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Gite Full of Charm And Character, Gascony, Attractive Gardens, Beautiful Pool

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Gite in Averon Bergelle, Midi Pyrenees, France - Peaceful And Soul Appeasing Location, 10 Minutes Drive From The Nearest Market Town

Set among the armagnac vineyards and picturesque sunflower fields, panjas consists of the gîte and the owners' house, both built in the late 18th century in the charming traditional architecture of "torchis and colombages". Now extensively and sympathetically renovated, the gîte provides accommodation for 4 people. At the end of a quiet country lane, it enjoys beautiful open views over gently rolling countryside, providing tranquility in a rural and unspoilt environment. You'll love our charming hideaway and wonderful haven of peace!

Yannick Newman
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
7 September, 2018

About Yannick Newman

Yannick and Malcolm bought Panjas 15 years ago having fallen in love with it. Many years have been spent in a labour of love renovating the house and landscaping the garden while both working in England. Yannick was born in France and qualified as a teacher of both French and English, then was foolish enough to spend time in England where she met and married Malcolm over 30 years ago. On their retirement they moved to Panjas to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the area, the friendliness of the "Gersois" and of course the excellent gastronomy that the region is so well known for. We both look forward to welcoming you to our small piece of Paradise.

Yannick Newman purchased this villa in 1996

Why Yannick Newman chose Avéron-Bergelle

We looked all over the South West of France before settling in the Gers. The area is like France used to be 50 years ago. Quiet, unassuming and so welcoming. Mainly agricultural with thousands of acres of woods, many lakes and as much open space as you could wish for. The air is clean, no factories, motorways or even trains to disturb the calm, as we are at the end of a road it is not unusual for weeks to pass with only the postman or an occasional tractor disturbing the peace At night there is no light pollution, to gaze at the pitch black sky with its innumerable stars is a joy not often experienced in the UK.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We can say without hesitation that your hideaway is well worth the 900 mile journey.La Bonne Auberge at Manciet is truly wonderful and dinner there rates in our top 3 meals of all time. (2 adults, Manchester)

(If paradise exists, it (must) resemble Panjas a lot) (2 adults, 2 teenagers, Belgium)

The kindness and warmth of our hosts, the calm and beauty of the property, a region rich in culture, the welcome of the Gersois, have contibuted to enjoy our holiday "en famille" (Translated from French) (2 adults, 3 children, France)

A truly wonderful retreat in a beautiful location which fully aids the relaxation process.Our only complaint is that our stay is not long enough. (2 adults, 1 child, Devon)

Our 4th visit, each time gets better and better.(Bournemouth)

Should have been 4 weeks instead of 2 (2 adults, Glasgow)

This is what Paradise is like, its so peaceful. (2 adults 2 children, Truro).
Oct 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Avéron-Bergelle around the Gers

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom with shower, wc, basin and washing machine.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 double bedroom +1 twin bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds, that can be left apart or brought together to form a double bed for a couple. Duvets, pillows and mattress protectors are provided.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The private swimming pool (9 m x 4.5 m) is set in attractively landscaped gardens, with a romantic gazebo, perfect for having a glass of wine in the shade. The barbecue is built in the shape of the old bread oven under a pergola clad with a wisteria and roses. The pool is in full sun, with wide steps leading to the shallow end, ideal for children or the unsure swimmer and a gentle slope to the deep end. It is equipped with an alarm for children and non swimmers' safety. It is serviced regularly and cleaned daily. The temperature of the pool water fluctuates between 20°C in April or October and up to 29°C in the Summer. Sun loungers, garden chairs, hammock and inflatable balls or floats are provided. Three swings and a slide are at the children's disposal in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: You can either bring your own bed linen and bath towels or we offer a renting service (eg.sheet + duvet cover+ pillow cases 20 € per bed). The property is cleaned on arrival, free of charge. Optional cleaning service (£30) at the end of the rental period. Other: An outside staircase leads to the fully restored accommodation (66 m2 in total) on the first floor, with its original timbers and beams. The large covered south facing balcony with a table and 6 chairs offers a perfect spot for long, lazy lunches.


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Gite Full of Charm And Character, Gascony, Attractive Gardens, Beautiful Pool
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Peace and tranquility with beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Following a week of camping in the Pyrenees, we arrived at Panjas ready for some relaxation and were immediately awed by the beautiful setting. The garden is large and varied and very well maintained, with a backdrop of the local farmers' maize and sunflower fields. The pool is cleaned every morning by Malcolm and was perfect for cooling off and keeping our 8 year old entertained. The gite is very well equipped - I can't think of anything which was lacking, and Yannick was the perfect host giving a thorough tour round and ensuring everything was to our satisfaction. A bottle of the local aperitif 'floc' was left for us, together with some water and soft drinks in the fridge (though the tap water is fine for drinking).

The balcony was decorated with lovely hanging baskets and perfect for spotting wonderful insects (hummingbird moths, big black bees, butterflies, etc) and it was great to see so many bees around the abundance of lavender at the foot of the entrance staircase. Lizards were also aplenty and intriguing to watch.

We ventured out to a couple of local villages/ towns for markets and food shopping which were 10- 20 minutes away by car and had everything we required. I had a few early morning jogs down the lane and back along the road to Averon-Bergelle, seeing perhaps 2 cars each time. It really is such a haven of peace and tranquility, I can't stress enough how relaxing we found it.

Yannick and Malcolm were great, usually on hand to offer advice if we needed it, but leaving us to ourselves for the most part, as we weren't really bothered about going anywhere much! I would definitely recommend this gite to those who crave slipping away from it all and whiling away the hours, though I'm sure there is plenty to go and see locally should the urge take you! We will definitely be back sometime...

