Built in 1876, it is the principal property of the Hamlet of Mazères, known locally as the 'The Château'. It was the principle employer of the village inhabitants prior to World War II. Originally the property had about 300 hectares and was mainly devoted to wine growing. Today the site is 1.5 hectares, situated just next to the medieval church Saint Jean Baptiste. It is rumored that the house was built upon an old Priory dating back to the The Knights Templers Saint Jean de Jérusalem, with three mills under its supervision. Sadly we have not been able to verify the story as yet, but no smoke without fire…
The main house
Passing through a gated arched entrance building, you enter the vast courtyard surrounded by beautiful outbuildings. On the north side lies the main house, a completely renovated Maison de Maître, with its big lawn leading to the swimming pool.
The building on the west side of the courtyard, turning left after the gated arched entrance, houses the Gîte. It is the old Guardian's apartment, fully renovated and expanded, on two floors. The Gîte has been tastefully refurbished, modernized with a mix of ultra modern and traditional.
The Terrace Some 12 x 5 meters, has table and chairs for 12, sun loungers, awning and charcoal barbecue (bag of charcoal is supplied) Big arched glass doors connect you to different rooms on ground floor.
Open Plan Kitchen and Dining Room The Kitchen is of a modern design and new, it includes a large Gaggenau Fridge/Freezer, Meile Double oven, Dishwasher, Espresso Machine, Induction Hob, Micro Wave, fully equipped including a full selection of Le Creuset pots and pans. Kitchen bar with bar stools, a dining room with Danish Piet Hein's designed elliptical table, seating 10 (at a pinch). Big arched french windows lead onto the terrace.
Sitting Room The Sitting Room comprises two futon settees (turning into 2 double beds), two easy chairs or more if required. Flat screen television with DVD and CD players, the fireplace has a wood fired stove. Door leads onto the terrace. Stairs to the upper floor.
Shower Room, Utility Room and Toilet Downstairs there is a shower room, basin off the hallway between the sitting room and kitchen. You will find the toilet, basin and washing machine off the sitting room in the utility room next to the stairs.
Disabled and/or Elderly Access
Whilst the Gîte is not specifically constructed with disabilities in mind, the downstairs sitting room has 2 Futon sofa-beds that convert into double beds. With the downstairs shower, sink and toilet, dependent upon the degree of disability, this would be a suitable option for some.
Bedrooms Two spacious double bedrooms with double beds. Extra bed(s) and bed-linen can be supplied and there is plenty of room for one extra bed or two in each double room. One of the bedrooms is accessed via the children's room which has a double bed with bunk bed on top accommodating up to 3 children.
Bathroom - Bath/shower, basin, toilet, heated towel rail, hair drier.
Heated Swimming Pool and Jaccuzzi The 12 by 6 meter swimming pool is designed with children in mind and has a shallow area of 1 meter running for approximately 4 meters, a panic ledge of 1 meter deep runs around the entire interior of the pool and the shallow end shelves gently towards the center of the pool. The pool is fitted with an electric floating semi-rigid cover controlled by a key and out of reach of children; this is believed to be a safer option than alarms and fencing. Pool house includes sun loungers, a hot and cold shower and changing area. (Pool house kitchen, bar and barbecue are for the owners' use unless by prior arrangement). Guests have shared use of the pool until 1800 hours, including all pool side facilities but use of pool can be extended by mutual agreement as we are flexible unless we ourselves have dinner guests etc.
Amenities We have a trampoline with safety netting, also a quantity of bicycles for adults and bike accessories for babies to 4 years (baby seat, trailer, bike extension for small children), full size badminton court in the old stable building with a full size badminton court, table football (baby foot), table tennis, etc
We also have a quantity of children and baby accessories including baby seats for cars, buggy, toys and cots which are available.
Animals and Pets There are a range of poultry including ducks, chickens, three horses, two cats and a young labrador bitch. Therefore, it is not always possible to accept pets except by prior arrangement. Also there is a possibility that horses can be liveried, but again only by prior arrangement.
25% deposit on booking (not refundable), and balance to be received at owners' bank within 8 weeks prior to arrival. Prices are in Euros, from 400 to 990 per week depending on season (+ “taxe de séjour”: €0.65 person/night). Contact for other time lengths and prices for long lets or Christmas, New Year, Easter and other school holidays etc.
Bedding and Towels etc Ample towels, pillow cases, sheets and duvet covers, kitchen towels/tea towels can be provided. This service is optional at 6€ per person for the duration of the stay. Cleaning equipment and associated articles, electricity, are included for free. Cleaning of the Gîte before departure can be left to the proprietors for 50 € or 10 € per person if there are 6 or more persons.
We can supply a welcome starter food and drinks pack and we can detail a variety of options and prices.
Why choose Mazères?
Lying almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian Line, Mazères is a hamlet of some 15 inhabited houses with a most unusual and magnificent fortified church - Saint Jean Baptiste de Mazères - classified as a Historical Monument. During the first part of the 12th century, the sections above the entrance and the chevet inside the church were carved by some of the best sculptors of the time who had already worked on the Saint Semin Basilica in Toulouse, the Abbey in Saint Sever in the Landes, and in Spain. An excursion in either of these directions could be worth while. The church also boasts its own stone sarcophagus with the the relics of Saint Liberata. This young saint, virgin and martyr was decapitated in the woods near by in the fifth century, as was her sister Quitterie who is being worshipped today in her own sarcophagus at the church in to Aire sur L’Adour.
You will find numerous towers, fortifications, bastides and roman churches along the pilgrim route Saint Jacques de Compostelle passing us only 15 km away, in Maubourguet. Major routes lie nearby, leading us to shrines in Spain and the Pyrenees including the more recent site of Lourdes. We, in fact, lie om a minor pilgrim route (hence the fortified church) and have had plgrims froim as far off as Holland laking by and stopping and requesting a top up of their water bottles. This area suffered much conflict over the centuries and today adds fascination and imagery to ones' visit. Worth having a look at are châteaux like the one of Montaner, the donjon of Termes d’Armagnac and we must not forget that we are in the Gascony area, where d’Artagnan, a musketeer with great panache, was born.
The Wines and the Châteaux
Madiran is the local wine which has become famous not only for the penetration into the world arena but also by science, now known as the 'The French Paradox'.