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Beautiful Converted Barn With Magnificent Gardens and use of 13m Pool

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Near Historic Aurignac, Haute Garonne, Midi Pyrenees - Very Quiet, In Stunning Hilly Countryside, Close Toulouse and Historic Aurignac

This wonderful, warm, light and sunny converted barn boasts a huge comfortable bedroom with ensuite bathroom and ensuite dressing room plus a large elegantly furnished reception room with double patio doors opening on to a sunny garden and adjacent private stone courtyard. The courtyard, exclusively for the use of the barn guests, hosts an established olive tree under which is a large table for comfortable outdoor eating. The well equiped modern kitchen provides all the quality services you might expect, including a dishwasher, and there is a second very comfortable downstairs shower room and toilet. The barn is located just 50 mins South of the cultural city of Toulouse and close to the Pyrenees in the rolling Comminges region not far from historic Aurignac with its fine shops and restaurants. It offers shared use exclusively with the owners, of a 13m 'black' swimming pool surrounded by gorgeous south facing gardens, terraces and woods. Situated close to Spain and just 2 hours from both the Mediterranean and Atlantic, both coasts are easily accessible for day trips. Prices include regular garden and pool maintenance. Discreet but welcoming owners Guy and Andrew are living in the main adjoining house and are on hand to offer advice and help. Whilst the main house was until 2016 rented as a summer gite, the house and the barn are never rented at the same time so that the pool remains privately shared between paying guests residing in the barn and the owners. The property is close to Toulouse should guests wish to benefit from the rich cultural life of this renaissance city with its famous opera house, concert halls and markets.

Guy Reid
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 November, 2017

About Guy Reid

After having lived in London for 20 years, Guy and Andrew moved to France in 2002, where Guy works as an artist and Andrew as gardener. They are both passionate about gardening, love the cinema and art. Andrew, a one time chef, is a great cook. Both speak fluent french. They have 2 dogs Bunty and Boo Boo. Please note that the dogs are kept entirely seperate from the gite.

Why Guy Reid chose Benque

Having renovated a village house in this stunning area, we set about to find a quiet farm house with more space. We knew the countryside around Aurignac well and when we fell upon Téoulé in 2004 we knew the house was right. Located on a wonderful ridge with fantastic views in all directions, the house had been uninhabited since 1965 and retained all its original period features. 18 months of hard work later, including the conversion of the neighbouring barn into a gite, and we were ready to move in. Since then much of our time has been spent in creating the gardens and outside spaces. The house and barn have been everything we hoped they would be. Teoule, its garden and the Comminges region remain a passion for us both.

What makes this barn unique

What makes Téoulé's barn so special apart from its beautiful and quiet location, is its 'lived in' feeling. Unlike many other gites the walls are hung with paintings, there is antique furniture everywhere and interesting objects to enjoy. All this in a building which retains many its original features and yet all the benefits of the modern world too, including central heating and wood burning stove, an en suite bathroom , comfortable and well equipped kitchen and downstairs shower and lavatory. Both floors offer a huge living space with exposed wooden beams and stone walls witnessing to its rural past. Even the staircase is made from the magnificent Elm that once stood outside the barn! Every window has stunning open views over the surrounding country and rolling valleys. We have tried to integrate all the outdoor areas into the environment, hence the discrete black swimming pool which is heavily planted around for privacy, and the stone walled courtyard for outdoor eating. The garden and potager are both organic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for a really wonderful holiday. We have not stopped talking about it since. You really have found a slice of paradise in the South of France – something really special which you have, very generously, decided to share with others. Drusilla Sharpling July 2010

What a fabulous time we all had. We all feel very lucky to have met you both and loved your warmth and kindness which will stay with us all for a very long time. Mark and Una Brown August 2010

Thank you personally for a terrific stay. Very kind of you to share your slice of paradise with us and to make us feel so welcome. It was terrific and you guys were an extra bonus of a highlight.

