Ferme de Labarthe was born from our desire to offer a totally new way to think about creating very personal and private events. We noticed that there is a growing demand from more and more people wanting to host an event somewhere that they, their family and their friends can all be involved in every aspect of its creation.
The Ferme de Labarthe concept brings together the unique style, service standards and brand associated with Chateau de Lartigolle, re-imagined within the natural beauty of a working organic farm.
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It’s your event, your way
If you don’t like the idea of everything being planned by someone else then this concept is for you. We will have everything here that you will ever need to inspire you and to help you create your event in the way you want it to be. You will have access to a wide variety of items you can use to dress your event from our prop store – pots and pans, vases and jugs, buckets and barrows and old farm machinery, signs and blackboards and everything you can imagine, all included. Our stationery cupboard will be full of pens, labels, signs, ribbons, flags and bunting. There’s no planning needed, you can just turn up and it will all be here ready for you to put together the way you want it to be.
Organic produce and flowers, grown just for you
A space will be allocated for you on the farm, with seeds sown to grow local seasonal flowers, salads, vegetables and herbs. Perfectly timed to be at their best for you to use during your stay. We can also provide organic breads and rare breed grass fed organic beef. For anything else you can visit the local markets which are bursting with seasonal produce. If you want to cater for yourself you can, or we can do it all for you. A chef and team will be on hand to take care of the cooking, cleaning and general tidying up. You can bring your own drinks and we will even provide a top sound system for your party.
No planning, no stress, no surprises
If you don’t like the idea of everything being planned by someone else then this concept is for you. A Ferme de Labarthe event is designed so that all you need will be onsite and ready to go from the moment that you arrive. You and your friends and family can choose the decorations, pick the flowers, decide the menu and create everything you need for your event, together. Everything will be provided and included within a fixed price that we guarantee will not change.
Relax and enjoy the experience
For the right guests we think the idea of arriving and putting together an original and amazing event, using all of the things that we will provide will be a fantastic, bonding experience for everybody in your group. To maximise your time together you should think about combining a holiday with your wedding. The minimum stay will be three nights but we can make the accommodation available for five nights or even longer depending on other bookings we have. So come and relax into farm life, enjoy the whole run up to your big day and make the most of this unique experience.
Ferme de Labarthe consists of an impressive manor house with eight large bedrooms that can sleep up to 20 guests and a modern apartment in a converted barn that can sleep up to six giving a total of 26 sleeping onsite. There is a series of comfortable salons, a large kitchen and a dining area. The venue can accept a maximum of 40 guests for on-site events. From the gardens there are beautiful views of the Pyrenees and the surrounding countryside. The grounds are made up of lawns, the park, the organic garden and farm, complete with chickens and ducks, and a beautifully set salt water swimming pool.
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Accommodation at Labarthe
The property consists of a large Manor house with 8 large bedrooms and a separate apartment. In total the property can currently sleep up to 24/26 guests with some sharing. There is a 12 metre salt water swimming pool at the front of the property and beautiful gardens all around. These pictures show the interiors but bear in mind it is currently a private home. We take over the property in the summer and will be updating the interiors to give them their own distinctive style. You will find our style mood board below and on Pinterest.
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SOME HELPFUL INFORMATION
WHERE ARE WE?
Lartigolle was born and raised in the Gers, south west France, formerly known as Gascony. It is a beautiful and untouched corner of France full of farms and agriculture, including booming organic production. There are rolling hills and beautiful historic villages at every turn.
These are google map links to both our properties:
HOW TO GET HERE
The local airports
There are a number of carriers that fly to the region from all over the UK. These are the most convenient airports that have regular flights from the UK and approximate traveling times from each:
Blagnac airport, Toulouse – 50 minutes - served by BA, easyJet and Ryanair (from November 2016)
Carcassone airport – 1hr 50 mins - served by Ryanair
Tarbes/Lourdes airport – 1hr 50 mins - served by Ryanair
Bergerac airport – 2 hrs - served by Flybe, Ryanair, Jet 2, BA
If you have a little more time then you could consider taking the train from Kings Cross to Paris, then Paris to Toulouse. Once you get to Toulouse you can then take a local train to Auch. That is the closest station to us and is about 15 minutes taxi ride away from Chateau de Lartigolle. Or 35 minutes to Ferme de Labarthe.
