Le Padouen is a 17th century Gascon farmhouse situated next to the church square in a village 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 and 60 acres of communal woodland to the rear of the property, where you can enjoy stunning walks following public paths along the canal with fantastic views of the Pyrenees.
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.
The Hautes Pyrénées offers more than just 'high mountains'. 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'.
So there is plenty to do once you've recharged your batteries by the pool. Local attractions include:
• The "Parc de loisirs" in Lannemezan, a great children's park to enjoy a pony, toboggan or pedalo ride. This park also includes a bouncy castle and merry-go-round, crazy golf, ice-cream stand and cafe (under 10 mins drive away)
• At the end of July, don't miss the fantastic music and atmosphere of the Monléon-Magnoac Samba Festival (under 5 mins drive away)
• The nearby lake, the Lac d'Astarac, has a sandy shore and swimming facilities, again with cafe and pedalos
• You can explore caves (‘grottes’, like the Gouffre de l’Espaross) 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
• The 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 1 hr away. While there, take the funicular to the Pic de Jer, again with spectacular views
• River fishing at Le Vivier in Lannemezan (15 mins away)
• 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
... not forgetting climbing or rafting in the mountains. So whatever type of holiday you are looking for, the Hautes Pyrénées offers plenty of fun and thrills, or all the peace and tranquillity of ‘le temps perdu’
And please ask us for any information about these activities or help booking them.