|La Riviere Vacances||Self Catering||Flexible||10||16||5|
Under an hour from Toulouse airport, and within walking distance of L'Isle en Dodon, a sleepy picturesque market town, this well-loved, very spacious family home, makes for an ideal relaxing weekend or holiday in a group or with young families. With its pool, shady terrace, huge garden, cool interiors, large selection of toys and games, the children have plenty to do so the parents can get on with chilling out by the pool in the summer months, or relaxing by the fire in the winter.
La Rivière is perfect for family get-togethers, as we can comfortably house groups of people in 10 bedrooms (plus sofa-bed in the gîte sitting room).
Entirely surrounded by the rolling countryside, with the Pyrenees shimmering in the distance, the house is nestled in a one acre park. For outdoor entertainment there is a swimming pool (not heated and so usable from May-September only) and a barbeque area for outdoor cooking as well as 2 terraces for dining al fresco (one very large covered terrace area - indispensable on the very hot days!), as well as a table tennis table, swing/slide set and a table football.
The rental comprises the use of the main house and gite. In total there are 5 separate sleeping areas: 5 large double bedrooms (1 with en suite facilities, 1 with en suite facilities and an adjoining nursery/twin bedroom, 1 suitable for those unable to climb stairs), 4 twin bedrooms (3 of these can be converted into comfortable doubles), a sofa bed in the gite lounge, 3 bathrooms.
4 double and 8 single beds will be made up for your arrival. If you would like extra beds prepared so each person can sleep in their own bed, this is possible with a small extra cost to cover laundry. If you need less beds, you can rent out only the house which sleeps up to 12. We also have 4 sets of cots and highchairs, as well as toys and games for all ages. Nespresso machine for coffee as well as filter coffee machines. English television and internet access are all included. End of stay cleaning is not included but can be arranged at an extra cost of 150€.
We have an exceptionally well-equipped kitchen, and a dining room table for 16 inside as well as a larger dining table for up to 20 outside on the covered terrace, a step out from the kitchen, and overlooking the garden and pool.
There are several lounge spaces; the main living room off the main living space with tv (English and French), Wii, and lots of dvds to choose from. There is also a library/games room with baby football, a tv corner on the bedroom level with a comfy sofa for quiet children's dvd sessions, and a lounge area in the separate gite.
- Mrs White: with en suite loo and shower
- Colonel Mustard: with en suite loo and shower and a separate en suite nursery room with cot, single bed and changing table
- Mrs Peacock
- Gite double
- Reverend Green (can be converted into a double bed)
- Professor Plum (can be converted into a double bed)
- Miss Scarlett
- Gite twin (can be converted into a double bed)
- Ground floor of main house, a double bed and two singles
We also have 2 travel cots, 2 fold-up beds for children and 1 other cot (a total of 4 cots) so that you can arrange bedrooms to suit your group.
One main bathroom with bath shower sink and loo.
Gite shower room with shower loo and sink.
En suite shower loo and sink in Colonel Mustard and Mrs White.
Downstairs double shower room with 2 showers, loo and sink.
The main living space, downstairs double shower have underfloor heating, as well as a woodburner in the main living space.
Colonel Mustard, the Nursery and Professor Plum have central heating.
The main sitting room has a woodburner.
The other rooms do not have heating but are warm from April-December.
The separate gite is not available from November - April.
The house can be rented alone at this period at a lower price.
There are plenty of things to do!
