Le Paradis, South West France
Located at the heart of the medieval hilltop village of Lavardens, this well-appointed house dating back to the 12th century enjoys wonderful views. Lavardens is a small listed village of 114 inhabitants with a general store, a restaurant, a bar/brasserie, and a military-style château which features frequent exhibitions - ALL JUST 50 METRES FROM THE HOUSE !!! There are also several working artisans studios adding to the pleasant atmosphere of the village.
At Castera Verduzan (9km) there are tennis courts, bike hire, horse riding, a leisure lake with a beach where one can, swim, fish and wind-surf. A thermal spa and casino can also be found here. The area enjoys many village fêtes and night markets in the summer, with day markets in most of the villages and towns nearby. The beautiful town of Auch with its impressive cathedral and very good restaurants is just 20km away. There are 18 hole golf courses in Auch (20km), Eauze (41km) and Fleurance (15km).
A large entrance hall with exposed stone walls and terracotta tiled floors opens onto a spacious well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, a living room with an original Napoleon I fireplace and a less formal sitting room which leads onto a large balcony with wonderful views over the garden, gently rolling countryside. Also on the ground floor is a double bedroom with a private balcony and en suite shower room with wc.
An impressive original stone staircase leads up to the first floor which contains a large mezzanine with a sofa, a separate wc, one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms (one twin has zip/linkable beds) of which two have views of open countryside and one of the village Château. There is also a large family bathroom with both bath and a separate shower.
The house is located on the street leading up to the Château. The self-contained, enclosed garden of 1300sqm which has panoramic views and mature trees for additional shade, is accessed via a small lane. The garden is spacious and contains a fenced pond with a pontoon (also fenced). The 10 x 4 m PRIVATE, HEATED salt water swimming POOL with roman steps and an adjacent shower is surrounded by a spacious sunbathing patio with comfortable loungers, next to which is a large covered terrace (11m x 5m) containing a changing room, sink, fridge, dining area and a big barbeque!
In 2015, for music lovers we have the world renowned, COUNTRY and WESTERN FESTIVAL in Mirande (13-17 July) and JAZZ in MARCIAC (01-17 August)
A generous welcome pack is provided.
Pool towels are provided.
4 bikes are available (2 adult and 2 children)
CHANGEOVER DAY....SATURDAY IN JULY & AUGUST....Flexible at other times!!