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.

12 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Paul Turner 11 June, 2019

A beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting. Lovely gardens, privacy and a pool. Perfect for a couple, but could also accommodate children. Visitors would need a car, or bikes, as the local amenities are a few km away.
Everything is provided, and great thought has gone into making a temporary home, rather than just a holiday rental. The owners live nearby and are available to answer questions, and provide suggestions.

This was our second visit, the last being 2 years ago. We will definitely return.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind words - it was great to see you both again and we look forward to your next visit!

10 / 10 RosyTabs 16 November, 2018

Absolutely charming gite! We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely little home from home. It was immaculately clean, comfortable and the decor was charming, very welcoming and comfortable!
Great amenities with everything you could possibly need for your holiday. It was very well equipped with cooking items, television, coffee maker and even DVDS to watch! There was also a laundry basket with a clothes airer and little table with chairs for breakfast. Very well laid out with a nice decor ...lots of charming items!
This is the best gite we have ever stayed in during our many visits to France....and the owners are really lovely people with lots of information about the local area!
Ideal location, lovely and peaceful with beautiful surrounding countryside, perfect for a relaxing break!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this wonderful gite !!

Owner response

Thank you, Tabs, what lovely comments! We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay and are still full of admiration that your husband and son braved the swimming pool in late October!

10 / 10 Brian Turner 16 November, 2018

This gite is a real find! It is nicely furnished and very comfortable, and when we were there the air conditioning was a must! It is very clean and well maintained, and the outside patio and use of a new good size swimming pool were welcome features. Another nice touch was a welcome pack of food and wine. The owners, Christine and Guy, live in the farmhouse next door, and they are charming hosts. Nothing is too much trouble, and they can recommend to you the best attractions, shops and restaurants in the area.

One of the attractions of this property is its location - unspoilt French countryside! Very picturesque and peaceful, but you do need a car or bikes to get around. There are several beautiful medieval towns to explore, and you must visit at least one night market.

I had to tick the 'mature couples' box, but we are very active and explored the surrounding area fully during our one week stay. My personal favourite - the medieval town of Moissac and its Benedictine abbey. Ask Christine to introduce you to Fred!

Highly recommended!

Owner response

Thank you so much for your kind comments - it was our pleasure having you and your wife to stay. You certainly managed to be active but also managed to relax - the best of both worlds!

10 / 10 Jayne and Gwyn 19 August, 2018

Thank you Chrissie & Guy for making our holiday with you so wonderful. We knew from the first time we met you this was going to be something special. The Cottage isd beautiful, and charming, it is so well equipped and so well thought out. To have a pool to ourselves was a luxury and our evening swims will stay in our minds for a long time.

Your thoughtfulness was truly special. The card, cremant and flowers on our 25th wedding anniversary; being invited to join you and your friends to watch the Blood Moon and the conversations we had were so nice. We came for a relaxing holiday and left having made two lovely friends. We have found the place we will visit again.

Until we see you again,
Jayne & Gwyn

Owner response

Dear Jane and Gwyn - thank you so much for your lovely comments. To be able to welcome guests like yourselves, who leave as friends, is the reason we have a gite! Congratulations once again on your special anniversary - we were so happy to be able to be a small part of the celebrations. All good wishes - Chrissie & Guy