|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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Meadowtops cottage is a recently converted barn (2012) with an airy open-plan layout but with a real cottage feel - with its sloping bedroom ceilings and wood burning stove. Double sets of French windows in the living & kitchen/dining area open onto the covered terrace and lawned garden where you can dine and look at the breathtaking mountain views and the amazing sunsets. All bedrooms, and lounge/ kitchen windows have beautiful mountain views. The garden is securely fenced (ideal for families with young children and/or pets) with a gate leading up the hill to the pool garden - with 5x10m heated swimming pool (open 8.00 am till 6.00) with magnificent mountain views, and a separate garden area with a heated jacuzzi (new 2017) which also has superb views of the mountains and forests and of the amazing starlit sky late in the evening. The pool and jacuzzi are shared with Gary and Debbie ( neighbours and key holders) and guests staying at 2 safari lodge tents (new 2017)
Toubies Farmhouse & Meadowtops cottage are neighbouring properties 100 meters apart. They are located in the owners 22 acres of meadow & woodland with stunning views of the Pyrenees. ‘Meadowtops’ gite is tucked away on a sunny south-facing hillside in a truly idyllic rural setting, and The Farmhouse is situated at the top of the hill - not in sight of the cottage and also basks in sunshine from early morning till late evening. The properties can be booked separately or together, for example, for a large family or group (up to 14). Both properties are surrounded by large lawned gardens and each have their own swimming pool. The Farmhouse pool, jacuzzi and sauna are private and for the sole use of guests staying at the Farmhouse. The Meadowtops heated pool is in an enclosed garden and is shared with neighbours Debbie and Garry who manage properties on behalf of the owners. The Farmhouse has a large 60 sq m games/ function room which is perfect for parties or group activities such as yoga/dance/painting or any other type of activities/ classes, or just for family fun playing ping pong and pool.
The properties are in an area of outstanding wild beauty where sightings of birds of prey, wild boar, deer and other animals and birds are common. The local village of Ste Croix Volvestre is a 5 minute drive or you can walk there for 20 minutes along the wooded path taking in magnificent scenery as you walk. The village is very traditional and pretty with good facilities. It's never busy - except on Wednesday morning for the small local market and boasts a beautiful recreational area with a large swimming and fishing lake surrounded by lawns, trees (giving cool shade on hot sunny days) and babbling streams. There are also tennis courts, boules pitches, a children's play area, a restaurant/ bar, general store, post office, hairdressers, pharmacy, and doctors surgery. (Please see Facebook link and our website link which you can access through this page for pictures and further information)
The location of the properties is within easy reach of larger towns (Cazeres 15 minutes drive and St. Girons 25 minutes drive) for supermarket shopping and bustling markets etc. There is also good access to the many attractions of the area including visits to the prehistoric caves, beautiful walks in the mountains or activities such as canoeing and white water rafting. Access to road and rail network is only 15 minutes drive for days out to the beautiful cities of Toulouse (50 minutes- 1 hour) & Carcassonne & Lourdes (1 hour 45 minutes.) or if you want to go further afield, for example, Andorra or the Mediterranean which are only 2 hours drive.
The Farmhouse is a traditional old stone built property with thick walls that keep it lovely and cool during the hot summer months. The large central hallway and landing area provides central access to all the rooms upstairs and downstairs. The Farmhouse has a spacious, fully equipped dining kitchen which is a very sociable area with large extending dining table, range cooker and glazed doors leading to the rear terrace.The large and sunny lounge has floor to ceiling french windows with views of the Pyrenees. This opens onto the rear terrace, which is covered with grapevines leading onto a large lawned garden. Across the gardens there is a separate building (with another covered sun terrace) which is the games room. This has a high ceiling and is a great space for family fun - playing pool or table tennis or for a large group get together/ party. Across the garden in the other direction is a stone path that leads down to a 12 x 6m private swimming pool set in a sheltered position into the hillside. It is surrounded by a decking terrace, leading to the sauna and jacuzzi. The large pool has a very shallow end which is great for young children to paddle in and also has a deep end for for swimming and diving. It is has a roll on bubble cover to keep the water warm. There is also a large lawned area in front of the swimming pool which overlooks the forests and valley beyond and from where you can gaze at the wonderful mountain views and incredible sunsets.
