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Traditional Farmhouse & Annex sleeps up to 12 & Meadowtops Cottage/Gite sleeps 6 - The Farmhouse

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

Description

The Farmhouse

This renovated Farmhouse, set in 22 acres of meadows & forests is surrounded by extensive lawned gardens & covered terraces with mature grapevines. The large lounge has floor to ceiling french windows on two walls providing views of the gardens and the Pyrenean Mountains beyond. Across the courtyard garden, in a separate building is a high ceilinged large games/function room which is great for parties or group activities e.g. yoga or painting classes, or just for playing table tennis! A garden path leads down to a second terraced garden where you can find the 6 x12m pool and jacuzzi & sauna set into the hillside & from where you can sunbathe and take in the incredible views.

The Farmhouse sleeps up to 8 in 4 en-suite bedrooms. It can also accommodate a further 4 guests in a self contained ground floor 'Garden Appartment' next to the rear garden terrace. It is not available to rent separately

but is available for bookings for more than 8 guests staying at the Farmhouse.

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About the property

Farmhouse and French Gite

Toubies Farmhouse & Meadowtops Gite are neighbouring properties 100 meters apart. They are located in the owners 22 acres of meadow & woodland with stunning views of the Pyrenees. ‘Meadowtops’ gite is tucked away on a sunny south-facing hillside in a truly idyllic rural setting. The Farmhouse and Garden apartment are situated at the top of the hill - not in sight of Meadowtops also basks in sunshine from early morning till late evening. The garden apartment is next to the Farmhouse and can be accessed from the rear Farmhouse garden terrace, or from its own entrance at the side of the house. It sleeps up to 4 and available for bookings of more than 8 guests staying at the Farmhouse. It cannot be booked separately from the Farmhouse.The Farmhouse and Meadowtops gite can be booked separately or together, for example, for a large family or group holiday (up to 14 or 18 if booked with garden apartment) Both properties are surrounded by large lawned gardensl. The Farmhouse pool, jacuzzi and sauna are private and for the sole use of guests staying at the Farmhouse. The Meadowtops heated pool is in an enclosed garden and is shared with neighbour’s property.

The Farmhouse also has a large 60 sq m games/ function room which is perfect for parties or group activities such as yoga/dance/painting or any other type of activities/ classes, or just for family fun playing ping pong and pool.

The properties are in an area of outstanding wild beauty where sightings of birds of prey, deer and other animals and birds are common. The local village of Ste Croix Volvestre is a 5 minute drive or you can walk there for 20 minutes along the wooded path taking in magnificent scenery as you walk. The village is very traditional and pretty with good facilities including a Wednesday morning small market and a beautiful recreational area with a large swimming and fishing lake surrounded by lawns, trees giving cool shade on hot sunny days, and babbling streams. There are also tennis courts, boules pitches, a children's play area, a restaurant/ bar, general store, post office, hairdressers, pharmacy, and doctors surgery. (Please see Facebook link and our website link which you can access through this page for pictures and further information)

The location of the properties is within easy reach of larger towns (Cazeres 15 minutes drive and St. Girons 25 minutes drive) for supermarket shopping and bustling markets etc. There is also good access to the many attractions of the area including visits to the prehistoric caves, beautiful walks in the mountains or activities such as canoeing and white water rafting. Access to road and rail network is only 15 minutes drive for days out to the beautiful cities of Toulouse (50 minutes- 1 hour) & Carcassonne & Lourdes (1 hour 45 minutes.) or if you want to go further afield, for example, Andorra or the Mediterranean which are only 2 hours drive.

The Farmhouse is a traditional old stone built property with thick walls that keep it lovely and cool during the hot summer months. The large central hallway and landing area provides central access to all the rooms upstairs and downstairs. The Farmhouse has a spacious, fully equipped dining kitchen which is a very sociable area with large extending dining table, range cooker and glazed doors leading to the rear terrace. Just off the terrace us a small self contained apartment (sleeps 4) which can be rented only by guests stay at the Farmhouse. The Farmhouse also has a large and sunny lounge with floor to ceiling windows with views of the Pyrenees and French windows leading onto the terrace, which is covered with grapevines and from where you can step onto a large lawned garden. Across the gardens there is a separate building (with another covered sun terrace) which is the games room. This has a high ceiling and is a great space for family fun - playing pool or table tennis or for a large group get together/ party. Across the garden in the other direction is a stone path that leads down to a 12 x 6m private swimming pool set in a sheltered position into the hillside. It is surrounded by a decking terrace, leading to the sauna and jacuzzi. The large pool has a very shallow end which is great for young children to paddle in and also has a deep end for for swimming and diving. It is has a roll on bubble cover to keep the water warm. There is also a large lawned area in front of the swimming pool which overlooks the forests and valley beyond and from where you can gaze at the wonderful mountain views and incredible sunsets.

