South Tarn Gites
Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
SPECIAL OFFER: January to March 2014
Stay for 3 or more nights you can claim a 30 minute aromatherapy massage free.
Gite Martinet has been awarded 4 stars and is a large gite for 2 people with mezzanine floor, an ensuite bedroom and king size bed. In the winter months there is a woodburning stove to keep you warm.
There is a spacious open plan kitchen/dining/living space,terraces and bbq areas. Facilities include Satellite TV,CD,DVD and FREE WiFi. Bicycles available. All linen and towels are provided.
The nearby medieval bastide village of Lautrec has cafes, bars and shops, Aquaval outdoor swimming pool is a great day out for families. Regular summer events and free live entertainment in Lautrec and nearby towns. Just a short drive away are Castres and Realmont both have bustling market days, on Saturday and Wednesday respectively. This is a great place to stay for families of all ages.
Gaillac is the home of the local wine. In the month of August you can blend music with wine tasting at Gaillac's music festivals.
Albi (30kms) the capital city of the Tarn region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its also home to the world famous Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, housing a major collection of the artist's work.
And why not treat yourself to an aromatherapy or hot stone massage with the owner, Sheda Savage a perfect start to your holiday.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Valras, Beziers/Narbonne 100 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse or Carcassonne 75 km, Nearest railway: Vielmur or Castres 10 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, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The location of South Tarn Gites is rural but not far from Lautrec Village (5 kms), Castres (10 kms) and Albi (30 kms) all of which have restaurants, bars, cafes and supermarkets.
There is a walking and cycling trail close by (1.5kms) so ideal for discovering other hamlets and villages. Or you could just relax and stay in the large garden (7000 sq mtrs) by passing your time away birdwatching. There are golden orieles, variety of woodpeckers, blue/great tits, nuthatch, red squirrels, etc. Too numerous to mention them all. They are attracted to the orchard as are other fauna and flora. When the fruit trees (and walnuts, hazelnuts,almonds) are ripe you are welcome to help yourself.
|Further details outdoors|
We have electric gates with ample parking. It is of course ideal for motorcyclists too as we have a barn for you to park your motorcycles.
The garden is 1.75 acres so if you want sun or shade you will not be disappointed.
A welcome pack is provided on arrival.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Midi-Pyrenees has everything to offer people.
An all year round place to visit with beautiful backdrops, gorges and caves and beaches, to skiing, fishing and golf.
Activities at South Tarn Gites can be at the end of the drive or a short journey away. Lautrec is 5 kms away and is a beautiful medieval village dating back to 13th century and also famous for its Pink Garlic.
The Tarn region as a whole is an ideal place to relax and unwind; said to be a "little tuscany" in France. There are a variety of outdoor activities for you to choose from, such as horse-riding, golf, swimming, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, off-road buggies, walking, cycling and nature trails, a bird sanctuary and many more.
Castres is a beautiful town built on the banks of the River Agout and is just a ten minute drive. It has a return boat trip from the centre to Parc Gourjade, where you can spend the day playing golf and park games or visit the large indoor and outdoor swimming pools and ice skating at L'Archipel. Or simply take a picnic.
For art lovers, Castres has one of the largest Hispanic collections in France, at the Goya Museum in the Town Centre.
Albi is the capital of the Tarn region and the birthplace of the artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Here you will find the Toulouse-Lautrec museum displaying many of his most famous works. Albi also has the largest red brick Cathedral in Europe, the Cathédrale Ste-Cécile, which dates back to the 13th century. A must-see!
Gaillac is the home of the local wine. In the month of August you can blend music with wine tasting at Gaillac's music festivals. If its golf you love, visit nearby Florentin, which has an 18 hole golf course in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards.
If its a relaxing beach you are looking for, about 30 mins drive is lac de St Ferréol. For the more energetic it also offers a range of sporting activities.
The historic village of Cordes sur Ciel dates back to the 15th.C and is “one of the major Cathar centres”. A popular tourist destination for a day out and about an hour drive.
Dating back to the 6th century, the fortified La Cité in Carcassone is simply magical, being steeped in Cathar history. It was the inspiration for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", and provided the perfect place for the back-drop for the filming of "Robin Hood and the Prince of Thieves". The link below provides you with historical and cultural information that will persuade you that a visit to Carcassone's la Cité is unmissible. Carcassonne is about an hour by car.
Treat yourself to a day out in Toulouse (by train or car, about an hour). Toulouse is known as the Pink City and has museums, historical buildings, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. It is the home of aviation in France and houses the Space Centre,'Space Experience', a large and interactive tourist attraction.
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26 Nov 2013
"A truly unique French experience with the best hosts imaginable."
To really see France and experience the history of this amazing country, this is a great place to base yourself. Just minutes from the beautiful,medieval town of Lautrec You'll find the South T… More
19 Nov 2013
"Truly a lovely experience."
