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Stone Farmhouse With Garden, Pool, Open Spaces. Tranquil Setting.



Updated: 21-Mar-2016
Farmhouse in Noailles, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Stunning, Rural Location, 10 Minutes From Medieval Hilltop Town

Le Batut is in the heart of the Golden triangle between Albi, Gaillac and Cordes-sur-Ciel, an area celebrated for its excellent wine, artistic heritage, pretty 13th century villages and rustic cuisine. The house is situated in a quiet hamlet near to the medieval bastide town of Cordes sur ciel. The eighteenth century farmhouse is surrounded by its own land land - no less than 9 acres of garden, grounds and woodland to explore. It enjoys total privacy. The large pool, measuring 12 metres by 5 metres is for the sole use of Le Batut guests. There are various options for al fresco dining including two shaded terraces. One of the joys of Le Batut is that you are in unspoilt rural France with clear starlit skies, bird song and wildlife yet only a short drive from the many attractions this region has to offer.

A spacious, 18th century stone farmhouse, Le Batut is furnished with locally-sourced antiques combined tastefully with comfortable beds and sofas and modern appliances. It is great for children - with space to run around, plenty of games and videos, outdoor table tennis and badminton. As well as the historic, hilltop bastide town of Cordes with its great restaurants, St Antonin Noble Val nearby offers canoeing down the Aveyron and a colourful, gourmet market, and another short drive away is the majestic town of Albi with its rose-coloured cathedral and celebrated Toulouse-Lautrec museum.

You enter the house into the farmers original living room with its large fireplace complete with wood burner and original stone basin where the workers used to wash their hands on entering the house. This room is now a cosy room for reading, playing board games and studying.the Wifi router is situated in this room.

The large, farmhouse kitchen has a modern oven and hob, a dishwasher, and fridge. There are fitted and freestanding cupboards for kitchen use. The kitchen is well equipped with sufficient crockery for entertaining. Just off the large drawing room out of the kitchen is a fridge freezer. In the utility room is another lavatory and washbasin as well as the washing machine.

The large, lofty drawing room was at one time the farmers cave for making and storing wine. It now makes a spacious living area with 3 large sofas and a number of comfortable chairs. There is a large antique cupboard for storage, a Jotul wood burning stove and a TV with DVD player. The TV has a dish outside for receiving English channels.

On the ground floor across the original living room is the first double bedroom. It has French windows opening onto the terrace making it ideal for any elderly or disabled guests. There is a large double bed with headboard, a dressing table and fitted cupboard for storage. Leading off this room is an ensuite bathroom with a shower.

Upstairs there is the second double bedroom with large bed and fitted wardrobes. There is also a dressing table, bookcase and sofa for relaxed reading.

The family bathroom is upstairs and has a shower and a bath.

The third bedroom is great for children with two single beds and bunk beds. There is also a wardrobe and a desk.

Most of the windows in the house face the front of the house and face south making the most of the sun.

Outside the living room is a big shades terrace with a large dining table, chairs for 8 and a built in barbeque and sink.

Honeysuckle, jasmine and wisteria are climbing the wooden terrace supports and should soon provide even more shade and fragrance.

Across the lawn by the barn and swimming pool is another roofed terrace facing East and ideal for breakfast or lunch.

There is a terracotta floor and round table for 8.

Off the terrace is a recently constructed shower and changing room for the pool.

There is a terrace round the pool and sun beds.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We bought Le Batut as a second home around fourteen years ago and over the years, have decorated it as a family and filled it with furniture from local antique dealers. Sally and her three adult children all live in various parts of the UK and abroad, but visit Le Batut as much as possible. We absolutely adore our house, our neighbours and the Tarn and really hope that our guests will too.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

The Lloyd family wrote " we had a fantastic time. This is a lovely area and we did enjoy canoeing, shopping in the markets, people watching, clambering through medieval streets, strolling around museums, galleries and gardens as well as just relaxing in the gorgeous house, garden and pool here at Le Batut."

Laurent and Nuala wrote " we have loved staying at Le Batut- lots of swimming,table tennis and running. It is the perfect spot for relaxing and quiet.

The house is charming and very comfortable. We have had some great barbecues, the butcher in Cordes is very good, we watched some DVDs, read some books and had a wonderful holiday. Thank you"

Anne and James wrote

" Paradise! Just the escape we needed. Wonderful weather, glorious sunflowers, stunning views, amazing fortresses and charming medieval villages..what more could we ask for? Very sorry to be leaving."
Feb 2010
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12 Reviews

based on 12 holidaymaker reviews


Gorgeous farmhouse in the Tarn

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent two glorious weeks at Le Batut and had the most perfect and relaxing time.

