Charming holiday cottage in Midi Pyrenees

3km from Monclar-de-Quercy, Tarn et Garonne, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MN003886 Advertiser since: 27 November 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Rival Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Detached Cottage with Large Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Rival - Charming detached cottage. Sleeping 2+2. Private Pool. Situated within a large and beautiful garden with stunning views. Sauna. The cottage garden is fenced. Private & Secure parking.

Ideal for a couple or a family of 2 adults and 2 children with probable age range from 4 - 14 yrs.
Quiet and private location. Perfect peace.
La Rival is a former 18thc Bakery and Barn.
Pool 12m x 6m. Solar heated. Hydro massager.
Stunning views.

**Additional Pool information**:-
Fully fenced and enclosed Pool, is situated to the rear of the cottage with wonderful far reaching views of the countryside. Open May. Closure Sept.

1 Dog accepted (by request please) at an additional cost of 25€ pw.
Cottage garden fenced and dog proof.

The village of Monclar is 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes walking. La Rival is located within the enchanted triangle of Toulouse (airport 50 minutes), Albi and Montauban. Carcassonne Airport 90 minutes.
Visit the wonderful hilltop villages with Chateaux, super large market at St.Antonin on Sundays, other markets everyday. Wine routes and chances to sample the local wines. Activies include canoeing on the Aveyron, cycling/ walking (trails with maps). Gastronomic experiences at the numerous restaurants. 
Amenities in the village are Bank, Post Office Pharmacy, Supermarket, Restaurant. Doctor, Dentist and Vet.

Listings and recommendations of local restaurants and places to visit in information folders in the cottage.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen: Dishwasher, Microwave etc. Fidge/Freezer Gas Hob & Oven.Breakfast bar with stools.

Living rooms

Sitting room with original features. Beamed ceiling, tiled floor with carpet.
Satellite tv, UK and French. (Flat screen), dvd, audio equipment.


Bed 1. Large room with double bed (standard UK).
Bed 2. Small room suitable for 2 children (full size bunk beds).


Super walk in shower, fitted vanity unit with basin and wc. Heated towel unit.
Washing machine.


Electric heating in all areas. Included mid May - mid September.


Flat screen tv, satelitte UK and France. Dvd, audio, numerous books and games i.e. cards, chess and scrabble.
Exterior: boules, badminton and table tennis. Table football.

Garden and outside

Pool 12m x 6m) fenced with solar heating. Outside shower.
Poolside loungers and furniture. Sauna.
Terrace with barbecue and garden. Table, chairs and lighting for al fresco dining(access direct to the terrace from frenchdoors through kitchen).

Parking and garages

Private secure parking.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for couples or a family with 2 children.

Information about any additional facilities

Badminton, table tennis and boule.
Pool loungers with cushions


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Centre Veterinaire Rte Revel, Monclar 0563309628


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Monclar and most nearby villages.Large Sunday market St. Antonin
Distance: 2 km


Distance: 25 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Monclar Lakes
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Gaillac 9 holes
Distance: 20 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 10 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Gaillac Tour


Name/number of nearest marked trail: The Reservoir du Gouyre.

About the Owner, Mr John Gally

John & CynthIa Gally. British . Languages English, French & smattering of German & Hungarian.

Year property purchased 1996
Why this location? Beautiful area both historical and with wonderful vistas. Further enough south to take advantage of the warmer and more stable climate.
Unique benefits of property We converted the former Bakery and barn into what it is today. A cosy cottage retaining many original features. Quiet and Private. Large Private Pool 12x6m with Hydro Massager. La Rival has its own private garden,fenced and dog proof (should you wish to bring pooch along) however guests may enjoy and visit the larger surrounding garden landscaped and planted with many unique trees and shrubs.This property is unique in that it is totally private. Here you may enjoy Perfect Peace.

The Owner Recommends

Chateaux visits, Canoeing.Restaurants, Museums.Walks.

We are close to the many Bastide villages in particular picturesque Penne, with Son et Lumiere in season. Bruniquel and Puycelci. Visit one of the many breathtaking towns and villages namely the Medieval town of St.Antonin (Sunday market) see the many places and area mentioned in Sebastian Falkes book. Museums- Montauban, Toulouse, and of course the 'Toulouse Lautrec' in Albi. Canoeing- St.Antonin. Averyon. Whole or half Day. Restaurants: " Le Festin de Babette" St.Antonin. Booking necessary. Closer to cottage "Le Terrassier". Vaissac. plus many more please ask. Walks local and selected routes with maps.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 8.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
9.2 / 10 Stella and Philip Thomas 30 August, 2016

La Rival was comfortable, well-equipped and situated in a lovely area. Quiet and peaceful, surrounded by fields full of sunflowers in gently rolling landscape. It more than met our expectations from the description on the website. We found the property to be clean and well-maintained.

Over the years it is clear that the owners have paid a great deal of attention to comments made by earlier guests, consequently everything about the property was well-thought out. Indeed we found the owners to be extremely helpful, kind and generous, doing everything possible to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable, offering the free use of a mountain bike and delicious tomatoes and other produce from the garden. We made full use of the superb swimming pool.

Our holiday was primarily aimed at chilling out, which we were able to do in great comfort, but there are many beautiful villages to visit locally, most notably Puycelsi, whose beautiful church is a must see. Another trip worth making is to the gardens and chemin de fer touristique at Les Jardins des Martels near Giroussens. We didn't make much of the pizzas at the curiously named O'Sullivans bar in Montclar, but the regional food on offer at Chez Terrace in Vassal was very good.

In conclusion we had a wonderful two weeks at La Rival aided by the kindness of the owners and some wonderful weather.

Owner response

Many thanks for you kind words..Best wishes John & Cynthia.

10 / 10 Kendal 30 August, 2015

La Rival is set in tranquil surroundings. A beautifully maintained garden, contains a private pool with glorious views over the countryside. The house is well equipped and comfortable and John and Cynthia are discrete yet available for any queries. We chose La Rival for a relaxing break and it exceeded our expectations.

10 / 10 ant mar 16 August, 2015

Wonderful property and amenities, very clean and well maintained. Fantastic pool and garden.
Owners were extremely helpful and unobtrusive.
Excellent restuarant in Monclar called O'Sulivans. Great food and real value for money
Also nice one in Vaissac at Terressoir Hotel

We were there for 3 weeks and had a brilliant holiday

Fully recommend to small families and couples

10 / 10 Nik and Chris 5 July, 2015

A wonderful holiday choice!
A delightful cottage with everything one needed, although satellite TV was sometimes a bit hit or miss!
The facilities; a 12m x 6 m pool, a sauna in a large converted wine barrel, a generous and relaxing garden complete with badminton and table tennis were superb.
The hosts, Cynthia and John, were accommodating, very friendly and helpful but unlike others we have experienced, were never "supervising" or "just popping in to see if we (in fact, the property!) were OK".
We had the very best of weather but even without this La Rival would be the ideal place to spend a relaxing, quiet and peaceful fortnight.
Given the choice we will return one day!

Owner response

You were great guests. It was a pleasure to welcome you to La Rival. Thank you for the review. See you again we hope. John & Cynthia.