- Sleeps: 8 to 10
- Bedrooms: 4/5 double Bedrooms
- Bath/Shower Rooms: 4
- Rents per week: £2,400- £5,100 per week
- Key features:
- Located in the Gers, Gascony.
- Extensive gardens and grounds.
Superb local food and markets.Local music festivals through the summer months.Ski-ing in the Pyrénées.
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Château de Gaujac
The beautiful 18th century “Château de Gaujac” is on the edge of the tiny village of Gaujac, and is in the Gers, the département to the west of Toulouse and part of the historic region of Gascony. This is very much an agricultural département, and is particularly unspoilt, well known for its foie gras, Armagnac and its relaxed life style. Because of its rolling, picturesque countryside, it’s often called “Little Tuscany” (‘La Petite Toscane’).
The Château, within sight of The Pyrénées, is situated on the edge of the small village of Gaujac. It’s approached by magnificent iron gates, opening onto a courtyard (with masses of parking space). It stands on a hill in about 20 acres of rolling lawns and gardens, with lovely, shady trees of many varieties. There are stunning views of the countryside around and below it. On one side of the courtyard is an unused Pigeonnier (dovecote), plus a barn. On the far side of these buildings is a church which used to be part of the Château, and which has an occasional service.
This is an “all-year-round” house, cool in summer and warm and comfortable in winter.
'Staying in Gaujac is a special experience.
The countryside is spectacular, with rolling hills and fields, harvests and haystacks, and far horizons and beautiful sunsets.
The stone Chateau is quietly majestic, yet providing a feeling of homeliness and groundedness.
The bees, the fruit trees, the gentle flowers and lavender, the dignified oak trees, the occasional church bells, the cows in the nearby farm, the haystacks, bring a wonderful feeling of lazy days and at one with nature, away from it all, and reminding you the cycle and wonder of life. You forget the time of day, and immerse yourself in the warmth and splendour of this magical place.
A short stay at Gaujac is truly an experience of escape and restfulness, retreat for the mind and body.'
Jocelyn Chu, Hong Kong, June 2019
'We had such a lovely time here.The house is magnificent and decorated wonderfully in a French colonial, Chinoiserie style, there are almost too many beautiful rooms to choose from when hiding from the heat of the day. The grounds too are expansive and well maintained. The views over the valley at sunset are enough alone to bring us back. There was plenty for the kids to explore aswell - ours were especially taken with the several ponds and their massive goldfish - and lots of space for them to play. Luckily this gave us loads of time to relax in the pool in peace!
Booking went incredibly smoothly, and everyone was very helpful and attentive when we had any questions. I highly recommend this lovely home. looking forward to returning soon! A truely stunning spot.'
Victoria Griffiths, Guildford.
'A beautiful property. We really enjoyed our holiday. Its very spacious with large rooms and high ceilings keeping it nice and cool in the heat. The bedrooms are very well done and the beds particularly comfortable. There is a big kitchen with everything you could need and lovely outside seating which is great for the evening meals. It has a fantastic pool and garden, a great place to relax away the afternoon. A fond memory is sitting on the bench at the back of the property (which faces the rolling French hills) and watching the sunset while drinking a sundowner, make sure you do it too! All in all I couldnt recommend it enough. Thank you to our hosts for letting us stay in such a beautiful home, we will be sure to return'.
Hugo Parry, Bexhill.
What a spectacular place! We stayed for a week at Chateau de Gaujac this summer and we were so sad to leave. The house is quite grand but still cosy, with big bedrooms and bathrooms suitable for everyone with lots of communal areas inside and out. The house is surrounded by rolling hills, hay bales and sunflower fields. Opening our bedroom windows onto these views every morning was glorious!
I totally fell in love with the orchard which has lots of fruit trees - the fig tree being the biggest one I have ever seen with delicious figs!! I had to bring some back home with me!
We spent our days playing in the pool, reading in the hammocks or playing table tennis. We also ventured into the local town Simorre where they had live music and we sat in the square drinking and eating with the locals. After a busy summer it was nice to escape to such a tranquil space and recharge the batteries. We had such a brilliant holiday and will definitely be going back. Thank you so much!
Jade Neville, London.
Behind the blue shutters I immediately felt at home surrounded by a beautiful personal collection of art, furniture, textiles and ceramics. The house is cool in the summer the garden is filled with butterflies and smells of roses and lemon trees.
Placed in the quiet landscape of Gaujac and surrounded by heavenly views of rolling hills, Chateau de Gaujac is an artists delight. Next to the house is a tiny church, across the the road is a fruit garden full of figs. A magical spot at the back of the house gives time to absorb the stillness and watch the sun set.
Visiting local food markets, walking in fields of sunflowers and listening to live music in the magical square of the local town of Simorre are some of the wonders that take place in in this peaceful corner of the world.
Camilla Eastwood, Haywards Heath.
A holiday in Gaujac is a magical one. The house itself is stunning, spacious and grand, yet comfortable at the same time. The rest of the grounds are a dream, gardens, fields, orchards, and of course a large pool area. Ther's so much variety and expanse that at times you can feel on your own planet. And all of this is set within the most stunning of surroundings.
