Maison Valentine is a large, spacious and stylishly renovated 18th Century Maison de Maitre built in the Napoleonic era. The house is beautifully proportioned with high ceilings and wide hallways and is decorated to a very high standard with a contemporary but classic feel. There is a private, heated Romanesque swimming pool, an enclosed garden with large terrace and al fresco eating area. The decoration is classic with a contemporary feel with a well-equipped kitchen and open-plan dining room. The farmhouse table seats 6 comfortably, plus a further 4 around the central island of the kitchen and a supplementary tables and 4 chairs are available from the roomy pantry and storage area which runs the length of one side of the house. The beamed living room feels cosy in the evening and in the winter is warmed by one of the two wood burning stoves. Up the winding wooden staircase, the two main bedrooms are very large and airy with high ceilings, although the more cottage feel of the back bedroom, which overlooks the garden, is a particular favourite with our children and many of our house guests. All bedrooms are fitted with en suite bathrooms. The front of the house overlooks the historic church in the centre of the medieval village of Castet Arrouy. Located in a peaceful and rural setting, the house is on the old walking route of Chemin de Santiago de Compostela which passes directly in front of the house. The surrounding area is known as 'the Tuscany of France' for its miles of rolling landscapes which in the Summer are awash with sunflowers. 10 minutes from the N21 motorway it is served by 4 airports, the nearest being Toulouse (an hour away), but Bordeaux, Bergerac and Carcasonne are all under two hours drive. 5 mins from neighbouring Lectoure, and close to the Armagnac capital, Condom, as well as the busy market town of Fleurance, the house is in the heart of Gascony, rightly famous for its fantastic local produce and vineyards. There are at markets in the local area every day of the week. The oldest inhabited region of Europe, this area also boasts the most chateaux of anywhere in the country and a wealth of cultural heritage. But the area around Lectoure is particularly favoured by hikers and walkers for its outstanding natural beauty. Near to the house is a swimming lake for days when you want a change from the pool.
3 bedroom,3 bathrooms with heated pool - Elegantly Renovated Maison De Maitre, Heated Pool & Garden In Historic Village And Rural Setting
- english, french
About Will Parnell
I bought Maison Valentine because I fell in love with both the house and the area. I've looked at lots of properties over the years thinking 'wouldn't it be nice...' but there's something magical about Maison Valentine that made me stick my neck out and dream. It's definitely lived up to its name. I've fallen in love with it. For Will, it's not only been a been a chance to unwind and get into a different rhythm – he's a percussionist and composer – but to get in touch with his French side for the first time. Our kids love it too. And we hope you will too. Sukey & Will Parnell
Will Parnell purchased this House in 2013
Why Will Parnell chose Castet-Arrouy
I first fell in love with this area three years ago when I spent a week on the Canal du midi.I loved it so much that the following year i decided to re visit the area again and this time i stayed in the beautiful town of 'Condom'.During this holiday I found our house 'Maison Valentine although I sometimes think that Maison Valentine found me! Buying a house in another country can be a scary thing as one can never be sure that you'll be accepted into the community, but I have to say that the lovely folk in the little village of Castet-Arrouy have accepted me with open arms and have been a huge support to me settling in and helping to maintain my house and garden.
What makes this House unique
Maison Valentine is a large beautifully proportioned maison de maître with 3 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms sleeping between 6 – 10 people. The house comprises 2 floors linked by a wooden spiral staircase. It comfortably sleeps 8 in the 3 bedrooms and an extra 2 on the sprung double sofabed in the beamed living room. The walled garden and patio are lushly planted with a heated Romanesque swimming pool, 9m x 4m. The ground floor comprises on one side, living and laundry rooms, and on the other a spacious dining room and kitchen, which overlooks the garden. The contemporarily styled kitchen is furnished with modern appliances including a 5-burner gas hob, fan-assisted oven, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, food processor, toaster and more besides. There are woodburning stoves in the dining room and living room. A pantry with an extra fridge, a utility room with washing and drying machines and a handbasin, and an extra toilet, complete the ground floor accommodation. The upper floor consists of 3 large bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. Bedrooms 1 & 3 have walk-in shower rooms and bedroom 2 a claw foot bath and shower. Bedrooms 1 & 2 overlook the centre of the village and the old chemin de Santiago do Compostela. Bedroom 3 overlooks the garden. The large upper hallway houses a desk and chair.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A little piece of calm and bucolic
Will Parnell's house is very beautiful, with all necessaries to take a good Time In a weekend. a greatful welcome.
