Miradoux, Gers

In the oldest bastide town in the Gers, a homely 18th-century village house for up to 14 friends. Drink, dine, relax.


11 beds


8 bedrooms


Sleeps 14


High walls and an unassuming front door off a quiet village lane keep this wonderfully private maison from view. Inside, the most sympathetic of renovations has preserved Miradoux House’s original mouldings, fireplaces and uneven terracotta floors, breathing life into eight large bedrooms with art and antiques collected by globe-trotting owners. Groups of families and friends can spread out with ease in the garden and splash about in the (gated) pool.Cook in the charming kitchen and imagine great dinners prepared for the first owner – a Toulousian nobleman who demanded a winter retreat. Exploratory trips through the rolling Armagnac region yield not only the domaines of the famous brandy but also some good restaurants. Eat handsomely on potager produce, sample wines from Gascony grapes – said to be the world’s healthiest – and peep at distant views of the Pyrenees. 

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We think you'll love

  • The beautiful original features in the house
  • The big family kitchen and dining space
  • Being in this remote part of south-west France
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Home truths

  • Only one of the bedrooms has a king-size bed
  • Original floors can be uneven in places
  • A minimum one-week stay year-round


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. 10% discount for a fortnight. Cots available at no extra cost. Logs provided.
Restaurants 3-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €429
Weekly price
from €3000
Damage deposit
1 House for 14
From €42911 beds8 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Fortified Miradoux is as quiet as they come: it’s not the walls that keep tourists out, it’s truly a little-known secret. Find everything a French village needs, including boules court, boulangerie, Saturday morning market and a simple auberge with a hearty Gascon menu. Drive 15 minutes on to Lectoure for restaurants and antique shops; visit Friday morning to catch the market. The Gers is one of the least-populated regions in Western Europe, so make the most of the serenity.

Local points of interest from Philip Watson

  • An elegant but friendly ‘maison de maitre’ with terracotta & wooden floors, high ceilings, sweeping oak staircase, combining convivial areas with private spaces, lined with books & artefacts, and WiFi if you need to do some work or get the British papers.
  • The kitchen is large and traditional, but equipped with all the gadgets you could need for concocting dishes from the local market produce. The house’s careful restoration won French prizes.
  • Outside there’s garden dining, poolside relaxation (the pool is surrounded by honey-coloured local Lectoure stones). Stunning views from the house & terrace over open country; watch swifts return to nest in the nearby church tower, listen to nightingales.
  • In cooler weather there are cosy fires and effective central heating for winter days, though these can sometimes be mild enough to eat outside (no guarantees!).
  • If you like cooking, eating out, relaxing in agreeable surroundings or swimming in the salt pool with visits to nearby churches like the astonishing little La Chapelle, museums and castles, and some antique-hunting thrown in, you could not do better.
  • And for the active there are the village tennis courts (free, and no need to book) and a little football pitch, or walking along the lovely country tracks (some of them part of the pilgrim route to Compostella).


Philip Watson

Philip Watson travelled all over the world during his career as a diplomat, bringing back suitcases full of treasures from the Far East – the house is packed with Chinese art and furniture. As a family the Watsons have taken great care in making it feel like a second home, not just a holiday property, and they’ve been indulging their passion for French cooking and wine here since 2007.