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Intimate, Hand-Crafted Home with Splendid Views

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Property

Updated: 08-Dec-2016
Holiday Home in St Antonin Noble Val, Tarn et Garonne - Beautiful Terrace, Walled Garden, 3 Minute Walk to Village Square

This beautiful medieval village has now been featured in 2 films, "Charlotte Gray," and, more recently, "The Hundred-Foot Journey." St Antonin is located in the Gorge of the Aveyron, where the picturesque Bonnette and Aveyron rivers join.

Your lodging is a unique (blue lime-washed) house, a 5 minute walk from the main square of the village with cafes & restaurants, bakery & amenities. The house is accessed directly from the street. Behind the house, facing the river, is a private walled garden on the lower level, while above, at ground-floor level, a short walkway (elevated above the garden) leads to a stone terrace overlooking magnificent views of the Gorge. This terrace, with built-in stone benches & teak table offers a perfect setting for morning coffee or al fresco dining. Both floors of the house enjoy wonderful views through ample windows, filling the inside space with natural light (emphasized, upstairs, by a skylight in the cathedral style ceiling with exposed oak beams). The newly renovated interior walls are of exposed brick, stone, & colombage (beam & stucco); they provide a rustic atmosphere, while new radiant heating keeps the place snug and warm in all weather. There is WiFi throughout the house, garden, and terrace.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

Bruce and Bonnie Bishop are a California couple who discovered the village of St Antonin-Noble-Val in 2000. There they found an abandoned townhouse positioned on the walls of the medieval village with dramatic overviews of the Aveyron river gorge. They bought the ruin and spent the next 8 summers re-making it into a jewel of a holiday home. Currently they divide their time between France & California. Bonnie is the director of The Mindful Circle, dedicated to the enhancement of women’s health and well-being. Bruce an artist-builder-writer. They enjoy sharing their home with fellow francophiles.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Well - what can we say about Maison Bueue - our home for 7 weeks - we miss it every day and would come back in a heartbeat!!  Maison Bleue felt like home the minute we walked in - little touches like the wine you so kindly left for us and being able to organize with Graham our little hamper of food til we could get to the amazing St Antonin Markets. There was every comfort we needed and the kitchen!!!! so well appointed. Being right in the village was amazing - a short walk for a coffee or a wine or a beautiful pastry. Also - so nice we could park our car so close to "home". The villagers were so friendly - I remember the first day we arrived I was upstairs getting ready to explore our village - Kevin was standing just outside the open front door downstairs - he was soooo excited - he called out "I've already got 3 bonjours!!! - the friendliest little village ever. Our friends ask us what made us fall in love with St Antonin and we can never quite put our finger on it - we just get this far away look and get a bit sad that we aren't back there - there is just something about St Antonin and your beautiful little cottage.

I remember the first time I saw Maison Bleue on the website I fell in love with it immediately - Just the simple picture of the upstairs windows - Bonnie's famous bike and, of course, the terrace. So nice to have that beautiful outdoor area and with a barbeque! We spent many an hour out there eating amazing food with just as amazing wine - ahhhh - take me back! The market also had us interested - there is nothing Kevin likes more than to walk around a market having a chat with whoever would put up with his French! But really just so nice to have all that fresh produce. Now - what were our favourite activities? The markets ...... the little cinema ...... we could sit for hours at Gaspacho just people watching ......stumbling across ancient sites around the village ...... visiting the Vide Greniers in the surrounding little villages and snaffling up all the bargains.... we were actually close to so many other interesting little villages and towns....then kayaking (and falling out) .... what is there not to like about St Antonin - the prettiest friendliest town. Improvements? ......absolutely nothing you can improve - you have thought of everything - your cottage and village is perfect!

Fondest regards, Sharyn & Kevin
Apr 2015
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4 Reviews

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based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Perfect in every way ....

  • 5 of 5

Hi Bruce and Bonnie

Well-what can we say about Maison Bueue-our home for 7 weeks-we miss it every day and would come back in a heartbeat!! Maison Blueu felt like home the minute we walked in-little touches like the wine you so kindly left for us and being able to organize with Graham our little hamper of food til we could get to the amazing St Antonin Markets.There was every comfort we needed and the kitchen!!!! so well appointed. Being right in the village was amazing-a short walk for a coffee or a wine or a beautiful pastry. Also-so nice we could park our car so close to "home". The villagers were so friendly - I remember the first day we arrived I was upstairs getting ready to explore our village-Kevin was standing just outside the open front door downstairs-he was soooo excited-he called out "I've already got 3 bonjours!!!...the friendliest little village ever. Our friends ask us what made us fall in love with St Antonin and we can never quite put our finger on it - we just get this far away look and get a bit sad that we aren't back there - there is just something about St Antonin and your beautiful little cottage.

