"Farmhouse with a private swimming pool and a huge open barn for games and entertaining. Half a mile from the nearest village, Fabas, with its municipal tennis court. The nearest town is medieval Aurignac, 10 mins drive with shops, bank and restaurants. Bedroom 1 and 2 have antique double beds, wardrobe and bedside tables. Bedroom 3 has 3 double beds, wardrobe and bedside tables (the third double is on the smaller side. It could take 2 small children).
Bathroom 1 has Bath, showerhead, basin and bidet, there is a separate wc next to bathroom 1. Bathroom 2 has Shower, basin and wc.
The kitchen has a gas cooker and hob, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave and fridge/freezer. The kitchen is very well stocked with most of the items budding chefs would expect, so please don't feel limited to barbeques every night!
The lounge has a wood burner, sofabed, armchairs and dining table. CD, TV/VCR, ipod dock, DVD and numerous tapes/DVDs for kids and adults. Numerous novels available. The antique dresser stores a number of traditional family games.
There is a tumble dryer available for the less sunny months! We've also supplied a number of electric fans for the bedrooms when necessary. Towels and linen included; a 'self service' change of linen is available for rentals of more than a week. The price includes a welcome pack, end of stay laundry and surface cleaning.
Toulouse and Pau airports, both served by mainstream and low cost carriers, are about an hour's drive. A car is essential, however the airports are well served by major car hire firms. These can be cheaply booked via internet brokers.
Driving from the UK is surprisingly painless. It's about 600 miles from Boulogne, but given the excellent autoroutes this can be comfortably done in 11 hours with breaks. Speedferries currently do the cheapest crossing; reliable and around 50 mins from Dover.
Although the house is firmly in the countryside, it's not too far away from civilisation! Kids can be kids without upsetting anyone, yet decent restaurants, entertainment and shopping are nearby. The joy about this area is that you can be as busy or quiet as you wish. There's a host of activities on our doorstep such as riding, walking, and bird watching (some friends noted that they'd never seen so many birds of prey before), and within a short drive you can experience parascending, white water rafting, skiing and more challenging mountain hikes. For children, we've found a number of activity parks (Pyrenees Ho! and Trecap to name but two) that can comfortably take a day to enjoy. The French seem to have these organised particularly well, with friendly staff who keep a sensible eye on safety whilst allowing the kids to fully enjoy the adventure. Fishermen will appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the 28 different species lurking in Lake Fabas, just behind the house. This is a very tranquil spot, and from our experience not fished extensively. There's more fishing just up the road in St Frajou. A neighbour's friend, a former professional fisherman, has bought expensive tackle to leave in France for use on these lakes, so there's clearly some decent fish down there!