Spacious and sympathetically restored 19th Century Property in a small rural hamlet in attractive surroundings
The house faces south overlooking farmland, pasture and vines, with a large, gravelled courtyard leading to a sun terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, and down to a lovely swimming pool (12m x 6m), surrounded by a large tiled terrace, flower beds, shrubs and trees. From the terrace, there is access to grassed areas, the orchard and the meadow.The terrace around the swimming pool is south-facing and can get very hot in the afternoon, particularly in July and August.At the south-west end of the terrace , a very large and very old oak tree provides welcome shade in the afternoon, as does a pergola of vignes vierge underneath the passarelle between the courtyard and the sun terrace overlooking the swimmimg pool.
Inside, the house is spacious and well equipped, with three comfortable sitting rooms, a fully fitted kitchen and dining area and downstairs toilet. A wide staircase leads to the first floor, where there is a separate toilet and house bathroom with wash basin, shower and bath. There is a large bedroom with two single beds and two other bedrooms with double beds and en-suite showers and toilet facilities. The second floor houses two attic bedrooms, one with two single beds and one with a futon double bed; also, a shared bathroom with wash basin , bath, with shower attachment and toilet. All the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the bathrooms are modern and bright.
Just 4 kilometres away, Cordes is a 13th century bastide town, with artisans' workshops, museums,cafes, restaurants and shops. These include an excellent butcher, two excellent bakeries, one of which is also a specialist patisserie and a very good delicatessen.Also in the area, visit Castelnau de Montmiral,Bruniquel, Najac, Penne and Puycelsi; likewise, the Sunday market in St Antonin, Albi cathedral and adjacent Toulouse- Lautrec museum. Golf, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, horse riding, walking and cycling opportunities are all in easy reach. Toulouse is an hour's drive away, probably the most vibrant large town in the Midi-Pyrenees, with a wealth of attractions, old and new.
Top Traveller Review
La Borie Holiday Have
About the Owner
I bought La Borie in February,1990 ; a property that had been uninhabited for 20 years,had no mains services but which possessed a distinct character and a lot of scope for renovation.It still has character and a certain rustic charm,which I hope that visitors will sense and appreciate.
In Spring,there are cowslips and nightingales,swallows and roses.Summer brings the sun's heat,ripening fruit and the pleasure of a cool,clean pool to swim in.Autumn sees the grapes gathered in and the swallows-as well as the tourists-fly away.Winter offers long walks,blazing log fires and many a good book.
If you like France,castles,cathedrals,fortified towns,good food,friendly people and plenty of time and space to relax and please yourselves,you will have come to the right place here.
Guestbook comments from the manager
We had a wonderful time, all of us. Both families fell in love with your house and especially the pool - whatever prompted you to remove the metal steps and replace them with the new stone steps in the shallow end and which, incidentally, proved a god-send for the 4-year old?
For anyone who desires peace and quiet in rural France, comfort, an ideal swimming pool, delicious local French wines, starry nights viewed from the sun terrace and a trip to the nearby medieval village of Cordes-sur- Ciel, the this is the place for you. My partner and I have been for consecutive years and will probably return in the future. I cannot speak too highly of the south- facing pool which allows for day long sun bathing but also provides some shady corners. In short , this wonderful, carefully renovated and spacious property comes highly recommended.
5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
La Borie Holiday Have
We are a family of four who travel to France on a regular basis for our summer holiday. This is the first time that we have stayed in this region and it did not disappoint. The house is spacious and light, very clean, and tastefully decorated with lovely artwork throughout, and the bathrooms and bedrooms are modern and well-appointed with lovely views. It was very hot when we were there, but the house remained nice and cool. The pool is huge, big enough for serious swimming, with a lovely surrounding garden and seating area. The location is ideal for exploring the region - we particularly enjoyed visits to Cordes, Albi, Toulouse, Penne, and Castelnau de Montmiral. We like road biking and the surrounding area was challenging with all the hills but it was fantastic to cycle on quiet roads through the local villages. It was easy to get to the supermarket in Albi and down to the local shops in Cordes and Les Cabannes for provisions, we even saw a mobile shop in La Borie one morning that had everything you may need, including fresh bread, cheese and French sausage! Overall we would strongly recommend this property - communications with the owner were excellent right from the initial enquiry through to our return to the UK.
Lovely large house in a beautiful area.
We were a group of 10 and found the house very spacious and comfortable. The pool area is very pretty and secluded with lovely plants around it and views across the valley. The house is large with several bathrooms and 3 separate living rooms to enable a large group to spread out. It is also well equipped with no shortage of crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils etc and there were also more than enough sun loungers and umbrellas for the pool. The surrounding villages and towns are very beautiful with plenty to see and many places to shop and eat. We particularly enjoyed the canoeing on the river Aveyron from Saint Antonin.
We (two families of four) had a fantastic time at Stephen's house. The pool is a great size with good filtration to prevent the suntan cream problems we have had at other places. The house is stunning, much bigger than the pictures portray. It has been renovated very sympathetically, still feels old and full of character but has very modern bathrooms and a luxurious feel. Cordes and Albi are lovely, canoeing very good and some great local markets. Its a very quiet hamlet, but lots to do if you can drag yourself away from the pool!
We found La Borie to be an excellent holiday rental. The house was exceptionally clean and had all that you could need for a holiday. The house is spacious and has been thoughtfully renovated. The pool and garden were by far the best we have had in many years of visiting France. A holiday home which we will return to.
From the Owner
“I have always liked south-west France : sunshine, sunflowers, vineyards, hills, forests, mountains and a choice of either the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast if you want to be beside the seaside, as well as some of the best rugby in Europe. Good food and wine, uncrowded, even in the height of summer, and friendly people with a relaxed approach to life. The region has benefited over the past two decades from greatly improved access by both road and air, which supplements its natural attractions. Come and enjoy it.”
