Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Set within ten hectares, bordered by woodland with vast meadows and a well stocked orchard, Delazens has accommodation for 12 between the farmhouse and gite. A stunningly renovated, contemporary gite with open plan kitchen and living space downstairs, stepping out to a covered terrace and pool area. A 'floating' stair case leads upstairs to two large en-suite bedrooms, with great views over the grounds. A tree swing, meadows, woods and running spring will provide hours of adventure for those with a younger generation to occupy.
The traditional farmhouse has a living room, huge French kitchen and four bedrooms provides very comfortable further family accommodation for 8. An underground 'cave' brings adventure, housing much of the original machinery being the local wine maker . The house casts views over the countryside up to spired hamlet of Itzac, dating back to the 13th century.
Enjoy long warm evenings and redding sun sets, the extensive terrace and pool areas with barbecue, demand al fresco dining and complete relaxation. Help yourself to the figs in the orchard, perhaps wrapping in proscuito before glazing in balsamic? Delazens sits in the very heart of one of the main wine-making regions of France, with over 120 vineyards turning out renowned reds, rose, white and sparkling wines. This is medieval, historic Midi Pyrenees where a procession of bastide towns and villages perched upon hills offering up awe inspiring views. Cordes sur ciel typifies the beauty of the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne 180 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 50 km, Nearest railway: Gaillac 15 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|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 12|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
The main house brings comfortable family accommodation and is composed of a large traditional kitchen/diner with a more formal living room to the front, four bedrooms and bathrooms to the rear. An ancient hangar adjoins the main house, offering a further covered area and houses the firewood. Access to an immense loft and pigeonnier. Outbuildings include a former bread oven and poolhouse.
Just a few paces away from the main building are the old stables converted into a contemporary, open plan gîte, itself a completely self contained residence with its own kitchen, living and dining areas. The gite has its own laundry facilities and downstairs washroom, providing roomy accommodation for four. French doors lead onto another covered terrace with barbeque facilities. The poolside area and poolhouse begin there too.
Both houses have large dining tables to sit 8-12, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. TV's with DVD, English TV (Sky Freeview), fresh linen, hand and bath towels replaced weekly. We have left a Nintendo WII there to further occupy the kids if you can manage to keep them inside at all.
|Further details outdoors||
Extensive grounds include wooded areas as well as orchard and large meadow. There is a large Abri covered area to shelter from the heat, as well as parasols and sun loungers surrounding the pool. At night the pool brings something to dinner served outside, as the underwater lights illuminate the subtle mosaic patterning.
Welcome pack on arrival, including details on local amenities and services and the properties themselves.
We can arrange for meals to be prepared for your arrival - perhaps a boeuf bourguignon - so your holiday can begin immediately.
What's included: bed linen, hand towels, bath towels (all changed weekly), wood for the wood burner, electricity, gas and water.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The south of France and Tarn are peppered with superb ecclesiastical architecture, fabulous medieval towns like Cordes and Carcassonne, and within easy reach beautiful, unspoilt beaches far from the madding crowd. Rich in history, the Cathars and their castled legacy punctuate a landscape that stretches from the snow capped Pyrenees to the spectacular gorges of the Tarn and Aveyron.
The historic city Toulouse is the cultural capital of the Languedoc. With its charming, historic and cosmopolitan centre Toulouse is one of France’s most vibrant and metropolitan cities. The aerospace industry is just one driver of the rising stock economically, having always been an important cultural centre. Toulouse is a university city second only to Paris; it is a world renowned aviation centre.
The Midi-Pyrénées boasts a number of unmissable sites and places of interest. A 20 minute meander through the vineyards, finds Albi and its heritage; including a 1000 year-old bridge over the River Tarn (reputedly one of the oldest brick-built bridges in existence) and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum and gallery. During the 12th and 13th. century Albi was such an important centre of the controversial Cathar religion, that all participants (who supported the forbidden religion of Albi ) became known as the Albigeois. Judged to be heretical by the Roman Catholic church, it was violently put down during the albigensian crusades. Albi itself returned to Catholicism without resistance; the construction of the fortified Bishop’s palace and the imposing Sainte-Cécile cathedral anchored the town into the bosom of the church.
The woodland surrounding the house brings privacy, and whilst the nearby ancient woodland of Gresigne Forest, is one of the largest in Europe, covers three and a half thousand hectares, has an abundance of wildlife including birds, wild boar and deer. 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. A little over an hour's drive are the Black Mountains, a National park in its own right and area of outstanding beauty with it's swimming lakes set high in the mountain peaks.
Gaillac is a cradle of rich history too. Watching over the town with its administering eyes, is the Abbey of Saint Michel. Within the maze of narrow, picturesque roads, large brick dwellings, mansions and towers dating from the medieval to the renaissance period point to the former wealth of the city. The Foucault chateau and its park could easily sit in Tuscany. The town hall with its vast esplanade from the 2nd. half of the XIX century, typifies the best of the large town developments of its time.
The UNESCO world heritage site of Cordes sur Ciel is a gem of Gothic architecture perched above the (seldom seen) clouds, whilst medieval walled city of Carcassonne is an hour's drive. There are four excellent championship Golf courses, which do not suffer the cramped bumper to bumper tee times of their English counterparts, all about 20/30 mins away. For longer day trips the Pyrenees and a wealth of outdoor activities are 2 hours away, the nearest Mediterranean beach is Narbonne is just under 2 hours and the Atlantic bord, with the Basque country Biarritz and Empress Eugenie's palace on the beach just is 3 hours. Barcelona, door to door can de done in three and a half hours.
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 and the vast majority offer degustation and sales. Vineyards range from small operations with a few hundred bottles a year, to grand Chateaux with restaurants and galleries.
Itzac is surrounded by fortified hilltop villages - from the medieval city of Cordes-sur-Ciel to the small villages of Puycelci and Penne, and the rolling vineyards of Gaillac so there is plenty to explore. The countryside is criss-crossed with paths and cycle paths.
Castelnau de Montmiral is less than ten kilometres away - a mediaeval bastide town, presiding over rolling countryside, dotted with stone white farmhouses and far reaching 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.
Gaillac and Albi are the two larger towns each within twenty minutes' drive. Albi is full of historic interest, as well having several wonderful restaurants and cafes which open out onto different squares. 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 5 euros. There is a large Friday market in Gaillac, a smaller market in Cordes on Saturday and a bustling Sunday market in St Antonin.
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. Vaour has a week long jazz festival in August and all the local villages have festivals throughout the summer with food, wine and music.
For those of with energy to burn, the Vere Gresigne centre, with its boating/pedaloe lake, swimming lake (with water-slide and life-guard), tennis courts, crazy golf, boules, bar and ice-cream parlour is less than 5 miles away. Walking and cycling are a favourite activity among locals and holiday-makers alike, and there are national walking trails on the doorstep. Walking groups (French and English) are commonplace and happy to welcome new recruits.
Cap Decoverte, activity and leisure park, with zip wire, water skiing, paint balling, even a synthetic ski slope is a twenty minute drive a way.
For the golfers amongst you, Golf D'Albi is a well designed course, however, Palmola, the French 'Wentworth' is well worth the half an hour drive to get you there.