LE LAURIER, LA GALAUBIE
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Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
If you are looking for a special rural escape in la France profonde, Le Laurier is the perfect location. Set in the heart of the Diege valley in the Midi Pyrenees region of south west France, an area ideal for walking, exploring by car or bicycle (bicycles provided), bird-watching and star-gazing. The converted 19th century stone barn (across the courtyard from the main house) offers accommodation for 2 people, it has been thoughtfully furnished to provide maximum comfort. On the first floor, a large sitting room with deep sofas, an extensive library of books, dvds and cds, and a pretty mezzanine bedroom with a king sized bed with 100% cotton bedlinen.
On the ground floor there is a bright kitchen/diner (fully equipped) and a shower room and toilet.
Outside the secluded breakfast area catches the morning sun, and the wisteria-draped terrace is ideal for lunch, pre-dinner drinks or a candlelit supper. The mature garden is full of secret places to sit and relax, and guests are invited to help themselves to produce from the organic potager and tiny orchard.
After a day of discovery - there are many medieval towns and villages, vineyards, markets and a stunning river-laced valley to explore - Le Laurier is the ideal place for a relaxing drink followed by a romantic dinner a deux. There are two excellent restaurants within a 10 minute drive. If you are looking for something special you will find it at Le Laurier.
Le Laurier is a no smoking property.
Owners and their terrier-cross, Lottie, live on site.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rodez 60 km, Nearest railway: Villefranche-de-Rouergue 17 km|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Midi-Pyrénées region
The Aveyron boasts ten of the most beautiful villages in France. It also has five 'bastides' (13th century walled towns), Norman Foster's architectural marvel - the Millau Viaduct - the world's tallest bridge, and the Roquefort cheese caves.
Also recommended Conques, Cordes sur Ciel a beautiful hill top town, Najac and Sauveterre de Rouergue. The largest brick building in the world, the magnificent St Cecile's Cathedral at Albi (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum are an hours' drive away.
An hour and 45 minutes to the south, Toulouse (in the Haute-Garonne) known as the' Ville Rose', centre of the European aerospace industry, (the 4th largest city in France after Paris, Marseille and Lyon) is highly recommended for its vibrant restaurant scene and cafe culture, opera house, botanical gardens, museums and shops. The first Friday in August sees the Pink Garlic Festival in Lautrec (in the Tarn), just a 1hr 50min drive from Le Laurier this festival is one for the garlic lover's diary.
Villefranche de Rouergue is one of many nearby towns of interest with its famous Thursday open air market, said to be the second largest in France. The last Sunday in July sees the nearby Bastide village of Villeneuve d' Aveyron celebrate summer in true medieval style with stilt-walkers, fire-eaters and so much more. Foissac's prehistoric caves are a 20 minute drive away. Picturesque Belcastel, which has a Michelin starred restaurant is a 35 minute drive. The lively town of Figeac, birthplace of of Jean-Francoise Champollion who deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs, is 25 minutes to the north. Voted by The Telegraph as 'the best small town in France', Figeac's Saturday market is a must. Stunning Rocamadour, breathtaking St Cirq Lapopie, the world famous Pech Merle caves (with exceptional prehistoric cave paintings) and Cahors famed for its fine wines and medieval bridge are all within easy reach of Le Laurier.
Tennis, horse riding, bowling, canoeing and golf are all available in the area.
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31 Aug 2014
"Peace and beautiful countryside"
John and Kathryn made this holiday one of the best we have had ,their warm welcome and the wonderful location could not be bettered. Accomodation very comfortable- spotless and had everything we could… More
Thank you both for your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time here, we certainly enjoyed your company and hope to see you again. Kathryn and John
27 Apr 2014
"Unimaginable beauty and peace in France Profonde."
There are still places in this world barely touched by mass culture. It is hard to describe these places -- better to be experienced and felt. Do you remember that moment, so long ago, that summer da… More
Thank you both so much for your very touching review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Le Laurier, we very much enjoyed meeting you and we sincerely hope to see you here again. Kathryn and John
29 Sep 2013
"A wonderful, relaxing, beautiful, tranquil holiday due to fabulous hosts and a fabulous 19th century barn"
Le Laurier is a truly wonderful and best kept secret (so it will always be available when we need to go!) of Holiday Lettings. Set in a beautiful part of the French countryside it will be difficult t… More
Thank you both for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed being here, we certainly enjoyed your company. You were wonderful guests and we very much look forward to seeing you again next year. Until then, Kathryn and John
24 Jul 2013
"A stylish gem tucked away in beautiful French countryside"
We had a wonderfully relaxing stay at this stylish gem tucked away in beautiful French countryside. We could have lounged all day on the shady terrace reading books, and watching the butterflies bees … More
Thank you Julie and Terry for such a lovely review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your time here, and very much look forward to welcoming you back to Le Laurier later in the year.
14 Jun 2013
"The Good Life!"
We stayed at Le Laurier in July 2012 and have rebooked for this year. It's a very relaxing place to stay with lots of interesting places to visit within an easy drive. The barn is extremely comfortable, I particularly remember the comfy kingsize bed with fresh, lavender scented linen, squishy sofas, there is a huge range of DVDs and books to chose from. The pretty garden was overflowing with herbs and we got hooked on fresh mint tea! The owners who live on site, with their dog, were extremely helpful and Kathryn is a very good cook. We ate in one evening and had a picnic hamper - definitely recommended!
We're so pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay and we're looking forward to seeing you again soon.
8 Jun 2013
"A little piece of paradise tucked away in the undulating countryside of the Averyron.."
We stayed at Le Laurier for a couple of weeks and could have remained there all summer. The gite has been decorated by the owners Kathryn and John with tender love and care and you can tell as soon as you arrive that they are considerate and kind hosts with style. Kathryn also cooks like a dream so you are in for rare treat if you have dinner there. And sitting outside the gite in the warmth of the evening having a glass of wine is a fond memory.
There is a small village nearby where you could buy the most delicious croissant and have an expresso (or drink) in the square and there are plenty of places to visit - Figeac is half an hour away and Villefranche de Rouergue the same - both lovely towns with great market days... If I could, I would stay all year. The weather in November and December can be stunning (this is not my first visit) and the gite is stocked with plenty of dvds and books to keep you occupied. Thank you Kathryn and John for such memorable stay. Will be back soon.
Elaine and Ian, we so enjoyed meeting you both and are delighted that you liked our barn and the area. Thanks for the kind review; see you in 2014.
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