom across the hall with a walk-in shower and toilet.

The laundry room and pantry were recently adapted from the farm's old storerooms, and provide plenty of storage space. The views from the upper floor are of the tops of the surrounding mature trees, which are home to a small community of rare red squirrels. At night the darkness is broken only by starlight, and very little traffic breaks the tranquility. The two nearest neighbours have lived and worked the land here for generations.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: 5 x 10 metre outdoor pool

Location

Region
Midi-Pyrénées
Hamlet
Gillet
Setting
Rural
Nearest large town
Vic-Fezensac
Other towns nearby
Condom
Fourcès
Lectoure
Département
Gers (32)
Rental information

Les Figues

Accommodates
10 guests
Bedrooms
5 bedrooms
Five double bedrooms: each with a double bed; one bedroom can have twin beds on request, and a cot is available.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in Pounds sterling. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
Display rates in
Time of year Cost per week
July 1 until September 2 £ 2,750
September 2 until January 10 £ 2,000

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Rental Conditions

A 40% deposit is required to confirm the booking, and the remainder is due six weeks before arrival. A damage deposit of £500 is also required with the final payment. Towels and linen are included and changed every week. The cleaning lady comes in twice weekly for three hours per session at owners expense and cleans to owners requirements. She concentrates on kitchen and downstairs. Additional cleaning such as making beds, bathrooms and such is available at €15 per hour. No more than 10 people including children permitted. No animals. One change of sheets per bed per week. I provide a welcome pack which includes a crate of 12 bottles of local wine. Plus household basics: coffee, tea, olive oil, butter, bread, milk. Vegetables: tomatoes, salad, potatoes. Cheese and yogurt. Plus something special from the market that week.

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Contact

Suzie Young at Les Figues.

About the Area

A nearby ruined 12th century château, typical of the area
A nearby ruined 12th century château, typical of the area

The nearest village, Vic-Fezensac, is a ten minute drive. This is a thriving market town with a strong local farming identity. It holds night markets throughout the summer and stages a famous three-day salsa festival in July. Vic-Fezensac is also home to the second biggest bullring in France, where the town proudly maintains its Franco-Spanish ethnic origins. The nearby towns take turns hosting open-air markets selling the local produce.

Condom, 15 minutes’ drive, features a fine 12th century cathedral and a beautifully preserved medieval town centre. It has a good range of restaurants and shops, and its rail link is very useful. The Gers is increasingly becoming known for its music festivals. In Vic there is the annual Salsa Festival held at the end of July. The Marciac Jazz festival in August, about an hour away, is internationally famous. There are innumerable classical concerts held in churches and sales de fetes. Outdoor cinemas are becoming popular - Lectoure is probably the closest. And in every little town there is the local fete where you can dine out under the stars and the chestnut trees.

About the Region

The famous cathedral in Condom
The famous cathedral in Condom

The Gers is the second least populated département in France. Its lush, fertile countryside is fed by springs from the Pyrénées mountains, which are visible on a clear day. The landscape is rural with gently undulating hills, and its feudal past is still visible in the many fortified towns and ruined castles. The English and French fought over Aquitaine for years, and the relics of the Hundred Years War are everywhere. But older history abounds too: close to the house, just outside the fortress town of Montreal, lies the breathtaking Roman remains of Sevignac.

The cloisters at the nearby town of Moissac
The cloisters at the nearby town of Moissac

Every town has its own local summer fête with feasting and dancing. The prettiest of these may be Fourcès, a town which is dominated by its medieval château. It is two hours to the nearest Atlantic beach, but windsurfing and other water sports are available on the local man-made lake at the spa town of Castera-Verduzan.

Photo Album

The gardens and pool
The gardens and pool
The garden
The garden
The breakfast room
The breakfast room
The <i>chai</i>, with its summer dining table
The chai, with its summer dining table
The kitchen features antique cupboard doors
The kitchen features antique cupboard doors
The kitchen
The kitchen
The dining room
The dining room
The wattle corridor
The wattle corridor
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
One of the bedrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
One of the ensuite bathrooms
The downstairs bathroom
The downstairs bathroom
The garden
The garden
The stairwell
The stairwell