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Chateau de Mazeres

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
7 guests
1 night minimum
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The Site Built in 1876, it is the principal property of the Hamlet of Mazères, known locally as the 'The Château'. It was the principle employer of the village inhabitants prior to World War II. Originally the property had about 300 hectares and was mainly devoted to wine growing. Today the site is 1.5 hectares, situated just next to the medieval church Saint Jean Baptiste. It is rumoured that the house was built upon an old Priory dating back to the The Knights Templers Saint Jean de Jérusalem, with three mills under its supervision. Sadly we have not been able to verify the story as yet, but no smoke without fire… The main house Passing through a gated arched entrance building, you enter the vast courtyard surrounded by beautiful outbuildings. On the north side lies the main hou...The Site Built in 1876, it is the principal property of the Hamlet of Mazères, known locally as the 'The Château'. It was the principle employer of the village inhabitants prior to World War II. Originally the property had about 300 hectares and was mainly devoted to wine growing. Today the site is 1.5 hectares, situated just next to the medieval church Saint Jean Baptiste. It is rumoured that the house was built upon an old Priory dating back to the The Knights Templers Saint Jean de Jérusalem, with three mills under its supervision. Sadly we have not been able to verify the story as yet, but no smoke without fire… The main house Passing through a gated arched entrance building, you enter the vast courtyard surrounded by beautiful outbuildings. On the north side lies the main house, where we live, a completely renovated Maison de Maître, with its big lawn leading to the swimming pool. The Gîte The building on the west side of the courtyard, turning left after the gated arched entrance, houses the Gîte. It is the old Guardian's apartment, fully renovated and expanded, on two floors. The Gîte has been tastefully refurbished, modernized with a mix of ultra modern and traditional. The Terrace Some 12 x 5 meters, has table and chairs for 12, sun loungers, awning and charcoal barbecue (bag of charcoal is supplied) Big arched glass doors connect you to different rooms on ground floor. Why choose Mazères? Lying almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian Line, Mazères is a hamlet of some 15 inhabited houses with a most unusual and magnificent fortified church - Saint Jean Baptiste de Mazères - classified as a Historical Monument. During the first part of the 12th century, the sections above the entrance and the chevet inside the church were carved by some of the best sculptors of the time who had already worked on the Saint Semin Basilica in Toulouse, the Abbey in Saint Sever in the Landes, and in Spain. An excursion in either of these directions could be worth while. The church also boasts its own stone sarcophagus with the the relics of Saint Liberata. This young saint, virgin and martyr was decapitated in the woods near by in the fifth century, as was her sister Quitterie who is being worshipped today in Aire sur L’Adour. You will find numerous towers, fortifications, bastides and roman churches along the pilgrim route Saint Jacques de Compostelle passing us only 15 km away, in Maubourguet. Major routes lie nearby, leading us to shrines in Spain and the Pyrenees including the more recent site of Lourdes. This area suffered much conflict over the centuries and today adds fascination and imagery to ones' visit. Worth having a look at are châteaux like the one of Montaner, the donjon of Termes d’Armagnac and we must not forget that we are in the Gascony area, where d’Artagnan, a musketeer with great panache, was born. The Wines and the Châteaux Madiran is the local wine which has become famous not only for the penetration into the world arena but also by science, now known as the 'The French Paradox'. In France they used the 1999 census data to identify unusual patterns of ageing in France and found that there are significantly more men aged over 75 in the Midi-Pyrenees in Southwest France where the population traditionally drink their local Madiran wines daily. In the beautiful rolling hills of what is sometimes called “Little Tuscany” you can meander from domain to domain and enjoy the wine tasting. Only minutes away from the gîte lie the vineyards of Château Montus and the Cave with its magnificent interior. We are also in the Bas-Armagnac district with the chais’ walls darkened by the evaporation of the Armagnac - The angels’ share Events and Country Markets There are usually a variety of events ongoing (Jazz, Salsa, Country & Western and Wine Festivals, Horse Trails, Motor Racing, Bull Fighting, Cultural Events), especially in the summer. There are markets in the area on all days except Sunday and Mondays, selling local and artisan produce. We are in the region of duck in all its culinary versions, foie gras, magret, cuisses confites…. In the summer this region has a great variety of events. Festivals: Enjoy the Country and Western in Mirande, the Tempo Latino festival in Vic-Fezensac in late July, or the well-known Jazz festival in Marciac the first half of August Activities The property lies in the valley with breathtaking views of the High Pyrenees Mountain range to the South, only hours by car to the center of the mountains with its variety of wildlife, walks and skiing. The possibilities are endless. The area is criss-crossed with pathways, tracks and chemins, giving access to fields, vineyards, streams, rivers, lakes, woods and forests. With plenty of wildlife you can often come across deer, boar, local coypu (a large river rodent similar to an otter), plenty of different bird varieties (this area is on one of the major migration routes). Whether you explore by car, foot or bicycle, play golf (nearby Golf Courses), fishing, microlite, enjoy a variety or restaurants - the prospects of enjoyment are limitless. The region offers a host of possibilities only limited by your imagination. Sports of many varieties exist including fishing and salmon fishing, tennis, golf, shooting club, hunting, mountain biking, walking, canoeing, horse riding, microlite etc. More
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Else S
Languages spoken:Norwegian, English, French
Response Rate:86%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:February 2012
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