Eric Restum August 2009

Thanks again for your lovely hospitality and inspiring home. It made the trip so much more special and we both feel we have left part of ourselves in Teoule.

Noa Weintraub and Mark Matlock July 2009

We had a wonderful time and I so wish we had booked 2 weeks!

Charlotte & Gareth July 2010
Oct 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Benque in Haute-Garonne

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Very comfortable ensuite bathroom with bath, shower and WC. Ground floor shower room with WC.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4(1 very large bedroom with comfortable double bed and optional single child's bed and a double sofa bed in the sitting room). Notes on bedrooms: Very large bedroom with ensuite bathroom and ensuite dressing room. There is a single bed available for a small child. Three large windows giving amazing views to the Pyrenees and a large desk.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The barn includes, double glazing, central heating and stove fires. Use of the pool is shared with the owners. The main house is not rented as a gite. There is a double sofa bed in the sitting room and a single child's bed in the large room upstairs. Outside: Large beautiful private gardens, private terraced patios with tables and chairs, Private woods and walks. 13m x 4m swimming pool with loungers. Large gravel drive and parking. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Bath towels (not beach or pool towels) provided and changed once weekly. Linen changed every second week or between clients.The barn has an independent washing machine. Other: Large light, airy and spacious throughout.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

quel bonheur !

  • 5 of 5

Nous y avons passé une semaine mi-août 2017 et quelle erreur ....de ne pas avoir prévu d'y rester plus longtemps ! j'avais vraiment de la peine de repartir. L'endroit est idéal pour se reposer, le logement dispose de tout le confort nécessaire, rien ne manque, la literie est excellente et le cadre est magique. Nichée en haut d'une petite colline, avec vue à 360° sur la campagne, de la piscine ou de la terrasse.

Guy et Andrew parlent un français impeccable, donc aucun soucis si vous avez des difficultés en anglais.

Beaucoup de charmants villages et de choix à proximité pour les courses et pour se balader. Et Toulouse, à 1h porte à porte ....

Un vrai coup de coeur pour cet endroit que nous recommandons sans l'ombre d'une hésitation !!!!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week with a 1 year old baby. The house and gardens were beautiful and very peaceful and relaxing. Guy and Andrew are very welcoming and we would definitely recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Base for a French Country Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a really enjoyable stay in this first-class holiday property. It is wonderfully located, close to the friendly little town of Aurignac and within easy driving distance of Toulouse. It's an especially beautiful house, designed and decorated with such flair and attention to detail. We loved it. Days out included cycling along the Canal du Midi and a trip to Carcasonne - other days we relaxed by the pool and enjoyed the lovely gardens. It was so easy to forget about our hectic life at home. Guy and Andrew made us feel very welcome and were happy to help us with any queries we had about restaurants and places to visit. It was all wonderful and hard to leave behind... Thank you so much for a fantastic holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Book this property now.

We stayed here for our honeymoon and it was more than we could've ever hoped for.

Being located less than an hour from Toulouse, getting here was so easy - especially with Guy and Andrew's detailed instructions.

When you arrive your breath is taken away a little bit by the beautiful gardens and the stunning exterior of the property. The inside is equally well decorated and fully equipped for all your needs.

Your hosts are very kind, and very discreet. They are so approachable and helpful, giving advice about places to eat, go see etc.They are both perfect gentlemen.

Our favourite part of our stay was the quietness. Other than the hosts, you will rarely hear or see another person in the area. Even the local towns were quiet and peaceful. The sky at night is full of stars, and the air feels so fresh and clean.

The views across the region are spectacular - with nearby sunflower fields and towering mountains in the distance.

We enjoyed the pool - although the weather during our stay limited how often we could use it.

In this area of "lost France" you can escape every stress and worry and enjoy time together. We recommend it to anyone!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning property

  • 5 of 5

We booked to stay for 11 nights for our honeymoon. We were not disappointed! We have travelled quite a bit and stayed in many different types of accommodation but this has to be ranked as one of the best,

The area is beautiful, the pool fantastic especially as it was so very hot during our stay.

