An 18th Century Gascony Estate Celebrates Art, Design & Gastronomy

Chateau EnGalin, Mauvezin, Gascony, France
Chateau EnGalin, Gascony, France | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Villas
  • 11 BR
  • Sleeps 22
  • from € 2333 nt
History Combined With Contemporary Luxuries

Set amid the picturesque rolling hills of Gascony, these two villas for rent in France each form a distinctive piece of a historic property that tells a unique story of its origins, and the team who transformed them into something entirely new.

Restored and shaped over a ten year period by current owners; aesthete and former London restaurateur Marwan Badran and business entrepreneur Jeremy Grose, the beautiful 18th century structures couldn’t be more opposed in function or style, but were reimagined to highlight their individual beauty as a destination celebrating art, architecture and gastronomy.

Originally constructed during medieval times and concentrated around South West France, the muscular but elegant forms of traditional Bastides were built especially for defense, while remaining beautiful representations of fortified architecture. 

The façades of the chateau have been restored to their original stone walls, while the interiors have been stripped to create vast open living spaces and intimate suites with a colorful and eclectic fusion of historic and contemporary style, and a fascinating art collection culminating in a towering interior structure. 

Across the courtyard, the original barn has been converted into an elegant and rustic set of suites creating an extra large compound ideal for Marwan’s culinary events.  

Established as a Culinary Utopian Retreat, Marwan has created a Food & ‘Other’ Art Foundation and Food Lab artist in residency and performance program, which curates creative collaborations with architects, craftsmen, designers, and artists, celebrating the good life – all with food at its heart.

No stuffy fine dining or formality here, but rather a place to fold dolma with an Iraqi chef, or stuff and sculpt dumplings with a Chinese expert, study fusion and fermentation techniques, learn about nutrition, mindfulness and yoga with wellbeing gurus, and everything in between.

Delicious! 

Description

Built in the 18th century and redesigned by restaurateur and entrepreneur Marwan Badran and his husband, these unique villas for rent in France combine history and contemporary luxury with playful hints of the unexpected. 

Surrounded by over thirty acres of meadowland bordered by fields of sunflowers and pastures, the historic property takes its name from Galin, the stream that runs through the grounds feeding the picturesque pond below before encircling the quarry that provided the original stone to build it. 

The main chateau was part of an original bastide, and features elegant reception rooms, a spacious main hall and sitting room with a fireplace and a grand piano, and a fully equipped gourmet kitchen. The stairway leads to six graceful suites on the upper floor.

The adjacent barn was transformed into five unique suites and includes a dining terrace with expansive views of the park and a massive hall (where the livestock once lived) for events. The Food Lab features a towering glass and concrete facade with state-of-the-art culinary equipment and the encouragement to experiment.

The grounds feature expansive lawns and terraces ideal for convivial outdoor dining and large gatherings, with a swimming pool and bar offering views across the entire estate. 

This quiet corner of the French countryside is the perfect setting to escape from the stresses of urban life as well as enjoy endless activities for groups of friends, families or businesses and the perfect venue for a wedding, party or yoga retreat. 

Come for the experimental food workshops held at Easter and in August, to experience a three-day extravaganza of cooking, tasting, and mingling in a platform for togetherness based around food and cultural inspiration.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Breakfast is included using market fresh seasonal items and food lab workshops. Organized tours are available to many local places of interest, from nearby food markets and festivals, to rarely-visited artist communes and studios.

Wifi throughout, media projector, kitchen and bath essentials including luxury linens, laundry facilities, private parking.

AROUND

Situated in the south west corner of France, the little village of Mauvezin is located just an hour west of Toulouse and is ideally situated to discover the great cultural  treasures of Gascony. Set within rolling countryside with picturesque villages and backed by the snow capped Pyrenees, the area is rural and peaceful but close to Gascony’s historic cities including Auch, Tarbes, and Carcassonne.

Capital of the Viscounty of Fezensaguet, the small medieval town has a fascinating 14th century covered market hall surrounded by old arcade houses in its main square with a bustling market on Monday mornings.

The Gers department is also home to five of the country’s “Plus Beaux Villages”, of Larrensingle, Montreal, Fourcès and Lavardens, all within under an hour’s drive.

Steeped in history and dramatic scenery and dotted with Cathar castles and medieval villages, the area is also renowned for outstanding food and wine.   

France’s fourth-largest metropolis and university town, Toulouse has a youthful energy and a vibrant street scene with teeming food markets and an enchanting old town. 

There are several beautiful nearby lakes for sailing and endless trails and paths through the countryside for peaceful walks among the sunflowers and haystacks.

LOCATION

Mauvezin, Gascony, France. Nearest Airport: Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (60km)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

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  • Chateau EnGalin, Gascony, France | villas for rent, villas to rent
  • Chateau EnGalin, Gascony, France | villas for rent, villas to rent
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  • Chateau EnGalin, Gascony, France | villas for rent, villas to rent
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Bedrooms11 Total: 6 in main house and 5 in the barn
Bed Type8 Double suites: Each with 1 Double bed and 1 Sofa-bed, 3 Twin rooms : Each with 2 Single beds
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms7 Bathrooms
Accommodate22 Adults with room for 8 additional children on sofa beds
InternetWifi throughout
Kid FriendlyFamilies welcome
Pet friendlyNo
ViewLovely countryside views of wild meadows, pastures and gardens
Rates
Sec. Deposit20%
Check-In16:00
Check-Out11:00
CancellationPayments chart demonstrating how funds are required to be transferred ...
10% to reserve ... non-refundable
30% 12 months before booking date ... Refunded if cancelled before 6 month installment date (10%kept)
30% 6 months before booking date ... Refunded if cancelled before 3 month installment date (40%kept)
30% 3 months before booking date ...  definitive payments ... No refund
NotesDue to the size of the property 22-30 people, almost of all guests book more than 6 months in advance
Cancellations are normally due to unexpected emergency of circumstances and for that it is advised for all guests to purchase insurance coverage for their rental purchase
Season Start Date End Date Nightly Weekly Monthly Min Stay
low season 1May 1May 31€2,333€10,000€30,0003 nights
Mid Season 1Jun 1Jun 28€2,666€11,000€33,0003 nights
High SeasonJun 29Aug 31€3,000€12,000€36,0003 nights
Mid season 2Sep 1Sep 30€2,666€11,000€33,0003 nights
Low season 2Oct 1Oct 31€2,333€10,000€30,0003 nights
Winter closureNov 1Apr 29
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