Maison Catalpa

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Sleeps: 10 - 18 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 7

Overview

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An 18th-century cottage with glorious views of the Tarn-et-Garonne, Maison Catalpa is such a peaceful holiday home with a heated swimming pool, set in picture-perfect gardens with trailing wisteria, summer roses and jasmine, only 4km from one of France’s classified ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

Maison Catalpa is an idyllic place to stay for so many reasons. Sit out on the south-facing terrace beside terracotta pots of red geraniums and gaze at the beautiful scenery around you or seek shade from the warm summer sun by the vine-clad patio, both wonderful spots for al-fresco dining with family or friends. As you stroll around the vast gardens, admire swathes of lavender by the pretty stone steps, soak up the scent of rosemary, discover the fig trees, then relax beneath the huge Catalpa tree by the tranquil swimming pool. Surrounded by a hectare of gardens and woodland, there’s a true sense of seclusion across this special home.  

Inside is just as delightful across the characterful interiors with the comfortable lounge and open fireplace, rustic dining room and farmhouse kitchen leading out to one of the dining terraces. The library upstairs features hundreds of the owners’ books which guests are more than welcome to read. Meanwhile, the satellite TV, board games, boules, table tennis and croquet mean hours more fun for every age.

Up to 18 guests can stay in this welcoming French abode across the house’s six main bedrooms (each sleeping 2 guests), in the separate Pigeonnier bedroom with two four-poster beds and beautiful views (4 guests) or making use of the sofa-bed in the library (2 guests). Many of the bedrooms have a private or en suite bathroom and each room is so charmingly decorated with antiques and old-style furnishings.

Within 4km you can be dining beneath the arcades in a pretty bastide village and pottering around its Saturday morning market. A little further afield, enjoy the larger market in Moissac, then hire bikes to cycle by the Tarn River or Canal du Midi before visiting the stunning cloisters at Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Moissac. Montauben is another historic town not to be missed – stop off for lunch in its impressive, red-bricked Place Nationale.

Discover other picturesque villages such as Montcuq and Tournon-d'Agenais or head even further north to idyllic gems dotted along the Lot River including the captivating town of Cahors, a food and wine-lovers paradise with its restaurants, markets and vineyards producing some of the finest Malbec wines in the world. 

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What you should know…

  • The house sleeps up to 18 guests. This is 12 guests across six bedrooms in the main house, 4 guests in a quad bedroom (with two double beds) in the separate Pigeonnier Annexe and 2 guests on the library’s sofa-bed.
  • Two of the bedrooms have a king-size bed which can be split into a twin – please let us know in advance which bed configuration works best for you.
  • Availability and prices for booking from October to May are on request only – please enquire.

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Parking Space

Maison Interiors

Ground Floor (some steps)

-    Living room with open fireplace
-    Dining room with doors opening on to side terrace
-    Kitchen, well-equipped with door leading to covered dining terrace
-    Bedroom with double bed (180cm, can be split into twin)
-    Bedroom with twin beds (90cm each)
-    Bathroom with bath and WC
-    Shower room and WC

Upstairs

-    2 x bedrooms with double bed (160cm) and en suite bathroom with bath, shower and WC
-    Bedroom with double bed (180cm) and en suite bathroom with shower and WC
-    Bedroom with king-size bed (180cm, can be split into twin). Separate bathroom with bath, shower and WC (accessed via corridor)
-    Library with sofa-bed for 2 guests (accessed via separate staircase)

Pigeonnier Annexe


-    Quad bedroom with 2 x four-poster double beds and valley views
-    Shower room and WC

Outside Grounds (one hectare)

-    Swimming pool (12x8m) with safety alarm (roll-up fencing can also be requested). Heated approximately April to end-September
-    Poolside area with sun-loungers
-    Poolside covered terrace 
-    West-facing terrace for al-fresco dining
-    South-facing terrace for al-fresco dining
-    Barbecue
-    Table tennis
-    Croquet and boules set
-    Mature gardens and grounds

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Working fireplace
-    Heating
-    Library with many books
-    TV with UK satellite channels
-    Croquet and boules set
-    Table tennis
-    Board games and puzzles

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison Catalpa
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Maison Catalpa is located in the Tarn-et-Garonne department of south-western France, only 4km from a village that has been classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

You can arrive by aeroplane, ferry or train, hiring a car en route or bringing your own. Fly into Toulouse, Bergerac, Brive–Souillac or even Bordeaux Airport or catch a ferry across to Bilbao, St Malo or one of the other ferry ports on mainland France. If travelling by train, take the fast TGV service from Paris Montparnasse to Agen (54km) or Montauban (35km), taking only three to four hours.

