Large holiday villa in rural Midi Pyrenees - MT005141

8.8/10
Saint-Gauzens (11km from Lavaur), Tarn, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MT005141 Advertiser since: 28 December 2016
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Les Figuiers Self Catering Saturday 4 12 2 6 single beds + cot

About this property

Beautiful Farmhouse With South Facing Private Pool. This villa is in a rural setting.

Traditional Family Farmhouse in the Tarn with Pool

This house is steeped in fascinating history which still holds its charm today. Once owned by a well-loved author who enjoyed holding parties for her distinguished friends, the house has always been full of fun-loving people.

The house itself is rustic and comfortable, and is equipped to cater for your every need. The garden overlooks farmland and has spectacular views over rolling countryside with the Pyrenees in the distance. The swimming pool is in a secluded position, nestling in the side of the hill, surrounded by a tiled sun terrace with loungers. There is a patio in an elevated position overlooking the pool which enjoys some shade, and is an ideal refreshments area. Mature trees to the front of the house also provide a cool, shady haven to escape the heat at midday.


Gound Floor:
Entrance hall - with large sweeping galleried oak staircase.
Bedroom 4 - Double bed, wardrobe, built in cupboard, chairs, traditional red stone floor, window overlooking front garden.
Dining room - Traditional red stone floor, inglenook fireplace, large farmhouse table and chairs (seating 14), two leather armchairs and a 3 seater leather sofa, sideboard and crockery cupboard. Colour tv with English and French satellite, dvd, hi-fi system, window overlooking front garden.
Kitchen - Tiled floor, double sink and draining board, large American-style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, cooker, washing machine, filter coffee machine, and a large range of kitchen equipment and utensils, window to rear.
Shower room - With shower, hand basin and toilet, window to rear.

First Floor:
Large landing - with table and chairs, window overlooking front garden.
Bedroom 1 - with double bed and 2 single beds, cot, wardrobe, chest of drawers. This is a very spacious room and features a red stone floor, window overlooking front garden.
Bedroom 2 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe and dressing table. This room is situated on the corner of the house, with a double aspect, making it a light and airy room, parquet flooring, windows overlooking front garden and open countryside.
Bedroom 3 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe. Situated at the rear of the house, this is a cosy room with traditional French parquet flooring, window to rear.
Bathroom - bath with shower rail, hand basin, toilet, bidet, built-in wardrobe. This is a spacious room that is en-suite to the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen - Tiled floor, double sink and draining board, large American-style fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, cooker, washing machine, filter coffee-machine, and a large range of kitchen equipment and utensils, window to rear.


Living rooms

Large dining/living room - Traditional red stone floor, inglenook fireplace, large farmhouse table and chairs (seating 14), two leather armchairs and a 3 seater leather sofa, sideboard and crockery cupboard. Colour tv with English and French sateLite, dvd, hi-fi system, window overlooking front garden.

Bedrooms

Bedroom 1 - with double bed and 2 single beds, cot, wardrobe, chest of drawers. This is a very spacious room and features a red stone floor, window overlooking front garden.
Bedroom 2 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe and dressing table. This room is situated on the corner of the house, with a double aspect, making it a light and airy room, parquet flooring, windows overlooking front garden and open countryside.
Bedroom 3 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe. Situated at the rear of the house, this is a cosy room with traditional French parquet flooring, window to rear.

Bathrooms

Bathroom - bath with shower rail, hand basin, toilet, bidet, built-in wardrobe. This is a spacious room that is en suite to the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms.
Shower room - With shower, hand basin and toilet, window to rear.

Heating

Electric radiators in each room.
Large open Fireplace in dining room.

Entertainment

Cd player, dvd player, English satellite tv, Exclusive rental, Hi-fi system, Internet access (broadband), Owner not on site, tv, wood burning fire or stove, fans in rooms, radio, electric heaters, hairdryer, board games, wi-fi broadband internet.

Garden and outside

Measuring about half-an-acre, bordered by open fields, various shrubs and mature trees, swimming pool - The 12m x 6m pool is south facing and overlooks breath-taking views. There is also a babies' paddling pool and a solar-heated shower, sun loungers, table and chairs with parasol. There is excellent lighting round the pool for midnight swim enthusiasts! The pool is for the use of guests only and is fully maintained throughout the season (April to mid-October). The pool area and pool terrace is entirely fenced off.
12m x 6m enclosed pool, wholly exclusive.

