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Old farmhouse in open country, with stunning views and a private pool

Sleeps9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 1,657 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

5 bedroom, 4 bathroom farmhouse in idyllic rural setting

La Calvetié nestles in the lovely hills of the Tarn, 50 miles to the east of Toulouse, surrounded by open fields, woodland and its own wildflower meadow, and with a magnificent view towards the Pyrenees.

The property occupies about one acre of land. The house has been entirely restored to create a beautiful, light, relaxing environment, sleeping ten people in comfort. It is fully equipped with all modern conveniences and has its own private pool (8x4m) and two terraces for dining and for sunbathing. The pool has a child safety cover and a safety fence has been installed; the fence can be easily removed, in minutes, by tenants who do not want it and easily put up again by tenants who do. There is also a sandpit and paddling pool for toddlers, bicycles for grown-ups, badminton equipment, indoor games, TV, DVD and internet, and miles of countryside to explore. Near the orchard is a boules court, with a sitting area where you can enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.

We live here ourselves for four months a year and have rented it out for the summer holidays for the past three years.

The house is arranged over three floors.

Ground floor

On the ground floor, there is a large open-plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen, with an open fireplace (not needed in summer!) and two french windows leading to the south-facing garden. There are two large sofas and two armchairs. The dining area has an extendable table for up to 12. The fully equipped kitchen includes an electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge and coffee maker.

Next to this is another large room, providing an extra sitting room and also giving the opportunity for children to have their own space. Again, there are french windows to the garden. The ground floor also features a downstairs loo and a utility room, with washing machine, ironing facilities, microwave, a second fridge and separate freezer, and storage.

Bedrooms

On the first floor, there are three double bedrooms, all with south-facing views, one of them reached by its own private staircase. They have full length mirrors and good storage space. The beds are all exceptionally comfortable. Bed linen and towels (plus pool towels) are included in the rental charge. Each of these bedrooms has an en suite bathroom. In one of them, the bath and shower are separate; in the other two, the shower is within the bath. The water pressure in all of them is fantastic!

There are two bedrooms in the attic. In each of these rooms there are two single beds, which can make one double bed if required. These two rooms share a bathroom, again with an integral shower in the bath.

Outside

Next to the south face of the house, there is a large dining terrace with table and chairs, and with fabulous views over open countryside towards the Pyrenees (which are sometimes visible in their full glory). While the kiwi plant grows to cover the terrace, there is a large parasol to provide shade. Adjacent to the terrace is a barbecue area.

A few yards down the hill from this top terrace is the 8x4m (1.2-1.6m deep) swimming pool, landscaped into the hillside. There are portable parasols for the immediate pool area, and fixed parasols on the grassed lower terrace just above it, providing plenty of shade for everyone. The pool has a Calypso fixed cover for child safety, as French law requires, easy to remove and replace as needed. It also has a safety fence that can be easily removed, in minutes, by tenants who do not want it and easily put up again by tenants who do. There is lighting and power sockets for music at the poolside.

Other services

Wi-Fi connection, UK and French TV, central heating (unlikely to be required in summer), high chair and travel cot, a blow-up toddler bed, a stair gate to protect young children, a cleaning and bed-changing service each Saturday, swimming pool maintenance each Saturday, garden maintenance once a fortnight, indoor and outdoor games and two bicycles. There is a parking area for two cars, and room elsewhere for others. Our letting manager is also our neighbouring farmer and can sort out any unforeseen problems.

More Details

Property Manager
Jim & Kay Powell
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

Why Jim & Kay Powell chose Puycalvel

Jim is a Francophile with a long pedigree. The last year in which he did not visit France was 1972. During most of the years since, he has spent holidays driving down the small roads of France, visiting almost every quarter of the country, staying in small hotels, debating with himself where in France he would buy a house, if he could ever afford it. And the winner of Strictly Come Francing was the Tarn.

It is a region of staggering natural beauty, with acres of unspoilt farmland and woods spreading themselves over undulating hills. It has some fabulous towns, none more so than Castres, just 20 minutes away from us. The area offers panoramic views, one of them from La Calvetié itself. It has amongst the most hours of sunshine of any region in France. And it is largely unspoiled by tourism.

Jim found La Calvetié in 2008. It took three years to convince the farmers, Gilbert and Jaqui Barbe, to sell it to him, and about three seconds to convince Kay – who had arrived on the scene by then – that this was a good idea. Now it welcomes us and our family and friends for four months a year, and guests like you in July and August.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Location. Location. Location! To sit in the middle of fabulous countryside, with barely another house in sight, and to gaze across to distant hills, and sometimes to the Pyrenees, is to be somewhere close to heaven.