In a hilltop position, the villa itself is surrounded by beautiful scenery and you may even be able to see the Pyrénées in the far distance. A 4km drive takes you to a pretty bastide village that dates back to the 12th century with a small main square and attractive arcades. Soak up the medieval ambience as you dine in a picturesque restaurant or enjoy the Saturday morning market. Keen walkers note that the village is on the GR65 trail – pilgrims used to stop here and admire the wonderful views from Le Jardin du Pèlerin.

To the south, Moissac (23km) is home to several good restaurants and hosts a large Sunday morning market. On the banks of the Tarn River, the small town is most famous for its Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Moissac and spectacular cloisters whilst the Pont-Canal Du Cacor is an impressive sight where the canal crosses the river via a bridge. Hire bikes to ride along the tow paths or look out for canoeing and kayaking opportunities on the Tarn and Garonne Rivers.

Activity lovers can find horse-riding and tennis within a short drive and you can also hire bikes in the charming village of Montcuq (17km). Lac de Montcuq is a lovely spot for picnics and afternoon swimming at its Base de Loisirs, usually open late June to early September. The Aquazone, an inflatable water park, will delight older children in the height of the summer. The lake near Montaigu-de-Quercy (20km) is another popular place for water-based activities in July and August.

Heading north, there are many gorgeous villages and towns along the Lot River such as Villeneuve-sur-Lot (51km), Puy-l'Évêque (42km), Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (64km) and Cahors (42km). Cahors is known for its vineyards producing some of the world’s most famous Malbec wines and it’s a beautiful town to visit with its bridge, Pont Valentré, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the grand Cathédrale Saint-Etienne. As well as amazing wine, it’s a food-lovers paradise across its shops, markets and restaurants.

Tournon-d'Agenais (30km) is another historic gem of the Lot-et-Garonne department – try it’s delicious pastry dessert, tourtiere, made from apples. Back to the Tarn River, discover the historic town of Montauban (36km) with its handsome red-brick square, Place Nationale, and baroque cathedral.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

(89km)

Nearest Airport 2 Bergerac Dordogne Périgord Airport

(98km)

Nearest Train Station Moissac/Montauban TGV

(23km/36km)

Nearest Village

(4km)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(4km)

Nearest Supermarket

(5km)

Nearest Town Moissac /Montauban

(23km/36km)

Nearest Tennis Durfort-Lacapelette

(9km)

Nearest Golf Golf des Roucous 9-hole

(15km)

Region

A relatively new addition to France, the Midi-Pyrénées was created to surround the cultural capital of Toulouse in the late 1970s. You might think that its relative youth would mean the Midi-Pyrénées is short on character or identity, but remember, this is France we’re talking about – the whole country is steeped in history and tradition. Encompassing parts of Gascony, Languedoc, the Gers and several others, you’ll get a varied slice of the whole French experience here, not least if you stay at one of our beautiful chateaux in the Midi-Pyrénées! And if you want to discover the best of what the region has to offer, our Midi-Pyrénées travel guide is here to show you where to go, what to eat and how you can make the best of your break with some amazing activities.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The Tarn-et-Garonne and surrounding region offer plenty of opportunities for family fun and activities for every age.

You will find horse-riding within a short drive as well as public tennis courts in Durfort-Lacapelette, 9km by car. Keen cyclists can hire bikes in the gorgeous village of Montcuq or head south to Moissac near the banks of the Tarn where you can follow the pretty towpaths. Young historians can be inspired by the magnificent Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Moissac and its spectacular cloisters or admire the impressive Pont-Canal Du Cacor where the Canal-du-Midi crosses the Tarn river.

