We Suggest: family villa in the Midi-Pyrenees
4 Bedroom House / Villa in France, Midi-Pyrenees, Near Mielan, Gers (old Gascony)
This large yet perfectly proportioned house has been lovingly restored with little touches everywhere – and your experienced hosts will provide 20 hours of reliable childcare as part of the package. What parent could say no to that?
The property is set in 2 acres of fenced off grounds which extend into fields, so there’s masses of space. There is a vast grassy expanse in front of the house, ideal for children to play in, and a covered paved terrace by the heated swimming pool (8m x 3.5m) with Roman steps which is surrounded by grass and a high hedge. Guests are even encouraged to help themselves from the herb and veggie patch!
The owners occupy a detached converted barn next to the main house – they have a separate entrance and do not have access to the pool. All your beds will be made up with “The White Company” bed linen as well as the cots so upon arrival all you have to do is make yourself at home.
On the large flat grassy area there is a picnic bench and goal posts, balls of all shapes and sizes, a badminton/volleyball net, various swings, a slide and a sandpit with buckets and spades. On the flat courtyard area is a basketball net, table tennis table, boules, toddler pusher, sit-on pedal digger, bike with stabilisers, kids bikes up to 10/11 years, helmets and 2 adult bikes both with a detachable child seat.
Situated 8.5km from the nearest small town with its shops and services, a market every Tuesday, supermarkets and tennis courts. Artagnan is situated in old Gascony where the modern world seems to have passed it by and now the owners are offering something truly special – up to 20 hours of flexible childcare throughout the week. All you need to do is work out what you need and then you can relax and have some time off while the little ones bake cakes, do art, learn basic French, play with beads and Play-doh, enjoy outdoor games, explore nature, feed chickens and sheep and generally be entertained by fun and educational activities. The house is exceptionally well-equipped and child-friendly and the owners are experienced parents and child-minders who really want you to enjoy your holiday.
Artagnan leeps 8 including babies (maximum 6 adults). Weekly rates from Saturday to Saturday. All prices in £ sterling. The White Company bed linen, pool towels, bath towels, hand towels, tea towels, bath mats, soap, anti mosquito plug ins, cleaning products, local phone calls, electricity, gas, water, swimming pool/garden maintenance and cleaning on departure. We are more than happy to shop for any food or baby items you may require prior to your arrival. We will need 1 weeks notice for this free service and you only pay for your additional goods. There is a lovely local lady (highly recommended) who can cook and deliver delicious home cooked meals in advance or during your stay (vegetarian & gluten free menus available). Babysitting included.
Prices start at £2750 a week, and you can see more images and book Artagnan through the always-amazing One Off Places.