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Idyllic location, ideal families, groups & children, private pool

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Self catering holiday farmhouse and separate tower , 4 bedrooms, 8 prs

Blancou - an excellent base for those seeking an activity based holiday or a place to chill-out. This tranquil location with amazing views of the Aveyron gorge 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.

This 18th Century renovated farmhouse offers tranquility and comfort and many onsite activities including the all important private swimming pool. It sleeps up to 8 + baby and offers comfortable accommodation for families or groups, of all sizes, sharing a holiday. 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.

A special welcome to children of all ages awaits you at Blancou. There are a selection of toys and games for most age groups and in addition Blancou is an active small holding with cats, geese (fenced in), chickens and depending on season ducks and turkeys. All our guests are welcome to help feed them or join in the daily walking of the geese to their field.

The accommodation consists of the farmhouse and an attached “Tower” and provides facilities for eight guests. The farmhouse is light, spacious and full of character and comprises of a large fully equipped kitchen and comfortable master sitting room, three bedrooms, a second sitting room, master bathroom and ensuite facilities for bedroom three. To the front of the farmhouse is a veranda which attaches to the Tower which sleeps a further two people ideal for grandparents or friends sharing a holiday. The tower provides self contained two storey accommodation - Upstairs is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Downstairs there is a kitchenette and sitting room area with fireplace.

To the rear of the farmhouse is a private walled courtyard. The veranda and courtyard are both ideal for BBQ’s and al fresco dining.

Fenced private pool (10x6) for exclusive use of the guests 1.4 m shallow end and 1.9 m deep end. Access is via a pool ladder. Large shady hangar for parking and a large gravelled drive ideal for playing boules.

There are plenty of sunbeds for everyone and parasols by the pool & veranda to protect from the sun. A selection of outdoor activities including boules, table tennis, table football, badminton & junior cricket are provided.

Inside, there is UK Satellite TV, as selection of games and well stocked bookcases featuring plenty of crime fiction and adventure novels. Free Wi-Fi access is provided.

Bed linen and towels (hand, bath and tea towels) provided and these are changed weekly. Guests are asked to provide their own pool towels.

Fresh produce: 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.

Please nopte: We have had lots of guests with toddlers and small children stay at Blancou. Without exception, all have thoroughly enjoyed their holiday. To ensure that Blancou is the right location for all our guests we always point out that the property is an old farmhouse with stone steps in most rooms.

Here to help: We are available onsite to help in any way to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.

For further details follow the link to our website found after the accommodation and facilities section of this advert.

Guest Book: We have had a wonderful relaxing week at 'Blancou'. This is a truly wonderful property... The hospitality has been much appreciated - we enjoyed the welcome bottles of wine and the fresh vegetables from the garden. The Sunday market in St Antonin surpassed all others that we have encountered during many visits to France. This is a beautiful and tranquil part of France - a perfect location to re-charge the batteries. - Lloyd family, England

Beautiful house with fabulous views. A great place to do lots or nothing at all.

So glad I stayed for a second week - Anderson family, Ireland.

Just wanted to thank you for making the last two weeks unforgettable for us all. You have really found one of the most beautiful settings in the whole area and restored this house into a magnificent place to live - Belmans family, Belgium.

Nous avons passé une semaine formidable... A trés bientôt. Clouvel party - France

Our utmost compliments on what you have done with your farmhouse.

More Details

Owner
Pete or Alison Bumpstead
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
88%
Calendar last updated:
11 November, 2017

Location

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Toulouse or Rodez both approximately
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
St Antonin
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
Channel ports
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Caussade
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Caussade
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
St Antonin
Car: necessary

Blancou is located adjacent to the Aveyron gorge on the edge of the tiny hamlet of Quergoalle. It is a short drive (7 km) from the historic town of St Antonin Noble Val which offers a variety of traditional shops and a renowned Sunday market—a must for all market loving guests. All around are wonderful villages to visit such as Penne, Bruniquel, Najac and Cordes. Visit the Grotte Du Bosc (a local cave), try canoeing or paddle boarding through the Aveyron gorge or go walking or cycling in the peaceful, unspoilt countryside. These are just some of the activities available locally. 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. Finally, don’t forget the wine. Blancou is situated between the wine producing regions of Gaillac and Quercy and a visit to the vineyards is recommended.

