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Les Figuiers - Traditional Family Farmhouse In The Tarn With Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Nov-2016
Sleeps 10. 4 Bedrooms. 2 Baths.

Traditional Family Farmhouse in the Tarn with Pool

This house is steeped in fascinating history which still holds its charm today. Once owned by a well-loved author who enjoyed holding parties for her distinguished friends, the house has always been full of fun-loving people. The direct neighbours, Mr and Mme Latge, now retired farmers, have fond memories of those sociable days and enjoy the presence of ourselves (on the occasions when we three families arrive as a work party!) and our holiday guests.

The house itself is rustic and comfortable, and is equipped to cater for your every need. The garden overlooks farmland and has spectacular views over rolling countryside with the Pyrenees in the distance. The swimming pool is in a secluded position, nestling in the side of the hill, surrounded by a tiled sun terrace with loungers. There is a patio in an elevated position overlooking the pool which enjoys some shade, and is an ideal refreshments area. Mature trees to the front of the house also provide a cool, shady haven to escape the heat at midday.

Ground Floor

•Entrance hall - with large sweeping galleried oak staircase.

•Bedroom 4 - Double bed, wardrobe, built in cupboard, chairs, traditional red stone floor, window overlooking front garden.

•Dining room - Traditional red stone floor, inglenook fireplace, large farmhouse table and chairs (seating 14), two leather armchairs and a 3 seater leather sofa, sideboard and crockery cupboard. Colour TV with English and French satellite, DVD, hi-fi system, window overlooking front garden.

•Kitchen - Tiled floor, double sink and draining board, large American-style fridge/freezer , dishwasher, microwave, cooker, washing machine, filter coffee machine, and a large range of kitchen equipment and utensils, window to rear.

•Shower room - With shower, hand basin and toilet, window to rear.

First Floor

•Large landing - with table and chairs, window overlooking front garden.

•Bedroom 1 - with double bed and 2 single beds, cot, wardrobe, chest of drawers. This is a very spacious room and features a red stone floor, window overlooking front garden.

•Bedroom 2 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe and dressing table. This room is situated on the corner of the house, with a double aspect, making it a light and airy room, parquet flooring, windows overlooking front garden and open countryside.

•Bedroom 3 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe. Situated at the rear of the house, this is a cosy room with traditional French parquet flooring, window to rear.

•Bathroom - bath with shower rail, hand basin, toilet, bidet, built-in wardrobe. This is a spacious room that is en suite to the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms.

This property does not provide linen, but duvets and pillows are provided.

Pets are welcome but there is a supplement of £50 for the duration of your stay.

The Garden

Measuring about half-an-acre, bordered by open fields, various shrubs and mature trees, giving shade on hot summer days.

•Swimming Pool - The 12m x 6m pool is south facing and overlooks breath-taking views. There is also a babies' paddling pool and a solar-heated shower, sun loungers, table and chairs with parasol. There is excellent lighting round the pool for midnight swim enthusiasts! The pool is for the use of guests only and is fully maintained throughout the season (April to mid October). The pool area and pool terraces is entirely fenced off.

•Patio - This overlooks the pool and features a round stone built table and seating with cushions.

•BBQs - There is a gas barbecue and also a traditional stone barbecue.

•Garden Furniture - There are several garden tables, chairs and parasols.

•Bicycles - Keen cyclists are advised to take their own.

•Barn - open plan. This is a detached building and it is used for storing summer furniture and firewood etc.

12m x 6m enclosed pool, wholly exclusive use and south facing with breath-taking views. Sunbeds, parasols. Gas BBQ as well as Charcoal BBQ with dining area overlooking the Pool.

At Les Passets, you're in the perfect position for peace and quiet, but all the amenities, market towns, historical bastides (fortified towns) and a bustling nightlife are only a drive away. The nearest village of Briatexte, about 5 minutes drive or a 15 minute cycle ride, you will find a supermarket Casino which will cater for your basic provisions and is open on Sunday, bakeries, Chemist, cafe, doctor, post office and dentist can be found. It also has medieval couvert area where art exhibitions, concerts and local festival gatherings are held throughout the year.

To find one of the super-duper French supermarkets, you need to drive just another 5 minutes on the road to Graulhet, where there's a LeClerc and a SuperU.

