Maison d'Iris - Luxury Gite
Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Gite (sleeps up to 4)
The luxury gite has been imaginatively transformed from the original outbuildings into a private hideaway that's perfect for couples. Beautifully furnished, the gite offers a well-equipped kitchen, a large, contemporary lounge featuring a wood-burning stove, and, just off the lounge, a sumptuous double bedroom with original “bulls eye” windows set high in the wall. (The gite also has a bed settee and a cot is available for those with young children).
Adjoining the bedroom is a beautiful Italian tiled bathroom. Outside is a private terrace and sitting area for taking meals alfresco and gite guests also have full use of the heated swimming pool. With full central heating throughout, the gite is ideal for holidays all year round, including Christmas and New Year.
La Maison d'Iris sits within an acre of well-planted, landscaped gardens. The gardens, extensively planted with flower and shrub borders, provide colour throughout the year, offering both sun worshippers, and those seeking some leafy shade, all they need for a perfect holiday. Nestling in the heart of the grounds is a stunning 10m x 5m heated swimming pool (open from May to October). We hope you enjoy our house and gardens as much as we do.
We understand how much more there is to a holiday than just booking it and turning up. We are dedicated to providing you with a range of services to make sure nothing stands between you and a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Here are some of the additional services on offer. We are happy to organise grocery shopping for your arrival, booking tours/ restaurants/ horse riding/ golf, lunchtime picnics, as well as providing additional housekeeping services, if they are required.
For guests renting the gite, we can provide French continental breakfast and/or a 4-course table d'hôte meal, cooked with fresh local produce and including local wines.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake at Montaigu du Quercy 5 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac and Toulouse 100 km, Nearest railway: Agen 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
La Maison d'Iris is ideally located in the beautiful Quercy Blanc area of the Tarn et Garonne, with many beautiful bastide villages on the doorstep. The charming hill top medieval bastide village of Lauzerte, with its outstanding views across stunning landscapes, is only a 15-minute drive away. The Quercy countryside is beautifully populated by rows of vines, orchards and fields of sunflowers, marking the region out as one that enjoys long, hot summers.
Situated close by are many other picture-postcard villages such as Penne D'Agenais, Tournon D'Agenais, Montaigu De Quercy, Montcuq, all with their own unique atmosphere. These beautiful villages also host their own local markets, where you can purchase local produce or simply sit back enjoying a coffee or a glass of wine in a little café, watching the world go by.
Further afield, there are many other beautiful attractions. For wine tasting, visit Cahors, famous for its “black” wine. You could take a day out to visit the city of Toulouse, well known for its “pink” brick buildings and the incredible Place du Capitole. Around 90 minutes away, is one of France's most famous world heritage sites - Rocamadour. Rocamadour, built on the cliffside of a canyon with the River Alzou flowing below, is a popular destination with 1.5 million visits every year. The village was built in the Middle Ages after the discovery of what was believed to be the body of St Amator.
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21 Sep 2014
"A small corner of paradise with fantastic hosts!"
After a rather difficult few weeks following knee surgery, I needed a rest in luxurious surroundings with great food......and got it all at Maison d'Iris. The gite is beautifully furnished and equipped and has plenty of privacy. We chose to take breakfast and dinner provided by John & Tan.......all very fresh & seasonal. Every mealtime was like sharing food with friends as there were also a couple staying B&B in the main house....great hospitality. The area is steeped in history - lots to see and if you're energetic (I wasn't), great cycle rides and lake swimming...I was happy with the swimming pool at the house. John & Tan go out of their way to make sure we had everything we had......maps, ideas, food, sat nav! We're definitely rebooking for next year
Debbie and Alan. Tan and I had a great time hosting yourself and Alan and we are so glad you both enjoyed your stay. Thanks for the super comments, they really are most appreciated, and we hope to see you both again next year. Finally, our lasting memory of Sooty is now posted on our Facebook page. Tan and John
12 Sep 2014
"Delightful gite, wonderful hosts"
We stayed in the gite in the grounds of La Maison d'Iris. Beautifully furnished and decorated, we were in the lap of luxury all week. Tan and John were perfect hosts, friendly and attentive to the perfect degree. They provided a warm welcome and arranged to take us out one evening for music wining and dining - smashing night out. Also arranged for us to visit a local vineyard.
The pool was clean and heated, the grounds very attractive. and the location is great for visiting the pretty medieval fort towns of the region.
Hi Kate and Tom, Many thanks for the lovely review and we are really glad you had a good time whilst staying with us. Also thanks for all the tips and help on the garden and the courtyard. The work starts in October. Hopefully we will see you back here one day to see the transformation!!. Tan and John
11 Aug 2014
"What a fantastic gite"
What a fantastic holiday! Hosts John & Tan couldn't have made us more welcome. The gite was beautiful and provided us with everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. Such a gem - certainly not to be missed! We enjoyed the luxury gite, the pool, the bikes too. This place is like having your own slice of paradise - just perfect.
