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Large House in Peaceful Countryside with Private Pool



Updated: 14-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 15
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the property

House in Verfeil-sur-Seye, Tarn et Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees - Ideal Holidays for the Extended Family Sleeping at Least 12

Cardenard is very tranquil, situated at the end of its own lane, with superb views over the valleys from its commanding position on the edge of the deep valley of the Baye. It is surrounded by farm land about 4 miles north of the unspoiled village of Verfeil-sur-Seye, which has an excellent bakery and general store. Larger towns are within easy reach. The house is our family's second home, comfortably furnished and fully equipped, it accommodates at least twelve people in the main house, with the option of four more in the cottage. This is not let separately, but is ideal as an overflow from the main house for members of the party, such as older teenagers, grandparents or an au pere, who may want to be separate. There is a large salon with an imposing fireplace and a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with a table seating twelve. There is a 12 x 6 metre swimming pool, a large sun terrace, a pergola, shaded with vines and a barbecue.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Member since: 2004
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
14 March, 2017

About The Owner

We have owned Cardenard for over 22 years and spend as much time there as we can. During those years we have developed it with love and care. Our extended family and many friends join us and we have had many memorable house parties and holidays there. Comments in the Visitors' Book confirm that our guests and renters feel the same.

The Owner purchased this house in 1990

Guestbook comments from the owner

What an idyllic home! We've fallen head over heels for Cardenard. Thank you for a wonderful weeks retreat.
Aug 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

What an idyllic home! We've fallen head over heels for Cardenard. Thank you for a wonderful weeks retreat.
Aug 2016
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4 Reviews

4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


Blissful peace and comfort

  • 5 of 5

In complete agreement with the previous rave reviews - we love Cardenard and this was the third visit for some of us. It is so much a real home that you feel like an honorary family member. It's great for a multi generation holiday and I hope we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A hidden treasure with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

Our return to Cardenard was all the richer and more pleasurable for the anticipation. Few places can combine the sense of complete escape and privacy Cardenard offers with such ready access to the many delightful beauty spots of the Aveyron and surrounds and the host of markets with their rich offering of delicious local food and drink. Gracious living blended with the sense of authenticity that comes with the surrounding farm life and its various offerings. We love the variety of ‘al fresco’ options. Breakfast at the superbly placed terrace under the walnut tree that catches the morning sun and affords views in both directions of the magnificent valley on the side of which Cardenard is perched; long lazy lunches under the vine-covered pergola with views over the swimming pool to the south; drinks and dinner on what we came to think of as the sunset terrace above the pool. Like the generous and superbly equipped farmhouse kitchen, all the outside options accommodate large groups of 12 or more and make Cardenard an ideal place for holidays with extended family and friends. Everything about Cardenard says welcome and live well.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Cardenard is a magical place. It's the sort of house you read about in a novel and long to visit. This year will be our third holiday there and I can't think of anywhere else we would rather go. The well-equipped house and grounds are set in beautiful countryside which is superb for walking and cycling. Much of our time there has been spent reading or writing (or sleeping!) in the shade of the trees, swimming in the large pool or playing table tennis in the open barn. Evenings often began with drinks watching the sun go down over the fields and then we'd all have supper around the big table which is under a canopy of vines.

If you do want to go out for the day, the surrounding area is packed with interesting towns and villages (Albi, St Antonin, Courdes etc); and the local markets are excellent for wine, cheese and bread.

A holiday in Cardenard will stay with you for a long time.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This was not the first time we have spent time at Cardenard with family and friends. As ever it was a delightful experience enjoyed by young and old alike. The mornings started on the breakfast terrace overlooking the valley with fresh croissants from the local boulangerie. Days were spent lounging round the pool or exploring the local countryside which is rural France at its best. The house is charming and left an impression on all who were there. This is not some purpose built holiday let but a home made available to be enjoyed.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


By air to Toulouse and Rodez airports, which are about an hour and a half away;

Trains from Paris to Caussade, which is about 45 minutes away.

By road on autoroutes to the A20 (exit at Caussade) takes about 10 hours from Calais and 8/9 hours from the Normandy ports.

A car is essential.


Verfeil-sur-Seye, is about 5 minutes drive. Villefranche de Rouergue is about 40 minutes drive. The historic towns and sites of Albi, Najac, Cordes, Penne, Bruniquel, St Antonin-Noble-Val and many more are all under an hour's drive.

Further Details:

Verfeil has an excellent bakery and general store and garage. All major shopping can be had in Villefranche de Rouergue. There are many restaurants in the area, ranging from the very fine to the local small family-run restaurants, all listed, with comments, in the Cardenard restaurant book. There are spectacular walks all around, a tennis court in Verfeil and many attractions in the area, including canoeing on the Aveyron.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Season
22 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Main Season
2 Jul 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
8 Oct 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Prices are for one week in UK pounds and include linen and bath towels (swimming towels are not provided), electricity, gas, local telephone calls and wood for fires. Cleaning of the house and washing and changing of linen is available by arrangement with the owners and the femme de menage at renters' expense. Rates for other weeks and for stays longer than a fortnight are negotiable. Rates for inclusion of the cottage (which is not let separately) are up to £250 per week. One third deposit secures a booking, with balance payable eight weeks before the letting commences.

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday (flexible depending on season and other lets); arrival from 5pm and departure from the house by 9 am, to enable the house to be cleaned.

One third of total rate payable as a deposit secures the booking and the balance is payable six weeks before the start of the stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 14-Mar-2017


Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • On the first floor, bathroom with bath/shower over, w/h basin and wc. Separate wc. On the ground floor, shower room with shower and w/h basin. Separate wc. On lower floor, shower room with shower, w/h basin and wc.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12/15 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - 2 single beds and built in wardrobe, cupboard. Bedroom 2 - double bed, wardrobe and w/h basin. Bedroom 3 - 2 single beds, wardrobe and w/h basin. Bedroom 4 - 2 singles, 1 double bed and cot. Bedroom 5 - double bed, wardrobe and w/h basin.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: Several portable calor gas heaters and electric radiators available; children are well accommodated, with a portable cot, high chair and buggy available; a large quantity of holiday reading, books on tape and CD, CDs and DVDs, games and jigsaws are available. Outside: Private 12 x 6 metre swimming pool, sun terrace, vine-shaded pergola with barbecue for dining and ample outdoor furniture and sun beds; further terrace overlooking the valley, which is ideal for breakfast; cottage (sleeping 4 - see above), garages, barns, outhouses, orchard/vineyard and large grassed area are within the stone walled grounds. Utility Room: Further fridge, washing machine, tumble drier, sink and drainer, iron and ironing board and passage leading to side door out to breakfast terrace and rotary washing line. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels (except swimming towels) provided, changed once a week (Sats) when the house can be cleaned. Other: Enclosed entrance Porch and large hall. Lower Entrance Hall leading to Utility room and Farmhouse kitchen. Cottage with living room and fully equipped galley kitchen (with fridge, cooker, dish washer and washing machine) and 2 double bedrooms and bath.

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