We were looking for a relaxed week, sunbathing and just soaking up the sunshine in the beautiful French countryside. And boy, we were not disappointed! Richard and Else have thought of everything you could possibly need/want in the incredibly spacious, spotlessly clean, gite. Although we...More

Date of stay: September 2018
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Else S, VR Owner at Chateau de Mazeres, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2018

A most charming couple and we enjoyed their stay immensely. We would highly recommend them to any gite owner as they were not only respectful of the property but clearly enjoyed France and what it has to offer. Not much one can add when one...More

Reviewed January 17, 2018

a wedding in the family nearby , we spent 3 days with our children , grandchildren, beautiful installed . Pretty room for everyone , fully equipped kitchen , very comfortable living room. Hough out to meet our wishes : games for children , umbrellas, ice...More

Date of stay: December 2017
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Else S, VR Owner at Chateau de Mazeres, responded to this reviewResponded September 27, 2018

A most charming family and we enjoyed their stay immensely. Recommended for any other gite owners

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Reviewed October 4, 2017

This summer we spent two weeks with our sons (15 and 21) in the charming , spacious and well equipped gite of Richard and Else Stein in Mazères (just opposite Madiran). The Stein family (including Charlie!) are extremely hospitable. We were invited to a try-out...More

Date of stay: August 2017
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Else S, VR Owner at Chateau de Mazeres, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2017

The Family Bakker were certainly a joy to have and they made the most out of our area and amenities. They would always be welcome back anytime and it would be to our pleasure.

Reviewed December 16, 2015

We stayed in the gite for 3 days, and we regretted that we couldn't stay longer. Just looking at the map the place could seem a bit lonely, but instead it was the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Lovely scenery and lovely hosts who...More

Date of stay: October 2015
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Else S, VR Owner at Chateau de Mazeres, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2015

Thanks you for your nice comments, it was great to host you and your friends. Warmest regards Richard & Else

Reviewed November 16, 2015

We were a group of 5 staying in the Gite at this wonderful place. Everything worked well, the rooms were very nice, the spacious garden was amazing, the swimming pool and the peaceful surrondings likewise. In the mornings the cock woke us up, just charming....More

Date of stay: October 2015
Thank Helle A
Else S, VR Owner at Chateau de Mazeres, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2015

Thanks you Helle and gang, great to have had you visiting and welcome back anytime. Regards Richard and Else

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Safe
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Hairdryer
TV
Shared Yard
Rural/Countryside Retreats
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Trampoline
Internet Access
Toaster
Stove
Grill
Fishing Nearby
Hot Tub
Game Room
Central Heating
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Balcony
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Fireplace
Additional amenities & feature info
Ground Floor:Open Plan Kitchen and Dining Room The Kitchen is of a modern design and new, it includes a large Gaggenau Fridge/Freezer, Meile Double oven, Dishwasher, Espresso Machine, Induction Hob, Micro Wave, fully equipped including a full selection of Le Creuset pots and pans. Kitchen bar with bar stools, a dining room with Danish Piet Heins designed elliptical table, seating 10 (at a pinch). Big arched french windows lead onto the terrace. The Sitting Room comprises two futon settees (turning into 2 double beds), two easy chairs or more if required. Flat screen television with DVD and CD players, the fireplace has a wood fired stove. Door leads onto the terrace. Stairs to the upper floor.Shower Room, Utility Room and Toilet Downstairs there is a shower room, basin off the hallway between the sitting room and kitchen. You will find the toilet, basin and washing machine off the sitting room in the utility room next to the stairs.Partially disabled and/or elderly Access Whilst the Gîte is not specifically constructed with disabilities in mind, the downstairs sitting room has 2 Futon sofa-beds that convert into double beds. With the downstairs shower, sink and toilet, dependent upon the degree of disability, this would be a suitable option for some. Upper Floor Bedrooms Two spacious double bedrooms with double beds. Extra bed(s) and bed-linen can be supplied and there is plenty of room for one extra bed or two in each double room. One of the bedrooms is accessed via the children's room which has a double bed with bunk bed on top accommodating up to 3 children. Bathroom - Bath/shower, basin, toilet, heated towel rail, hair drier
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About the neighborhood
Lying almost exactly on the Greenwich Meridian Line, Mazères is a hamlet of some 15 inhabited houses with a most unusual and magnificent fortified church - Saint Jean Baptiste de Mazères - classified as a Historical Monument. During the first part of the 12th century, the sections above the entrance and the chevet inside the church were carved by some of the best sculptors of the time who had already worked on the Saint Semin Basilica in Toulouse, the Abbey in Saint Sever in the Landes, and in Spain. An excursion in either of these directions could be worth while. The church also boasts its own stone sarcophagus with the the relics of Saint Liberata. This young saint, virgin and martyr was decapitated in the woods near by in the fifth century, as was her sister Quitterie who is being worsh...
How to get there
We are mid way between the triangle of Biarritz, Bordeaux and Toulouse. Airports are Lourdes and Pau both 55 minutes, Biarritz, Bordeaux and Toulouse all 1.50 hours drive.
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