The house is lovely, spacious and comfortable, it was really clean and had everything we needed, all in the right place. It was very easy to live in this lovely house.

Everyone found a wee nook to read or play a game and be at peace.

We loved the pool which is a great size, we were in and out several times every day, the children loved it.

We pottered around, went to a local vineyard and to Albi, I really wanted to see the Toulouse Lautrec museum, which was fantastic.

The only sad bit was leaving, all of us would love to return and yes I would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magical tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Le Batut for a week at the beginning of July. The minute we drove up to the house we knew that we were going to fall in love with the place.

The farmhouse is spacious and has everything you could possibly need and is really a home from home, not like a holiday rental at all. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable.

The grounds are beautiful and the swimming pool absolutely wonderful especially in the hot weather.

If you are looking for a tranquil, star-gazing rural holiday, this is the place.

I would thoroughly recommend Le Batut. We have been to many such properties in France through Owners Direct but this is by far the nicest and we have already re-booked for next summer......

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Best owners direct holiday we have experienced

  • 5 of 5

Idyllic location, totally peaceful and not overlooked at all. The swimming pool is enormous and the photos do not do the pool or the house justice. We had a great holiday with our 4 children (aged between 16 and 9) and the area around Le Batut is stunning with Cordes on your doorstep being a real treat. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat and relaxation in a beautiful location I cannot imagine a more perfect choice than le Batut.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxed style and perfect peace

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at Le Batut. A lovely old farmhouse well restored in a relaxed style which has all the facilities for a family or group holiday. We found some great places to eat, stunning sights in Albi and Cordes sur Ciel, and the farmhouse let all our stress melt away. We were interested to see that the small barn was also being restored and if we were to come as a couple, we would think it perfect for a short stay. The main house has lots of space for a family and could cope with groups or extended family well.

It helped that the sun shone so we could enjoy the outside and the lovely walks. Find the frog pond!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning sunny spring!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I have been to the house once before for a week in July, which was gloriously hot and allowed for ample use of the very inviting, long swimming pool. However, we actually loved our stay at this time of year just as much, if not more so. The spring colours were stunning with bright green fields surrounding us reminding me of the rice paddies in Bali. We found many enchanting wild spring flowers on the several walks we did around the woods, fields and vineyards of Raysaac and neighbouring villages. Every morning was fresh with wonderful smells wafting across the garden, which our 4 month old puppy adored tearing around. Again, the weather was hot and sunny every day and allowed for some serious spring sunbathing by the pool on comfortable loungers. We visited the charming Cordes market on Saturday, which was a lot less touristy at this time of year. We enjoyed eating Tarte Cordaise and drinking delicious coffee as we people watched the fabulous local characters ambling by. But mainly we loved just sitting in the garden and reading books from the well -stocked book shelves. Despite being rather a short stay, we left feeling utterly relaxed and content. Would recommend a spring break here to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great spring break

  • 5 of 5

We had a great relaxing spring break at Le Batut, a lovely welcoming spacious old farmhouse, clean, well maintained, well equipped and stylishly furnished. Driving up from Toulouse, we found Le Batut without any trouble with the detailed instructions given. On arrival we were greeted by a cuckoo and a nightingale which seemed to sing all day and all night. We loved exploring the extensive grounds, discovering several varieties of orchid including bee orchids.

We did several very pleasant walks near Le Batut and Noailles, and visited some nearby markets. We did not wish to tour around too much but we did spent quite a lot of time in nearby Cordes-sur-ciel, a charming old fortified hill town, where we found a couple of good restaurants, and spent a lovely day in Albi (don't miss the peregrine falcons nesting on a ledge on the cathedral.)

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

My husband and I met in Paris in the 70s and both love France. After taking many holidays in rural France we decided to buy in the Tarn because we love it's rural character, breathtakingly lovely countryside and villages and the historical relevance of the area. Every time we visit we discover something new.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Cordes-sur-Ciel is an artists' haven so you will find plenty of galleries and theatrical and musical events. Studio France and Atelier Montmiral are the best known for art classes, and there's also the Bonne Bouffe in Larroque for cookery courses.


You can drive to Le Batut from the ferry ports to the north in a day but if you wish to travel at a more leisurely place, ask us for recommendations of places to stay en route. It takes just over an hour to drive to the house from Toulouse airport and around two hours from Rodez and Carcassone.


Cordes is 10 minutes' drive; Gaillac is around 15 minutes and Albi around 20 minutes. St Antonin is an 45 minutes away.

Further Details:

The nearest local supermarkets are in Cordes or at Cahuzac-sur-Vere, with bigger ones in Gaillac and Albi.

For the best produce though, visit one of the food and artesan markets in Gaillac on Friday, Cordes and Albi on Saturday and Saint Antonin on Sunday.

