Château de Gaujac

Gaujac, Lombez, Gers, Gascony, South West France

The beautiful 18th century “Château de Gaujac” is on the edge of the tiny village of Gaujac, and is in the Gers, the département to the west of Toulouse and part of the historic region of Gascony. This is very much an agricultural département, and is particularly unspoilt, well known for its foie gras, Armagnac and its relaxed life style. Because of its rolling, picturesque countryside, it’s often called “Little Tuscany” (‘La Petite Toscane’)

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Overview

Sleeps: 8 to 10 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

4  double bedrooms – all ensuite.

A single bed can be added to either one or two double bedrooms.

More information on the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Rent per week

£2840 to £5740 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Detailed break down of  price per week

Key features

Located in the Gers, Gascony

Swimming Pool

Extensive gardens and grounds

Superb local food and markets

Local music festivals through the summer months

Skiing in the Pyrénées

Testimonials

"We absolutely loved our time at Chateau de Gaujac. It was so peaceful and unspoilt. The Chateau is really well equipped and the swimming pool is one of the best private pools I have seen. Bryony, Alex and Nathalie could not have been more helpful or friendly. The wildlife was also obliging and abundant! Watching the sunset in the company of red squirrels, roe deer, barn owls and myriad bats was a real treat. Chateau de Gaujac is very special! Jack at Anglo Properties was a pleasure to deal with. He made the booking process completely straight forward and was very responsive and helpful"

Harry Chichester, London, England

"Staying in Gaujac is a special experience. The countryside is spectacular, with rolling hills and fields, harvests and haystacks, and far horizons and beautiful sunsets. The stone Chateau is quietly majestic, yet providing a feeling of homeliness and groundedness. The bees, the fruit trees, the gentle flowers and lavender, the dignified oak trees, the occasional church bells, the cows in the nearby farm, the haystacks, bring a wonderful feeling of lazy days and at one with nature, away from it all, and reminding you the cycle and wonder of life. You forget the time of day, and immerse yourself in the warmth and splendour of this magical place. A short stay at Gaujac is truly an experience of escape and restfulness, retreat for the mind and body. "

Jocelyn Chu, Hong Kong, June 2019

"We had such a lovely time here.The house is magnificent and decorated wonderfully in a French colonial, Chinoiserie style, there are almost too many beautiful rooms to choose from when hiding from the heat of the day. The grounds too are expansive and well maintained. The views over the valley at sunset are enough alone to bring us back. There was plenty for the kids to explore aswell - ours were especially taken with the several ponds and their massive goldfish - and lots of space for them to play. Luckily this gave us loads of time to relax in the pool in peace! Booking went incredibly smoothly, and everyone was very helpful and attentive when we had any questions. I highly recommend this lovely home. looking forward to returning soon! A truely stunning spot."

Victoria Griffiths, Guildford

"A beautiful property. We really enjoyed our holiday. Its very spacious with large rooms and high ceilings keeping it nice and cool in the heat. The bedrooms are very well done and the beds particularly comfortable. There is a big kitchen with everything you could need and lovely outside seating which is great for the evening meals. It has a fantastic pool and garden, a great place to relax away the afternoon. A fond memory is sitting on the bench at the back of the property (which faces the rolling French hills) and watching the sunset while drinking a sundowner, make sure you do it too! All in all I couldnt recommend it enough. Thank you to our hosts for letting us stay in such a beautiful home, we will be sure to return"

Hugo Parry, Bexhill

"What a spectacular place! We stayed for a week at Chateau de Gaujac this summer and we were so sad to leave. The house is quite grand but still cosy, with big bedrooms and bathrooms suitable for everyone with lots of communal areas inside and out. The house is surrounded by rolling hills, hay bales and sunflower fields. Opening our bedroom windows onto these views every morning was glorious! I totally fell in love with the orchard which has lots of fruit trees - the fig tree being the biggest one I have ever seen with delicious figs!! I had to bring some back home with me! We spent our days playing in the pool, reading in the hammocks or playing table tennis. We also ventured into the local town Simorre where they had live music and we sat in the square drinking and eating with the locals. After a busy summer it was nice to escape to such a tranquil space and recharge the batteries. We had such a brilliant holiday and will definitely be going back. Thank you so much!"

Jade Neville, London

"Behind the blue shutters I immediately felt at home surrounded by a beautiful personal collection of art, furniture, textiles and ceramics. The house is cool in the summer the garden is filled with butterflies and smells of roses and lemon trees. Placed in the quiet landscape of Gaujac and surrounded by heavenly views of rolling hills, Chateau de Gaujac is an artists delight. Next to the house is a tiny church, across the the road is a fruit garden full of figs. A magical spot at the back of the house gives time to absorb the stillness and watch the sun set. Visiting local food markets, walking in fields of sunflowers and listening to live music in the magical square of the local town of Simorre are some of the wonders that take place in in this peaceful corner of the world."

