|Blasi Farmhouse||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||5|
Blasi Farmhouse is a beautiful property typical of the Quercy Blanc region. Built from traditional stone, constructed in the mid-1800s, now sympathetically renovated with 4 good sized bedrooms sleeping up to 8 people.
Set in half an acre of pretty flowering gardens and overlooking beautiful rolling countryside and vineyards close to the Bastide towns of Lauzerte, Cahors and Agen.
The 10x5 m heated private pool has large entry steps and as it is one level it is ideal for games and swimming. It has a summer cover, and a large wooden picnic table. There are also plenty of good quality sun loungers and chairs around the pool area.
A large 7x4 metre covered West facing (lovely for watching the sunset ) dining terrace, with a large hardwood dining table and chairs. The brick barbecue and beer fridge is close by.
Both the property and pool are south facing. In the garden you will find plenty of acacia and mulberry trees providing relaxing shady areas where you can sit and watch the countryside.
For those who like to be busy there is table tennis table and swingball. Tennis courts are available at nearby Durfort Lacapalette. For those of you who prefer a quieter activity we have two hammocks.
Blasi has satellite hd tv, dvd, bluetooth speaker system, i Pod/mp3 player dock, wi-fi internet and air-conditioning
The farmhouse has been sympathetically renovated over the last three years retaining many original features. The light and spacious accommodation is on 2 floors.
The ground floor has a large fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with table and chairs.. It has a wall mounted hd tv with French and English channels.
There is also second kitchen similarly equipped containing a large Falcon range and as it is closer to the terrace is usually used as the barbecue kitchen.
The dramatic vaulted living/dining room has a large oak table over 2metres long, 3 comfortable leather sofas placed around the fireplace, which has a Godin woodburner. The sitting room has air-conditioning, hd satellite tv, dvd player and internet.
From the dining room the french doors open onto a 7x4m covered terrace which has a large wooden dining table and a brick barbecue.
In the gardens and near the pool you will find 3 large wooden garden tables.
Two of the four bedrooms are on the ground floor. They are large double bedrooms both of which have ceiling fans and air-conditioning. The master bedroom bed is king sized and the second bedroom bed is queen sized.
Near to the bedrooms is a separate wc, 2 large walk-in shower rooms and a bathroom.
On the first floor there are 2 bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom and one double bedroom. There is also a separate wc and shower room.
The gardens and pool are private. We do not live on site but are only 20 minutes away should we be needed
Just a few of our previous guests comments
The property far exceeded our expectations in every way, and in fact the photos on the website do not do justice to how beautiful it is. It is incredibly spacious with everything you could possibly imagine provided. The bedrooms were lovely and big, two downstairs with air-conditioning which was a bonus given the hot and sunny weather, although despite the high temperatures the house overall was very cool at all times. The open-plan kitchen / dining / living area was perfect and the overall layout meant that even with a full house you would never feel cramped or on top of each other.
There were ample games, table tennis, television, books and internet (very good signal) on tap so that all age groups are catered for whatever the weather. The owners have put a lot of care and attention into converting this property which is evident throughout. The pool and gardens are beautiful and the views are literally breathtaking, especially from the hammock in the garden! The terrace to the side of the property was perfect as well. We ate outdoors every evening enjoying the countryside views. We have never stayed anywhere before where we start to plan a return trip whilst we are still there. We both loved it so much and did not want our week to end.
We truly loved this magical place and would recommend it very highly. We can't wait to visit again soon.
A most relaxing beautiful place.
Wonderful location. Relaxing days spent exploring the country side and the local historic towns. Swimming and boating in a local lake, all life guarded. Lots of restaurants and facilities nearby. Great cycling countryside and lots of local walks. The private pool was fantastic and many happy afternoons spent there. Lazy evenings watching the sun go down whist sipping a variety of local wines. Looking forward to going back for longer.
The listing of the property lived up to and beyond expectations! The property is surrounded by gorgeous french landscape and winding roads. When entering the house everything was clean, well organised and ready for us! The pool was crystal clear and the yard was well maintained. The outside seating and BBQ grill made for great evening dinners underneath the stars. We plan on returning very soon for another family holiday.
On arrival we were bowled over by the location of this well appointed and spacious cottage. The photos on the website did not prepare us for the fantastic 360 degree views around the property.. The ground floor bedrooms and bathrooms allowed us to take my parents with us on holiday. With only two internal steps and one step into the shower it meant that there was easy access throughout and the large walk in shower was a real bonus.
The house was very well equipped, very clean and very comfortable and provided us with a cool retreat.It was great to stay somewhere where you didn't want for anything. The farmhouse is set in a glorious location and a really get away from it all experience. We spent most of our time relaxing by the pool or chilling out in the garden. Robert and Alison, the owners, were very helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. Which all goes to make Blasi an exceptional holiday. I would recommend it to anyone.
