“Set in glorious Gascony countryside, this hippy-deluxe 4-bedroom farmhouse offers a pool and bucolic gardens”
The 4 first-floor bedrooms (4 doubles, 3 of which can be twins) continue the house’s shabby-chic style and are large, filled with grand items of furniture - antique beds, armoires and chandeliers - and have fantastic views wherever you look. Voile curtains billow at the windows and old-fashioned shutters keep things cool and dark at night.
There are 2 large bathrooms, one of which is an ensuite (to Tournalet) and the other is accessed from the main landing. Both have claw-footed tubs, wooden floors and rattan recliners. Tiled, walk-in power showers and double vanity areas give a contemporary edge.
One of the bedrooms (Tournalet) is reached by walking through another bedroom (Tresbos), so these 2 rooms work best for a family, with the ensuite making a sizeable family bathroom. We think the house would be best for 4-6 adults plus assorted children, but the unusual layout might feel a bit cramped if you booked it out at capacity (8 adults).
The farmhouse has 3 dining areas: an indoor dining room, the open-fronted barn with long oak table and firepit, and the garden’s café-style tables, chairs and barbecue.
The kitchen is well set up and has a good selection of utensils, crockery and glassware. There's also a large fridge/freezer, coffee machine, microwave, gas hob and dishwasher.
i-escape guests will receive a generous welcome hamper including bread, cheese, milk, ham, and wine, and the cupboards have staples (washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, dried herbs and stock cubes)
In Trie sur Baïse (4km), there is a good supermarket, a bakery, fruit and veg shop and a farmers' market on Tuesday mornings.
Nearby Ferme Auberge du Lac (2km) serves rustic French food, all of which is produced at the farm. We loved the duck breast salad, foie gras and Ile Flotant. You can order by phone for gourmet takeaway.
Additionally, a local chef can come to the house to cook for you - anything from simple stove-top meals to 5-course dinners.
The farmhouse is an exceptionally child-friendly place and we consider it ideal for a large family or for a group of families holidaying together. There's a full range of equipment for babies and toddlers as well as plenty for older children to do in the vicinity.
It's one of our very best houses for holidaying with other families, too. We especially liked the bikes to borrow and the store room full of trikes, ride-on tractors and outdoor games.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Three of the 4 bedrooms can be made up as twins. Tresbos and Tournalet are inter-connecting with an adjoining bathroom which makes a good set-up for a family. Shutters mean that the rooms stay dark and cool.
Babysitting is available by arrangement in advance with an English-speaking babysitter
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The farmhouse is self catering and the kitchen is equipped with a steriliser, microwave and blender. There are 2 high chairs and a small (indoor/outdoor) children's table for nippers, too
There are alarm bracelets for pool safety. The alarm will go off if the bracelets are submerged in water. The nearest shop for nappies etc is 5 minutes away.