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.
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1 Sep 2014
"Top quality all round"
We stayed for week at the the end of August. Weather was a bit up and down but the Le Pigeonnier was excellent all round. Lovely location and perfect base to explore some beautiful towns and villages.… More
18 Jul 2013
House was set up for kids which was great, with pool fence etc. Area was lovely, lots of river valleys and places to visit / local markets etc. Nice and quite with room in the garden for the kids to p… More
11 Jun 2013
"Perfect for Small Childern"
This holiday was our first time to France. The area was beautiful with loads to do and see. The house itself was very well kitted out with a very kind wellcome back and extremely nice owners that helped us out on several occasions. Our car met with a small window break due to a stone and the local police were very helpful despite the language barrier. We also needed a trip to the local doctor due one of our lttle ones getting a chest infection and that proved extremely efficient and easy. The houes contained everything that a cook would need and more and there was lots of outdoor games, books and things for the childern to do. My three 8,6,3 loved the house and pool and swings were a big hit. We loved eating outside on the terrace every evening and it was so nice to have the bbq there and lots of firewood and english tv for the one evening we had rain. The house has two flights of stairs which my three had no problem with but we are used to two flights of stairs so if your childern are small you would have to watch them on them on the mezzenie bit. I would recommend this property it was spotless, well equiped, owners beyond helpful and location good, lots of things to do within half hour drives. A nine out of ten any day.
12 Sep 2012
"Wonderful, relaxing holiday in the perfect Le Pigeonnier"
Le Pigeonnier is a beautifully restored property, which is a perfect location for exploring the Tarn et Garonne region and its magical medieval villages.
We stayed in mid-August with our two teenage children and despite a heatwave of 37C plus we all kept our cool - literally - in the gite's fantastic pool.
The owners, Michael and Rachel Faulkner, were very friendly and the perfect hosts, and genuinely made us and the children feel very welcome.
The property, the area and the Faulkner's hospitality made for a perfect stress fee and extremely relaxing holiday and we would definitely recommend staying at Le Pigeonnier.
11 Sep 2012
"Great accomodation, excellent location"
We spent a week at le Pigeonnier, the surroundings were peaceful and lovely, yet it was not far from the many sight seeing places around, including St Antonin Noble Val, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Albi and many more. The accomodation itself was clean and very well equipped, especially the kitchen. It also had wifi access which was a real bonus. We enjoyed spending our time as much inside as we did outside. Last but not least, the owners were very friendly and helpful, yet discreet, and when they left we did not have to worry as they had a friend who was there if we needed anything who was equally friendly and helpful. We would love to go back there again!
11 Aug 2012
"Idyllic summer vacation"
We had a lovely week at Le Pigeonnier. We loved hanging out by our own pool - and when my girls (12 & 7) wanted a change - they played in the next field on the swings and hammock or the swing ball or the games... there was lots to keep them entertained.
We ate all our meals on the patio and the lovely village clock would strike the hour. We BBQ-ed every evening.
I was really impressed by the clean and well-stocked kitchen - not just utensils but also basic kitchen cupboard food items which meant you didn't have to buy the little things you need in a kitchen.
It is also an excellent base for sight-seeing - we managed to tear ourselves away from Le Piegonner to visit St. Antonin Nobel Val, Najac and Cordes-sur- Ciel, all very lovely places. But we were always so pleased to get back to Le Pigionnier. It became our home from home.
The only thing I'd want is a softer bed (my personal preference) but it seems that in France, all beds are firm. Although it wasn't an issue with us, be aware that both the bathroom/shower room and toilets are on the ground floor.
3 Oct 2011
"Charming pigeonnier, peaceful private surroundings and relaxing vacation"
The only thing missing, although not to everyone's taste perhaps, is a vista. The garden is surrounded by shrubs and trees. It's nice and private but if the trees beyond the pool could be shorted, it would offer a nice view of the hillside across the valley.
13 Sep 2011
"Look No Further!"
What a fabulous place; full of character, very relaxing, peaceful and quiet. Just the place to unwind! All our needs had been thought of - we lacked for nothing. Michael and Rachel were discreet, f… More
25 Aug 2011
"A little bit of paradise"
After a busy week in Disneyland Paris we booked this for a quieter week of relaxation. It was truly that. Tucked away in a quiet and unspoilt part of France, Le Pigeonnier is a little gem with its sha… More
27 Jul 2011
"Lovely gite, lovely area, friendly and helpful owners"
We spent a week at Le Pigeonnier at the end of June. The gite was everything we could have wanted. The accommodation was first class - well equipped and plenty of room with good quality towels and lin… More
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