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My Gascony

The 'tour' starts in the bastide village of Miramont Sensacq. If you want a relaxed holiday in beautiful surroundings where the kids can wander free and discover nature - you've just found it!!

Come and see what makes this corner of South West France so special.

Gascony - part of Aquitaine - is home to "D'Artagnan" (he was a real person - Charles de Batz Castelmore - born in nearby Lubiac). Miramont itself was founded by Edward I of England. History is all around - churches (many dating from the 12th century), museums and roman mosaics. The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostelo runs though the village.

FOOD AND DRINK

The Gascon passion. Pork and beef are of the highest quality but the duck is king - with its princely foie gras. You can buy all these at local markets, where they also sell fresh fruit, vegetables, home produced cheeses and honey. Restaurants abound - from the small family run place offering a 4 or 5 course menu (including wine) for about 13 euros, to the 3star Michelin restaurant at Eugenie les Bains (just 12 kms away) where the bill could be 20 times as much!

Maybe eating 'in' (especially for the children) is a more practical idea. Not a problem. Supermarkets - big and small - are within a few kilometres, and here you can buy a mouthwatering array of pre-prepared dishes ranging from suckling pig through shellfish to a bewildering choice of terrines and pates. For a real shopping experience go to Pau - not only is it a fascinating town - but it has a magical food market with additional space for local producers several days a week.

The wines here are arguably some of the best in France and certainly the cheapest - Madiran, Tursan, Jurancon (names to conjure with) and Armagnac without dissent the finest brandy in France and always served at Presidential dinners. There are many small Armagnac producers around who will be happy to give you a tasting - or you can visit their centre at La Bastide d'Armagnac - a delightful old fashioned walled village some 25kms away.

THE COAST

The Atlantic coast, with several beaches to choose from, is about 90kms away - reputedly boasting the best surfing in Europe. Further afield you will find the Basque country - with its great cities of Bayonne, Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz. A different world, a different language - then up into the mountains of Col d'Ibardin to find cheap wine, spirits, food and petrol (not to mention leather goods!)

SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES

After all the 'good' life - maybe you have a guilty conscience. Don't despair - help is at hand!

Swimming - in the pool at the house (this includes midnight!) Tennis - several courts nearby

Golf - a 9hole course 8km away, plus a variety of 'big-boy' places within 40kms

Cycling - bikes can be hired locally and the Tourist Office provides circuit maps

Walking - quiet rolling countryside nearby and for the more serious - the Pyrenees

Horse riding - three or four stables in the area from beginners upwards Water sports - canoeing on the Adour and water skiing on nearby lakes

Health and fitness - Eugenie les Bains for a total (not inexpensive) sybaritic experience, Dax for mud baths and other thermal treatments.

Kid's time - the nature reserve at Miramont Lake, wild life parks, aquariums, caves, a working 19th century farming commune, the famous little train into the peaks of the Pyrenees and donkey riding in Gavarnie (near Lourdes)

THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF GASCONY - WHY NOT COME AND DISCOVER FOR YOURSELVES???

Written by Susan McCarthy - Owner of Property 71354 in Miramont Sensacq, France

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                                                                                                      Beautiful property with French character and charm

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Couldn't be happier. The property was very well located, a short walk from the high street shops, very near a beautiful church, and the tourist office, and about a fifteen to twenty minute walk from the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Our host, Christian, was very welcoming and came out to meet us in the rain. He helped carry our bags into the property and even left us his umbrella as we neglected to bring one! He gave us a quick tour of the place, which looked just like the photos only even more charming and spacious. We found it exceptionally clean and tidy. It had all the mod cons one could want, including an automatic fire which added a lovely cosiness to the place. We have two children and especially appreciated the baby cot, high chair, and selection of toys and games we found in the large cupboard. There is a downstairs wet room for disabled guests (which we did not need to use), a lovely large shower upstairs, and a bath tub which was great for bathing our little ones. The garden was large and had many areas to sit and relax, but as we stayed in November it was too cold to enjoy. Check in and check out were easy and Christian made himself available by phone the entire time. We did call on him as the fire ran out of fuel and he was very responsive. The only small suggestion we would make is that it could possibly do with a new sofa, but that did not negatively impact our stay. We highly recommend the property and would stay again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2017

                                                                                                      Amazing property, beautiful location, faultless!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This property is in the most beautiful location with amazing views of the Pyrenees. The house was also perfect with everything you would need home from home. Cannot fault our stay, we even had lunch in Spain which is only 1hr 30min away. Stunning location, stunning house, highly recommend!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2017