Private customer parking. The gites surround a private courtyard, with central fountain. Although each gite has its own entrance & private garden area with Out Back BBQ, dining areas and garden furniture - however guests are invited to explore the whole grounds which include a woodland, woodland walks, orchard & ancient chapel. The pool area is furnished with seating & umbrellas and is 100msq. Mini Bar games available - pool, table football, air hockey. Table tennis & badminton, plus a Rugby post - for budding players of all ages!
3 Bedroom Gites Le Chai, Le Hibou, Le Pigionaire
Final summer week 2018
25/08/2018 - only one 2 bedroom gite left available at €500 per week (La Grange)
- Le Chai, Le Hibou or Le Pigionaire (3 bedrooms gites 650€),
3 Stars - Prefecture de Hautes- Pyrenees, 3 Epis - Gite de France.
all situated in the midst of the vines.
Fine Wines, Good Food, Pools, Wonderful Views Of The Pyrenees. Peaceful place to spend quality family time playing together
Total accommodation comprises 4 independent gites each fully equipped and with their own private garden and BBQ areas. The gites are situated within a private courtyard, with a separate parking area.
The large solar heated pools comprising a paddling pool (25msq) with a depth of 40cm water falling into a large pool (75msq) with a shallow end of 1m and a deep end of 2m. "Best pool in the Hautes-Pyrenees" Gite de France inspector.
A children's' play area with large sandpit, play house & swings plus many garden games & toys - including Rugby posts for kids of all ages. This is a great values for money family property.
Plenty of space with grounds including woods, orchards, vegetable patch, chickens and 3 hectares to play in and plenty of produce to enjoy.
Summer fetes in local villages, water sports for all ages, horse riding, cycling & walking. A rural retreat giving you time to relax away from it all and play with the family.
Out of peak season it is a idyllic retreat, peace & tranquillity surround you with good food & fine wines all around.
The vineyards of Madiran, which are all around the property, border the Gers, Pyrenees Atlantique & Haute Pyrenees in the heart of Gascony close to the Pyrenees mountains.
An ideal holiday location for lovers of beautiful countryside, good food, fine wine and a more relaxed pace of life.
Space and tranquility, an ideal place to recharge your batteries whilst surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains, in the heart of the Gascon countryside.
Simon and Paulette Appleby
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 26 Nov 2018
About Simon and Paulette Appleby
2005 We moved to France in 2003 and have spent 7 years renovating our property. Simon was a manager with Reed in London and Paulette was a Director of QS plc, near Brighton. We decided to leave the UK, our very hectic lifestyles, to try and spend as much time as we could with our 2 children; who were 6 and 4 when we moved; while they still wanted to spend time with us! We have less money now but are free to do what we want when we want. We don't regret a single day here and we appreciate how lucky we are to be able to spend this time together. We love it here and are very surprised to find we have no desire to return to the UK and neither do the kids! In the winter we ski and in the summer we spend days at the beach. All of the activities we recommend we have tried during our time here - tree climbing, water sports, motor sports, rugby, and of course wine tasting! 2016. Well as it's over 12 years ago that I first wrote this, I thought a quick update might be called for! Our 2 boys have grown, the eldest is now 20 and studying at Loughborough and the second is soon to be 18 & is also planning to head to the UK for Uni. Simon has started a new business which involves lots of foreign travel and a reawakening of his business brain! Life at home remains a pleasure, the gardens are maturing and we are all fluent. No plans to move back to the UK still, although I'd like to join Simon in his travels a little more! Surprisingly we now have regular winter lets, so have fully insulated and installed large log burners in 2 of the gites. We have updated gites 1 & 2, and all 4 have been redecorated, as indeed has the pool area. We have built a childrens play area, playhouse & sandpit. We have a regular customer base, who return each year. which is lovely as they have become good friends. We have found that the people that are drawn to book our property have a similar out look on life as us which has lead to some very convivial summers! Life is good!