Meadowtops cottage is 100m down the hill from the Farmhouse and can't be seen from the Farmhouse. It is a converted barn which was completed in 2012. It has a large open plan kitchen dining and lounge area with a extending dining table and large comfy sofas. The kitchen is fully equipped with a range cooker with 2 ovens. There is also a downstairs utility room with a shower room (with toilet and washbasin) leading off it. The decoration is light and airy and a staircase leads from the lounge up to a central small landing leading to 3 double sized bedrooms ( 2 double and one twin bedroom) and another bathroom (with a bath, toilet and washbasin). All bedrooms have beautiful mountain views. Downstairs the double french windows lead from the dining area onto a covered dining terrace (with table and chairs) which further leads onto the large fenced-in lawned garden with a hot tub / Jacuzzi, parasols and sun loungers - where you can relax and gaze at the incredible mountain views. There is parking for 2 cars and a gravel driveway which leads around to the entrance of the cottage through a gate. There is another gate at the end of the garden which leads up the hill to 10 x 5 m heated swimming pool (shared with key holders Garry and Debbie), which is one depth approximately 1.35m. There is a large heated jacuzzi/ spa in the Meadowtops garden next to the cottage. The Meadowtops swimming pool is set into the hillside surrounded by shrubs and flowers. There is a lawned area next to pool with sun loungers and parasols. Please note it is open from 8.00 am and closes at 6.00 pm to allow cleaning and maintenance.

Please also note both swimming pools are are open from May to September dependent on the weather (If arriving in May please check that the pool will be open) The Meadowtops pool is shared with neighbours and key holders Garry and Debbie.

NOTE When booking there is an optional extra charge for bed linen and towels (guests can bring their own linen if they prefer). Please ask for the linen order form when booking. The refundable breakages deposit can be paid by bank transfer 8 weeks before arrival- please ask for details, or in cash on arrival. Linen must be booked before arrival and paid for in cash on arrival.

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Owner
Garry Crisp
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, russian
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2017

About Garry Crisp

Garry and Debbie live in a neighbouring barn and look after Meadowtops Cottage and The Farmhouse for the owners who are family members who live away. They are a British couple who have lived and worked in France for a number of years. They have grown-up children who live in the UK, but love the area for its natural beauty and skiing in the pyrenees.

Debbie's sister Karen owns 'The Farmhouse.' She fell in love with and bought it in 2013 when she visited her sister and brother-in-law and saw that the neighbouring property was for sale. She and her daughter are keen skiers (both qualified ski instructors)

Garry Crisp purchased this farmhouse in 2010

Why Garry Crisp chose Sainte-Croix-Volvestre

Debbie and Garry first came to the region in 2001 but moved within the area when they found their current home and fell in love with the location - with its fabulous mountain views and its southerly sunny aspect on the side of a hill overlooking the valley and the.mountains beyond.

The Farmhouse and it’s private swimming pools bask in sunshine from early morning until late in the evening. And if you want to find shade there are covered terraces and 2 enormous ancient oak trees giving cool shade whilst you take in the specatucular views of the pyrenees.

This a great house for large family or group holidays (up to 12 people)

This a great place for families or groups to enjoy being together in an beautiful old house in an amazing setting with lots of outside space and great facilities - including pool and games room.

Meadowtops Gite is a beautiful property set in a stunning location with views you can sit and watch for hours. It comfortably sleeps upto 6 people with 2 large double bedrooms with double beds and one large twin bedroom with 2 single beds. There is a bathroom and shower room and the downstairs is open plan with a kitchen / diner with range cooker and large dinning table and living area with comfortable sofas, flat screen TV (with English cable channels) and a log burner. All windows look out onto the valley, forest and mountain views. There is a beautiful heated swimming pool shared with neighbors and key holders Garry & Debbie and there is a private hot tub in a sheltered secluded spot in the Meadowtops garden.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The most obvious benefit of both properties is the stunning location with panoramic views of the Pyrenees from most windows and from the terraces and gardens. Although the properties feel secluded – tucked away from the road down their own private track and surrounded by meadow and forest, they are not isolated - being only 5 mins away from the local villages Ste. Croix Volvestre with all its amenities and Le Plan. The local village St Croix has all the amenities you need and more including a swimming/ fishing lake, tennis/ boules courts, shops, pharmacy, bank and a bar/restaurant. The property is also only 15 mins away from the large town, Cazeres, and is ideally placed to give you access into the mountains (being only 15mins from the A64) and only an hour from the beautiful city of Toulouse, and other picturesque towns and sites including the amazing prehistoric caves at Maz D'Azil and Niaux.

