Château de Balarin
Web Ref: 3816
From £ 3,600 per week
Of Note...An Exquisite French Château!
At a glance
- Sleeps 8
- 4 Double Bedrooms
- 4 Bathrooms
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Location of Château de Balarin
Great Things to Do Near Château de Balarin
The town’s name (which might seem unusual to English-speakers!) is derived from the word ‘condatomagus’, meaning old gallic market. It lies on the river Baïse along one of the main pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compostelle (Santiago de Compostela). Don’t miss the impressive Cathedral St. Pierre. The town also has an Armagnac museum, where you can learn all about the history and production of this renowned regional spirit.
Visit the beautiful medieval villages of the Gers
For a small department, the Gers harbours quite a few official ‘Most beautiful villages in France’, and two of them are only 5km from the house! Fourcès, with its distinctive round 'square', and Montréal-du-Gers, a traditional bastide town founded by Alphonse de Poitiers on the site of a previous roman settlement.
Shop at the market
Head to Condom on a Sunday morning and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the weekly market. Buy some tasty produce to take back to the property for an al fresco lunch.
The Gallo-Roman Villa of Séviac
This exceptional archaeological site just outside of Montréal-du-Gers was discovered in the 19th century. A Gallo-Roman villa dating from the 4th – 5th century, it boasts splendid mosaics and sumptuous thermal baths. The site is open for visits every day. To complete your visit, head to the museum in the village of Montréal itself, where several mosaic panels as well as other artefacts excavated from the villa are displayed. Perhaps combine with lunch in this pretty bastide town.
Roman ruins at Eauze
At Eauze, you can discover an archaeological treasure: the remains of the Roman settlement of Elusa. Named after the ancient local tribe, the Elusates, the town was an important administrative and religious centre for the region between the 3rd and 7th centuries. You can start at the visitors' centre in Eauze's old railway station, and continue by exploring the 3000m² site itself.
Visit the circular bastide of Fourcès
The charming village of Fourcès is only 5km away. Half timbered houses surround the village square, which is actually round. A castle once stood in the middle but has been replaced by plane trees, providing some welcome shade in the summer sun. Fourcès has a restaurant, café, small general store and a couple of places that sell delicious local produce.
Abbaye de Flaran
This is an old 12th century Cistercian abbey and one of the most visited attractions in the Gers region. In the summer, concerts take place at the Abbaye, dubbed 'Les Nuits Musicales'.
Visit a pocket sized Carcassonne!
The tiny fortified town of Larressingle is a lovely little fortified town that can only be accessed on foot. Outside of the fortifications there are a few houses, a restaurant and the reconstruction of a medieval encampment complete with typical weaponry such as trebuchets and catapults. Larressingle is only about 10 minutes' drive away.
Thermal baths at Barbotan
The renowned thermal resort of Barbotan is about 30 minutes from the house. You can go and relax for an hour or two in their heated pool with jacuzzi and hamman, or treat yourself to a massage.
Balarin is in one of the best Armagnac areas. Visit a local château and discover that it is also a great area for wine by tasting a few along with the armagnac! There are plenty to discover in the nearby vicinity. Armagnac is sold under the appellations XXX (less than 2 years), VSOP (4 years), and Napoleon (5 years or more). Or try the apéritifs based on Armagnac: sweet Floc de Gascogne (red or rosé) and La Belle-Sandrine, made with passion fruit.
Family fun at Lac de l'Uby
This lake in Barbotan-les-Thermes, near Cazaubon, offers water activities including pedalos, canoeing and row boats, and fishing. On land there is mini-golf, boules, table tennis and children’s play equipment. Set in grounds of 6 hectares which can be explored on foot or by bike; take a picnic or buy refreshments on site. There is also a sandy beach and an outdoor swimming pool with waterslides. The water park is open June to September, whilst the other activities are available from 1st April to mid October.
Canoeing or boating on the river Baïse
For those who enjoy messing about on the river... Canoes can be hired at Beaucaire-sur-Baïse, whilst motorised boats can be hired at the harbour Condom.
Go for a round of golf at the Golf de Guinlet
This 18 hole golf course is just north of Eauze (approx 20 min drive), is 5675m in length and par 70 overall.
Anyone for fishing?
Keen anglers can try their hand on the fishing lakes at Castelnau-d'Auzan (about 20 mins drive) or Barbotan-les-Thermes lake (30 mins). There are other activities at both places to entertain other members of the family who may not be able to sit still for very long!
Parc Walibi at Roquefort, near Agen
Water rides, tropical forest, corkscrew etc... Open every day from mid June to end August. Open weekends only in May, June and September. About a 50min drive from the house. More info at www.parcagen.fr
Marciac Jazz Festival
'Jazz in Marciac' is a very famous jazz festival that takes place in Marciac every year from around 20th July to 20th August. Marciac is a little over an hour's drive away. More information at www.jazzinmarciac.com.
A little bit of history...
The original tower at Château de Balarin was mentioned in a letter dated 1073 from the Bishop of Condom to the French Pope Clement, who was based in Avignon. The tower was sold or gifted by the Church and was lived in by the Gollard and Mercier families. In the late 16th or early 17th century the new château was built in a single wing facing the valley. The fortifications were dismantled, and the Tower at the west wing of the terrace was constructed in the Quercy style. In the mid 19th century the Château was acquired by the Ordres de Premont, a missionary group, and the west wing of the Château was constructed, and the Château has remained as it appears today.
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