Meadowtops cottage is 100m down the hill from the Farmhouse and can't be seen from the Farmhouse. It is a converted barn which was completed in 2012. It has a large open plan kitchen dining and lounge area with a extending dining table and large comfy sofas. The kitchen is fully equipped with a range cooker with 2 ovens. There is also a downstairs utility room with a shower room (with toilet and washbasin) leading off it. The decoration is light and airy and a staircase leads from the lounge up to a central small landing leading to 3 double sized bedrooms ( 2 double and one twin bedroom) and another bathroom (with a bath, toilet and washbasin). All bedrooms have beautiful mountain views. Downstairs the double french windows lead from the dining area onto a covered dining terrace (with table and chairs) which further leads onto the large fenced-in lawned garden with parasol and sun loungers - where you can sunbathe and gaze at the incredible mountain views. There is parking for 2 cars and a gravel driveway which leads around to the entrance of the cottage through a gate. There is another gate at the end of the garden which leads up the hill to the shared 10 x 5 m heated swimming pool, which is one depth approximately 1.35m. New for 2017 is a large heated jacuzzi/ spa in the Meadowtops garden next to the cottage. The Meadowtops swimming pool is set into the hillside surrounded by shrubs and flowers. There is a lawned area next to pool with sun loungers and parasols. Please note it is open from 8.00 am and closes at 6.00 pm to allow cleaning and maintenance.
Please also note both swimming pools are are open from May to September dependent on the weather and the Meadowtops pool is shared with neighbours and key holders Garry and Debbie.
NOTE When booking there is an optional extra charge for bed linen and towels (guests can bring their own linen if they prefer). Please ask for the linen order form when booking. Linen fees and security refundable breakages deposit must be paid by bank transfer 8 weeks before arrival.
Garry and Debbie live in a neighbouring barn and look after Meadowtops Cottage and The Farmhouse for the owners who are family members who live away. They are a British couple who have lived and worked in France for a number of years. They have grown-up children who live in the UK, but love the area for its natural beauty and skiing in the pyrenees.
Debbie's sister Karen owns 'The Farmhouse.' She fell in love with and bought it in 2013 when she visited her sister and brother-in-law and saw that the neighbouring property was for sale. She and her daughter are keen skiers (both qualified ski instructors)
Garry Crisp purchased this cottage in 2010
Debbie and Garry first came to the region in 2001 but moved within the area when they found their current home and fell in love with the location - with its fabulous mountain views and its southerly sunny aspect on the side of a hill overlooking the valley and the Pyrenees. Meadowtops Cottage, The Farmhouse and the swimming pools bask in sunshine from early morning until late in the evening. And if you want to find shade there are covered terraces and an abundance of trees, with gardens leading onto open meadows with oak forests beyond.
The most obvious benefit of both properties is the stunning location with panoramic views of the Pyrenees from most windows and from the terraces and gardens. Although the properties feel secluded – tucked away from the road down their own private track and surrounded by meadow and forest, they are not isolated - being only 5 mins away from the local villages Ste. Croix Volvestre and Le Plan. The local village has all the amenities you need and more including a swimming/ fishing lake, tennis/ boules courts, shops, pharmacy, bank and a bar/restaurant. The property is also only 15 mins away from the large town, Cazeres, and is ideally placed to give you access into the mountains (being only 15mins from the A64) and only an hour from the beautiful city of Toulouse, and other picturesque towns and sites including the amazing prehistoric caves at Maz D'Azil and Niaux.
We've had a great holiday - too much food and wine. The view is the best we've ever had and would never tire of. The children have had a great holiday! We hope to come back next year. Thank you both so much. Mark & Fiona 2012
Wonderful holiday! What a fantastic location with views of the glorious pyrenees. Look out for the deer in the evenings, they graze in the meadow below. - Arnie and Sandi May 2013
Fantastic couple of weeks, great weather - pool at 30 Deg. Love the location, the views, the barn etc., etc., Thanks Garry and Debbie for the welcome and making sure all was OK for us. Hope to see you again. - Jane and Phil, July 2013.
Wonderful place with stunning views! - thank you we had a great week. Nigel and Kate, July 2013
Bowled over on arrival at stunning views that surpassed expectations! Barn had all we needed for our stay and it was always the best place to spend the evenings with the backdrop of stunning sunsets - Eleanor and Jonathan Sept 2013.
Bookings, Linen Charge and Security Deposit: Please phone or email the owners to make a booking. PLEASE NOTE there is an optional linen charge. Guests can bring their own linen or it can be provided. There are 2 single beds, and 2 standard double beds plus a cot. Linen prices are 19€ for a double, 11€ single, 8€ for the cot. Guests can bring their own towels or they can be provided. Prices are 3.50€ for a pool towel and 5€ for bathroom set (1 large and 1 small towel). For guests staying more than one week a change of linen is available on request for an additional charge. Please ask for order form. This charge is payable IN CASH on arrival. Booking is confirmed with a 25%, non-refundable, deposit. The remainder is payable 8 weeks before occupancy. A breakages/security deposit of £150/€180 for Meadowtops, or £250/€300 for The Farmhouse is also payable by cash on arrival or by bank transfer before arrival. Please advise the owners, IN ADVANCE of arrival, of any changes in the number of people staying.
