- Sleeps: Sleeps 12
- Bedrooms: 2 Doubles, 2 Doubles/Twins, 1 Childrens Room sleeping 4 (potentially a further double)
- Bathrooms: 3 En-suite Bathrooms and 1 Family Bathroom
- Rents: €2,400 - €5,250 per week
- Key features: 5m x 12m Heated salt water Swimming Pool
Recently refurbished house
Magnificent open plan Grand Salon
Extensive Garden and Grounds
Superb cuisine d'été and poolside facilities
Outstanding rural location and position
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Le Clos des Sources
Just over an hour from Toulouse, situated in a wonderful natural position, the approach to
this house down its drive is the start of a voyage of discovery. The façade appears as a
discreet single storey but on entering the house there is an enchanting revelation as its full
scope and appeal becomes apparent.
Le Clos des Sources is spacious, comfortable, beautifully decorated and furnished with style,
inspiration and great good taste. The centre piece of the interior is a superb open plan
kitchen/dining/living room running the full width of the house. This is a magnificent family
space. Descent to a lower level and further accommodation leads naturally out into an
attractive small courtyard bounded by two wings. The heated swimming pool is built on a
raised citadel formed cleverly from a barn, the upper levels of which are converted into a
delightful cuisine d’été and dining area.
Views over the remainder of the garden, the petanque court, extensive lawn and to the
rolling hill country of Gascony complete this idyllic setting for a family holiday.
"What a wonderful week filled with wine, good food and incredible memories. We discovered
our new favourite pastime – hanging out in the hammocks! Beautiful house to match the
beautiful scenery. We will be back again soon!"
Toby and Dominic ......... July 2022"
"What a wonderful heavenly home. Thank you so much for opening the shutters to the blissfulness of this place. Beautiful linen sheets, restful colours, every detail has been thought about. Delicate planting in your immaculate garden and pool. Thank you all from Piers to Eva for taking care of us and your heavenly home. Same time next year and the next and the next........"
Kitty, Tida and Isla ...... July 2022
"Covid affected our numbers but certainly not our enjoyment as it meant Michael and I had
this glorious home all to our lucky selves! We’ve had such fun discovering new parts of the
stunning house and gardens aswell as trips further afield this year, we found Mossaic
fascinating! Although petanque games and BBQ’s simpler affairs a deux we loved every minute and enjoyed regular visits down the road to Tables d’Urdens. A big thank you and we cant wait till next year!"
Juliet and Michael ........, September 2021
"If it was possible, we would take up this house and put it anywhere in the world! The quiet
calm and elegance of the place is truly fantastic as of course its location in the middle of
nature. The greatest place to disappear for a while and enjoy the sounds of silence in this
hectic world. We loved it and would like to thank you for sharing it with us."
Paul H....... and family Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2021
"Clos des Sources is just ace! Beautiful, peaceful, generous, still, with abundant glimpses of
here a pot, there a blossom, and endless large and small vistas that are such a treat to enjoy.
We have had a most wonderful time"
Judith ..... and family 2020
"What a beautiful house you have made. The décor is a dream, the beds are comfy; the
gardens are a joy and our week has been gorgeous. All the work and love you have put into
it is worth it. A stunning place. Thank you."
Penny ........ June 2018
"We reach the end of another magical stay here, the third in three years. Highlights have
included stumbling on a practicing German symphony orchestra in Anvillar church; Fleurance
market again meeting all our food and Armagnac needs; another spectacular meal at La
Table des Cordeliers in Condom; a wonderful visit to La Mongette over the way as well as
some upmarket degustation at our spiritual home Chateau de Pellehaut; lots of delightful
visits to St Clar and walks in this beautiful part of France with butterflies, deer, snakes etc.
Once again so much to enjoy about this lovely home, especially this year the beautiful
planting all around the property. Thank you so much for letting us share your fabulous home"
The H.......... family 2017
The house is arranged over two floors. The front façade of the house is approached and appears as a single storey. The main living areas and two bedrooms are on this floor.
