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Casteyre is a traditional stone Gascon farmhouse which comfortably accommodates eight to ten people. It was originally built in the 17th century as three sheep folds, or 'bergeries'. It has been transformed into a large single spacious, sun-filled four-bedroom home, all on ground level which combines the house’s rustic character with all modern comforts. The property enjoys panoramic views over the idyllic Gascon countryside. With its thick honey-coloured stone walls, it stays cool in summer, but is warm and cosy in winter. Casteyre is situated in ten acres (four hectares) of private land on a hilltop between two sunny valleys, enjoying 360-degree views over the surrounding Gers countryside of valleys, vineyards, woods, sunflower and corn fields, farms, medieval villages, and the Pyrénées mountains. The medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain runs right past the property. The house is at the end of a lane among oleander bushes and olive trees. Guests have the use of all of the mature gardens and many terraces, as well as a croquet set, outdoor table tennis, table football and for those who want to be truly french enjoy our newly constructed flood lit petanque court (french boules). There are five different terraces situated around the gardens. All have different views and atmosphere, comfortable garden furniture and suitable lighting. There is a large salt-water swimming pool with a beautiful cascade, situated by the main terrace, overlooking the surrounding landscape (heated upon request). The pool is lined with non-slip crushed marble; at one end is a shallow area with roman steps where children can play safely. The pool is surrounded by a well-stocked border planted with lavenders and cypress trees. It can be floodlit at night, as can the gardens and terraces.
The house is full of light-filled rooms with high ceilings, original oak beams, shuttered windows, and exposed stone walls. The floors are made up with restored old tiles and strewn with antique rugs. The rustic oak front door opens into a large hallway which leads to the open-plan living area, furnished with large comfortable sofas and armchairs and antique sideboards. It also has a large wood burning stove, for those chilly evenings or winter breaks (in addition to underfloor heating throughout the house).The stone walls are adorned with original paintings and beautifully decorated. A dining area easily seats ten. Guests have the use of satellite flat screen television, dvd player, a cupboard full of traditional and current games, and of course wifi internet access. French doors lead onto the first of many terraces, where guests can dine outside under a pretty canopy or if preferred choose another terrace under the stars. The bright traditional-style kitchen is fully modernised and equipped with a large fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave, coffee machine etc, and a bone china dinner service. For the gourmet cooks the cupboards have all utensils you would require.
Each of the four finely furnished bedrooms have luxurious en suite bathrooms with power showers, and French doors leading to the terraces. The Green bedroom (a favourite with children) has twin beds, en suite shower room and opens onto the main communal terrace. The Red bedroom has a traditional French double bed, full en suite, plus an extra double sofa bed and its own door to the gardens. The Gold bedroom has a queen size bed, full en suite, and patio doors to a smaller terrace shared with the Blue bedroom, which has a Victorian double brass bed., and shower room. All bedrooms are exquisitely decorated and furnished. An extra toilet is available in the hallway.
In addition to this wonderful property we have a small collection of various farm animals. There is plenty for children to see : the donkeys, miniature goats and Loulou the friendly pig. Fresh eggs are available during your stay from our very own happy chickens. There are also several cats and three small very friendly dogs, including Digley the extra tiny dachshund who loves to play with children if allowed.
Please note as the house and outside access is all on one level, it is also suitable for disabled and elderly guests.
Casteyre is a truly magical place and infact........simply Paradise
All four bedrooms are large, oak beamed, high ceilings, sunny and sumptuously decorated with beautiful rugs and curtains and original antique s and fabulous paintings. They are all decorated in individual colours of pale green, raspberry pink, buff yellow and soft blue and all have beautiful matching en-suite bathrooms with power showers. No expense has been spared. The mattresses are top quality and the linen truly luxurious. Each room has separate French doors leading outside to enable private access and independence.
The red bedroom also has a very comfortable double sofa bed.Two top quality folding extra beds for children are available, and also a cot and high chair. If any more required please ask.