Taxi or hire car?
We recommend that you hire a car from Toulouse airport. Taxis are expensive, car hire is much better value. The roads are great and it is easy to get to us. Drive time to Chateau de Lartigolle from the airport is about 50 minutes and to Ferme de Labarthe is about 1h10.
These are google map links to both our properties:
DRIVING DIRECTIONS AND GOOGLE MAPS
Chateau de Lartigolle via GPS Lat: 43.611634 Long: 0.683041
Driving from Toulouse airport:
From Toulouse airport follow the sign towards Toulouse. After about 1km you will see your first sign for Auch. Keep following the signs for Auch. This will take you off the Toulouse peripherique and onto the N124. Follow the N124 out of Toulouse for 50kms, past Colomiers, Leguevin, past l’Isle Jourdain and through Gimont.
Just as you leave Gimont there is a roundabout. Take the third exit in the direction of Saramon on the D12.
Follow the D12 for 10kms and you will come to a roundabout. Turning left would take you to Samatan; straight on, Saramon. Turn right towards Pessan and Auch on the D349.
After following the D349 for about 7kms, you drive straight past the Aubiet/Castelnau Barbarens crossroads and continue on this road. There is another turning on the left to Castelnau Barbarens, do not turn here but keep on the same road bearing round to the right. You will pass a white water tower with aerials on the top about 50 metres from the road on your right. You are now on the D626.
After another 1km there is a turning to the left. This is the corner of our property. Take the left turning. On the left is an open field, on the right a bank topped with trees. After 100 metres on the right you will see a set of large white gates on a pair of sandstone pillars. This is the main entrance to the chateau.
Drive through the gates and follow the avenue of ancient oaks past the vineyard and orchard on the right, and the tennis court with views of the pool and the valley beyond on your left. The avenue then turns left and the chateau is straight in front of you.
These are google map links to both our properties:
LOCAL ACCOMMODATION FOR VISITS
Below are some of the local hotels that we use for the overflow of wedding guests or for couples that come for a overnight visit in the closed season when we may not be open for overnight visits.
Domaine de Baulieu – 12 mins from the Chateau This lovely hotel has 18 clean, modern, air-conditioned bedrooms, a swimming pool and views of the surrounding countryside. Very reasonable rates, and close. It’s a perfect spot for guests. They are very popular in the summer as they host lots of local weddings so best to contact them early if you want to be sure to secure their rooms for your guests. Contact: Karen (English speaking) Tel: +33 (0)9 51 23 04 65 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.ledomainedebaulieu.com
Hotel de France – central Auch – 20 minutes from the Chateau A great location as it is right in the heart of Auch, our local town. It is a lovely old building in the main square, close to the Cathedral and near all the main bars and restaurants. The building is in the process of a long refurbishment so not all rooms are the same standard but the location is a real benefit Contact: +33 (0)5 62 61 71 71 Website: www.hoteldefrance-auch.fr
Hôtel Campanile – 12 mins from the Chateau This chain hotel that have been recently refurbished with new beds, decor and furnishings. It is on the outskirts of Auch so good access for the main access route but there is not much around withi walking distance. It very good value so well worth thinking about for more budget conscious guests. Tel: +33 (0)5 62 63 63 05 Website: www.campanile.fr Email: email@example.com
SOME THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA
Below are some of our preferred restaurants and places to visit in the area. These are taken from an edited version of a larger document we have put together as a guide to all we have in the area for guests staying at the Château. Just ask if you wish for a copy of the full list.
Our favourite local restaurants
Carpe diem - Pessan - 5 minutes
Chef Guillaume runs our local village restaurant and is producing magnificent food, lots of delicate flavours and he is fast gaining a reputation of the best chef in the region. Excellent value and on our doorstep. Lunches and suppers are both popular so booking essential to be sure of a table.
Reservations: 05 62 06 84 25
Auberge de Rantaures – Lussan - 10 minutes - Cash or euro cheque only - NO CREDIT CARDS
This is a lovely family run French, regional restaurant in a little village in the hills above the chateau. Chef Lionel cooks on an open fire in the restaurant and all the meat is sourced locally and great quality. Open Wednesday to Sunday evenings. Very reasonably priced. You must go. Reservations essential : 05 62 65 52 04
Café Le France – Next to the Cathedral – 20 mins
Popular cafe located right in the heart of the old town with good tasty food. Great huge steaks, good salads, omelettes and everything you would expect. Seats outside and in. No bookings usually needed, just turn up.
