Le Farat - La Maison du Soleil
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Situated on the route de Saint Jacques de Compostelle ("Way of Saint James" the famous pilgrims walking route to Lourdes and on into Spain) our home is a beautiful stone farmhouse with outbuildings including a stone pigeonnier full of character, which was converted into a two bedroom/bathroom gite/cottage in 2010.
The large 6mx12m salt water pool is surrounded by a lovely stone wall sheltering it from any wind and it is also gated for security and the safety of young children.
For those who want to burn off some excess energy or escape from the midday heat we have added a games room converted from an old stone barn. It has a full size table tennis table, professional table football, large air hockey table and dartboard, as well as a fridge, stepping machine and a seating area. For the younger members of the family there is a large trampoline and garden games available, including badminton, croquet and rounders. We also have a number of bikes to hire if you prefer to explore the area under your own steam.
The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and are perfect for strolling around in the warm evening sunshine contemplating the activities for the following day, of course a glass of wine to aid in your decision making is a must!
The large purpose built BBQ area adjoining the pool house has a vine covered terrace overlooking the lake with valley views beyond. Subtle lighting and lanterns adorn this little enclave. Mixed with the warm evening air and the sound of lapping water from the pool, it creates a perfect ambiance for that alfresco experience that you crave all winter for!
Fishing in our private lake is a great way to introduce the children to a new sport. We have both rods and poles for hire and as the lake is teaming with lots of small and medium sized fish - on the first drop of the line you are almost guaranteed to get a nibble!
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|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 65 km, Nearest railway: Valence d'Agen 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Opened for rental in July 2010 this pretty stone cottage is finished to a high standard with luxury soft furnishings and antique effects.
The bedrooms are both approximately 6mx5m with vaulted beamed ceilings and rustic original oak doors. The 2 superking sized double beds unzip to form 4 single if required. Ask on booking for your bed configuration. As well as the double/twin beds in bedroom each room has its own sofa bed, that will sleep two children comfortably. Large en suites 5mx3m contain a white bathroom suite housing a bath with shower head facility, a separate large shower, sink and bidet with a separate toilet.
This gite is designed in such a way that it can be easily split into a one bedroomed property, however, this option is only available out of high season. Ideal for one or two families of 4.
The Kitchen/diner has all the modern facilities you will need with a dining table that seats 8. The lounge area is furnished in neutral colours with an L shaped sofa and single chair and a 37" flat screen tv with freesat. WIFI is also available throughout the property.
A wood burner was recently installed in main lounge to make winter stays warm and cosy.
The cottage has its own private terrace with patio furniture, parasol and BBQ overlooking the front garden and is a perfect place to sit and watch the children play football on the lawn or just to enjoy the sunshine and the peace and quiet.
|Further details outdoors|
Surrounded by open farmland the front of the property is approached along a private gravelled drive from two directions with extensive lawned gardens and parkland with plenty of parking. It is also within walking distance of a small village with an affordable but high quality restaurant popular with locals and tourists alike. Booking is recommended, although there are numerous other restaurants to choose from all within 10 minutes of the cottage.
The front garden of about 1ha (approx 2 acres) is mainly laid to lawn, containing a selection of trees including an orchard. During the Spring and Summer the lawns are frequently covered with pretty flowers and rare orchids. The garden also has a trampoline with plenty of space for a game of rounders or cricket. A croquet set is available, badminton rackets and net, as well as a rounders bat and ball. Bikes and fishing rods are also available to hire for a small fee.
The upper back garden by the house is for the use of our B&B guests and has a pretty water pump feature, surrounded by fragrant roses it is a quiet and peaceful area over looking the larger lower back garden. The parkland surrounding the lake of approximately 3 acres has a number of mature trees and shrubs with beautiful views along the valley. There are no busy roads near the property just peaceful county lanes with views from every angle.
* Property rented on a weekly basis all year round Saturday to Saturday. Change over days flexible out of high season or you have the option of reserving our Bed and Breakfast suite for a night or two before your stay in the cottage.
* B&B available from February to December
* TGV/Airport collection and drop off possible (please ask for prices).
* Rates include linen, bath towels and tea towels (fresh supplies delivered weekly).
* A welcome pack of wine, butter, jam, bread, milk, tea and coffee and a selection of seasonal fruit is supplied free of charge.
* A more substantial starter pack of provisions is available, please ask for details at time of booking (Please remember that if you are arriving on a Saturday afternoon, most shops are closed on a Sunday).
* Pool towels are not included but are available for a small fee if guests do not want to bring their own.
* Supplement for electric heating in mid and low season will be charged based on metered usage.
* Free wood available for the woodburner.
