Maison de l'Avoine

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3

Overview

Pool Ideal for Kids

When you are gazing at the mesmerising views of the surrounding valleys and hills you’ll realise why this area is known as the ‘Tuscany of France’. Hear the distant sound of church bells ringing or birds chirping in this beautiful region where the pace of life is incredibly relaxed.

The kind and hospitable owners, who live in their own château on the vast estate, have restored Maison de l’Avoine with great love and care, retaining much of its traditional charm alongside modern amenities and beautiful style. The open-plan living room and kitchen-diner has characterful features such as exposed stone work and a log-burning fire as well as elegant furnishings and contemporary fittings. Each of the four bedrooms offer a sanctuary of peace whilst bathrooms have been handsomely designed.

Spend lazy days by the glistening swimming pool and preparing delicious lunches in the summer kitchen using ingredients picked up from local markets. As evening approaches, have a relaxed game of boules followed by a glass of Malbec from a nearby Cahors vineyard on one of the charming outdoor terraces taking in the wonderful vistas around you in the warmth of the evening sun. The owners have a passion for cooking and can prepare hearty meals for you or if you wish to venture out to a local restaurant they are happy to be asked to babysit.

As you explore the region and admire the landscapes of undulating hills and summer sunflowers you will soon pick up on the slow way of life here where good food and fine local wine is appreciated. There are many local villages and towns which host atmospheric farmers markets such as Montcuq, Moissac and Montauban. You can also pick up fresh bread and pastries from the local village boulangerie as well as freshly laid eggs and local butter from nearby farms. Wine-lovers must visit some of the excellent vineyards around nearby Cahors which produce some of the world’s most famous wines.  

Throughout both the Tarn-et-Garonne and Lot regions, there are also many miles of cycling trails as well as canoeing on nearby rivers, canalside walks and even a picturesque nine-hole golf course just minutes away. Enjoy summer boat trips on the River Lot in the historic city of Cahors, just over half an hour away or explore fascinating châteaux and pre-historic caves across this part of southern France.

The most adventurous could even drive as far as the villages of the Dordogne or the famous town of Rocamadour. That said, you may not wish to venture very far once you unwind into the calming way of life across this delightful region.

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What you should know…

  • The lovely owners live in their château on the estate but Maison de l’Avoine is completely private at the very end of a long, shared driveway
  • As well as your own private swimming pool, you may request to use the owner’s heated swimming pool (15mx5m) if you wish, also open mid-April to mid-September

 

 

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Villa Interior

Ground Floor

-    Living room with fireplace and open-plan kitchen-diner, fully equipped including dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, fridge, coffee maker and Nespresso machine
-    2 x double bedrooms
-    Bathroom with bath and shower
-    Separate WC

First Floor

-    Master bedroom with double bed and bathroom with bath, shower and WC
-    Double bedroom with shower and WC

Bedrooms can also be made up as twins on request

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (10mx4m) with safety alarm, open mid-April to mid-September
-    Covered patio and outdoor kitchen
-    Various terraces 
-    Boules pitch
-    13 hectares of grounds

Facilities

-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Satellite TV
-    DVD player
-    Sound system
-    Washing machine/dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of Maison de l'Avoine
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Go-Karting Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic
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In Tarn-et-Garonne, near the border of Lot, you can enjoy stunning views of the valleys and rolling hills, which is why this region is known as the ‘Tuscany of France’.

There’s a local village just over 5km away which has a lovely small supermarket as well as a handful of restaurants and you can pick up dairy products from nearby farmers and fresh bread and pastries from one of the two village boulangeries.

This region offers a wealth of activities. Golf-lovers can be challenged by the beautiful nine-hole course only ten minutes away whilst cycling lovers can follow stunning routes through the surrounding countryside (electric bikes can also be arranged locally). There’s canoeing on nearby rivers for all abilities as well as horse-riding, tennis and karting in the area. It goes without saying that there are also many glorious walks across the wonderful landscapes.   

For days out exploring, the beautiful and historic town of Cahors (31km) is just over half an hour away. The twice weekly Farmer’s market is a delight with all sorts of wonderful produce from foie gras and truffles to Quercy melons. Wander through the pretty old lanes, cross the Pont Valentré bridge which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and explore many other places of historical importance. In the height of the summer there are boats along the River Lot to St-Cirq-Lapopie, one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

Wine-lovers will appreciate the marvellous Cahors vineyards where you can sample some of the world’s finest wines such as Syrah and Malbec varieties. Wine-tastings and vineyard visits can of course be arranged.

Montauban (35km), to the south, is another great town to visit with its grand square and cafes, pretty old town, interesting museums and lovely walks along the Canal de Montech. Moissac (28km), on the Santiago de Compostela route, on the banks of the River Tarn, is also alive with history with its famous 12th century abbey and cloisters and a great market at the weekend.  

There are many other villages and towns within a short distance, many of which have charming Farmer's markets or brocantes, delightful shops selling wonderful local produce and excellent restaurants. Highlights include Montcuq (20km), known for its Cathar history and amazing Sunday morning market as well as historic Puy-l'Évêque (47km) perched above the River Lot with lovely boat tours in the summer.

If you are wanting to explore even further afield then the beautifully preserved town of Rocamadour (90km) is just over an hour away whilst Dordogne villages such as La Roque-Gageac (90km), Domme (87km) and Monpazier (76km) make perfect day trips.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

(90km/1hr15mins)

Nearest Village

(5km)

Nearest Restaurant Local village

(5km)

Nearest Supermarket Small supermarket in local village

(5km)

Nearest Town/City Cahors

(31km)

Nearest Golf 9-hole golf course

(4km)

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 Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

This region offers a wealth of activities such as beautiful walks for all the family, cycling, horse-riding and canoeing along nearby rivers suitable for young and old.
 
History lovers can explore pre-historic caves across the region whilst there are also many grand châteaux that are suitable for families to discover.

Another nice family trip out is Lac de Montcuq (20km) where you will find a lakeside beach, fishing, a children’s playground and supervised swimming on summer afternoons.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting 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
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Catering/chef; the owners are keen cooks who can prepare delicious meals on request
- Babysitting on request

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!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit €500 paid via bank transfer to the owner 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? Included from April to September. Extra €30 per day during all other months.
Linen & towels included? Bed linen, bath and pool towels are included and changed once for stays over 7 nights.
End of stay cleaning included? €100 paid on arrival in cash. 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.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pets welcome? No.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally in cash (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Other Ts and Cs The private unheated pool is open mid-April to mid-September (cooler months may not be suitable for swimming).
Other Ts and Cs The owner's pool (15mx5m) is heated and available on request from mid-April to mid-September.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 23rd 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £1,935
Sep 28th 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 £1,776
Apr 25th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £1,935
Jun 27th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £3,164
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £1,935
Sep 26th 2020 - Mar 26th 2021 £1,776

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 23rd 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €2,097
Sep 28th 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 €1,925
Apr 25th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €2,097
Jun 27th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €3,430
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €2,097
Sep 26th 2020 - Mar 26th 2021 €1,925

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 23rd 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $2,310
Sep 28th 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 $2,120
Apr 25th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $2,310
Jun 27th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $3,779
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $2,310
Sep 26th 2020 - Mar 26th 2021 $2,120

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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