Stone cottage for holiday let, Midi Pyrenees - MN004196

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Saint-Paul-d'Espis (8km from Valence), Tarn et Garonne, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MN004196 Advertiser since: 27 June 2016
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The Cottage Self Catering Flexible 1 4 1 Sitting area includes a comfortable day bed

About this property

Late 16th Century Stone Cottage with Private Terrace. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Charming late 16th Century rural stone cottage with large exclusive terrace with extensive views. Situated in South-West France on a hillside surrounded by fields, Luxac offers the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday.  Beautiful medieval villages and hill-top bastides, with bustling markets and rustic restaurants offering a wide choice of local produce, are just a short drive away.
 
The cottage has been renovated to a high standard and retains many original features such as beams and exposed stone walls. While the gite provides ideal accommodation for a couple, an additional 1 or 2 children may also be accommodated on the day bed in the sitting area.
 
The accommodation and terrace is all on one level, making it handicap friendly, with either a few shallow steps or a gentle slope between the gite and the swimming pool.
 
The English owners, Chrissie and Guy, live in the converted farmhouse on site and will be on hand to welcome you and to help with any enquiries you may have during your stay.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Well-equipped fitted kitchen: electric cooker with oven and 4 rings, microwave, 3/4 height fridge/freezer, double butler sink plus kettle, toaster and Nespresso coffee maker. Private covered dining terrace overlooking fields, equipped with a BBQ.

Living rooms

Comfortable seating with tv, dvd player, iPod speaker, cd/radio, books and games.

Bedrooms

Ground floor bedroom with large double bed and en-suite shower room. A door leads directly from the bedroom onto the large private terrace, with countryside views.

Bathrooms

Large shower, basin and toilet.

Heating

Under-floor electric heating
Qlima inverter unit (very quiet) which provides warm air for heating plus also air-conditioning.

Entertainment

Swimming, pool games, boules (petanque).
Tv, Dvd player, iPod speaker, cd/radio, books and games.

Garden and outside

Large, exclusive terrace with a barbecue, partially shaded by a mature walnut tree. Beneath the pergola, the dining table and chairs provide a shady spot for those al fresco meals while, in another corner, is comfortable seating in which to relax and enjoy the drama of the night sky.
Just a few steps away is a 12m x 5m swimming pool with sun-loungers (pool towels are provided). There is also a shaded area by the pool.

Parking and garages

Off road parking is available.

Visitor suitability

Would ideally suit a couple although could accommodate up to 2 children on the double day bed.
Handicap friendly.

Information about any additional facilities

Laundry facilities are available.
Bicycles can be hired locally.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Couples only

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Valence D'Agen
Distance: 8 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp + Catfish
Name of nearest fishing location: Moissac
Distance: 20 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Espalais
Distance: 13 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Two riding stables
Distance: 5 km

Organic produce/dining

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Canal de Deux Mers

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Brulhois
Distance: 18 km

The Owner Recommends

Cycling

Linking Toulouse to the Atlantic Ocean, the Canal de Garonne was created in the 19th century in the sole aim of extending the Canal du Midi which had been built two centuries earlier and runs between Toulouse and the Mediterranean. Ever since, the two waterways have formed an exceptional engineering structure: the Canal des Deux Mers.

The green route runs for almost 100km alongside the Canal de Garonne in the Midi-Pyrénées. It will take you through a variety of rural landscapes, from the Fronton vineyards to the orchards of the Tarn-et-Garonne. Your itinerary will be interspersed with a number of major tourist sites, starting with Toulouse and Moissan.

There are also 3 local recognised Velo routes of varying distance/effort required. Full details, including route maps, are made available in The Cottage.

Cahors

Situated on a peninsular protected by rocky cliffs formed by the Lot River, Cahors is the sort of small town that the French do so well, at ease with its historic past and equally comfortable in the 21st Century. Its major monuments, the Ponte Valentre and the Cathedral of St-Etienne, deserve attention as does the medieval town, itself the focus of much careful restoration. Throughout the summer there are exhibitions, concerts and river trips. The local wine is excellent, with a cuisine to match.

Festivals

Montauban is a main festival city regularly featuring Jazz, Alors Chante (French popular songs) and Lettres d’Automne (literature). Throughout the summer months there are various festivals held in the surrounding towns and villages - full details are available in The Cottage.

