|Sassios||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3||Family suite - Sofabed for 2 children or 1 adult|
The house is an old farm and buildings, originally from 1832. It was converted in the 1970’s and has been significantly updated since, the last renovation taking place in 2017 by the current owners.
It is a stone-built building, set in 2 hectares of land which includes lawns, woods, meadow, orchard and – unusually – a Petanque court.
The swimming pool was refurbished in 2017 to include roman steps, a powered pool cover, saltwater treatment and the solar shower. There is a large patio surrounding the pool which is very private.
We have built several patio areas around the house to cater for a range of weather conditions and to provide an eating area, along with a summer kitchen, which is in the shade – an essential here in August! The patio also includes both gas and charcoal barbeques for your use.
When you book Sassios, you get exclusive use of all the house and grounds.
Internal – The Annex
The house is unusual in that there is the main house with an attached annex with its own private entrance. This is what we refer to as the “Family Suite”. This suite has 2 rooms and its own en suite shower room. The main bedroom has a double bed; the other room is essentially the living room with tv, dvd and French tv via Orange available, but the sofa pulls out into a very comfortable bed for 1 adult or 2 children.
Internal – Ground Floor
Inside the main house, on the ground floor, is the large open plan kitchen – new in 2017; a dining room with seating for 10 at the dinner table and four easy chairs around the logburner; laundry room with wc; and a large bedroom with en suite bathroom. This bedroom has a super-king size bed, plus a double day bed which can sleep 2 adults or 2 children.
Internal – First Floor
Following through the dining area to the hall and stone stairs, you reach the large living room and library area. There are 3 settees and two easy chairs, large tv with Sky tv and dvd player. There is a second logburner in this lounge.
Off the lounge area is the master bedroom, which includes a super-king sized bed, 2 easy chairs, a dressing room and en suite shower room.
On this first floor, there is also an outside balcony off the lounge with electric roller shutter – these really do help to keep the heat out of the house in the summer!
We have an internet connection and there are routers available throughout the house – all access codes are in the house book.
The modern, fully fitted kitchen includes 2 ovens, microwave, 5 burner gas hob and extractor/filter, fridge-freezer with filtered water/ice maker, dishwasher etc. There is a ground floor toilet off the kitchen and a washing machine.
The whole area was fully updated in 2017, including wiring and lighting.
Easy glide and close cupboards contain all the equipment needed, including Denby Ware crockery, glasses, pots and pans, bowls etc.
The work surfaces, with the exception of the hob area, are beech and are regularly oiled, but do need to be kept dry.
The main living room is on the first floor and is approximately 60 square meters in area. The floors are stone tiled and easy to keep clean and very cool on the feet in summer.
There is ample seating for a family of 9 plus, and there is a small library for you to use.
There is a large tv with Sky and dvd attached.
We have 3 large bedrooms, and the family suite includes a further room that can be used as a fourth bedroom as it has a sofabed - suitable for 2 children or 1 adult.
The master bedroom is on the first floor, is about 25 square meters and is carpeted. It has a dressing room attached to it, along with a modern en suite shower room. The bed is a super-king size.
The second bedroom on the ground floor is again about 25 square meters, and has a tiled floor and an en suite bathroom with an over bath shower. The bed is a super-king size. There is also a large day bed that can sleep 2 plus children or 2 adults.
The family suite is about 28 square meters, and has a double bed. It is approached through the living area - about 12 square meters - which has a sofabed suitable for two children or one adult. The en suite shower room is off this room. When not being used as a supplementary bedroom, it serves as a small, private living room with tv.
There are 3 bathrooms at the property, all en suite.
There is central heating throughout and 2 powerful log burning stoves.
In the summer there is no need for any heating.
Two tv's, 2 dvd players, and a cd player.
Outside is a petanque court, swimming pool, and children's climbing frame (for under 10's).
Two acres of land of varying types - lawned areas, orchard, woods, meadow, 5 patio/terrace spaces, petanque court.
Ample parking for 5 or more cars - no garage available.
Suitable for adult groups and families but not people with major disability, due to access to bathrooms.
We fell in love with France many years ago, and were fortunate enough to retire here in 2015. We live at Sassios, renting it out as a luxury holiday home for part of the year.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We are in the Tarn et Garonne region which nestles in the foot hills between Toulouse and Bordeaux, and as such, is served by several very different wine areas. Bordeaux, Buzet, Cahors, Bergerac - all are only a few miles away and easily reached for a day trip.
The area is also very tranquil, yet to be fully discovered by tourists, but still having plenty to see and do.
|Unique benefits of property||Tranquillity. Set back and up from the quiet local road by 300m, we have fabulous views of the valley and Lauzerte, and are surrounded by woods and fields making this place very special.
At night the sky sparkles with stars, frequently seeing the Milky Way and shooting stars. Sit on the terrace a little earlier and see some of the most beautiful sunsets.
There are large grounds for you to explore, including a saltwater pool for your exclusive use.
We are 20 minutes to the Canal des Deux Mers; the towns of Agen, Montauban and Cahors are each only 40 minutes’ drive away. Local markets abound, details are in the house book.
The house has 3 bedrooms; a family suite with en suite shower room; 2 large bedrooms, both with super-king sized bed and en suite; one includes a double day bed.
Fully fitted kitchen includes 2 ovens, microwave, 5 burner hob, fridge-freezer with filtered water/ice maker, dishwasher etc. There is a ground floor toilet off the kitchen and a washing machine.
Lauzerte is a very old Bastide town and is one of the top 100 villages in France.
During July and August, every Thursday evening there is a Marche Gourmande - a night market that is full of colour and live entertainment while you sit and enjoy your selection of local foods from the food sellers at the market.
In the daytime, explore its old streets, discover the unusual corner of the market place and the old church.
Lauzerte sits on the route of the Pellarin - the Pilgrims who walk to Santiago de Compestella - and this makes it a very important site for many reasons.
There are several cafes in the town, most offering food as well as a coffee or cool drink.
Probably one of our favourite places for a visit, combining the very old historic buildings and the associated history of the region, with the very new.
Cahor wine is one of the oldest - at least in France - and is having a revival at the moment, so a visit to the Cahors wine museum should be a must. Cahors wine is also referred to as a black wine due to the depth of the colour.
The old market place is very "French" and not too touristy, fabulous local produce and colour, it takes place on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
And from Cahors, you are well placed to explore the major valleys - the Lot and the Cele.