|La Vele||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||3||Additional single bed, and two cots.|
This large 4 bedroom family-friendly Gite sleeps 8-10 people. The converted 200-year-old barn provides a spacious and restful living space of nearly 2,000 sq.ft.
On the ground floor there is a fully-equipped, modern kitchen, lounge and dining area, snug and shower room with toilet. On the first floor, there are 4 large bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and a family bathroom.
The 2 acre garden contains the child-secure 12x6 metre swimming pool within a large, secluded tiled terrace with barbecue area, sun-loungers and sun-shades. The pool and terrace is totally fenced with two 'child-proof' access gates. The pool has a shallow end with wide corner steps. The garden offers spacious lawns, a field for children's games and places of welcome shade during the summer months. Surrounded on three sides by fields, vineyards and small copses, the house has no passing traffic except for the occasional local farmer checking his crop.
The generous sized kitchen has an ‘L’ shaped configuration of modern units with additional wall cupboards. Appliances include: Electric oven, microwave, kettle and toaster, gas/electric hob, dishwasher and two large refrigerators, one with freezer compartment.
(5.0m x 4.5m.)
The large open plan family room has two large settees, chairs, satellite TV, DVD player and radio. The bookshelves contain a selection of books and DVDs for use by guests. There is also a second dining area with a table and six chairs. [9.25m x 4.75m]
The Snug provides an alternative to the family room, for children or adults wanting a little ‘peace & quiet’! With two settees, chairs, a TV/DVD player, and coffee table it is a good place for family board games.
The Yellow Room: This Kingsize bedroom with en-suite shower room, has peaceful views over fields and vineyards. Walk-in wardrobe. Old beams.
The Blue Room is a Twin bedroom with the option of an additional single-bed and/or child’s cot. Wardrobe, table and chair. ‘Interesting’ structure of old roof beams. (5.0m x 4.0m.)
The Pink Room is a Kingsize bedroom with the option of an additional single-bed and/or child’s cot. Wardrobe, dressing table and chair.
The White Room: A Double bedroom with built in wardrobe.
Family Bathroom has bath, corner shower unit, wash basin and toilet.
Ensuite Bathroom has washbasin, shower and toilet.
The ground floor shower room has a large walk-in shower, washbasin, toilet and a washing machine.
The Gite is centrally heated.
The Gite is equipped with English Satellite TV in the family room.
Both the family room and the snug have DVD players, and a selection of films for adults and children are available to borrow.
There is also a radio which can Bluetooth with smartphones so that you can listen to your music.
The pool, patio and poolside barbecue area for alfresco eating is totally fenced to meet the latest requirements of the French Government, with two ‘childproof’ access gates. The 12m x 6m pool is kept spotlessly clean by means of a ‘robot’ pool cleaner and an efficient filtration system. Unlike many pools it has both a seven foot deep-end and a shallow end, which is enthusiastically enjoyed by ‘little ones’ of all ages. Built in, wide corner steps make getting in and out of the pool easy. The pool ‘Abri’ houses the barbecue and provides seating for 10 and gives pleasant shade during the hot summer months. A feature of the Tarn area, the pigeonnier [or dovecote], houses a selection of inflatables, sunbeds and parasols etc.
The plot is a simple, but imaginatively designed rural garden. Predominantly grass, ideal for childrens games, it has high hedges to offer welcome shade during the summer months. The garden also contains a variety of fruit and nut trees.
Parking is available on site for 2-3 cars.
The La Vele gite is well equipped, family friendly and spacious enough to sleep up to 8/10 people, such as an extended family, or two families sharing. It also appeals to the smaller family, adult groups or couples who appreciate lots of space when on holiday.
There is a children's swing, and boules.
The two nearest villages with the most facilities are Castelnau and Cahuzac, with the town of Gaillac and the city of Albi being only 15 and 25 minutes away respectively.
Caroline and John live in Whitstable with their two children, Chloe and William.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||Set in peaceful, undulating countryside famous for its 130+ vineyards, this area is also known for its medieval hilltop ‘bastide’ villages and spectacular views. There are many beautiful and historic villages and towns within easy reach, most of which hold charming market days.
