|Hilltop Haven||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
Hilltop Haven was once the home of an independent wine producer.
Positioned in an enviable location high on the rolling hills of the Tarn with a breathtaking panoramic view which on clear days includes the whole of the Pyreneen Mountain Range.
The nearest village with grocers, bakers, cafes, restaurant, pizza, bank etc is just a few minutes away by car. The house is centrally located with easy access to a variety of colourful and vibrant towns with have all the facilities one could wish for and all within a 10-15 minutes drive.
There is a large on surface swimming pool (approx 8x4), an outdoor BBQ and dining area. There is a grassed sun-lounging area along side the pool and a covered terrace with dining and lounge space. The walk up to the summerhouse will not disappoint. This is a peaceful spot from which to admire the views, have a quiet drink or read a book. There is a child's swing and outdoor table tennis. You and yours will be well catered for.
The farmhouse is built from local sandstone with a traditional pan tiled roof. Inside the rooms have terracotta floors and wooden ceilings made from oak, chestnut, walnut and poplar. In recent times it has undergone a complete renovation with great care to keep the original character but with all modern comforts added. All rooms have fabulous views.
There is a spacious family kitchen/dining area. The main bathroom is of a very high standard with a separate luxury bath and shower. There are 4 bedrooms one of which is ground floor - ideal for older parents or children and all are comfortable and of a good size. The main bedroom benefits from its own shower. There is a separate downstairs toilet and wash basin located in the ground floor bedroom.
There is a cosy, bright living room with log-burner.
The property exudes the character, charm and warmth of welcome of this area and from the moment you step in you will feel relaxed and at home.
Our guests always report a sound sleep!
Large modern well equipped kitchen/dining (30m2) room. A very convivial family space which benefits from induction hob and self cleaning oven, both chosen with the safety of young children in mind. There is also a dishwasher, microwave, large fridge freezer and use of a washing machine.
Living room with fireplace and log burner (20m2). Large settee with armchairs and free to view UK TV.
Four bedrooms, 3 upstairs including main bedroom with shower.
One bedroom downstairs where the separate toilet and wash basin is found.
For your comfort all bedrooms are equipped with a fan.
Luxury bathroom upstairs with shower and large bath. We kindly ask our guests to provide their own pool and bath towels.
Fireplace with log burner.
Swimming pool, books, games and DVDs are provided.
Table tennis and outdoor games.
Also you will find tourist information covering everything from wine tasting to hot air ballooning and which is always up to date. Many publications are in English.
If you need any help with translation or booking activities or restaurants, please remember your hosts Angela and Simon are happy to help.
Large garden to rear of house with large on surface swimming pool (seasonal) which is a particularly good choice for the safety of young children as the access ladders can be removed.
Large covered area providing shelter from the sun with sitting and dining space.
Swings for younger children.
Space for several cars.
Very popular with both families and couples. People who like to get away from it all, enjoy country pursuits and spend some quality time together enjoying a slower pace of life. Artists, photographers - all lovers of rural France. Opportunities to take part in many sports and activities, please ask for more details. The area is of considerable historic and cultural interest and has a huge variety of flora and fauna. Ideal for ramblers and cyclists.
Please note a 25% deposit of the total price due is payable at the time of booking to secure the week(s) reserved. Booking form and terms and conditions will be sent directly from the owners. Bed linen is provided but we kindly remind our guests to provide their own bath and pool towels.
There is a travel cot, highchair and safety gates for the stairs.
We have an excellent knowledge of the local area and very happy to offer assistance to get the best from the area if this would be of help to you.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Ideal environment to spend precious time with family and friends|
|Unique benefits of property||Tranquil setting with superb views|
Below is just a snippet of things to see and do, but if you would like details or more information about anything specific just get in touch and we will be very happy to help out if we can.
Throughout July and August on Thursday mornings 10.30am An hour an a half guided tour of the chateau gardens and wine cellar followed by aperos and wine tasting with an opportunity to buy a bottle or two of these wonderful wines.