Camilla Eastwood, Haywards Heath

"A holiday in Gaujac is a magical one. The house itself is stunning, spacious and grand, yet comfortable at the same time. The rest of the grounds are a dream, gardens, fields, orchards, and of course a large pool area. Ther's so much variety and expanse that at times you can feel on your own planet. And all of this is set within the most stunning of surroundings. I've been to Gaujac for a few years now, and each year it gets more beautiful. It is the perfect place to relax, explore and unwind with friends and family"

Jack Denne, Putney, London

The House and Accommodation

The Music Room. With a sofa and armchair, a Bluthner baby grand piano with sheet music, a non-working fireplace, and two large east-facing windows through which streams the morning sun. The shutters on the window overlooking the piano should be kept closed whenever possible to protect the highly polished veneer of the piano.

The Sitting Room.  Very large, with 2 generous-sized sofas, 2 armchairs, and a wood-burning fireplace. (There are logs beside the fireplaces in both this room and in the kitchen and a stack of logs in the nearby woodshed).

Dining Room.  With a table seating 8, two long, east-facing windows, and a non-working fireplace. There’s a cupboard containing board games, packs of playing cards etc.

Kitchen/Breakfast & Dining Area: Air-conditioned, with a large central island, separating the kitchen area from the breakfast / dining area and, above it, racks for pots and pans. The kitchen has a Siemens induction cooker with 5 hobs, 2 Miele ovens, a Nespresso machine, a large toaster, microwave oven, weighing scales, a large fridge/freezer with ice-maker, a dishwasher, and sink. Breakfast/Dining Area has a table seating 8, an open, wood-burning fireplace, a long north-facing window, and a door leading to the Terrace.

Bedrooms & bathrooms

Bedroom 1. The Master Bedroom

Air-conditioned, with a 6-foot double bed, an armchair, a non-working fireplace, and 2 long, east-facing windows. It has its own ensuite bathroom with a bath, a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins, and a W.C.

Bedroom 2

A 6-foot double bed, 2 sofas and a west-facing window. It has an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins, a W.C. , and a west-facing window.

Bedroom 3

With a 5’6” double bed which can be converted into 2 single beds, a sofa, and a non-working fireplace. It has an ensuite bathroom,  with a bath and a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins, windows facing north and east, and a W.C.

Bedroom 4

With a 6-foot double bed which can be converted into 2 single beds. A non-working fireplace, and 2 long, north-facing windows. It has an ensuite bathroom,  with a bath, a hand-held shower, 2 washbasins and a west-facing window.

NB: all bedrooms have electric fans and hairdryers and plenty or cupboard space.

Garden and Grounds

Behind the house is a west-facing garden with a hammock. Lawns and trees of many varieties and shrubs descend to the wood at the far end of the property. The views of the  countryside are magnificent.

On the other side of the little-used road at the front of the Château is a second garden – east-facing. At one end is a large ‘boules’ court which, whilst owned by the village of Gaujac (and seldom used by its residents), is available to the tenants. The ‘boules’ are kept in the Château.

A gate leads via a pergola to further lawns and trees, including a croquet lawn. These  descend to a large open lawn which can be used to play football. There are wonderful views to the east, and a fine view of The Pyrénnées to the south.

There are several ponds in the garden and grounds. Parents are therefore advised to keep a strict eye on their children. 

Additional buildings, terraces and eating areas

On the sheltered Terrace outside the Kitchen door is a rectangular dining table seating 8. With 2 large parasols, a door leading to the garden, and steps ascending to the First Floor of the “Dépendance”.

Beautifully framing the pool are trees, flowering shrubs and lawns, and along one side is the 2 – storey “Dépendance” on the Ground Floor of which are stored the sun beds and ancillary equipment, whilst above is a generous-sized Sitting Room with massive sofas and armchairs.

The Dépendance has a large room with a table tennis table, net, bats and balls. This First Floor is a great place to relax and for children to let off steam.

There are 8 sunbeds, a number of tables and chairs, and a large parasol.

There is a portable, charcoal-fired barbecue.

Swimming Pool

On an impressive raised terrace of its own the perfectly sited swimming pool is located just above and to the eastern end of the house. The heated and alarmed swimming pool measures 6m x 12m with Roman steps into a shallow end 1m deep and on to a deep end of 2.1m

The natural wooded hills form the natural protective boundary and shade behind the pool. Its southern side, with an infinity edge to the pool, is open to the long Mediterranean view towards Antibes and the sea. Sunloungers, deckchairs and sun umbrellas surround the pool. There is a gazebo providing additional shade and a larger terrace area forms another seating or dining area nearest to the house.

Location

“Château de Gaujac” is 6 miles from  Lombez and 7 miles from Samatan (both in the same direction), and 6 miles from Saramon. All 3 have good shopping facilities including supermarket, a petrol station, restaurants and bars. Recommended restaurants in the vicinity are La Table d’Olivier, Bouche à Oreille, and Château de Barbet. Other suggestions are in the House Information Folder.

How to get there

Airports

Toulouse’s airport (Blagnac) is 40 miles. The nearest entry to the A 64 Autoroute is at Muret (34 miles).

TGV

Auch (20 miles).