There is a simplicity about the interiors true to the origin of the building as a farmhouse complemented by beautiful mellow coloured travertine stone floors throughout, an excellent kitchen forming part of an impressive ‘Grand Salon’ with magnificent island worktop and a contemporary edge. The bedrooms and bathrooms are inviting, with comfortable beds and overall a feeling of clean, light and fresh space. All combine to give an impression of inspirational renaissance within a traditional building and home of great character and warmth.
Stairs descend from the main living room to a lower ground floor that opens to the gardens and swimming pool on the Western front of the house. Two wings extend westwards on this side and enclose a charming courtyard facing the raised swimming pool, pool house and cuisine d’été.
The House sleeps up to 12 in 5 bedrooms.
There are 4 double (two of which can be made into twin rooms) bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms share a family bathroom.
There is underfloor heating throughout and all bedrooms have fans. A drive descends to the front of the house lined with mature trees with views through to the rolling hill country so distinctive of this area. There is a generous parking area to the front (eastern side of the house) aswell as access by car along the Southern edge of the house where outside steps give convenient entry with shopping straight into the kitchen.
There is a generous parking area to the front aswell as parking along the Southern side of the house with access straight into the kitchen.
An attractive fan headed front door leads straight into the welcoming Entrance Hallway in which is a baby grand piano and from which doors lead to the Sitting Room to the left, Bedroom 1 to the right and straight on into the Grand Salon.
Sitting Room - a large sitting/TV room with sofa, armchairs, flat screen TV (with DVD player and selection of DVD’s). A separate sitting area in the same room surrounds a wood burning stove. Windows face South and East and a door leads through to the kitchen end of The Grand Salon.
Bedroom 1 - The ‘Chambre D’Arbieu’. A double bedroom with double bed that can be split to form two singles (beds .9 x 2m). Windows face east and its own Ensuite Bathroom 1 adjoins with bath, walk in shower, wash basin and WC.
The Grand Salon – a magnificent open plan family room (130m2) with exposed beams running the full width of the whole house. At its Southern end is a well equipped kitchen with a massive marble topped island with twin sinks, two washing up machines, a superb Falcon range gas cooker with 5 rings and twin ovens, and an additional oven which also operates as a microwave oven, coffee making facilities etc. An outside balcony immediately outside the kitchen provides an attractive spot for a coffee or drink. Adjoining the kitchen is a breakfast table/smaller eating area and, separated by the descending stairs, a larger dining area with seating for 12 around a fine oak table. At its northern end is a comfortable ‘sitting room’/relaxing area with a sofa and armchairs around an attractive traditional stone fireplace. This whole room, the centre piece of the house, combines the contemporary with the traditional to wonderful effect.
A downstairs WC adjoins this end of the Grand Salon.
A walk in larder immediately adjoins the kitchen with a large double/full length fridge/freezer.
Master Bedroom 2 - ‘Chambre des Pyrénées’ leads straight from the kitchen end of The Grand Salon. This magnificent Master Double Bedroom (bed 1.8w x 2m) occupies the whole of the first floor of this west facing wing. A ‘head wall’ mid room creates the division with its ensuite Bathroom 2 but the two almost feel open plan giving a great sense of space and light. French windows face west to a Juliet balcony and to South and North. The bathroom contains a free standing Victorian roll top bath, large walk in shower, twin wash basins and WC.
The travertine Stairs descend from The Grand Salon to the garden level and western terrace.
On this lower level there are three further bedrooms, one with an ensuite shower room and the other two bedrooms sharing a family bathroom:
Bedroom 3 – ‘The Chambre du Jardin’ with double bed (1.45w x 2m) and attractive French windows opening to the South with its Ensuite Bathroom 3 with walk in shower, wash basin and WC.
