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Heaven for children
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Near Mielan, Gers (old Gascony), Midi-Pyrenees,


  One-off feature  
  Once home to the `Master of the village`, this large yet perfectly proportioned house has been lovingly restored with little touches everywhere to surprise and delight. And on top of that your experienced hosts will provide 20 hours of reliable childcare as part of the package. What parent could say no to that?  
  Property Info  
  Accommodation Type: House / Villa  
  Property Setting: Village / Rural  
  Holiday Type: Relaxing / Family  
  Bedrooms: 4  
  Guests: 8  
  Catering: self-catering  
  General Info  
  This classic stone "maison de maître" built in 1838 has been restored to a high standard and boasts wonderful panoramic views towards the Pyrénées. It is 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. This is a truly unique concept!  
  Details on the area surrounding the property/accommodation  
  Mirande (17km) is a lively little town with a traditional market on Mondays and a selection of cafés and restaurants. Mirande also has a waterpark with aqua slides. The 13th Century cathedral at Auch (40km) is well worth discovering, as are the many attractive villages of Gers. There are three 18 hole golf courses within 50km and the nearest one is 20 minutes away. Horse riding is available at nearby (20 minutes). There is a good outdoor tree top adventure park near Pavie (40km). White water rafting is available in the Pyrenees and is great fun for all the larger family members. There is a "centre of well being" 10 minutes away offering a wide range of relaxing treatments. Sports massages are also available at the house so no need to leave the comfort and tranquility of "Artagnan"  
  Getting there & away/local amenities  
  Getting There: Nearest airports are Lourdes/Tarbes, Pau, Toulouse and Biarritz. Or if coming from the UK you can come by car using Eurotunnel or ferries. Detailed directions will be given on booking.  
  Nearest airports: Lourdes 45km/Pau 73km/Toulouse 111km  
  Car Hire: Advised  
  Nearest restaurant: 8.5km  
  Nearest shop: 8.5km  
  Nearest market: 8.5km  
  More info Enquiry info
  Name Tim Coleman
  Contact Phone No. UK 07813 775914 / 00 33 (0)5 62670526
  Accommodation details
  Activities Nearby Birdwatching / Courses Available / Cycling / Fishing / Golf within 30km / Horse Riding / Therapies / Walking  
  Interior Facilities Cot / Highchair / Dishwasher / DVD player / Internet Access / Linen provided / Log Fire / Maid Service / Television / Washing Machine  
  Interior Details The interior has been tastefully restored and comfortably furnished with a mixture of antiques and local rustic pieces. Many original features have been retained - stone arches and walls, wooden floors and beams. On the ground floor are a TV/play room with a beautiful arched window, an adults sitting room (with Wi fi, printer, phone/fax) a Gascon fireplace, a very well-equipped kitchen/dining room (with many cook books), a laundry room and a separate WC. An eclectic selection of CDs and DVDs are provided. Also on the ground floor with its own door into the courtyard is a double bedroom (brass bed) with en suite bathroom with a separate shower unit and a WC ideal for grandparents, friends or nanny. The first floor has a double bedroom with an en suite bathroom and a dressing room, a twin bedroom (beds can be put together to make a double), a twin bedroom with two large single "lits bateaux", and a bathroom with a WC.  
  Exterior Facilities Balcony / BBQ / Courtyard / Garden / Parking / Swimming Pool / Terrace  
  Exterior Details The property is set in 2 acres of fenced off grounds which extend into fields offering wide open spaces and peaceful surroundings in lovely countryside. 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. There is a fenced-off fish pond and an old well secured for the protection of children. Guests are encouraged to help themselves from the herb and veggie patch. The garden and grounds are totally fenced-off as well as the pool area. The heated pool is also fitted with a security alarm. In the courtyard you will find a dining table with umbrella (seating for 9), Webber gas and charcoal BBqs', table tennis, boules, basket ball, a small trampoline, one of 2 sand pits, a paddling pool, sit on tractors and digger, tricycles and go karts. Assortrd kids bikes (for up to 10/11 year olds) some with stabilisers and 2 adult bikes w  
  Further Details 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 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. From a safety perspective the swings, slide and sandpit (under the shade of an oak tree) are entirely separate from the fenced off pool area. Inside there is a wide range of toys from baby toys to videos and DVDs. The Gers and Pyrénées regions border each other and offer equally beautiful scenery of rolling green wooded hills, rivers, valleys with golden yellow sunflowers and maize with shimmering views of a lake or the snow capped Pyrénées, in the distance. Buzzards and kites soar overhead on the warm thermals. Situated on the same latitude as Nice with lovely warm summers but without the hoardes of people and traffic congestion. Enjoy the quiet uncrowded roads of this sparsely populated farming area, and breathe in some of the cleanest air in Europe.  
  Conditions of
Sleeps 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.  
  Other Information Babysitting available / Child Friendly / Cook available  
  What visitors have said about Artagnan
We have had a BRILLIANT week! Your thoughtfulness, attention to detail, warm welcome and consideration of all our needs combined with a beautiful home in a gorgeous location have meant we have felt happy and relaxed and return to the UK very refreshed. Thank you for your kindness and energy with all our 4 children they’ve Loved it and we felt totally happy leaving them with you. THANK YOU
Lance, Clare, Ella (2 ) and Harrison (9 months) /J,  Jun 2014 