Outdoor games such as Jenga and Molkki
Bikes available to borrow, adult and child
Brio Train set
Dolls, pushchairs, kitchenette, etc
Hi, my name's Charlotte. I am originally a Londoner, and moved to Toulouse 20 years ago when I met my French partner. We have four children and love discovering new places and things to do in this beautiful region.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||It's only an hour from Toulouse airport, an hour from the Pyrenees and Toulouse, and in a beautiful green, hilly setting, with lots of authentic French villages and countryside to explore.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Rivière has been lovingly restored over the years to create a warm, cosy family home. It has lots of large spaces so that groups never feel on top of one another. Comfortable bedrooms, plenty of toys and games - inside and out. The pool area is just off the outside covered terrace and surrounded by trees, so guests can feel secluded from the outside world, and yet walk into the little market town of Isle-en-Dodon in 15 minutes along the river Save.|
This is an unmissable morning outing only 15 minutes away to soak up the local culture at one of the biggest markets in Southwest France, and one of the biggest "marché au gras" in the country. You could also stop for lunch at our favourite restaurant in the main square. Lots to see in this bustling market, and the little town centre with its 17th century houses is worth exploring
It would be a huge shame to miss out on a visit to this beautiful city. An hour from the La Rivière, Toulouse city centre is small and easily explored on foot. Named La Ville Rose (Pink City) after the pink/red brick used in the buildings, you will love exploring the winding streets, often opening out onto elegant squares. Lots of great, affordable restaurants, boutiques, bars, and parks. Sit on the edge of the Garonne and admire the view of the Pont Neuf and Hôtel Dieu. There are few cities which feel quite as authentically French as Toulouse – it’s like a southern version of Paris only smaller, cheaper and friendlier, and sunnier!
Take the cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy stunning 360° views of the Pyrenees. The local tourist office can suggest short and long hikes for all abilities, including pushchair-friendly walks. Lots of restaurants and cafés in this historical spa town popular since the 10th century with many French celebrities, such as Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, Guy de Maupassant and Gustave Flaubert.
A walk with the most breathtaking view at the top. We have managed this with 3 year olds (although we carried them for part of it). You can picnic at the lake or buy steak-haché frites at the café. A little crêpe café is near the car park at the end of the walk for extra motivation to get back down again!
Just a few minutes from the house, you can choose the tranquil river Save for floating down the river and enjoying the wildlife, or more adventurous canoeing on the wilder waters of the river Gesse. Lots of fun!
Adventure park with rock climbing, zipwires etc. Great fun for all ages in a spectacular setting at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Aeronautical museum for all the family. The origins of aviation. Guided tour for children to discover the different uses of aviation; from the light aircraft of pioneers to scientific, military and commercial aviation. A fun visit with quizzes and interactive games.
We often spend a day at this pretty 22 acre lake at Saramon. It has a fine sandy beach and is surrounded by trees and hillsides. The water is clean and clear to swim in, there are lifeguards, waterslides, pedalos, lots of shade, sunloungers, a children's playground and café (open all day). Saramon is really beautiful authentic village of the Southwest and worth stopping off for a drink and a wander on the way home.
Our children's absolute favourite and a fantastic day out. A family-run business which has been built up over the years and has new additions every springtime re-opening. Set in a wooded park with plenty of shade, it is especially brilliant for 2-8 year olds, but older children will have a great time too. Make sure to take swimming things if the weather is warm for the water park.
We always make sure to come here for a day out! We love the bouncy diving board and the waterslide. Also a paddling pool, café and lots of sunloungers or a shady lawn to relax by the pool. If you want to make a day of it, you can picnic first by the Boulogne lake, spread over 4 acres, with picnic tables, a shady park for children. from 1pm - 6.30 pm you can rent pedalos on the lake.
Another firm favourite. Eco-museum, archeological and cultural park recreating a typical gallic village with demonstrations of jewellery-making, weaving, ironwork and wickerwork.
Ecological donkey farm. Taste fresh donkey milk and watch the milking. Discover the secrets of how donkey milk soap is made. Visit the other animals on the farm.
Discover space and the wonders of the universe. Discover actual spacecraft. Travel to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Make it rain and shine. Train yourself like an astronaut.
Tree-top adventure park with zipwires etc. Activities from age 2 and up. Café. Only half an hour from the house.
Feed and stroke the many different types of animals wandering round the park and play on the bouncy castles and go-karts.
An amusement park with mini-golf, pedalos, zipwire across the lake, mini-farm, a train, and lots more activities for a family day out 40 minutes from the house.
Local stables offering horse-riding for children of 7 and upwards for a morning or afternoon activity.
Safari and zoo with sea lion and bird shows, café, picnic and play area and lots of shade for summer visits.