Bedroom 4 – ‘Chambre des Petits’. A children’s Bedroom with 4 single beds (.9m x 1m) two of which can be placed together to form a double bed this creating a lovely family room. Generous French windows open to the Southern terrace and gardens.
Bathroom 4 – Family bathroom located between and shared by bedrooms 4 and 5. With bath, walk in shower, twin wash basins and WC.
Bedroom 5 – ‘Chambre d’été’ – Double bedroom with double bed (.9w x 2m) which can be split to form two singles/ a twin room. Windows open on both sides, French windows to the Southern terrace/garden.
Washroom – with washing machine, tumble dryer, drying rails, iron and ironing board and a WC Utility and Storage Room – a large room used mainly for storage adjoined by a boiler room. One of the western wings remains in its original state as a large traditional drying barn of great charm.
Generous doors from this floor open onto a delightful patio/terrace/courtyard framed by the two western wings, the first third of which forms a terrace/patio shaded by a pergola covered in flowering climbers. This in turn looks towards the swimming pool, cuisine d’été and the gardens beyond.
Garden & Grounds
Le Clos des Sources occupies a wonderful position on the end of a ridge of high ground with glorious views of the surrounding unspoilt, rolling (organic) farmland.
The house, approached down a long drive, is surrounded by an extensive garden of terraces, lawns, mature trees, flowering shrubs and climbers.
The main focus of recreational activity and interest lies to the West of the house accessed most easily from the lower ground floor.
The principal feature of this area is a converted barn, now a pool house in which, on the first floor, a wonderful cuisine d’été with fridge, sink, terra cotta floor and outside/shaded dining area has been created. This adjoins and opens to the heated swimming pool (with salt based cleaning system) which measures 5m x 12m with steps the full width of the shallow end (1.4m) to 2m at the deep end. In its elevated position the pool (with retractable insulated cover) is framed by the original low wall of the barn enjoying views over the lawns towards the remainder of the gardens. A security gate ensures protection of the pool area as may be required for children.
Aside from the cuisine d’été the principal relaxing areas are around the pool and in the terrace/patio enclosed by the two wings of the house. All of these areas link naturally and charmingly together. There are various places around the property to enjoy a drink, a coffee or read a book and another terrace with perfect westerly views towards the setting evening sun.
Le Clos des Sources enjoys a peaceful rural location close to the village of Castelnau-d’Arbieu North West of Toulouse in the department of Gers (Gascony) an area sometimes referred to locally as ‘Le Petit Tuscan’ for its characteristic rolling hills.
The next nearest local village is St Clar where croissants and bread can be purchased in the excellent bakery. There are a wider variety of shops including supermarkets at the local market towns of Fleurance (10 minutes/4 miles), Condom (32 minutes/20 miles) and Lectoure (14 minutes/8 miles).
Domaine d’Arbieu is 1hr 20 minutes/45 miles from Toulouse airport and 2 ¼ hrs/110 miles from Bordeaux airport.
The TGV stops at Auch (36 minutes/19 miles) and there is also a rail station at Agen.
Tenants will be welcomed on arrival, and will be shown how everything works, both inside and out.
There is WiFi broadband internet access throughout the main house and adjoining areas.
Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided and will be changed on a weekly basis.
Provided sufficient notice is given, a cook or chef can probably be found. His/her/their wage will be the tenants responsibility, and can be ascertained in advance should tenants so wish.
There are two travel cots, a wooden cot and two high chairs.
There is no air conditioning but there are fans in all bedrooms.
There is a hairdryer in each room.
This is an all year round property and is heated throughout with an underfloor heating system.
There is a weekly pool and garden visit normally on a Friday.
There are a number of English language books and a large number of DVD’s and board/family games for the use and enjoyment of guests.
Things to See & Do near Le Clos des Sources
There is a comprehensive information folder with details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. The folder also includes maps, brochures and contact details of local doctors, dentists, plumbers, electricians, pool maintenance etc. Further details of all matters referred to on this website are available in The House Information Folder.
