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Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Blancou - an excellent base for those seeking an activity based holiday or a place to chill-out. This tranquil location offers the perfect retreat to relax and soak up the ambiance of rural France. A fantastic base for touring and yet only 10 minutes to shopping, restaurants, cafes and all the sporting and river activities such as canoeing and kayaking offered in St Antonin Noble Val.
The layout of the rooms, pan tiled veranda, walled courtyard, private pool and 5 acres of gardens and field provide plenty of space and privacy for all who visit. Surrounded by fields and woodland, this self catering holiday farmhouse/villa rental is the perfect setting for a spring, summer or early autumn getaway.
This 18th century restored farmhouse offers tranquility and comfort and many onsite activities including the all important private swimming pool. The property sleeps up to 8 + baby and offers well equipped comfortable accommodation for families or groups sharing a holiday. The accommodation suits couples as well as small or large groups. Children welcome. There are are cats, geese (fenced in), chickens and depending on season ducks and turkeys all on site and everyone is welcome to help feed them and collect the eggs.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse or Rodez 100 km, Nearest railway: Caussade 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The accommodation consists of the farmhouse and an attached “Tower” and provides facilities for eight guests.
The farmhouse (sleeps 6). The farmhouse has two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom. There is a master bathroom with whirlpool bath and an ensuite shower room. One double bedroom is situated on a mezzanine floor above its own sitting room which overlooks the cliffs of the gorge. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable master sitting room. To the front of the farmhouse is a veranda and to the rear of the farmhouse is a walled courtyard. Both areas are ideal for BBQ's and al fresco dining. Please note there are a range of stone steps and a steep spiral staircase in the property.
The tower (sleeps 2) provides self contained, two storey accommodation. Upstairs is a double bedroom with en suite shower room. Downstairs there is a kitchenette and sitting room area with fireplace. In addition to those facilities available in the farmhouse the tower has a fridge/freezer - great for use as a "beer" chiller!
Entertainment indoors includes Terrestrial TV, Satellite TV, DVD, Radio, CD System, Board Games, and Cards. Please bring your own DVDs/CDs etc. A range of toys are available depending on the age of your children.
|Further details outdoors|
Blancou is set in 5 acres of garden and open grassland. There is plenty of space for children and the energetic to run round and play football or other ball games and the open grassland is accessible after the hay has been cut in early July.
The private swimming pool (10x6 and 1.9 at deep end) has a hilltop location with fabulous views and is exclusively for the use of guests. Access is via a pool ladder. Pool is fenced. Pool can be lit up at night by the flood light situated in the nearby walnut tree. Paddling pool available for toddlers.
Large shady hangar for parking. Large gravelled entrance drive ideal for boules!
At the rear of the property is a lovely walled courtyard which can be accessed from the kitchen or french windows leading out of one of the bedrooms.
There are also cats, geese (fenced in) and chickens all on site and the younger members of the family are welcome to help feed them and collect the eggs.
Entertainment outdoors includes Table Tennis. Table Football, Badminton and Boules.
Smokers are welcome but are asked not to smoke indoors.
Fruit and vegetables are available from the garden for a small charge. Both are subject to season and availability. There are also a range of herbs around the property for your use. Fresh bread is also available from the boulanger who delivers twice a week.
Bed linen and towels (hand, bath and tea towels) provided and these are changed weekly. Guests are asked to provide their own pool towels.
Pool open May to September.
Wood available by the basket at a small charge for early and late season lets
Here to Help
We are based in one of the barns on site and are available to help in any way to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Midi Pyrénées is the largest region in the country and because of its size and location it offers a huge diversity of scenery, cuisine and activities to suit all tastes.
It boasts mountains and chalk plateaus which are cut through by the deep gorges of rivers and in between are rolling hills with wooded valleys, garrigue landscapes and rolling farmland where crops such as sunflowers and maize abound. This is a very rural region and there are birds and wildlife in abundance which makes this area a paradise for nature lovers especially in May and early June before the long hot summers set in.
This region is renowned for its great variety of locally grown and produced foods. These include garlic, truffles, wild mushrooms, chestnuts, walnut oil and an abundance of vegetables and fruits such as melons, plums and greengages. Poultry such as goose, duck and chicken along with beef and lamb form the basis of many local dishes such as foie gras and cassoulet. A variety of cheeses are also produced in the region from cows, sheep and goats. The region includes the wine growing areas of Quercy and Gaillac.
The area offers a huge selection of outdoor activities and is a mecca for outdoor lovers. Activities include walking, cycling (road and mountain), canoeing, rock climbing, potholing, horse riding to name but a few.
All around there are historical towns and villages with wonderful architecture to visit.
St Antonin Noble Val
We are located on a hilltop not far from St Antonin and the Aveyron gorge. The five acres of grass and gardens overlook farmland and have spectacular views of the cliffs of the gorge. There are many activities available at Blancou. The private swimming pool has a hilltop location with fabulous views and is exclusively for the use of guests. There is badminton, table tennis and boules. For those preferring a quieter time, chill out under the shade of the walnut tree on one of the sunbeds or choose from a selection of books available in the farmhouse. Five minutes drive away is the historic town of St Antonin Noble Val with further activities and a range of bars and restaurants.
