About the property
- Farmhouse1722 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 - 7 nights
3 bedroom 3 bathroom farmhouse on 2 acres with swimming pool (sleeps 10 max)
Only 1 hour 15 mins drive from Toulouse’s Blagnac Airport or Rodez Airport, this sublime 18th century stone farmhouse is situated in the heart of beautiful countryside, nestled in a hamlet, with unimpeded panoramic views. Enjoy watching baby deer graze and hawks glide over the grounds of over 2 1/2 acres.
Relax on chaise lounges around the pool, spend cocktail hour seated by the old barn, taking in the artistic majesty of the historically listed 17th century pigeonnier, considered by locals to be the 'jewel in the crown' of the medieval village of Caylus.
'Le Pigeonnier' has 3 bedrooms, 2 with queen beds and 1 small room with 2 single beds. (This room is best for young children)
Additionally there is a full bed on the landing upstairs, suitable for teenagers, and a convertible day bed in the living room, excellent for guests who don't want to deal with stairs.
All beds have new 'Shabby Chic' linens and quilts, and down comforters. There are electric fans in each of the bedrooms.
There is a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and bath upstairs, and a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower downstairs.
Additionally, the master has a small en suite bathroom with a toilet, washbasin and shower. Note: The house was originally a schoolhouse and therefore the upstairs floor has been added, years ago, and converted into bedrooms and bathrooms. Effectively, you are up in the beamed roof of the schoolhouse. Its romantic and characterful, but guests will need to watch their heads in the bathrooms and bedrooms, on account of the pitched roof and the 18th century beams..
The living room features comfortable new sofas and arm chairs, a wood burning stove, stereo system, flat screen with hundreds of channels from UK Sky and French Orange Satelite TV. We also have plenty of board games for interactive guests (scrabble, monopoly, chess, checkers etc).
A comfortable daybed next to the extensive library of books offers the perfect spot to read or take a siesta. There is wifi internet throughout house with plenty of discreet work spaces for the traveler who has to continue to communicate in the fast paced world they have almost left behind. Land line telephone has free calls to Europe and the US - including cell phones.
The kitchen is extremely well stocked, satisfying the most expert cooks. There is plenty of cutlery, plates, glassware, saucepans, salad bowls etc for any imagined meal.
The rustic dining table next to the wood burning stove offers the perfect spot to enjoy all the local delicacies from the various village markets.
Please note: A basket of basic groceries can be bought for families arriving late in the day, so they can relax upon arrival without having to think of shopping immediately.
The bamboo, Ibiza inspired, pergola, outside the kitchen, offers perfect al fresco dining both, night and day. The roof is water proofed so if there is a surprise rain storm, you will still enjoy outside dining!
The gardens are extensive with plenty of areas for quiet repose. The pool area has a fence around it and a childproof gate. In the pool cabana there is a seating area for a 6 people, whilst they enjoy watching the sun come up whilst sipping their morning tea or coffee.
The pool has full day exposure to the sun and in the summer months rarely falls to less than 28 degrees centigrade. There are 6 sunbeds around the pool and 3 parasols.
There is a hammock in another part of the garden , under tall pine trees, and of course
the roofed seating area to the side of the living room is a lovely spot for cocktail hour, where the heat of the day, gives the perfect excuse to sample the local wines. There is a ping pong table at the back of this area.
The stunning Pigeonnier, a piece of historic architecture in the garden, stands majestically for your own personal delght. A perfect subject for artists.
The medieval village of Caylus nestles in the beautiful Bonnette Valley on the border between Quercy and Rouergue. Just 12 minutes drive from the farmhouse, it is a thriving village with boulangeries, butchers, small supermarkets, bars and restaurants, so croissants for breakfast are within easy reach.
This region features oak forests, rolling hills, spectacular river gorges and valleys, medieval bastide hilltop towns, amazingly preserved castles, warm and friendly people in local villages, each with its own vibrant weekly farmers market.
Predominantly a farming area, the fruit and vegetables are outstanding as is the local wine, duck and goats cheese.
St Antonin Noble Val, situated in the dramatic Aveyron Gorge, is only a short drive away where you can go kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and cycling or simply just enjoy wandering around the famous Sunday morning market. This village is so picturesque it has been the centre of numerous films, most recently '100 Foot Journey', starring Helen Mirren.
There are an abundance of places to visit within very easy reach such as Cahors, Montauban, Albi, Corde-sur-Ciel, Narjac and Toulouse, France's fourth largest city.
For those who like driving, the Mediterranean or Pyrenees are both within easy reach. Finally, don’t forget the wine. “Le Pigeonnier” is situated between the wine producing regions of Gaillac and Quercy and a visit to the vineyards is recommended.
