Casteyre is a marvellous dream of a property.
Situated on the pinnacle of a hill and surrounded by the happy sounds of ducks, chickens, donkeys and a veritable bevy of domesticated farm animals, it is a little paradise, an escape from the realities of 21st Century life. Looking out to the south whilst relaxing beside the huge heated salt water pool one is presented with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Pyrenees.
The independent gite can accommodate eight to ten in four luxury bedrooms, all with extremely comfortable en-suite bathrooms, and the whole place is decorated and furnished with paintings and furniture that would not look out of place in a Mayfair gallery. This really is a magical place.
Set in 10 acres of beautiful parkland, Casteyre is situated on the ancient pilgrims' Compostella route deep in the heart of the unspoilt and tranquil Gers countryside. This is a particularly picturesque part of the province of Gascony, a land steeped in history, rich in mystical emotion and known for its superb light and good living.
Casteyre itself dates back to 1700, and originally comprised three sheep folds or 'bergeries', with the original ‘mas’ (farmhouse) close by, all in the traditional Gascon style.
Thanks to its charming and clever conversion, it now retains its authentic original character together with all the comforts and conveniences of modern living.
The property has been delightfully and lovingly transformed into two independent living areas: the east wing is a spacious sun-filled four bedroom holiday home all on ground level (of about 250 m2). Converted with no expense spared, and featuring superb interior decoration throughout, this marvellous holiday home is sunny and very spacious, with outstanding views across the surrounding countryside from a multitude of windows and french doors.
This is a house of surprises, it sprawls on one level with many hidden well designed terraces and private gardens. Thanks to extremely high standards employed in the restoration, the rooms stay cool in summer but are warm and cosy in the winter thanks to an efficient under-floor heating system and a charming wood-burning stove. The whole place is light-filled with high ceilings, exposed beams with thick walls built from the local honey coloured stone offset with traditional shutters. Beautifully restored old tile floors are strewn with antique rugs, and the luxury furnishings are sumptuous and colourful. High quality paintings and antique furniture adorn each room. The west wing is discretely occupied by the owner and her mother who are available upon request for help, advice, babysitting and cooking.
The brand new salt water swimming pool is heated and protected by a safety alarm. It is very large at 12m x 6m and if you have small children or elderly relatives there is an attached 4m x 4m paddling pool. The pool faces south and is surrounded by a spacious timber sun deck. It has superb views over the stunning Gers countryside with the Pyrenees forming a majestic backdrop on the clearest days. Night lights and sun shades adorn the deck and there is a BBQ for cooking the famous local magret de canard.
The beautiful gardens are maintained with loving care and feature a multitude of mature trees and shrubs surrounded by well-stocked borders. These can be enjoyed from a variety of terraces, all furnished with comfortable furniture, and offering opportunities to enjoy the full heat of the sun or relax under the green canopy of ancient trees. If your tastes extend to the classic game of ‘boules’, there is a custom-built boules pitch with floodlights to allow you to continue playing into the small hours. There are also a variety of outdoor games available, including table tennis. Casteyre is a happy blend of true homeliness and sophisticated charm.
Home of d’Artagnan, the Gers is the second least populated department in France, with lush fertile countryside fed by springs from the Pyrenees. The landscape is considered to be the Tuscany of France. It is very rural with gently undulating hills and its feudal past is still visible in the many chateaux dotting the hills and valleys. Indeed on March 21st 2015 This is an area that has been considered of value to generations of occupiers: The Romans left a multitude of Roman ruins and roads. Indeed, the closest major town to Casteyre is Lectoure, which still boasts its Roman baths. The French and English fought the Hundred Years war here, and as a result there are a plethora of interesting and beautiful fortified towns and villages to visit, one of the most beautiful being Fourcés, a round bastide town dominated by its medieval chateau.
The Gers has a wonderful festival atmosphere too. In the summertime there are festivals and fetes almost every day, from the local festival of garlic, to snail races, salsa music (Tempo Latino,) jazz, (Jazz in Marciac.) There are craft and plant fairs and every town and village boasts its own local summer fete with feasting and dancing. Yet at the same time, the countryside is so sparsely inhabited it is quite easy to drive on the smaller roads for an hour without seeing another vehicle.
There are farmers markets selling local produce every day in the surrounding towns and villages: The local nectar of the gods, armagnac and floc, duck breast aplenty, (there are 28 ducks per inhabitant in the Gers.) foie gras, duck confit, garlic, regional cheeses, the famous perfumed melons of Lectoure, prunes from Agen, ‘croustade’ Gersois, and a huge variety of vegetables straight from the local soil.
There are many many wonderful restaurants and brasseries, serving a huge variety of delicious local produce.
Casteyre is situated on a private hilltop between two sun-blessed valleys, and boasts stunning 360 degree panoramic views over the surrounding Gers countryside… rolling vales, vineyards, woods, tiny stone farms and medieval villages, sunflower and corn fields and the majestic Pyrenees. It is a haven of peace and tranquility, with spellbinding landscapes and gentle light, inspirational for artists, walkers, nature lovers and bon-viveurs alike. Turning off a country lane, a 400 metre driveway leads to the main gates of the house, and your little piece of paradise begins.
A rustic oak front door leads straight into the east wing of the villa through a large hallway, and then continues into the airy and spacious open-plan living area with original oak beams and honey coloured stone walls. There are comfortable sofas and arm- chairs, and a dining area which easily seats 8 people, equipped with satellite television, DVD player, HiFi, Wifi, and games chest. Large French doors lead onto a canopied private courtyard terrace full of pots and flowers, where breakfast can be taken in hot weather. Another door leads straight to a bright, airy and modern well-equipped kitchen. This is furnished with a large fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, oven and electric hob, microwave, and all other equipment... top quality throughout.
The four comfortable bedrooms, (which all have independent outside access,) are extravagantly furnished and all have en-suite bathrooms with French doors leading to individual terraces. The Green Bedroom has twin beds and opens onto the communal terrace. The Red Bedroom has a traditional country-style French double bed and opens onto its own terrace. This room is also furnished with a fold down double bed in the event that you would like your children to share one room as a dormitory. The Gold Bedroom has a queen size bed, and also has French doors sharing a terrace with the blue bedroom. The Blue Bedroom has a double brass bed. Two high quality camp beds or a comfortable double sofa-bed are available. As well as separate entrances, all bedrooms have luxury en-suite bathrooms (with power showers). There is also an extra cloakroom in the hallway.
Whilst not reaching EU standards for disabled users, both the Gold and the Red bedrooms are suitable for use by guests in wheelchairs. There are wooden ramps available for the few small steps in the property and we have a mobility scooter and other equipment available for disabled guests. The swimming pool has been built with disabled access.
Casteyre is surrounded by animals and wildlife. There are chickens and ducks (your children will be made welcome and will be able to collect eggs for your breakfast directly from underneath the chickens.) There are a multitude of donkeys, all very friendly and eager to be petted. There are goats, pigs, dachshunds, cats aplenty. Geese, guinea fowl, and even Shetland ponies.
A set of linen and towels is provided per letting. Should you require a change of linen more frequently during your holiday.
A welcome goodies basket will be provided on your arrival. This will include wine, fruit juices, bread, milk and coffee etc. If you require any other shopping before your arrival please contact the owner in good time.
This is a house of surprises, it sprawls on one level with many hidden well designed terraces and private gardens.Booking Form