Four of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' are within a 30 minute drive: Puycelsi, Castelnau de Montmiral, Bruniquel and Cordes sur Ciel, also voted Favourite French Village 2014. The historic towns of Albi (30 mins) and Castres (60 mins) are well worth a visit, as is the truly spectacular Carcassonne (100 mins). Toulouse, France’s 4th largest city is one hour’s drive, and the Gite is also only a couple of hours drive to both the Mediterranean coast and the Pyrenees. Yet, this beautiful part of France still remains relatively undiscovered!
|Unique benefits of property||The converted 200-year-old barn provides a spacious and restful living space of nearly 2,000 sq.ft. with 4 large bedrooms which sleep 8-10 people. Surrounded on three sides by fields, vineyards and small copses, the house has no passing traffic except for the occasional local farmer checking his crop. The 2 acre garden contains the child-secure 12x6 metre swimming pool within a large, secluded tiled terrace with barbecue area, sun-loungers and sun-shades. The garden offers spacious lawns, a field for children's games and places of welcome shade during the summer months. Offering an enclosed pool, large garden, comfortable living and flexible sleeping accommodation, it is an ideal base for a family or group holiday in this beautiful part of South West France.|
In the Gaillac AOC wine region there are over 130 vineyards. Gaillac and Le Verdier are on the Vignobles Gaillacoise [Wine Route], so make time to visit wine producing chateaux, domains and manor houses for free tastings [degustation]. Or for a wider selection, visit one of the numerous co-operative cellars or private ‘caves’.
Our personal Favourites include:
Domaine du Brousse - 4km
Domaine du Mas Pignou - 5km
Domaine Sarabelle - 17km
Every day of the week somewhere within easy access, is an interesting market just waiting to be visited! From flea markets to cattle fairs, to brocante, - and of course food and drink! Local specialities include saucisson, duck, foie gras, cheese, fruit, nougat and honey.
My favourites are the Sunday morning market at St Antonin - but get there early, - and the Friday morning market in Gaillac. The Tuesday late afternoon 'Bio' (Organic) market in Gaillac is also worth a visit during July & August when the lower square takes on a party atmosphere with outside dining, music and dancing.
The "Bastide" towns of southwest France comprise a wonderful collection of well-preserved medieval townscapes. There are a number of ‘Bastide’ hill-top walled towns in the local area which date from the 13th and 14th centuries, born from the fight against the Cathars. Castelnau-de-Montmiral is less than 10 minutes from the Gite and is well worth a visit, whilst Cordes-sur-Ciel, a 20 minute drive, was voted Favourite French Village in 2014 and is an absolute 'must-see'.
Other nearby medieval villages nearby include Puycelsi, Penne, and Bruniquel. Further afield, Carcassonne, a World Heritage Site, is about one and three quarters hours drive.
Eating out is easy; there is a wide choice of restaurants in surrounding towns and villages, many of which are very reasonably priced.
Personal favourites include La Bonne Auberge in Cahuzac (15 mins) for a typical, inexpensive French lunch. Anyyone can be there at lunchtime from office workers, labourers, families and couples.
In Puycelsi, Au Cabanon is great, as is Le Jardin des Lys which has a lovely menu and amazing views. In Gaillac, there are many places to try, but we like Chez Germaine, La Table du Sommelier and Au Fil des Saisons.
Gaillac, nestling in a bend of the river Tarn, is the nearest town to Le Verdier. The town is a ‘must’ during your stay for its monuments (such as St Michel Abbey, St Pierre church, Griffoul square, the Yversen and Pierre de Brens townhouses, the Beaux-Arts de Foucaud castle-museum), and for its pleasant Friday morning market and wide selection of restaurants.
Gaillac is also famous for its wine production and lends it name to the AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controlee). The Gaillac AOC covers an area of 3500 hectares producing 60% of red wine, 30% of white wine, and 10% of rose wine. The Maison des Vins (wine house) of Gaillac is located inside Saint-Michel Abbey where you can taste
a large selection of Gaillac Wines.
Albi is the ‘prefecture’ of the Tarn Department. It is centered around two large medieval buildings: The Saint-Cecile Cathedral, the largest brick-built cathedral in the world, and the Berbie Palace, the former fortified residence of the Albi bishops, and now the home of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum with the largest public collection of the artist’s work.
The covered market hall, completed in 1905, functions as Albi’s largest market - a lively place where local people come to purchase their vegetables, cheese, meat and fish.
There are plenty of shops in Albi and many lovely restaurants. Albi also has two nationally classified gardens, “Jardins remarquables”. Albi, is about a 30 minute drive and another 'must' to visit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at la Vele. As a family with 3 small children the house and facilities were perfect. The pool is a particular highlight - large, safe and warmer that average, we were able to enjoy full days with shelter, shade and a BBQ.
Although the villa is in a peaceful area surrounded by vineyards, beautiful villages were within easy reach. Supermarket in Gailliac was excellent.
Any interaction with the owners was swift and professional.
Overall, a great gite. Thoroughly recommended.