Back near Montcuq, a lake offers supervised swimming (usually afternoons from late June to early September), a lakeside beach, picnic tables, a play area and Aquazone, an inflatable water course open on Fridays in the height of the summer, suitable for older children. There are further water-based activities in July and August at the lake near Montaigu-de-Quercy.

Water lovers also note you will find canoeing and kayaking along the Tarn River in Moissac as well as opportunities along the Lot in Puy-l'Évêque, just under an hour away by car. There’s also canoeing in stunning surroundings near the gorgeous village of Saint Antonin, one hour away, and the popular adventure park, Parc Aventure Saint Antonin, with its tree-top trails for children aged 3+ (height restrictions also apply).

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Chef/Cook Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Shopping pre-arrival
- Cook

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 charged to client’s credit card as a pre-authorisation one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, changed weekly for stays of 7+ nights.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and light cleaning two mornings per week also included. Mid-stay clean (bathrooms/bathrooms) included for stays of 7+ nights. Guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool opening dates? The pool is heated approximately April to end-September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Pool heating charge? Included. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Changeover day Saturday. All other days are on request.
Tax French Visitors Tax is included in the rental rate.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Other Ts and Cs The house sleeps up to 18 guests. This is 12 guests across six bedrooms in the main house, 2 guests on the library’s sofa-bed and 4 guests in a quad bedroom (with two double beds) in the separate Pigeonnier Annexe.
Other Ts and Cs Availability and prices for booking from October to May are on request only – please enquire

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £6,660
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024 £6,830
Jul 14th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 £7,450
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £6,266
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 £5,701
Sep 14th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 £5,080
Sep 21st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 £4,798
Sep 28th 2024 - Apr 26th 2025 £4,515
Apr 26th 2025 - May 10th 2025 £4,798
May 10th 2025 - May 17th 2025 £5,080
May 17th 2025 - May 24th 2025 £5,701
May 24th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 £5,927
Jun 7th 2025 - Jun 21st 2025 £6,266
Jun 21st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 £6,660
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 13th 2025 £6,830
Jul 13th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 £7,450
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 £6,266
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 13th 2025 £5,701
Sep 13th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 £5,080
Sep 20th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 £4,798
Sep 27th 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 £4,515

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €7,332
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024 €7,519
Jul 14th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 €8,201
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €6,897
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 €6,276
Sep 14th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 €5,592
Sep 21st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 €5,282
Sep 28th 2024 - Apr 26th 2025 €4,971
Apr 26th 2025 - May 10th 2025 €5,282
May 10th 2025 - May 17th 2025 €5,592
May 17th 2025 - May 24th 2025 €6,276
May 24th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 €6,525
Jun 7th 2025 - Jun 21st 2025 €6,897
Jun 21st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 €7,332
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 13th 2025 €7,519
Jul 13th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 €8,201
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 €6,897
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 13th 2025 €6,276
Sep 13th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 €5,592
Sep 20th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 €5,282
Sep 27th 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 €4,971

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 23rd 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $7,839
Jun 29th 2024 - Jul 14th 2024 $8,039
Jul 14th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 $8,769
Aug 24th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $7,375
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024 $6,711
Sep 14th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 $5,979
Sep 21st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 $5,648
Sep 28th 2024 - Apr 26th 2025 $5,315
Apr 26th 2025 - May 10th 2025 $5,648
May 10th 2025 - May 17th 2025 $5,979
May 17th 2025 - May 24th 2025 $6,711
May 24th 2025 - Jun 7th 2025 $6,976
Jun 7th 2025 - Jun 21st 2025 $7,375
Jun 21st 2025 - Jun 28th 2025 $7,839
Jun 28th 2025 - Jul 13th 2025 $8,039
Jul 13th 2025 - Aug 23rd 2025 $8,769
Aug 23rd 2025 - Aug 30th 2025 $7,375
Aug 30th 2025 - Sep 13th 2025 $6,711
Sep 13th 2025 - Sep 20th 2025 $5,979
Sep 20th 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 $5,648
Sep 27th 2025 - Dec 25th 2025 $5,315

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Reviews

  • I cannot recommend it highly enough

    on 24/01/2023

    Maison Catalpa is a wonderful holiday destination. If the idea of an English country house in a French rural setting appeals, you will love this place.

