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La Fontaine is situated in a peaceful village in a quiet back street, yet close to larger towns where there is lots to do and see (Marciac and it's Jazz festival a particular bonus for us in early August and also the mountains of the Pyrenees which are an easy drive away).
We have stayed here twice now and the house, pool and garden are perfect for families (we stayed with another family of 5, making 9 of us in total). The facilities and layout are perfect for a relaxed holiday in a private setting behind massive cast iron gates.
The pool and outdoor table tennis were ideal for our 5 boys to wile away the long hot summer days. There is a playing field a few hundred yards away for ball games and woods behind the house which are great for exploring and the kids enjoyed their forays into the village each morning for croissants and bread.
The house is cool inside with lots of options for sleeping and relaxing in the evenings (although the loft bedroom gets a bit hot if you want a lie in once the sun is up!). The surrounding area has all sorts of activities available, too numerous to mention, but we particularly enjoyed canoeing trips with the family where we could picnic at our leisure on the river banks (much quieter than in the Dordogne where the river can be like a canoe motorway in our experience!!).
We have loved our relaxed stays here and days out to surrounding villages and towns. The house is elegant with a fantastic old sweeping / creaking wooden staircase yet has the space to be practical at the same time (large utility room and bathroom downstairs).
There was help on hand from a British couple any time we had a query, all we had to do was call. The information provided by the owners was accurate and helpful, with lots of recommendations for eating out and activities locally. Although we ventured out a few days on each holiday we loved the house and garden so much we spent most of our time cooking and relaxing there!
I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a relaxed, effortless holiday where you can enjoy rural French life and at the same time easily access much more with a good road network.
What a fantastic house. Equipped with everything we could possibly need, and beautifully maintained, we had a great holiday. The grounds are lovely, as are the views. There is plenty of space around the pool to relax. The kids spent most of their time in the pool, even on chilly days because it is heated.
It is about a one hour drive to the Pyrenees which is well worth it. The towns in the neighbourhood are quite small but there are still plenty of good restaurants. The supermarket is about a 20 minutes drive from the house. The highway is far, far away, which means no noise except from an occasional airplane.
Graeme was very friendly and helpful prior and during our visit.
We would love to come back!