I remember the first time I saw Maison Bleue on the website I fell in love with it immediately-I messaged Kevin telling him I'd found the perfect place. Just the simple picture of the upstairs windows-Bonnie's famous bike and of course-the terrace. So nice to have that beautiful outdoor area and with a barbeque! We spent many an hour out there eating amazing food with just as amazing wine-ahhhh-take me back! The market also had us interested - there is nothing Kevin likes more than to walk around a market having a chat with whoever would put up with his French! But really just so nice to have all that fresh produce every week was amazing!

Now-what were our favourite activities? Of course-the markets...the little cinema...we could sit for hours at Gaspacho just people watching...stumbling across ancient sites around the village...packing a picnic basket for lunch with fresh baguettes, pate, salami, cheeses and wine and finding a beautiful little creek just minutes away...visiting the Vide Grenier in the surrounding little villages and snaffling up all the bargains...then when it got warmer-kayaking (and falling out!)...what is there not to like about St Antonin-the prettiest friendliest little village. Improvements?..absolutely nothing-you have thought of everything....Maison Bleue is perfect...fondest regards to you both Sharyn & Kevin

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review of Maison Bleue communicates better than anything I can say about how our guests so often respond; it is precisely what Bonnie and I hope for in renting our home. Our goal has always been to offer the same holiday rental that we ourselves would appreciate: fairly priced, conveniently located, comfortable, excellent amenities, tranquil and beautiful. We are grateful for Sharyn's kind acknowledgment.
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A little jewel

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about Maison Bleue and actually intend to visit again sometime. Perfect location, perfect place to unwind and forget about the world.

It really is a little jewel!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Maison Bleue

  • 5 of 5

Linda my partner makes a virtue of not returning to the same place twice when on holiday. So to have returned to St Antonin and Maison Bleue to stay on three occasions and visit on another shows the high esteem we have for Bruce and Bonnie, their special house and the attraction of St Antonin. The renovation of the house is a fascination in itself and the comfort, be it high Summer or December with snow and ice, is fitting for all seasons. As a travelling base Maison Bleue is excellently placed and equipped. Be it by foot around the town with its local history spanning centuries or further afield. From Roman to Templar history, from Medieval France to modern day France with all its upheavals of the last 100 years, all is close by. St Antonin is an excellent starting point for the rivers - Aveyron, Lot, Tarn or stunning towns further afield Albi, Castres, Figeac, Villefranche de Rouergue. St Antonin as a compact medieval town has a wide ranging assortment of restaurants, bars, food shops and local produce. The river is a wonder in its own right, with watching logs when the river is in high flood quite hypnotic. An evening stroll around the town recalling the ancient walls, medieval passages and ginnels and innumerable gardens is a joy. As is just sitting on the patio watching the world roll by. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are fortunate indeed to have such delightful and appreciative guests as Chris and Linda. Through their repeated stays we are developing a rich connection that leaves us better and better informed about our own place. Chris is a history buff and his research unearths little known facts about St Antonin and other sites in the region. For example, we had not realized that Maison Bleue was located smack dab on the ramparts of the medieval village (which is why if offers such lovely views!). The stimulus of his investigations led us to discover that, in the 11th century, the population of St Antonin rivaled that of Paris. Who would have imagined?!
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Maison Bleue

  • 5 of 5

La Maison Bleue provides ideal accommodation for two, close to the centre of a lovely French town. It is comfortable, well equipped and well laid out, which would be a very cosy hide-away in winter. During the Summer months the real star is the outside space on two levels, with wonderful views over the roof tops of St Antonin towards the cliffs of the Aveyron gorge. The owners, Bruce and Bonnie could not have been more helpful during the booking process. While there are many interesting towns and villages to explore in the surrounding area, (from the Tarn, through the Quercy, to the valley of the Lot) you could equally choose to relax in the town of St Antonin itself, taking in the famous Sunday market and enjoying the many bars and cafés. For the more active, this is a beautiful walking area and there is the opportunity to canoe on the Aveyron in the Summer months. This is a great base for a holiday in beautiful South West France.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We bought in St Antonin simply because it is so alive and beautiful. A registered Cite Medieval , it is an architectural delight that maintains its medieval character, yet enjoys an active contemporary life. The Sunday market is renowned and draws vendors & customers from all the region. The village unaccountably boasts a superb cinema with the latest releases. Picnicking alongside or kayaking on the river is delightful. Hiking, climbing (world class) and cycling are popular pastimes. Galleries abound as artists are drawn from all over the world to live in and around St Antonin. When we found Maison Bleue it was in ruinous condition, but its position, superbly convenient to the village center and enjoying spectacular vistas, knocked our socks off! Now renewed, it is a perfect get-away.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse/Rodez at 92 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar de Les Halles at 200 Metres Nearest Train : Lexos/Caussade at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A20 at 19 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Beffrois/Auberge des Sens at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Aveyron River beach at 400 Metres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The broad and beautiful Aveyron river is a 10 minute walk from our front door. Kayaking and canoeing outfitters abound in summertime and there are many picnic and swimming sites along the river. In season, a local public swimming pool is a 5 minute walk. Splendid hiking and biking trails are everywhere, as well as fishing opportunities for avid anglers. The walls of the Gorge are famous among rock climbers and cave exploration is available nearby as well as two climbing schools.