Patio - This overlooks the pool and features a round stone built table and seating with cushions.
Bbqs - There is a gas barbecue and also a traditional stone barbecue.
Garden furniture - There are several garden tables, chairs and parasols.
Bicycles - Keen cyclists are advised to take their own.
Barn - open plan. This is a detached building and it is used for storing summer furniture and firewood etc.

Parking and garages

Ample shaded and open parking for several cars.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for large family get together, or group of friends.
The terrace and pool area are fenced off for safety but adult supervision of children is paramount at all times around the pool area.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Lavaur

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Realmont
Distance: 25 km

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse
Name of nearest fishing location: Agout
Distance: 5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Figeac
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: En-route to Figeac
Distance: 12 km

Sports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Tecou
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Roger Harman

We've been co-owners in this beautiful rustic but comfortable old farmhouse for nearly 25 years. It was bought as a project with two other couples, our friends. We've spent many happy holidays here all together with our children who love the house and this outstandingly beautiful area of France as much as we still do.

Year property purchased 1993
Why this location? The Tarn is a beautiful and unspoiled region, where the relaxed style and pace of life can almost take you back in time. It is blessed with natural oak forest, rivers, gorges, valleys, rolling hills, architectural masterpieces (such as the many medieval bastides towns, chateaux and churches) and an abundance of flora and fauna. There are also many awe-inspiring walks and panoramas. Even the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees are within reach for day trips. It is a holiday destination which can please all tastes, both cultural and gastronomic!
Unique benefits of property Les Figiuers is steeped in fascinating history which still holds its charm today. Once owned by a well-loved author who enjoyed holding parties for her distinguished friends, the house has always been full of fun-loving people.

At Les Figuiers, you're in the perfect position for peace and quiet, but all the amenities, market towns, historical bastides (fortified towns) and a bustling nightlife are only a short drive away. The nearest village of Briatexte, about 5 minutes drive or a 15 minute cycle ride, you will find a supermarket Casino which will cater for your basic provisions and is open on Sunday, bakeries, Chemist, café/restaurant, doctor, post office and dentist can be found. It also has medieval couvert area where art exhibitions, concerts and local festival gatherings are held throughout the year.

The Owner Recommends

Gaillac

Gaillac, 15 minutes away is a lively old market town on the river Tarn. It has an impressive Abbey as well as many historical buildings, has twice weekly market, lovely boutiques, cafes and restaurants with terraces in the shade under the trees, a cinema, wine museum and many historical places of interest. During August it has live music in the local square every Friday night.

Albi

A trip to Albi is a must, about 30 minutes drive, the capital city of the Tarn region. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a small, bustling city with good shops, several excellent restaurants and a great bar and café culture. The city is dominated by a massive pink brick, gothic cathedral overlooking the river Tarn. The birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, here you will find in a museum dedicated to the artist the world's largest collection of the artist's work. Albi is a great place to visit during the summer, offering lots of live music, a new theatre with cinema and plenty of cultural experiences including boat trips and river cruises on the river Tarn, horse drawn carriages rides and a covered market. Walking along its pretty cobbled streets, you'll soon discover this is a shopper's paradise and a gourmet's delight.

Bastides

If it is ’bastides’ you are interested in, Lautrec, Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelci, Bruniquel and Cordes to name but a few are on the doorstep. A little further afield, Cahors, Castres, and Carcassonne are steeped in history and have picture postcard settings. We've spent many enjoyable evenings here, sitting at pavement cafes, watching the world go by.

Toulouse

Toulouse, the Capital of French rugby and capital of the region (Occitania) is less than an hour away. Cosmopolitan and enthusiastic the " Ville Rose" joyously mixes heritage and lifestyle, great cultural events and festival pleasures. Toulouse is an absolute must for everyone. At once both modern and proud of the legacy of its past, open and radiant, you are bound to be seduced by the incomparable ‘Toulousain’ lifestyle.

Lavaur

Lavaur also has a magnificent cathedral which features the red brickwork that's very traditionnal of the Tarn region. Along with many street cafes, there are a selection of good restaurants. Two of our favourites are the Pizzeria Calcio, which is ideal for an inexpensive family night out, and outside Lavaur Le Colvert - first class food and service with outside shaded terrace, and very reasonably priced. There's also a tourist office in Lavaur.

1 Review
8.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 8
  • Comfort: 8
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
8.8 / 10 Lynn Owen 20 August, 2018

This characterful house and pool is a fantastic location for a group or large family holiday. The views are spectacular and the children looked the pool. Close to many beautiful villages and markets and I would definitely recommend this property and in fact we are looking to book again next year..