|La Borde||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
A beautifully and sympathetically renovated former barn, La Borde is the epitome of Rural French living, with the addition of all mod-cons. There is a wealth of original features including oak beams and exposed stonework. The original "evier" and bread proving oven have been incorporated into the decor. Terraces are placed so that you can follow the sun around all day.
We know that travelling light means that you have to leave certain essentials behind, so we have provided bathrobes, slippers and towels for our guests. Each bedroom also has a hairdryer and a selection of toiletries.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a range oven, dishwasher, American style fridge-freezer with cold water and ice on demand. There are plenty of cook books and every utensil you need to create a gastronomic meal, if it takes your fancy. If your idea of a holiday in France is waking up to freshly made espresso, we even have a genuine, café barista machine. From the kitchen, bi-fold doors take you to one of the terraces where you can watch the sun come up over the hills and breakfast at the refectory style table.
The living room is furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs. There is an extensive library catering for most tastes. A door leads to another terrace where you can dine at night and watch the sunset. If you are lucky, you may even catch sight of deer and hares in the neighbouring fields! Steps lead down to the pool area and garden from here. From the living room another staircase leads to the attic bedroom.
On the ground floor are two double bedrooms and one twin room (which can be turned into a double). One of the double rooms has a door out to the covered terrace that leads to the pool. The twin room has frenchdoors onto the side garden, whilst the other double has a large window opening onto the side garden. The fourth bedroom is located under the beams in the attic with a dormer window overlooking the fields and forests to the rear of the property. This room has its own en suite shower room. All of the bedrooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers and seating.
The family bathroom on the ground floor has a toilet, basin, full size bath and a separate shower. The en suite to the attic room has a shower, basin and toilet.
There are plenty of boardgames, books and dvd's to keep you entertained.
The two terraces can accommodate you to wine and dine. On the Day Terrace there is a large, gas-fired barbeque and a refrectory style table to seat you all. This terrace is in partial shade, should you wish to escape the sun! The Evening Terrace also has seating and a table. Here there is a large parasol. There is a cozy covered terrace leading out from one of the ground floor bedrooms and on to the pool. This terrace has a little bistro set of table and chairs. All the terraces have lighting to enable you to sit al fresco into the evening.
There is a boules area and a badminton set for you to enjoy and, of course, pièce de résistance, the private, salt water swimming pool with its own terrace complete with furniture and huge parasol.
There is private, off-road parking for up to four vehicles.
The property would not be suitable for those of limited mobility due to the spilt level living. Whilst it would be fine for babies in arms, unfortunately not suitable for toddlers. No Stag or Hen parties or similar. A car is required as the property is not on a pubic transport network.
We have provided a travelcot and a Silver Cross pram for those bringing a baby.
We are Becky and David Gibbs and we would like to welcome you to La Borde. David is an artisan builder who has lovingly restored every square metre of our delightful home, whilst I have been in charge of furnishing it. Many of the pieces have been sourced from brocante shops and re-imagined by ourselves to give the comfortable surroundings we hope you will enjoy.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Whilst living in the region, every time I drove to Caylus, I passed a little group of stone buildings and always thought to myself “I’d love to live there”. A turn of fate enabled us to purchase one of the buildings and after 13 painstaking years, we have our beautiful house in this very special corner of SW France. Steeped in history, there are so many bastide towns and villages to explore. During the Summer months you will never want for a fête, whether it be music or gourmand! Beautiful castles open their ramparts for you to explore. The flora and fauna of the area is exquisite. Don't just take our word for it, come and visit!|
|Unique benefits of property||The property has been renovated to the highest standards, with all mod-cons, whilst still maintaining original features including exposed beams and stonework. Three of the four bedrooms are on the ground floor, keeping them cool in the heat of the summer. The living room and kitchen are on the first floor with 2 balconies, allowing you to eat and drink in the sun from dawn to dusk. A private pool, exclusively for our guests, is available during your stay. A private drive can accommodate up to 4 vehicles. A welcome pack of groceries greets you, as well as toiletries, bathrobes and slippers for your use during your stay.|
The town of St Antonin Noble Val is just a 15 minute drive away. Here there is a wonderful street market on a Sunday. A must to browse and buy your essentials of wines and cheeses.
Officially listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, Najac is just 17km away. A little further on is Cordes Sur Ceil with streets full of craft shops and art galleries, as well as the magnificent castle perched in the clouds. Bruniquel boasts not one but two medieval castles. The Chateau de la Reine Margot is just a 15 minute drive away. From all of the bastide towns and villages, you can be assured of outstanding views of the vallies and gorges.
The river Aveyron meanders through the gorges bordered by the medieval fortified towns of Najac, Saint Antonin Noble Val and Bruniquel. Take a canoe or kayak from Saint Antonin and discover the spellbinding calm of this river as it reveals the wealth of its ancient heritage and sunlit landscapes. Canoeing in the warm water is a must. There are beaches for you to picnic on, rapids for you to navigate, natural diving boards and limestone cliffs to admire on your way down. There are several locations to hire from and you will be provided with the equipment you require and be collected at the end point. What a way to spend a day!
The whole area is criss-crossed by a well maintained network of routes suitable for hiking and cycling alike. Set off from the property and you are immediately on one of the PR routes (we have provided you with maps at the accommodation). You can choose from short or long circular routes where you can take in the breath-taking scenery of the region.
There are three main wine routes of the region: Cahors, Armagnac and Gaillac. The Cahors route takes you along the Lot river. You may recognise the name "Malbec". This is a wine of the region. The Armagnac route is in the Gers department. You will discover the history of the oldest brandy in France. The Gaillac route takes you across the Tarn department where the wine has an AOC appellation dating back to Roman times. Whichever route you choose (or why not do all three?) you are sure to enjoy the wines, the scenery and the history of the region.