|La Violette||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1|
La Violette is a comfortable, cosy and fully equipped 2 bedroom gite sleeping 4/5.
Converted from a 19th century Aveyronnaise barn, La Violette is packed with original features and offers everything you need for a wonderful holiday.
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 heated pool.
La Violette has a fully fitted and equipped kitchen with a gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer, toaster 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 round table in the adjacent dining area comfortably seats 4/5 people.
An open plan lounge/dining area full of original features which accommodates 4/5 people in comfort, with a settee and armchairs.
There is English/French satellite tv and a dvd player and dvds for all the family.
Upstairs are two bedrooms: a pretty beamed double bedroom with antique double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers; and a large double height light and airy twin bedroom, packed with original barn features, including large arched window and beams, with hanging space and chests of drawers. An extra single bed can be added to the twin bedroom to sleep 5 in total. Fans are provided in both bedrooms.
All beds have luxury microfibre toppers and Egyptian cotton bedding.
La Violette has an upstairs shower room with wash basin and toilet. There is also a downstairs cloakroom with toilet and wash basin. A hairdryer and plenty of fluffy white towels and pool towels are provided.
The bedrooms and living/dining area have electric wall heaters or radiators.
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 Violette 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. There is also a smaller furnished terrace by the front door, ideal for an early morning cuppa or evening aperitif.
A fabulous 11 x 5m heated swimming pool, with sun deck, sunbeds and parasols is shared with La Cardabelle, our 3 bedroom gite. A paddling pool is also available for small children.
The large fenced garden is perfect for outdoor games or just relaxing. There is 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, 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 Violette is ideal for both families and couples. As there are a number of steps, it is not suitable for 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.
From the moment we arrived Joanne & Jon made us extremely welcome - they showed us around the whole site and gave us details of where everything was - shops etc. There was a an excellent welcome pack of essentials plus a bottle of wine.
The Gite was well above what we expected with all the equipment and gadgets you would need - it was immaculately clean - with traditional beams and fittings from the old farm.
Jon's cooking was a real treat and we ended up have four meals provided by him - very good value for four courses and wine.
The swimming pool had plenty of sun beds and umbrellas and was a welcome relief with the temperature so high - very clean and well maintained. The views from the garden and BBQ area were magnificent.
The Tarn Valley area is a fantastic area of France with plenty of history and places to visit - you do need a car to get around. Well worth having a good drive out.
There is a very informative file of places to visit along with details of restaurants and activities. If not sure Joanne and Jon are full of helpful advice.
Highly recommend a visit - we arrived as strangers but left as friends.
Thanks so much for your fabulous review Ron. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze and felt so at home. Our aim is to ensure our guests have a great holiday with everything they need and reviews like this show us that hopefully we're getting things right. It was a pleasure cooking for you and we're thrilled you enjoyed the meals. We would love to welcome you back for another holiday at La Caze in the future. As you say, you arrived as strangers and left as friends!
Lovely gite, well equipped and spotless. Excellent pool, well maintained with superb view. Warm welcome from the owners who were very accessible. Useful information on places to visit, local markets and restaurants. The website photos accurately depicted the gite and pool.
Excellent lines of communication during booking and payments processes.
La Violette is one of the best gites we have stayed in and we would think about a return booking.
Thanks for your great review Peter! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay in La Violette. And yes, that view IS amazing! We would love to welcome you back for another holiday in the future.
Really can't fault La Violette and La Caze Gites in any way. We stayed here for 2 weeks this August with our 12 and 10 yr old daughters. The gite was perfect for all of us and the English hosts were friendly and on hand to help with any queries. The girls and I loved the pool - which had THE most amazing view and was very clean and warm. My husband enjoyed the hills for his ultra marathon training! We all managed family bike rides in the area (once we had got our head round the hills) and also at the local lake which was flatter.
There is plenty to do in the area - we visited Roquefort, hired canoes down the Tarn and went on the local Velorail.
We will certainly return.
Thanks for your fantastic review Amelia and Andrew. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites and were able to relax as well as get in the miles running and cycling and making the most of the local area. We would love to welcome you back for another holiday in the future.
A warm welcome will await you from your hosts with tips on what to do and where to go in the local area.A wonderful rural retreat that I would recommend as long as there is still room for me to book next time.
A lovely little Gite with all you will need.
Thanks for your great review Mick. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites and found all you needed. Our aim is to ensure our guests have a great holiday and are able to make the most of what the area has to offer. We would love to welcome you all back for another holiday!