Stone cottage for holiday let, Midi Pyrenees

9.7/10
Saint-Paul-d'Espis, Tarn et Garonne, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MN004196 Advertiser since: 27 June 2016
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The Cottage Self Catering Saturday 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. The gite provides ideal accommodation for a couple - additionally, up to 2 children may 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 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 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

Entertainment

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

Garden and outside

Large, exclusive terrace with bbq for al fresco dining, partially shaded by mature walnut tree and a pergola. Just a few steps away is a 12m x 5m swimming pool with sun-loungers (pool towels are provided).

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

Beauty treatments

Cycling

Family activities

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

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.

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 Moissac.

Festivals

Main festivals: Alors Chante in Montauban (French popular songs); Jazz in Montauban; Lettres d’Automne in Montauban (literature); Au fil de l’eau une histoire (sound and light show in Valence d’Agen).

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.

Valence D'Agen

Valence d’Agen: this town is best known for its festival "Au fil de l’eau… Une histoire". It is held every summer on the banks of the Canal and traces back over the lives of the town’s inhabitants in the last century. It features a historical show involving 450 actors in period costume and numerous sound and lighting engineers.

Walking

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

2 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
9.9 / 10 FHusband 4 September, 2016

Stunning rural french retreat! Chrissie and Guy could not have done enough for us. The cottage was quaint, immaculately clean and had everything you could have needed. This is the perfect place to really get away from it all and experience a true French rural holiday. A car is essential as you are not walking distance to any local amenities. The local towns are 10-15 minute drive away but easy to get to and have your supermarkets, boulangerie and cafe/restaurants.
This is the perfect retreat for couples or young families wanting to enjoy a peaceful break away from the hussle and bustle. A truly stunning place. I cannot wait to return with my 2 young children next year!

9.6 / 10 Julie and david 14 August, 2016

A wonderful little gite with everything we needed. Sole use of a swimming pool and the owners couldn't have been more helpful and informative. Very clean and comfortable. We had a great week.