We are your best way to find a special holiday home to rent in Gascony - a truly beautiful, unspoilt and welcoming part of South West France. Each cottage, farmhouse, country house or Château on our list has its own individual character and charm. Gascony is great for families and groups of friends who want to relax, unwind, slow down and enjoy proper countryside, with wonderful local markets, and delicious food and wine.
These are especially health-conscious times and this is another reason why Gascony may appeal to you for your summer/autumn holiday. Gascony has been known for centuries as the land of 'Bien-Etre' ('well-being'). Gascony has a very low population density and practically no pollution; our relaxed, stress-free, healthy, open-air lifestyle and warm weather, are ideal for a healthy holiday. The Departement of 'Le Gers', which covers most of Gascony, fortunately has had one of the lowest Covid-19 infection and death rates in France.
Simply Gascony has a 'Covid Clean Commitment' (CCC). We recommend that our owners and their housekeepers/cleaners follow the advice set out in the CCC document which you will find on our FAQ page. These recommendations are based on the advice of the VRMA (Vacation Rental Management Association): www.vrma.org/page/vrhp/vrma-cleaning-guidelines-for-covid-19, cross-checked with advice in France.
From Friday 10 July, travel between England and France (in either direction) will be 'back to normal' - pre-Covid travel and entry rules will apply for all types of travel. This means that no special entry documentation will be required, including for holiday/tourist visits, and no quarantine/self-isolation in either country. While you are in France, you can travel freely without any special documentation (although you should always have with you some form of photographic ID). There will continue to be some social-distancing requirements, such as respecting the 1 metre rule in public places and wearing face masks on public transport. Most people still avoid shaking hands and public kissing. Bars, Restaurants, Shops and Markets are open again, operating social-distancing policies and one-way walking routes according to French government rules.
Within France, Gascony appeals greatly as a holiday destination because it is easy to drive here from the UK, using either a ferry or Eurotunnel to cross the Channel, and French railways are now almost back to normal service. It is about a 13 hour car journey door to door from London to Gascony using Eurotunnel. You may of course choose to fly to Toulouse or Bordeaux and these airports and the airlines using them will also operate Covid safety procedures. However, to begin with anyway, it seems to us that the safest way to travel to Gascony will be in the 'bubble' of your own car and to drive via Eurotunnel. Eurotunnel operates a social-distancing policy and recommends holiday destinations like Gascony which are good for social-distancing.
As we begin to emerge from the worst effects of the current CORONAVIRUS situation, there are still unusual risks, including the possibility of a 'second wave'. This continues to make life difficult for many people - including for those wanting to plan a holiday in 2020. However, it is now possible to travel to, and to stay safely, in Gascony. It's not too late to book a late summer holiday in Gascony!
In order to help you to make plans, we have created a special 'NO RISK' Booking Contract for 2020. This contract allows you to make a provisional booking well in advance for the Simply Gascony property of your choice, without having to pay any upfront deposit until 4 weeks before arrival. If you have to cancel your booking at any time because of official government travel restrictions and if you rebook the same or another SG property to rent during 2020 or 2021 (subject to availability), then no cancellation or other costs will be charged. You will find a copy of this Contract on our Booking Terms & Conditions page.
Our rents vary according to the Season and the number of people using a property. The rent quoted for each property is the maximum Summer High Season Rent per week with full occupancy. Rents are lower in the Rest of the Year.
27 June to 5 September, 2020
26 June to 4 September, 2021
Gascony is best known for its glorious Summer Season in July and August. There are very many festivals and village parties, markets are bigger and everyone is on holiday. All our properties are available in Summer.
Rest of the Year:
Outside the Summer Season, Gascony is quieter but still full of charm and there is lots to do. In May, June, September and October the weather is often lovely but a bit cooler than in high Summer. Many of our properties are available during the rest of the year, and have wood fires and central heating. Christmas/New Year are great fun here and you have the extra option of wonderful skiing in the Pyrenees.
Four of our properties are also currently available to hire for weddings or larger events.
These are: The Village (sleeps 80), Chateau de Poudenas (sleeps 40), Chateau Puissentut (sleeps 26), Chateau Pélat (sleeps 12). These properties are also very suitable for large private parties and family celebrations.
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The Village is the remains of a C13 fortified hilltop village and chateau. Now privately owned, the whole has been sympathetically restored to create a scattering of 14 very attractive houses and cottages, together with other buildings, grouped around cobbled streets, open spaces and pretty gardens, and all within the ancient perimeter wall.
These properties are for rent through Simply Gascony, individually or several together, for parties between 2 and 40 people - or you can rent the whole village from us for 80 people! The Village is pedestrian only and because it is also sometimes used for Events, a wide range of services can be available on request - including 'Breakfast in a Basket', delivered to your door!
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Simply Gascony has arranged for this Bed and Breakfast accommodation to be available for clients who want somewhere to stay while looking at properties to rent or buy in Gascony... two double bedrooms and two shower rooms, private garden, lovely countryside, 1 hour Toulouse airport...