The farmhouse is surrounded by fields with the nearest village being about ten minutes drive away providing a peaceful and serene environment. The views and scenery are absolutely spectacular!
The children were fully occupied, making use of the pool, table tennis and other games. Wi-fi was also available for the youngsters, sports fanatics (watching football!) and the professionals.
The youngsters were able to go horse riding, to an adventure playground (catering for all ages) and found the local bar!
There were many villages,markets and places to visit.
Overall the holiday catered for everybody's needs. And with the benefit of the good weather, we can honestly say that it was one of the best holidays that the family have enjoyed.
Date of stay 26th July 2013
After a long school year and hard working year my wife and 2 daughters desperately needed a holiday and we could not have asked for anything more than the 2 weeks at Blasi. The location is 1 hr from Toulouse airport and 2 hrs from Bordeaux - we flew to Bordeaux as the flights were much cheaper and rented a car from there. First impressions were wonderful: Lovely location overlooking fields, the house itself was lovely and the children were in the pool within 10 minutes of arrival! The weather was fantastic (which always helps but is pretty much guaranteed at that time of year) and it was great to spend a couple of days by the pool and barbecue to relax at the start of the holiday. The rest of the holiday drifted past as only the best holidays can with trips (there are plenty of things to visit from beautiful villages for Mum to theme parks for the kids!) interspersed with more time by the pool. Can't recommend it enough!
On the ground floor Blasi has a large fully equipped farmhouse kitchen containing 9kg washing machine, dishwasher, oven, microwave, coffee-machine etc with a 6 seater table. The kitchen has a wall mounted hd tv. There is a second kitchen similarly equipped and is often used as the barbecue kitchen.
All cooking utensils for the house and barbecue are provided.
The dramatic vaulted living/dining room has a very large oak table. It has 3 good quality leather sofas and placed around the fireplace, which has a Godin woodburner. The sitting room is air-conditioned and has hd satellite tv, dvd player bluetooth system and internet.
There are 4 bedrooms.
On the ground floor there are 2 double bedrooms, both with large beds. They have ceiling fans and air-conditioning. One of the bedrooms has pretty double Frenchdoors which open on to the garden.
On the first floor there are 2 bedrooms. One twin and one double. All the rooms have fans.
The farmhouse has 2 separate wcs, 1 upstairs and 1 downstairs.
Three shower rooms. Two downstairs which are large walk in ones and one upstairs which has a glass screen.
There is also a bathroom with a wc on the ground floor.
Installed 2014 Air to air. This can be reversed in the summer to provide air-conditioning. A Godin wood burner is on a raised hearth in the sitting room.
Two hd Freesat satellite televisions. Dvd player, games and books.
There is a side board packed with puzzles and games on the covered terrace .
Blasi farmhouse is set in large pretty flowering gardens which open onto beautiful rolling countryside. With dramatic views of the valley as far as the eye can see there is always something to sit and watch. A few minutes drive takes you to the Bastide town of Lauzerte.
The private heated pool has a summer cover. The property and pool are south facing, and there are plenty of acacia and mulberry trees providing shady areas.
In the garden you will find table tennis and swingball.
Private parking for cars.
Suitable for families and people with limited mobility as 2 of the bedrooms and showers are on the ground floor. There is a step up in to the shower which is large enough to take a chair.
We believe we have provided everything needed to have a relaxing holiday. All you need to bring are your pool towels.
We moved to France in 2003 and love the people and the lifestyle.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We bought this gem of a property because of its amazing location and outstanding views along the valley. Located on the Lot and Tarn and Garonne border it is in a great location for trips out.|
|Unique benefits of property||You can sit on the covered terrace and see for miles.|
The Tarn et Garonne is justifiably proud of its farmers markets which can be found every day of the week. Monday: Caussade, St Nicholas de la Grave. Tuesday: Caylus, Montech, Negrepelisse, Valence d’Agen. Wednesday: Lauzerte, Lafrancaise, Moissac, Montauban. Thursday: Castelsarrasin, Monclar de Quercy. Friday: Lavit de lomagne, Molieres. Saturday: Lauzerte, Moissac, Montagu deQquercy, Beaumont de Lomagne. Sunday; Moncuq, Moissac Castelnau Montratie.