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Notes

Bookings, Linen Charge and Security Deposit: Please phone or email the owners to make a booking. PLEASE NOTE there is an optional linen charge. Guests can bring their own linen or it can be provided. There are 3 single beds, 1 small double and 2 standard double beds plus a cot. Linen prices are 15€ for a double, 8€ single or for the cot. Guests can bring their own towels or they can be provided. Prices are 8€ for a pool bundle (1 large bathroom and 1 pool towel), hand towels tea towels are provided free of charge. For guests staying more than one week a change of linen is provided. Please ask for order form. This charge is payable IN CASH on arrival. Booking is confirmed with a 25%, non-refundable, deposit. The remainder is payable 8 weeks before occupancy. A breakages/security deposit of /€200 for Meadowtops, or for The Farmhouse is also payable by cash on arrival or by bank transfer before arrival. Please advise the owners, IN ADVANCE of arrival, of any changes in the number of people staying.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the usual changeover day during high season for Meadowtops and for The Farmhouse. We are flexible at other times. Guests are normally requested not to arrive before 4pm and to leave by 10am.

Cleaning charges: Guests are requested to leave the properties in a clean and tidy condition. This means that dishes, pots, pans and cutlery are washed and put away and the worktops and table tops are clean in the kitchen/dining areas. It also means that surfaces are dusted and the bathroom/ shower rooms are cleaned. The owners arrange for the floors and other parts of the cottage to be cleaned and for the bed linen and towels to be washed and replaced.

Notes on short breaks and long term rentals:
Meadowtops Cottage: Short breaks - minimum 2 nights = proportion of weekly rent + 10%. Long term rentals £1000 per month - min one month
Farmhouse: Short breaks - minimum 2 nights = Proportion of weekly rent + 10%. Long term rentals £1500 per


Amenities

Sainte-Croix-Volvestre Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 3 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
    Garden appartment - shower , The toilet and shower are in separate rooms off a small hall
    Garden Appartment - toilet
  • In the Farmhouse all bedrooms have good sized en-suite bathrooms. One bedroom has a full size bath with shower and other bathrooms have shower enclosures. The garden appartment has a separate shower room, and a toilet and washbasin room and the bedrooms have washbasins.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Garden appartment - 1 double
    Garden appartment - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed in small lounge
  • In the Farmhouse there are two double bedrooms and 2 twin bedrooms. All with e-suite bath/shower rooms. They all have dual aspect windows and en-suite bathrooms. The walls are thick stone which keep the rooms lovely and cool during the hot summer months. A cot can be provided in one of the double bedrooms. Guests can bring their own bed linen and towels or they can be provided. Please ask for order form . See below for prices. Also prices on order form. The garden appartment has a double bedroom and a small lounge with a double sofa bed. Both rooms have a washbasin. There is also a kitchen dining room in the appartment and a separate shower room and separate toilet off a small hallway.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Farmhouse: Ground floor large lounge, English sat TV, internet, woodburner. Dining/Kitchen fully equipped with range cooker, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine etc. 1st floor 2 double bed bedrooms, 1 twin, and 1 with small double bed and 1 single bed. All with en-suite shower/bathrooms. Cot available. Radiators in all rooms. 60sq m function/games room with table tennis table. No smoking in properties. Outside: The Farmhouse has French windows leading from the dining kitchen & lounge onto an extensive covered terrace with mature grapevines and table and chairs for 8 (extra tables and chairs are available for up to 14) BBQ in garden & additional large tiled terrace (outside the games/function room) also has table, chairs and sun beds. The swimming pool (illuminated at night) is fenced in & surrounded by wooden decking. Parasols, sun beds and large bean bags are available to relax on & the sauna room and jacuzzi are accessed from the poolside

