|La Maison Du Vignes||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2|
A 19th century country house which sleeps up to 8 plus 2 babies. This old winery built in local Toulousian brick has been recently renovated to provide spacious, comfortable accommodation. It is a delightful self-contained house with many original features such as huge 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, have 3 metre high beamed ceilings, are light and airy but stay lovely and cool in summer due to the thickness of the brick walls. There are two bathrooms each with a shower and toilet and a separate toilet on the ground floor.
Outside the property has it's own front garden with extensive views of the surrounding hills. Guests have access to the main garden with a large trampoline and sunken 10m x 5m shared pool which has the sun all day. There is shade provided by a pergola covered by kiwi plants, parasols, sun loungers, cushions and pool toys. A perfect place to 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 is a fully fitted kitchen with electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, pots and pans, cutlery, serving bowls, crockery. Teatowels and base cleaning products provided.
There is a large dining table and chairs.
The open plan living room has a comfortable sofa, tv, dvd,books, board games and tourist information.
There are 4 bedrooms on the first floor.
Bedroom 1: 2 90cm single beds.
Bedroom 2: 1 180cm bed.
Bedroom 3: 1 140cm bed.
Bedroom 4: 1 180cm bed .
There are 2 bathrooms each with a sink, toilet and shower enclosure.
Towels provided. Toilet rolls, shampoo, body wash and hand soap 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. Parasol. Bbq.
Shared pool with sun loungers, bean bags, floats, toys.
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 keep the house cool in summer.|
UNESCO World Heritage site for it's 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 ( amuseum 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