Places to Visit

Lavaur is the nearest town, about 5 miles away, where you'll find a large Intermarche and Super U supermarkets, but you'll enjoy visiting the local shops for all the local specialties. There's an excellent poissonnerie (fishmongers) called Neptune where you can pick up today's catch for the barbecue as well as butchers, bakers, delicatessen and many boutiques, and don't miss market day on Saturday morning where you can mingle with the locals, practice your French, absorb the colours, smells and atmosphere, and find some excellent bargains. Lavaur also has a magnificent cathedral which features the red brickwork that's very traditionnal of the Tarn region. Along with many street cafes, there are a selection of good restaurants. Two of our favourites are the Pizzeria Calcio, which is ideal for an inexpensive family night out, and outside Lavaur Le Colvert - first class food and service with outside shaded terrace, and very reasonably priced. There's also a tourist office in Lavaur. Gaillac, on the river Tarn is 15 minutes away with twice weekly market, lovely boutiques, cafes and restaurants with terraces in the shade under the trees, a cinema, wine museum and many historical places of interest.

You'll enjoy visiting the many nearby towns and villages. A must trip is to Albi, about 30 minutes drive, the capital city of the Tarn region with its famous Romanesque cathedral overlooking the river Tarn. The birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, here you will find in a museum dedicated to the artist the world's largest collection of the artist's work. Walking along it's pretty cobbled streets, you'll soon discover this is a shopper's paradise and a gourmet's delight.

If it is bastides you are interested in, Lautrec, Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelci, Bruniquel and Cordes to name but a few, are on the doorstep. A little further afield, Cahors, Castres, and Carcassonne are steeped in history and have picture postcard settings. We've spent many enjoyable evenings here, sitting at pavement cafes, watching the world go by.

Last but not least make sure you have time to visit Toulouse, the Capital of French rugby and capital of the region (Occitania) it is less than an hour away. Cosmopolitan and enthusiastic the " Ville Rose" joyously mixes heritage and lifestyle, great cultural events and festival pleasures. Toulouse is an absolute must for everyone. At once both modern and proud of the legacy of its past, open and radiant, you are bound to be seduced by the incomparable Toulousain lifestyle, coupled with the wealth of its cultural heritage. Your stay in Toulouse will certainly be a time of great pleasure. Toulouse is a city to satisfy the taste of every enthusiast of the arts. Classical concerts, lyrical art, jazz, variety and electro-acoustic music. Of all the French provincial cities, Toulouse has one of the most intensely cultural calendars. In Toulouse, gastronomy is part of the lifestyle. Eating well is of the utmost importance. Toulouse is as lively by night as by day. Nearby Spain has passed on its taste for long festive evenings. Great encounters, concerts, and festivals or simply a desire to enjoy, any excuse will do to get together and have fun with all the city's night-time pleasures.

From the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, and from Saint Sernin Cathedral to the Cité de l'espace, the many different faces of Toulouse invite visitors to come on a journey of discovery. For the Art enthusiast there are numerous churches, museums and galleries, and may be navigate on the Garonne river or the canals.

Cycling: Bikes may be hired locally. The terrain is undulating with some steep hills, at the top of many of which is a fortified village with a bar and café.

Canoeing, Kayaking: Canoeing on the River Tarn at Ambialet [a 45-minute drive] is excellent, just tricky enough for those with experience but safe enough for children

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Born and raised in Toulouse, currently living in the UK near London with British wife

Speaks English, French

6 Reviews

4.8
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Bristol
5

Spacious, tranquil and well-equipped with an amazing pool

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Les Figuiers for one week with our two daughters and family friends who also have two daughters.

The house is spacious and very well-equipped with lots of character and history too. The kitchen has everything you need and all of the white goods were modern and worked well.

The bedrooms were all spacious with comfortable beds. And the bathrooms were good, especially the upstairs one that was large.

The gardens were nice and well maintained. We thought it would be good to have a perimeter fence to keep our dog from investigating the area but appreciate that it could detach from the views.

The pool was incredible, bigger than we thought, with beautiful views of the countryside. Brilliant too to have it fenced off.

All in all, a wonderful holiday and a great house. We wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect venue for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We are two families with 6 children between us and they all agreed this was the best house we have stayed in. We like a holiday where the adults can relax and the children can entertain themselves, and this fitted the bill.

The pool is large and in a lovely spot with an uninterrupted view; the garden includes beautiful trees and room for the kids to explore.

The house was generously supplied with essentials, and we really appreciated the wine on arrival: I hope we left the store cupboard in good shape. Your neighbour kindly gave us some of her organic tomatoes on the first day: we bought more during the week, and eggs too.

It was easy to find the house with the directions provided (we didn't have satnav, but this wasn't a problem). The owners were helpful in answering any questions we had about wifi etc.

There are plenty of options for shopping in Lavaur: we only made use of the Super-U and Intermarche but there is plenty of information about other options. The 15th of August was a public holiday, which we didn't know, but the Intermarche was open that day anyway.

