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Independent Gite Attached To Main Property, With Private Pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Attached house in Monesties, Tarn, France - Peaceful Countryside Location With Stunning Views

Les Hirondelles is an independent gite, of approximately 60 square metres, attached to the main property where the owners are resident. There is a large private pool, with a tiled terrace, loungers, and parasols..

There are two bedrooms, one double and one twin-bedded. There is a fully-equipped kitchen, including a washing machine.

Please note that prices shown are for 2 people; see Additional Pricing Information for 3/4 people.

Access to the 2 storey gite is via an independent staircase up to a private terrace, of 30 square metres. Please note that children are accepted only if they are 14 years old or over.

The lounge area has UK terrestrial TV as well as French TV. There is an attached Bluray DVD player - there is a selection of DVDs and books provided.

More Details

Roger and Sara Thrale
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

About Roger and Sara Thrale

We bought our house in this lovely part of France in 2011, and now live here permanently. There is a beautiful purpose-built gite attached to the main house. We have equipped the gite to a high standard, taking account of our experiences in many earlier gite holidays in France. We speak both English and French, live in the main part of the property and will be there to greet you on your arrival and to provide any local information required. We know how important holidays are to people, and will do everything we can to make your stay enjoyable.

Roger and Sara Thrale purchased this house in 2011

Why Roger and Sara Thrale chose Monestiés

When we decided to move to this area the peace and quiet and magnificent views were big attractions, as well as the beautiful local towns and villages and the welcoming nature of the local people. We were impressed by the high quality of finish in both the house and the gite.

Since arriving here we have discovered many local activities to suit all tastes from a seriously challenging ‘High Ropes’ course, and canoeing and kayaking, to local village festivals. There is also the lovely old city of Albi, part of which is a ‘World Heritage’ centre, with its old streets, amazing cathedral and fascinating Toulouse Lautrec museum (who was born in Albi).

We are just over an hour's drive from the airport at Toulouse (as at 2017 Easyjet, Ryanair, Flybe, British Airways, Jet2). Carcassonne airport is 2 hours away, serviced by Ryanair.

We are also an hour's drive from Junction 59 on the A20 motorway.

What makes this house unique

Our house and gite ‘Les Hirondelles’, named after the swallows who nest around us and keep us entertained with their acrobatics, is situated in a quiet hamlet, in deep farming country. You are guaranteed a peaceful and relaxing holiday. You may hear a tractor going by but other than that the main sounds you will hear will be birdsong. The whole property has stunning 180 degree views to the Black Mountains 40 miles (64km) away - on a clear day the Pyrenees are visible more than 100 miles (160km) away. There is a large, 12 metre by 6 metre unheated swimming pool equipped with loungers and parasols to laze away long sunny days. The pool is for the use of the gite clients but we may occasionally also take a dip. There are also many lovely walks in the area and a range of signed cycle paths.

Guestbook comments from the owner

...The balcony is spacious and private with lovely views over the pool and surrounding countryside to the mountains.

The large pool was the main draw to this holiday gite and we weren't let down. After unpacking we enjoyed an evening swim - a great start to the holiday and after using the pool every day we ended our holiday with a final evening swim.

...The gite itself was very clean, excellently presented, well equipped and Roger and Sara had made nice little touches that made the difference.

...Roger and Sara are very warm and welcoming. They were helpful in arranging bookings by phone and told us about local events. We had a great time in Monesties at the villages annual community dinner/fete! It's a great location. We swam in rivers, went to markets, visited several castles and climbed innumerable hills to see medieval villages and more
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Monestiés in Tarn

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please see booking contract for full details of refunds in the event of cancellation. In summary:
  • the booking deposit is refundable only for 7 days after booking
  • the balance is not due until 30 days before arrival date; once paid it is not refundable
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • One bathroom, with toilet, bath and good overhead shower with shower screen and heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One double bedroom with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bed side cabinets. One twin bedroom with walk in wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The gite is accessed by its own staircase, that leads to a spacious, private terrace with fabulous views. The accommodation is accessed from this terrace, and is on two floors. The first floor consists of an open plan lounge/dining area and kitchen. The two bedrooms and bathroom are on the second floor. Please note that this is a non-smoking property. Outside: The first floor terrace immediately outside the gite is private, and has fabulous views, which can be as far as the Pyrenees. It is equipped for comfortable outdoor dining, including a gas barbecue. The terrace is spacious, and has sun loungers for lazing in the sun. There is a retractable sun screen over the dining table, and the terrace generally benefits from a cooling breeze from the north on hot days. The terrace has a view over the large pool (12m x 6m), which is available for guests with very occasional use by the owners. The pool has with four loungers and two fixed parasols. Some pool games are available. Outdoor games include table tennis and french boules. The property is situated in 2.5 acres of private grassland. Les Hirondelles, named for the swallows who nest around us and keep us entertained with their acrobatics, is situated in a quiet hamlet, in deep farming country, you may hear a tractor going by, birdsong or the local cows. There is a shaded parking space. All bed linen and towels supplied, including pool towels. These are all refreshed with newly laundered items in the middle of a two week stay.


