"La Borde de Clouzet" was once part of a 15th century Chateau complex, part of whose walls still exist in the garden and whose floodlit chapel stands behind the house. The house looks out over lawns, with shrubs and rose bushes, towards fields, hills and the splendour of the Pyrenees, an hour away.
A bridge by the pond, with waterlilies, frogs, fish and a fountain, leads to a further area planted with fruit trees and shrubs. The tiled terrace is shaded by mulberry trees and leads to the covered summer kitchen area with a large mosaic table, chairs for at least 8, a sofa and the Outback gas BBQ, all adjacent to the 10m x 5m heated swimming pool, which has its own shower and can be floodlit at night.
With Wifi reception throughout, guests can access their email and favourite social networks from the comfort of all the rooms as well as beside the pool or in the summer kitchen. Inside the house, a well stocked library, UK Satellite television on a large flatscreen TV, a Windows 7 laptop for use by guests, the fully equipped and stocked kitchen, the paintings and furniture - which mix the antique with the contemporary - reflect the fact that this is the owners' second home. So, of course, does the practice bunker in the grounds!
Children are catered for with various games and a large box of toys from which to choose and a nearby sports complex (Les Vallons du Lac) has a boating lake, tennis, crazy golf, swings and slides etc. as well as a restaurant from which parents can survey their more energetic offspring!
Upstairs, the vast master bedroom suite has its own bathroom and separate loo, the red bedroom has its own bathroom and the green bedroom shares its bathroom with the 4th bedroom. With its thick walls, the house is a cool retreat from the sun and many of the bedroom windows, with fly screens, may be left open at night if desired. There are also fans in all the bedrooms.
Within a radius of 10-12 kms there's a big variety of restaurants at very reasonable prices (especially at lunchtime) and the House Book makes a few suggestions. There are many attractive bastides (fortified villages) in the area, with Mielan and Tillac being amongst those nearby. Mirande, with its 4 supermarkets (incl. both Aldi and Lidl) and large weekly market is just 15 mins away, Pallanne golf course is 12 mins and the mountains and beautiful valleys of the Pyrenees are about an hour away. And, of course, Spain is just across the border, an hour and a half away.
What we love about our house is the way it combines its beams and sense of history with its practicable, easy access to everything. Set in the rolling contours of the S. Gers, almost on the border of the Hautes Pyrenees, it's private but not isolated and we can often hear the cowbells of a local farmer moving his cattle.
It's deeply relaxing and yet, with the Marciac Jazz Festival, Mirande's Country & Western, the cavalcade of the Tour de France every year as well as many other local festivals, exhibitions and evening markets, you'll be spoilt for a choice between a day by the pool, or an exploratory tour of a wine producing chateau, the observatory at the 2877m Pic du Midi de Bigorre, a visit to prehistoric caves or a visit to Lourdes, followed maybe by the falcons, owls and vultures in the Arreau.
The house is just 30 minutes from the A64 motorway and an hour and a half from either Toulouse or Pau airports and their connections to all major European cities. We look forward to welcoming you to an unspoilt corner of France where you can put your feet up and relax in soft, warm and decidedly comfortable surroundings.