Things to see and do nearby

Photography and Art

The beauty and variety of the surrounding countryside make it a photographer’s and a painter’s heaven.

Auch

the capital of the Gers, is well worth a visit, for its stunning cathedral and excellent market (Thursdays and Saturdays). Toulouse has many art galleries, museums, world-class opera and music, as well as top-quality shops and restaurants. It’s also renowned for its Space Museum, plus  fascinating tours of the nearby Airbus factory.

Ski-ing

in the Pyrénées is 2-hours’ drive, Biarritz and its beaches are 2 to 3 hours’ drive

Brocantes

There are a number of “brocantes” (bric-a-brac shops) and “vide greniers” (attic sales) in the vicinity especially during the summer months

Golf

There are several golf courses in the area. The nearest is at “Château de Barbet” (9 holes), about 5 kms drive. Full details are on their website:  www.golf-barbet.com

Tennis

There are 10 tennis courts in Samatan.

Horse Riding

There are riding school at Samatan, offering individual and group lessons. www.les-ecuries-massiot.fr  Tel: 05 62 62 55 04

Kayaking and Canoeing

There’s kayaking and canoeing on several local rivers.

Tourist Offices

There are tourist offices in Lombez, Samatan and L’Osle-en-Dodon where much useful information can be found.

Local Markets

The best local market, taking place on Mondays, is in Samatan. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays there’s a market in Auch. On Tuesdays there is a market in Masseubes. On Fridays there’s a lovely (small) market in Simorre, whilst on Saturdays there’s one in L’Isle-en-Dodon and Lombez, and on Wednesdays and Sunday mornings there’s a charming small market in Gimont. 

Bicycle hire

Bicycles can be hired from Valanciel Club in Samatan. The bicycles, with electric assistance if required, are rented @ Euros 18 per hour for half a day, Euros 25 for a full day, and with special rates for longer rentals. Tel: 05 62 62 36 64.

Monastery / Nunnery service

There’s a monastery/nunnery at Boulaur near Saramon which has beautiful sung services on a regular basis.

Music

During the summer there are high quality music festivals in the locality. Details are to be found in the Tourist Offices. Marciac has a world-famous jazz festival at the end of July/early August. Mirande has a renowned country and western festival. The restaurant Bouche à Orielle in Simorre has regular jazz and rock evenings

Lectoure

The stunning town of Lectoure has thermal baths, and a museum describing the history of wode, which made Toulouse’s fortune. Here also is the Château of the Counts of Armagnac.

Abbeys

The Abbaye de Flaran has ‘son et lumière’. Vic-Fezensac has « Corridas » where the bulls are not killed, plus a salsa festival.

Local Walks

There are marvelous walks all around the property, some indicated by signs. There are maps in the house. 

Additional Information

Arrival welcome and departure: A welcome pack is provided for tenants on arrival.

Wifi and Broadband: “Chateau de Gaujac” has WiFi/Broadband internet access, plus telephones in Bedroom 1 and in the Hall.

Housebook: There is a comprehensive House Information Folder with details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. The folder also includes maps, brochures and contact details of local doctors, dentists, plumbers, electricians and services. Further details of all matters referred to on this website are available in The House Information Folder.

Additional entertainment: In the dining room there’s a cupboard containing board games, packs of playing cards etc. In the dependence there is table tennis table, net, bats and balls. La Boules. There are many English language books throughout the house.

Music and TV: There’s an MP3 CD player, a radio and a separate record player. There are also some CDs. There’s a giant TV screen and a Blue Ray DVD Player in the sitting room.

Services included: The cleaner is employed by the owner for 3 hours per day on 2 weekdays. 

Optional / additional services available: Any extra cleaning hours should be arranged directly with her, and will be charged at Euros 11 per hour. As long as sufficient notice is given, a cook and/or a baby sitter can probably be arranged.

Utilities: Off the Dining Room is the laundry room with a roller and a steam iron. At the rear of this room is a WC.

Children: A baby cot with bedding and a high chair are provided.

Rents
2024
8 tenants or fewer per week 9 to 10 tenants per week
July & August £5,740 £5,740
June & September £3,440 £3,650
May & October £2,840 £3010
Christmas & New Year £4,500 £4,500
Terms & conditions and the booking process

The Booking Process – A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit – A Booking and Security Deposit of £750 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking, and will cover the cost of (a) telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, and (c) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. This Deposit will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the tenancy’s conclusion.

Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive between 4pm and 5pm on the commencement day, and leave no later than 10 am on the agreed day of departure. They will be met on arrival by Bryony who will show them around.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 10 people staying in the property at any one time.

Security: The owner’s insurance policy requires that the burglar alarm is set when all tenants leave the property at any time. Before doing so, all windows and outside doors must be closed, as well as the door leading to the Laundry Room. If leaving the property for a night or more, all shutters also need to be closed.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price. 

Linen and towels: Bed Linen, plus bath and pool towels for each guest are provided free of charge, and will be changed on a weekly basis. 

Pets: No Pets

Smoking: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. 

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.

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