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- May 10, 2018
About Camilla More
Cameron and I both live in Los Angeles and we work in the film business which is exciting, but also stressful. We love traveling and seeing the world, and we love France in particular. My parents always brought my twin sister and I to France on holidays (I was born in London) and so France very special to me. Cameron admitted he's always dreamt of living in France - so we've made it happen! We rent the house out to others in the high season and enjoy it during the other times of year when my mother visits from London - and our children visit as time allows them...We feel that we have made possible the seemingly impossible, by finding the way to divide our time between France and Los Angeles.
Camilla More purchased this Farmhouse in 2012
Why Camilla More chose Caylus
Cameron and I decided to buy a house in France to re create a family 'nest' in Europe, as my mother lives in London, and we wanted to have somewhere we could all stay as a family. For 35 years my parents lived in a farmhouse in the Vaucluse, and so many of their paintings and furnishings from their house have been donated to us to look after. Quite a responsibilty! And the house we bought had to have the same warm feeling as the beloved 'Lacoste' . It needed to feel like a true family home - not only a vacation rental. And being in the location business here in Los Angeles, we know that you can change the decoration of a house, or add bathrooms - but you can't change the location. So this became very important to us. We looked at a huge amount of houses on the internet, and 40 personally, before falling in love with this beautiful gem of a house. The position of the house is perfect, facing out over stunning gardens and fields. The pool is perfectly situated, close enough to take food and drinks , and the Pigeonnier is absolutely beautiful at any time of day, and is seen from the kitchen. The house is in a small hamlet with incredibly lovely neighbors and we really feel blessed to now own this treasure.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
We discovered that the Tarn et Garonne is so un-spoilt and the stone buildings and Bastide villages so beautiful that we fell in love with the South West of France. We wanted to feel as if we are in another country - not in Los Angeles or London, where we were respectively born. This house is so charming and unspoilt. The previous owners left all the old beams and stones untouched, and so we could easily plan our sympathetic restoration, while keeping the old features predominant. The peace and tranquility at this house is almost magical. To sleep there is so restorative it's as if there are fairies at work! Hard to describe in words but when you visit you will see... The act of opening the old shutters, the trip to the boulangerie, the afternoon siesta and then the walk to the magical monastery are all part of why we are here, and we love it.
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Check-out: 10:00 AM
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Magical week in the French Countryside
We are frequent renters of homes for our vacations and I have to say this place was one the best we've experienced. The location was perfect if what you are looking for is peace and quiet-yet still want to be close to quaint small towns, and larger supermarkets and tourist spots. The house itself is charming and very well equipped. The bedrooms in particular were so comfortable and cozy. My children loved the large yard and the walking paths in the area-especially the area they referred to as "The Enchanted Forest." Overall assessment, it was a magical week and we were sad to leave. Camilla was extremely helpful and everything is well detailed in terms of directions for building fires, using the cable TV and the local attractions. We were there for the week between Christmas and New Year and the fireplaces and space heaters kept the house sufficiently warm and we were lucky enough to have some good weather to enjoy most of the outdoor features. We would love to return to experience it in another season as well!
We are so happy to hear how comfortable you found the house and in particular the beds! This is a family house where guests enjoy the same comforts we do when we are there.This is the first Xmas we have not stayed and it is wonderful to read of another family enjoying the fires and walks in the crisp winter sun. I hope you return to enjoy the house when the pool is warm and you can sunbathe and enjoy the lavendar and roses!
Didnt want to leave this enchanting spot!
We arrived at the house just as the sun was setting onto the stunning pigeonnaire and gardens. It's so beautiful there at that time of day! The house is like something from a fairy tale, surrounded by fields with wildflowers. There is a large comfortable living room with a big open fireplace and tasteful comfortable furniture. The kitchen is well stocked and opens onto a shaded patio where you can have all your meals. The house and gardens are very well looked after and have such a great energy. We had a full moon when we were staying there and the sight of it rising up above the hill was one I will never forget.
You do need a car as it's ten minutes drive to Caylus and there are lots of picturesque villages to visit in the immediate area. I was there with my sister, our husbands and our Mum and all of us loved the place. I would like to go back in Winter and sit by that gorgeous fireplace!
Camilla couldn't have been more helpful with the questions we had before we arrived and answered all our emails promptly (and let me tell you there were A LOT of questions!).
All in all a great place to stay with family and friends!
Kelly P - Los Angeles, USA
Kelly, thank you so much for writing this lovely review. I'm thrilled you had a wonderful family vacation at my house - and your mother found it as magical as you did, especially as you were celebrating her birthday. June is the perfect month for barbequeing on the lawn and kayaking! I hope you return soon. You were wonderful guests!
Charming, comfortable, well-located place to stay.
The house has much character, and has been tastefully restored and furnished for a delightful, comfortable stay. I loved having it as home base for two weeks. (The weather was also spectacular!). Camilla is prompt and pleasant to communicate with, and was very proactive in providing suggestions to help me enjoy the area - which I did, very much. Although the house is very peaceful, in a rural location, it is only 10 minutes to the busy little village of Caylus, and 15 - 20 minutes to several other lovely villages. You do need a car, but it doesn't take long to get to lots of places worth exploring. I was at the house alone for most of my stay, and felt very safe. Highly recommended!
