Maison Manechal rated 5★ by tourist board

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10 vendég, 5 hálószoba, 7 ágy, 5,5 fürdőszoba
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Large country house with private pool near Marciac and its Jazz Festival.

On the edge of a small village in open countryside but not isolated. 10 min. to market towns with restaurants shops and bars. 45 min. from Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrenees Airport and 1hr 55 min. from Toulouse and Bordeaux airports.

The main house has been completely renovated to provide an elegant and spacious home, whilst retaining many period features including 5 working fireplaces.

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Double oak front doors lead into the entrance hall with a sweeping oak staircase. To the left is the library, 26 sqm with a large open fireplace. To the right is the elegant dining room 29 sqm with fireplace. To the rear of the hall, a door opens onto an inner hall, off which is the imposing entertaining room to the left and the farmhouse kitchen to the right.

The huge entertaining room 93 sqm has a large stone fireplace and is well lit by French doors to 2 sides and several windows with magnificent views across the garden and beyond.

The kitchen is divided into two parts, with the "preparation area" being separate from the cooking/ dining area. The combined space is 36 sqm. The Kitchen opens onto an outdoor dining terrace with the swimming pool beyond. There is also a large cloakroom on the ground floor with WC and washbasin.

The upper floor, which has been newly laid with poplar floorboards throughout, is the master bedroom suite 46 sqm with an ensuite bathroom of 7 sqm. This room has French doors opening onto a huge, covered balcony of 48 sqm. Bedroom 5, with its own ensuite bathroom, is directly across the balcony.

Bedroom 2 size is 28 sqm has an ensuite bathroom of 10 sqm, which is shared with a smaller bedroom of 12 sqm. Bedroom 1 size is 34m2 has an ensuite of 7m2.

Although the house is traditionally finished, it has all the comforts of modern living. The restoration work has been done in such a way that the atmosphere and patina of age have been wonderfully preserved. The traditional tomettes, which cover the floors, disguise the underfloor heating – provided by air-source heat pumps. Upstairs another air-source pump works the reversible units, which provide heat in winter and cool air in summer.

The wonderful, exposed beams in the vast roof hide the thick insulation, which helps trap the warm air within the house in winter and repel the heat of the sun in summer.

Pool (12m x 6m) Balcony Pond/Lake Woodland Parkland.

Pets welcome.

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Monfaucon, Midi-Pyrénées, Franciaország

A Walk around the Village – and a Little bit of History
Monfaucon sits on a long ridge formed by the grinding of ancient rocks as glaciers scoured their way from the Pyrenees to the sea at Bordeaux. Manechal sits half way down one side of this ridge. A walk around the village is a succession of steep climbs and descents – very good for the cardiovascular system. Turn left out of the gates and down the hill you will go past the house of Claude Laniesse, our famous potter, the only living ceramicist to have had an exhibition at Sevres Museum in Paris, whose exquisite garden has featured in many glossy magazines. If the gate is open you are free to go in and look at his exotic wares, but beware you will be tempted to buy these fabulous creations. You will, though, have to speak French. Next door is the long-serving and always helpful mayor, Roland Dubertrand, who lives in the oldest house in the village. At the cross at the bottom of the hill retrace your steps up rue de la Mongie and climb up the hill past Manechal and turn left at the little crossroads at the top. This takes you to the old heart of the village, now a shadow of its former self. The Monfauconnais – the denizens of the village of Monfaucon – have witnessed more than a bit of history over the centuries.
Continue up past the church to the very top of the ridge. This is where the old ‘citadel’ once stood. It was sacked by the Black Prince, the half-English, half-French eldest son of Edward III in the wars between England and France in the 14th century – for centuries Gascony was part of England. Turn back and pause to look at the church. In the 16th century, when Monfaucon was a protestant stronghold like so much of the region, the village was attacked by the Catholic forces and the old church razed to the ground. In between, and for more than a century afterwards, the Black Death wrought havoc, and the ‘new’ church you see in front of you was redecorated in the 1780s in a glorious swirl of baroque carving in gilt and blue as a thank you for the final cessation of the plague. It is well worth a visit and the key is held by one of the villagers. Notice the old wooden funeral bier in a corner, covered in a black velvet pall embroidered with skulls and crossbones, used to wheel the coffin to its final resting place. Open the semi-circular blue doors opposite the main door and the old font is revealed, a wonky wooden dove suspended by a wire above it.
There is a little laneway beside the church heading higher still. Go up the lane past the old presbytery and stand beside the stone cross in front of a little mortuary chapel and look over the edge of the steep escarpment in front of you. In 1814 a young English officer stood on this spot and observed the advance of the English troops through the vineyards in the plain below him in pursuit of the forces of Napoleon’s Marechal Soult (appointed a few years before to command the ‘Army of England’ post the invasion, which never happened) as the French troops were harried from Spain to their eventual final defeat at Waterloo. On good days you can see a breathtaking panorama of the mighty Pyrenees rising up from the plain, stretching to the Atlantic to your right and to the Med to your left. The vineyards in the plains have now vanished, apart from a few parcels for private consumption, to be replaced by wheat, maize and sunflowers, the vines decimated by the outbreak of disease in the late 19th century.
If you continue down the lane past the old chapel the lane disgorges into a field and at the end of a slight depression in the ground marking the old road you will spot some tumbledown stone pillars. This is the entrance to the old graveyard and the site of the old church. It is a haunting place. Amongst the overgrown trees and old box hedges which once delineated paths – there were burials here amongst the forebears of ancient families until the early 20th century – old bones and the occasional skull, dug up by foxes or badgers, lie strewn.
Returning past the church and back down the hill, the Mairie and the primary school occupy the corner site. There is a tennis court in the school grounds which can be used by villagers and their guests. As you return to Manechal you are probably struck by the lack of houses, and the disjointed nature of the village, houses strung out along a fan of roads. After centuries of war, famine and the plague, 18th and early 19th- century Monfaucon was relatively prosperous. The slaughter of the First World War depopulated the village, and that and the agricultural depression which followed it, caused the village to shrink dramatically. With no natural stone for building, except the round stones of the river beds used to such great effect in the houses of the plains and the Pyrenees, the local houses are largely built of mud blocks and once the roof is breached, the house literally melts back into the soil. The village now has only half the houses standing that existed in the 1920s.
Today it is a peaceful, friendly village, the majority farmers whose names have studded the war memorials and the village records for centuries.

Házigazda: Christiane

  1. Csatlakozás időpontja: 2011. augusztus
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I have lived in London since 1984 when I came initially for 1 year to improve my English! I had previously lived in Italy and Germany. During the start-up boom in the ‘90s, I set up and managed a specialist consultancy company in Emerging Technologies. I have been working for the English National Health Service for the past 15 years. One of my greatest pleasures is walking in the Lake District and now down the winding lanes and rolling hills of Gascony. I love skiing hence the proximity to the Pyrenees and having picnics up the mountains at any time of the year. I was a candidate in the 2020 local government elections in Monfaucon.
I have lived in London since 1984 when I came initially for 1 year to improve my English! I had previously lived in Italy and Germany. During the start-up boom in the ‘90s, I set u…

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