Finally a holiday with children that’s actually a rest. Seriously – you have cracked the code far better than we ever imagined: From your amazing hospitality to Tim’s unique ability to get “Sausage” to wear a hat - its been perfect – thank you.
John, Onnagh and Sirkka,  Jun 2014 

This place is just as good as you might hope from reading the other reviews, in fact it took us a while to believe that it wasn't too good to be true. Overall Experience Rating: 100%
Paul, Wendy, Frank (4) and Oliver (2),  Jun 2014 

Thank you so much for the lovely time we had at Artagnan. We all had such an amazing holiday yet again - it really does have everything we need to unwind, switch off and have fun - even more so with your incredible child care. Thank you again for a terrific time we had an absolutely wonderful holiday. Thank you again for all of your help and hospitality, it was so relaxing and we just had a brilliant time
Andy, Catherine, Daisy (4) and Alice (2),  May 2014 

“This was our second time at Artagnan and we all absolutely loved it, as we knew we would. We were all made to feel so welcome and Razia, Tim and the children couldn't have been kinder or more thoughtful. The extra childcare that is now available (which our girls LOVED!) meant that my husband and I had a real break. Bliss. We will be back for a 3rd time as soon as we can!”
Catherine,  May 2014 

Comment by the guest to the agent: The service and attention to detail by the owner was exceptional and probably the best I have ever seen. Guest comment to owner: Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for a great holiday. Your level of commitment to ensuring we had a great holiday, attention to small details and effort you put into making our holiday a success was exceptional and was greatly appreciated by us.
Giles, Amelia, Matthew & Josh Heeger,  South Africa 

Glad we came back !! Another lovely family holiday. Perfect! Thank you.
James. Petra, Jessica & Toby Venton,  Kent 

We have just returned from Artagnan having had what can only be described as the perfect family holiday. The setting is Idyllic. The standard of the property is suberb and enhanced by Tim & Razia's eye for quality and detail, which is applied to everything in the house, including the toys (we suspect their children have a hand with these!) We have three children and finding the right setting can be a challenge by far. The house is full of everything you would ever need to cater for young children - from sterilisers, high chairs,toys and bikes. Everything. However what set this trip apart was the hospitality of the Coleman family. Prior to our arrival they were a source of great advice and whilst we were there they went to great lengths to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Arrival shopping, babysitting, culinary advice all included. And their wonderful children were equally as welcoming and helpful. A fantastic holiday.
David, Rachel, Ruby, Oliver and Jem Prasher,  Twickenham 

Just wanted to say what a fantastic time we had satying in this wonderful house. It exceeded all our expectations and everything has been catered for down to the finest details. If Carlsberg did holiday homes, this would be it! The making of the week was the welcome of the entire Coleman family allowing the grown ups to have more relaxing than we could ever have imagined. Many thanks.
Jacqueline, Ross, Amelia & Fergus MacEacharn,  Twickenham 

