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Luxury gite with swimming pool. Set In lovely mature garden. Perfect for couples



Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Gite near Lauzerte, Tarn et Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Quiet Hamlet Location Within 10 Mins Of 2 Bastide Towns And 5 Mins Drive To The Local Lake

This luxury gite has been imaginatively transformed to a very high standard, from the original outbuildings, into a private hideaway that’s perfect for couples. Beautifully furnished, the gite offers a well-equipped kitchen, a large, contemporary lounge featuring a wood-burning stove, and, just off the lounge, a sumptuous double bedroom with original “bulls eye” windows set high in the wall. Adjoining the bedroom is a beautiful Italian tiled bathroom. We also offer UK TV and WiFi in the gite. Outside is a private terrace and sitting area for taking meals alfresco (BBQ sits on the terrace for guests use) and gite guests also have full use of the beautiful and private swimming pool. With full central heating throughout, the gite is ideal for holidays all year round, including Christmas and New Year. La Maison d’Iris sits within an acre of well-planted, landscaped, private gardens.

We provide 2 good hybrid bikes for guests wishing to explore the local countryside and for keen walkers we provide well written walks. For each of our selected walks we have prepared clear written instructions together with a detailed map so that you can fully enjoy your day without worrying about finding your route. We also provide tennis racquets and balls and guests have access to the local court 5 minutes drive from the house. If you wish to stay in the garden and sunbathe, the gardens are extensively planted with flower and shrub borders, providing colour throughout the year and offering both sun worshippers, and those seeking some leafy shade, all they need for a perfect holiday. Nestling in the heart of the grounds is a stunning 10m x 5m swimming pool.The pool is open May through to October. La Maison d'Iris is ideally located in the beautiful Quercy Blanc area of the Tarn et Garonne, with many beautiful bastide villages on the doorstep. The charming hill top medieval bastide village of Lauzerte, with its outstanding views across stunning landscapes, is only a 15-minute drive away. The Quercy countryside is beautifully populated by rows of vines, orchards and fields of sunflowers, marking the region out as one that enjoys long, hot summers.

More Details
  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Prior to moving to France we both lived in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire near Harrogate. Given the chance to take early retirement, we jumped at the chance to fulfil our dream of running a small luxury holiday home business in the South of France. Having spent the last couple of years searching for our ideal property, La Maison d’Iris was a true “Coup de foudre”. We now live full time on the property, and offer the gite for rent to guests. Our passion lies in delivering great service, catering for guests’ every need, to ensure each and every visitor has a truly relaxing holiday to remember.

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Speaks English, We speak a little French

Guestbook comments from the manager

"One of the best Gites we have ever stayed in"

Cannot speak highly enough about the Gite at La Maison d'Iris. This was a beautiful place to stay and the owners, the Forsyths (John and Tan) were lovely people who gave us a warm welcome.

Everything was perfect and the Gite was so well appointed we settled in instantly. This was luxury accommodation , a real romantic getaway for two. There was sitting out space outside the Gite, overlooking the pool, set within the most wonderful landscaped garden.

We chose to have a couple of breakfasts towards the end of our week and wished we had decided on this option earlier as they were great quality, prepared with such care and excellent value. We also had a couple of evening meals prepared by John and Tan and again, the quality and attention to detail was outstanding. It was good to have the option of break fast and an evening meal if you wanted it, especially if you had been out exploring for the day.
Apr 2014
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our ideal holiday.... or even life.

  • 5 of 5

The hosts, gite area and all finishing touches were second to none. All said it was still so relaxed and easy. I would recommend this to anyone loving peace and beauty in total rurallity.

We are already scheduled to return.