Restaurants and Eating Out: Gers/Gascony is a foody’s paradise. There is an extensive choice of good to outstanding restaurants for all budgets. A recommended selection are detailed in The House Information Book.
Markets: An excellent selection/choice locally. Normally in full swing by 8am and finished by lunchtime. Popular markets are Mauvezin (Monday), Fleurance (Tuesday and Saturday), St Clar and Eauze (Thursday), Lectoure (Friday) Miradoux and Nerac (Saturday) and Motaut-les- Crenaux (Sunday). The House Information Book contains a complete list of all the markets and market days in Gers.
Local Shopping: For morning croisssants and bread there is an excellent bakery in St Clar. There is also an excellent patisserie in Fleurance aswell as a newsagent on the main square.
Supermarkets: There is a carrefour supermarket in Fleurance and an Intermarché in St Clar and Lectoure.
Walking: There are beautiful walks all around and from the house itself. Many are indicated by P.R. (Promenade et Randonnée) signs. There are also maps (series bleu) and suggestions in the house.
Tennis: There is a tennis court at nearby Castelnau d’Arbieu only 5 minutes from the house and a key for this court is kept in the house.
Golf: There is a choice of courses locally at Auch, Eauze, Fleurance, L’Isle Jourdain, Masseube and Tillac.
Riding: There is a local riding school/farm that offer riding trips and riding.
Kayaking, Canoeing, Waterskiing and Sailing: St Clar lake is very popular for children’s swimming and there is a restaurant there too. Likewise Gondrin lake and Castera-Verduzan lake. For sailing enthusiasts the Base de Loisirs, Lac de Thoux St Cricq between Mauvezin and L’Isle Jourdain is popular. Water skiing can be enjoyed on the lake at L’Isle Jourdain but eligibility should be checked in advance.
Bicycling/Bike Hire: This is excellent bicycling country and a wonderful way to see and enjoy the local area. Bicycles can be hired from Condom.
Music and Festivals: During the summer there are local festivals, including a Country and Western Festival at Mirande, a Jazz Festival at Marciac and many high quality classical musical performances in local churches or Chateaux. The former Cistercian Abbaye de Flaran, (37 minutes/21 miles) has a beautiful ‘son et lumiere’ each summer.
Towns and Cities
The stunning town of Lectoure (14 minutes/8 miles) has thermal baths and a museum describing the history of wode, which made Toulouse’s fortune. Here also is The Chateau of The Counts of Armagnac with outstanding views of the whole area and an interesting antiques/brocante ‘village’.
Auch (32mins/19 miles) - Capital of The Gers, its cathedral is renowned for its world famous stained glass windows. The market on Thursdays and Saturdays, shops and historic centre combine to create an enjoyable and interesting visit.
Toulouse (1 hr 20 minutes/50 minutes) has many art galleries, museums, world class opera and music, as well as top quality shops and restaurants. Its also renowned for its Space Museum, plus the fascinating tours of the nearby Airbus factory.
There are a number of pretty villages in the surrounding area. An outstanding example is Auvillar, a stunning bastide village (35 minutes/20 miles) classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Another delightful village is La Romieu (26 minutes/16 miles) with its magnificent collegiale St Pierre, a 14th century cloister with tower. The Coursiana botanic Gardens and arboretum are also magnificent at La Romieu (see below)
There are many beautiful Chateaux which reward a visit. Chateau de Lavardens (25 minutes/15 miles) at Lavardens, 32360 has interesting art exhibitions, events and a fascinating history.
Chateau de Caumont. (55 minutes/38 miles) at Cazaux-Saves 32130 is a family-owned Chateau with a very interesting history and architecture. They offer certain tours in English.
For driving enthusiasts there is the famous Route des Batiments et des Castelnaux which runs from Auch to Marciac. En route you will see many fascinating buildings, including the Donjon de Bassous, masterpiece of XIV military architecture, pretty unspoilt villages and beautiful countryside. This is a half to full day tour.