We had a lovely couple of nights in Tom and Sheda's Gite.We were in France for our honeymoon and had the pleasure of staying in this cosy Gite.Everything was thought out to perfection. We highly … More
27 Oct 2013
We stayed in Sheda and Tom's wonderful Gite in October. The location was ideal--out in the country, but with easy access to the town of Lautrec and other small towns. We thoroughly enjoyed wander… More
10 Sep 2013
"Peace & Comfort"
We rent the Gite for one week to relax and to get some distance from the big and stressful city Berlin. The peace and calmness was great and we very much enjoyed the sunset on the terrace. The Gite is… More
12 Aug 2013
"Wonderful stay in a marvellous gite"
This must have been the warmest welcome and the friendliest hosts we've ever had on AirBnB. Tom and Sheda are wonderful people who did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. Sheda even brought us a jar of her home-made plum jam and we've enjoyed an evening of "appero" (French aperitifs) with them.
The gite is absolutely great: it's very clean, well-equipped and is perfectly situated. The surroundings are very quiet but the nearest village and the nearest super-market are only a few minutes away. The Tarn département (where the gite is located) is full of things to do (especially a lot of Middle Age historic sites) and Tom and Sheda provided information brochures on everything.
All in all we had a great stay in this wonderful gite!
29 Jul 2013
"South West France at its best"
We spent a very comfortable and memorable week at the beginning of July with Tom and Sheda. The gite was really well equipped and had everything to make your holiday as pleasant as possible. The garden with its fruit trees and a sense of being next to nature made it a great place to unwind. The weather was not great to begin with but soon brightened up. The fully equipped kitchen meant visiting the local markets was a joy as you could cook up some real French produce. The courtyard outside the gite became warm and inviting and an early evening beer or some rose was had most nights. Tom and Sheda are great hosts and we spoke most days with advice about what was on and what were the most interesting places to visit; it was though their advice about living in France that will be our abiding memory. They told it like it was but clearly they were thriving in the sunshine of the Southern Tarn. The surrounding countryside, which is there on the doorstep, is stunning and a couple of meanders along the back lanes sold this as a wonderful place to visit and possibly even eventually to live. Being a stones throw from both Lautrec and Castres is also a real bonus with Gaillac and Albi not that much further. We would return to just kick back and relax in this beautiful gite in a very beautiful part of France.
10 Jul 2013
We spent a week mid. May at Tom & Sheda's & while the weather was unseasonaly cool, the Gite was a very comfy & cozy refuge to come home to at the end of the day. Very well appointed with good quality linen & unobtrusive & generous hosts on site who ensured our stay was both pleasant & memorable.
A good central location for touring & quiet rural roads for walking & cycling. Plenty to see or do in the region, or if we just wanted to relax, the Gite was a great place to be. Thanks again Tom & Sheda.
1 Jul 2013
Howdy, from Houston, TX, USA. We had an absolutely wonderful time at the Savages' gite! We spent a month in France, seven days of which were spent at this gite...and now that we are back, have decided that we wish we could have spent the entire month there. The Savages are SUCH kind, helpful, and amazing people. Every single detail was attended to with utmost care. If we needed ANYTHING, they made sure we got it within minutes,
It was like having a concierge service/loving parent all rolled up into one. Although people told us there was not much to do in Lautrec, we ended up having the best time doing more there than even Toulouse! Tom and Sheda really made us fall in love with the Lautrec area and we will certainly be back. The gite itself is lovely (I just wanted to move in permanently), and OH MY GOD the bed is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in! The best way I could describe it is that tit combines modern conveniences and luxury spa touches in a rustic setting, away from it all, complete with a fruit-bearing garden and plenty of outdoor entertaining space. On top of it all, I was in need of a facial and was able to get one from Sheda, since she does massages and facial! This place gets a 10 from me! Hope to stay here again in the not-too-distant future!!!
25 Jun 2013
"A delightful experience"
We had a delightful stay in this lovely gite in the South Tarn countryside. We found the owners Tom and Sheda to be very helpful and friendly, welcoming us with a 'starter pack', providing g… More
11 Dec 2011
"Top quality Gites and superb hospitality in a very beautiful region of France"
This was not the only time we have had the pleasure of staying in Tom and Sheda's beautiful accommodation near Lautrec in the South Tarn. Previously we had been in the summer when the weather was typically warm with long evenings to relax in the tranquil surroundings provided outside the gite. This time we were there in the depth of winter, however the facilities which work so well in the summer also provided sumptuous comfort with real log burners keeping the gite warm and cosy day and night. Other heating was also provided though we found no need to use it and there is no lack of piping hot water.
We have stayed in both of the Gites at different times and the quality of the accommodation cannot be overstated; spacious, very clean and well equipped and beautifully furnished, they really are very good value for money and provide a wonderful base for seeing the surrounding region as well as somewhere you can really relax and pass many a pleasant day.
Tom and Sheda are perfect hosts; welcoming, friendly, very knowledgeable about the surrounding region and all the things to see and do there plus very good company as we discovered when taking the opportunity to eat and drink with them during the course of our stay. We also discovered that Tom is a very accomplished cook, using fresh produce from the markets in Castre and local villages to russle up quite delightful food (and wine). All in all we thoroughly enjoyed our stays both summer and winter and have no hesitation in saying we will be back!
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