Laura and Richard.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Having spent a few years looking in various regions of France, we kept coming back to the Tarn et Garonne, also known as "the fruit basket" of France. The gite is beautifully furnished and provides a spacious holiday home for couples. It also sits in beautiful grounds with a lovely, private,swimming pool at the heart of the grounds. This area still remains unspoilt and natural in its beauty, with rolling hills, sunflower fields and beautiful bastide villages. As soon as we saw La Maison d'Iris we fell in love with the house the wonderfully planted gardens that give amazing colour all year round. We came to stay in September 2013 and have completely fallen in love with all it has to offer. La Maison d'Iris is easily accessed with both Bergerac and Toulouse airports just over an hour away. Whilst La Maison d'Iris is situated in a small hamlet, we are only 10 mins drive from 2 bastide villages with all the amenities.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : bergerac at 60 Miles Nearest Barpub : Cafe Du Commerce, Lauzerte at 5 Miles Nearest Ferry : Calais at 560 Miles Nearest Golf : Valence d'Agen at 20 Miles Nearest Train : Agen at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Auberge de Miramont, Miramont de Quercy at 6 Miles Nearest Beach : Local lake at Montaigu de Quercy at 3 Miles Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We have prepared several local walks, varying in distance from 2 to 14 km. We provide guests with personal detailed guides and can provide OS maps with this. We also provide 2 bikes for cycling in the local countryside.


There is a leisure lake with beach, diving area, pedalos, swimming, play areas and a cafe within a 5 min drive at Montaigu. There are many other lovely lakes in the area.


La Maison d’Iris can be easily accessed by road, rail and air, being just 1 hour 15 minutes by car from both Bergerac and Toulouse airports. Both airports are well serviced by low cost airlines and, on arrival, it is easy to pick up a hire car, and then enjoy a short drive through the beautiful countryside of Southwest France

Nearest TGV at Agen, around 40 min drive. Driving from Calais around 9 hours.


There are many local bastide villages in the area. Moissac Abbey, Chateau Boniguil are also worth a visit. Lauzerte -15 minute drive. Lauzerte is classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is perched above the valleys and hills of Quercy Blanc with stunning landscape all around.

Cahors - 40 minute drive. The ancient town of Cahors lies on the Lot. Cahors is famous for the rich red wines produced in its surrounding vineyards, which offer wonderful wine tasting opportunities

Further Details:

We are close to two towns which provide Supermarkets, Local Markets, Boulangerie, Boucherie, Doctors, Banks, Pharmacies, Cafes and good French Restaurants (we are happy to recommend several).

We are happy to provide Breakfast or Evening meals on request (see details on our website).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Sep 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid/ Low
7 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Book directly with owners. 20% deposit required balance to be paid 8 weeks before arrival. £100 security deposit to be paid in advance and this will be returned directly into your bank account shortly after your stay.

Changeover Day:
Peak periods change over day Saturday, but can be flexible by prior arrangement. Arrival after 3pm. Departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Please contact owners if you wish different change over days or long weekends. This may be possible.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We pride ourselves on offering guests a great service. Our passion lies in delivering great service, catering for guests’ every need, to ensure each and every visitor has a truly relaxing holiday to remember. We offer bikes for guests use, have prepared walking guides for several walks around the area and offer evening meals and breakfast for those guests wishing to be catered for. More than anything else, living on site, means we are here to help answer any questions or deal with requests guests may have. Nothing is too much trouble.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Adjoining the bedroom is a beautiful Italian tiled bathroom with a large walk in shower and bidet.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 ideally (1 Bedroom) Room for small child on bed settee or cot Notes on bedrooms: A sumptuous bedroom, with high ceilings, and a beautiful ornate, hand carved king size bed. Original “bulls eye” windows set high in the wall. In the lounge there is a bed settee suitable for small children.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: A large 10 x 5m swimming pool in private gardens, with roman steps down into the pool and electric security cover. We provide sun loungers, table and chairs and large parasols around the pool. The gite sits in wonderful, well planted, landscape gardens. BBQ provided Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide all towels (incl pool towels), Egyptian cotton linen and guest dressing gowns. Additional cleaning can be arranged during your stay, by prior arrangement, Guests are asked to leave the property in a clean and tidy condition upon departure. Other: Guests have their own private terrace with wooden table and chairs and BBQ. There are also several other seating areas for guests to relax and enjoy the sunny days or relax and read a book in the shade.

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