Lakefront French Country Cottage in Beautiful Gascony!
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Creon-dArmagnac house description
We are located in the heart of Gascony - for some of you, Gascony is the tale of d'Artagnan and the 3 musketeers, but for those of us lucky enough to have found this beautiful and yet, truly unspoiled/non-touristic part of southwest France, it is paradise...a region full of magnificent natural surroundings, chateaux, bastides, rolling hills, sunflowers, friendly people, and of course the Gascon cuisine, wines and armagnac! It leaves you with a feeling of wellbeing...that life has rolled on unruffled since d'Artaganan was a kid!
-Looking for something to do? Nearby villages: Chateau and wine tours-armagnac chai's, foie gras and pate artisans, gaming casino, farmers markets, try your hand at pentanque (Gasconne lawn bowling) visit village fetes or festivals, boutique shopping, antique/brocante hopping, and of course...the gastronomic delights of our local restaurants!
A bit further...: The beachs, Bordeaux (has the largest non-vehicle shoppng street in europe!), Toulouse-le ville en rose-such a fascinating city! Oh, and our favorite-The Pyrenees Mountains! We love going for a hike for the day during the spring summer, and every winter drive up with the family for a day ski! We have the best of everything at affordable prices!
The Home: The Lake Cottage is a comfortable place with open loft spaces and large barn windows to let the sunlight flood in. The bedrooms have comfortable beds with crisp linens and fluffy douvets, barn windows providing great views, solid wood floors from the area, with selections from local brocante/antique shops to give the cottage a 'french-country chic' look. All 3 bedrooms are upstairs.
On the main floor is the living space with a large cozy couch, book & DVD library, TV, stereo system and iPod dock. The dining area has views of the east lawn through the large glass french doors. The large farmhouse table has space for 6 hungry guests, and the kitchen just nearby is well equipped for the task! There is a large gas stove and double oven, microwave, dishwasher, Senseo coffee machine, toaster etc. and lots of counter-top space and cabinets! The bathroom has double sinks with an oak counter top and cabinet space, toilet, italian pebble floor, jet shower, and towel warmer. Under the stairs is the laundry area with washing machine and shelves with cleaning products. The wood stove provides ample heat for autumn or winter visitors taking advantage of the proximity of the slopes if just going for the day.
Wether you want to do all and see all, or just be totally stress free and relaxed, its even better knowing you can just sit on the terrace, a glass of wine in hand, while watching the geese fly over the lake, or seeing the kids run by as they explore the forest...the BBQ sizzling...this is it.. the Lake Cottage in Gascony Southwest France!
** We are very proud to announce that our NEW GYM is finished and ready for guests to enjoy the treadmills, stairmaster, freeweights and barbells!
* Dont forget about July! Jazz in Marciac! We are only 45 minutes away, an event not to miss!
* Now taking bookings for 2013! Start early-dont miss out, last year was fully booked! Thank you VRBO!
September: The grape harvest! Be a part of it, and tour the local domains and chateaus! A great time to be in France!
-Visit my Facebook Page for local events: LaTour.Gites
-All our returning guests get a 10% discount!
**If you find our calendar is already blocked on the date you wanted, I have friends with gites available in the same area- dont miss the chance to visit Gascony!
Keywords: lake house, lakefront views, rural gascony, tranquil settings, rural gite, southwest france, holiday let, gite, vacation home, forest and vineyards, large garden, lakefront, cottage, fitness room, gym, self catering, country cottage
- 120 m²
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Catering Available
- Pets Considered:
- Children Welcome:
- Smoking Allowed:
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7
- A child bed or baby crib and accessories available upon request.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Hair Dryer
- Covered Parking
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Living Room seats 7
- The Lake Cottage front lawn has seating areas, with a hammock that overlooks the lake, and a firepit for fun camp fires. There is a small pond just in front of the cleared forest which opens to the prairie and lake coastline. It is a very tranquil/natural place and you're almost sure to see deers, several varieties of birds and hawks-ducks and geese, beavers in the lake, bunnies and jackrabbits...and almost always a large carp jumping in the lake! There is an official walking/biking path just off our property that takes you around the lake, or further to view chateau's and lovely medieval villages. By car there are the small villages full of character, wine tastings at chateaus, the beach's, Basque coast, Pyrenees Mountains....Lovely Gascony!...moreless
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Location & View
- Equestrian Events
- Basketball Court
- Mountain Climbing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Massage Therapist
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Botanical Garden
- Winery Tours
- Water Parks
- Paddle Boating
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- Scenic Drives
- Gambling Casinos
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Eco Tourism
- Nearby is a spa village with a casino, wonderful farmers market, and large lake for swimming, sailing, paddle boating, fishing etc. with heated pool and snack bar. During the summer months, village festivals are a must! Each one unique, and usually with the famous 'Course Landaise' where they dance with the bulls! (not hurt them) Delicious food, chateau visits and wine tasting, Adventure parks, and tree gliding fun for the kids..a great way to get to know the true southwest France! And dont forget the brocantes! (French antique shops) I myself cant keep away from them, and dont mind sharing the locations of the best ones!...moreless
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French family holiday
French family holiday
I have just returned from a fabulous holiday at la Tour. I can not recommend the place highly enough! Myself and my family picked the ideal spot for our first family holiday together in years. With the age group ranging from 21 - 61 there was there was enough space and variety to keep everyone happy. The house it's self is beautifully decorated and really well equipped and comfortable. We cooked most nights, used the barbecue to great avail and ate outside to make the most of the lovely weather. The view of the lake is really tranquill and is great fun for fishing and walks (though we didnt catch many fish!). There was also tons of indoor and outdoor games to entertain. It was the most relaxing holiday I've been on in years, getting away from tv, the Internet, newspapers and the ratrace for a week and getting back to nature! The local area is great to expore too with lovely villages, great for food and plenty to do if you can drag yourself away from the lake and house! The host Jodi is also super helpful and friendly and made is feel very welcome even bringing us delicious eggs from her 4 chickens! If you really want to get away from it all and have a great holiday....book la tour!!