Military History: Visit the Camp de Siege Medieval at La Cite des Machines, Larressingle 32100 (40 minutes/24 miles). There you can see a wide range of authentic siege-breaking machines.
For garden lovers, visit Coursiana Gardens at La Romieu, (26 minutes/16 miles). Created in 1974 by Gilbert Cours-Darne, an eminent French botanist, the arboretum occupies 6 hectares and has 700 different species of trees and shrubs. There is also a medicinal and aromatic garden which opened in 2002 and a shop.
Then there is Couloume Park in Auch which is a 10-acre park created around a 16th century castle with vast lawns and a great variety of vegetation, including 450 trees, (257 different species) and 1900 bushes, (33 different species), mainly collections of hydrangea and dogwoods (cornus florida)
Course Landaises: In Gascony, it is a major spectator sport, with as many as 600 events each year The ‘course landaise’ is an ancient form of bullfighting held in oval or rectangular arenas covered in sand, that involve no bloodshed. Experienced cows with great horns are used instead of bulls. The cows are selected from the same breed as the bulls used for the Spanish Corridas.
Churches and Abbeys: There are churches of note, a jewel in every village, too numerous to mention by name. The Abbaye de Flaran hosts art exhibitions and each summer a beautiful ‘son et lumiere’.
Vineyards and Wine: There are a wide choice of local vineyards most of which encourage tastings and on the spot purchases. Gascony is famed for its Armagnac and lesser known local aperitif, Floc. Madiran is the local red and Pacherenc du Vic Bihl the best dry white. Juranton is a justly famous sweet wine.
Brocantes and Vides Greniers: There are numerous brocantes and vide greniers where you can, if you are lucky, find little gems. To find out when and where they are consult/google ‘vide-greniers 32’.
Hot air balloon trips: a fantastic way to view the country. Need to be booked in advance.
Thermal Baths: at Lectoure and Castéra Verduzan
Skiing: There is excellent skiing in the Pyrenees at the appropriate time of year. Baqueira-Beret (2hrs 50 mins/112 miles) is a ski resort located in the heart of the Pyrénées, in the Aran Valley and Àneu Valley Lleida, Spain. The ski area extends from 1,500 to 2,610 metres in elevation. Piau Engaly ( has the highest skiing in the French Pyrénées and is a very family friendly resort (2hrs 30 minutes/95 miles). Saint-Lary-Soulan is also highly recommended (2hrs/81 miles).
Beaches: Biarritz is 2hrs 57 minutes by car. The best beaches are at Hoosegor and Cap Breton. Great care should be taken as the surf is very strong.
Tourist Offices: There are tourist offices in St Clar, Condom and Lectoure where much local and regional information can be obtained and all have websites that can be consulted in advance.
Rents & Terms
2023 RENTS & TERMS
The weekly rate varies dependent on number of guests
Up to 8 Guests = Low Capacity (LC)
9 - 12 guests = Full Capacity (FC)
1st Jan - 13th May €2,400(LC) or €2,750 (FC)
Easter - 5th - 12th April €4,820 per week
13th May - 24th June €3,200 (LC) or €3,550 (FC)
24th June - 15th July €4,820
15th July - 2nd Sept €5,250
2nd Sept - 30th Sept €3,200(LC) or €3,550 (FC)
30th Sept - 23rd Dec €2,400(LC) or €2,750 (FC)
23rd Dec - 1st Jan €5,250
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week, and will begin and end on a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5pm on the commencement day and should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, (b) the cost of pool heating (if required) @ €150 per week, and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy.
Fuel costs of €120 have been included in the low season rates. This allows for reasonable heating usage. Metre readings will be taken at the beginning and end of a stay. If the actual usage exceeds this, we reserve the right to deduct additional costs from the deposit at the end of the stay.
The security deposit will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.
All rates are inclusive of taxe de séjour
Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 8/12 people staying in the property at any one time.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
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