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Suzie & Mike Garner

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Beautiful gite for sole occupancy 'adults only' with pool and stunning views

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Saint-Sernin-lès-Lavaur Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Price is for 1 bedroom, for further bedrooms, all en suite - please enquire

Newly renovated farmhouse gite with the option of either 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms (all en-suite) has magnificent views of the snow-capped Pyrenees and the Montagne Noire from two large balconies, the lounge and the dining area.

The gite has a fully fitted, modern kitchen with dining and living area under oak beams, plus 2 spacious balconies (7m x 4.5m and 3.5m x 4m), either can be used for outdoor eating if required. Tables and chairs are in place where you can eat and drink and admire the views of either the marvelous sunsets or the startling clear, starry nights.

There is also a patio heater on the largest balcony should you need it.

There is a 7m x 11m pool set in a peaceful tranquil area which is a natural sun trap, with comfortable loungers and umbrellas to shade you, if you so desire.

This gite is child - free and non-smoking.

Suzie, a professional chef, can provide a quality 4 course meal including aperitif & wine which can be taken overlooking the magnificent views.

We offer half day or full day cookery courses during your stay - please inquire.

Further Details: All bed linen and towels (including pool towels) are provided and are changed weekly.

The gite has gas central heating via radiators in all rooms including bathrooms - useful for winter letting.

Other information - how to find us: Either Carcassonne or Toulouse airport can be used (both equal distance from the property). Ryanair, Flybe and British Airways fly into these airports from Stansted and Gatwick, London; Bristol; Leeds; Edinburgh; Dublin;Liverpool; East Midlands and Birmingham. If you hire a car, it is reputed to be cheaper when booking with Ryanair to use 'Hertz'.

If you are traveling by car, there are crossings by ferry from Dover to Calais, using Seafrance or P & O.

When a booking is made, then a local directions map will be sent to you.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Suzie & Mike Garner (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english


based on 26 traveler reviews

Beautiful gite for sole occupancy 'adults only' with pool and stunning views
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

This was our 5th stay at En Croup Bas. Superb!

  • 5 of 5

The gite is so well appointed and comfortable and if you do find that you need something, Suzie or Mike will soon find it for you. This time, we were spoilt with the most wonderful weather - between 28 and 40c for our 10 day stay - it couldn't have been better. Most mornings were spent returning to favourite haunts but we also managed to find new places to visit. A list of our most enjoyable places to visit would include: Puycelci, Les jardins des Martels near Giroussens, Cordes sur Ciel, Revel market on Saturday mornings, Albi, the Chateaux de Lastours and many of the local little villages. This year we went to Carcassonne. It is a stunning place architecturally, but to avoid the crowds (it is a magnet for tourists from all over the world), our advice it to arrive there very early in the morning. Most afternoons were spent lazing by the pool (or in the pool!) with the occasional cuddle with Louis, the most affectionate cat I have come across. As always, we had a most wonderful meal cooked by Suzie and also this year we had a superb meal at the Cap de Castel hotel in Puylaurens. Well worth a visit! This may have been our 5th visit, but we still found so much to do and the hot weather was such a welcome bonus! Thank you Suzi and Mike for making us so welcome and being the perfect hosts....again!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A Happy Return

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Suzie and Mike's wonderful place. After our first visit we were eagerly looking foward to our second trip - and we are not disappointed. The house is most comfortable, well appointed and if by any chance you can't find what you want ..... Suzie and Mike will have it. Don't miss the chance to enjoy Suzie's excellent cooking when you're needing a break from the kitchen. She and Mike are excellent hosts and make you feel so welcome. They are full of information about places worth visiting. The pool is a great attraction and for those who don't swim there is plenty of shade under the sun umbrellas and comfortable sun loungers. A not to be missed experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We agree with everything that's been said in the reviews and would actually like to give it at least 6 out of 5. We were looking forward to a relaxing pleasurable holiday and it was all that and so much more. The pool is a joy and then to relax beside it with beautiful views was great. Suzies cooking is delicious we just couldn't manage all the courses as the portions were so generous (well some of us did!). Suzie and Mike's helpful tips and suggestions made travelling about easier - so much to see and do we are booked to go back to this beautifully appointed gite. Book early to avoid disappointment!!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Idyllic Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had the most lovely family break staying in this wonderful property. The owners, Suzie & Mike are perfect hosts who ensured our stay was very comfortable and enjoyable. The gite is perfectly clean and well equipped. It looks out over a stunning view of (whilst we were there) sunflowers fields to the Pyrenees beyond. We used the pool most days which was a perfect size and tended to every day to keep it clean and tidy. We cant wait to go back as our holiday was so lovely. Thank you Mike & Suzie!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Brilliant holiday

