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Charming Restored Farmhouse with Inspiring Views for Artists

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Farmhouse, 2 Bedrooms + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Near the Pyrenees, this charming house is popular with artists, writers and musicians for the inspiring views and light.

2 huge bedrooms, salon, dining room, kitchen and bathroom with separate toilet. Sleeps 5 comfortably. Central heating, huge log fireplace, all comforts set on 2 acres with lime trees and rosemary. A few kms from local village with shops, supermarket and restaurant/bar/hotel. Market days close by-Saturday and Tuesday. less than 1 hr to Spain!

The house is on a road but faces away from it to the fields and hills. Easy access to all routes to the Pyrenees or Spain.

Keywords: Restored Farmhouse, Inspiring, Rustic, Light and Spacious.

More Details

Owner
Joy Askew
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 14, 2017

About Joy Askew

Hi my name is Joy and I am a musician and teacher living in New York and England. I am an activist on behalf of animals, particularly farm animals. I have owned this house for 14 years and have been inspired by it as have many others to create songs, art and writings!

Joy Askew purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Joy Askew chose Cizos

I have been going to France since I was 5 years old. I bought the house as my second home as a contrast to NYC where I live.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Space, light and gorgeous views. Bigger rooms than an apartment and the smell of woodsmoke in winter. Hiking and incredible fresh produce at the market. Friends and friendly atmosphere in the local towns. Other artists who enjoy the inspiration of the area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The house is absolutely amazing, it really stands up to every dream you ever had about the French countryside. It´s beautifully situated, you can go hiking in the mountains or just take nice walks and jogs around amongst the fields and forests that are close to the house. Go to the surrounding picturesque villages to shop for cheap and great tasting wine, wonderful locally made cheese and fresh vegetables, and then pick your own mint and rosemary around the house to make your dinner, which you will most likely eat out on the garden. And then sit down by the piano and write a song, or just relax by the fireplace."
Jul 2012
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Amenities

Cizos Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • swimming
Notes:
Central heating,on 2 acres, badminton

Reviews

Very Good! 4.2/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

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Charming Restored Farmhouse with Inspiring Views for Artists
average rating of 4.2222223 based on 12 reviews
Bronx, NY USA
5

a great experience in France

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 3 weeks in this house, and it was a wonderful way to live in a very rural area of France- very rustic and comfortable, the house is huge, especially just for the 2 of us, so can accommodate more people easily- the rooms are all large and comfortable, and the kitchen is well equipped, I was able to cook many great meals. In addition to the farmer's markets you can find almost daily within a half hour, there is one in the local town of Castelnau-Magnoac on Saturdays, and the local supermarket, 5 minutes away, is open every day till 7:30, except Sunday, and has great produce, butcher, fish, wine, and fresh locally baked bread daily- and in the small town of Castelnau, the one main restaurant, Le Tarragon, is excellent. The house is very comfortably heated, we stayed in January, and you can light a great fire in the huge fireplace in addition to many well placed radiators. You also have internet access and British satellite tv. And I'm sure in the summer you can have many great meals under the stars on this large beautiful property.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful relaxing holidy

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks relaxing in the house and garden. The house was comfortable, full of character and well equipped with everything that we needed. The beds and armchairs were very comfortable. The garden was wonderful. We spent hours just wandering around the garden, listening to the birds, absorbing the view, sunbathing and enjoying our meals under the shade of the trees.

It was the first time we had visited Haut-Pyrenees, and certainly want to return. A half hour drive took us into the heart of the mountains, and spectacular scenery (especially following some of the Tour de France mountain passes).

A memorable house and holiday - well worth the long drive from Wales!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Neck, NY USA
5

The Garden of Eden

  • 5 of 5

I LOVE this house and property! The photos you see speak somewhat to the charm of the place, vast as the sweeping back views of fields and mountains as far as the eye can see. If you are in need of relaxation and inspiration, come ... commune and revel. If you are in need of romance, bring your lover - it doesn't get any more perfect than this! We chased each other around the back yard with the garden hose, laughing, naked and wet, in complete privacy with Mother Nature alone. We ate warm figs picked from the fig tree, feeling very much like Adam and Eve before the fall. No need for the proverbial fig leaf!

As far as practical matters, which do matter as well, I had every comfort and modern convenience needed (I'm a NY professional) and I think you will too. The house was clean and fresh, the bed super comfortable, the kitchen well stocked (cooking here was a treat after so many restaurants on the road), the furniture a tasty mix of shabby chic and antique, and the decor smart and artful. Wifi, tv, a good shower with plenty of hot water, washing machine ... do you really need anything more? The house was well provisioned while maintaining the same sense of spaciousness found outside, allowing me to open up and relax in ways hard to find in an otherwise busy, complicated, modern life. I can't say enough good things about this place, how I enjoyed my time there, and look forward to returning - for an extended stay.

