Charming Stone Farmhouse, Child and Pet Friendly, with Pool and Magical View(9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5-7 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
3 bedroom 3 bathroom farmhouse on 2 acres with swimming pool (sleeps 10 max)
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.
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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Member since: 2010
- 160 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Events Allowed
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1 - Tile shower, wash basin and toilet, with fan. Ensuite to Master Bedroom. Bathroom 2- Tile shower, sink unit with plenty of storage, old pine medicine cupboard and toilet, with heater and fan, hairdryer. Bathroom 3 - Bath with shower, sink unit, old pine medicine cupboard, other cupboards and toilet. With heater, towel radiator and fan - and old beams which are characterful - and low....moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Rock Climbing
This is in the kitchen area, as we love to chat and be involved with anyone who is in the kitchen. We didn't want a seperate diningroom as we aren't formal, so changed it into a library....moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Stove:
Deck / Patio:
Plenty of tables, chairs and parasols in different spots on the property to enjoy the stunning views. A waterproof canopy over the dining table outside the kitchen, provides a lovely shaded area....moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Lawn / Garden:
Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Apr 1 - May 5, 2017
5 night min stay
May 6 - Jul 1, 2017
7 night min stay
Jul 2 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay
Sep 3 - Oct 14, 2017
7 night min stay
Oct 15 - Nov 17, 2017
5 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Additional information about rental rates
- Departure Cleaning $150
- Refundable Damage Deposit $500
The rates listed are for a max of 6 guests. Additional guests incur an additional fee of $175.00 per week per guest ($25.00 per night) We advise that for comfort and pleasure, 6 is the ideal number of guests for the size of our house. Weekly cleaning is included in the rate when the house is rented for numerous weeks. Departure Cleaning is an additional $150.00. Refundable security deposit :$500.00.
Owner's cancellation policy:
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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.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Caylus, France:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
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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Stone Farmhouse with al fresco dining table and covered drinksarea
Dining table under bamboo awning and trailing wisteria
Kitchen breakfast table
Living room with 32 inch flatscreen TV, with Sky and Orange satelite channels
Daybed in Library - perfect for a siesta and can be converted into a queen bed
Master bedroom, with Queen bed and ensuite shower bathroom
2nd bedroom with Queen bed
Childrens Bedroom Bed 1
Full Bathroom upstairs
Unimpeded views of stunning countryside from every angle at the pool
Drinks area by Barn overlooking Pigeonnier
Al fresco dining table outside kitchen
Fully Equipped Kitchen with dishwasher
Living room with fireplace and sofas seat 7
Library and daybed in Living Room. Curtains can be drawn for privacy
Bathroom with shower on the ground floor with shelves of bath and pool towels
Full Bed on Mezzanine, behind curtains
2nd bedroom desk, chest of drawers and armchair.
Children's Bedroom - Bed 2 .Each bed has a small bedside chest of drawers
Covered drinks area, ideal for cocktails and reading
Pool with 6 sunbeds, and covered seating area
View of Pigeonnier and stone barn from kitchen door
The 17th century Pigeonnier in the garden is listed as the oldest in the area
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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