You can go without hesitation
Best Week in Europe!
What a wonderful home! Not only is he home beautiful and spacious with 3 ensuite bedrooms!, the village is charming.
The neighborhood restaurant offers great food and the owner and staff are very welcoming. Best Foie Gras we had in France!
The owner, Will couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.
We are already planning our next visit.
Many thanks Will for a wonderful time.
Kathy,Julie, Jennette,,College and Teresa
Thank you all so much for being such lovely guests!
It truly makes me very happy when I know that my guests feel completely at home here at Maison Valentine.
I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your holiday!
Come back soon! Will x
A great house in a very special region
We had a extremely pleasant holiday in this very special house. Everything was as promised on the web site. The house was special, but what really made our holiday was the beauty of the village, the breath taking scenery of this area of France, the kindness of the people and the many beautiful old towns and villages. We were met on arrival; we had a contact in the village should we need any assistance and we had pleasant weather. What more can we ask for?
A Little Piece Of Paradise
I have only wonderful things to say about Maison Valentine. Myself and my family spent one of the most relaxing weeks I have had in many years there. the house itself is beautiful. It rests in a sleepy village in one of my favourite regions of France. There is a little restaurant literally a stones throw from the front door. A great place for a relaxing lunch, or dinner after a day by the pool, it's owners were friendly, and very welcoming. If you are looking for a place to relax, unwind in beautiful surroundings this is the place for you. We plan to return, so I guess you can't get any better recommendation than that!!! Enjoy!!! Thank You Will and Sukie for sharing your wonderful home. See you again soon!!!!
Beautiful house, beautiful location
The house is spacious and beautiful - even without spotting Sukey's books you could tell it had been designed by someone with a keen artistic eye! Castet-Arrouy is in a lovely area - worth spending a morning at Larressingle stopping off in Condom on the way back for some lunch. Nadine, who keeps an eye on the property, was charming and responsible for not only some lovely food at the restaurant a couple of doors down, but also refreshing our French as the menu is spoken not written! Our daughter loved the pool and having an 'explore'. A great family break - we would return.
Hi Laura, thank you so much for your kind review and for staying at Maison Valentine! We do hope that you will come back and stay with us again one day. Will & Sukey
Maison Valentine is set in a most idyllic part of rural France. It's in a beautiful location with stunning scenery of rolling hills on its approach. The house, garden and pool are magical and set in a traditional French village with a cafe/restaurant and exquisite church. With an hour and 1/2 flight and then an hours drive from Toulouse it's amazingly easy to get to from London. We had a fabulous time buying food from the market in Fleurance, cooking and then sitting around the pool in the warm evenings and emerged after a week thoroughly relaxed. Loved it, thank you so much, hopefully we will return.
Hi Helen, many many thanks for your lovely review and for looking after Maison Valentine during your stay.
We do hope that one day you may return to Le Gers and to our house in the little village of Castet-Arrouy. Sukey & Will
The west coast of France is a day trip from the house with the popular resort of Biarritz 3 hours away.
From Toulouse: 105 Km (65 miles) 1hr 8mins (Autoroute)
From Bergerac: 118 km (73miles) 1hr 46 min (‘A’ Road)
From Bordeaux -Merignac: 168 Km (104 miles) 1hr 44mins (Autoroute)
From Carcassonne: 196 km (121 Miles) 1hr 54mins (Autoroute)
La Plancha, the village restaurant and bar is two doors down from the house opposite the 12th century church in the centre of the village. Visitors can eat al fresco under the trees.
05 62 29 42 56
The nearest cashpoint, bank, bakery and supermarket are in nearby Miradoux, there is also an Intermarche on the route into Lectoure which is well served with banks, PO, restaurants and shops. The beautiful cathedral town of Condom is also within striking distance. Closer is the market town of Fleurance.