The Little House – Home 1146764 House
- 1 bedroom
- 2 sleeps
- 7 nights min stay
The Little House – Home 1146764
- 1 bedroom
- sleeps 2
- 7 nights min stay
House / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2
- Beach / lakeside relaxation
- Not suitable for children
- Car advised
- Ask about pets
Description from owner
Welcome to The Little House at La Braille a beautiful stone cottage in the Tarn. Situated 20 kilometres from Albi, it is 5 minutes from the charming bastide of Realmont. Set in a wooded valley within acres of gardens and fields, The Little House is the perfect retreat.The Little House sits at the edge of a small, quiet hamlet. It has been lovingly restored by the British owners, Sonia & John, who live in the farmhouse next door and are available if need be. John is an artist and Sonia is a homoeopath and masseuse. They moved from rural Devon to rural France in 2000 and manage a large organic vegetable garden which provides an abundance of vegetables.The house is on two levels. The living space upstairs includes lounge area, well-equipped kitchen and dining area. This light and airy space opens onto a wooden decked terrace - a private, enclosed area looking on to a grassy slope with mixed woodland beyond. Surrounded by climbing shrubs, the terrace is furnished with table, chairs and
Welcome to The Little House at La Braille a beautiful stone cottage in the Tarn. Situated 20 kilometres from Albi, it is 5 minutes from the charming bastide of Realmont. Set in a wooded valley within acres of gardens and fields, The Little House is the perfect retreat.The Little House sits at the edge of a small, quiet hamlet. It has been lovingly restored by the British owners, Sonia & John, who live in the farmhouse next door and are available if need be. John is an artist and Sonia is a homoeopath and masseuse. They moved from rural Devon to rural France in 2000 and manage a large organic vegetable garden which provides an abundance of vegetables.The house is on two levels. The living space upstairs includes lounge area, well-equipped kitchen and dining area. This light and airy space opens onto a wooden decked terrace - a private, enclosed area looking on to a grassy slope with mixed woodland beyond. Surrounded by climbing shrubs, the terrace is furnished with table, chairs and sun umbrella. There is a barbecue area close by. The bedroom and bathroom are downstairs. Partly underground, the bedroom stays cool even on the hottest days. There are electric radiators and a woodburning stove. From the house there are beautiful views of the valley with La Montagne Noire in the distance and pleasant walks in all directions. May - June the valley hosts its annual nightingale song contest. This region is a birder's paradise.
Location description from owner
The Occitanie region
The Tarn is a varied region which supports a wide range of plants and bird-life. From where we are: to the west lie the Gaillac vineyards, to the east the Sidobre national park with its granite resources and La Montagne Noire, to the north the Tarn Gorge (and the spectacular road-bridge at Millau), and to the south the foothills of the Pyrenees and many of the Cathar castles. There are many sites in the Tarn which figure prominently in Cathar history (Albi, Castres, Lombers, Ste Juliane near Roquecourbe to name but a few) and there are many royal bastides, such as Realmont, which were established to revive the area after the devastating suppression of the Cathars and their supporters. Other bastides are hill-top villages of interest and beauty such as Cordes-sur-Ciel, Penne and Puycelsi. The latin-based Occitan language developed in the South of France and is spoken by some people in the Tarn in a variety of dialects. The land around Albi and Lautrec suited the cultivation of pastel - a plant from which the blue dye known as woad was derived - and this temporarily brought great wealth to the area in the C15th and C16th.
There are plenty of amenities nearby. The Lac de la Bancalie, a particularly rich resource on hot summer days, is only 10 minutes by car. Here you can enjoy swimming, pedaloes, fishing, picnics and long walks by the water's edge. Delightfully spacious even on busy days. Lautrec, a few minutes drive from Realmont, is a beautiful medieval village. Each year it has a pink garlic festival and bread festival. The cafe Plum has local organic beer and regular music and poetry evenings. Enjoy it's walled courtyard with a salade composé or a coffee in the cafe/ bookshop. Castres has an extensive Saturday morning market. Goya museum: 3 of his paintings including his biggest, prints from 4 great series. Jean Jaures museum. Albi has a market on Saturday, the indoor market is extensive. Albi Cathedral has highest brick-built tower in N. Europe. Toulouse-Lautrec museum, recently renovated.
Bed & bathroom
- 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa Bed, 1 Single Bed
- 1 Family bathroom
- Wi-Fi available
- Shared garden
- Balcony or terrace
- Internet access
- Washing machine
- Video player
- DVD player
- CD player
- Hair dryer
- Linen provided
- Towels provided
- Not suitable for wheelchair users
- This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
- No smoking at this property
- Cancellation policy
About the owner
John & Sonia B.
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- Calendar updated::
- 07 May 2017
- Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English, French
This House has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 25 Nov 2013. Located in Tarn, it has 5 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £225 to £354.
The Owner has a response rate of 85% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 07 May 2017.
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– based on 5 reviews
- Very Good
“A wonderful and alternative retreat in the South of France.”
As a fairly experienced user of self catering cottages, The Little House and it's hosts surpassed all my expectations. The cottage is in an idyllic location if remote and away from the hustle and bustle of life is what you want. Its rooms are comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated in an informal but stylish manner. The bedroom was cool and comfortable. The outside patio-deck provided a quiet and private area for eating alfresco, surrounded by flowering annuals, jasmine and herbs which we were encouraged to use. The kitchen had a well stocked cupboard with condiments and flavourings. coffee and tea, rice and preserves. Our hosts were friendly welcoming, helpful and thoughtful. Generous too with such touches as a bottle of wine left for us on arrival, a posy of flowers and fruit and vegetables from their garden. The location is an ideal spot to travel from to explore the Tarn. There is also a local lake which offered beautiful scenery, warm water to swim in and a tree shaded bank to relax and picnic on. Even on a Sunday during peak holiday time there was plenty of space. A superior alternative to the beach on many counts. I will be recommending this cottage to all my family and friends.
Owner's reply: It was a pleasure to meet Linda and Simon and their review is gratifying. While here they conveyed their enthusiasm and it was good for us to see this place through their eyes and realise how much we take for granted. Thank you for cleaning the house so well and your creative entry to the visitors book. Much appreciated - John, Sonia and Sarki!
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