Brasserie Daroles – Auch, Centre Historic by the Cathedral – 20 mins
A typical French brasserie. Well located as situated in front of the roundabout by the Auch Cathedral. A new owner and chef have raised the standard so well worth a visit now. Free parking in the nearby car park.
Reservations: 05 62 05 00 51
Le Parc á Huîtres – Auch – 20 mins
If you like seafood then this is the place for you. Run by the wonderful Andre and his wife and recently opened in a new location with a contemporary modern interior, if only you had the views of the sea you would think you are on the west coast! Really great fish, very simple but always totally fresh. Lovely for lunch. Closed Monday’s.
Reservations: 05 62 70 07 40
Things to do with kids
Quad Biking – 20 mins
An ABSOLUTE MUST!! We have a fantastic Quad Biking range nearby where Lartigolle visitors receive a special price. You are given a tour with an instructor through vineyards, forests, farms and hills, utterly spectacular. Under 8’s can go with a parent or instructor.
Reservations: 05 62 05 19 44 or 06 03 85 16 59
Vert en L’Air – 15 mins
Suitable for children 6 and older. This is the Forest in the Air, where they have tree top adventure circuits of varying difficulty (with safety harnesses) – Great fun for young and old. Open afternoons only out of the summer season.
Reservations: 05 62 05 26 78 or mobile 06 85 59 86 70
Wakeboarding and Waterskiing – 30 mins
Recently opened on a big lake in Isle-Joudain. A series of pullies and pylons are set up to pull you (at various speeds) round the lake. Great tution and equipment provided. Also hire of pedalos and mini golf close by for these less adventurous. A small café and picnic area.
Reservations: 05 49 48 71 03
Space Museum, Cite de l’espace, Toulouse – 60 mins
This is great for a rainy day, or a sunny one They have a huge exhibition space with real space rockets, capsules and a 6 storey screen planetarium. They have constantly changing exhibitions so check their website.
Reservations: 05 67 22 23 24
ALL YOUR QUESTIONS, ANSWERED
We have tasked our house keeper to put together a list of all the questions that she gets asked all the time and to collate them in one place so we can share them with you and you can share with all your guests.
THANKS AND CREDITS
There are many people that have helped us over the years and that we would like to thank for everything they have given us in terms of the experience, enthusiasm and their undoubted many and varied skills.
We have been fortunate to have had some of the world's best wedding photographers and videographers come to the chateau and capture it in all it's glory. Many of the images on this website are down to them and without these talented people we would never be able to show everyone what it is we do here. So we would like to thank those whose work we have used in this website and encourage you to visit their websites and commission them when you can. Just click on their names to visit their own websites.
MATTHEW WEINREB - Matthew has been taking pictures for us for many years now and has provided our couples, and us, with so many wonderful images
DEREK SMIETANA - Darek recently moved in of the area and has covered a some of our recent weddings. He has a great style, captures all the details and is a joy to work with
SHANNA JONES - Shanna's work is consistently excellent, she just captures those most perfect moments every time
THOMAS WAGNER - Thomas has photographed weddings all over the world and is a recent addition to the Lartigolle list
MISCHKE WEINREB - Mischke shot her first ever wedding here, it was really good but her work has just got better, and better, and better...
MARK WILSON - Mark turned up one August day with a tiny drone plane and flew the thing all over the place. The result was the stunning film of Lartigolle that you can see on this website
ANDREW KELLY - We recently met Andrew via Darek and he kindly agreed to make a film of our new venture at Ferme de Labarthe. We hope to have him back to film at both our venues very soon
RODOLPHE - Rodolphe produced one of our favourite films for Steven and Deirdre, it captures everything we could have hoped for.
The website maker
SARAH AUSTIN - Special thanks must go to Sarah for her technical and web marketing skills and for always being on the end of a phone to help us produce our wonderful new website - she is a superstar
The music maker (and our new organic farming partner)
ANDY CATO - Andy kindly edited one of his tracks for us to use on our Drone film and has now agreed to hand over his fabulous organic farm and home so we can launch our new venture. He is a constant source of inspiration on all things nutritional and natural.
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