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Self-Catering Farmhouse With Private Pool And lush Views In South-West Franc

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Nov-2016
Rustic 19th Century Style with 21st Century Comforts In the Heart of the South-West's Top Wine Making Region

La Baïonnette is a rustic 19th-century barn conversion with 21st-century comforts an hour's drive from Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Private and peaceful, the property has been restored and sensitively updated to offer maximum charm and comfort. With a large swimming pool, covered patio dining areas and gentle valley views, La Baïonnette is set on one hectare of treed land among neighbouring sunflower fields and vineyards. The property is close to villages that offer all essentials, and is a 15-minute drive to the nearest bustling market town, Gaillac, with parks, boutiques, major supermarkets and a railway station. La Baïonnette is within easy cycling or driving distance of the many historic Bastide villages, rivers, forests and kayak-friendly gorges that give this gently undulating part of south-western France its distinct character, not forgetting the numerous wine-tasting caves sprinkled across this fertile, sun-saturated corner of countryside paradise.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We're South African and live between Johannesburg and another converted barn next door to La Baïonnette. We are here if you need us and we're really friendly, but we respect your privacy. In other words, unlike some of the B&B types we have all fled screaming from, we will not hover, ply you with history factoids or make you look at photos of our renovations. So that's settled then: you are very welcome at La Baïonnette.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I stayed at La Baïonnette for several weeks in June and July 2010, and it is without doubt one of the most memorable holidays I've ever spent in France. The swimming pool has become my benchmark for what constitutes a fantastic pool; the cherries on the many trees around the property are the sweetest I've ever eaten; and the Soccer World Cup acquired new meaning because I watched it over the rim of a glass filled with pastis or Champagne. I walked and walked, then cycled some, then practised my woeful French on the very sympathetic neighbours; and then watched the sunflowers grow and the wheat ripen. This place is heaven." Lomin Saayman.
Dec 2010
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4 Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Superb again

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to La Baionnette after a 3 year gap. It really is the perfect place to get away from it all, but without sacrificing vital mod cons such as wifi to keep teenagers happy. The house is really well equipped and comfortable. The pool looks out over acres of fields, and there are butterflies and bees aplenty in the lavender. Charlotte is a great hostess - unobtrusive yet available to give advice and help when needed. It is remote - the nearest bakery is around 3km away - but that's its charm. Thoroughly recommended - there is lots to see and do in the area as well.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

FANTASTIC

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful hosts, superb gite and an incredible setting. Bliss!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb Gite in a magical part of France.

  • 5 of 5

We have recenty returned from a second visit to La Baionette having fallen in love last year with this wonderful property and its location in a largely undiscovered part of France.

The house itself has all you will ever want from a holiday home in France - full of character and perfectly equipped including the all essential wi-fi for posting pictures of yourself sunning yourself by the "to die for" pool. That will make your friends and colleagues at home wish they had booked the place too!

Everything in this house is of high quality: Bedrooms are very comfortable - with proper mattresses (not the cheap French versions); the kitchen is excellent complete with range cooker, and outside you have the perfect shaded seating area for al fresco dining. During our two stays the weather has been kind enough that we were able to eat outside most days (for breakfast, lunch and dinner). A perfect enviornment for watching the sun set, and observing the wildlife - including swallows cleaning the pool for us of floating insects, deer in the fields, buzzards circling, the hoot of owls at night and the constant buzz of the crickets and grasshoppers.

For our stay this year we embraced the local atmosphere by "doing" even less - having taken up a few of Charotte's excellent restaurant recommendations in the house guide. In the surrounding area you will find the most beautiful unspoiled countryside, with hilltop villages with good restaurants and gorges for kayaking. The whole area is interspersed with vinyards and fields of sunflowers. Magic. And a big bonus is that the area is relatively quite in terms of tourist numbers...sort of like the Dordogne but without the crowds.

The owner Charlotte is charming and will go out of her way to help you have a great holiday whilst staying unobstrusively in the background. The gite itself is very private, but you have the added insurance of having the owner on site when you just can't work out how to turn on the gas oven, or when you need to know where the nearest decent restaurant is...

All in all, we love this place. Highly recommended. I am sure we will be back...

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Time in the Tarn

  • 5 of 5

First time to this relaxed region of France. Full of pretty, peaceful and picture perfect villages, wonderful wine and a great place to chill (both wine and soul) house was a great retreat with everything to make it feel like home for a fortnight . Favourite past time sitting outside early evening with a glass of rose, dining by 'fairy light' the sun went down.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We fell in love with La Baïonnette the moment we saw it. The fields beyond the house were full of June poppies and the late-afternoon sun drenched everything in soft mauve light. Since then we have updated this 1840s house for maximum comfort and easy living. We added 2 en suite bathrooms and converted an adjoining barn to create an open-flow living room, cook's kitchen and double volume dining room.

Activity and Interests

Travel:

La Baïonnette is an hour's drive from Toulouse-Blagnac airport. A car is essential.

Distances:

1km outside the village of Vieux. 4.5km from Cahuzac-sur-Vere, a gorgeous village with a family-run deli, butchery and bakery, as well as a bar, banks, etc.

15km from Gaillac, a bustling market town (railway station, large supermarkets, etc). 12km from Cordes-sur-Ciel (historic Bastide hilltop village). 25km from Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (kayaking, river swimming, etc). 1-hour drive to Toulouse-Blagnac airport. 2-hour drive to the Spanish border and ski resort at Andorra.

Further Details:

La Baïonnette is within easy cycling or driving distance of the many historic Bastide villages, rivers, forests and kayak-friendly gorges that give this gently undulating part of south-western France its distinct character - not forgetting the numerous wine-tasting caves sprinkled across the landscape.

If you like boules, canoeing, cycling, fishing, golf, gourmet dining, hiking, horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, photography, rambling, riverside activities, shopping, sightseeing, swimming, walking, and wine tasting, La Baïonnette is for you.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£837
for 7 nights
£837
 
 
Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,088
for 7 nights
£1,088
 
 
summer
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,423
for 7 nights
£1,423
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,088
for 7 nights
£1,088
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £251

Booking Notes:
50% of the total rental fee required to confirm booking, plus a refundable security deposit of €300. The balance to be paid 4-weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day flexible. Arrival time: 4pm. Departure time: 10am. These times are negotiable, depending on other bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

Lounge around the pool in perfect peace and privacy, lazy meals under a starry sky on the covered terrace ... or party till dawn without disturbing the neighbours who are over the hill and far away! La Baïonnette, snug in a secluded valley, makes a perfect retreat for the world-weary. Yet with historic villages, towns, activities and two lively cosmopolitan cities within striking distance, there's plenty of sightseeing and shopping to be had just over the horizon. The village of Cahuzac-sur-Vere is 4kms from the house and offers all essentials for the sweet life - bar, bakery, bank and the best family-owned deli and butchery for miles.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

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

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • One full bathroom and two en suites with showers.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 4 Bedrooms (Sleep 8) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed with en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2: Queen bed with en suite bathroom. Bedroom 3: Double bed. Bedroom 4: twin single beds (sleeps 2).

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: A sweet double storey cottage for 2 is available to rent on request if you wish to receive your own visitors during your stay. All towels - bath, hand, pool, are included. Next to the pool under honeysuckle, wisteria and fairy lights, a magical roofed terrace with dining for 8-10.

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