I've been to Gaujac for a few years now, and each year it gets more beautiful. It is the perfect place to relax, explore and unwind with friends and family.
Jack Denne, Putney, London.
The Château usually sleeps 8 in 4 double Bedrooms with, in addition, an option to convert the Dining Room into a 5th Bedroom.
All rooms on both floors have high ceilings, and there are shutters on all the windows.
Double entrance doors open into the spacious Hall, off which are:
On the left:
The Music Room. With a sofa and armchair, a Bluthner baby grand piano with sheet music, a non-working fireplace, and two large east-facing windows through which streams the morning sun.
There’s an MP3 CD player, a radio and a separate record player. There are also some CDs.
The shutters on the window overlooking the piano should be kept closed whenever possible to protect the highly polished veneer of the piano.
The Sitting Room. Very large, with 2 generous-sized sofas, 2 armchairs, and a wood-burning fireplace. (There are logs beside the fireplaces in both this room and in the kitchen and a stack of logs in the nearby woodshed).
There’s a giant TV screen and a Blue Ray DVD Player.
Beyond the Sitting Room is a Utility Area with a washing machine and a dryer as well as one of the hot water tanks and the boiler.
To the right of the Hall are:
Dining Room. With a table seating 8, two long, east-facing windows, and a non-working fireplace. There’s a cupboard containing board games, packs of playing cards etc.
Off the Dining Room is the laundry room with a roller and a steam iron. At the rear of this room is a WC. There is also a water tank and the electric fuse box.
Off the Sitting Room are:
Kitchen/Breakfast & Dining Area. Air-conditioned, with a large central island, separating the Kitchen from the Breakfast/Dining Area and, above it, racks for pots and pans.
The Kitchen has a Siemens induction cooker with 5 hobs, 2 Miele ovens, a Nespresso machine, a large toaster, microwave oven, weighing scales, a large fridge/freezer with ice-maker, a dishwasher, and sink.
Breakfast/Dining Area. With a table seating 8, an open, wood-burning fireplace, a long north-facing window, and a door leading to the Terrace.
Wide stairs ascend from the Hall to a spacious Landing with a sofa and French windows.
All the Bedrooms are of generous dimensions, and have fans and hair-dryers.
To the right of the Landing are:
Bedroom 1. The Master Bedroom. Air-conditioned, with a 6-foot double bed, an armchair, a non-working fireplace, and 2 long, east-facing windows. There’s plenty of cupboard space in all the Bedrooms.
Ensuite Bathroom 1. With a bath, a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins, and a W.C.
Bedroom 2. A 6-foot double bed, 2 sofas and a west-facing window.
Ensuite Bathroom 2. With a bath and a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins, a W.C. , and a west-facing window.
To the left of the Landing are:
Bedroom 3. With a 5’6” double bed which can be converted into 2 single beds, a sofa, and a non-working fireplace.
Ensuite Bathroom 3. With a bath and a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins, windows facing north and east, and a W.C.
Bedroom 4. With a 6-foot double bed which can be converted into 2 single beds. A non-working fireplace, and 2 long, north-facing windows.
Ensuite Bathroom 4. With a bath, a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins and a west-facing window.
Garden & Grounds
On the sheltered Terrace outside the Kitchen door is a rectangular dining table seating 8. With 2 large parasols, a door leading to the garden, and steps ascending to the First Floor of the “Dépendance” (the Annexe). Further steps descend to the Swimming Pool area.
The splendid, filtered, salt-water Swimming Pool has Roman steps at both ends. It’s 39 feet by 26 feet, and ranging from 3 feet to 8 feet in depth. The Pool area is gated, and the gate can be kept shut and locked. (The salt-water content helps to keep the pool clean and to protect the eyes – it’s about the strength of human tears).
Beautifully framing the pool are trees, flowering shrubs and lawns, and along one side is the 2 - storey “Dépendance” (Annexe), on the Ground Floor of which are stored the sun beds and ancillary equipment, whilst above is a generous-sized Sitting Room with massive sofas and armchairs.
Thirdly, the Dépendance has a large room with a table tennis table, net, bats and balls. This First Floor is a great place to relax and for children to let off steam.
There are 8 sunbeds, a number of tables and chairs, and a large parasol.
Behind the house is a west-facing garden with a hammock. Lawns and trees of many varieties and shrubs descend to the wood at the far end of the property. The views of the countryside are magnificent.
On the other side of the little-used road at the front of the Château is a second garden – east-facing. At one end is a large ‘boules’ court which, whilst owned by the village of Gaujac (and seldom used by its residents), is available to the tenants. The ‘boules’ are kept in the Château.
A gate leads via a pergola to further lawns and trees, including a croquet lawn. These descend to a large open lawn which can be used to play football. There are wonderful views to the east, and a fine view of The Pyrénnées to the south.
There are several ponds in the garden and grounds. Parents are therefore advised to keep a strict eye on their children.
There is a portable, charcoal-fired barbecue.