Amenities

Puycalvel Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1657 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Blue bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Green bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Pink bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Attic bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Blue bedroom - 1 king , En suite bathroom
    Green bedroom - 1 double , En suite bathroom
    Pink bedroom - 1 double , En suite bathroom
    First attic bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Shared bathroom. Child bed is a blow-up toddler bed.
    Second attic bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Shared bathroom.
  • In each attic room there are two single beds that can be joined to make one double bed. There are smoke alarms in all bedrooms and fans in the attic bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes:
The house and pool face south and are surrounded by a beautiful wildflower meadow and woodland. There are fabulous views towards the Pyrenees from the house, terrace, pool and garden. The nearest airport is Toulouse (BA, Air France and Easyjet), which is about one hour away. Slightly further are Carcassonne and Rodez (both Ryanair). Car hire is available at all airports. There is also a high speed train service to Toulouse (changing in Paris), with car hire available at the station. Driving time from Calais (excluding rest/fuel stops) is 9 hours minimum by the fastest route (Rouen/Chartres/Orleans/Limoges/Montauban/Gaillac). Full directions are available, together with suggestions for overnight stops.

Reviews

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Old farmhouse in open country, with stunning views and a private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
5

Well equipped and well appointed home. Nice rural location with great views.

  • 5 of 5

Easy to book and manage before visit to France. Clean and ready for arrival. Suited us well being 6 adults and 2 children: space for all to sit and read, swim, play in the garden or ramble. Thanks to Jim and Kay for sharing their home. A great week's break for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful house in delightful location

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful house in a beautiful and peaceful location. It was perfect for our family holiday: plenty of room for eight of us, pool and boules to occupy us when we needed a break from just sitting in the sun and reading, and no neighbours to disturb! The house has been tastefully renovated, with all the facilities and equipment you could hope for. Hard to beat for a holiday get away!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Perfect

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Séjour parfait dans cette magnifique maison

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé d'excellentes vacances entre amis à La Calvetié.

La maison est magnifique, aménagée avec goût ; les équipements sont de qualité et bien entretenus.

Les salles de vie sont conviviales et spacieuses. Les chambres et notamment la literie sont très confortables et 3 d'entre elles ont leur salle de bain attenante, une 4eme salle de bain pour les 2 chambres "enfants".

Jackie et Gilbert qui travaillent à la ferme attenante sont charmants et disponibles.

Nous recommandons totalement cette maison et la gardons dans nos coups de coeur.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Inoubliable séjour à la Calvétié - nos deux familles avec jeunes enfants y ont trouvé tout le confort, l'équipement, l'espace et la sécurité nécessaires, et même plus, pour profiter d'une trop courte semaine dans cette belle région. Rien à redire! Merci à Kay & Jim et mention spéciale pour Jacqui et Gilbert et leur accueil très chaleureux!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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COMME DANS LES FILMS...

  • 5 of 5

Nous revenons de la Calvétie où nous avons passé une formidable semaine entre amis (9 au total).

La maison est très belle, très spacieuse et très bien équipée, tout comme la piscine, où transats et parasols ne manquent pas.

La vue de la terrasse est vraiment superbe.

Il faut aller à Castres pour les courses mais il y a deux réfrigérateurs et un congélateur. De quoi stocker...

Les propriétaires laissent par ailleurs un fonds d'épicerie ce qui est très agréable et appréciable en cas d'arrivée tardive.

Par ailleurs, la région offre de magnifiques promenades (Albi, Cordes, Lautrec, Carcassonne, la Montagne Noire...).

Nous avons vraiment aimé cet endroit.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
87 Kilometres
Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Lautrec
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Castres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Servies
Nearest Beach
108 Kilometres
Narbonne
Car: necessary

If you like walking or cycling, you can go for miles in all directions, through woods, farmland and the occasional village. Many of the fields are planted with sunflowers, giving a spectacular display at the height of the summer.

The nearest large village is Lautrec, just 10 minutes away, original home of the family of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and designated one of Les Plus Belles Villages de France. It offers delightful medieval streets and plenty of small shops, cafés and other services.

Only 20 minutes away is Castres, in our view the undiscovered gem of the Tarn and refreshingly free of tourists. It has old streets, many fine restaurants and a beautiful central square, full of bars, and with a classic open-air market – at its best on Saturday mornings.

Within about an hour’s drive there are the splendid cities of Albi, Carcassonne and Toulouse, as well as the vineyards of Gaillac and the lakes and forests of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain). The Mediterranean can be reached in about two hours. Details of all these and other attractions can be found in a pamphlet basket in the house.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The rental includes bed linen, bath and pool towels, cleaning (unless excessive work is required), garden and pool maintenance and most telephone calls. The only other charge is a returnable deposit of £600, which will be refunded immediately after your stay (less any significant damages or excessive cleaning required).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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