Maison Manechal

Monfaucon, Hautes-Pyrénées
+44 (0)7533 568063
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Atmospheric old wine domaine with period features and exquisite antiques, plus a superb kitchen and a swimming pool in the large garden


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

This country house dates from 1838 and originally produced wine for the French army. Although it’s in the centre of a village, it’s surrounded by large grounds and fields so feels very private and quiet.

John and Christiane leave plenty of basics and provide a generous welcome pack with fruit, vegetables, local saucisson, pâté and wine; help yourself to produce from the vegetable garden and orchard and walk down the lane to get free untreated milk from the farmer. Cook feasts in the exceptionally well-equipped kitchen or keep it simple with the barbecue or pizza oven.

There’s masses of space both outside and inside – it’s easy to find a private corner for reading, or just contemplation. A music room has an array of instruments including a mini-piano and guitar, and the games room has ping pong and table football. Head to Marciac for shops and restaurants, or wine tasting in Madiran; return to an afternoon swim in the pool.

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We think you'll love

  • The open beams and beautiful furnishings throughout, a charming blend of French and English style
  • Arriving to a sumptuous hamper of local treats and generously stocked cupboards
  • The choice of charming eating areas dotted around the very spacious grounds
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You should know

  • Shops, boulangeries and restaurants are a short drive away
  • John and Christiane live in a separate wing of the house


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from €250
Weekly price
from €1750
1 House for 10
From €2506 beds5 bedrooms


I'd love to stay here! Sleep in atmospheric bedrooms with soft white bed linen, cook in the charming well-equipped kitchen, and just chill sitting in one of the many covered dining areas and terraces, after barbecuing or concocting a pizza in the covered barbecue area. My children would just love the pool area, pool toys & spacious grounds.

Amanda, Sawday's Inspector

We had the great chance to stay twice in that splendid house with its lovable hosts, John and Christiane. According to us, there’s nothing negative to say about that house. Everything is perfect !!!! It would take too much time to write all the advantages of that place. The only thing to know is that you need a car as the nearest shops are about 15 minutes away by car from the house. This the price to pay for such a quiet place 😀.

Gilles, Tournai

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The neighbourhood

Monfaucon is a very pretty village and a well-known potter, Claude Laniesse, lives nearby - visit his studio if its open. You'll need to drive a short way to Marciac for shops and restaurants. For fine dining, La Rive Droite in Villecomtal-sur-Arros, is a 15-minute drive and well-regarded. Madiran, a 20-minute drive away, has a number of small wine houses which you can visit for tastings.

Local points of interest from Christiane Jourdain

  • There is plenty to do and a detailed guide is available on our website


Christiane Jourdain

John and Christiane live in a separate wing of the house and have their own private entrance, but are on hand if you need anything. John is a retired sheep farmer from Orkney, now studying marine ecology and his charming French wife Christiane works during the week in London.