The local supermarket is a few miles away about a 10-15 min drive, but stocks everything you might need. There is also Aurignac a lovely small town about 15 mins away with many independent shops to choose from.

We had everything we needed, there was so much attention to detail and waking up in the enormous bedroom listening to the cuckoos was sheer bliss.

If you are looking for a stunning peaceful retreat, somewhere to recharge your batteries, a place to sample some amazing food and wines then you will find that here. We would highly recommend this property and our thanks to Guy and Andrew for being fantastic hosts and looking after us so well. Not forgetting the gorgeous Bunty and Boo Boo! xx

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Homely comfort in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Having had such a successful previous visit to the main house, we returned for a long weekend in January, this time staying in the converted barn.

This was overall every bit as comfortable as the main house. Some evenings saw us curled up with the wood burner on and the house never felt cold despite the wintry weather at the time.

The living areas are huge. Plenty of space downstairs for two sofas and a dining table, with numerous lamps on side tables / floor providing atmospheric lighting. The kitchen is perfectly well equipped with dishwasher and all cooking items one could need / use. The bedroom is massive with a real feeling of being light and airy.

The barn was spotlessly clean and felt very homely during our stay. As ever, the owners were extremely welcoming and knowledgeable about all things local. I would not hesitate to recommend the accommodation to others and this area really has plenty to offer, be it at peak summer season, or for an out of season weekend break.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
La Mortise
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
Car: necessary


2 hours Mediterranean (Narbonne).

2 hours Atlantic (Biarritz).


Nearest Airport Toulouse 65km (50 mins).

Use of car essential.


Aurignac 7km. Martres Tolousane 12km. Cazères 9km. Le Fousseret 7km. St Gaudens 30km. Toulouse 65km. St Bertrand de Comminges 45km. Spain 60km.

Further Details:

The nearby picturesque mediaeval town of Aurignac provides excellent butchers, green grocers, a wine cave, bakers, restaurants, cafés, banks, a tiny cinema, a post office plus a doctors surgery and a pharmacy. There is a small market in the town on Tuesdays. The house is also serviced by a mobile boulangerie. Supermarkets are located in Martres Tolousane and St Gaudens with a superb local street market at nearby Cazeres on Saturdays. The house is located in a designated area of outstanding beauty in a region famous for its fois gras, rustic food and warm friendly people. Local wines include Gaillac, the oldest wine in France, Saint Mont, Fronton, Tariquet and Jurançon, the wine said to have blessed the lips of the newborn Henry the 4th of France.

Many historic cities and sites are within easy access including Saint Bertrand de Comminges, a UNESCO world heritage site and one time roman city with its imposing cathedral and world renowned organ, Carcassonne, the famous walled mediaeval castle town and Albi with it's spectacular red brick cathedral. Auch and Condom in the Gers are both less then an hour's drive away as are the historic Ariege riverside towns of Saint Lizier with its bishops palace and Saint Girons with its fantastic Saturday market.

The area abounds in roman ruins. Apart from those at St Bertrand the remains of France's most extensive roman villa are located just 30 minutes away at Montmaurin. During summer regular concerts and events take place in Aurignac including an open air cinema, a night market, street theatre and world music. Classical concerts and further cultural events are also held in the Bishops Palace at Alan just 10 minutes away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Benque, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 6
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 1
3 Jan 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 2
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 5
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
A non refundable deposit of one third is taken on the cost all bookings.
Returnable deposit of £500 held against possible breakages payable by transfer or cheque before arrival.
66% Refund after booking
50% Refund 4-8 weeks before arrival date
25% Refund 2-4 weeks before arrival date
No Refund for cancellation in less than 2 weeks before arrival date

Cancellation Refunds:
Non returnable deposit of one third
4-8 weeks- 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks- 25% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks- no refund

Please note that under no circumstances will we accept more then 5 persons staying.

Changeover Day:
Preferably Saturday. Departure before 10.00am. Arrival after 4pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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