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic holiday in wonderful accommodation . Lovely hosts who made us welcome and were always on hand with help and advice. Weather was kind for April, and the views to the Pyrenees were stunning.

Lots of places to visit, super local markets and interesting towns and villages. Would really recommend for those looking for somewhere to wind and chill out for a week or two.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Don't forget to ask about the cooking classes...!

  • 5 of 5

We have just had another wonderful stay with Suzie and Mike at En croup bas.

This is truly a sanctuary. Mike and Suzie go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that everything is perfect, and when combined with the spectacular location and the beautiful local villages the total experience is delightful.

What we didn't know beforehand is that Suzie, a brilliant chef who in a former life worked at one of the UK's finest hotels, is providing cooking classes for those of a culinary persuasion. When you've experienced one of her meals there's no resisting signing up for a lesson. Professional, comprehensive and friendly - just like everything else. I've just spent an afternoon with Suzie making sourdough bread, with all local ingredients, and the taste is magnificent!

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Carcassonne & Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Gare de Castres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
145 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The property is situated in the centre of the Albi, Carcassonne and Toulouse tri-angle with the Revel market (often described as 'the best in the South of France') just a ten minute drive away. It is possible to visit a different market every day. Local wine areas include predominantly Gaillac, Minervois, Cahors, Corbieres and Limoux.The area is well served by restaurants catering for all tastes from snack type food to Michelin star food. You can visit interesting historical sites in the Cathar region and take day trips on a narrow boat along the famous Canal du Midi. The nearest town 5 mins away - Puylaurens, has medieval origins and a weekly market. Castres, 20 mins away is an historical town with fascinating riverside houses, markets on most days and the Goya museum to visit. The property is centrally accessible to areas such as Albi, Agen, Cordes, Lautrec and the Tarn Gorges (superb for canoeing) - all well worth a visit.

Other Activities: canoeing. painting/ art exhibitions/galleries


Rates & Availability

Saint-Sernin-lès-Lavaur Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The gite is let on a sole use occupancy basis.
The prices quoted is for 1 bedroom (en-suite), with kitchen, dining area, lounge and two balconies.
If two or three bedrooms are required, the prices will be adjusted accordingly, please enquire.
All bedrooms have en-suite facilities. We have one double bedded room and two twin bedded rooms.

A non - refundable 20% deposit is required to secure the booking and then the balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to arrival - both payments to be paid by sterling cheque.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Saint-Sernin-lès-Lavaur Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 132 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The Gite is attached to the farmhouse with plenty of private space. Bedroom 1 is a large beamed room with a comfortable double bed, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside tables with lamps, chair and spacious en-suite facilities. Bedroom 2 is a large beamed room with comfortable twin beds, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside table with lamp, chair and spacious en-suite facilities. Bedroom 3 is a large beamed room with twin beds, chair, wardrobe, bedside table with lamp and spacious en-suite facilities.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The gite is let on a sole occupancy basis and the price quoted is for 1 en-suite bedroom. There are sunbeds and umbrellas around the pool and also under the acacia trees. There are numerous garden chairs that can be taken anywhere within the grounds to sit and read or paint or just admire the views in peace and quiet. There are barbecue and boules facilities for use within the grounds. Previous guests have all enjoyed the peace and tranquility of En Croup bas and often the highlight of their stay has been when they have had meals provided by Suzie remarking on the quality of the food and the convenience of not having to drink and drive. We can provide half day/full day cookery courses during your stay if you so wish - please inquire. We can organize individual French tuition, tailor-made to your requirements - contact us for further information. Special rates available for long term lets out of the holiday season, together with available French language tuition, if you so wish.

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