- Guest Anne Marie O.
- Date of stay 07/13/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, pet owners, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Owner response: Merci Anne Marie! You have quite a wonderful family! Im so glad everyone had a great time, its groups like yours that make being a host fun!
Excellent sejour passe! The French FarmhouseGuest comment entered by owner
Excellent sejour passe! The French Farmhouse
>This review is translated from french, added by Jodi A. Excellent stay spent in the cozy house Bouillin, pierced by bad passing of auto problems to arrive, it was nice to relax and read in front of the warm soothing fire. Beautiful walks in the woods with autumn colors. swimming was good at Saint Jean de Luz. lots of mushrooms and chestnuts found in the forest, the area is superb!
- Guest Family of 2 adults, 3 children from north France
- Date of stay 11/05/10
- Review Submitted 03/07/12
LaTour Gites GasconyGuest comment entered by owner
LaTour Gites Gascony
LaTour Gites Gascony has 2 gites, or vacation homes: One called the Lake Cottage, and the other called the French Farmhouse, or Bouillin-The reviews come from guests staying at both homes, I hope this has not caused any confusion. To see both homes please visit my page or Facebook-happy visiting, and we hope you will join us soon!
- Guest Your hostess - Jodi A
- Date of stay 03/07/12
- Review Submitted 03/07/12
Fantastic French Family from Strasbourg!Guest comment entered by owner
Fantastic French Family from Strasbourg!
Thanks Jodi for this super holidays, thanks to Mojo, Shadow, The Mouse, Michael and Niki... -Victor Jodi, tu nous manques deja! ; ) Ces vacances étaient super, Nogaro, Hossegor Plage, la ferme de Mounet a Eauze, les Pyrénées, l'Espagne et glander (= se reposer) ! Merci de la part de toute la famille! Einstein aussi! *Einstein is their Grand Pyrénées dog who stayed with us too..Mojo's new best friend!
- Guest 4 adults, 2 children, and one BIG, huggable dog!
- Date of stay 07/30/11
- Review Submitted 01/02/12
From our very sporty Belgium guestsGuest comment entered by owner
From our very sporty Belgium guests
Our vacation here is over, it was much too short! Thank you for your kindness! The beautiful house, the lake, the environment....and Mojo! (Mojo, our dog and Spike, their dog got along great!) We will surely recommend this house to our friends! We leave now for our 1000 km drive home. Bye! and Thank you! The P*** Family and Spike too!
- Guest 4 adults, 2 children
- Date of stay 08/20/11
- Review Submitted 01/02/12
Our French guests from ParisGuest comment entered by owner
Our French guests from Paris
Des vacances que nous avons appréciées pour le calme du gîte prépare et décoré (pour Noël ) par Jodi que nous remercions pour cette délicate attention. Visite des magnifiques Pyrénées et des villages aux alentours- Nous reviendrons voir les écueils aux beaux jours et ne manquerons pas de parler de cet endroit si calme aux Parisiens désirant loin le stress-
- Guest Yannich & Astrid and 3 children.
- Date of stay 12/23/11
- Review Submitted 01/02/12
Charming gite, great location, helpful hosts
Charming gite, great location, helpful hosts
We enjoyed a wonderful week at the end of October with Jodi and Jim being exceptionally welcoming and helpful hosts. The gite itself is charming, very newly renovated, and renovated with attention to detail and comfort. It is exceptionally well equipped and ideally located for exploring the Armagnac region of Gascony. The lake view is spectacular, the gite is comfortable, the hosts are wonderful, and the region begs exploration. We also spent a day driving to St. Jean de Luz and also explored several Basque villages in the far southwest near the sea. There are numerous small, interesting villages in the region and the food is excellent. All in all it was a great week and we would certainly book here again if our travels bring us back to Gascony.
