Static Boat 'Da Vinci'
Houseboat | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
*******PRICES REDUCED FOR JULY AND AUGUST BY £75.00 A WEEK*******
Ex circa 1940's British Admiralty harbour launch,newly restored and permanently moored in the pretty port of Moissac.
Da Vinci is 11m long and 3.6 m wide and built of mahogany and teak. she is connected to mains electricity and water.
The main bedroom is at the front of boat and has approx 9 sq m of space, full size double bed, en -suite shower, dressing table, small hanging space, built in cupboard and a under bed storage area.
There is a separate toilet and wash room.
The main cabin is approx 7.5 M2 and has U-shaped sofa, table, and another slightly smaller sofa.
The wheelhouse has a bar table, fold-away chairs and a 360 degree view of the port.
The galley kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, small gas oven and hob and microwave.
The deck area is approx 15 sq m and has a table, chairs, parasols and sun beds.
For more details on Da Vinci check out our other website www.romanticgiteboat.com
Watching the world go by: Life aboard a boat is a very unique experience, although Da Vinci is stationary it is still a great pleasure to sit back and relax on her deck and watch the daily life of the canal go on around you. should you prefer the views of the river tarn, which is an even more get away from it all experience we can easily move Da Vinci for you. (weather and river conditions permitting). Around the port where Da Vinci is moored is a very quiet residential area, access is only for house and boat owners, is it easy to park and free. Da Vinci has low headroom in places. (it is not much different to an old style cottage)
Da Vinci is perfect for romantic couples who want something different from a holiday rental
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Arcachon 236 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 70 km, Nearest railway: Moissac 2 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
The Midi-Pyrenees region
Within or around 25 km of Moissac, an easy drive or even a cycle ride away are some pretty towns and villages well worth a visit.
Castelsarrasin, has a market every Thursday with a section devoted to live ducks, geese and chickens. On the edge of the town is a XVIII° century monastery known as the abbey of "Belleperche".
St.Nicolas de la Grave, has a small market every Monday. A castle built for King Richard the lion heart that was later enlarged in the XII°century by the Abbots of Moissac. (unfortunately it is not open to visitors). A museum dedicated to Lamothe-Cadillac,the birthplace of the founder of the City of Detroit, U.S.A and recounts his adventurous life. It also has a large lake of 400 acres, which is at the end of the river Tarn; this, then joins up with the river Garonne and you can walk around it, or go dingy sailing on it. The lake is also a bird sanctuary and home to thousands of birds. Fishing with a permit is also allowed here.
Auvillar, is one of the "Plus beaux villages de France". Its a stop over for pilgrims en-route to Santiago de Compostela. It has a beautiful and rare circular hall in the village square.There are some good restaurants, an art gallery, an antique shop and a pottery shop. There are some stunning views across the valley and river Garonne.
Lauzerte, is a typical medieval French hilltop village which has been beautifully preserved by its inhabitants and has lovely views over the surrounding countryside. A short drive further on from Lauzerte is another beautiful village called
Montcuq, (If you speak French, you will know this is quite rude but it always makes people giggle). It has a lively Sunday market, an interesting tower and some lovely shops and restaurants. Nearby is the Grotte de Roland, an underground cavern which has a subterranean lake and was the home to prehistoric bears. Also nearby is a lido with a sandy beach, open throughout July and August for swimming.
Montauban, If your an art lover, there is the Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres museum which has over 4000 drawings of his work. There is also sculpture by Antoine Bourdelle, along with other art and historic artifacts from around the local area. Montauban is a really nice town to wander around. The old town centre is pedestrianized and has an interesting selection of shops, galleries and boutiques. There is a reputed jazz festival in early summer. This is about a 3o minute drive away.
GOING SLIGHTLY FURTHER AFIELD
Two of France`s major cities, Bordeaux and Toulouse are within a easy drive. Bordeaux is approximately 1hr 40minutes and Toulouse is 45minutes.
Carcassonne, the famous walled city which is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site is 1hr 30minutes drive away.
A day trip to St.Antonin Nobel sur Val, the beautiful medieval town on the river Aveyron from where you can hire a canoe and paddle through the famous gorges of the Aveyron and pick-nic along the banks. If your feeling lazy you can drive along instead. don`t forget to stop off and see the stunning villages or Bruniquel and Penne to see the ruin Cathar castles. This drive is approximately just over an 1hr away.