There is a great range of activities to do in the area from sports to gentler pursuits. The countryside is superb for walking, part of the famous pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella passes nearby. Whether you want to do a days walking or take a gentle stroll Blasi is perfectly situated. The gorges of Aveyron at St Antonin de Noble Val are only 40min away. Take a picnic and enjoy the gentle rapids and the long relaxing stretches of the river. Take in all the wildlife and why not go for a swim? There is also a good watersports centre at St Nicholas de la Grave, with canoes, boats and pedalos for hire or why not stroll along the banks of the Tarn and Garonne Rivers and enjoy the diversity of bird and wildlife? Lauzerte has an excellent equestrian centre and nearby there is a 9 hole golf course at Sauveterre, of 5244 metres in a wooded valley with water hazards and it is suitable for players of all standards. Walibi theme park and the Vallee de Loisirs are a must. Markets are every day of the week.
At Blasi, you will be able to enjoy the night sky as it is the darkest in western Europe. August is amazing with its shooting stars. The sky is bright with stars and the Milky Way is easily seen. Wildlife is plentiful and interesting. Red Kites fly over the fields next to the house and over the lake. Black kites, hen harriers and lapwings with their aerobatics are fun to watch and we have an owl which likes to visit us. Buzzards and kestrels are common, often perching on telegraph poles beside the lanes. Closer to earth, wild boar, deer, badgers and hares are often seen nearby in the fields.
We booked Blasi for 2 weeks in August 2018 and it was ideal for our group which was extended family for one week and then two families for the second. The property is beautifully situated with great views across the valley, a lovely and secure pool area, and all the space and facilities you need for spending all your time outside. Inside has been thoughtfully converted with 2 kitchens and lounge areas and always feels spacious even for a large group. It is also exceptionally well stocked not only with what is needed such as crockery and linen, but also books, games, childrens toys, MP3 speakers etc. It should be noted that the 2 downstairs bedrooms have air conditioning, but the 2 upstairs bedrooms do not. We were 2 families sharing the property, so one family was upstairs and one family was downstairs (so we were next to our kids). There were several standing fans upstairs and clear instructions on how to keep the house cool, but it did get very warm upstairs in the evening. It was a very hot week to be fair. The one improvement to the property would be additional aircon units in the upstairs bedrooms. Lauzerte is beautiful and only 10 mins away with a good supermarket and local shops. You have a good choice of larger towns within 30 mins (e.g. Moissac and Cahors) for anything else you could think of, and quick acces to the motorway network for any longer journeys. Robert and Alison were really helpful .It was a great holiday and we hope to return again one day.
I guess the simplest thing I can say about this property to convey our thoughts on it, are that we're going back again next year for our much-valued family summer holiday. It's a great holiday home.
- The view is spectacular and it's really relaxing sitting on either of the two patios, looking out across expansive and peaceful French countryside with a glass of wine.
- The pool is all on one level and a very good size for swimming and general larking about. We were lucky with the weather so the pool temperature was great, despite it not being heated (very few are), though I gather the owners are intending to install a pool heater, which is great for cooler days.
- There's loads of space for children to run around and there are plenty of games and activities dotted around, both inside and out
- There are two kitchens, which came in more handy than I thought it would
- The internet was really reliable
- It was very clean everywhere
- Robert and Alison were great to deal with and very nice to meet in person
The following are things I want to mention as feedback, since this is a review and it would be boring if everything was perfect; however I'm being extremely picky really:
- A coffee machine would be great! There might be one that I never found...
- The pool filter could maybe run for the whole day?
Hydra the dog was a frequent and friendly visitor, who the kids loved. Lauzerte and the surrounding area is lovely. Thoroughly recommended.
Hello Robert, we are so happy that you had a lovely holiday. In answer to your feedback, we do have two types of coffee makers, both cafetières and percolators. We'll make sure that both are left out for you, they may have been in the pantry.
We filter the pool about 18 hours a day. A large part of this is during the night as this is the most efficient time to ensure that the water stays crystal clear. We will be installing a pool heater in the spring, ready for next summer.
We look forward to seeing you and your family again next year
A lovely house in a wonderful setting. Very quiet and peaceful. The owners could not have been more helpful. We would certainly recommend this property.
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again sometime.
As a large family with young children and grandparents, we couldn't have been happier with our stay at Blasi. The villa was stunning, pool perfect especially for our 5 and 8 year old, and the views breath taking. The owners were really attentive from the moment of booking, answering all our queries and they really have equipped the villa with everything needed to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible, lovely touches were the table tennis table, boule and various games, books/guide books and DVD's. There was also every kitchen appliance you could want to make cooking easy and we enjoyed the welcoming bottle of red wine. The living space was perfect for a large group - lots of room indoors and outdoors for everyone to find some peace and quiet - we loved the hammock! The villa is really in the heart of beautiful farmland so a car is a must for local amenities, there are some lovely villages, swimming pools and big lake with a beach to visit and food shops / pharmacy was only a 15mins drive away. Only an hours drive from Toulouse airport we found it really accessible. We'd really recommend this villa to any family looking for lots of space, a good pool and a relaxing break in a beautiful setting.