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Jersey Channel Islands
5

Beauitful Stay in the Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Farmhouse in June 2017 the house is large and very comfortable the views from the garden are truly stunning and we got some lovely sunsets over the mountains. Garry and Debbie make you so welcome and there are some small nearby towns to eat in and if you are feeling fit you can walk down to the closest village for lunch or dinner. We come down on a pair of touring motorbikes and we used the house as a base to explore the Pyrenees and I'm sure we will be back for another week of riding around the beautiful roads in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Toubies Farmhouse

  • 4 of 5

We had 10 great days at Toubies Farmhouse. The house was lovely and very well kitted out and the views across to the mountains were spectacular. The weather was glorious and we made good use of the pool to stay cool. We went out sight seeing and to markets locally in the mornings (St Giron was a favourite) and chilled by the pool later. We also went further afield to Mirepoix and spent a day hiking in the Pyrenees when the weather was cooler. A very relaxing and peaceful holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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5

Breathtaking views of Pyrenees and comfortable, well equipped farmhouse.

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of eight, two families of four with teenage(ish) kids ranging from 11-17.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found Debbie and Gary to be exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable about local area. They are very discreet, but always available if needed.

The farmhouse is roomy and comfortable with great indoor and outdoor dining areas and a cosy lounge for those cooler evenings.

The kitchen was really well equipped and had everything you need for cooking for 8, including baking a cake!

Pool is lovely and the Big Boy floating beanbags were a real hit, but we could have done with a couple more sun loungers for the teenagers!

Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all as it is a really tranquil setting but within easy driving distance of all amenities. Nearest supermarket is in Cazeres, 15 mins away by car and is open every day, though the local shop is only a short distance by car (closed on Mondays).

We felt that the double room mattresses could do with upgrading, but that was our only slight niggle for what was a fantastic holiday.

One of the highlights was spotting eagles and other birds of prey almost every day. Would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Devon, England
5

Amazing setting!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a super family holiday in this lovely house. With seven adults staying we had ample space, facilities and equipment. We enjoyed the swimming pool with its stunning views and the sauna was well used on the overcast days. Debbie and Garry were most welcoming and hospitable and we would all love to return for another relaxing, tranquil and peaceful holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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5

Relaxing, panoramic views, stunning rural location.

  • 5 of 5

Great welcome from our hosts, informative and friendly, the farmhouse was like home from home, English TV was great to watch the EURO's! The pool was lovely during the 30 degree heat! Easy to drive from Toulouse airport to the location, took about 55 minutes... also can take the train from cazeres in and out from Toulouse which is 15 minutes away from the holiday home. Ideal place for family holidays. Thank you for letting us stay... we will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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5

Wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

The Farmhouse is in a magnificent setting with stunning, panoramic views of the Pyrenees, especially from the large garden and pool areas. The house itself is well equipped and spacious. Highly recommended as a blissful, idyllic location in utterly peaceful surroundings.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
St Croix Volvestre
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Cazeres
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
A 62
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Troubadour, St Croix et Le Fils de Volp, Le Plan
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Guzet
Car: recommended

Travel:

Blagnac Airport in Toulouse is the nearest international airport (under 1 hours drive). Carcassonne and Lourdes/Tarbes Airport is about 1 hour & 45 mins drive. The area is rural and a car is essential for getting around.

Distances:

Both properites are 15 mins from the A64 giving good access to the region for exploring & days out. The village shop & bakery is in St Croix (2kms) where you also find a bank, post office, pharmacy, doctors, restaurant/bar & tourist office (plus a swimming/fishing lake, boules&tennis courts. St Girons (19km) & Cazeres (10km) are the nearest towns with supermarkets, shops, traditional markets & banks etc. Cazeres has a train station. Toulouse & Foix are less than an hour away. Andorra & Med 2hrs

Further Details:

Although the area is renowned for its peace and tranquillity the local villages and towns host many festivals and events throughout the year including fêtes, open air historical re-enactments (Cathar and Roman history) and amazing firework displays. The Tour de France passes close by and is an enjoyable occasion for enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike. The prehistoric caves of Mas d'Azil & Niaux are only 30 minutes to an hour's drive away and are unforgettable.

The cottage and Farmhouse are on the border between the Haute Garonne and the Ariege and is one of the most under-developed and unspoilt areas of France. It remains covered in large tracts of woodland and wilderness areas. This leads to the common sighting of wildlife of all types including deer, wild boar and large numbers of birds of prey.

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