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Country farmhouse with pool and summer kitchen, Sleeps 13+

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Front of the Farmhouse and Gite
Pool house with Garden Kitchen, fully fitted with Plancha Grill, 2 fridges; shower and WC.
Bedroom No.3 (Petit Chapeaux) 1 Double and a 3/4 Victorian Iron Bedstead
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Overview
5 bedrooms
6 bathrooms
14 guests
7 nights minimum
Farmhouse
Au Balenti is an extremely spacious country Farmhouse with private grounds and pool. Perfect for large families and friends to holiday together or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Set within several acres of gardens surrounded by the owners fields, yet situated within a peaceful rural village setting. Antique furniture, inglenook fireplaces and floor to ceiling wine barrels (unfortunately empty) are just part of what makes Au Balenti that little bit special. Enter the house through the double front doorway into a wide hallway. Immediate left leads into the large sunny yellow Breakfast room where there is a sofa & armchairs by the large inglenook fireplace. Table & chairs to sit 8+ Opposite the kitchen is the living room with Sofas, Sky TV, coffee tables & fireplace. Straight ahead...Au Balenti is an extremely spacious country Farmhouse with private grounds and pool. Perfect for large families and friends to holiday together or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Set within several acres of gardens surrounded by the owners fields, yet situated within a peaceful rural village setting. Antique furniture, inglenook fireplaces and floor to ceiling wine barrels (unfortunately empty) are just part of what makes Au Balenti that little bit special. Enter the house through the double front doorway into a wide hallway. Immediate left leads into the large sunny yellow Breakfast room where there is a sofa & armchairs by the large inglenook fireplace. Table & chairs to sit 8+ Opposite the kitchen is the living room with Sofas, Sky TV, coffee tables & fireplace. Straight ahead at the end of the hallway is the wide winding oak staircase leading to the first floor. The games room is found to the right of the stairs with Table tennis & Darts. On the left is the Billiard room with table & large inglenook fireplace. There is also a downstairs WC just off this room. Leading on from the Billiard room through the open archway straight into the Bar with the two huge wine barrels (unfortunately empty) Bar, stools and Arabic cushions lends this area to be perfect for either having a drink between shots or having a shot of your own. The door from the bar leads through to the fully fitted kitchen & the utility room is just to the right. The doorway from the kitchen leads back into the breakfast room completing the downstairs loop. FIRST FLOOR. Has 5 bedrooms & Living room/Snug. Top of the stairs, again a long hallway of beautiful polished floorboards with a large window at the end looking over the courtyard. Starting at this end, is the Green room with Kingsize bed, built in wardrobe dressing table & ensuite bathroom with shower toilet & washbasin. Directly opposite the Green room is the Blue room again with a kingsize bed, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers & dressing table. Again ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet & washbasin. Both of these rooms have beautiful views of the gardens & swimming pool area. Down the hallway towards the stairs on the right is the 'Petit Chapeaux' which derives its name from the many antique children's hats displayed on the wall. This light airy room has two original Victorian Iron bedsteads. One double & one 3/4 size bed, wardrobe & dressing table. Ensuite bathroom with shower, toilet & washbasin. Directly opposite is the family room with two double beds, wardrobe, additional hanging rail and chest of drawers. The adjoining ‘Jack and Jill’ style ensuite comes with shower, large bath, toilet and washbasin. This bathroom is shared by a connecting door to the Kids bedroom which is a delightful room with brightly coloured wall images, two single beds, two chest of drawers, hanging rail, various books and toys. From this bedroom leads into the kids playroom/living room/Snug where there are sofas, rugs coffee table, TV/Video/DVD, desk printer and stereo. There are baskets of toys and games in the wooden trunk and a large selection of videos in the Futon drawer. Finally, a second flight of stairs takes you back down into the kitchen. Now for a glass of wine!!! The property and area caters for all ages and lends itself perfectly for a relaxing holiday, especially now with the established 5* village Restaurant & Bar selling fresh daily bread, organic food, fine wine and produce from local producers - there is no need to go anywhere else.... Set within several acres of farmland the garden is well tended with Orchard, children's play area & a large natural fish pond. The 10m x 5m pool has a magnificent view of the Pyrenees & the surrounding valley. The pool has been designed with children in mind, equipped with an alarm system, in accordance with French regulations. The 6ft wide steps lead down into water of approx 2ft depth, where there is a 16ft long submerged bench, 1ft underwater. (ideal for young children - or a drink) The depth gradually deepens to a max of 6ft in the middle to then shallow out to 4ft at the opposite end. The Pool House lends itself as an idyllic place to relax & have your meals, take some shade in between refreshing dips or to just unwind & watch the sunset while sipping on a glass of the locally produced wine. It is equipped with a fully fitted summer kitchen, Plancha, fridge, changing room, shower & toilet. There are various activities around the property to include Boulle/petanque, Badminton and table football. Bicycles are also available should you feel like exploring the surrounding countryside. Also available, a charming rustic one bedroon Gite, tastefully restored with every attention to detail retaining the original stone walls and exposed beams, adjoining the main property available to rent at an additional cost. (Note, the property is private for guests sole use. (we do not rent the Gite to other parties when the main house is occupied). More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
We really hope you enjoy your stay and feel like this is a home from home. You will have found the house in a clean and tidy condition when you arrived. Please ensure it is in the same condition when you leave. One well behaved dog is welcome at an additional £25 for a week or more to cover extra cleaning costs. Pets must not sleep on the furniture and remain in the downstairs of the property. NO DOGS ALLOWED IN THE SWIMMING POOL as their claws may puncture the pool liner!
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Half bath, 4 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Sally K
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:December 2006
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Reviewed November 27, 2019