Noailles is at the heart of the Gaillac vineyards so you can taste and buy wine direct from the domaines. There are also plenty of places to taste and buy foie gras, goat cheese and other regional products.

For restaurants, Lou Cantou in Cestayrols, is a five minute drive (or 30 minute walk) towards Gaillac, and other eateries are in Cordes, Gaillac, Albi and dotted around the nearby villages (there's a file at Le Batut with more details).

Albi has beautiful clothes, beauty, food and home shops (don't miss having a kir and watching the world go buy at Le Grand Pontier in the Place du Capitol).

Depending on when you visit, there are plenty of festivals in the area. In the second half of July, there is the Festival Musique sur Ciel in Cordes, and the Apéro-concert for jazz in the church and restaurants of nearby Les Cabannes throughout the summer months. The Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Cordes puts on some great exhibitions featuring works by Picasso and Gaugin, and there are also a myriad of small ateliers that are always open along the main streets. If you have an interest in gardening, Les Jardins de Paradis in Cordes is a must.

In Gaillac, there is the brilliant Fete du Vin at the beginning of August and in Albi, the fairground and Carnival in February and March, the "Pause Guitare" Festival of French Music in July, the Patisserie Festival in September, the Autumn Exhibition of painting and sculpture in November and the Christmas Fair at the beginning of December.


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

High season
July, August and the first 2 weeks of September are considered high season as the pool is open. The rent for a week is £1050. There is a refundable 25% deposit.
Mid Season
Easter, June and the later half of September are considered mid season. If the weather is good the pool may be open. The rent is £650 per week.
Low Season
All other times, including half terms, are considered low season. The rent is £400 per week.
Long term lets
Le Batut is an ideal property for longer lets, especially over the winter as the house is warm and comfortable with central heating, wood burning stoves and internet. The peaceful situation of the house is especially good for academics with work to complete and has been successfully used for this in the past. Rent for a long let to be discussed with the owner.
If you wish to book a holiday at Le Batut we require a non returnable 50% deposit. The balance is payable 8 weeks before your holiday starts, upon receipt of which we will send you further local details.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Saturday by midday but depending on other bookings, this can be flexible.

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From the Owner

We love our house for the peace and tranquility it offers us. To arrive at the house is the beginning of relaxation. Everyone seems to sleep so much better there! The only sounds you hear are of birdsong or during the day the odd tractor or horse rider goes along the track past the house.We spend more time outdoors, walking through the vineyards and forests and enjoying the garden and pool. The house is a wonderful easy going place to enjoy groups of family and friends, sharing food, buying local products in the markets, preparation and cooking. It is also a quiet and comfortable place to read and spend time relaxing. For a few hours travel you feel worlds apart from everyday living. The added sunshine helps too!

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom is en-suite to bedroom 1 and comprises shower, WC and wash basin. Upstairs bathroom has a bath, separate shower, WC, bidet and wash basin. There is also a separate WC off the living room with wash basin and washing machine.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on ground floor is en suite, with a large double bed. Bedroom 2 is dual aspect and has a king-sized bed with fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 3 is a spacious room - ideal for kids - with two single beds and two bunk beds.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Le Batut is an old, stone farmhouse so thick walls keep it cool and airy in summer and absorb the warmth from the fires and heating in the winter. There are also wooden shutters to shelter you from the elements, depending on the season. There is also a basic supply of food such as olive oil, tea, coffee, tins, herbs, spices for the use of guests. Outside: There are various options for outdoor dining including a long, wooden table under fruit trees near the pool complete with barbecue, and nearer to the house under an almond tree. A large covered terrace by the house has recently been constructed with a built in barbecue. The terrace faces south towards the pool and open countryside. It is ideal for outdoor dining or simply, sundowners. The pool has stone stairs to enter and a child safety alarm as required by French law. The pool is 20 metres long and great for swimming lengths or a friendly game of water polo. There is a barn where you will find badminton paraphernalia as well as a ride-on lawn mower if you prefer working holidays! Popular with teenagers and children is an outdoor table tennis table...well, maybe adults too! All around the house are paths and tracks for walking and exploring. The area is rich in wildlife and we often have a resident owl nesting in the roof. Utility Room: Utility room forms part of downstairs WC and includes an automatic washing machine with line outside for ecological drying. There is a large fridge/freezer just outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, towels and swimming towels may be provided for £15 a head. It is necessary to state the number of guests before arrival so beds can be made up. There is a cleaner, gardener and pool attendant who try to provide you with as much privacy as able. Other: The front door opens onto a study area with desk, another dining table and seating in front of a log-burning fire for game playing or just relaxing. Outside a large, new, covered, south facing terrace with built in barbecue has been built.

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