The house can sleep 8 to 10 people maximum comfortably + any babies. All bedrooms are wheelchair accessible....moreless
All four bathrooms are furnished to a high luxury standard...all sanitary ware of top quality. Each bathroom is decorated in the colours to match the four bedrooms...green, pink, yellow and blue. The showers are very large and made with antiques tiles, easily accessible and with superb power showers. Cupboards, drawers and lots of room for possessions and huge mirrors and lots of lighting....moreless
Casteyre was originally built in the 18th C as 3 sheep folds, or 'bergeries'. A traditional Gascon farmhouse which has been cleverly transformed into a single spacious, sun-filled 4 bedroom home, all on ground level,combining rustic character with the luxuries of modern comforts. It enjoys panoramic views over idyllic Gascon countryside. With its thick honey-coloured stone walls,it stays cool in the Summer, and warm and cosy in Winter.
Decorated and furnished to the highest standards with no expense spared. There is a large hall way, leading into a huge family room adorned with antiques and fine furnishings… with a large living room area, dining area, satellite TV/stereo area and desk with internet access. The bright traditional-style kitchen is fully modernised and lacks nothing for any fine cooking! Bone china dinner service and espresso coffee machine of course. A large hall way leads to the four sumptuously decorated bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms. Extra Separate cloakroom....moreless
Spring-Summer mix May 16 - Jun 20, 2015 7 night min stay
Summer Time Jun 21 - Sep 5, 2015 14 night min stay
Late Summer Sep 6 - Oct 3, 2015 7 night min stay
Autumn Colours Oct 4 - Dec 19, 2015 7 night min stay
Christmas Treat Dec 20 - Dec 26, 2015 7 night min stay
Happy New Year Dec 27 - Jan 2, 2016 7 night min stay
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Casteyre is set in the heart of the famously beautiful Gascony countryside of 'La France Profond': An area famous for its tranquility,charm and unpolluted air. Rolling wooded hills,valleys of sunflowers,vineyards, and orchards and the Pyrenee mountains. An area steeped in history,it is near to the ancient fortified Roman town of Lectoure and the Cathedral town of Condom and many other exquisite medieval villages,towns and bastides. It is an area for gastronomy and culture. Numerous markets selling local produce from foie gras,honey,prunes,melons,garlic,wine and the well known armagnac. There is so much to do and explore :Romantic villages, numerous chateaux,abbeys,markets,fetes, superb restaurants/bars,wine/armagnc and floc tasting,horse riding,riverrafting,Jazz in Marciac,flower festivals,walking,bull fighting,Biaritz beach or mountain hiking or skiing just 2 hours away,cycling,golf,tennis...or simply just sitting by the luxury pool set in a glorious park with stunning views...bliss!
Other Activities: River rafting and boating
Year Purchased: 2003
About the owner: Being half french and half 'Hertfordshire' UK, and lucky enough to be brought up in both countries, it was just a natural step to move back to the country of my birth. Far from the pollution and stress of the UK, I soon discovered that the Gers is truly a little bit of Paradise 'far form the madding crowd'. As a wildlife artist , this area is made for those who love animals and birds and the fabulous natural beauty that Gascony has to offer. The views are stunning, the weather generally always good, the locals are charming and so friendly, and of course, as I also love cooking..its a cooks heaven here! Since moving here, my life has changed radically...from a more formal life in busy London and Buckinghamshire, to a simpler but rewarding and healthier life in the Gers rural countryside. Loving interior decoration, I loved doing up 'Casteyre' and designing the garden and terraces, and the idea of being able to share it with guests every year is a wonderful joy to me. I have also just recently fulfilled another dream, which is to build a small animal park...donkeys,ponies,goats, pigs,chickens,ducks, Somali cats and dachshund dogs......all to share with friends and guests. Its all hard work of course, but worth every minute as I see visitors smile have fun and enjoy my home, garden and area as much as I do. The guest book says it all and I am very proud of it. It never stops of course...you only get what you put in after all! so I am always looking for new ideas and redesigning parts of the grounds and adding here and there. Several new terraces, new boules court, newly decorated bathrooms, and this year a new luxury swimming pool with side pool for toddlers and handicap guests. All facing South with a shower and yet another terrace for alfresco dining with a barbecue. I am always busy..the gite guests to welcome and help if required, all the animals to look after, cooking, gardening and maintaining this home and grounds to a high standard. But at least I am happy!
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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