English inspired and with over 6 acres of landscaped gardens, in a wonderful setting only 10 minutes away from Hilltop Haven. There is a mini farm, shop and cafe.Often there is an exhibition of local artists and during the spring and summer apero concerts are held in the gardens. A real treat is to take the steam train from St Lieux Les Lavaur to the gardens.
A real must for anyone who is a steam train enthusiast - you can even book a day on the railway culminating in driving a steam train (needs to be booked weeks in advance as it is very popular). One of the steam trains takes visitors from the village to the Les Jardins Des Martels on a single gauge railway that has been reinstated by volunteers and was once a connecting service between the villages.
Markets are held all year and are colourful and vibrant, selling locally and often organically grown produce. They start early and finish by lunch time and are a great way to start the day, meeting the locals and soaking up the warm friendly atmosphere. Gaillac, Lisle sur Tarn and Lavaur are just a few held locally.
Often roadside traders sell their home grown fruit and vegetables and 5 mins by car we have a farm shop selling local and organic produce where you can also pick your own cherries when in season.
Although there are numerous to chose from, two of my favourite are Lisle sur Tarn and Gaillac. The staff are so friendly and helpful and often there is someone who will speak English. The information on offer is endless and they are well worth a visit.
A great day out following the signposted trails taking you from village to village and discovering the region. There are various routes to follow from the wine trails to the pigeonniers or the tour of hilltop villages and towns such as Bruniquel, Cordes sur Ciel, Penne and Puycelsi.
In 1992 roman gold coins were discovered here and now Montans proudly displays them in a purpose built exhibition centre which houses locally produced antique pottery. There is a reconstructed Roman street leading to the potters house. There is also a shop where you can buy a small memento of your visit and which are made by local ceramists.
One of the many honey producers in the area where you can learn about the lives of bees and how they are without doubt key to our survival. Fascinating and very informative. There is also a shop where you can buy products made locally using the honey they produce.
Famous for its pink garlic and links to the family of Toulouse Lautrec. Really beautiful with medieval houses and its old windmill overlooking the town. Various shops sell products dyed with the famous 'pastel' and local bars and cafes are a great place to soak up the atmosphere. Cafe Plum is a favourite and is run as a cooperative. During most of the year there are concerts, craft markets and exhibitions. There is also an outdoor water park with mini golf etc - open in July and August and a favourite with our guests
From the unique underground tunnels of Castela at St Sulpice where royalty did a little counterfeiting to the imposing fortress of castle Mauriac. Chateau Cayla with its beautiful woodland walks is a lovely place to have a picnic.
Awe inspiring churches and cathedrals including the magnificent one in Albi, an UNESCO city and one that has to be on anyone's list of 'must do's'. Museums are plenty and varied, we even have a chocolate museum in Lisle sur Tarn!!
There is a great aerodrome at Graulhet with a cafe/restaurant along side where you can sit and watch the gliders take to the air. You can also take discovery flights from here. Something I tried a little while ago and still talk about is the 'baptisme' flight in a micro-lite taken from the small aerodrome near Lavaur, it was quite exhilarating dangling in the air on a harness!!
Aiguelèze where you can play golf, real or crazy, swim in the River Tarn during the summer months, hire small boats, canoes, pedalos and stand up paddle boards. Here you can also take the river cruise to Albi. There are restaurants and cafes or take a picnic and relax sitting on the banks of the Tarn. Swing through the trees, in Puylaurens. There's paintball, quad biking, horse riding, so much to do and all within a short drive from the property.
There are many signposted walks and trails to enjoy. We are lucky to have a lovely walk starting from our own Village that passes by Hilltop Haven and takes in the stunning scenery which visitors have often referred to as 'French Tuscany'. The walk is 12kms but has various paths you could take if you would rather do shorter routes with a lot of it off road, making it a great way for the younger ones to 'let off some steam' at the end of the day, before returning home to your glass of chilled Gaillac Perlé whilst sitting in the evening warmth and admiring one of the many spectacular sunsets that we are privileged to see.