    The house and gardens have been lovingly developed and looked after over many years by its English owner to provide a comfortable home and relaxing surroundings.

    The rooms are all spacious and beautifully furnished. There are many personal touches which give it the feel of a real family home.

    You can dine al fresco on the terrace with views towards the Pyrenees (you can see the outline of the mountains on a clear day); on rare occasions when the weather is less clement, you can gather indoors seated around a splendid candle lit table with a roaring log fire in the background.

    The grounds are delightful. A 10-metre swimming pool is perhaps the focal point, whether for floating in the sunshine or more serious exercise.

    The gardens are well stocked with native species, including edible varieties like figs and grapes as well as more familiar herbs like rosemary and sage.

    The house is situated on a hilltop. Across the valley is the medieval town of Lauzerte where you can shop at the local supermarket or dine in the town’s restaurants and bars.

    Further afield (approx 30 minutes driving) is the town of Moissac situated on the River Tarne, just up-stream from its confluence with the Garonne.

    If you are a fan of French markets and like self-catering, you will find everything you could wish for at the markets on Saturday and Sunday. Get there early! There are also a number of very good restaurants specialising in local cuisine – confit de canard,fois gras and excellent salades de campagne. You can also explore the medieval St-Pierre Abbey, originally a Benedictine monastery and famous for its sculpted cloisters.

    No description of Maison Catalpa would be complete without mention of the housekeeper and general factotum. She looks after the house and gardens and has a wide range of practical skills and extensive knowledge of the local area, not to mention speaking three languages (Dutch, French and English).

    We have been going to Maison Catalpa with family and friends for over 20 years; I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Highly recommend!

    on 19/01/2023

    I visited Maison Catalpa for a week in May with my family. The house is very well appointed in its own grounds towards the top of a hill with far stretching views over rolling hills and French countryside. There were 11 of us in total with 3 children and there was plenty of space. The house has everything your could want and a very well equipped kitchen. It is also very tastefully furnished in old English style which was elegant and comfortable. The gardens are very beautiful and the large terrace is a wonderful place to have lunch and dinner. I was surprised how beautiful the surrounding countryside was and there are wonderful markets and historic towns to visit nearby. The weather was a little wet but there is still plenty to do and the pool is heated. Since then I have returned and have enjoyed wonderful weather and very good times indeed. I would highly recommend this house!

  • Haven

    on 02/09/2022

    2022 was our second stay at Maison Catalpa, both with extended family. Mason Catalpa is a haven. It is clearly a home, not just a holiday rental, and this comes through in the ambience. The house is comfortable, relaxed, full of interesting objects. It has a well stocked library, and all the paraphernalia you need for either rustic dining on the terrace or a lavish dinner party. It's a gentle place, and although not seeming large from the outside, on warm afternoons 12 guests disappeared easily into its bedrooms for quiet time, you weren't aware of others being there. Lazy days were spent by the large, warm pool with sun loungers and lawn games, or just gazing at the splendid view. The house does not have air conditioning, so some of the South facing bedrooms can be warm on hot afternoons, but fans are provided and the pool is the perfect antidote. Anne the housekeeper is a whirlwind of quiet efficiency and a mine of great information on local markets and festivals that might be off the beaten track. Can't wait to get a dose of Maison Catalpa again.

  • Special place to stay

    on 19/07/2022

    Maison Catalpa was everything we wanted and more. The house is exceptional, beautifully fitted out and very comfortable. The bedrooms and bathrooms are immaculate, the swimming pool delightful, the outdoor eating areas spacious, the grounds well kept and the views magnificent .

    My fifth stay here – each time the house feels more comfortable and welcoming. Full of antiques and always beautifully presented, and with spectacular views over the Tarn et Garonne countryside, Maison Catalpa is a special place to stay.

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