If you want to escape the busy life of the City and find tranquillity, beauty and plenty of fresh air, this is your place. Walnut Cottage is a charming restored stone house situated in a quiet and beautiful village with stunning views of the surrounding countryside only 10 minutes from Saint Antonin Noble Val. It has three large bedrooms and two full bathrooms with a large living and dining area and newly fitted kitchen. It has been beautifully renovated by its current owners.
There are numerous walks around the area across the fields and along the lanes and the whole area is buzzing with wildlife.
Rolling countryside of sunflowers and lavender fields , plus the majestic charm of the vineyards is something you will appreciate every day. The property is fully managed for your comfort and enjoyment.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne and Perpignan 350 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 120 km, Nearest railway: Cordes Vindrac or Lexos 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house has recently been renovated by its owners, keeping its original features including a fabulous huge fireplace, exposed stone walls and beams. It has an open dining room-kitchen making the living area an easy and cosy place in the house. Upstairs there are 3 double bedrooms available.
|Further details outdoors|
The lanes are very quiet with hardly any cars around and the natural beauty takes your breath away. There is plenty of wildlife too , such as Owls, Woodpeckers and Deer that come and go around the area.
The climate of the Midi-Pyrenees is typified by mild winters and long warm summers. This area is very green with dramatic gorges, rivers , forests and rolling farmland .There are many historical towns and villages with market squares and narrow streets dating from the XII'th century.
The area boasts many natural attractions such as underground grottos , rivers , forests and gorges
Although you might feel you are miles away from civilisation, you are not, because from St Michel de Vax you can easily visit ten villages classified as amongst the most beautiful in France including St Antonin Noble Val, Penne, Bruniquel and Cordes. There is also the city of Albi with its imposing red brick cathedral.
The town of St Antonin Noble Val has a very popular Sunday market where fresh fruit and vegetables , cheese wine and other local produce is invitingly displayed along with many local handicrafts. The town has several restaurants and bars where the evening can be enjoyed in the company of the friendly and welcoming locals.
Cordes Sur Ciel is a spectacular bastide town perched on top of a hill whose steep cobbled streets can be leisurely explored. The town boasts a medieval festival and many visitors take the chance to join the parade in costumes from medieval times. Children love the face painting and the musical performers while the parents can enjoy the food and wine. There are several museums , art galleries and restaurants where lunch can be enjoyed from terraces with spectacular views
The area is of particular interest to those who may want to enoying canoeing on the Aveyron river , cycling, walking, rock climbing , caving, horse riding and bird watching. There is a small resort with a swimming pool less than 20 minutes away by car. For the children there is a water park with heated pool and activities at nearby Cordes
A local train journey from Cordes through the gorges to the historic village of Najac is not to be missed.
The countryside around St Michel is teeming with wildlife including deer, wild boar, owls, bats and many species of bird life.
The area around the nearby town of Gaillac is famous for its local wines and there are many producers where you will be invited to taste the wine and tour the vineyard. Competitions are held every year.
There is a golf course just outside Gaillac where the view of Albi from the hole number 10 is quite superb and several others in the area (www.golf-midi-pyrenees.com)
The managers of the house who live nearby will be happy to provide plenty of information on local activities to ensure an enjoyable holiday.