- Guest dickz (Ridgway, Colorado)
- Date of stay 10/20/11
- Review Submitted 11/04/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, pet owners, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Carefully read the property description - this is your opportunity to absolutely get away from it all. This is a beautiful retreat from the noise and activity of a hectic life. We live in a quiet neighborhood in Florida, yet really noticed the "noise" when we returned (fans and A/C) and the lack of bird sounds throughout the day! At the cottage you will awaken to the sound of ducks and geese in the lake, and can indulge in the fresh, cool air of the morning. Jodi is a wonderful host, and offerred fresh tomatoes, eggs and walnuts right from her yard - try the yellow cherry tomatoes for a surprising burst of flavor. And since the Lake Cottage used to be where foie gras was made, you must try the best of the best, just 4 Km north, off the road to Eauze, at Ferme Maunet. The self-guided tour around the farm is quite informational if you can read French, and the owner is a hoot! Check out the Barbaton TI for local events and free concerts (village is filled with residents who are doing a "cure"); and Cauzebon for a neat picnic in the flower-filled park and the best baquette and pastry ever at the FP bakery on the right of the main square (open Sundays). Get on the Voie Verte (Rails to Trails) either behind the Notre Dame de Cyclistes for a nice 50-minute walk to Labastide d'Armagnac for lunch at the the crepery, or a stroll through active farmland from just above the Porte de Ville and the huge Barbotan thermal bath house (1 Km up the road to Les Mousketieres). Save your driving for the daytime - the one lane (or less) country roads through cornfields higher than the car can be a bit dangerous at night, especially with locals who know where they are going! GPS does give some not-so-obvious shortcuts through tiny villages, despite wanting to take us directly through a cornfield on the way to the cottage from the nearest road. So enjoy the sunset while gently swinging on the hammock looking over the lake and decompress watching the tree leaves flicker in the late afternoon breeze ...
- Guest Jon & Catherine (Orlando, Florida)
- Date of stay 09/07/11
- Review Submitted 09/18/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thanks for the review you two! It was such a pleasure having you at the Cottage! I have to admit, Ive learned a couple of new trails and places to visit from you! What adventurists! I hope you can come back and visit some time!
OUR PERFECT VACATION
OUR PERFECT VACATION
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VACATION SPOT. WE ENJOYED 2 WEEKS IN THIS LAIED BACK ATMOSPHERE. WHAT A DELIGHT. IT IS A WONDERFUL AREA WITH SO MUCH TO DO AROUND US. WE LAID ON THW BEACHES AND WHEN WE WANTED SOME EXCERISE WE WENT HIKING IN THE PYRENEES MOUNTAINS. WE ALSO DID PLENTY OF SHOPING AT THE FRIENDLY COUNTRY MARKETS . THANKS FOR THE HELPFULL GUIDANCE FROM OUR FRIENDLY HOSTS WE SAW ALL WE WANTED TO SEE AND MORE. THE COUNTRYSIDE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL WITH FLOWERS EVERYWHERE. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO RETURNING LATER THIS YEAR TO SEE MORE. I WILL RECOMMEND THIS PROPERTY TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A PERFECT VACATION.
- Guest Greg & Judy (Sarasota, Florida)
- Date of stay 09/20/09
- Review Submitted 03/30/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thanks Greg and Judy! You two were loads of fun! I almost forgot about that special spot in the Pyrenees! Caves, waterfalls and tunnels all in one hike...Ill have to add it to my list! Glad you liked Gascony and LaTour Cottage, hope to see you again soon! Jodi
Guest comment entered by owner
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SOUTHWEST FRANCE COUNTRYSIDE RETREAT, THIS IS IT. IT IS LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF FARMS AND VINEYARDS AND SMALL QUAINT TOWNS. YOU CAN FIND UNIQUE SHOPS AND FAMILY RESTURANTS IN THE NEARBY SURROUNDING AREA. THE GUEST HOUSE IS COMPLETELY REMODELED AND OFFERS ALL THE CONVENIENCES OF HOME. YOUR VIEW FROM THE FRONT OF THE GUEST HOUSE AND PATIO INCLUDES A SMALL LAKE WHICH THE LOCAL FARMERS TAP TO IRRIGATE THEIR CROPS. IN LESS THAN AN HOUR YOU CAN TAKE A LEISURLY WALK ON THE PATH THAT CIRCKES THE LAKE. IN SUMMARY THIS IS TRULY A ONE OF A KIIND PLACE TO VISIT, RELAX, AND ENJOY THE COUNTRYSIDE OF FRANCE. TOM AND MARILYN MOUTVIC KESHENA, WISCONSIN, U.S.A.