Activity and Interests
Mediterranean, 2 ½ hours drive, near Narbonne, Agde and Sete.
Toulouse Blagnac airport is 60 minutes drive; Rodez airport 90 minutes.Carcassonne about 105 minutes. Ouistreham ferry (Caen) is about 9 hours drive; Calais (Channel tunnel) about 10½ hours drive, allowing for 2/3 stops en route.Car hire or use of a car is essential.
La Borie is situated 300 metres south of the D600, less than 5 minutes drive from Cordes-sur Ciel and about 15 minutes drive from Albi. Gaillac, the centre of the wine growing region whose appellation it bears, is 20 minutes drive to the west. Toulouse,the largest town in the Midi-Pyrenees,is an hour's drive away. Allow about 2 hours to Millau, the Pont du Tarn and the Gorges du Tarn, as the roads are mostly two-way traffic.
Most of the local towns and larger villages have markets, with Wednesday(Lisle sur Tarn), Friday(Carmaux,), Saturday and Sunday the usual market days. Likewise, there are many fetes, festivals of music, film and theatre, together with son et lumiere spectacles, throughout the region in summer.Albi in particular stages lot of the above in the summer months ; also, look out for the local village fetes- plenty of good food, drink , music and dancing.
Sports and Leisure Facilities:
Golf: 18 hole course at Albi Lasbordes, 15 minutes drive (follow signs for the hospital) said to be one of the top 20 golf courses in France and Golf de Florentin Gaillac, Le Bosc, Marssac-sur-Tarn.
Canoeing and Kayaking: St Antonin, 25 minutes drive.
Cycling: Numerous itineraries on local D roads, preferably for experienced cyclists. The surrounding area regularly hosts a Tour de France stage.Even in peak holiday periods,most of the minor roads in the vicinity carry very little traffic but younger children should be accompanied by adults.
Tennis: Municipal courts at Cordes and Cahuzac-sur-Vere, respectively 5 and 10 minutes away.
Horse Riding: Roussayrolles, 15 minutes drive.
Albi, Espace Nautique - modern indoor and outdoor swimming centre, suitable for children who can swim.
Castelnau de Montmiral - lake with beach, supervised swimming with slides, whirlpools etc., sailing, and windsurfing and tennis.
Souel - fishing lake.
Cap Découvert, Le Garric - is a major new leisure centre with dry slope skiing, skateboarding, zip wire, paintball etc. just 15 minutes away. Visit Google for more information.
Fishing: The Tarn and Aveyron are class 2 rivers (mixed fishing), while the Viaur is a class 1 river for fly fishermen (trout and grayling).
Beaches: Mediterranean, 2 ½ hours drive, near Narbonne, Agde and Sete.
Walking: Pleasant walks locally and in the Forêt de Grésigne, 20 minutes drive away. Walking guides are in the house.
Shopping : Cordes has most of the amenities required by visitors,along with Les Cabannes,just one kilometre further along the D600,including a bank and post office. Cordes is really a village of two halves- top and bottom. The latter is where most of the everyday business is conducted- the butcher, bakers(two),builders merchant,vet,filling station, fire station, glassblower, hairdressers (male and female), bank, chemist, newspaper shop,bar, delicatessen, doctor and dentist, two alimentations,antique shops,gendarmerie , two restaurants and Saturday morning
The walk to the top is for the fit only; otherwise, take the little train from the central car park to halfway up the hill and then sruggle up the remaining 200 metres. This is where most of the restaurants and bars are located, as well as the tourist shops, some of which are well worth the visit.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
24 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
£300 deposit required: Balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Damage deposit £500 at time of balance payment, refundable 2 weeks after end of holiday.
Changeover day: Saturday; departure by 10am, arrival after 4pm
Notes on prices:
Prices include heating (all forms). Longer term rentals are also available (more than two weeks) on request.
A 10% discount is available on all bookings made before 31st January, 2015.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
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Pool / Spa
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- pets not allowed
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- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 1: Toilet, large wet area (bedroom 1) Bathroom 2: Toilet, bidet and shower (bedroom 2) Bathroom 3: House bathroom with shower and bath Bathroom 4: Toilet Bathroom 5: Toilet, bath with shower attachment
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, en suite bathroom Bedroom 2: Double bed, en suite bathroom Bedroom 3: 2 single beds (also cot and folding bed, if needed) Bedroom 4: 2 single beds Bedroom 5: Double futon bed All bedrooms have electric fans for summer use.
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- There are two properties which form the west and north sides of the courtyard and which are occupied by French tenants on a permanent basis; they are accessed from outside the main house and courtyard. The one on the north side is let to Mme. Joah Maillard, a very nice lady, who is a Reiki practitioner. She uses the old wine caves in the corner of the courtyard as her treatment rooms, July and August excepted. The old stable block on the west is let to Dr. Anne-Laure Monroy, the local(Cordes) veterinary surgeon and her fiancé , Antoine . They have a balcony which overlooks the shallow end of the pool and the courtyard but they value their privacy as much as you value yours. Anne-laure keeps her two horses in the meadow below the house, which has low voltage electric fencing of which children should be advised. Both Anne-Laure and Antoine are very civilized and sociable people, who speak good English. They are entitled to use the grassed area under the oak tree by the back gates and , if you are minded to strike a conversation with them, you could find yourselves invited to one of their drinks evenings, which are good fun. Children can play in the orchard, in front of the hangar (open barn) and in the grassed area behind the barn. If you and/or your children are adventurous, there is a track which runs past the dustbins, over the road from the back of the house ,down into little valley.