Travel:

The airport of Blagnac at Toulouse is an hour and a quarter drive from St Antonin and mostly connected by major motorway. The airport at Rodez is about the same distance and, likewise, has many connecting flights from Paris, London (Stansted), Dublin, etc. A car is essential in getting to and from St Antonin, although taxis are available to connect to the nearest train station in Caussade (20 minutes). Many English visitors journey by car from channel ports some 8 hours by modern motorway.

Distances:

Within a half hour's drive of St Antonin a variety of extraordinary villages are to be seen: Cordes sur Ciel, Penne, Bruniquel, Najac, then, but a little farther afield are Montauban, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Moissac, all places of outstanding historical interest, architecture, and beauty. This is a region of immense culture, great wines, wonderful cuisine, where everyday is an adventure for the mind and all the senses.

Further Details:

St Antonin, at the confluence of two rivers, dates to pre-Roman times and boasts the oldest city hall (now a museum) in France.

It offers a variety of traditional shops, as well as a renowned Sunday market where fruit, vegetables, cheeses, wines and local crafts are offered in festive spirit, often enlivened by costumed musicians. There are a wide range of restaurants and bars to tempt passing shoppers into slowing their pace to enjoy the simple pleasure of a spontaneous glass of wine and conversation. All the essentials are to be had in the village: banking, pharmacies, medical service, an excellent cinema with the latest films, supermarkets & bakeries...

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 200 euros will confirm your booking, with the balance due in cash euros upon arrival.
Discounted long winter lets by special arrangement.

Changeover Day:
Negotiable. Note that Check-in time is after 4pm. Check-out time is 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.
Additional days can be calculated by dividing the weekly rate by 7. Discounted long winter lets by special arrangement.

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Facilities

From the Owner

What makes this property unique is the surprise you get when entering what appears to be a pretty but unassuming house on a normal village street. First is the impression of harmonious hand-crafted elements, from the large double front door to the cupboards and counters of solid beautifully grained wood, the custom ceramic knobs, the sculptural spiral staircase. But then you open the back door and a dressed stone walkway leads you above a private garden to a terrace overlooking a magnificent view of the wall of the gorge with the Aveyron River below: Breathtaking! This terrace is like a light-filled living room complete with birds and the distant sound of the river, a wonderful place to sit, sip, converse, read, reflect in sun and shade.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Location Type

  • river
  • village

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom with adjustable shower (into which is built a tiled bench), wc, sink, radiant heater.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (Open Plan Bedroom/Sitting Room) Notes on bedrooms: The upstairs bedroom-bathroom-sitting room has sound-insulated, tongue-in-groove French-walnut flooring. It is adorned with a granite column & warm exposed brick & colombage walls. A double bed, sofa, a small "office" corner with built-in desk.

Outside

  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Heating is by thermostatically controlled electric radiators discretely located throughout the house, upstairs and downstairs. A ventilation system assures fresh air distribution winter and summer. Outside: The terrace is over-arched by a wisteria and grapevine-covered pergola that provides elegant shade in summer. It includes a built-in barbecue and working counter, and teak patio furniture, as well as built-in stone benches. The view from the terrace is spectacular and, especially welcome on hot afternoons, is the flow of fresh air moving along the gorge. The private garden below consists of natural stone pavers & gravel decorated with native plants. This offers a lovely space for sunning, reading and conversation. An alcove's small sculpted fountain adds the music of falling water at the discretion of guests. An outdoor cold-water shower is also provided, along with a large, movable sun umbrella. Utility Room: Vacuum cleaner, basic cleaning accoutrements. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Additional laundry, cleaning or supply services by arrangement. Other: This is a charming hideaway for visiting writers or honeymoon couple who wish to enjoy an informal holiday in a lovely setting with original art, a private garden with fountain and both a terrace with splendid views and a sheltered private patio.

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