Approached by a long drive, this beautiful old stone farmhouse sits in total seclusion on five acres of garden and wooded hillside. Spread out before it lies a panorama of rolling countryside, woodland, vineyards and, on clear days, the distant peaks of the Pyrenees. The house itself is charming. While retaining the beauty and simplicity of an 18th century farmhouse, Lasserre is a very comfortable family home.
The rooms are graced with original hand hewn beams, heavy oak doors, and original plaster walls with exposed beams and lovely old terracotta floors. The owners live in the property for a portion of the year and, consequently, it has been furnished to a comfortably high standard with favourite pictures and books, antique family furniture, and quality appliances.
This area of south west France, the Tarn, is a particularly pretty and unspoilt region. The countryside is a patchwork of vineyards, maize, sunflowers and woodland dotted with ancient farmhouses and historic towns.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 80 km, Nearest railway: Gaillac 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Living Room - L-shaped room with terracotta floor, large comfortable couches and arm chairs, woodstove. Large selection of books and games. TV, Irish SKY satellite, DVD/VCR, stereo and a collection of videos/DVDs for all ages.
Kitchen - Lovely big eat-in kitchen with terracotta floor and fireplace. Gas hob, electric oven, large fridge/freezer, coffee maker, dishwasher and microwave.
Laundry room with Bosch washer and dryer, iron, ironing board, laundry sink and pantry storage area.
Bedroom - Double bed and en suite shower room.
Master Bedroom Suite– A wonderful, spacious master bedroom suite with dressing room approached by its own private stone staircase. Queen size bed, sitting area, wood burning stove, and en suite bathroom. Separate staircase to:
Bedroom 2 - Two single beds. View to south. Original brick chimney and hearth.
Bedroom 3 -Two single antique iron beds.
Large, bright family bathroom with bath/shower and heated towel bar.
Landing with desk and computer. Unlimited high speed internet access. Unlimited free phone service to fixed lines in Europe and the US.
|Further details outdoors|
A lovely old pigeonnerie forms one side of the courtyard in front of the house. A large stable attached at the side of the house acts as storage for bicycles, boules, and table tennis. In the sunny courtyard in front of the house, a large table and umbrella provide a relaxing spot for meals, and there is a large charcoal Weber grill. The 10 metre x 5 metre swimming pool sits in a private garden near the house; the depth graduates from 4 to 5 feet. There are lounge chairs as well as additional seating and small tables. Shade is provided by a pergola with a dining table and chairs.
Table tennis, table football and boules. Games for children of all ages. (Bicycles can be hired locally and delivered to the house). Ample amounts of garden furniture and sun loungers. Two separate outdoor dining areas: one in the courtyard in front of the house looking out over the vineyards and countryside and one under the pergola at the pool.
Maid service available at 15 euros/hour.
Baby cot available on request.
Changeover day is Sunday.
Bath towels & pool towels included.
Pets welcome with permission.
The Midi-Pyrénées is situated in the heart of South West France. The region is vast and therefore extremely varied. To the west, the landscape is undulating with vast fields of yellow sunflowers in spring and early summer. Further to the east lie deep gorges carved out millions of years ago, hilltop castles and picturesque walled villages known locally as bastides such as Cordes-sur-Ciel, Najac and Villefranche de Rouergue, built on a grid of streets around a central square, a reminder of the turbulent history: English invasions, Cathar struggles, the religious wars.
These days there is usually nothing more than colourful street markets and festivals to disturb the peace. There are beautiful abbeys nestling in wooded valleys, hill-top villages, fascinating old places like nearby Gaillac ,Saint Antonin Noble Val, Bruniquel or Puycelsi - . the capital of Tarn, just 20 kms away is famous Albi, with its magnificent pink brick cathedral, the Toulouse - Lautrec museum and gallery and lovely old streets to wander around.
Summers can be very hot and winters normally short with cold crisp days.
Lasserre is located in a particularly pretty and unspoilt part of south west France. This is the area of Bastide towns such as Cordes sur Ciel and Carcassonne, fortified hill towns rising up into the sky with enchanting twisting streets and covered market places. There are fields of grapes and sunflowers. The countryside rolls gently up to the Forêt de la Grésigne, the largest oak forest in Europe. Lasserre sits on a hill looking toward the south over woodland, pastures and sunflowers.
There is an abundance of wildlife, including two resident falcons. Lasserre benefits from total seclusion surrounded by nothing but forest, fields, and vineyards. It just a few minutes drive from the pretty town of Castelnau de Montmiral with a boulangerie, small shops, pharmacy, café, post office and excellent restaurant. The market town and wine centre of Gaillac is about ten minutes away with shops, restaurants and cafés. The cultural centres of Albi and Toulouse are within 45 minutes.