PS Go to the outdoor market in the nearby town center on Saturday mornings to find all kinds of treats and bargains (clothes, food, plants, etc.) And coffee at Hotel Dupont!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Milltown, New Jersey, USA
5

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I didn't want to leave! We loved everything about the it: the house is simple and charming, restored just enough to maintain the charm of the old and the convenience of the new. The huge bedroom has views for miles, and a grapevine growing right outside the window. The grounds are very private, very extensive, and romantic. This was just what we hoped for, private, peaceful, comfortable, but only ten minutes from a charming village with a great Saturday market. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hamburg
5

TOTALLY STUNNING LOCATION

  • 5 of 5

You don’t rent a house; this is a whole farm with approximately 6000m² of ground, two barns and stables.No direct neighbors, no people – complete privacy.I think it is an old tobacco farm about 150 years old.In this place you miss out on the odd French plastic sofa, other terrible decor and the compulsory wax table cloth in the kitchen.Instead there is a very comfortable three-seater sofa with many additional cushions and two nice armchairs in the living room. Close the shutters, the matching curtains and light a fire – with excellently dried wood available in your Car-Port being one of the barns.Back to the kitchen – there is a wooden high table with barstools in the centre, which makes cooking very communicative, since everybody can be part of it.You cook with gas and the kitchen is sufficiently equipped for a holiday home.If you want to do high-class cooking, you might have to bring a few things, which is natural.There is a separate toilet and an adjacent bathroom, with a large shower,with very good water pressure and temperature,a large washstand and a towel heater.Towels and linen provided are superb and sufficiently available.When you move to the first floor,there is a really funky staircase with steps in different sizes,partly old, partly replaced – which is part of the programme.You get to a landing with two wicker chairs, those invite you for a glass of wine with candle light and an open window before you go to sleep – in one of the two really large bedrooms with excellent bedding situations.The master bedroom has got a queensize bed (fantastic mattress and pillows) ,a chest of drawers, some hanging space and shutters on both windows, with a door that closes tightly, so you can really sleep here at any time of the day. The secondary bedroom is for the early bird, two rooftop windows but also with a perfect queensize bed, and two more sleeping facilities. And a “balcony” door, which can be opened for fresh air. Outside you have all possibilities.There are two smashing professional active speakers, they will allow you to listen to your favorite music, plugging your phone I-Pod/Pad whatever in.Even outside.Listen to Miles Davis looking up into the Milky Way.There is an electric piano, for those you know, like or need to play.High-Speed wireless Internet with connectivity everywhere outside and an internet telephone, with free calls to the US, UK and within France.After my first week in "Le Claret" I reserved the place again for 2015. Say no more!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Maryland, USA
1

Problems encountered with this house

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My husband and I booked this house for a recent stay in France because it was in the location we wanted and it seemed charming from the posted pictures and accompanying commentary. However when we arrived and entered the house we were overwhelmed by the smell of mildew and mold. Both of us had an almost immediate allergic reaction, which included respiratory symptoms and tearing of the eyes, and had to exit the house. We tried a second time to be in the house, but both floors were permeated with the smell, which ruined any charms the house may have had. As the owner had spent time at the house up to the day we arrived this was clearly not a matter of the house needing airing out. In addition we found mouse droppings in the eating area although the house had been cleaned that day. We informed the housekeeper that we would not be able to stay at the house because of the health problem we encountered and she very kindly found us another place in the same area with none of the problems we experienced at this house. The owner has said that the allergic reaction we experienced was our problem and indeed it was a problem for us. However, allergic reactions to mildew/mold such as those we experienced are not uncommon, and given the potential for experiencing symptoms such as ours others considering a stay at this house may want to consider different rental options.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry for this complaint - but I could not predict this happening! I have estimated that almost 80 people have stayed in my house in the last 10 years since I bought it, either as renters or guests and no-one has had this reaction or become ill in any way. On the contrary I usually get a delighted response! (Please see other reviews.) A fellow VRBO owner says: " Any potential renter with allergies will always let you know right up front what they are. Allergies can be hell! No-one with those issues wants to suffer and I would not want them to do so. In their shoes- wouldn't they want to mention this from the first communication?" French houses are notoriously rustic and sometimes it's impossible to help the odd mouse dropping appearing after you have cleaned. I had cleaned the house myself (with my 2 guests) from top to bottom. When we left the house at 12:30 that same day, there were no mouse droppings in the kitchen or elsewhere and I had been staying there for the past 2 1/2 weeks and not seen any, even when I was cleaning ready to leave the house. IF one had come in from the fields it could only have been there since 12:30; As in the pictures- this is an old (but restored) farmhouse in the middle of fields. Hopefully in the future I will have a better communication with potential renters with allergies! I want travelers to enjoy the house as much as I do!
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Castelnau Magnoac
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Lannemezan, Tarbes
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Castelnau Magnoac
Car: necessary

There is a new reservoir close by - which is good walking,woods and fields and streams. Many Medieval villages, chateaux and churches. Market is Saturday and tuesday locally.A supermarket with wonderful selection is 2 miles away.

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $57.53
Pet Fee $29.35

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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