Converted barn & pool to let, Midi Pyrenees - MT007467

Itzac (10km from Cordes), Tarn, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MT007467 Advertiser since: 30 January 2020
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The Barn Self Catering Saturday 4 10 3 Sofabed

About this property

Beautifully Renovated 19th Century Barn With Pool. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Gorgeous converted barn set in the tranquil rolling hills around Cordes. The barn was built in the early 19th century and has been part of a working farm and vineyard until recently - the wine vats are still in place in the cellar! The house has magnificent views across the countryside to Castelneau de Montmiral 10km away. There is a large garden of nearly 1/2 hectare with plum, cherry, fig and walnut trees. Some of the garden is maintained for playing and lounging in and some is wilder for exploring. The pool is surrounded by decking and loungers and also has superb views. Ideal for cycling and walking holidays.

The barn was converted in 2009/10 by local craftsmen and now has the original beams exposed, logburner and luxury bathrooms and kitchen. The deep mattresses on all the beds will ensure a comfortable nights sleep.

The house is surrounded by paths and trails for walking and the nearest wine cave is only 15 minutes walk across the valley for local produce. Hilltop villages are all around with Cordes, Castelneau and Puycelci only 10 minutes by car and Vaour has a world famous music festival during August.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The fitted dining kitchen has a range cooker, integral dishwasher and large fridge-freezer, along with ample cupboard space.

The table seats up to 10 people but normally eating is on the terrace outside the kitchen.

Living rooms

The large first floor living room is around 50m2 and has a double height ceiling with magnificent beams. There are 3 large sofas and the windows give views over the surrounding countryside.

There is a logburner for the early spring and late autumn.

Bedrooms

There is a double and twin room on each floor. Both double rooms have large patio doors leading onto terraces and only a short walk to the pool. The upper floor rooms have exposed beams.

Bathrooms

On the ground floor is a large fully tiled family bathroom with separate 90cm shower between the 2 bedrooms.

On the first floor both the twin room and double room have fully tiled en suite shower rooms. There is also a separate toilet

Heating

There is a logburner but generally heating is not required between May and September.

Entertainment

There is a range of games, books, cds and dvds along with UK tv.

Garden and outside

The fully-fenced pool is 10m x 5m and is 1.4m deep, with roman steps on one end. It is surrounded by decking with plenty of space for loungers.

There is a large garden with a kids play area with swings, and we have a range of toys - prams, bikes etc for young kids.

Next to the eating area is a table tennis table, computer game and tv under cover so the kids are entertained while the adults sit around the table.

Parking and garages

Two cars can be parked by the barn and there is plenty of space for more cars in our parking area by the entrance.

Visitor suitability

There are a lot of changes in level in the Barn and garden so its not suitable for anybody with mobility issues. We have a stairgate if required internally and have cots and highchairs for very young kids.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

Activities

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Family activities

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf d'Albi
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ferme Equestre de la Gr├ęsigne
Distance: 5 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Gaillac

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR36

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Manoir D'Emmeille
Distance: 3 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Janet Shand

I worked in recruitment in Edinburgh for 14 years before moving to France with my husband in 2012. I love reading and walking our dog Jock around the beautiful countryside surrounding the village. I also love meeting people and during the school holidays I teach kids English.<br/>We purchased the property in early 2008 and have been letting the 200 year old stone barn adjoining our house since 2010 when we finished the work on the conversion.<br/>Itzac is a fantastic small friendly community.

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? We looked for an ideal property for several years and fell in love with the property and village as soon as we saw it. The views are just stunning, all the way to the Pyrenees on a clear day. Although in a village, we only have one house near by and it is aligned differently so doesn't overlook any of our home or garden.
The barn also had loads of potential with an amazing set of ancient beams intricately joined together to hold up the roof. The local French artisans we employed made a great job of converting the barn into a perfect holiday home, and we have been extremely busy since 2010.
We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful medieval villages in France - Cordes sur Ciel, Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelsi- and can walk to vineyards to taste the wine. Albi, a world heritage city with magnificent brick Cathedral, is only 30 minutes and the rose city of Toulouse less than an hour. Even the Med and Pyrenees are under 3 hours.
What else would you want?
Unique benefits of property The thick stone walls and tiled floors mean the barn stays cool and comfortable in the warmest weather. The views from the terrace and pool (fully fenced for safety) over open countryside are a joy. We stayed in many gites on holiday with kids and other families so designed the barn to have lots of showers and toilets, and with a double and twin room on each floor, is ideal for 2 families to share.

The Owner Recommends

Cordes-sur-Ciel

Voted the best village in France in 2014, Cordes dates from the 13th Century when it was a fortified village at the time of the Cathars. The walk to the top of the village through the cobbled streets is like walking back in time. For those feeling less energetic, a tourist train runs to the top.

There are numerous arts and jewellery shops and restaurants and great views from the top.