The HIRON is a beautiful 18th century country house in the hills of southwestern France, with 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of land, and numerous surrounding buildings. It consists of a main house with 3 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and a 'pigeon tower', with 1 bedroom and bathroom.
There are five terraces, which offer sweeping 360° views of the valley, hills, and fields, and to relax and observe the different light, depending on the moment of the day. There is even a special terrace for sunset, in the ruins of an old tower...Peace, silence, beauty.
The house is both rustic and elegant, and has been renovated with care to preserve the beauty of the original elements - old tile floors, large wood beams, crafted wood doors, 4 fireplaces...You will feel that you are part of this history, but with all modern comforts, including a 14m heated pool. Our place has a unique style - decoration, furniture and paintings are a mixture of antique and modern.
Main floor has a large living room with piano, full kitchen, and study/TV room, each with great view of the countryside and direct access to a terrace. On the first floor there are 3 bedrooms with queen beds. Each one has a private bathroom. The pigeon tower is separate - on the main floor there is a bathroom, and on the first floor a bedroom with a queen bed.
Over the past 12 years we have created very special gardens. We are fortunate to have 150 year old olive and fig trees...and depending on when you come to stay, you will enjoy our lilocks, peonies, jasmin, roses, hydrangeas, lavender, clematis, white and purple wisterias, palm and banana trees. You are welcome to pick fruit from the trees in our orchard (cherry, apricot, peach, plumb, apple, pear, fig, pomegranate).
The HIRON is situated in the Gers, which is referred to in French literature as the Tuscany of France. We are 40 min from the Agen TGV train station, 1h15min from the Toulouse airport, 2h30min from Bordeaux (wine region and the Atlantic ocean), and 5h from Barcelona.The Gers is known for the beauty of its countryside and villages, its tranquility, and art de vivre - this is the region of Armagnac and duck, notably foie gras! The house is 9km from Lectoure, a historic village famous for its 18th century cathedral and its melons! Lectoure has local food stores and a supermarket.
Activities - local food markets in Lectoure and Fleurance, visit of historic villages including Terraube, Laroque Engalin, Marsolan,Valence sur Baise, the Flaran Abbey, cloisters of La Romieu, golf, river boat trips, walks, and biking
Amenities: laundry, parking, TV, internet, housekeeper/cook (upon request)
And if you are interested, there is a hidden artist's atelier...
From the train ride between Paris and the Gers (Agen), we were taken by the wonderful scenery and warmth of the people we dealt with to rent cars, get directions etc. All were very accommodating, even though neither of us could speak much French. They seemed happy to know that we were just trying. It was a lovely drive to Lectoure and when we located the driveway, our hearts began to pound.
The long entrance to the house was beautiful, and when we approached it, our hearts were pounding even faster. Our first view was of the house, surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunflower fields. It was like a dream. When we walked into the main house, the first words out of my mouth were "good lord Janet, we have just gone back in time". It was fabulous. While we did not stay in the guest tower, called the Pigeon House, we did go there many times with a glass of wine, to capture different views. We used the swimming pool everyday many times, when not touring, and enjoyed it immensely.
The house was fabulous with its big working kitchen and fireplace, but l think that we spent most of our time on the many stone patios and decks, that capture the unbelievable views of the neighboring farms, rolling hills and sunflower fields. We had cheese and wine on the decks every afternoon, complimented by the delicious blue grapes (growing along the walkways), and fresh figs.
We cannot begin to say enough about Le Hiron that would express our true feelings and enjoyment. The little towns we visited were extremely quaint, and we were treated very nicely by the locals and restaurants. We look forward to our planned return to Le Hiron within the next year or two, and the peace and serenity we enjoyed while there. Thank you so much for introducing us to your magical place in the south of France.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.