LUXURY 12th CENTURY, MEDIEVAL VILLAGE HOUSE WITH HEATED, PRIVATE POOL (Sleeps 2-8 people + baby)
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!!
Le Paradis has a good ambience and feels like a home. The "welcome pack" was good and the roses and perrier water in the bedrooms was a nice touch.
It is lovely to see the deer on the edge of the woods, watch the stars and spot the wildlife in the pond.
The weather was great and we have had some lovely trips - on foot, by bike and by car - around the Gers region.
The pool area is particularly nice and we played "badminton" in the garden area and volley ball in the pool.
The local degustation at St Pé Encapette with Jean Paul is delightful and the wine particularly the Moëlleux and the "Champagne" are lovely. Jean Paul himself is a character and a very nice host ... but dont turn up at lunchtime! .....
Alicia from Decatur
Stayed Jul 2012
Perfect for a relaxed family vacation. The pool area and the view from the porch are amazing. The house is comfortable but the room layout could be better explained (three bedrooms sharing one bath on the upper floor). A peaceful village with easy access to many area opportunities like cooking class, hiking, riding, markets, and boating. Great local restaurants. The owners were very helpful in getting us connected for cooking class and riding. The were helpful on arrival without being omnipresent. It will be a vacation our family will always treasure.
Terry from London
Stayed Jun 2012
One of the most beautiful little villages in the Gers, with enchanting chateau, stunning views and immaculate house.
Charming, comfortable house with all mod cons.
Eric from Montreal
Stayed Jul 2011
We were very happy to reside in a very clean and well maintainted house.
Eric from Montreal
Stayed Jul 2011
Le Paradis is like being in a hotel, but with all the freedom of our own house. Everything you need is provided, the organisation is perfect!...Thank you Ian, Margaret and Fiona!
........PS: The welcome pack was much appreciated!
Elizabeth from Sidmouth
Stayed Jul 2011
Very comfortable, beautifully furnished, luxurious. Views from every window. A unique house and village.
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Stayed 16 Sep 2010
We stayed at Le Paradis for three weeks this year and have booked for three weeks next year.
Le Paradis, Lavardens, is an experience, one not to be missed. The website lists the amenities very well, the only addition I can make is to emphasise the very high quality of everything that is there. It can’t describe, however, the quality of life there.
It is set in a tiny three street village and is a joy from morning to night from when you get warm greetings from villagers as you stroll along to the tiny shop for your morning baguette until you sit out on a balcony at ten o’clock at night with a fruiting fig tree at your feet and not hear a man-made sound in the silky warm air, but be able to hear the frogs from the pool and the owls in the copses. I have never really seen the Milky Way so it was delightful to see it from here
Here you can stroll along lush country lanes for an hour seeing hardly anyone or any traffic and enjoy the gorgeous countryside and its beautiful views. Or just sit in the sun on the balcony with its own lovely views with a glass or two of wine, some fromage and a baguette. Swim in your own large, heated swimming pool with glorious natural stone tiled surroundings, beautifully fitted changing chalet, fridge and huge gas barbecue (it all has to be seen to be appreciated) and then stroll over to the gravel patch for an hilarious game of boules – that is after you have spent a leisurely hour looking at the tree frogs, water frogs (these climb the stone walls looking for insects in the crevices) in the natural pool surrounded by bamboo and pear and fig trees.
If you tire of eating at home, and it does feel like home, there are very nice restaurants within easy driving reach with a range of menus from the more formal, but not necessarily more expensive, to the more informal routiers. These are great fun there is no choice, you eat what you are given, all perfectly good, and drink the house wine and are my favourites as you mix with the locals. I could go on and on and it would all be good and full of superlatives but I am sure you get my drift by now.
A spell there of three weeks is good but, if that is not practical, two weeks will do or even one just as long as you go there because if you do it won’t be the last time.
Stayed 26 May 2007
Spent a wonderful week in Lavardens. Le Paradis is beautifully furnished with lots of space and the balcony is a great suntrap. The swimming pool area, complete with barbeque and fridge!, is superb. Great local walks, a Chateau and places of interest for a day out. Local knowledge provided by the owners invaluable!
Perfect. Lovely hot sunny weather, even in April.
House is beautiful and village very friendly. Really appreciated the amenities for our baby, we didn’t need to bring anything!
Iain & Cloe, from Yorkshire
A truly beautiful place to stay. Very restful, perfect for a family holiday. The pool, grassed area, barbeque area and pond are all super!
The villa is wonderful, full of character, the photographs on the website don’t do it justice!.....Shirley from West Yorkshire
Our stay @ 'Le Paradis' was wonderful...The heated pool was great!...The house was finished to a very high standard!!...We have booked again for next year!!!...Jim from North London
Review...Extract from 'THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY' 17 Sept ག Holidays with children by Katie Holland......'HEY MUM, LET'S GET A TAN AT HALF-TERM'... "Last year, the October half term was a washout - we were flooded out of our place in Ireland and spent the entire time in wellies. Stanley even slept in his. Of course, it was a great adventure for the kids, they loved all that mud and rain and want to do it all over again!...I'm told the weather in Gascony in October is still typically warm and sunny. I've got my eye on Le Paradis, a luxury 12th century village house with private swimming pool and plenty of space for the children to run about in"....
Our stay in 'Le Paradis' has been hugely enjoyable. A beautifully restored and furnished house in this lovely village.
All the extra touches have made a real difference - the towels for the pool, the very generous welcome pack, the flowers, note pads and pens.
We didnt use the poolhouse barbecue but it looked very impressive. Lovely pool and very comfortable sun loungers. We missed the shop and bar/basserie due to their annual weekly holiday but had two delicious meals at the Chateau restaurant.
The neighbours and people in the village were very friendly. Beautiful Church and of course, the Chateau is not to be missed.
A lovely week....Cathy and Stephen, Oxenhope, West Yorkshire
We had a wonderful holiday at 'Le Paradis', having two restaurants in the village, we did not need the car and just relaxed by the pool all week.....We will be back.....Bill and Mavis...Harrogate