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Independent Gite Attached To Main Property, With Private Pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A relaxing and beautiful place to stay with perfect hosts, Roger and Sara.

  • 5 of 5

We never tire of renewing our relationship with Monesties, lying as it does between Saint Antonin and Albi, and with Laguepie and Cordes so close. The gite of Les Hirondelles is a beautiful conversion with spectacular views across the country to the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is excellently equipped and the hosts, the Thrales, manage to be helpfully, attentive and unobtrusive at the same time. We had a great holiday there!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well appointed, immaculate and great location.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week at this immaculate, well appointed and fantastically located gite. Panoramic views from gite, terrace and superb pool were a particular highlight. We enjoyed a couple of local walks from Monesties and cycle rides to, and around, the local reservoir as well as touring the Aveyron valley. Roger and Sara were ideal hosts and obviously take great pride in their superb property.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It’s always nice for us to see people enjoying themselves, especially in the pool. We’re very happy that the holiday worked out well for you. Roger and Sara
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A Taste of French Hospitality

  • 5 of 5

This gite was by far the best we have ever stayed in. Superbly equipped and extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean. So peaceful and quiet with views to die for. The Tarn area of France offers plenty of interests for all tastes (both sporting and cultural) which are all on your doorstep. Sara and Roger were delightful hosts. We will definitely return and would certainly recommend it to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We are glad that the gite gave you everything that you were looking for, and that you enjoyed the local area. We would love to see you return at any time Sara and Roger.
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The ideal place to recharge

  • 5 of 5

Les Hirondelles is a gite of the very highest standard in beautiful rolling countryside, equipped with everything you need for a home away from home. We enjoyed our time there last year so much that we returned this year. We divided our time between lounging in the sun, swimming in the pool (which is meticulously maintained & a lovely warm temperature) & visiting some of the many fascinating towns within an hour drive. The property is wonderfully peaceful, the only sounds breaking the silence are the odd tractor, a few cows & the plentiful birdlife. Roger & Sara are excellent, friendly hosts who are always on hand should you need any assistance. We would have no hesitation in recommending Les Hirondelles to anyone who is looking for some time away to fully recharge & relax.

Martin & Jane

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Martin and Jane - it was lovely to see you come back to Les Hirondelles, and we're very pleased that you enjoyed your second visit so much. Roger and Sara
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Lovely hosts, lovely gite and lovely holiday.

  • 5 of 5

The facilities include everything you might need to relax an enjoy your holiday and were clean and well-presented on arrival. The car was particularly grateful for the shade of the garage. Sara and Roger were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly (but Roger is a bit of a boules-shark). The pool was fastidiously maintained, a good size and warm, The surrounding countryside was full of interesting and varied wildlife, with the local town of Monesties (5km) handy for the boulangerie, epicerie and a couple of bars, with boules competitions each Wednesday we were there. The Super-U (11km) is reasonably handy for victuals. We had a few touristy days (Albi is within an hour and worth a trip), but mostly we just lounged around relaxing and enjoying the local countryside and the Gaillac. We had a relaxing and enjoyable couple of weeks, but I wouldn't recommend it; as I want to be able to book here again.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Roger and Caroline. It was really good having you here, and we are glad you enjoyed the gite and the area. Just sorry you didn't get to see a hoopoe Caroline! Best wishes, Roger and Sara
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Nearest Airport
112 Kilometres
Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Pause des Lices
Nearest Motorway
57 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Auberge Occitane
Car: necessary


Toulouse airport is just over an hour away; it is serviced by Easyjet and other carriers.

A car is essential both to access the gite, and for the duration of the holiday.


Monesties, our local village, which has basic amenities and a tourist office - 6km.

Blaye-les-Mines, nearest supermarket - 12km.

Albi, for sight-seeing and all amenities - 28km.

St. Martin Laguepie, for two impressive rivers and kayaking/canoeing - 14km.

Cordes-sur-Ciel, a hilltop village which is a local major tourist attraction - 16km.

Najac, lovely renovated village - 24km.

St. Antonin, beautiful medieval town - 38km.

St Pierre de Trivisy for High Ropes - 60km.

Further Details:

Our welcome pack gives information on a number of local restaurants. We can recommend several restaurants within a half hour drive.

We are happy to phone restaurants to make reservations for you, and indeed to enquire about any other activities you may be interested in.

Please note that pets are not accepted.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Monestiés, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Stay tax £0.82 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Prices shown are for 2 guests. There is an extra charge for additional guests, up to a maximum of 4 people in total.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday. Outside the high season we are flexible about arrival and departure dates, subject to a minimum of 7 nights - please contact us for details.

Please note this is a no smoking property, and we do not accept children who are less than 14 years old. Also, pets are not accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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