Stylishly restored bourgeois house in superb small village with own pool and private walled garden. Sleeps up to 8, in 2 luxurious double bedrooms and 1 huge twin (can be made into a bunk room for 4). First floor sitting-room with full width balcony, large dining room, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and shower-room. Internet, phone, TV, DVD, stereo etc… Holiday without the car or explore the rich and varied culture of the South West.
A simply stunning holiday home for people who just love good food and wine.
Beach / lakeside relaxation
Nearest beach 15 km
Great for children of all ages
Car not necessary
Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
Features and facilities
Luxuries - Internet access, DVD player
Pool - Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General - Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available, Standard Kettle, Iron.
Utilities - Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture - 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other - Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors - Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available.
All bedlinen & towels - including guest towels, bath mats, tea towels and pool towels.
All electricity and gas (unless otherwise negotiated for longer stays).
A welcome pack of milk, bread, wine & cheese.
A basics pack of tea, coffee, sugar, dishwasher tabs, toilet rolls and cleaning stuff (to save you doing that tedious first day shop).
A basic clean at the end of your stay. If you want, we can do a 'pack up and go' clean at an attractive hourly rate which means on your last day you needn't worry about anything apart from catching your plane!
Truck-loads of information on hidden gems you'd never find without help!
A gourmet welcome.
An honesty wine cellar.
A personal shop for your arrival - simply email us your list and it'll be here waiting for you.
Babysitting service for that special night off.
Wine or culture trails.
Further details outdoors
There's a private walled garden with barbecue, eating and lounging areas, together with your own pool to cool down. There's plenty of space for relaxing and catching some rays – even the winter sun here can be unbelievably warm.
The Midi-Pyrénées region
The surrounding area offers a host of cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities which will leave you never having to look for something to do. Food and wine are King around here. You'll find much of the cuisine is based around the duck, with of course foie gras holding centre stage. Whether you're for it or against it, it's a way of life for the folks round here and if you're a fan, you won't taste better the world over – guaranteed! The local vineyards, both well known and not so well known are welcoming and unpretentious. During July and August there are loads of night-markets and Christmas markets are becoming more and more popular – why not think about doing your Christmas shopping in a whole new style?
In terms of sport and activities, in the village itself, you can play tennis, basketball; enjoy riverside biking and walking and there's also a village outdoor pool if you fancy a swim in the company of others. Within 30 minutes drive you'll find great swimming lakes and a huge choice of outdoor swimming pools; fantastic walks, bike routes and off-road biking; canoeing and kayaking; horse-riding; golf; fishing; water-ski-ing; parachuting and hang-gliding; motor racing... the list goes on...why not check out our website for more ideas...
The Village, Riscle, with its population of only 1200, boasts 6 café-bars/restaurants. All only a few minutes walk from the house!
The main village boulangerie is run by husband and wife team Jean-Luc and Joelle who pride themselves not only on the range and quality of their bread, but on the patisserie they lovingly prepare every day of the week (except Monday when they take a well earned rest).
There's a small supermarket run by the Barr's, a local family who pride themselves on their butcher counter, cheese selection and fresh fish on a Friday. And then of course there's the oyster-man who comes from the coast (sorry, did we mention ...foodies?). Thereafter, you've got a stunningly stylish flower-shop, a small clothes shop, a tabac, cashpoints and for those unforeseen problems, pharmacies, doctors and dentists…basically all you could want for that well-earned rest in rural France.
The village market is on a Friday morning and spills from the market hall right down into the main town square with its pretty fountain and imposing XI century church. Why not stop and sip a coffee in one of the café bars while you watch the world go by?
If you fancy a swim in the company of others, you could take a leisurely stroll to the newly refurbished village pool which is open in July and August. Or there are two lovely swimming lakes within a 15 minute drive. In addition, the River Adour which runs through the village has many small, secluded river beaches which are great for picnics and total tranquillity. In the park you'll find peaceful and unspoilt river walks and picnic spots, tennis, basketball and fishing. You could always hire some bikes if you fancy.
Also in the village is the Church of St Peter of Riscle. This classified historic monument of France dates way back, with questionable traces of IXc roots, but is certainly traceable back to the XI century. A typical gascon, gothic church, it holds court over the whole village and is visible from virtually every corner. It holds an interesting and troubled history with the English - so beware!
At the local college, you'll find La Galerie Bleue, a gallery focusing largely on modern art which is open to the public both during and outside term time. Here you'll regularly find exhibitions by well-known international as well as French artists.
The village festival is held in early August and is a spectacular celebration for the whole family.