Honestly one of the best places I've ever stayed! Such an incredible location and the scenery is to die for. The house it's self is so nice inside and out, very unique and beautiful. I would recommend this place to apsalutely everyone. I will be...More

Date of stay: September 2019
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

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Date of stay: July 2018
A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

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Date of stay: August 2018
Sally K, VR Owner at Country farmhouse with pool and summer kitchen, Sleeps 13+, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

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Date of stay: August 2016
Sally K, VR Owner at Country farmhouse with pool and summer kitchen, Sleeps 13+, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2016

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Reviewed August 8, 2016

This is an absolute gem of a house, located in very pretty and peaceful village, it is far away from the main tourist destinations. There is no need to travel far for entertainment, the house is very well equipped with pool table, table tennis, croquet...More

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank Emilie-Sasha
Management response:Responded August 9, 2016

Thank you very much for your review.

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Reviewed July 24, 2016

This is our second visit to this beautiful house, we stayed here for two weeks in June 2014 and back again for a week in July 2016 with a big group of friends. The house has been sympathetically restored and is full of lovey things,...More

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank HareMoon
Management response:Responded July 25, 2016

Thank you for your review, it's always lovely to welcome back returning guests.

Reviewed October 23, 2015

4 different families and one papa had a great holiday at Au Balenti. There was never a shortage of things to do whether the weather was good or bad and inside or out. The 8 year old girls loved cycling round the countryside (bicycles from...More

Date of stay: July 2015
1  Thank Milkycat30
Management response:Responded November 8, 2015

Really pleased to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed the local restaurant/Bar in the village as we always do!

Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had a wonderful week here with extended family (children 6 and 8 and 2 grandparents). There was plenty of space indoors and out and we initially were going to have been joined by 2 other grandparents and there would have been plenty of space...More

Date of stay: August 2015
1  Thank ERR2207
Reviewed January 11, 2015

A lovely house and grounds making it an ideal holiday location. Peaceful with wonderful views and all in our party thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The house is comfortable and the owner has obviously gone to great lengths to ensure that every possible need has been thought...More

Date of stay: July 2014
2  Thank Lynne F
skisoldeu, VR Owner at Country farmhouse with pool and summer kitchen, Sleeps 13+, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2015

Really pleased you enjoyed your holiday and hope to welcome you back soon.

Reviewed January 8, 2015

The setting is superb and the surrounding area beautiful that has much to recommend.   The facilities and house were very well equipped, we found it clean and the beds comfortable. Really appreciated the Pool table and Ping pong inside the house to occupy our party...More

Date of stay: September 2014
2  Thank Kathryn M
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Grill
Blender
Books
Central Heating
Suitable For Children Under 5
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Game Room
Garage
Hairdryer
Highchair
Internet Access
Iron
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Mountain Views
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Ping Pong Table
Playground
Pool Table
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Safe
Cable/satellite TV
Stereo System
Cooker
Swingset
Telephone
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
VCR
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighbourhood
In a tranquil setting, on the edge of the small village of Lascazeres, Au Balenti lies in the heart of the historic region of Gascony. At the crossroads of the Haute Pyrenees and Les Gers: France's secret garden, with its gently rolling landscape and fields overflowing with sunflowers, maize and vineyards. Gascony's appeal is the generous amount of sunshine, warm summers with long evenings and sublime weather stretching well into November. It is truly a gourmet's paradise, deservedly famous for its foie gras, confit and magrets. Fresh produce from the local farms are freely available at the weekly markets in Plaisance du Gers, Vic en Bigorre and Maubourguet.
Getting around
The most convenient way to see the local sights would be by car otherwise, guests are welcome to use any of the various bikes provided.
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