Dear Alison and Keith, Thank you for the wonderful feedback and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Hopefully one day we will see you both again and we hope the exam results went well. Tan and John
16 Jul 2014
A beautiful and tranquil setting, excellent hosts and a fabulous part of France. Set amongst the bastide towns, there are plent of places to visit, super restaurants - from the high end to typical french cafes, and fabulous markets. Penne D'Agennais is a must do, and only about 30 - 40 minutes away. John and Tan have put together some really good information packs that are very helpful.
La Pistoule is very well situated for both Lauzerte and Montague.
As an added bonus, star gazing with clear skies is simply fantastic - very little in the UK compares with it. What else is needed for a really relaxing holiday?
Sandra and Phil. Thank you for this lovely review. We thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us at La Maison d'Iris. Perhaps one day we will be neighbours here in South West France. Tan and John
4 Jun 2014
"Perfect blend of modern facilities and spacious comfort."
A really lovely gite, immaculately furnished and maintained by Tan and John who were the perfect hosts for our week long stay. Set in a lovely garden in the quiet French countryside, it's a grea… More
Thank you both for coming to stay at La Maison d'Iris. We really enjoyed your company and hope to see you again sometime soon. Tan and John
26 May 2014
"The best quality gite we have ever stayed in!"
We stayed in the gite for four nights in May and the gite could not have been more perfect in any way. The owners, Tan and Jon have thought of everything that guests may need for their stay. They were… More
Mary and Tony, Thanks for the lovely review, we really appreciate it and hope to see you both again in the not too distant future. Good luck with the house search. Tan and John
1 May 2014
"Would give it more blobs if I could! Fantastic!"
We stayed at the Maison d'Iris in the middle of April, in the heavenly gite and had the most fantastic, relaxing and indulgent week. The gite is beautiful, decorated to a very high standard with a luxury bathroom and bed sheets and robes, which was a really nice touch. We literally couldn't fault it. The building itself is really quirky and beautifully light, it feels like a real treat to stay there. The kitchen was my favourite - small but perfectly formed, and one of the most well equipped I've ever had for a self-catering, which is really appreciated when you are a bit further away from the town (only 10 minutes) but it is nice to stay in sometimes, and have the equipment to actually cook a normal meal. There is a bbq too, ready to use, all ready to go so you don't have to go out buying all the basics when you arrive. The welcome pack you get is very generous and really appreciated when you arrive!
The gite has its own outside area which is at the top of the garden, but it feels really private and there is great views of the garden and house and surroundings as well, the garden is absolutely stunning, there is so much to look at, there is also large grass areas which would be great for children as there is a large hedge surrounding the garden. The pool is big and has lots of places to sit, it is refreshingly cool but not cold! Just what you need when it's hot!
Most of all we left so happy from the incredible hosting from Tan and Jon. The house is close to the gite and it is always a worry as to whether you'll have privacy when staying with the owners on site but they had the exact right balance of leaving us to enjoy the holiday while also offering great help with organising trips for us, (wine tasting at a local vineyard - highly recommended - make sure you've got space in your bag to bring some home!!) telling us places to eat (Menu du Jour at the Auberge de Miramont is heaven) even booking tables in french! They left us bikes to use and leaflets of places to visit etc. You never felt over looked. We actually preferred having them there as after having bad experiences with other self catering before it is really comforting knowing there is someone just next door.
The surrounding countryside is lovely and there is lots to explore, the roads are narrow but despite feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere (which is lovely!) in 10 minutes either direction there are 2 very well equipped towns with all you need for shopping, eating, coffee etc.
We opted for breakfast and dinner at the Maison d'Iris one day, which is served on the terrace at the house with Tan and Jon and it was really lovely, what a spread! They both love their food and are passionate about the ingredients so it was a really high quality, home-cooked meal, and such a treat when you're on holiday to only have to walk about 10 metres and have that intimate restaurant feel on our doorstep. They are such a lovely couple and great company. We saw round the house as well which is exceedingly well appointed and very luxuriously decorated. Each room is very different but it is truly like living in a fairy tale.
We will 1000% be back. We came away absolutely relaxed and refreshed and amazed that we'd found such a gorgeous place, that so quickly became like home, and really is not far away from home at all! It is affordable too. The airports are near and the flight is quick, I just think we might have trouble getting a booking as soon as people twig on to how nice it is there....shh don't tell anyone!
Thanks for the lovely review Susie. We really enjoyed having you stay and would love to have Sam and yourself visit again....and Good luck with Cobble Kitchen!! Tan and John
15 Nov 2013
"One of the best Gites we have ever stayed in"
Cannot speak highly enough about the Gite at La Maison d'Iris. This was a beautiful place to stay and the owners, the Forsyths (John and Tan) were lovely people who gave us a warm welcome.Everyth… More
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