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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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                                                                                                      Just great holidays!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Superb environment. Beautiful mansion. feels like a real family home. Long list of equipment left at our disposal, TVs , books, furniture, games etc. We had never been provided as such in our previous rentals, . So many activities in the area, we loved Biarritz, Pau and Lourdes. Property clean and very well maintained. We do not hesitate to recommend. Michelle, James & family.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect French getaway

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      As a large family group with four small children it was proving difficult to find a property that fulfilled all our holiday needs but we really struck gold with this house! We were a group of 4 adults and 4 children under 3 yrs and stayed here for two weeks, it was large enough to give everyone their own space and the covered outdoor BBQ area is perfect for getting together in the evening. The pool and garden are fantastic and it was a shame that we were only there for two weeks. We were so lucky with the weather and it was lovely exploring the local area (hire car is a must). I would thoroughly recommend La Chenaie, the owners are great for any queries the location is perfect for a laid back, French vacation.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Peaceful Rustic Farmhouse in Quiet Location

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      We were met by James the property manager who gave us a warm welcome and showed us around the farmhouse. He is only a phone call away if any problems arise. Fortunately we did not need to contact him during our stay. The large kitchen/diner is well equipped. Adjacent is the lounge with TV. Only French channels when we visited. We had our lap top so were content to use it occasionally for watching DVD's. Upstairs there are three good sized bedrooms. There is no hanging space for clothes in any of the bedrooms, but loads of shelving and drawers.The master is en suite with bath and hand held shower. An attachment on the wall to hold the shower would be a good idea. We showered in the second bathroom which has a separate cubicle. Both bathrooms were modern and very clean. There is a good supermarket within a short drive, and a boulangerie a few minutes walk away. There is a Brasserie in Riscle, but the only restaurant was closed in the evenings during our stay in September. There are plenty of attractions within easy driving distance, including three ' Beautiful Villages of France' and some interesting Bastide Towns. On the Thursday we took the scenic D943 to visit the lovely market in Auch. Another day we drove down to Pau. From the historic centre there are beautiful views to the Pyrenees. We would recommend the farmhouse to anyone wanting a quiet peaceful location, but be prepared to drive to see the attractions that this part of South West France has to offer.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016