What a fantastic holiday! The best and by far the most relaxing one since the birth of our son. The house and surroundings are very well equipped and very safe. It is also extremely clean, convenient and of very good quality (I already miss The White Company towels). Our son was thrilled by all the toys around and loved playing with George, Eva and Louis. The heated swimming pool is also fantastic and very much appreciated having a 10 month old daughter. Razia, Tim, Louis, Eva and George made us feel like friends of the family. They spared no efforts to make our stay enjoyable (the welcome pack alone is something to remember). Razia kindly babysat our children twice while we were there and we felt extremely confident about it as she definitely has a special sense with children. We cannot recommend this place highly enough. Thank you again to the Coleman's family for its kindness and generosity.
Isabelle,Jan,Ronan & Charlotte de Laat-Leuenberger,  London 

Shhhhhh - we shall tell people about this wonderful holiday but not too many as we want to return !! Thank you again for such a wonderful holiday.
James, Michelle, Oliver and Theo Hone,  Yorkshire 

When you are in need of quality family time Artagnan is the place to be ! A beautiful setting with EVERYTHING you need for 2 small children. We will not need a holiday to get over this holiday but we will need to book again. Last but not least the Coleman family – a huge thank you. Your warmth and hospitality has made our holiday and we are very sad to be leaving.
Sean, Gemma, Aaran and Euan Lamont,  UK 

Our fourth family holiday at Artagnan and it just keeps getting better ! We have enjoyed a perfect holiday of relaxation (goodness knows how with all the activities we tried – swimming, visiting/feeding chickens, swings, observing lizards, table tennis, golf, market visits, riding, cycling, BBQs’ wine tasting) should be exhausting but it is not due to all the facilities, your generous and warm welcome, sounds of birds and frogs, fragrant flowers by the pool, star gazing etc. Surprise ... we will be back !
Catriona, Albert and Sarah Fleming and friends,  UK 

Our ideal dream holiday. Fantastic house, hosts, location – everything. We loved it.
Lucy, Nik, Jessica & Megan,  UK 

Your child care idea is fantastic. We think 20 hours is perfect – it doesn’t put ridiculous pressure on you and gives parents lots of flexibility to have time off during the week.
James and Clare 

Another fantastic holiday at Artagnan. The kids have adored the garden and the pool and we will all be very sad to leave. Tim and Razia you know just how to make a holiday feel like a holiday with two small children. You really do think of every detail and it is appreciated.
Gemma and Sean Lamont with boys Aaran and Euan 

Another very special stay at Artagnan. There is nowhere else like this! Stunning Gers countryside, amazing choice of local activities, great local produce, a beautiful house but what makes it unique is the Coleman family and their wonderful children.
Siobhan, Gavin, Milo and Zac 

Our favourite holiday place in the world. So glad we came back and already planning our next visit. The house, setting and facilities are only bettered by the unbeatable Coleman hospitality.
The Prasher Family 

Thank you so much for all your kindness. We had a lovely time and Sam loved all the toys, tractors and pool. You have created a special place and worked hard to keep it so lovely. It wouldn’t be such a wonderful place though if it weren’t for the wonderful family who are lucky enough to call Artagnan home.
Don, Linda and Sam Howell 

Another fantastic stay but a week just doesn’t seem long enough. Thank you so much for your hospitality and thanks to the kids for spending so much time entertaining our children. We really wouldn’t change anything. Wonderful.
The MacEachan Family 

Hi Tim - Artagnan seems a distant slice of paradise now we've been back at work! Many thanks to Razia, yourself and the children for such a perfect break.
Fiona & Jim 

The Coleman family are extremely generous hosts, who are all too happy to help with every last detail of your stay. The property is beautiful, with a tranquil garden, pool, and large play area framed - when the weather is right - by the Pyrenees in the distance. The kids club is a real highlight, both for the children and their parents! The pace of life in the area is slow and it would be difficult not to relax.
Sally & Tom, Mike & Anna & children 

Thank you for a wonderful week. The Children had a fantastic time playing and exploring both inside and out. A real highlight was the time spent with Razia, Eva, Tim and George playing, dancing, baking – a toddlers dream! Marvellous hospitality, a beautiful setting, great food, sunshine, a perfect holiday.
Family Mullins 

A relaxing and restful holiday spent with my family. This is a wonderful place for families. The Coleman family must be the most welcoming on the planet.
Thea Barclay 

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