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400 Year Old Farmhouse With Large Pool And Stunning Views



Updated: 14-Oct-2016
Farmhouse in St Marcel Campes, Tarn, Midi Pyrenees, France - Secluded Location 10 Minutes By Car From The Beautiful 13th Century Bastide Town Of Cordes Sur Ciel

Built some 400 years ago, the property is constructed of locally quarried stone (cool in the heat of the summer, warm in the winter) with an abundance of timber beams throughout the rooms. Le Bouyssounet is entered through a stone archway leading to a delightful cobblestone and gravel courtyard. To the left an old bread oven and barn (partially restored) and to the right the main house comprising of a staircase leading to the owners accommodation (owners not in residence when let) and ahead at courtyard level are the stone arched French doors of the guest rooms just a few paces away from the 12 x 6 metre Roman style swimming pool and south facing garden. The 12 x 6 meter Roman end pool is delightfully secluded and is in an elevated position with glorious views of the garden and surrounding countryside. The wide tiled surround is ideal for sunbathing, entertaining and includes a BBQ. Poolside dining table and chairs (seating 6) as well as various sun loungers. Table tennis in the barn.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Greg and Chrissie Younger are both retired from the film and television industry. Their love of France and particularly the SW region has been ongoing for many years. In 1991 they decided to buy and renovate the 400 year old stone farmhouse and barn, this has indeed been a labour of love and has been kept as much as possible in its original condition by using local artisans and materials.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

A visitor book is left in the lounge with many comments to view. Guest are invited to leave comments.

"We had A wonderful holiday and you really do have a magical place. We were not wanting for for anything and the vista from the pool will remain with us through the dark days of winter"
Jul 2012
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11 Reviews

based on 11 holidaymaker reviews



  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to say a big thank you for sharing your amazing and private property. The beautiful courtyard, amazing vistas and facilities in the property were outstanding. Charlie was completely safe and took to lovely walks without requiring his lead. We have to be honest your property surpassed our expectations!!!!

It is very apparent that you have put a lot of thought and care into renovating your period Farmhouse with lots of period features and French charm both inside and out. The accommodation is spacious and had everything we needed.

We named the balcony at the front of the property the Gin and Tonic balcony, as we watched the sun set over the lovely countryside on many an evening.

Pete took to relaxing and drawing views and interesting nooks and crannies around the property, which is something he hasn’t done for a while.

Theo and I got through a large number of novels just chilling out around the pool.

We would love to come back and visit again!

Our 2016 holiday is not one we will forget! Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for your lovely review. We would look forward to seeing you again at Le Bouyssounet in the future. Greg & Chrissie
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Beautiful grounds and pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a super week staying at this delightful gite. The setting is wonderful - really peaceful, with lovely views, yet within reach of attractions. The garden has many seating areas to relax in the shade and we ate all our meals outside near the pool. The pool itself is a highlight of the gite and we particularly enjoyed having a floodlit dip each evening. We enjoyed several trips out, in particular a kayaking trip and high-ropes adventure course at Najac. Overall, a really enjoyable week.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We hope that in the future you will consider Le Bouyssounet again, Kind regards Greg & Chrissie Younger
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Beautiful, relaxing place.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week here. From the moment we arrived, the amazing views and fantastic farmhouse relaxed and recharged us.

The house was very clean on arrival, a nice welcome back awaited and everything was as described.

We traveled with 2 adults and 2 kids aged 9 and 14 and the house was perfect for our needs. We all loved the pool (which is much larger than you'd usually get with a private rental), with its glorious view over the countryside, table tennis and badminton in the garden, evening bike rides, walks and BBQ's. Lots of lovely spots in the garden for evening drinks and relaxing reading too.

Greg was very helpful and easily contactable in advance and during our stay and Dominic, the local manager was very helpful too.

Cordes is a lovely town, about 10-15 mins away by car and has everything you need - small supermarkets, great butchers and bakers, cafes etc, as well as the beautiful Medieval village on the hill.

Lots of activities and places of interest are easily reached by a short

car journey.

Cycling country is great around here , if you don't mind hills - the roads are quiet and scenic. The route back to the house is a couple of miles up a steep hill though, so much easier by car!

Overall, I'd recommend the house to anyone wanting peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings. Lots of thought has gone into providing everything you could need and because the owners live here for some of the year (not when guests stay), everything is beautifully kept and cared for.

Thank you for a lovely week. We hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Julie, Many thanks for your very kind review. Chrissie and I take the presentation and facilities at our house very seriously and are delighted that you took the time to write. Reviews are so important. Hope we see you and your family again. Kind regards Chrissie & Greg
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The most beautiful place we've ever stayed in!

