Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Lannemezan area - Le Padouen
Relax in this small village next to the church square with views of the Pyrenees
Le Padouen is a 17th century gascon farmhouse situated in a village next to the church square between Castelnau-Magnoac and the Pyrénées.
The house is arranged around a grass courtyard with vines growing around the windows and views over the surrounding hillside.
A large grassed rear garden sets off a private swimming pool. There is also a children's area with a trampoline. 60 acres of communal woodland can also be found to the rear of the property, where you can enjoy stunning walks following public paths along the canal with fantastic views of the Pyrenees.
And there is plenty to do once you've recharged your batteries… riding, cycling, walking in the mountains, a great childrens park to enjoy a poney, toboggan or pedalo ride. This park also includes a bouncy castle and merry-go- round, crazy golf, ice-cream stand and cafe.
There are two lakes near by, one has a sandy shore and swimming facilites again with cafe and pedalos. You could take a visit to our caves or the shrine at Lourdes. And of course in the winter there is skiing.
Activities: The Hautes Pyrénées offers more than just 'high mountains'. Le Padouen is set on the edge of the plains which stretch towards Toulouse and at the foot of the hills which climb gradually up towards Spain.
This diverse region has attracted travellers for hundreds of years and the wealth of activities available locally is tribute to the burgeoning industry catering to those 'in the know'.
For the following activities, just contact me on reservation for help booking with the organisers:
• River fishing at Le Vivier in Lannemezan (15 mins away)...
• Fly light aircraft. For a fantastic view of the Pyrénées, our neighbour offers trips in a microlight aircraft (see www.samyulm.com).
•Walking through peaceful valleys, following the ‘routes de la résistance’ through to Spain, taking in medieval hill forts, with nothing to hear but the jingle of cow bells.
Whether it is boating at the nearby Lac d'Astarac, climbing or rafting in the mountains, the Hautes Pyrénées offers all the peace and tranquillity of ‘le temps perdu’.
You can explore caves (‘grottes’, like the Gouffre de l’Espaross, pictured right) with prehistoric cave paintings or take a boat trip through les Grottes de Medous and swims in cooling mountain lakes watching the eagles and other wild birds of prey.
Other local attractions include:
• le Pic du Midi (alt. 2877) – visible from the village and accessed by cable car – offers fantastic views from the summit, an astronomy observatory, shop and restaurant.
• Lourdes with the shrine to Bernadette is under l hr away. While there take the funicular to the Pic de Jer, again with spectacular views.
Details for holiday farmhouse Le Padouen, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, 4 Bathrooms
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Superb holiday, what a clean, well maintained property, all the facilities you need with oddles of charm and character. Le Padouen stands in a beautiful, safe courtyard where we would sunbathe and read when the little ones allowed us to! To the rear of the property there was a lovely clean pool with a padlocked gate and fence around - very important for us with two little ones.
The owners who live next door were always there to help and answer any questions we had on the area, they were so friendly but unobtrusive.
There was also lots to do in this stunning area of france, we visited a great childrens park just up the road with poney abd pedalo rides.
Thanks again for a great find.