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Maison des Papillons - Fabulous Eco Gite above Medieval Riverside Town

Bedrooms 2
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage above Saint Antonin Noble Val, - Beautiful clean, quiet location in the hills above a bustling market town.

Featured in Living France Magazine August 2015.

Our lovely cottage is set in 10 acres of oak woodland and meadows full of orchids, river swimming is a short distance away & with no near neighbours tranquility is the name of the game.

Separate from the main house the cottage has private parking and a large private garden. The spacious accommodation is quiet & clean, a great space to relax in with windows giving lots of light and lovely views over the gardens. Artistically designed with old beams, a mix of wood & marble flooring & decorated in soft colours throughout this is a supremely calm space. Downstairs is a comfortable double bedroom with old beams & a wooden floor, a bathroom with shower, basin & toilet & a large conservatory. The conservatory can be used either as a sitting room with very comfy sofa's or can double as another bedroom if needed, it is a lovely room with a marble floor, high ceilings & an ultra efficient woodburner which you can use should you need extra warmth during the evenings in early spring or autumn. The garden taps on the windows all around with many plants that attract butterflies & bees, you can sit at your leisure & watch nature at its best.

Upstairs the country kitchen/diner is well equipped & has long views over distant hills and the wildlife ponds. The large organic gardens attract an incredible variety of life, hare and deer frequently visit, the flowerbeds are full of butterflies, dragonflies zoom over the ponds and the nightjar comes in the evening dusk to drink as the bats swoop above.

The large private garden surrounding the cottage is complete with lawn, shade trees, BBQ and garden furniture.

All the properties power is supplied by the wind and sun, we have been awarded Tripadvisor Greenleaders at the highest level for our commitment to ecological business practices for this sustainable holiday venue.

There is fantastic walking with footpaths in all directions right from the front door and just 4 miles down the road is the lovely medieval riverside town of St Antonin Noble Val which was the setting for the films "The 100 Foot Journey" and "Charlotte Grey" The town has a famously colourful Sunday market and many bars and restaurants. You can canoe the river from here, participate in various outdoor activities or just sit and watch life drift by.

We try very hard to make our guests stay private and relaxing, we know how important a holiday is and are on hand if needed.

More Details

Laura Horvath
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
31 August, 2017

About Laura Horvath

We're enthusiasts of food, travel & adventure & spent many years exploring Europe in our old bus before backpacking further afield to both Cuba & Morocco. Inspiration led us to create & build our house entirely ourselves & learning how to work with old materials - ancient tiles & timbers has given us a home to be proud of. Gardening is also high on the list & we have a fantastic organic garden which along with our own off grid electricity makes us virtually self sufficient.

Laura Horvath purchased this cottage in 1997

Why Laura Horvath chose Tarn-et-Garonne

This area of the Midi Pyrenees really grabbed us. With its wild gorges & flower filled meadows, beautiful medieval villages & vibrant markets not to mention the friendly locals- we knew this was the place.

When we bought the property it was a prefab set in thick woodland, we designed & built the whole house between the 2 of us & learnt to be builders along the way!

The whole property has been built in a sustainable way using many reclaimed materials such as quarry tiles from the 18th century & old oak beams. We also built the whole place using only power from the wind & sun which we feel is an incredible achievement.

We have been awarded Greenleaders at the highest level by Tripadvisor for our commitment to providing sustainable holiday accommodation & are being featured as home of the month in Living France Magazine.

What makes this cottage unique

Have you ever sat in a garden where over 30 types of butterfly drift past, where the silence is all enveloping, birdsong, dragonflies over the wildlife ponds. Where the light reflects the blue sky above & at night there are a million stars in a velvety sky. Our property is unique in so many ways - clean, quiet and totally relaxing.

We have been awarded Greenleaders at the highest level by Tripadvisor for our commitment to providing sustainable holiday accommodation & are being featured as home of the month in Living France Magazine.

We try very hard to provide a lovely holiday venue. Our guests love the space & total tranquility.

