A self catering holiday rental in beautiful countryside, sleeps 10.
- english, french
About Anne Cadman
We bought La Poumayrette the year my third child was born and it became a wonderful family holiday home for many years as the children were growing up. Nowadays they visit with their friends and are keener on climbing than building dens in the forest! I live in Devon - so obviously have an affinity with the south west - and visit La Poumayrette regularly throughout the year. My main challenge is the garden! Temperatures can reach 40 in the summer and plunge to - 15 in the winter. Add the attentions of the deer and the wild boar and you can see the challenge! A big thank you to all the guests who care for it during their holiday.
Anne Cadman purchased this Farmhouse in 1987
Why Anne Cadman chose Penne
We travelled extensively in France before buying the house. I just love the area: it's relaxed, unspoilt and local people are very welcoming. Lying beside the pool watching the buzzards and listening to the crickets is my idea of heaven!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
La Poumayrette has something special to offer in every season. Summer's long hot days are wonderful, but in autumn you can hear the bellow of the rutting stags and their clashing antlers, and in Spring and early Summer the meadows are full of orchids and other wild flowers. I suppose what I love above all is that sitting on the terrace with a glass of wine in my hand I have spectacular views down the valley for over 50 kilometres without another house or human being in sight!
Pool / Spa
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Stone farmhouse restoration with lovely garden. Perfect. Seclusion. Only noise is wildlife which is varied and interesting (Lizards/Deer/butterflies in abundance/humming bird moths/Jays/nightingales/amongst many others). Facilities great. Beautiful house and spot great. Pool super with views over the wooded valley. Stunning sunsets. Plenty of space indoors and outdoors for family meals. Accessible for markets and supermarkets about 9-13 miles away. Two fridge/freezers. TV with wifi. Table tennis table. Nearby country restaurants. Amazing gravity defying castles in nearby Bruniquel and Penne. Local Kayaking. Cordes sur Ciel easy drive away (medieval Artisanal Village-visit a must). You can do lots or as little as you wish. You can eat out or cook local produce at home or BBQ it. Washing machine and dishwasher in kitchen. Linger late into the warm evening with a glass of your favourite and let all cares and worries melt away. Embrace French lifestyle. We never go back to the same holiday home...this time however I think we will make an exception. Get thee behind me lad!
Thank you for a fabulous review!
Many of our guests return for the very reasons Stuart has described. I've been visiting for 30 years and never run out of things to do or see, or just the pleasure of total relaxation.
Far beyond our already very high expectations.
This wonderful farmhouse was all that the description says but so much more too ! You cannot really put into words the feeling of tranquillity, you have to experience it. Everything has been thought of for guests, there is so much space, a really flexible place to stay for friends or families. The pool was stunning, beautifully clean - you can swim with a view across the wild flower meadows ! The setting and the wildlife took our breath away, we didn't really want to go anywhere but exploring the immediate area was a delight, from the magical ruined chateau and castle at Bruniquel to the tottering chateau ruins at Penne, to the kayaking outing on the local river ! Evening meals at the front of the farmhouse looking all the way down the valley and listening to nightingales were the perfect way to end each day.
What a fabulous review. It's always so pleasing when guests enjoy La Poumayrette as much as we do. The pool has been completely refurbished this year which has clearly given it an added sparkle!
Idéal pour des vacances calmes et ressourssantes!
Nous étions 2 familles de 5 personnes avec des enfants de 5 à 12 ans!
Nous avons été accueilli avec un cheese & wine ainsi que des fruits... Un accueil plus que sympa!
Cette maison est idéale pour les enfants mais aussi pour les adultes! Maison très fonctionelle, pratique et spacieuse, que ce soit dans les pièces à vivre et dans les chambres. La cuisine est très bien équipée, avec 2 frigos, et de quoi cuisiner comme à la maison!
La maison est située en pleine nature, entre les bois et les champs! La vue est superbe. Les enfants ont plein d'espace pour jouer (champs, bois, ...) et crier! Mais aussi pour aller à la découverte de la faune (lézard, serpent, biches, chauve souris, rapaces...). La piscine est tout le temps au soleil. En terme d'activité, la maison, même si pas au centre du village est super bien située. Idéal pour aller visiter Cordes, Bruniquel, Puycelscy, Antonin Noble val , Albi,... faire les caves à Gaillac, faire du Kanoyoning sur l'Avreyron ou encore faire des randonnées même au départ de la maison! IL y a vraiment de quoi s'occuper!