  • 5 of 5

This property is very special - a real gem. It is stunningly beautiful, with lots of character and charm, in a picturesque setting amidst its own gardens and has unrivalled views of the countryside beyond. The description accurately describes the property, it was immaculately clean and well-maintained and Dominic was very friendly and helpful and could easily be contacted to answer any questions, if needed. The owner, Greg, provided very good communication and lots of helpful information prior to our stay. The midi-Pyrenees region is breathtaking - would recommend canoeing at Saint Antonin (although not suitable for younger children, due to Rapids). Cordes is charming to walk around or sit in a cafe, watching the world go by. Would highly recommend this property and didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much for your lovely review. we try hard, so it is really heartning to know we get it right. greg
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Peaceful Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly lovely place to stay!

The house is well equipped and comfortable. The bedrooms are beautifully presented and cool in the evening. The courtyard and grounds of the house are very spacious with many lovely seating options for shade or sun at different times of the day. The pool and view from the gardens are superb. We enjoyed breakfast by the pool each morning, and feasted on the wonderful fig tree in the garden. It is in a serenely beautiful quiet area on top of a hill surrounded by farmland. It is also close to nearby towns of Cordes sur ciel and Antonin du Noble Val. A wonderful paradise!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind review. We are delighted that our house,gardens, views and pool meet with your approval, we work hard to give you a happy and memorable holiday. Thank you once again it means a great deal that we managed to succeed. Thank you Greg & Chrissie
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Fantastic Famhouse Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse and surroundings met our expectations of what we had seen on the website. Loved the pool which is such a great size. We were lucky with the weather so that helped. House was clean on arrival and a nice welcome pack to start us on our way. House Manager very nice and available if needed. Some good local restaurants, enjoyed the canoeing, castles and old towns.

Hope to go back sometime for another chill out session.

Greg the owner was very helpful and pleasant. All in all a lovely break.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks John & family, we always do our best to make our guests stay a happy and memorable one. Greg & Chrissie
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From the Owner

We love the secluded location of the house whilst being only 10 minutes from our nearest town the beautiful 13th century 'Bastide' of Cordes. We are also only and hour from the city of Toulouse and 30 minutes from the beautiful city of Albi with its fantastic cathedral and red brick buildings sited on the river Tarn.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : toulouse at 85 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : cordes sur ciel at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : cordes sur ciel at 4 Kilometres Car: necessary


Toulouse (Blagnac) airport, One and a quarter hours from the house, car hire available and essential


Cordes sur Ciel - 10 minutes by car from the house.

Salles (13th century village) on river Ceru - at bottom of hill.

Monesties (13th century village) with bar/restaurant - 10 minutes by car.

St Antonin Noble Val (13th century village) the film 'Charlott Grey' was shot there,has fantastic market on Sundays, plenty of bars,restaurants set on the river Aveyron.

Further Details:

All bank, shops, market, bars, restaurants, supermarkets, petrol stations, doctors, dentists, pharmacies, bread/cake shops, butchers, post office, tourist office, are in Cordes sur Ciel.

The Tarn offers a wonderful variety of activities: stunning walks, horse riding, canoeing, tennis, golf, fishing etc. not to mention sampling the wines at the local vineyards, visit the Bastide towns, markets and medieval villages that abound. Close to Le Bouyssounet (10 mins) is the 13th Century bastide town of Cordes. Here you can find all the necessary amenities, banks, supermarkets, boulangeries and a very good Saturday morning market. As one of the 'plus beaux villages du France', it has a thriving leather and arts industry.

• Quad Biking- On an exciting course just 10 minutes drive from the house

• Golf- There are four courses within 25 Km

• Horse Riding- Several riding centres for lessons or hire

• Fishing- Cards available in the local village. There are plenty of private lakes and rivers with plenty of fish

• Canoeing and Kayaking- Large number of rental companies particularly in the town of St Antonin Noble Val where the River Aveyron passes through a spectacular gorge

• Sailing- On the nearby lake where fully supervised lessons are available

• Swimming- There is an aqua centre at Cordes. Man-made lake at Castlenau de Montmiral with beach and water-slide. Swimming unsupervised here by lifeguards

• Walking- The tourist office have guides for walking in the area. The Foret de Gresigne with its many oaks and great views is very beautiful and has marked trails.

Leisure- Cap decouvert is a new leisure centre built in 2003 and where the Tour de France finished one of its stages. It has many activities including dry ski slope, karting and swimming


Rental rates

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking form with 25% (non returnable) deposit secures.
Balance of payment to be paid no less than 8 weeks before booking start date.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day
Arrivals at 4 pm
Departures at 10 am

Detailed in terms and conditions sent to guest with booking form. 25% (non returnable) on booking, the balance including security deposit payable 8 weeks prior to start date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 14-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We love the abundance of wildlife, the seclusion of the house and as there is no pollution in the region, the wonderful fresh air.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower/bath wc and basin. Garden WC


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double and 1 twin bedroom with put you up in lounge


  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: Private 6 m x 12 m salt pool, loungers, pool dining table with chairs, bar-b-q, garden and courtyard balconies with table and chairs. Utility Room: Hoover, mop, brushes Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included and changed before guest arrival. Other: Garden WC, Large stone barn with table tennis, Courtyard balcony and Garden balcony free for guests to use.

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