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Converted Barn With Heated Pool



Updated: 16-Aug-2016
Converted barn in La Maurelie, St Christophe, Tarn, Midi Pyrenees, France - Tranquil Country Setting With Beautiful Views

An individual stone and oak-beamed traditional barn in a very tranquil setting at the end of a single-track road. A wing of the last house in a hamlet of five houses, just below the summit of a 1000ft hill with twenty-mile views from the south-west facing pool and balcony down wooded valleys. Early risers see the beautiful mists down in the river valley (the house is called Hors des Brumes – out of the mists – because we are usually in the sunshine above).

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

About the Owner

Peter Dixon and Bridget Wright moved to France in 2000 with the plan to renovate Hors des brumes as two properties. We would live in the house and let the barn as a gite. As so often happens the best laid plans never work out. For our first year of lettings the barn was not ready so we let the house and moved into the barn which was very rustic and so the pattern has continued for a mixture of reasons. Firstly, we have had so much repeat business that people have wanted to return to the house. One family have visited us six times; also it has taken us a long time to completely finish the renovations in the barn. After nine years we were ready to let the barn for the full season. The barn is a magical space, quite unusual and we have tried to keep many of the original features.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

‘Thank you! Hors des brumes lived up to all our hopes. Wonderful views, always changing. No two sunsets the same. A vast expanse of stars – two electrical storms – one with a marvellous wave of brume (mist) moving up the valley. Also, for all the thoughtful provisions for our 6 year old twins. The holiday delivered beyond our expectations. We admire the vision that has driven your creation – what a success.’

Roger and Liz from Herts.

‘I have had a great stay here. The food was DELICOUS! The pool was FANTASTIC! And the views lovely. I think Copper and Oscar (our apricot poodles) are adorable and will be sad to say goodbye to them. The frogs by the pond were funny and very amusing watch, there were loads. – Thank you.’

Anna aged 9 from Surrey.

‘A wonderful two weeks – this is the perfect antidote to city life. Everything has been excellent, even down to the advice on when to look for shooting stars. Prepared meals were fantastic.

Sarah, Chris and family from Paris.
Mar 2013
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From the Owner

The experience of French rural life in a beautiful and uncrowded part of the countryside. Driving around some of the local roads you will be surprised to see another car, even in peak season. Small town fêtes are a fun night out in the summer with giant paella, accordion-led dance bands, and fireworks at midnight. Cordes and Najac are a very relaxed drive away, Albi just a little further but all worth a visit. Albi has a remarkable cathedral, an attractive river and pedestrianised mediaeval centre and the Toulouse Lautrec museum. There are markets almost every day somewhere. Villefranche on Thursdays is considered the best, but our favourite is St Antonin on a Sunday morning.

Activity and Interests


Beaches are available by the rivers or lakes, 20 minutes away.


The nearest airports are Toulouse (90 minutes) or Rodez (75 minutes). Car hire is essential. Driving from the Channel ports takes about ten hours. Motorail runs from Paris to Brive or Toulouse.


Nearest village shops are Laguepie or Mirandol (15 minutes), nearest big supermarkets 25 minutes, Cordes 25 minutes, Najac 25 minutes, St Antonin 45 minutes, Albi 45 minutes.

Further Details:

You will probably see wild deer and hares, and possibly wild boar, pine martens or otters, as well as red squirrels. There are buzzards circling and kestrels hovering overhead, and other birds of prey including peregrine falcons, kites, and hen harriers. Eagles and a type of vulture have been seen. Herons and kingfishers are by the rivers and other smaller birds include black redstarts, who nest in our porch, swallows who fly into the barn if you leave the door open, robins, wrens, nuthatches, tits, hoopoes, hawfinches, rock buntings, stonechats and golden oreoles. There are four kinds of woodpecker.

Background music on summer evenings is provided by crickets, frogs, and midwife toads (who go ‘peep peep’). Bats zigzag by at dusk and sleep behind the shutters during the day. The hooting of owls or the singing of nightingales may send you to sleep at night.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit on booking, the remainder 8 weeks before arrival. £250 damage deposit.

Changeover Day:
We will try to accommodate any changeover days and any length of stay (minimum 7 nights). Please ask. Arrival 4pm, departure 10am.

25% on booking, remainder 8 weeks before arrival

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: 16-Aug-2016
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From the Owner

Each year we have over thirty visitors and most of them prefer relaxing by the pool to anything more strenuous. We have a growing paperback library if this is your choice. However, there is plenty of good walking around. The French come to this general area to walk, cycle, climb and cave, and kayak down the Aveyron, or jump off the cliffs at St Antonin (with parachutes).

Property Type

  • barn


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


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


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • river
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Master bedroom with bath, wc, and large separate shower, bedroom 2 with wc and bath, bedroom 3 with wc and shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master bedroom has a kingsize double bed and a door opening under the balcony into the garden. The other two bedrooms have twin single beds. Cot(s) and other baby equipment available.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Our principal aim is to make your holiday as hassle free as possible, even from the moment you start to pack. When you book your holiday with us at Hors des Brumes it will include the following:- • A meal with wine waiting on your arrival. A continental breakfast for your first morning. • A gourmet frozen meals service which you can use when and if you want. The menu is prepared and cooked by Bridget using local and fresh produce wherever possible. There are vegetarian options, main dishes, desserts, bread, cakes and preserves. All dishes are prepared in portion sizes for two so the family can have a wide choice of options at meal times. Even Mum can have a break from cooking. • The kitchen is stocked with a range of basic ingredients:- tea, ground and instant coffee, sugar, flour, condiments, herbs & spices, vinegar and oil plus all basic cleaning products. Washing powder, dish washer tablets, washing up liquid, toilet rolls, kitchen roll, rubbish bags, foil, cling film etc. Outside: Adoor from the downstairs hall leads out to the gravel garden and covered shady terrace where there are a gas barbecue, a large oak table and a Mexican wood-burning stove. Also comfortable chairs for lounging in this very cool and shady area. There are sixteen acres of field and woods with oak and chestnut trees and fruit trees (cherry, plum, damson, greengage, walnut, quince and fig, which you are welcome to pick in season). About an acre has been enclosed as a play area with mown grass and a pond. We are close to a GR de Pays (long distance walking path). Detailed walking information, maps and guide books are available. A separate, mature garden with a fence surrounds the pool, set in a natural suntrap with breathtaking views. The heated pool is 10m x 4.5m and 1.8m at its deepest point (in the middle) but 1m deep around the sides. There is an alarm, a solar shower, a summer house with fridge and a giant chess set. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen, towels, pool towels etc are included. Other: French windows lead from the dining area onto a 7m x 3m wooden balcony with unrivalled and spectacular views along the Aveyron valley to the white cliffs of St Antonin (20 miles away).

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