A restored traditional farmhouse and barn conversion in a secluded 16 acre setting at the edge of a hillside hamlet with beautiful 180 degree views of wooded valleys and fields. This is a beautiful and uncrowded part of France, with a landscape of medieval hilltop villages, castles, gorges, hidden valleys, rivers, forests, vineyards and sunflowers
On the Tarn/Aveyron/Tarn and Garonne border it is suitable as a large family residence, a house with a gite/guest wing, or two adjoining houses. There are 7 bedrooms altogether, each with en-suite or adjoining bathroom.
The property is midway between Cordes and Najac, 40 minutes north of Albi and 90 minutes from Toulouse (and its airport). It is a fifteen minute drive to the nearest villages with shops, Laguepie or Mirandol.
Is the property worth a visit? Many of the gite guests came back year after year, and the house was one of Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay. The attractions of the property are the 'character' of the building, the tranquil location and the outstanding views.
The character of the building lies in its lauze stone roof, thick stone walls, massive oak beams and wide sloping floor boards. The quirky layout has bedrooms mysteriously scattered up and down all over the building. If you stay you will realise that this gives privacy and that downstairs bedrooms are cooler in the summer.
The house is at the end of the tarmac road and is quiet (apart from the frogs, the crickets and the endlessly chirping birds). It is not in the middle of a vineyard yet two minutes from the boulangerie. Instead you are surrounded by wildlife - boar, deer, badgers, foxes, hares, pine martens, big green lizards, salamanders, marbled newts, snakes (rarely in the house), kites, buzzards, kestrels, hoopoes, golden orioles, hawfinches, woodpeckers, bats, butterflies, stag beetles and praying mantises. The gardens which are full of fruit trees merge seemlessly into the wild (the strimmer broke).
Finally, the views. In the day you can see the white cliffs of St Antonin 25 kilometres away along the valley of the river Aveyron. At night you can see four planets in the sky at once, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars, also shooting stars and satellites against the backdrop of the Milky Way.
The house is not worth a visit if these things don't appeal to you. For people who show a serious interest it will be possible to arrange a one or two night stay to really get a feel for the place.
Owner: Peter Dixon at email@example.com. Tel: +33 (0)5 63 76 39 87.