Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Tarn Owls nestles peacefully in a tranquil rural location amongst vineyards and sunflower fields close to the Gresigne Forest. The stunning countryside with excellent walking tracks has some of the loveliest mediaeval towns and villages, and some of the most inspiring gorges and valleys in France. The forest is one of the largest and oldest oak forests in Europe, it abounds in wildlife and is said to have been planted by Louis XIV.
The spacious accommodation has been refurbished to a high standard, retaining original features including lovely oak beams and part exposed limestone wall. The beautiful house was the central location for a new film that had its première recently.
There is no other let property - only the owners share the extensive grounds.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 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 70 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The spacious accommodation with exclusive entrance is on two floors and includes a fully-equipped kitchen/dining room and lounge on the ground floor.
On the first floor are two large double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower rooms (one with WC). There is a separate toilet on the landing next to the bedroom doors. One bedroom looks out onto the pool, the other onto the adjacent vineyard.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool is a roman-ended, 10m x 5m saline pool - no chlorine-induced red eyes! There is a large tiled lounging area with sun-beds around the pool, and a changing room with toilet and shower next to it. Atmospheric pool lighting makes evening drinks by the pool a romantic and relaxing experience.
There is an exclusive part of the gardens adjacent to the gite for your outdoor eating, BBQ and relaxing, plus use of the extensive grounds with several shady seating areas, and boules court.
The proximity of the pool makes the accommodation unsuitable for children under 16
Gardens and Pool: You will have your own exclusive dining and garden area adjacent to the gite. Use of the pool, pool terrace and extensive grounds is shared with the owners. There is a covered area adjacent to the pool reserved for the owners. The pool is normally available from about 8am until 8pm during April/September.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Midi-Pyrénées contains a number of essential sites to visit. An unmissable town is Albi, with its1000 year-old bridge over the River Tarn (reputedly one of the oldest brick-built bridges in existence), the famous Albi Cathedral, and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum and gallery.
Also in the Midi-Pyrénées is the Gresigne Forest . This glorious ancient woodland, one of the largest in Europe, covers three and a half thousand hectares, houses over one hundred species of oak tree, and is rich with birdlife, wild boar, deer, and hares - and red squirrels! There are many shaded and secluded walks and cycleways within the forest. For those for whom horse riding is the way to explore the countryside, there are stables and riding schools nearby.
Castelnau de Montmiral
Castelnau de Montmiral is our local village, just three kilometres away and easily reached from Tarn Owls. It is a mediaeval bastide town, perched on top of a hill with awe-inspiring views over the Gresigne Forest and the surrounding valley. It has a bar and two restaurants, a boulangerie, a post office, and a small supermarket, with a thriving market on Tuesdays. Sit in the market square, and watch the bustle of a local market, as feet tread cobble-stones that ring with history…
We are in the heart of one of the main wine-producing regions of France. There are over 120 vineyards in this area. These friendly vineyards offer good white, rose, red and sparkling wines. We can suggest which vineyards to visit for best value and free wine tastings.
There are plenty of markets and brocantes in all the local towns throughout the summer months.
There are open-air concerts at the park in Gaillac, every Friday through the summer, each week a different concert, with wine and nibbles, sunshine and music, dancing and friendship – all for about 5 euros!
Some of the local vineyards also have apero evenings with live music, cheap wine and delicious food
Kayaking down the Aveyron Gorges, walking the national walking tracks, horse riding, cycling or swimming, relaxing by the pool or simply driving around this beautiful countryside exploring towns and villages that have hardly changed in centuries - it's all here, waiting for you to enjoy.
Just two miles from Tarn Owls, is the Vere Gresigne centre, with its boating/pedalo lake, swimming lake (with water-slide and life-guard), tennis courts, crazy golf, boules, bar and ice-cream parlour.
Walking and cycling are a favourite activity among locals and holiday-makers alike, and there are national walking trails on the doorstep. Local walking groups (French and English) will be pleased to welcome real enthusiasts!
The local area abounds in bird life, and bird watchers are rarely disappointed.