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Recently renovated, this stone built cottage with original beams has two double bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs and a spacious open plan lounge/dining room/kitchen downstairs. Bathroom and kitchen are newly fitted with all mod cons. Situated in a peaceful, rural situation, the property is in the large grounds of the owners' house but has its own private terrace and garden overlooking the lovely countryside.
Ideal for nature lovers, there are plenty of walks straight from the door and many more in the local area. Bird and animal life are abundant. Miles of quiet roads and rolling hills make for beautiful and challenging bike rides. Secure cycle parking is available. Only 10 kilometres from Caussade, a typical French market town with all amenities; shops, weekly market, cinema, restaurants and bars. Nearby are the famous 'bastide' fortified towns, with medieval houses, castles, and quaint cobbled streets. And of course there are vineyards and farms to visit, not to mention restaurants serving the gastronomic delights of south west France.
For families and those who like a more active holiday there's a swimming lake with sandy beach and canoes and an open air swimming pool only 10 minutes drive away. Horse riding, cycle hire and canoe kayaking are available nearby. Within a couple of hours drive are the Pyrenees, the walled medieval city of Carcassonne and the coast.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse Blagnac 70 km, Nearest railway: Caussade 10 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Large open plan ground floor with newly fitted kitchen, dining area and comfortable lounge area. On the first floor there is a double bedded and a twin-bedded room and separate bathroom with shower, washbasin, w.c. and towel dryer. Private terrace and garden with open views of the countryside and not overlooked. Table and chairs with sun umbrella and barbecue for outside dining.
|Further details outdoors|
There are plenty of walks directly from the doorstep and many marked footpaths in the area. There is an amazing variety of wildlife and birdlife to be seen and our trees, hedges and barns are home to greenfinch, blue tits, woodpeckers, owls and bats, to name but few. Summer visitors include nightingales, hoopoes, golden oriels and bee eaters. Our nearest neighbour lives approximately 500 metres away and is a fruit farmer, growing cherries, apricots, apples, plums, dessert grapes and melons, all of which are available to buy in season.
A welcome pack is provided.
The English owners will greet you on arrival and speak English and French.
Fresh bed linen is provided weekly.
There are low beams upstairs.
About this location
The Midi-Pyrénées region
The Tarn et Garonne region is renowned for gourmet foods, such as duck products, foie gras, truffles, wild mushrooms, farm cheeses and wine. There are rolling hills and gentle rivers and fields of sunflowers in summer. It is a major fruit growing area with cherries, apricots, peaches, melons, grapes, apples, pears and plums. There are plenty of marked footpaths through shaded woodland and on hilly ridges with amazing views. A long section of the famous "Compostella" pilgrim walking trail is here.
Fortified medieval towns sit on hilltops overlooking the river valleys and gorges. Every town in the region has a weekly farmers' market, as well as regular gastronomic festivals and fetes.
The summers are generally hot and dry and spring and autumn are mild
St Vincent d'Autejac
A large swimming lake with sandy beach and safe area for children. Canoes, fishing and small cafe in season
An open air swimming pool with diving board and sunbathing areas, tennis courts and mini golf
Treetop adventure parks
Farm and vineyard visits
Medieval fortified towns and villages
Grottos with prehistoric cave paintings of mammoths, bison, aurochs, deer and other animals
Abbeys, churches, cathedrals with cool cloisters, and ancient castles. Romanesque buildings and waterways
Medieval pageants in Penne and Montpezat de Quercy
Music festivals for all tastes
Art galleries and museums. Toulouse Lautrec museum in Albi and the Ingres museum in Montauban
Wine and food festivals
About the owner
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13 Nov 2014
"Beautiful cottage in an often overlooked corner of France"
We came from Canada for this and was it ever worth it! We were warmly greeted by our hosts Heather and Geoff. The cottage is complete in every way and very bright inside. We used it as our hub for many fantastic day trips to the local hilltop villages. Every town has its own tourism centre which is great. Heather gave us tips about local markets. We often walked around the local roads and trails.We would come back anytime!
29 Jun 2014
"All around welcoming & friendly atmosphere created by owners Geoff and Heather."
The cottage is spotless and self-contained, set amid the fields and farms growing melons and stone fruit for which this area is known. There is plenty of space for children to explore nature, and for… More
13 Nov 2013
"Fabulous for walking and cycling"
This is a beautiful cottage with amazing views over the rolling countryside. We went for a cycling trip - this part of France is perfect for cycling with quiet, well-paved roads and rolling hills trav… More
14 Oct 2013
Our stay At Nightingale Cottage began with a warm welcome from Heather and Geoff, plus a basket of goodies including homemade jam. The location was peaceful and quiet, but ideally situated for short d… More
10 Aug 2013
Nous avons découvert un endroit calme et serein.Les propriétaires sont sympathiques et aux petits soins avec leur locataire.La maison est bien aménagée et fonctionnelle.Nous y retournerions sans h… More