The house itself was originally an old presbytery built in the mid 18th c and it nestles in a small valley next to an ancient chapel with the Pyrenees as its dramatic back drop. The gite is a two storey self contained barn conversion with veranda and large private garden. The area is rich in wildlife and offers great opportunities to everyone who enjoys the outdoors. Every day there is a market within 20 mins drive offering high quality local produce and crafts. The owners keep chickens and grow their own organic fruit and vegetables which are available on request. Gascony is well known for its excellent cuisine and there are several good bistros and restaurants less than 10 mins drive away. The beautiful lake 10 mins walk away offers great natural swimming, picnics and fishing. There are fantastic views of the Pyrenees from the hill above the property and plenty of walks locally that don't involve a car. Local rivers are stocked yearly with trout, so local fishing is very good.
Ancient barn conversion in stunning rural location close to lake for natural swimming.
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 28 Nov 2018
About Julia Buckingham
David and I were originally social workers/managers in the UK, but, fed up with the country's apparent obsession with celebrity and shopping, we decided, along with our son Finbar to make a lifestyle change and move to France. We moved here in February 2008, choosing the S.W. as it was the least populated part of France and could provide us with the lifestyle that we were looking for. The Gers is a beautiful region, which offers not only great countryside and diverse wildlife, but also a lively music scene, particularly in the summer. Both myself and Fin play in local bands and enjoy the diverse and lively music scene.We are still in pursuit of a dream to become as self sufficient as possible and to this aim, we grow most of our own fruit and vegetables and keep and rear our own poultry
Julia Buckingham purchased this Barn in 2008
Why Julia Buckingham chose Aux-Aussat
We had heard about all the excellent music festivals in the area and originally came to Marciac for the jazz festival and fell in love with the place. Now we try and go to as many festivals as we can during the summer, as do our guests usually. We are all very interested in wildlife and have been amazed at how many different varieties of fauna and flora there are. We still get a kick out of seeing the osprey and the red kite (rarely seen in the UK) flying near the house. Our son is in his element here, being a keen fisherman, there are plenty of lakes (three within walking distance) where we enjoy fishing and swimming.
What makes this Barn unique
The main benefits of living where we do is the peacefulness, the wildlife and the strong sense of community. The crime rate is extremely low here and the life expectancy in this region is five years longer than in the S.W. of Britain where we originally came from.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Monpardiac lake is 10 minutes walk away and it offers beautiful natural swimming in a stunning location particuarly on those hot days and balmy evenings.Another local lake, at Lupiac - birth place of D`Artagnan, is another great place to swim.It also has a bar and restaurant with great bands over the summer months.
Biarritz and the Atlantic beaches are 1.45 hrs drive away.
The Med is 3 hrs drive away.
Lourdes airport is 50 mins drive away with flights from a number of airports in the UK including Bristol and Stansted. Toulouse airport is 1.45 hrs drive away with flights from a number of airports in the UK including Gatwick.
By ferry the drive from St.Malo takes approx 8 hours.
Mielan is the nearest village, with bars, restaurants, shops and a petrol station - 10 mins drive away. Tillac is also 10 mins drive away but it is a much smaller though extremely picturesque medieval village with an excellent bar/restaurant and a couple of small shops. The nearest Auberge is 5 mins drive away. The nearest large towns are Marciac and Mirande (20 mins drive ) which have an assortment of bars, restaurants, shops, cinemas, swimming pools/lidos, supermarkets and petrol stations.
Auch (40 mins drive) is a charming historic city with an architecturally stunning medieval centre where you can delight in wandering along the small cobbled streets and alleyways. There is a very lively cultural scene in Auch with many artistic, musical and theatrical events taking place throughout the year.
Tarbes is 30 minutes drive away and is a more modern city . It too has a lively cultural scene, along with a wide variety of shops, bars, resturants and some very lovely parks.There is a great market there on a Thursday morning .Lourdes is 40 mins drive away and is well worth a visit.
The Pyrenees (an hours drive away) are absolutely stunning and offer a variety of activities to enjoy including walking, fishing, skiing, off road biking, cycling, hang gliding etc. There are also many tourist attractions in the area, including the birds of prey centre, the grottos, the train line and the famous Pic de Midi.
Bagnere de Bigorre is about 45 mins drive and is a lovely spa town with a great market on saturday mornings.It nestles within the mountains next to the river and is the starting point for many walking or cycling excursions into the mountains.
Booking Notes: Changeover Day: Changeover day is normally Saturday but the hosts are happy to be flexible. Notes on prices: Table D'Hote - great for your first night - £14 p.p. Organic vegetable hamper £12 p.w.