Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4
|Bleuet Gite||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||2||2 cots for babies available on request|
Bleuet is a unique renovation for the site, as it's the only gite to have never previously been inhabited. This provided a blank canvas in which to design and build a fantastic living space that is simple, efficient and well thought out. Situated a little away from the other two gites, Bleuet benefits from a clear view over the pool area and the Viaur valley beyond.
The property is accessed from the private courtyard and offers a large gravelled area with table, parasol and set seating for 8. There's also a pair of sunloungers and a barbecue. The space offers one of the best locations on site to view the marvellous sunsets, while enjoying a glass of local wine, or two.
On entering the property there is ample hanging space for hats and coats, and a fridge intended for drinks. There is a triple bedroom downstairs then through a short passage you enter the kitchen dining area and lounge. There is a family shower room off this communal space.
Ascending the oak staircase you reach an open landing area, another favourite space for the children to play or relax, but also offering a light and airy space - no dark corridors here. From the landing you have access to the 3 remaining bedrooms and the main bathroom.
The architecture of the original building lends itself perfectly to an open plan design, with the efficiently planned and well equipped fully fitted kitchen (3m x 3m) at the heart of the property. Why be stuck away in the kitchen preparing that fantastic meal when you can still participate in the social aspects of your vacation.
The kitchen comes with double electric oven, halogen/induction hobs, microwave oven, refrigerator, freezer, and the ever important dishwasher. The kitchen is well stocked, so you'll have no trouble finding the right utensil, pan or dish for any occasion. We also supply basic materials such as cling film, aluminium foil, herbs and spices, so you aren't having to spend unnecessary money on items that will get only a little use during your stay. There is also a good selection of plastic plates, cups, etc. for the children, picnics, or drinks around the pool. The dining area (6m x 3m) offers a large dining table with seating for 8, but accommodates 10 comfortably
Continuing on takes you into the main living space complete with a log-burner, ideal for the colder months of the year. Beyond, you'll find the seating areas (6m x 3m) arranged with 2 armchairs that are ideal for reading or a chat over coffee, and the L-shaped sofa for games and television viewing.
Satellite television is available, currently offering UK free-to-air channels plus many more, together with a multi-region dvd player and a small selection of films. There is also a dedicated cd player equipped with an iPod dock. There's also a number of board games to play, and a bookcase with a selection of reading material, including some books on the local area.
The first room leading off the entrance area is bedroom 4 (5m x 3.5m), known better as 'the kids room'. Here you will find a large room containing 3 full size single beds, perfect for large families or 2 families sharing where every night becomes a sleepover. The room has plenty of floor space for playing games.
The master bedroom (6m x 3m) overlooks the garden, pool and gravelled area, and benefits from the evening sunlight. The room contains a double bed, 2 bedside units, a wardrobe and a chest of drawers. A fan is also provided for those hot summer evenings.
Bedroom 2 (6m x 3m) is located at the opposite end of the floor and also offers a double bed, 2 bedside units, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers, and a fan.
Bedroom 3 (3m x 3m) is a smaller double room next to the family bathroom. It is also perfect for a baby in a cot if necessary.
On the ground floor there is a shower room (2.7m x 1.6m), finished to a high standard and complete with wc. It's ideally located for showering after a dip in the swimming pool.
The main bathroom (3m x 3m) upstairs is also finished to a high standard and is fully tiled. It has a full sized bath with a hand held shower and the upstairs wc. When illuminated by the morning sunlight, it's a refreshing room to start the day in.
Bleuet benefits from ceramic radiant heaters through the building so will be warm and comfortable throughout the colder months. Ideal for spring and autumn breaks and very cosy for those winter breaks. In the main living space there is a wood burning stove which quickly heats up the large living area.
Wireless internet is offered free of charge on site, although this is rural France so connection speeds leave a little to be desired! It should be more than adequate for checking your email and browsing web sites. Access from inside Bleuet currently requires good 'line of sight' to our antenna, which usually works best from downstairs.
Satellite television is available, currently offering UK free-to-air channels plus many more, together with a multi-region dvd player and a small selection of films. There is also a dedicated cd player equipped with an iPod dock. There's also a number of board game to play, and a bookcase with a selection of reading material, including some books on the local area.
The property is accessed from the private courtyard and offers a large gravelled area with table, parasol and set seating for 8. There's also a pair of sun-loungers and a barbecue. The space offers one of the best locations on site to view the marvellous sunsets, while enjoying a glass of local wine, or two.
Bleuet shares the grounds with the other two gites on site and the resident owners. There is amle space for everyone to relax or enjoy games from the games room and of course spend time in the large swimming pool.
There is access to the games store which has a table tennis table, a table football game, badminton set and booles set.
In the grounds there is a site laundry and recycling point.
Whilst cars are able to enter on site for unloading they are then parked in the site car park allowing the main site to be a car-free zone.
Our site is predominantly a family based site.
Access is difficult in part to people with limited mobility due to the cobbled courtyard and some areas are accessed by steep staircases.
Due to the fact that we live in a hamlet and are a shared gite site the property is not really suitable for adult only groups who like to party late into the night.
We are a family of five who live and work in the UK. We bought the property as an old pig barn from our friends who had located to France permanently a few years earlier. It took about a year to convert the building and with a lot of careful planning we are happy we have maximised the potential of the building and created a lovely spacious holiday home.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||For its rural location, 'true France', pretty villages, beautiful scenery.|
|Unique benefits of property||A surprisingly spacious property ideal for one or two families sharing - great views over the Viaur Gorge. Big South facing patio area.|
Sauveterre de Rouergue
all beautiful bastide towns often with chateau to visit
A lovely little French restaurant in our next village - a rare treat, menus from 27€
Great for young kids - excellent pizzas - in Carmaux (15 mins away)
Le Jorca - friendly brasserie on outskirts of Albi
During the months of July and August there are many night markets in the area - great fun for all ages you select your food from the many market stalls then sit with the locals to enjoy your meal. Our favourites are:
Sauveterre de Rouergue - Friday evening
Belcastel - Friday Evenings
Naucelle - various dates in July/August
Saturdays - Naucelle
Sundays - St Antonin de Noble Val
Thursdays - Villefranche de Rouergue
Fridays - carmaux
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