The fact that our splendid local village has been the setting for both the films "Charlotte Grey" & "The 100 Foot Journey" has meant that we now get visitors from all over the world but somehow the area never feels crowded & retains it's real French flavour.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A spotlessly clean and comfortable gite, with good outdoor facilities to relax. Plenty of eco-electricity to keep things running. Chickens, ducks, pigeons and cats for amusement, and abundant wildlife around the ponds and in the garden to wonder at. Sid and Laura were good for a chat but not intrusive, very informative about things to do and places to go in the local area, and attentive when required. All-in-all ideal hosts and an ideal location for a two week rural chill-out.
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in Tarn-et-Garonne

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Large shower room with hand basin, shower and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, bedroom 2 with either 1 double or 2 singles plus 1 cot.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Babies and children under the age of 18 months are welcome, the property is not suitable for toddlers. Outside: Large private garden, outdoor furniture and picnic table. Lawn and shade trees, herb garden. Private parking. Ten acres of woodland and meadows and also a large shared garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Good quality linen and towels are provided. The property is kept spotlessly clean and on stays of more than 1 week fresh bedding, towels and a cleaning service is provided.


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Maison des Papillons - Fabulous Eco Gite above Medieval Riverside Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful fortnight at the gite which was spotlessly clean & comfortable. Laura & Sid were totally unassuming hosts, there to offer help or ideas if needed, we never saw them unless we went looking. The gardens around the gite are beautiful and incredibly rich in butterflies, we loved relaxing by the ponds & watching dragonflies. The surrounding area is fantastic so much to explore, in our 2 weeks we didn't even scrape the surface. River swimming, local markets, great food and just such lovely accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful beautiful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

It was a very beautiful and clean home that was lovingly cared for and beautiful gardens. We went on many walks and trips that Laura and Sid recommended that were hidden secret delights. Great memories. Laura and Sid were always helpful but never intrusive.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay,it was an absolute pleasure to meet you both. We hope to see you again one day. Laura and Sid
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A five star week

  • 5 of 5

Having searched Tripadvisor & read the many excellent reviews we have to say that we agree with them - my wife Sharon & i enjoyed ourselves so much. The property was exactly as described, spacious, quiet & beautifully clean surrounded by the most fantastic garden. The local area is stunning, wonderful markets & ancient villages. Our hosts Sid & Laura couldn't have been kinder or more discreet & provided us with an action packed itinerary so that we didn't miss out on anything. We have already booked to return this year. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lieu parfait! Tranquilité et bon goût au milieu de la nature, nous recommandons vivement.

  • 5 of 5

Lieu parfait! Tranquilité et bon goût au milieu de la nature, nous recommandons vivement

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Saint Antonin Noble Val
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Saint Antonin Noble Val
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Saint Antonin Noble Val
Car: necessary


River beaches are within four miles, many and varied from sand and shallow water to deep swimming areas. There are some wonderfully quiet places to picnic & to spend a day of total relaxation by the water, alternatively you can spend the day canoeing the fantastic gorges, stop at the Manjo Carn for refreshments & watch the locals jumping from the huge rocks into the river, then meander downstream to be returned to your starting point by mini bus.

A day out at a local market is an absolute must. With markets on a daily basis in one or other of the nearby villages you will be spoiled for choice with wonderful fresh produce, fruit, cheeses, wine, everywhere you look. If you're a gourmand look out for the local "Marche de Gourmand" where you can join the locals in tasting freshly produced local food & wines.

There are many great restaurants nearby, a wonderful array of medieval hilltop villages, miles of magnificent countryside & very little traffic. This is a truly wonderful area to explore.


Nearest airport is Blagnac Toulouse which is 1 hour and 15 minutes away. A car is essential.


Four miles to the nearest village.

Further Details:

St Antonin Noble Val our nearby town has a wide range of restaurants, cafe's and bars there are 2 supermarkets, a bank, 2 cashpoint machines, a post office, launderette and a myriad of boutiques selling high quality artisan goods. The Sunday produce and craft market fills the cobbled streets with colour. The town is the centre for most activities in the area and has a heated swimming pool, tennis courts, nearby access to horse riding, rock climbing, caving,hiking and of course the river with its canoeing, swimming and beaches. During the summer many events are held such as night markets, outdoor music and cinema and the very popular gourmet food events. Most of the action is free and the evenings can be spent in the mellow sunshine enjoying outdoor warmth and true continental living.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:

Notes on prices:
We sometimes offer deals on stays of more than 1 week, please ask. Changeover date is usually Tuesday but please ask if this doesn't suit you & we will try to help.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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