“Château de Gaujac” is 6 miles from Lombez and 7 miles from Samatan (both in the same direction), and 6 miles from Saramon. All 3 have good shopping facilities including supermarket, a petrol station, restaurants and bars. Recommended restaurants in the vicinity are La Table d’Olivier, Bouche à Oreille, and Château de Barbet. Other suggestions are in the House Information Folder.
Toulouse’s airport (Blagnac) is 40 miles. The nearest entry to the A 64 Autoroute is at Muret (34 miles).
The nearest TGV station is at Auch (20 miles).
Pets are not allowed.
There are 4 double bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and a W.C.
In addition, 2 extra guests can be accommodated in single beds by converting the Dining Room into a 5th Bedroom. (There’s a W.C. beyond it).
Alternatively, a single bed could be added to Bedrooms 3 and/or 4.
A baby cot with bedding and a high chair are provided.
A welcome pack is provided for tenants on arrival.
Bed Linen, plus bath and pool towels for each guest are provided free of charge, and will be changed on a weekly basis.
“Chateau de Gaujac” has WiFi/Broadband internet access, plus telephones in Bedroom 1 and in the Hall. The WiFi code can be found in the House Information Folder.
The owner’s insurance policy requires that the burglar alarm is set when all tenants leave the property at any time. Before doing so, all windows and outside doors must be closed, as well as the door leading to the Laundry Room. Instructions for operating the alarm are in the House Information Folder. If leaving the property for a night or more, all shutters also need to be closed.
The cleaner is employed by the owner for 3 hours per day on 2 weekdays. Any extra cleaning hours should be arranged directly with her, and will be charged at Euros 11 per hour.
As long as sufficient notice is given, a cook and/or a baby sitter can probably be arranged.
Maintenance of the garden and grounds and the swimming pool is the owner’s responsibility.
Things to See & Do near Château de Gaujac
House Information Folder: There is acomprehensive House 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 and services. Further details of all matters referred to on this website are available in The House Information Folder.
There are many English language books throughout the house, as well as packs of playing cards and board games.
The beauty and variety of the surrounding countryside make it a photographer's and a painter’s heaven.
Auch, the capital of the Gers, is well worth a visit, for its stunning cathedral and excellent market (Thursdays and Saturdays). Toulouse has many art galleries, museums, world-class opera and music, as well as top-quality shops and restaurants. It’s also renowned for its Space Museum, plus fascinating tours of the nearby Airbus factory.
Ski-ing in the Pyrénées is 2-hours' drive, Biarritz and its beaches are 2 to 3 hours’ drive.
There are a number of “brocantes” (bric-a-brac shops) and “vide greniers” (attic sales) in the vicinity especially during the summer months.
There are several golf courses in the area. The nearest is at “Château de Barbet” (9 holes), about 5 kms drive. Full details are on their website: www.golf-barbet.com Tel: 05 62 61 96 61.
There are 10 tennis courts in Samatan. www.tcsave.com Tel: 06 61 81 23 21.
There are riding school at Samatan, offering individual and group lessons. www.les-ecuries-massiot.fr Tel: 05 62 62 55 04.
There’s kayaking and canoeing on several local rivers.
There are tourist offices in Lombez, Samatan and L’Osle-en-Dodon where much useful information can be found.
The best local market, taking place on Mondays, is in Samatan. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays there’s a market in Auch. On Tuesdays there is a market in Masseubes. On Fridays there's a lovely (small) market in Simorre, whilst on Saturdays there’s one in L’Isle-en-Dodon and Lombez, and on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings there’s a charming small market in Gimont.
Bicycles can be hired from Valanciel Club in Samatan. The bicycles, with electric assistance if required, are rented @ Euros 18 per hour for half a day, Euros 25 for a full day, and with special rates for longer rentals. Tel: 05 62 62 36 64.
There’s a monastery/nunnery at Boulaur near Saramon which has beautiful sung services on a regular basis.
During the summer there are high quality music festivals in the locality. Details are to be found in the Tourist Offices. Marciac has a world-famous jazz festival at the end of July/early August. Mirande has a renowned country and western festival. The restaurant Bouche à Orielle in Simorre has regular jazz and rock evenings.
The stunning town of Lectoure has thermal baths, and a museum describing the history of wode, which made Toulouse’s fortune. Here also is the Château of the Counts of Armagnac.
The Abbaye de Flaran has ‘son et lumière’. Vic-Fezensac has « Corridas » where the bulls are not killed, plus a salsa festival.
There are marvellous walks all around the property, some indicated by signs. There are maps in the house.
Rents & Terms
2022 Rents & Terms
|8 tenants or fewer per week||or 9 or 10 tenants per week|
|July and August||£4,740||£5,100|
|June & September||£3,560||£3,800|
|May & October||£2,400||£2,540|
|Christmas & New Year||£3,500||£3,700|
All other months are negotiable.
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will begin and end on Saturday, and will be for a minimum of one week. Tenants should arrive between 4pm and 5pm on the commencement day, and leave no later than 10 am on the agreed day of departure. They will be met on arrival by Bryony who will show them around.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £750 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking, and will cover the cost of (a) telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. This Deposit will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the tenancy’s conclusion.
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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