- Guest Tom and Marilyn M
- Date of stay 09/25/10
- Review Submitted 03/27/11
Low Season: Nov - Feb: 800 euros p/ week *we are 1 1/2 hr drive to the SKI SLOPES Mid Season: March - May & September - October: 900 euros per week High Season: June - August: 1100 euros per week We offer 'mini stays' of 2 & 3 nights during mid/low season We now accept payments with Paypal or via international bank transfer 25% to reserve, total due 8 weeks prior to arrival- if booking w/in 8 weeks, full amount is due. All our returning guests get a 10% discount!! See below for more info
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- Nearest Airport: Pau Airport-Uzein at 118 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Station in Mont-de-Marsan at 35 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: Mimizan Plage at 108 Kilometres
- Nearest Barpub: Gabarret at 10 Kilometres
- Nearest Ski: Pyrenees Mountains at 195 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Eauze Golf at 26 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Labastide d'Armagnac - La Bastignac at 8 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: 'We have found the perfect, most magical place ever! ' Thats what we like hearing from our guests, although sometimes, it's said in dutch, spanish or even french! Jodi (your hostess) has been in the 'gite' business for about 5 years, and loves it. 'As a retired firefighter from Miami, being here in France with my husband and kids was just what I needed...to relax, and tackle a new adventurous project! ' Jodi and Jim have 2 vacation homes for guests to enjoy and come back to year after year! 'This is good.... I can relax and enjoy 'la bonne vie' with family, friends and guests, (whom usually turn out as friends too! )
Why the Owner Chose Creon-dArmagnac:
We were very lucky to find this lost-in-time, rural part of SW France, where the people are friendly, the landscape is stunning, the food is amazing, and the air is pure. The history and beauty of this area never ceases to amaze me, we're always exploring new villages and restaurants, enjoying the festivals and brocantes... I can't believe its been 9 years!
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Just 6 minutes drive from us is a spa village with a large lake that has surveyed swimming and games, playground, picnic areas, large pool, sailing, rowing, paddle-boating, tennis and a snack bar. Our prices are affordable because we simply want folks to have a good time! If my family cant afford to stay at our cottage, then its too much! The kids can run around outside and 'be kids' and adults have time to relax, and de-stress.. its good for the soul! Seeking a bit of adventure? Agen has an adventure park called Walibi-beware of the wild rollercoaster! 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive are the beach's! Beautiful dunes and small beach villages are quite special. The Pyrenees Mountains! You dont have to be an expert climber to enjoy a great day in the mountains-the views are stunning-and you might be lucky enough to pass the local cows and horses grazing freely along the trails! Visit Basque villages such as Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the tiny harbor village rich in history and dotted with botiques and restaurants where the food will not disappoint! For a vacation that is natural, relaxing, traditional...well just different and extraordinary, I think the Lake Cottage in Gascony is the place to be!
- Primary: + (33) 55-844-6414
- Secondary: Skype: GitesdeLaTour
When you stay at the Lake Cottage, this is your view from the hammock...
The Lake Cottage at dusk-imagine sitting on the terrace-glass of wine lakeside!
The Shore Room: Wood floors, oak beams, french armoire-and views of east lawn.
1 of 2 Sleigh Beds (+1 single bed) in North Bedroom. With views of the East Lawn
Your hammock awaits...
The Main Bedroom with 2 armoires. Barn window view of the lake and forest-wow!
The main house and renovated wine chai, which now has a gym for guests!
View from east lawn-this is Gascony!
Nearby village has large lake for sailing-rowing-swimming. Tennis-playground..
The local farmers market in Barbotan les Thermes.
Biarritz Plage, plus great restaurants and shopping botiques!
A great family day trip: The Pyrenees Mountains-trails for beginners and experts
The main floor-french doors and huge barn windows let the french sunshine in!
View of the house from the east.
The Lake Cottage. View from upstairs bedroom overlooking the terrace.
The cozy couch in the living room, with TV, DVD & book library, stereo+ipod dock
Fully equipped kitchen+lots of counter-top space. Views of the lake & east lawn
The bathroom with double sinks, italian shower and towel warmer.
Bike riding just east of the Lake Cottage
Old bike in the Farmhouse courtyard-dont worry there's newer bikes for exploring
Armagnac Festival at the nearby medieval village of Labastide d'Armagnac
Visit the Basque coast St-Jean-de-Luz, and the lovely dune beach's, even Spain!
Typical view here in Gascony...
Enjoy the open spaces of the renovated barn in the dining area that seats 6.
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