Simon and Paulette Appleby purchased this Farmhouse in 2003
Why Simon and Paulette Appleby chose Madiran
We love Madiran - it is a small pretty village, in between the mountains and the coast. The house is right in the middle of the vines. There's loads of space and its very quite and peaceful. The heated pools look towards the mountains - you can swim while looking at the snow. We spent 3 years trying to find a property in France - and looked at hundreds of places - but bought Le Prielle as we fell in love with it at first sight, meaning our original budget had to be "tinkered with!" Although it's remote, we still have a very active social life with Fetes, tennis club, SAMBO, tournaments, art classes and rugby at weekends. We have integrated well into the French life, making friends easily with other parents, as we all speak French, although the kids are much better than us! Simon was voted on to the local council - which involves us in many local activities. There lots going on all year round for all ages. Paulette was on the village school PTA and has taken groups of children back to the UK including 3 "class de decouverts" she runs a weekly Art Workshop. Simon has taken 2 rugby tours to the UK & Ireland.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Peace, calm and space. A real rural retreat providing time & space to enjoy your family, with mod-cons when you need them. The home and gardens are immense, with so much space for everyone. The evening silence, sitting sipping wine as the sun sets & the stars appear is always a joy. The unspoilt night sky enables fabulous views of the Milky Way and is constant wonder. We like to come back from an evening out, uncork a red & just lie on the grass gazing at the stars,, its quite unbelievable and something we could never have seen in Sussex & something you never tire of looking at! We have found the time to do those things we really want to do, but seldom have time to do. It's a special place that brings you back on touch with nature, family and what's really important in life. A very beautiful part of rural France.
Pool / Spa
Beautiful gite, stunning area, wonderful hosts.
What an amazing holiday we had. The gite was wonderful, well appointed and the pool was just beautiful. Paulette and Simon could not have been better hosts, nothing was too much trouble. They showed the children where to collect eggs and where to feed the pigs. The freedom our children enjoyed was so great for them. Truly the best holiday we’ve had, and we hope to be back again soon!
Great place for family to stay, with really god size pool.
Fabulous place to stay for a family holiday, great location with beautiful scenary. Big garden and rural location make it perfect for kids to play and explore. Lots off places to see and visit around. Great sized pool for everybody to enjoy. Paulette and Simon are great hosts who make it extra special.
Super miejsce na wakacyjny wypoczynek jesli szukasz ciszy i spokoju w gronie rodziny. Na miejscu znajdziesz w pelni wyposazony dom zwlasnym ogrodem. Sporych rozmiarow basen plus brodzik dla malych dzieci. Swietna baza wypadowa do zwiedzania okolicy, a jest co ogladac. Jesli szukasz czegos we Francji to szczerze polecamy.
Marta, raf martyna oli and max
Thank you for your lovely words,
Hope to see you all again soon!
Paulette & Simon
Get away from it all for fun family time in a great rural setting
I was a little concerned about how our family would cope with staying in this rural location having stayed on campsites close to towns and with lots of shared amenities previously. However within minutes of arriving our boys (9 and 12 years) were running around loving the freedom of all the space, the various different garden games available and playing in the pool. The gites were well laid out around a courtyard with plenty of indoor and outdoor space a world away from the cramped caravan/lodges we have stayed in before. Paulette and Simon were welcoming and were incredibly encouraging - asking the boys if they had tried the fruit from the trees in the orchard, found the den in the woods, letting them feed chickens, pigs & piglets, and telling them when the best time was to look for chicken eggs. Paulette suggested some places to visit that we all might enjoy and was quick to respond to questions we had or sort out a few things that we needed. I can't imaging a more accommodating owner. Our holiday was finished off with the offer of a night-time swim for the boys and a glass of wine (or two) for the adults. Oh and in case you are worried, we had wi-fi access in our gite for times when we all needed to catch up with the outside world!
