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

Overview

Property

Updated: 10-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Guy Reid
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 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 Haute-Garonne

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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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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7 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

5

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: Jan 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A paradise in a floral garden

  • 5 of 5

The house of Guy and Andrew is the most beautiful place we ever rented.

It is huge, with lovely furniture and filled with amazing art. Loved it.

The kitchen is well equiped and provides everything (including a terrific sunset view). We absolutely adored the stylish swimming pool with its Verbena borders and loads of butterflies swirling around.

Guy and Andrew are perfect hosts: they are there when you need them and at the same time they give all the necessary privacy. Thank you guys, for a perfect holiday!

Brigitte, Ivo and Margot

(forgot to mention another bonus: the WiFi is working very fast !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Tranquility with easy connectability

  • 5 of 5

It's quite simple - the votes came in and the result was unanimous. This was the winner of our "best family holiday ever" competition / discussion. We absolutely loved the two week holiday at the house this July. The owners were thoroughly charming, warm and welcoming, and happy to share their detailed knowledge about the region. The house and pretty gardens were totally private (surrounded by stunning countryside) and the pool was simply superb - a lovely 12m pool with views over the Pyrenees into Spain.

There are so many places that are easily accessible from the house. It was simple to get to Carcassone, Toulouse and into the mountains from Bagneres de Luchon. I understand that Biarritz and Spain are also within pretty easy reach. But even nearer to home there were plenty of easy trips out for the children, and having pretty Aurignac close to hand is a bonus.

I will never forget the views of the mountains from the bedroom windows, simply stunning when the weather is right and you can even pick out the snow at altitude.

The house itself has been restored with flair and style. Sometimes one wonders whether the photographs are a true reflection of the real thing. In this case there is no question about that - it really is that pretty !

Without a moment of hesitation I would recommend this house to others. We have visited quite a few parts of France now over the years and had never visited this region before. The combination of this house in this location with access to such varied destinations close by can only mean one thing - a guaranteed first rate holiday, whether that be for families or couples, whatever your age and whatever your interests.

I can testify that the two dogs were delightful. So much so that it took some persuading before the children accepted that we weren't going to sneak them home in the hand luggage.

I very rarely write reviews on anything, being naturally of good intention (where appropriate) but then failing when it comes to putting pen to paper. Am glad to make an exception here, and hopefully my genuine enthusiasm about the house has by now come across loud and clear.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wow

  • 5 of 5

Wow. The photos do not do this property justice. It is simply stunning. The property is beautifully furnished and perfectly equipped for a very comfortable stay (my bed was so comfortable it was hard to get out of in the morning!) and each window has a stunning view of the surrounding countryside and the Pyrenees. The garden has many secret seating areas with shady trees for those hot days. We loved the pool and its seclusion. The property was very easy to find and is within easy access to local towns and villages. Andrew and Guy, the owners, were most welcoming and helpful (there when you need them and not there when you want your privacy). Would definitely stay again and again and again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Charming house in the rural south of France

  • 5 of 5

Guy and Andrew made us very welcome in this pretty, spacious house with nice garden and lovely pool. The house is full of character, with Guys amazing sculptures and great for those wanting to sample rural southern France for a laid back holiday away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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5

Another fantastic week in paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I returned to this beautiful property and part of the world 4 years after we originally stayed with my parents from New Zealand.

Once again we were made to feel very welcome, and enjoyed the beautiful setting, the very comfortable and gorgeously furnished house, and that stunning black swimming pool.

The property is in a really interesting part of France - not too touristy (yet), with great day trips possible. This time we ventured across the border to Spain, travelling over the Tour de France hill. It was a fantastic day trip.

We just love the setting of the property, the peace and quiet, the attention to detail, and it is reassuring to have the owners discreetly near by.

We hope to return in 2015 with my parents again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Aurignac at 7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Lanemazane at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Boussens at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A64 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Aurignac at 7 Kilometres Nearest Ski : La Mortise at 40 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne at 140 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

2 hours Mediterranean (Narbonne).

2 hours Atlantic (Biarritz).

Travel:

Nearest Airport Toulouse 65km (50 mins).

Use of car essential.

Distances:

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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Rate 4
20 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£500
£1,600
 
 
Rate5
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
£700
£2,500
 
 
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£800
 
 
Rate 3
27 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£315
for 3 nights
From
£105
£700
£2,500
 
 
Rate 6
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£500
£1,600
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£800
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
 

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.
Cancellations/Refunds:
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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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • barn

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • 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

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

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.

Bedrooms

  • 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.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...

Notes:

  • 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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