The best holiday ever was the unanimous vote from the whole family; all ten of us and three generations.
Upon arrival we were simply blown away by the beautifully renovated house, its layout, internal space and of course the wonderful swimming pool. La Poumayrette is set in the most beautiful location and offers peace and tranquillity in abundance.
On a practical level, the house worked really well with everything one needed to self cater and sufficient bathrooms for the ten of us. The house inside is comfortably furnished and there were enough sun loungers and cushions around the pool for everyone. The pool itself was efficiently serviced twice a week by a very friendly and chatty technician who probably has the best job in the world.
Although there are no.immediate neighbours we did meet families who lived along the track and they were all ready to stop for a chat; all very nice.
As we were in August we were spoilt for choice with things to do. The canoeing from St Antonin to Penne was fantastic and the less taxing pursuits of wine tasting and visiting some of the amazing bastides equally enjoyable.
In conclusion, this has to be the perfect place to stay.
Perfect position and accomodation
Poumayrette exceeded expectations. Beautiful rural location yet close enough to shops and a good centre for visiting many interesting medieval towns and vineyards. The house was equipped with everything and the pool beautifully maintained. We were recommended this property by friends and would recommend to our friends. The weather was excellent and so we enjoyed a mixture of sight seeing and plenty of relaxation at Poumayrette.
It's always a real pleasure to welcome guests who have been recommended by other visitors, and even better when they have a fabulous holiday!
Delightful stay in beautiful surroundings
My partner and I, along with her parents spent a delightful week at La Poumayrette last September.
Although the weather was not at it's best during the week of our stay, it did not detract from the wonderful time we had.
The property has been restored to a high standard and is clearly well maintained. The layout of the interior, being arranged in an 'L - shape' with two distinct wings, provides plenty of space for two sets of couples (or families) sharing the farmhouse, without the problems encountered when trying to share just one upstairs bathroom.
The living room is extremely spacious, with far reaching views towards the most beautiful sunsets to the east. Plenty of games and a well stocked library of books are provided for entertainment and a huge log burning stove makes for a very homely feel.
The kitchen was spotlessly clean and well provided with everything (and more) one might require during a holiday stay abroad. I thought the welcoming pack of fruit, bread and wine was a nice touch and greatly appreciated on our arrival.
Outside there are various areas to sit to catch the most of the sun as it passes over, or the shade if that's what's preferred, whilst numerous sun loungers surround a good sized pool.
We particularly enjoyed the location of this property, being situated some distance off the nearest road, along a track shared with only a handful of other houses. This makes for an extremely peaceful and tranquil setting, with plenty of wildlife to see and hear from the doorstep. We regularly saw deer close to the house, along with a wide variety of birdlife.
Although a car is essential and the property feels remote, there are many interesting towns and villages to explore within short travelling times from the house. Most contain wonderful restaurants and cafes and many an hour can be spent simply strolling aimlessly around the narrow streets and absorbing the atmosphere of these beautiful settlements.
For those seeking recommendations regarding restaurants and other attractions to visit, there is a well stocked folder of information in the property, which appears to get updated quite regularly.
There are numerous walks available here, and again a good description of many of the local walks are included within the property folder.
I would thoroughly recommend this property for a relaxing week or two in the most beautiful and tranquil of settings and I certainly plan to return soon.
Thank you for a wonderful review! The reviewer is absolutely right that although the house is large and sleeps 10 people with ease, the layout makes it comfortable and cosy for much smaller numbers, and there are plentiful bathrooms!
Out of the peak letting season it is always worth enquiring about special terms for a couple or smaller group.
La Poumayrette is in an area of the Midi Pyrenees famous for its medieval towns known as 'Bastides'. Perched high on rocky hilltops, villages like Puycelsi, Penne and Bruniquel have watched over the surrounding countryside since the thirteenth century. Deserving of special mention is Cordes-sur-Ciel, one of France's most beautiful towns. With its wealth of medieval architecture, its many resident artists and craftsmen and its dozens of restaurants it is a magical place to visit. The nearest village is Penne, a spectacularly beautiful medieval village with its ruined chateau suspended over the gorge of the River Aveyron. Further along the river the old town of St Antonin-Noble Val offers many activities including canoeing and rock climbing. It has a wonderful Sunday market and a modern cinema showing English language films. Many of the local towns and villages hold colourful summer festivals with live music and fireworks. Several excellent golf courses are in easy reach.
Other Activities: Kayaking, climbing, caving