Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
One of Holiday Lettings 2011 'Hall of Fame' properties, Le Pigeonnier is a three storey tower and barn, converted in 2003 to form a stylish house that is secluded and surrounded by oak woodland and small fields. The area is rich in nature and wildlife with ample opportunities for long or short walks. It is one of a group of former farm buildings, set around an attractive courtyard, which also includes the owners’ house. There is a small field adjacent to the property, with swings for children and space for ball games. The small hamlet, on a hillside above the village of Arnac, is just a five-minute drive from one of the best boulangeries in the district! Fresh milk can be bought from the small general store in the next village.
The thick stone walls help to make the house cool in summer and careful restoration has emphasised original features. The typically French open plan living area is light and attractive. It has a superb fitted kitchen, a dining table for eight and a comfortable sitting area. There is a wood-burning stove and electric heaters for cooler weather. The kitchen leads outside to a broad covered terrace, perfect for al fresco dining and barbecues. Beyond this, the sunny garden is private and completely safe for small children and surrounded by mature trees. The 8-metre swimming pool has a safety fence that meets French legal requirements.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne-Plage 260 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 110 km, Nearest railway: Lexos 3 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||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The house provides flexible accommodation with three bedrooms. One is a large galleried mezzanine with twin beds. It also has a Futon sofa bed, for two extra children or visiting adults. A doorway leads from here to the upper floors of the tower, which houses the two other bedrooms. There is a modern, well-equipped bathroom and a shower-room with walk-in shower with arrow-slit windows. For the occasional rainy day browse through the small library with a wide selection of books for holiday reading, or play one of the board games provided. An iPod docking station is provided so you can play your favourite music and podcasts!
|Further details outdoors|
The shade of the outdoor terrace can be enjoyed at all times of the day and is the perfect place for enjoying that holiday book, or watching others being energetic in the pool. Listen for the village church bell which chimes throughout the day and the call of the buzzards wheeling overhead. Woodpeckers, Golden Orioles and Nuthatches have been spotted in the trees, while red squirrels are local residents too. For the more energetic, there are outdoor games and activities for use in the garden including swingball, boules, noughts and crosses and quoits. The swings are close by in the field which is also a great place for ball games and frisbee throwing. The outside terrace is the perfect place for relaxing in the evening with a glass of wine, followed by a delicious meal with ingredients bought from the local markets. A night time swim in the illuminated pool provides the perfect end to the day.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The department of Tarn et Garonne is in the Midi Pyrenées region of South West France, with the city of Toulouse at its heart. The region includes varied places of interest, such as the Airbus factory in Toulouse, the Millau Viaduct, ancient bastide towns and the Aveyron Gorges. Le Pigeonnier is located on wooded slopes above a stream on the edge of the village of Arnac.
The climate in Tarn et Garonne is benign and ensures a green and lush countryside.
In summer there is a plenty of sunshine and temperatures can be around 30
Centigrade or higher. The western part of the department, around Montauban, is flat
and a major fruit-growing area. The eastern part, where Le Pigeonnier is located, is
hilly with dramatic gorges and extensive oak forests. There are fields of sunflowers
and sweet-corn as well as small vineyards supplying the wine co-operatives of
Quercy. A few miles to the south of Le Pigeonnier are the vineyards of
Gaillac where excellent wines can be purchased direct from the producers.
Away from the autoroutes the roads are quiet and motoring is enjoyable and easy.
St Antonin Noble Val
A five minute drive takes you to Varen, which has most amenities. Alternatively, a fifteen minute drive alongside the river Aveyron brings you to medieval St Antonin Noble Val, with restaurants, shops and cafés and a spectacular Sunday market. The historic city of Albi is 40 minutes away and Toulouse less than hour and a half, with galleries, museums and excellent shopping. Cahors and Villefranche de Rouergue are also worth visiting. There are wonderful local markets in the area most days of the week. Places to eat are plentiful and good, ranging from cheap and cheerful village cafés to more expensive and sophisticated brasseries or restaurants. There are castles, cathedrals and monasteries and other places of interest to visit. Concerts and live music can be found in local towns and the summer fétes in all the villages provide characteristically French entertainment. In Lexos, the next village, there is a station where trains to Toulouse or Figeac run several times each day.