We don't tend to take many trips with the children in tow, especially as the garden and pool were so good. However, we did visit Albi, with its impressive cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec gallery. Nearby, Giroussens has a pretty view over the Agout, and also an interesting ceramic art gallery. On our way home we had a day in Toulouse, and would thoroughly recommend the natural history museum, which the children described as "epic"!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kitty, family and friends, Thank you so much for your review. You describe the farmhouse beautifully! We are so pleased that you had an amazing holiday, enjoyed the house, pool and views, and what the Tarn and it's people have to offer, glad you made it to Toulouse. We would be delighted if you one day in the future chose to visit again. Kind regards, Francis & Julie
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Shepherdswell
5

Beautiful farmhouse with the most stunning views!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, old French farmhouse set on a hillside with amazing views right across to the Pyrenees. It has 4 huge bedrooms which are tastefully furnished, with a huge choice of beds all of which are very comfortable! The bathroom upstairs in light airy and spacious. Downstairs there is also plenty of space to spread out even on a rainy evening, with a large dining/family room and very well equipped kitchen. It was great to arrive at a house that had some of the bare cooking essentials provided rather than empty cupboards, and the small welcome pack was appreciated too. The downstairs bathroom is small but an added bonus. Where this property excels is in the outside space. There are plenty of places to sit in a chair and enjoy the stunning views. The pool is enormous and amazingly clean, and the patio surrounding it is very sheltered. There were 3 outside eating areas but we particularly enjoyed eating at the stone table by the bbq, making the most of the views each day! The pool was maintained very well and there were lots of inflatables available, as well as boule, darts, board games & books. We picked figs in the morning for breakfast, drank fabulous (and cheap) Gaillac Wine and visited local markets to buy sausage, bread, fruit etc. The nearby supermarkets in Grauhlet were excellent and the local people incredibly friendly. We enjoyed trips to Carcassonne & Cordes sur Ciel, both amazing towns, and kayaked on the river Tarn & the Agout. We also thoroughly enjoyed the recommended restaurants although we did not have time to sample enough of them! I would definitely recommend this villa for familes as it has loads of space for everyone. The owners are very friendly and helpful, as were all the people we met during our stay. Altogether an amazing holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kate & the family, Thank you so much for your review. You describe the farmhouse beautifully! We are so pleased that you had an amazing holiday, enjoyed the house, pool and views, and what the Tarn and it's people have to offer. I would delighted if you one day in the future chose to visit again. Kind regards, Francis & Julie
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4

Très bel endroit que nous recommandons vivement

  • 4 of 5

Très joli point de vue, très belle piscine qui domine la vallée face aux Pyrénées tout au loin. Joli banc à l'ancienne placée de façon à regarder la vallée ou bien le ciel étoilé. Belle et grande maison spacieuse très bien équipée. Seul bémol : manque de lumière exterieure quand on veut diner dehors les soirs d'été. Quant à son emplacement géographique, elle se situe au milieu des lieux à voir et à visiter. Je (nous) recommande vivement cette maison si vous souhaitez etre tranquille entre amis dans la nature et disposer d'un certain confort.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour vos compliments et nous sommes ravi que vous ayez passé de bonne vacances, J'ai bien pris note de votre suggestion pour un meilleur eclairage pour prendre les repas a l'exterieur et organiser quelque chose de mieux pour la saison prochaine, En esperant vous recevoir dans un future proche, Merci et a bientot..
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5

magnifique !

  • 5 of 5

Pour nous, amoureux de la nature et des vieilles pierres, c'est l'endroit idéal pour passer de beaux moments entre amis ! nous nous sommes vraiment sentis chez nous dans cette belle demeure remplie d'histoires. la piscine est aussi bien agréable et la vue magnifique ! Bref, nos amis et nous pensons bien revenir ! merci !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour vos mots gentils, nous sommes vraiment content que votre sejour ce soit si bien passé et que vous ayez aime la maison et la region , Esperons vous recevoir dans un future proche.A bientot,
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5

Super !

  • 5 of 5

Nous sommes tombés amoureux de cette maison rustique, de sa piscine, de l'endroit...tout est parfait pour passer un super séjour avec des amis. nous pensons même revenir l'année prochaine !

Thank you so much ! We are fond of this house, this swimming pool and the place. It was so perfect to enjoy with our friends. Maybe, we come back the next year !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Leslie, Thank you for your very nice review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that you liked the house and pool. It was a pleasure hosting you and your family and we do hope you return to Les Figuiers soon. Best wishes. Francis and Julie
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse at 63 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Briatexte at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lavaur at 11 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A68 Sortie 7 Girroussens at 14 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Luchon Superbanieres at 197 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Gruissan at 200 Kilometres Car: necessary

At Les Figuiers, you're in the perfect position for peace and quiet, but all the amenities, market towns, historical bastides (fortified towns) and a bustling nightlife are only a drive away. The nearest village of Briatexte, about 5 minutes drive or a 15 minute cycle ride, you will find a supermarket Casino which will cater for your basic provisions and is open on Sunday, bakeries, Chemist, cafe, doctor, post office and dentist can be found. It also has medieval couvert area where art exhibitions, concerts and local festival gatherings are held throughout the year.