Other Activities: canoeing, kayaking, badminton, boules, table football, table tennis

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in Tarn-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Accessed via steep spiral staircase
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Also available as Twin
  • Bedroom 3 is on a mezzanine floor above its own sitting room with French windows overlooking the cliffs of the gorge. It is accessed via a steep spiral staircase. It has its own Bathroom. Bedroom 4 is situated in adjacent tower and has ensuite facilities. A cot is available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The accommodation consists of the farmhouse and an attached “Tower” and provides facilities for eight guests. The farmhouse has three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and an outside toilet. There is a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable master sitting room. The tower provides self contained two storey accommodation. Upstairs is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom. 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. 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 (10x6) 1.4 m shallow end and 1.9 m deep end. Access is via a pool ladder. Large shady hangar for parking.

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Idyllic location, ideal families, groups & children, private pool
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5

Blancou - Stunning location!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Blancou recently and I would fully recommend it as a great base to explore an absolutely magnificent area, or a place to chill and totally relax.

Alison and Pete have created an idyllic place which has been designed to a high standard. The accommodation is spacious and the farm house combines the mod-cons you need with rustic French charm. The Tower is also very comfortable and you really do feel like you own you’re own corner of France during your stay.

The grounds are well cared for and the vegetable and herb gardens are impressive. The swimming pool provides the perfect spot to relax and has amazing views of the stunning countryside.

Alison and Pete will be able to advise on visiting the nearby village and there is plenty going on to ensure a varied break. Blancou has to be seen to be believed and in a sunny day you can’t fail to be taken in by the tranquility on offer. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent, superb area, and great hosts.

  • 5 of 5

I am not sure that I can add very much to all the very positive reviews for this property. It is located in a beautiful tranquil setting with views across open fields to the Aveyron Gorge. It has everything that any family would need for a wonderful holiday. The pool is lovely and was very much a focal point of our holiday for our family of four adults and three children. The surrounding area is beautiful with plenty of activities on land or water for the more energetic. There are chateaux and other places of interest for the whole family to visit within a reasonable drive. St Antonin Noble Val is only 10 minutes away and has a small supermarket with just about everything you would need as well as a petrol/diesel station. St Antonin has a large variety of restaurants and cafes - we recommend Le Beffroi in rue de Guilhem Peyre. Caussade, about 20 minutes away, has larger supermarkets if required. Toulouse is only about an hour away and has a huge open air swimming pool complex which we visited twice. Alison and Peter are great hosts - available when needed but otherwise keeping very much to themselves. They have a variety of fresh vegetables and other produce available. Our children loved helping to put the geese to bed in the evening.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful family countryside holiday!

  • 5 of 5

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 need to DE-STRESS! Blancou provides enough private space for 4 couples! and some. They also had accommodation for the baby! French countryside at its best! Beautiful centuries-old barns are restored to a high standard while keeping all the original materials and character features. The buildings are simply the work of art of hostesses Alison and Peter who have created a haven of tranquility and rustic country beauty. If you are in need of catching up with good sleep, Blancou is just the place. The big country family kitchen is fully equipped and complimented by the fact that one can get several herbs and veggies from the garden. The bread van drives into the drive and you can purchase fresh bread and other products. The cleanest pool overlooking nothing but the hills, valley and the horizon, simply peaceful. In addition to the large wooden table in the kitchen for indoor eating, there is a wonderful facility for barbecue and a cozy outdoor eating area overlooking the hills, while the sun goes down and the stars come out. The cute village of St. Antonin Noble Val nearby is the typical country French village with quaint shops and a market once a week, with exquisite local products. Other nearby villages also have markets on different days. We can't recommend Blancou enough for a week or more get-away for the whole family! Compliments and appreciation to Alison and Peter for creating and sharing such a magical, special place. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Thank you Blancou!

