|La Cardabelle||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Double sofa bed for 2 people|
La Cardabelle is a comfortable, spacious and fully equipped 3 bedroom gite sleeping 6/8.
Converted from a 19th century Aveyronnaise barn, La Cardabelle retains its original features whilst offering everything needed for a 21st century holiday, including free wi-fi. Sleep peacefully in comfy beds, take in the stunning views over the Tarn Valley from the private south facing terrace and enjoy a swim in the large pool.
La Cardabelle has an open plan fully fitted and equipped kitchen with a gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and coffee maker.
The kitchen is comprehensively equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery and all linen is provided. There is even a cool box and cool blocks for picnics in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Laundry is well catered for with a washing machine, clothes airer and steam iron and ironing board.
A large table in the adjacent dining area comfortably seats 6/8 people.
A large open plan beamed living room accommodates 6/8 people in comfort, with two settees, an armchair and comfortable double sofa bed sleeping +2. There is English/French satellite tv and a dvd player and dvds for all the family.
Upstairs are three bedrooms. The large master bedroom with exposed wooden beams has an antique double bed and wardrobe and an en suite shower room. The second double bedroom also has attractive beams and an antique bed. The third bedroom has bunk beds. Both double bedrooms have beautiful views over the Tarn Valley. All rooms have plenty of storage space, fans and bedside tables and lamps. Beds have luxury microfibre toppers and Egyptian cotton bedding.
There is an en suite shower room to the master bedroom. There is also a further shower room and separate toilet upstairs.
Downstairs is a cloakroom with toilet and wash basin.
Plenty of fluffy white towels are provided along with pool towels and a hairdryer.
All living rooms and bedrooms have electric wall heaters.
The gite has English/French satellite tv and a dvd player and dvds for all the family. Free wi-fi is provided. There is a large selection of books, including children's books and a variety of card and board games and jigsaws.
La Cardabelle has a large furnished private south facing sun terrace with spectacular views over the Tarn Valley and a barbecue, perfect for meals or just chilling out.
A fabulous 11m X 5m swimming pool, with sun deck, sunbeds and parasols is shared with La Violette, our 2 bedroom gite. A paddling pool is also available for small children.
The large fenced garden perfect for outdoor games or just relaxing. There is also a petanque court and boules and a games room with table tennis table. We provide a number of outdoor games including croquet and skittles and there are 6 adult bikes and a swing.
The pool and the garden both have amazing views of about 40km across the Tarn Valley to the Monts Lacaune.
Guests have access to the remaining garden areas, with vegetables and fruits and nuts available for picking depending on the season, and a large adjacent field.
Off-street parking is available adjacent to the gite.
La Cardabelle is ideal for families and couples. As there are a number of steps it is not accessible to those with limited mobility.
The gite is family friendly with children's books and dvds and indoor and outdoor games and toys being provided. Baby equipment, including a travel cot, is available on request.
A generous welcome pack is provided in the gite. We also offer table d'hote meals cooked by Jon, a former chef, and served in the gite.
After careers in local government and the marketing and hospitality industries in London and the south east, we decided on a complete change of lifestyle and moved to France in early 2016. We now get to indulge our passions for food, wine and the outdoors whilst sharing our little bit of paradise with our guests.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||The Tarn Valley is breathtakingly beautiful and remains totally unspoilt with lots of things to see and do. We are located between the river and the Lacs de Levezou and surrounded by stunning countryside and pretty towns and villages. The only occasional traffic jams are caused by the brebis sheep on their way to milking! This is Roquefort country.|
|Unique benefits of property||The stunning view of the Tarn Valley and all the way south to the Monts Lacaune which has to be seen to be believed! The swimming pool and the gites' terraces all benefit from this view. It is a perfect spot to relax and recharge, but with river and lake swimming, kayaking, cycling, walking, riding and other outdoor activities nearby it's also ideal for a more active holiday.|
Just a few minutes drive from La Caze is Les Chemins de Traverse, a small and friendly locally run kayaking business which organises trips of either 7 or 14 kilometres on the beautiful Tarn. Setting off from the bridge below Broquies, you kayak (in single or double kayaks) through stunning scenery, negotiating mini rapids and, on the 14km trip, an exciting slide over the weir at Brousse le Chateau. You can take it at your own pace, stopping to picnic or swim en route, and are collected by Robert or one of his team at the finish point. A fantastic day out for all the family!
The beautiful lakes, 12 and 35 minutes respectively from La Caze, are perfect for swimming, a variety of water sports, boat trips or just relaxing on the many beaches. Lac de Villefranche de Panat also has a 10km walkway around it, great for running, walking and cycling.
Literally on the doorstep, including part of the stunning Tarn Valley with its pretty and historic villages, such as Broquies, Le Truel, Asseyne, St Rome de Tarn and Brousse le Chateau and Peyre, two of France's plus beaux villages. Take in the fabulous views whilst driving the whole route or pick one area and explore further.
The iconic Millau Viaduct striding across the Tarn Valley is an incredible sight. There are numerous viewpoints in the area which allow the viaduct to be viewed from both above and below. The visitors' centre by the viaduct is well worth a visit with great interactive features as well as providing an opportunity for a guided tour.
Bustling weekly markets held on Saturday and Friday packed with delicious local produce and crafts. Choose from wonderful fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, meat, charcuterie, oysters and mussels fresh from the Mediterranean coast, local honey, bread and patisserie, beer, wine, olives, etc.
Visit the caves where all the cheese is matured and taste some delicious Roquefort, the famous sheep's milk cheese made exclusively in the area. The milk from the farm next to La Caze goes to make Papillon, but there are lots of other producers in Roquefort, so lots of opportunities for tastings!
What summer evenings in the south of France should be! Eat and drink delicious locally produced food and wine under the stars in fabulous settings, whilst listening to music and maybe even trying a little traditional dancing. Weekly night markets are held in the shadow of the chateau at Coupiac in July and August. Other local night markets can be found at St Affrique and Villefranche de Panat.
From beautiful displays over the castle at Brousse le Chateau and the Abbey at Vabres, to the spectacular fireworks over the River Tarn at Le Truel, the skies around La Caze are filled with colour and light all summer.