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Jo for your nice comments. It was a joy to have your company. Sorry the roads were so busy!, not normal around here. You are very welcome at Panjas whenever you wish to visit us again. Bien cordialement. Yannick & Malcolm
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Fantastic Gite in Lovely, Peaceful Area

  • 5 of 5

This gite (Panjas) is located in a very peaceful part of Gers. It is in a rural area surrounded by corn fields and vineyards. The gite is at the end of a small road and the only passing traffic is the occasional tractor from the neighbouring farm!

The gite itself is immaculately clean and very well equipped. It has everything you need. It has a very large balcony which is perfect for sitting out, especially in the evenings with a glass of wine!

The pool and gardens are very well maintained and we were very lucky to be able to try some of Malcolm & Yannick's homegrown fruit and vegetables.

Malcolm and Yannick were perfect hosts. Friendly, informative and always available but also allowed us privacy. They kindly took us to a local village fete on our first evening there and this was a lovely introduction to the local culture with a lot of wine being consumed! It was something that is not experienced by visitors very often.

All in all, Panjas is a fantastic gite in lovely, peaceful surroundings - everything that is needed for a relaxing holiday. We would very highly recommend Panjas to anyone who wants to chill out while still being able to explore the beautiful countryside and towns.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location perfect for a visit to Gascony.

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful part of Gers and where better to stay than here. It is even more beautiful than the photographs. They do not capture the peace, tranquility and the stunning flaura and fauna in Yannick's lovely garden or the views across the countryside from the balcony which is hung with pretty flowers. The first thing that greets you is the aroma of lavender and the welcome from our hosts was fantastic. Warm and friendly, they were the perfect hosts, giving advice on where to eat and visit, taking an interest in their guests, on hand yet unobtrusive. We felt perfectly 'looked after'.

There is so much to do here too. Jazz at Marciac was fabulous and we will return again and again to that wonderful festival. We also enjoyed visiting the numerous Chateaux, beautiful villages, vineyards as well as attending some of the many festivals. The annual one at Lupiac ( home of D'Artignan) is a must. For those who like shopping and history, the city of Auch is also nearby and well worth a visit. We also drove to the Pyrenees, which was not far and offered a feast for the eyes, so spectacular was the scenery.

The food of Gascony is quite simply fabulous and Malcolm and Yannick advised on several places to eat all of which were great.

All this and after a day spent basking in the wonderful Gers sunshine, a great pool to refresh you with a lovely private area to sunbathe. I will certainly return. Thank you Yannick for a truly memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A village in East Sussex near Tunbridge Wells.

A place in the country

  • 4 of 5

Panjas is a charming old property, with lovingly tended gardens, set amid fields, hedgerows and woodland at the end of a narrow lane which immediately morphs into a track.

A holiday here is about peace and quiet and the open air.

Favoured pursuits for us were sitting in the garden of the gite which abuts the main house, lying by the pool or sipping a drink and eating a leisurely meal on the balcony.

Then there was the exploration of the countryside, whether walking or driving, visiting the excellent market at Eauze and dining at local restsaurants.

The closest of these in Manciet - about three miles - was particularly good. Those with deep pockets can order an 1848 armagnac at 400 euros a glass. That's right - not a bottle, a glass.

La Cave at Aignan, some six miles away, serves robust peasant food that will sate the heartiest appetites.

The gite's owners Yannick and Macolm were friendly and helpful - particularly in booking tables and suggesting places of interest to visit. Yannick organised a visit to a nearby armagnac distillery where I bought a good bottle at a very good price.


  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A peaceful and delightful retreat

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful location for a relaxing holiday....beautifully quiet location in fantastic countryside. A gorgeous garden with lovely pool - just great for hot sunny days.

Accommodation as pictured and description. Owners Yannick and Malcolm are warm and friendly and exceedingly helpful when required....just the right touch.

Good restaurants in the area...great wine, lots of wildlife and birds. So many places to go and see, so many fabulous markets and activities...even after two weeks we were left wanting more.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing holiday in a charming gite.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our fortnight in this peaceful location. Yannick and Malcolm were most welcoming and hospitable, as well as providing useful information about the locality and what it had to offer. The gite was clean, well equipped and just right for the two of us. We particularly enjoyed meals and drinks on the balcony overlooking the beautiful garden and pool area. The nearby village of Aignon was handy for food shopping and had incredible views towards and along the central chain of the Pyrenees. We enjoyed touring the beautiful villages near Condom, the medieval festival at Cazaubon and longer day trips to the mountains. Highly recommended for a relaxing holiday deep in rural France.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lake with beach, safe swimming, slides, picnic areas and bar/restaurant at Aignan 10kms. Atlantic coast, miles of golden sand, is 1.5 hours drive. An extra half hour in the car south is Biarritz, north is Arcachon, with its spectacular Dune du Pîlat(the highest sand dune in Europe), which is well worth a climb for the splendid view you are rewarded with, once at its summit.


Car is essential.

Airports: Pau 85kms; Lourdes 95kms; Toulouse 120 kms; Bordeaux 170kms.


Manciet, 5kms, convenience store, excellent restaurant gastronomique : "La Bonne Auberge" (see Visitors'comments).

Aignan, 10kms, all amenities, market on Mondays, lake, ferme auberge "la Cave".

Nogaro en Armagnac, 10 kms, all amenities including banks, doctors, dentists, Carrefour Market and Coop and street market on Wednesdays & Saturdays, cinema, tennis courts, racing circuit for cars and motorbikes and small private airport.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Avéron-Bergelle,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the change-over day with arrival time at 16:00 and departure time at 10:00 in the high season. The rest of the year, we are more flexible and can consider other days for arrival and departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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