Another must for an art lover is Albi which is the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec, and has a museum dedicated to the artist, which has the largest public collection of his work in the world. There are over 1000 paintings,drawings and lihtographs on display. Albi is another very interesting city to spend a day exploring, with a cathedral, the old city and a walk along side the river Tarn.
A day out along the lot valley, stopping to visit the town of Cahors, with its world famous XIV°century bridge spanning the river Lot. The stunning perched village of St.Cirq-lapopie with its ancient lanes full of arts and craft shops. The underground caverns of Peche- Merle with its prehistoric cave art. On returning, why not stop and taste some of the local Cahors wine.
Another great day out is a visit to Rocomadour, dramatic because of the way it clings to the side of the rocks above the river Dordogne. Its religious artifacts have attracted pilgrims and kings for hundreds of years.
Geographically Moissac sits in the middle of many famous regions of wine, eg. Bordeaux, Gaillac, Buzet, Cahors, Tariquet and Fronton to name but a few. All of these areas have local vineyards which are open to the public, where you can stop and sample the wine and maybe get a good deal on a case or two.
Approximately 45minutes drive from Toulouse airport, Moissac is a small medieval town built along the banks of the river Tarn.The port is in a quiet residential part of the town, with the banks of the canal lined with trees and pretty flower beds. A place where the local people like to stroll along. It is run by an English couple, Kaz and Iain, who are very helpful, and have generated a great friendly atmosphere amongst the boat owners who moor in the port. You may well find yourselves staying aboard "Da Vinci" when they throw one of their famous bar-b-que`s for the people in the port.
Moissac is famous for its XIIº century romanesque abbey and cloisters, known as St.Pierre, which are now classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. It attracts visitors and tour groups from all over the world. Guided tours in most languages can be booked through the tourist office. Moissac is an important stopover for pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela, some stay at a gîte, "le Carmel", up on the hill behind the town. From here you get a magnificent view of the town and surrounding area.
The town has a local museum with old artifacts and some XIº century frescoes in one room. In the 1930`s, a flood destroyed a part of the town by the river. Some of the architecture built to replace that which was destroyed are now themselves listed buildings, one of these is the "Uvarium". Built to sell grape juice, a popular health cure in the 1930`s it has some beautiful interior frescoes. (Now a café/restaurant during the late spring/summer).
Also during the summer Moissac puts on regular music and entertainment, either by the river or in front of the abbey. During the week of Pentecôte, last week in May, Moissac is host to large funfair and a spectacular firework display over the river Moissac has Tourist office, a comprehensive range of shops, including boulongeries and pâtisseries, a health food shop which provides products for people with food allergies, various art and craft shops, gift shops, cinema, hospital, and a lively weekend market selling local produce, bric-a-brac, hats, flowers, baskets, clothing.
An indoor municipal market is open during the week as well as at weekends. It sells fish, meat cheese and vegetables. (on Monday`s most shops apart from the supermarkets are closed).
There are plenty of restaurants, bars,cafès and inter-net cafés, all within easy walking distance of the port.
Also in the town there are, hair dressers, massage, beauty, and spa treatment shops.
The towns, train station has daily connections with Toulouse, Bordeaux, Agen and Montauban.The Canal du Midi (one of many names for it), runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and runs through the town of Moissac. There are very beautiful walks and cycle rides and fishing along its banks. A short walk along the canal from Moissac towards Castelsarrsin is the famous XIX° century aqueduct. Up until the turn of the century Moissac was an important port, with a prosperous shipping trade between Toulouse and Bordeaux.
In the summer, there are plenty of boating activities on the river Tarn, including canoing, rowing or pedal boat hire and water skiing is available further up the river. Not to forget the fishing, (rumour has it the catfish get to over 2 meters long). Early morning and at dusk are great times to spot one of the many Kingfishers that live along its banks.
The country side around Moissac is a colourful patchwork of orchards, fields and vineyards. In the spring the cherry, apricot, apple, pear and plum orchards are full of blossom whilst in the summer many of the fields are full of sunflowers. Between Toulouse and Moissac the land is one big flood plain, from which one can see the mountains of the Pyrenees on certain days. But between Moissac and Cahors the land is incredibly hilly with winding lanes leading to hilltop villages.
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