  • 5 of 5

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 comfortable bed, our excitement already considerably raised by the glimpses of the valleys, bridges and villages we passed through in the dark.

When we woke up and stepped outside into a warm and bright morning we were so pleased! We had seen photos but the view and grounds of the farmhouse were still fantastic. A mixture of well-maintained gardens, farmland, distant views of an impressive gorge, an extremely well stocked veg patch and an assorted mix match of lazy cats, waddling geese, chickens and ducks! Walking the geese each morning and afternoon was a quick highlight. A welcoming swimming pool from the heat was greatly appreciated, more so because it was always spotlessly clean (with a bug net for the unfortunate few!).

The farmhouse itself was also a mix of rustic character and modern amenities. 4 large bedrooms and another in an adjacent barn provided plenty of space for our large group, providing everything we needed.

Food was as easy and tasty as you would expect in France. Local produce from the vegetable patch and fantastic local markets (one located in the nearby St Antontin Noble Val - make a walk around this beautiful medieval village a priority!) kept us going, with a number of supermarkets handy for the 'big shops'. Fresh bread was also available if you heard the awaiting hoot from a door to door bakery car. We ate everyday out on the big table on the patio, which was accompanied by a BBQ which we took full advantage of.

There was certainly plenty to do. Swimming, countryside walks and table tennis were all available at the farm, though I must admit I was thoroughly enjoying reading in the heat for much of the time.

Away from Blancou (A rented car is a must!) we spent one excellent day kayaking down the river through the valleys, forests and weirs. A cafe halfway around from our pickup point provided a great port of call for a beer. A nearby chateaux gave us an extremely interesting wine tasting session, something I’ve never done before, and gave us the chance to purchase some great value and quality wine.

Lastly I would also like to thank Alison and Peter for being such wonderful hosts. They were a constant source of information, ideas and translation. A really wonderful holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Just what the Doctor ordered

  • 5 of 5

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 built it ourselves. Blancou met all our expectations, and more - space, stunning views, very comfortable accomodation, St Antonin on our doorstep (ok, a short drive away) who could ask for anything more? Alison and Peter were on hand to show us around when we arrived and to give us some information and tips on the local area, Alison even taught my wife to herd the geese (good fun to watch). We all had a thoroughly great time, came back fully refreshed with many happy memories and plans are already in place to return again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2009
  • Date of Stay: June 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This truly is the place to relax and unwind with your family or friends. Whatever your age, we cater for everyone and it’s not just the children who enjoy the animals.
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Paradice !!!!

  • 5 of 5

Blancou is fantastic and stunning. It is absolutely charming ! The little sign down the road (near St. Antonin) should be up here by the house - because this place is paradice.

We had a perfect holiday thanks to Alicon and Pete, the pool, the house, the landscape and the animals.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jan-2009
  • Date of Stay: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: If you are looking for a corner of paradise in the french countryside where you can relax in a peaceful rural location with spectacular views then Blancou is for you.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
12 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
£600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid Season
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£400
for 4 nights
From
£100
£675
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,190
for 7 nights
£1,190
 
 
Peak Season
14 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,475
for 7 nights
£1,475
 
 
High Season
25 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,190
for 7 nights
£1,190
 
 
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
£400
for 4 nights
From
£100
£675
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
15 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
£600
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£360
for 4 nights
From
£90
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £125

July & Aug - Changeover day is Saturday and whole weeks must be booked. At other times we can be flexible on changeover day. May bookings are a minimum of 4 nights. June and Sept we can accept bookings for any duration which exceeds the one week minimum - see our website for rates for additional nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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