We've spent two relaxing weeks in this lovely cottage in August with two kids and a dog. The cottage is beautifully furnished with some great antique finds - I was tempted to put some in the boot of the car to take home ;-).The pool and garden are very well kept; we enjoyed lounging by the pool, swinging in the hammock and the occasional competitive game of table tennis. The cottage is very remote so a bit of driving is involved to explore the area but the towns are stunning and the kayaking in Saint Antonin was great fun. The owner Camilla has been a pleasure to deal with, she responded quickly to any emails despite the time difference. We can definitely highly recommend the farm house!!
I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! This house is our family home more than a "vacation rental" and we are happy have considered what our guests would enjoy during their stay. We have bikes , table tennis, boules and the pool in the large garden to enjoy at home. Lovely walks in stunning countryside to the chapel of St Symphorien and then through what we have nicknamed the "Fairy Forest", complete with a Source of water blessed by the Saint and his monks. The farmhouse is situated only 9 mins drive from the thriving medieval village of Caylus which has many little restaurants and cafes, boulangeries, grocery and wine stores. A car is certainly necessary but you are also near to a village with everything you could need - and surrounded by beautiful medieval villages to visit in the region, including St Antonin, the hub for all sportive activities in the region. Kayaking is a must!
Very pictoresque, comfortable and peaceful
This is a beautifully and very tastefully restored old farm house in a very peaceful location. It is very well equiped, nice furniture, comfortable beds, nice linens, kitchen appliances: this is a real home. There are 2 separate upstairs: 1 leading to a room with a queen bed and en-suite bathroom (perfect for a couple); the other with a queen bed room, a kids room (2 small singles, so kids of 12-13 years max), a bathroom and another queen bed on the landing at the top of staircase (so this works well for a family with kids). There is a further queen bed in the living room: perfect for a teenager (or2) to spend the night. There also is a full bath on the ground floor between kitchen and living room.
You can spend days on the property sitting on the different patios, by the pool, underneath the "gazebo" enjoying the surroundings, views, sounds while spending time with family or friends. The surrounding country side is equally spectacular and lends itself to hikes or biking (if in shape: it is rolling up&down). The nearby historic towns (25-45 min away: St Antonin Noble Val, St Cirq La Popie, Bruniquel, Penne etc, etc...) are equally spectacular, well worth the visit and have great restaurants serving local gastronomy.
A great House, Hollywood detail meets French Charm.
Dealing with Camilla, the owner, was a pleasure from start to finish. Her career involves property and Hollywood, and she certainly brings that experience to bear in how she presents her beautiful French home for her guests.
Everything was as described in the description, and the house was fabulously appointed throughout, mixing the most modern appliances and facilities, with the great character of the building. The location is truly private, and the peaceful ambience is apparent as soon as we stopped the engine after a long drive.
The house was very very clean, with a lovely welcome pack, and ice already made up for that first important relaxing drink.
It is located in one of the most scenic parts of France, so gave us the opportunity to explore out and about, as well as spending time by the pool. A very useful welcome pack gives all the details you will need.
The Pigionere is indeed stunning, and we were tickled to buy a postcard in Cahors with its picture on.
I wholly recommend as a great place to stay in France, and am sure all who follow us will enjoy a great holiday.
The medieval village of Caylus is 12 minutes away, complete with its own ruined castle, delightful cobbled streets,stunning church and lake where locals and tourists picnic and barbeque in the summertime. It and has a couple of excellent boulangeries, a fabulous butcher, two pizzerias, grocery store, and pharmacy. There are also a number of authentic French bars, and a renowned restaurant in the local 2 star hotel “La Renaissance”.
Medieval Saint Antonin du Val, set on the river Aveyron, complete with kayaks for rent, and with its famous Sunday market, is only 20 mins away. This village is just stunning both in its location on the Aveyron River, and also for the gorgeous medieval buldings. Show biz trivia:The current movie starring Helen Mirren ,' The 100 foot Journey' ,was filmed in and around this village! (From there you can also rock climb, rent bikes,and ride horses. )
The famous picturesque bastide villages of Cordes sur Ciel, Narjac, Brunigal and Saint-Cirq-Lapopie are about 45 mins drive. These all are must sees, particuarly Narjac and St-Circq-Lopopie both of which are truely stunning.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The rates listed are for a max of 6 guests. Additional guests incur an additional fee of $25.00 per night. Weekly cleaning is included in the rate when the house is rented for numerous weeks. Inquire about Xmas and Easter Rates Departure Cleaning is an additional $150.00. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Pet fee: $10.00 per day per pet. Refundable security deposit :$500.00.