|Les Hirondelles||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3||A sofa bed is also available|
We invite you to come and relax and unwind in this glorious part of South-West France. In the tranquil hamlet of Cabanes is a handsome 18th century farmhouse. It can be let on its own or together with the adjacent guest house. See our advert for 'The Old Bakery Cottage'. The farmhouse can sleep up to 6 comfortably in spacious bedrooms and in a variety of configurations. There is a covered terrace with seating for up to 10 which overlooks the garden, the pool and the beautiful Tarn countryside. The views are uninterrupted as far as the Pyrenees.
There is a large garden and pool. Wildflowers, butterflies and birds abound. The garden has lawns, flowerbeds a wild flower area, woodland and mature trees and shrubs, offering welcome shade on hot days. It has been a labour of love by the owners to create and maintain the property while keeping a rural French feel.
It's a great place for families to spend quality time together and if parents occasionally want time out on their own we can offer a babysitting service. Ask for details.
We are also very pleased this year to be able to offer yoga classes on site with our qualified English yoga teacher or a local school. Whether you are a complete beginner or a regular practitioner, we can cater for all abilities. Ask for details.
Expect a warm welcome from Liz and Graham. We will even get your shopping in ready for your arrival.
The farmhouse has a certain old-world grandeur, with high ceilings, well-proportioned spacious rooms and elegant windows. It sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms. Being of traditional build it is cool in summer and has full central heating and 2 logburners for cooler weather.
In the main house there is a large, modern, well-equipped kitchen, with a range cooker which has 2 electric ovens and 6 gas rings. There is a dishwasher and the utility a washing machine. There is ample cooking equipment, china and cutlery for the needs of a large group. There is a large fridge freezer and a microwave.
In the house there is an elegant lounge/library, with a logburner. There is a TV which receives UK channels (tv and radio) and French channels. Two large settees and a number of chairs provide ample seating.
The house also has a very large traditional dining room next to the kitchen, with an inglenook fireplace which is original to the house and a logburner set in it. The dining table has seating for 6. A high chair is available.
In the house there are three large and very spacious bedrooms, tall ceilinged and elegant. Bedroom 1 has a king-size bed, bedroom 2 has a king-size bed and en suite. Bedroom 3 has twin single beds and/or a pull out bed which can be a double or a single. A cot is available.
The house has one en suite bedroom and one family bathroom upstairs in addition to a separate toilet and basin. Downstairs there is a large wet room and a separate toilet and basin.
The house has gas central heating and log burners.
The private pool is a great attraction for families. It's large, at 12m x 6m and has a spacious pool terrace with sun-shades and loungers.
We also have table-tennis, boules and badminton.
There are a variety of games in the house.
The house has a dvd player and wi-fi.
We have spent 5 years lovingly restoring the garden. There are lawns, flowerbeds, a wild flower meadow with mown paths, an old orchard, woodland and mature trees and shrubs. The garden is totally private and offers uninterrupted views across the Tarn countryside.
There is a large four-bay barn which provides shaded parking for a car and there is further parking on the drive.
Undercover parking for a car is available in the large open four-bay barn. There is additional external parking on site. On request, bikes can be stored in a lock-up.
Suitable for lovers of nature, peace, privacy and tranquillity. Families welcome.
We do not have disabled facilities.
Please note that you can book Les Hirondelles together with The Old Bakery Cottage, subject to availability. The two properties combined provide accommodations for 10-11.
We are a couple of retired professionals who moved to France permanently after falling in love with the area and with the house. We love the scenery of the Gresigne Forest and the Gaillac vineyards, the medieval villages, the wildlife, the climate and the French way of life. We have run a holiday let for 6 years and enjoy sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge of this unspoilt and uncrowded region with our visitors.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||This part of the Tarn is referred to as "the golden triangle" as it sits between the medieval towns and villages of Cordes-sur Ciel, St. Antonin and Albi. The countryside is reminiscent of Tuscany, with rolling hills, vineyards and cypress trees. The walking, cycling and riding are excellent and there are ample opportunities for visiting historic sites, for wine-tasting and for browsing the local markets. The area remains tranquil even in high summer. If you don't like mass tourism but enjoy peace and quiet, maybe watching wildlife and birds or you like to stargaze a dark sky with no light pollution, or listen to live music under the stars on a warm evening at one of the many open air festivals, this is the perfect place.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property can accommodate up to 10 guests in 2 houses with a shared garden. This is a fully-modernised and renovated stone farm, in an elevated position affording south-facing uninterrupted views across the Tarn countryside towards the Pyrenees. Each house has its own shaded terrace and outdoor dining, overlooking the garden and pool while the veranda of the main house features a dining suite for 10, for those get-togethers with family and friends. Within the large garden there is a large 12mx6m pool, lawns and a wild flower meadow. The large barn on the property allows for shaded parking for up to 2 vehicles. Owners Liz and Graham stay offsite but are always on hand to give help and advice.|
This famous Sunday morning market is a must. Wander through the cobbled streets, marvel at the timber-framed medieval buildings, take a coffee in the square and sample the local charcuteries and cheeses before you buy.
The English owners of this small vineyard nearby are fast gaining a reputation in the world of wine. In the summer you can join an evening apero walk, guided through the vineyard and tasting wines, or you can simply visit virtually any time to sample and buy.
The capital of the Tarn department is very beautiful city with much to offer. Red brick and timber buildings huddle on either side of the Tarn river, dominated by the immense cathedral. Small streets, packed with independent shops and cafes open out into intimate squares. The city is home to the world-famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum which has the largest single collection of the artist's work in the world. There is also a covered market to explore, a famous brocante market on Saturday mornings and a delightful fashion museum, which changes its displays regularly. Albi also hosts the Pause Guitare open air music festival, with world-class acts, and a Tango festival. A state of the art concert hall and theatre and a choice of top-class restaurants and cafes make this city a must.
Gaillac town is the centre of the Gaillac wine growing region. This is the oldest wine growing region in France, established by the Romans. The Maison des Vins offers wine tastings all year. In the summer there are open air apero concerts on the banks of the Tarn. The town itself is an unpretentious but charming market town with a number of good restaurants. We particularly love La Table du Sommelier, tucked away from the tourist spots in a little square in which a fountain plays. Gaillac also offers two excellent large supermarkets and a traditional market of Fridays as well as a brocante market on Sundays.