Thank you for your lovely words, so glad you all enjoyed your stay & we look forward to seeing you all again sometime!
Paulette & Simon.
This is a magical place!
We arrived on a motorbike, in bright sunlight, through the vineyard and into the historic courtyard, edged by a mature garden with tall trees - a romantic setting. Our gite was comfortable and spacious, with doors opening up to enjoy the outdoor space. We could not have asked for more, perfect for a family gathering and at the same time easy to find a spot to retreat and relax too. We highly recommend this magical property.
Thank you for the lovely words.
Look forward to seeing you both again in the not too distant....
Paulette & Simon
This VRBO was one of my favorite stops on our trip through Europe this Winter. The accommodations were clean and well appointed, and a great value for the price. Lots of activities on the grounds for kids to play, and surrounded by picturesque vineyards and friendly people.
Many thanks for your review!
We look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Europe!
Hope the school diary & photos were all well received on your return.
Paulette & Simon
The perfect family holiday
Lovely, well maintained gites in a beautiful courtyard. Great gardens for kids adventures and a super pool. All topped off with wonderful hosts. Thanks Simon and Paulette, we will be back!
Many thanks Richard!
So pleased your kids enjoyed the pools & grounds.
Hope to see you all again in the near future.
Special interest holidays:
Painting & drawing courses with an English & French speaking Artist, on site, materials provided 25€ per 1/2 day. Guided visits of the local Chateaux & Vineyards provided by the owners, with wine tasting at each location (driver provided!). Gourmet meals in house & at local restruarants also available by arrangement. An excellent way to celebrate special occassions - 40th & 50th birthdays, anniversaries, and family parties for New Year & Christmas are all catered for.
Within easy reach of the Pyrenees mountains, the French Atlantic coast and the Cote d'Argent and Spain all offering a wide variety of activities.
Lourdes/ Tarbes (Stansted, USA & Paris) - 30 mins.
Pau Pyrenees (Paris, Lyon, London City Airport) - 40 mins.
Bordeaux Merignac, Toulouse Blagnac, Biarritz (All major UK Airports) - 2 hours.
Close to the market towns of Plaisance du Gers, Vic en Bigorre, Maubourguet and Aire sur l'Adour visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for quality regional produce. The areas around Madiran include the wine growing region of St Mont, Juracon and the Bearn. In addition, within easy reach, to the north is the Armagnac region and some of the most charming towns in South West France. Local Facilities: 3km to nearest village - MADIRAN - where there is a Boulangerie,Tennis,Bar,Restaurant
The historic town of Lourdes, is 45 mins. away. Visitors can worship and visit the cave where Bernadette had her vision. Wine tasting, mini-golf, Surfing, fishing & horse riding are all available locally. Fetes - We list a few of the local fetes below; which we thoroughly recommend. Madiran - 14/15 August - Fete du Vin - where all local producers offer free tasting of thier wines & foods. Music & meals available over a period of 4 days. November - Portes ouverts - where all producers open their Chais for tasting & purchasing prior to Christmas. Marciac - International Jazz festival - 2 weeks of music, stalls & food from around the world. Plaisance du Gers - July - huge street fete, including course landaise. Maubourguet - August - huge street fete over 4 days including bull fighting & course landaise.
Booking Notes: Direct Bank Transfer, Cheque & cash - no further charges. Credit card & online via Owners Direct - their charges apply 50% deposit at time of booking, balance due 60 days prior to your stay. A fully refundable deposit for breakages required on arrival €200 euros. Cleaning charge €75 euros per gite if cleaners required. Wood 65€ per stere in winter. Cancellation rules apply, please enquire. Gites must be left clean & tidy, a caution will be charged & taken from the deposit, if not! Meals (0n request) 14€ per person, Breakfast 7€ per person. Changeover Day: Flexible out of season Arrival - 4pm. Departure - 10am. July & August Arrival - Saturday 4pm. Departure - Saturday before 10am