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Home from home in the heart of French Countryside



Updated: 24-Nov-2016
French classic barn near Albi, Tarn, South West France - Nature, Local Produce, Elegant Albi, Culture, Festivals, Sports

Converted barn on the door step of a village with every amenity.

Terrace for dining & lounging on....... with garden areas.

Walk and cycle discovering the local.

Albi -a world Heritage both culture & shopping.

Wander around local Flea Markets,Brocantes & Artisans shops.

Joining the locals in Albi on Bastille Day 14 July boasts an unforgettable evening with a huge firework display over the river Tarn.

Enjoy active sports - swimming in lakes, activity centres & Tarn river, walking, cycling, canoeing, climbing, horse riding, fishing.

For regional 'must do's' visit: The Bastides with their local markets, restaurants and vineyards.

Seasonal Fetes such as the medieval fete at Cordes, the August Garlic Festival at Lautrec; music festivals and lots more.

Millau famous for the longest Viaduct, Gloves and handbags and is close to the Roquefort Cheese caves.

Toulouse - for lots of Culture and of course, shopping.

And more...

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Julia and Peter relocated to France in 2006.

Our daughter was 11 at the time so has been educated in the french system since, studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for 2 years & now on an exchange year in Durham UK.

We redeveloped the barn for the Gite and continue to renovate the farm house.....

......Whist running a business, renovating and updating buildings along side the electrical and plumbing business.

When not 'working' we have fun searching out the local vineyards, with a bit of tasting of course...

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's a real idyll, we are sad to leave, you have been so helpful we love this area & the children had a a beautiful spot & perfect place to stay. We hope very much to return.The Humby's

Great gite - best equipped & prettiest we've stayed in -10/10. freya & Phillip.

Thank you for giving us such a freeing holiday. The Cole's

It felt like a 'home from home' whilst house hunting here, we look forward to spending a lot more time in the Tarn!

An incredible gite only wish we had longer, great hospitality and comfort, an amazing area with so much to explore! Molly & Vinny.

Wow, what an incredible gite beautiful terrace & interior we had a wonderful time here Liliana loved outside. Corin, Mireille & Liliana.

What a lovely welcome superb accommodation we were totally spoilt with your barn and wished we'd stay longer. great value!

A beautiful gite in a lovely part of France a pleasure to return here after visiting the local markets we where lucky to have stayed here.
Jan 2009
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastic - couldnt ask for a better place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Julia and Peter's gite. They could not do enough for us and made us feel very welcome. The weather was wonderful the gite is spectacular. Would love to go back again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect gite

  • 5 of 5

It's hard not to over embellish about this lovely gite, which has been tastefully converted and is in a beautiful, peaceful location. Julia and Peter are fabulous hosts, giving us our own space yet always on hand when assistance is required.

The Tarn is a wonderful region to explore with an abundance of attractive villages/towns and the fantastic markets, selling locally grown produce, kept us well stocked.

Top of our wish list to visit again before too long.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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True idyll

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a week of peace and occasional mad forays on bikes. Certainly got that and loved the feeling of isolation yet within easy reach of the local village to where we arrived by bus from Toulouse where we had stayed to enjoy this historic city. The bus journey was easy (no change) and Julia met us in the village. Of course a car would enable us to have got out more but we had some friends passing through and we made a grand tour of the region on a couple of days so we had everything. There is plenty to see and the Tarn river valley is lovely. A BBQ on the terrace was memorable. Bed very comfy with all of super quality. Just hope to be able to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that, julia x
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Nothing better in area.

  • 5 of 5

We have just booked this charming and picturesque gite for the second time after experiencing various other properties in this region, nothing compared to La Lande. The owners are a delight and this property is a huge credit to them. The furnishings are boutique like, the converted barn is of impeccable standard and the welcome basket is a selection of genuine regional produce to get you started. Could not recommend highly enough. Can't wait to come back in 7 weeks! The Xxx

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Le bonheur est dans le gite !!

  • 5 of 5

Excellente semaine passée en famille en toute simplicité dans ce gite aussi raffiné qu'accueillant. Julia et Peter sont des hôtes discrets et bienveillants, mention spéciale pour l'adorable Perdita qui a contribué à rendre ce moment "so typical" !

A recommander !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Perfect Gite and Area

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased by the gite. It is perfectly equiped, very clean, and easy to leave. Quiet area. Large garden (this was a very positive surprise, as this was not so visible on the photos from the website) and everything to relax. To note: weather was perfect, and we appreciated the very small wind to cool down (the region seems to show some wind). The region is really nice (Haut Languedoc, Les Grandes Causses, Monts de Lacaune,..), Albi is a no miss, Ambialet has some interests, and food is amazing. This gite will be definitively in our favorites. Julia and Peter were very discrete, and that's true, we needed that.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Classic french farm house and barn with all amenities close by.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse Rodez Carcassonne at 100 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Albi at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Albi at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Albi at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Albi at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended


We are between the Med and the Atlantic.

2 hrs 20 to Biarritz.

3 hrs 30 to Béziers.


Local Village 2kms

Albi 10 mins drive.

Nearest airport is Toulouse 1hr 10 mins - Easyjet/BA/Air France

Other airports Carcasonne/Rodez approx 1 1/2 hrs.

TGV train to Toulouse then on to Albi.

Drive from Calais is approx 9hrs.

Car (hire) recommended to explore the region thoroughly.


The village is 2km away, a 15-20 mins countryside walk to collect fresh bread from the boulangerie/collect supplies from the village shops.

Albi is 10mins drive away.

Millau/Roquefort 1 1/2 hrs drive.

Local Bastides/medieval villages between an easy 20mins - 1hr.

Toulouse approx 1hr by car or train.

Further Details:

The gite may in the heart of unspoilt France but all the modern amenities are close if you need them...supermarkets, banks...If you prefer there is everything you would need in the village or you can visit the local farmers markets for food & vineyards/caves for wine. There are seasonal fetes and festivals during the year. Active sports are available close by - canoe-kayaking, an outdoor multi-sports complex in Albi, horse riding and more (as above). For a little culture St Cecile cathedral in Albi will take your breath away. Visit the Toulouse Lautrec museum next door, then discover Albi's woad history by popping into the 'pastel' shop a short stroll away. Local artisans sell their wares at the markets and independent shops.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Euros and sterling accepted.

Changeover Day:
Flexible, it's up to you.

Notes on prices:
Oct-April there is an extra charge for heating when needed.
Discounts available for long lets.
Available per night, price on application.
We have our own cancellation Policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski pass optional
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 45 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bright Modern bathroom with bath, shower, basin with storage CB, wc, heated towel rail. Starter essentials provided.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + child in cot. Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom with classic French furniture, vaulted beamed ceiling. Twin bedroom, vaulted...... classic french furniture. Both rooms have wardrobes, side tables with lamps, dressing mirrors. Hairdryer.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Home from home facilities. Welcome pack of basics and food provided. Wifi On one level so suitable for children and infirm. Central heating so suitable for 'out of season' (additional cost) Outside: Private access. Furnished terrace with dining furniture and sun loungers overlooking countryside. BBQ. Bikes, various sizes, and outdoor games available. Utility Room: Washing machine in the utility area of the main farmhouse. Bed Linen and towels included. Cleaning, leave as you find or cleaning service available on request. Laundry/ironing service also available on request.

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