Perfect for exclusive rental by extended families or groups of friends alike, everyone will find a corner of our 40 acres to fall in love with. Enjoy the huge garden with orchard, herbs, terraces, BBQ and luxury heated pool that has 13 hours of sun a day. The courtyard is bordered by beautiful 13th century barns and our woods with trails, swings and dens plus our meadows provide fun and interest for all ages. The imposing restored stone farmhouse with its beamed ceilings and pantile roof boasts an environment that is both comfortable and practical. The large kitchen is perfect for cooking up a feast if the BBQ maestro is off duty. If it is your night off, can I recommend you take advantage of the sun setting over the Perron Valley from the south terrace, curl up with a book or game in the reading room or play a gentle game of boule in the courtyard? If you prefer to eat out, there are some restaurants less than 15 minutes away.
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Farmhouse in Boussan, Nr. Aurignac, Midi Pyrenees
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Jul 2018
About Luke March
Sarah and I live near Salisbury in Wiltshire where since I retired from a career in business I now have non executive roles in health and heritage organisations. With our two sons we rented houses all over France for our annual holidays. Now that they have embarked on their own careers we decided to acquire a property which we could not only use on a more regular basis to share with our friends but which would also be available for others to use.
Luke March purchased this Farmhouse in 2012
Why Luke March chose Montoulieu-Saint-Bernard
We have always admired this area as it is not only peaceful and genuinely French but it also very accessible for communication links to the mountains and the sea, in addition to its closeness to Toulouse and the motorway network.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The farmhouse is just five minutes from Aurignac which has a range of excellent shops and most important of all three boulangeries. The property is very spacious with 7 bedrooms and 4 shower/bath rooms and yet is still comfortable so that it is ideal from our experience for hosting family groups of all ages and for smaller groups. It has a large garden with delightful eating areas and a heated pool, and sits in an area of over 40 acres of fields and woodland. As two bedrooms and a bathroom are situated on the ground floor there is good access for disabled guests. The property now also includes a separate one bedroom converted barn for further guests or helpers.
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With a family tradition over time of taking large houses for our summer holiday, both in the UK and in Europe, we have no hesitation in saying that `Esbayles` was our best experience of all. The house is just delightful, extremely well-equipped, set in the most beautiful grounds and with a lovely seawater swimming pool which met the needs of all ages from 2 to 72! The real bonus is to feel that one is in the very heart of the working French countryside but close enough to the charm of the town of Aurignac to access good shops and within reach of many bigger towns and cities, including Toulouse, for day trips. The owners and the locally based staff were extremely helpful throughout and very easy to deal with. More than happy to give `Esbayles` five stars!
Many thanks for your very encouraging and helpful review for which we are most grateful. In particular we are hugely dependent on our housekeepers Eileen and Bryan, and we will pass on your thanks to them too. We do hope to see you or any of your family or friends again in the future.
Fantastic place to stay if you are looking for a big group getaway
The house is brilliant. We stayed with four couples for a nearby wedding but there was easily space for 2 more couples, and families as well. The pool area is great and the outdoor dining areas are fantastic. I don’t think the pictures do it justice. The communal dining area is very smart with a great large table, the kitchen is a little bit dated but does what it needs to do. The 2 big fridges were very useful. It is very remote. So I would recommend booking taxis very early!
Many thanks for these encouraging comments and helpful feedback. You are right that in this delightful part of the world taxis do need to be planned in advance. Actually we are not that remote as the nearest supermarket and boulangerie are just 5 minutes away!
Spacious, peaceful, rural setting with lovely views
We very much enjoyed our stay here and the house contained everything we needed. The spot is very quiet with lovely grounds. The house was a little chilly inside for May, but I imagine this would be welcome in the warmer Summer months.
Many thanks for your helpful review, and indeed the heating is available all year if necessary. We look forward to your next visit to South West France.
Large, well-maintained old farmhouse
We loved the space inside the house with the large, well-equiped kitchen and roomy living/dining area. We also loved the acres of space outdoors on the terraces, around the pool and in the grounds, barns and woods. There's a lovely walk to the nearby town with its local shops, bars, ruined castle & excellent museum. The house is set in rolling Gascon countryside but is also close to the Pyrenees: we would heartily recommend it.