Hot Air Ballooning

Gascony Hot Air Balloon is based in the Gers, at Lectoure, and they offer individuals and groups the opportunity to experience a balloon flight over the marvellous countryside of south west France to view Gascony and the adjacent Pyrenées.

Moissac Abbey

Moissac: a major resting point along the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrim route. The town has a Roman abbey that is a listed Unesco heritage site and boasts the Pont Napoléon, a feat of engineering that carries the Canal de Garonne across the River Tarn. It is also a trading hub for South-West France’s fruit produce, particularly the AOC grapes that bear the town’s name: Chasselas de Moissac.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a commune in the Lot department in south-western France. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association . Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the department, and the entire town is almost a museum. After it was "discovered" by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.

Toulouse

Toulouse: the capital city of the Midi-Pyrénées region, the "ville rose", is popular both on account of its dynamic economy and its laid-back atmosphere. Between appointments, the ‘Toulousains’ like to hang out and sip at cool drinks on sunny café terraces and are always ready to enjoy the city’s lively evening festivities. Historical monuments, boutique fashion stores, cultural centres. The southern France city of Toulouse is a study in contrasts. Visit the Academie des Jeux Floraux, the oldest literary society in the western world, as well as the Galerie du Chateau d'eau, the world's first photography museum. Stroll the Garonne, before visiting France's most beautiful pipe organ at the Saint-Sernin Basilica. Yet for all its medieval architecture, Toulouse is a modern city, home to the European aerospace industry, as well as bars and restaurants in bustling Place du Capitole.

Walking

Tarn et Garonne is crossed by the Le Puy route, one of the main pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.

16 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Naomi W. 7 October, 2019

Well, what can I say? This place is absolutely amazing. On arrival we were shown our little cottage and then sat and had a glass of wine with Chrissie as she gave us lots of tips and ideas for places to visit around the local area. Chrissie is the perfect host and has thought of everything, and I mean everything, to make your holiday as comfortable as possible. Beautiful fluffy towels, a comfy big bed with lovely fresh linen and a very well equipped kitchen. The shower is also fab and there is plenty of hot water. . She is a super attentive host and nothing is too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to my friends and family and we will definitely return if we get a chance. The cottage is pristinely clean as is the pool and surrounding area, there are lots of little thoughtful touches that made it so comfortable. Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet Guy he was poorly, so hopefully next time. all I can say is a big THANK YOU CHRISSIE for being such a fab host.

Owner response

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful review! Thank you so very much. Being fortunate enough to welcome guests like yourselves to our gite is why we are in this business. It was my complete pleasure to meet you both and I was so very pleased to see you relax. A bientot - Chrissie

10 / 10 The Fishers 30 August, 2019

A wonderful, cosy cottage in a fantastic setting - we couldn't fail to have a great time.

The gite was beautifully clean, very well equipped, and had a fabulous large pool. The views from the property were amazing and the stars at night, with no light pollution to speak of, was something to behold. And the hosts, Guy and Chrissie, were wonderful with nothing being too much trouble for them.

We fully intend to return – we can’t give a better endorsement than that!

Owner response

Kind comments, Simon, thank you so much. We were delighted to welcome you and your wife here, we very much enjoyed your company and would like nothing more than to welcome you both back! Until then - Chrissie

10 / 10 Jayne and Gwyn 21 August, 2019

This was our second visit to the amazing Cottage and it was as wonderful as our first visit! Chrissy and Guy are such fantastic hosts whoa can't do enough for you. The Cottage itself is luxurious and the private pool is superb. We are already planning our trip there for next year.

Owner response

Thank you so much, Gwyn! Such lovely comments. And your 3rd visit will be such a treat for us to look forward to, as well. Roll on next year! Until then - all good wishes - Chrissie

10 / 10 perfection 20 August, 2019

my partner and I stayed here July 2019, if your looking for a relaxing, comfortable getaway with the most beautiful surroundings then luxac is the place for you. the gite itself is clean well looked after with a more than adequate kitchen. we were so lucky to be there while the sunflowers were at their best. the shower is always hot and powerful, the bed is very confortable , cannot fault the gite in any way. what makes luxac so special is the owners, they are amazing, with a warm welcome and great local knowledge of places to go, to being there to answer questions, it wouldn't be the same without them.
we are definitely returning for many years to come.

Owner response

What a great review, Daniel, thank you so much! Guy and I are very happy that you both enjoyed your visit here - the sunflowers are a delight, aren't they? We're very much looking forward to seeing you both again. All good wishes - Chrissie