To find one of the super-duper French supermarkets, you need to drive just another 5 minutes on the road to Graulhet, where there's a LeClerc and a SuperU.

Places to Visit

Lavaur is the nearest town, about 5 miles away, where you'll find a large Intermarche and Super U supermarkets, but you'll enjoy visiting the local shops for all the local specialties. There's an excellent poissonnerie (fishmongers) called Neptune where you can pick up today's catch for the barbecue as well as butchers, bakers, delicatessen and many boutiques, and don't miss market day on Saturday morning where you can mingle with the locals, practice your French, absorb the colours, smells and atmosphere, and find some excellent bargains. Lavaur also has a magnificent cathedral which features the red brickwork that's very traditionnal of the Tarn region. Along with many street cafes, there are a selection of good restaurants. Two of our favourites are the Pizzeria Calcio, which is ideal for an inexpensive family night out, and outside Lavaur Le Colvert - first class food and service with outside shaded terrace, and very reasonably priced. There's also a tourist office in Lavaur. Gaillac, on the river Tarn is 15 minutes away with twice weekly market, lovely boutiques, cafes and restaurants with terraces in the shade under the trees, a cinema, wine museum and many historical places of interest.

You'll enjoy visiting the many nearby towns and villages. A must trip is to Albi, about 30 minutes drive, the capital city of the Tarn region with its famous Romanesque cathedral overlooking the river Tarn. The birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec, here you will find in a museum dedicated to the artist the world's largest collection of the artist's work. Walking along it's pretty cobbled streets, you'll soon discover this is a shopper's paradise and a gourmet's delight.

If it is bastides you are interested in, Lautrec, Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelci, Bruniquel and Cordes to name but a few, are on the doorstep. A little further afield, Cahors, Castres, and Carcassonne are steeped in history and have picture postcard settings. We've spent many enjoyable evenings here, sitting at pavement cafes, watching the world go by.

Last but not least make sure you have time to visit Toulouse, the Capital of French rugby and capital of the region (Occitania) it is less than an hour away. Cosmopolitan and enthusiastic the " Ville Rose" joyously mixes heritage and lifestyle, great cultural events and festival pleasures. Toulouse is an absolute must for everyone. At once both modern and proud of the legacy of its past, open and radiant, you are bound to be seduced by the incomparable Toulousain lifestyle, coupled with the wealth of its cultural heritage. Your stay in Toulouse will certainly be a time of great pleasure. Toulouse is a city to satisfy the taste of every enthusiast of the arts. Classical concerts, lyrical art, jazz, variety and electro-acoustic music. Of all the French provincial cities, Toulouse has one of the most intensely cultural calendars. In Toulouse, gastronomy is part of the lifestyle. Eating well is of the utmost importance. Toulouse is as lively by night as by day. Nearby Spain has passed on its taste for long festive evenings. Great encounters, concerts, and festivals or simply a desire to enjoy, any excuse will do to get together and have fun with all the city's night-time pleasures.

From the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, and from Saint Sernin Cathedral to the Cité de l'espace, the many different faces of Toulouse invite visitors to come on a journey of discovery. For the Art enthusiast there are numerous churches, museums and galleries, and may be navigate on the Garonne river or the canals.

Cycling: Bikes may be hired locally. The terrain is undulating with some steep hills, at the top of many of which is a fortified village with a bar and café.

Canoeing, Kayaking: Canoeing on the River Tarn at Ambialet [a 45-minute drive] is excellent, just tricky enough for those with experience but safe enough for children

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Very Low 2017
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Low 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£675
for 7 nights
£675
 
 
Mid 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
High 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Late Autumn 2017
16 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Prices are inclusive of gas, electricity, pool maintenance and cleaning service on changeover day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • caving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 240 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom - bath with shower rail, hand basin, toilet, bidet, built-in wardrobe. This is a spacious room that is ensuite to the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms. Shower room - Ground floor with shower, hand basin and toilet, window to rear.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 1 - with double bed and 2 single beds, cot, wardrobe, chest of drawers. This is a very spacious room and features a red stone floor, window overlooking front garden. Bedroom 2 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe and dressing table. This room is situated on the corner of the house, with a double aspect, making it a light and airy room, parquet flooring, windows overlooking front garden and open countryside. Bedroom 3 - with double bed, bunk beds, wardrobe. Situated at the rear of the house, this is a cosy room with traditional French parquet flooring, window to rear. Bedroom 4 - Double bed, wardrobe, built in cupboard, chairs, traditional red stone floor, window overlooking front garden

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Arrangement with professional chef friend can be made for meals

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