Saturday is the usual changeover day during high season for Meadowtops and for The Farmhouse. We are flexible at other times. Guests are normally requested not to arrive before 4pm and to leave by 10am.
Cleaning charges: Guests are requested to leave the properties in a clean and tidy condition. This means dishes, pots, pans and cutlery are washed and put away and the worktops and table tops are clean in the kitchen/dining areas. It also means that surfaces are dusted and the bathroom/ showers rooms are cleaned. The owners arrange for the floors and other parts of the cottage to be cleaned and for the bed linen and towels to be washed and replaced.
Notes on short breaks and long term rentals:
Meadowtops Cottage: Short breaks - minimum 2 nights = proportion of weekly rent + 10%. Long term rentals £1000 per month - min one month
Farmhouse: Short breaks - minimum 2 nights = Proportion of weekly rent + 10%. Long term rentals £1500 per
Fabulous 2 weeks. First week hardly moved from the pool side. Travelled with a dog who loved the garden. House rustic - very well equipped. Car required. Really loved exploring the area and will return. ( Drove from Uk, 2 of us shared driving and it was no problem, roads very good)
We stayed in Meadowtops Cottage for two weeks in August 2016 and found this to be the best gite we have ever stayed in. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cottage itself was very well equipped and our family of 6 was very comfortable there.
The garden is lovely and the views over the Pyrenees are stunning. The swimming pool was a bonus and much appreciated on a hot day.
The house is in a perfect location for enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside, for experiencing the local wildlife and for taking trips further into the mountains. We had some amazing trips to Foix, Mont Vallier, Cirque de Cagatielle, Col de la Core, Seix - all an easy drive away with stunning scenery along the way.
There are some fabulous outdoor markets in the towns nearby- well worth a visit.
We were sad to leave at the end of the fortnight but we will be back!
We stayed in meadowtops in July for 1 week with our two sons (15 and 13). We really enjoyed our time. Beautifull view over the mountains wich was different every day. The pool was great. Nice temperature (29 degrees) and a beautifull view. The house is nice and well equiped. Only disadvantage was the high amount of flies during this time of the year.
We would really recomment a visit to Carcassonne and the high pyrenees. Thanks Garry and Debbie for is nice week.
We stayed a week in Meadowtops Cottage in early July and were struck by how peaceful the location was. The cottage itself is fairly well equipped with everything you need for a self catering holiday with the UK satellite TV being a useful bonus. The living area is spacious and bedrooms a good size as well as being fairly easy to keep cool. We enjoyed excellent weather which made the stay even better and found the large veranda very useful, especially in the late afternoon/evening as the sun remains strong so the shade was very welcome. The garden around the cottage itself is modest and mainly grassed but the view is simply stunning and it's apparent how quiet the whole area is with almost no traffic noise and a general sense of peacefulness, then there's the very nice pool just a short walk up the hill where we could be undisturbed for hours every day if we wished. There was adequate sunbed and parasol provision and the pool seemed to be regularly and well maintained. It's just a 15 minute drive to the nearest main town with basic shopping and supermarkets, but more major shopping is a fair drive away, which was fine for us as we don't come on holiday to 'do shopping'. There are several very interesting places to visit nearby along with several markets in nearby towns to visit and we found Foix a very pleasant destination for a day out. Our hosts Debbie and Gary were very friendly and helpful but considerate enough to leave us undisturbed most of the time. Overall we had an excellent week in what is a very lovely and peaceful area.
Gary and Debbie were very welcoming and a fantastic source of local knowledge
We had a great week in May despite the weather being a bit hit and miss. The views from the property and pool are just spectacular. Meadowtops provided us with a very comfortable and well equipped base to explore this beautiful area.
The two of us stayed at Meadowtops Cottage in September and were completely mesmerised by its uniqueness and tranquility from the moment we arrived.
Debbie and Garry were charming hosts, who explained all we needed to know upon arrival. You are then left alone and have complete privacy (apart from a visit now and again from Olga, the resident dog- who is delight to see waiting at the gate for a stroke!)
The cottage itself was clean and well equipped and much larger than it appears from outside. The amazing view can be seen through almost every window and is constantly changing.
If you are looking for peace and tranquility look no further!
Just a couple of tips if travelling to and from Toulouse airport:
On the way to the villa, it's best to do a big shop (if you have a car- which is most definitely recommended!) then you don't have to bother much during your stay. Apart from ambling around the local markets etc!
Also, upon heading home, if you have an early flight and likely to hit the Toulouse rush hour, leave PLENTY of extra time. We hardly moved for 40 minutes on the motorway and returning the hire car is a bit of a nightmare too (make sure they give you CLEAR instructions!)
Thank you, Debbie and Garry, we're already planning our return!