Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4
|La Maison Du Vignes||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2|
A 19th century country house which sleeps up to 8 plus 2 babies. This part of an old farm built in local Toulousian brick has recently been renovated to provide spacious, comfortable accommodation of approximately 160m². It is a delightful self-contained house with many original features such as exposed oak beams, old tiled floors and a wine vat (now a store room). The four bedrooms on the first floor all look out onto the front garden. There are two bathrooms each with a shower and toilet and a separate toilet on the ground floor. It is the perfect place for a quiet relaxing holiday. In the country with a pool but near to local sites and amenities. You can do or don’t at your leisure.
Outside, in the front garden with views of the surrounding vineyards and hills, there is a 4m x 3m awning covering a table and 8 chairs. Fairy lights and uplighters make night time dining here a pleasure.
Guests can freely use the main garden where there is a large trampoline, a slackline, a hammock and garden games. The 10m x 5m pool which has the sun all day is shared by another rental - 4 people maximum. There is shade provided by a pergola covered by kiwi plants. Free standing parasols, sun loungers, cushions and pool toys make this a perfect place to swim, relax, read or take a siesta.
The area where we live is known as Little Tuscany. It is quiet and still largely unspoilt. You may see a car in the distance but you'll rarely hear it. There are fields of sunflowers in July and August and rolling fields of vineyards reaching right up to the property.
We are only 30 minutes from Albi, the departmental capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathedral of St Cecile is Europe’s largest brick built cathedral famous for it’s fresco of Hell, medieval painted ceilings ans Choir, a church within the church. Next door is the world famous Toulouse Lautrec museum housed in a fortified Bishop’s Palace (Palais du Berberie). It houses the world’s biggest collection of his paintings, water colours, etchings, posters and personal artefacts as well as a floor devoted to other (mostly French) artists. The old town has winding cobbled streets with mant squares to sit and watch the world go by. On the banks of the Tarn you can stroll by the river, laze on it’s banks or eat in one of the many riverside restaurants.
We are also only 35 minutes from Toulouse, the departmental capital of the Tarn and Garonne. A bustling city with a many brick built buildings that turn pink in the late afternoon sun, giving rise to it’s nick-name The Pink City. Old winding streets flanked by medieval buildings mingle with newer, more modern designs. There are churches, museums, shops, bars, restaurants on both sides of the River Garonne. Th riverside area has grasslands, parks, play areas and many places to eat and drink. On. The outskirts of the city is the Space Museum which will need the best part of the day to discover. It has a Planeterium, an i-max cinema and many builings holding exhibitions relating to all things spatial - stas, satellites, space capsules. Toulouse is the aeronautic centre for France and also home to Airbus. You are advised to book in advance if you would like to tour their buildings and planes.
We have another rental - a small house for 4 people. It is 100m away on the other side of the property near the pool. You can't see or hear them. Both properties could be rented at the same time if you have a larger group or would like to bring the grandparents for example. Please contact us for more details.
There is a fully fitted kitchen with electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, Nespresso coffee-machine, pots and pans, cutlery, serving bowls, crockery. Tea towels and base cleaning products are provided as well as toilet rolls, kitchen towel and basic cooking ingredients such as salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, herbs and spices.
There is a large dining table and chairs for 8.
The open plan living room has 2 comfortable sofas, a tv, books, boardgames, tourist information and guide books. There is also a Sony Bluetooth speaker.
There are 4 bedrooms on the first floor.
Bedroom 1: 2 x 90cm single beds.
Bedroom 2: 1 180cm king size bed.
Bedroom 3: 2 x 90cm beds.
Bedroom 4: 1 180cm king size bed .
All linen is provided.
There is an electric radiator in each room.
There is a free standing fan in each room.
Each bedroom has shutters.
There are 2 bathrooms. Each has a sink, toilet and shower.
Towels are provided.
Toilet rolls, shampoo, body wash and hand soap are provided.
There is a toilet on the ground floor.
There is an electric radiator in each bedroom.
Each bathroom and the kitchen has its own electric water tank.
Tv, dvd, board games, books.
Pool with pool toys.
Table and chairs.
Shared pool with sunloungers, bean bags, floats, toys.
Bikes for all the family.
Free outside parking.
Groups of friends.
Together with my husband we have renovated the property to make a very comfortable holiday home.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with the views and the gentle way of life.|
|Unique benefits of property||It's a 19th century house with oak beams, 3 metre high ceilings, terre-cuit tiles and non-square rooms. The thick walls help to keep the house cool in summer.|
UNESCO World Heritage site for its cathedral St Cécile and the world famous Toulouse Lautrec museum. It's the departmental capital and has many shops and restaurants. The covered market is worth a visit for the delectable local produce.
Known as the Pink City because of the colour of the bricks in the afternoon sunshine. Situated on the banks of the Garonne it is the capital city of the Haute Garonne department. The Place Capitol is the perfect place to eat or drink, soaking up the atmosphere and watching the world go by. There is the Musée Augustines (religious works of art), the Abbatoirs (a museum of modern art with changing exhibitions), the Natural History Museum and many others. In the summer months the city is home to many cultural and musical activities. There are many shops and restaurants at prices to suit all inclinations. Boat tours, bus tours, walking... something for everyone.
Outside the city centre there is the Musée d'Espace which demonstrates Toulouse's involvement with and history of aviation and space exploration. You can spend a whole day here and leave with fantastic memories.
Toulouse is home to Airbus, and it is possible to view the hangars and aircraft by booking in advance.
This area is full of medieval bastide (fortified) villages each with a unique character. Lisle sur Tarn has the biggest area of covered arcades in south-west France. Cordes sur Ciel is perched high on a rocky outcrop - perfect for viewing any marauders. It is home to many artisands and has a Museum of Sugar and Chocolate craft by the master ouvrier Yves Thuries. It is also renouned for its wafer thin biscuits made from almonds, egg whites and sugar. A great place to explore and then have lunch. Nearby is Puycelsi, also high on a hill. It is smaller and very quiet with just 3 cafés, a restaurant and a hotel. It is one of the 200 most beautiful villages in France and definately worth a visit for the breathtaking views. Castelnau de Montmirail has a medieval square witha whipping post and jail. The church houses a jewel encrusted cross from the 15th century.
There is a sign posted wine route encompassing approxiamately 70 producers. Each vigneron strives to get the best from their land and produce a wine that reflects this. The quality is very high whether red, white, sweet, rosé or sparkling. Free tastings everywhere are available at most times in the summer without booking. From our house you could take a bike ride and visit 5 wine producers all within 5kms. The Tourist Office in Gaillac has a very good collection of wines from around the area and also offers free tastings. Gaillac is also home to the Gaillac Wine Festival at the beginning of August. There is a small brocante in the central square on Sundays and a large market on Fridays selling local fruit, vegetables, meat, saucission etc.
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