This is the oldest town in the region with old stone houses, narrow winding streets and boasting France's oldest city hall. It offers a variety of traditional shops and a renowned Sunday market selling fruit, vegetables, cheeses, wines and local crafts —a must for all market loving guests. Round off the day in one of the several bars and restaurants where you can sit and watch the world go by from the shade of majestic trees as you sip your wine or cool beer.
Activities in and around St Antonin include:
For your convenience we provide books detailing local walks and we also provide local maps.
There are many wonderful villages to visit such as Penne, Bruniquel, Najac and Cordes. All are places of outstanding beauty, marvellous achitecture and historical interest and many with connections to the knights templar.
Slightly Further Afield
The tallest bridge in the world at Millau makes a good day trip as does the space centre in Toulouse. For those who like driving, the Mediterranean or Pyrenees are both within easy reach. A trip to Carcassone is well worth a visit. Finally, don’t forget the wine. Blancou is next situated between the wine producing regions of Gaillac and Quercy and a visit to the vineyards is recommended.
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18 Jun 2014
"Truly spectacular restored 18th century farmhouse with amazing attention to detail and beautiful gardens."
We travelled with another couple and stayed at this amazing property for 4 days.....I wish we had been there longer. It was immaculately renovated and maintained. The choice of décor was beautiful.… More
5 Aug 2013
"the perfect holiday"
Its hard to know where to start.......at different times in our 2 week break at Blancou there were between 5 and 8 of us staying in this stunning house......everything about Blancou is absolutely wond… More
7 Dec 2012
"Wonderful! Best family holiday ever! Quality time and relaxation"
We had a brilliant holiday at this charming 'self-catering' in France last year, returned this year, and would love to every year! - Absolutely PERFECT for a big family, and if you want to D… More
11 Sep 2012
"A truly wonderful idyllic place to stay."
We had a look at lots of other French villas but was pointed to Blancou by a work colleague as the owners are his parents. We wanted a holiday where we could entertain the kids in a safe environment, and a pool. It suited our group perfectly which comprised 3 generations with the two youngest boys being 2 and 5.
It totally surpassed our expectations. Alison and Peter were fantastic hosts, they live in a separate private barn, they were very helpful in all areas, especially when it came to sort out the Geese, Turkeys and ducks. The boys loved feeding and herding the geese, was a joy for us adults to see too.
The farmhouse is very secluded and safe. There is a main building with one main bedroom with a twin and bathroom at one end and at the other, a second bedroom with en-suite and living area, the bed is upstairs to a mezzanine floor which I would say some may find difficult to get up the stairs.
In between the two rooms there is a large kitchen which has everything you need to cook and a large dinning room table for everyone to sit at if the weather is not great (never used it was always at the outside table!).
The other building has its own living area with kitchen and upstairs to bedroom and shower room.
Outside there is a vast amount of space to walk around or play. The pool is superb, a really good size with child proof access to ensure it is safe. We spent most of our time around and in the pool as the weather was in the mid 30's to early 40's each day!
The farmhouse is a couple of miles from the town and you will need a car. St Antonin Noble Val is a lovely little town that is worth wandering around, there is a great market on Sunday, but get there early! The kayaking is a must too! Toulouse is worth a day trip, however we had a couple of days in Bordeaux 1st and thought that was a nicer city to visit.
We all loved the holiday, the two boys are still asking my brother if they can go back.
2 Sep 2012
"Beautiful farmhouse overlooking the Gorges of the Aveyron river"
We stayed here during August 2012. All the praise you see on the other reviews is absolutely spot on. Absolutely lovely place. The pictures barely do it justice. We were two families including two tee… More
Many thanks for the lovely review and suggestions for activities for future guests. There need never be a dull moment in this area. We are constantly looking at ways of improving facilities for guests and have updated our wifi access so that it is now fully available throughout the property and can even be used in the garden if required.
27 Jul 2012
"Wonderfully relaxing, beautifully kept and loads to do!"
I travelled to Blancou with my girlfriend and her family towards the end of June. After arriving quite late we were quickly shown around the farmhouse before we made our excuses and collapsed into a c… More
4 Sep 2009
"Blancou definately has the WOW factor!!!"
Having arrived at Blancou Alison and Peter were on hand to show us around their beautiful farm house. It was clear from the outset that they had lavished much love and affection into every little deta… More
31 Aug 2009
"A week wasn't long enough !!"
As we pulled into the driveway, i was sure we were in the wrong place. The pictures we'd seen didn't do it justice but thankfully, we'd arrived at our destination and it just got bette… More
10 Aug 2009
"Enjoyed every moment"
We were a family party of 6 adults looking for a quiet location to enjoy some quality leisure time together and to recharge our batteries. We couldn't have found a more suitable place if we had b… More
15 Jul 2009
"Fantastic place !!"
We had a wonderful experience here; we are a family with 3 small kids from Ireland. The location is perfect for exploring this beautiful area and beyond.When we arrived Alison and Peter was so friendl… More
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