* Although a final clean is included in the price, it is assumed that the property will be left in the condition in which it was accepted, this includes the oven. If a deep oven clean is required 60€ will be deducted from the breakage deposit.
* Long weekends and packages available on request.
* Painting, calligraphy, nature discovery weekends and relaxation weekends available from April 2014
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Nestled in its own little valley, Le Farat is Minutes from Auvillar in the Tarn et Garonne (dept 82), as yet a relatively un-discovered corner of South West France on the edge of Gascony. It is renowned for its beautiful villages, stunning scenery, châteaux, fresh fruit, wine, Armagnac, foie gras, Agen prunes and much more. Just two hours South East of Bordeaux, under an hour from Toulouse and 7 hours from St Malo, it has easy road, rail and air access and is an area full of great things to explore and enjoy.
The California of Europe, its climate is warm in summer and cool in Winter with temperatures ranging from 5-40 degrees. This region of the Midi Pyrenees is famous for the Three Musketeers, foie gras, sunflowers, fruit, wine, route saint Jacques de Compostelle (a pilgrims walking route through France to Lourdes and on to Spain) beautiful châteaux and stone villages.
Moissac, Lauzerte, Agen, Lectoure, Montauban, Auch and Toulouse are all within an hour, slightly further a field are Carcassonne, the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic coast.
Auvillar, listed as one of the prettiest villages in France, has both Mediaeval and Roman origins with cobbled streets, an unusual covered circular corn exchange and stunning views. The market is still used today as a focal point for village life and a weekly farmers market. The village has a butcher, a baker a corner shop, gift shops, tea shops, restaurants, a museum and tourist office, all the amenities you will need for your holiday.
Nestled in its own little valley, Le Farat is Minutes from Auvillar in the Tarn et Garonne (dept 82), as yet a relatively un-discovered corner of Midi Pyrenees in South West France. It is renowned for its beautiful villages, stunning scenery, châteaux, fresh fruit, wine, Armagnac, foie gras, Agen prunes and much more. Just two hours South East of Bordeaux, under an hour from Toulouse and 7 hours from St Malo. It has easy road, rail and air access and is an area full of great things to explore and enjoy.
Apart from the obvious tourist attractions there are lots of other things to keep you occupied, for example fishing (on site as well as in the river Garonne), golf, horse riding, sailing and windsurfing, walking, shopping, theme park if you want one! wine tasting at a local vineyard and many restaurants within 10 mins.
We offer weekly afternoon wine tours to two local wine caves where we do the driving so you can do the drinking! ask for details.
For those looking for a more modern approach to their holiday there is a large shopping town, a theme park with roller-coasters and a great go-karting track within half an hour! What more could you want.........oh yes the weather, guess what, you've got that too!
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19 Aug 2013
"Second time even better"
Returned to Le Farat for a second time and stayed in the newly converted gite. The refurbishment has been skillfully and imaginatively completed. The games room and the cycles are also a great addit… More
27 Jul 2013
"An amazing stop over and would definitley stay longer"
Booked by a mutual friend on route to the Midi Pyranees. Recommended by 2 people a wonderful residence and B&B beautiful room, bed was amazing and the scenery spectacular. Pool was great for a swim in… More
1 Jul 2013
"Rest relaxation in comfort"
Nick and Allison along with their delightful daughter have done everything to make your stay memorable; nothing is too much trouble for them thinking of your comfort. They are knowledgable of the area… More
16 May 2012
"A fantastic place to base yourself to see the mid Pyrenesse"
Le Farat is located in an ideal position between Bordeaux and Toulouse very near to the small village of Auvillar. The Gite is spacious and very well appointed with all that we needed. The pool is s… More
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope the rest of your European tour goes well. Perhaps we will see you back here one day.
8 Oct 2011
"Fabulous acommadation in Luxury B&B"
We stayed here for 1 night as part of cycling the Canal Lateral and although it was a hilly ride from the canal it was definitely worth it. We had a B&B room in the main house and it was outstanding, … More
I am pleased you liked your stay with us and hope to see you again some day
7 Sep 2011
It's not often that you're overwhelmed by the place you stay in, but I have to say that Le Farat is an absolute gem. We stayed in the Bed & Breakfast for a couple of nights,before moving int… More
Looking forward to seeing you again in 2012, wine will be in the fridge for you on arrival!
7 Aug 2011
"Back Again with a Splash !"
Having had a brilliant fortnight here last year, I was wondering whether this year's holiday could possibly top it. I should not have worried as once again we have had a holiday of which many oth… More
Thank you so much for your lovely and kind review. I am so pleased our gite met your expectations and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
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