Many thanks for your encouraging and supportive review. The house is indeed perfect for guests of any number as the house is both cosy and spacious. Due to its comforts the house is available throughout the year.
A lovely house in a beautiful secluded location
A lovely Frech house, well maintained and restored. There is plenty of room for a big group and a huge dinning table inside allowing the whole party to enjoy breakfast inside. The bedrooms are all spacious and beds nice and comfortable. In the evening when it got a little cooler the lounge was a great place to sit and relax to enjoy some local wine or unusual local craft beers.
Outside to pool is large and, as a bonus heated. There is a vast garden for the kids to explore and as advertised, we did see a curious deer.
The house is very well equipped with plenty of dinner ware and cutlery, even for a large party. We were told to help ourselves to the abundance of fruit on the surrounding trees and even make apple, pear and plum pies.
The local town has all you need and is easily walkable in under an hour. It has two or three restaurants and a good supermarket.
The communication with the owner was great and Luke answered all questions that we had.
Many thanks for your endorsement of why we also so enjoy our time at Esbayles with both large and smaller groups of family and friends.
Lovely spacious country house, pool, gardens
We had a great week at Esbayles.The house is lovely - space for all of us, nice big rooms, well equipped and nicely furnished. But not so much that you would worry about having small children to stay, as we did. Plenty of games to keep everyone amused. The outdoor pool is clean and heated, and the setting was quiet with great views. I would definitely recommend thjs for large groups and mixes of families.
Thank you for these encouraging comments on our home in South West France. Although the house is ideal for larger groups both with the internal space and extensive grounds it has also been well received by even just 4 guests as the house remains homely.
We have 2 beach lakes nearby: Boulogne Sur Gesse 25 minutes away and Samatan 35 minutes away. They have plenty of sand, picnic areas, swimming and water slides.
Biarritz is 2 hours to the West and Narbonne Plage 2.5 hours to the East.
Toulouse is just 50 mins drive and can be accessed by most main UK airports. Pau and Carcassone are 90 mins away.
Use of a car is essential.
House is just 15 mins from motorway exit.
House is also 15 mins from mainline train station.
We're are a 50 minutes drive south from Toulouse. It sits on the outskirts of the small farming village of Boussan with views over the Perron Valley and on the gentle foothills of the Pyrenees. The famed medieval town, Aurignac, is a 4 minute drive and offers a healthy mix of food, sport and archaeological remains! Furthermore the road network is excellent, giving us access to the Pyrenees spas and ski resorts within an hour and Lourdes just a little longer.
Families with children - We have a detailed list of the best places to entertain the whole family. The house itself is ready and waiting to welcome children of all ages and their tired parents! There are swings, games and toys galore for younger ones plus basketball, football, badminton, table tennis and local walks and cycle routes in the area. If relaxing by the pool is high on the agenda, there's plenty to keep them occupied.
Cycling and walking - The Tour de France route is never far away and last year was on our doorstep. It is testament to the variety of hills and flat available for the amateur and experienced cyclist alike. We can recommend a number of routes for you to try; ones anchored to market towns, or churches, or bars, or wildlife. The choice is yours! If you envisage a more peaceful holiday then this area is ideal with many marked paths and open countryside to walk. For more of a challenge the beauty of the Pyrenean National Park is only an hour away where you will see eagles, vultures, kites and a variety of mammals in their natural habitat. Birdwatchers need venture no further than the terrace at Esbayles to observe eagles, kites, buzzards and many other species so bring your binoculars.
Food glorious food - The South West is the food hot spot of France and locals more typically eat out for lunch, followed by socialising amongst friends or at eating at home for the evening. Should you not want to slip into this way of life then we can easily guide you to those local restaurants that open at night too. When it suits you to eat at home, you'll have the choice of a farmhouse or an alfresco set up.
Booking Notes: Upon confirmation we will request a non refundable deposit of 25% of the total rental . The final payment, with returnable damage deposit is due 90 days prior to holiday start date. Changeover Day: Saturday although some flexibility outside of school holidays. Notes on prices: An additional supplement will be required for party sizes of more than 10. Prices and length of stay are negotiable for smaller parties out of high season.