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What Oliver loves…
- Bordering the Tarn River, this stunning villa is for all ages with its stylish interiors, sumptuous bedrooms and a fantastic games room
- The gardens are magnificent with century-old trees, a croquet court, a 6-person hot tub and beautiful swimming pool
- As well as Smart TVs and home-cinema with Netflix and Canal +, there’s a 55-inch screen for video games – if you dare pack your console!
- Stroll to the local village’s French restaurant for delicious home-cooked fare
- From local markets and historic vineyards to Michelin starred establishments, this region is fantastic for food and wine lovers
- Visit the ‘Golden Triangle of Tarn’ with Gaillac, Albi and Cordes-sur-Ciel all worthy of a wonderful day out
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A short stroll from a charming village and French restaurant, Villa Pastel is a wonderful holiday home bordering the Tarn River, set in glorious gardens with a heated swimming pool and close to some of this region’s most beautiful towns, less than half an hour from rose-hued Toulouse.
Having undergone a recent extensive renovation, we love the contemporary interiors of this air-conditioned villa from its stylish décor and artwork to high-quality furnishings and fittings. The living, dining and kitchen space is bathed with light from sliding windows opening out to the terraces and garden whilst the games room downstairs is sure to provide hours of fun for every age including home-cinema and a 55-inch video screen (bring your own consoles!). Or you may just prefer the villa’s table-football, pool table, table tennis and unique all-weather croquet pitch for games between family and friends.
Across the house and it’s self-contained apartment you will find six gorgeous bedrooms, each one featuring high-end bed linen and premium towels alongside an en suite bath or shower room. One of the doubles is part of a suite featuring a lounge with a sofa-bed, Smart TV and pretty terrace whilst a seventh bedroom can be created in the games room, allowing this brilliant abode to sleep up to 18 guests.
Amidst the two acres of gardens you can choose to bask in the luxury of the 6-person hot tub then relax your shoulders beneath the fountain in the 18m long heated swimming pool as kids paddle in the shallow end. There is ample room for al-fresco dining and relaxation or picnic by the century-old oaks in the landscaped grounds. The more active of guests can enjoy swing-ball, badminton and a leisurely game of boules.
Surrounded by orchards and woodland beyond, stroll down the country road and within 500m you will reach a bridge over the Tarn which leads you to a characterful village where you can enjoy home-cooked food in a popular restaurant. There’s a supermarket 2km away and further shops, restaurants and a lovely weekly market in Saint-Sulpice, under a 10-minute drive away.
Play golf or enjoy lunch out at the clubhouse of the championship golf course around 9km by car, then explore the nearby forest, classified as a Espace Naturel Sensible, for long walks and cycle rides, followed by a trip to its Maison de la Biodiversité to learn all about the forest’s rich flora and fauna.
Head to bustling markets in local villages – there’s one nearly every morning of the week in places such as Bessières, Villemur-sur-Tarn and Lavaur. Wine connoisseurs will be keen to visit the wineries in and around the magnificent town of Gaillac, home to France’s most historic vineyards that date back to pre-Roman times.
Albi and Cordes-sur-Ciel, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, complete the ‘Golden Triangle of Tarn’ and can be reached within an hour. Alternatively, stay slightly closer to home by hopping on a train from Saint-Sulpice to Toulouse for a day out in this beautiful city admiring its architecture, sailing down the Canal du Midi, soaking up the lively ambience by the banks of the Garonne and taking advantage of its vibrant restaurant scene.
What you should know…
- Villa Pastel sleeps up to 15 people – 12 guests using double beds (some of which can be made up as a twin) and additional guests using sofa-beds.
- Please also note there are five bedrooms in the main house, one in a self-contained apartment and a room in the basement which can either be a games room or a seventh bedroom using sofa-beds. Please see the "Features" tab for full details.
- In a beautiful setting, one side of the garden is bordered by the River Tarn (protected by a bank with plenty of trees and shrubs) and the other side by a little stream – this just means that children need to be supervised on their adventures outside.
- Youngsters will also need to be watched on the staircase and mezzanine level/upper terrace.
- Lounge and dining area separated by double-sided fireplace
- Kitchen, well-equipped including breakfast bar and doors leading to poolside terrace
- Bedroom (14m2, accessible to guests with reduced mobility) with double bed (160x200cm), door leading to south-facing terrace/garden and en suite shower room with shower, sink and toilet
- Bedroom (11m2) with double bed (160x200cm, can be split into twin), door leading to south-facing terrace/garden and en suite shower room with shower, sink and toilet
- Self-contained ground floor apartment (independent entrance) with bedroom with double bed and sofa-bed, kitchenette, bathroom with shower, sink and toilet and private terrace
First Floor (via open-tread stairs)
- Mezzanine area with desk
- Suite containing bedroom (15m2) with double bed (160x200cm) and separate lounge (30m2) with sofa-bed, two single fold-out chair beds and Smart TV. Both rooms have access to south-facing upper terrace. En suite bathroom with bath, shower, sink and toilet
- Bedroom (13m2) with double bed (160x200cm, can be split into twin), south-facing view and en suite shower room with shower and sink
- Bedroom with double bed (160x200cm, can be split into twin) and en suite shower room with shower and sink
- WC (on landing, shared between above two bedrooms)
- Games room (or seventh bedroom) with two double sofa-beds and doors leading to lower terrace
- Shower room with shower, sink and toilet
Please note that some of the bath/shower rooms are partially open plan to the bedrooms
- Heated swimming pool (18x5.5m, depth: 1-1.9m) with fountain (for shoulder massages) and electric safety shutter. One end also features a paddling pool for toddlers (1.2x5m). Open approximately mid-April to mid-October. Only heated until it reaches a temperature of 26C
- Poolside terrace with sun-loungers
- 6-person hot tub
- Pool house with changing room, shower, sink and toilet
- Gas barbecue
- Al-fresco dining terrace
- Large garden (2 acres) bordering River Tarn and a stream
- Croquet pitch (all weather)
- Swing ball and badminton
- Table tennis
- Boules court
- Water feature
- On-site parking
- Air-conditioning and heating
- 3 x Smart TVs and home-cinema with Canal + and Netflix
- 55-inch video games screen (bring your own console)
- Outdoor hot tub
- Boules and all-weather croquet
- Pool table/billiard table
- Table football
- Table tennis
- Board games
The owner asks that under 12s are supervised by an adult in the games room and when playing boules/croquet.
On the border of the Haute-Garonne and Tarn departments, Villa Pastel enjoys a beautiful setting within two acres of gardens, less than 1km from a characterful riverside village. On one side of the garden is the Tarn River, protected by a steep bank of shrubs and trees, whilst on the other side is a little stream.
You can stroll down the country road (no pavement) to a handsome bridge that leads to a small village, home to a traditional restaurant serving good French food inside or on its shaded terrace. Just beyond the village centre, around 2km away, is a large supermarket and pharmacy or drive onwards to Saint-Sulpice (5.5km) for further shops, restaurants, a lovely Wednesday morning market and a train station with regular departures to Toulouse.
Golf-lovers note that a championship 18-hole course is 9km by car, also a good spot for lunch in its clubhouse, whilst walkers and outdoor adventurists will appreciate the close proximity of a vast forest which is classified as a Espace Naturel Sensible. Nature lovers young and old should visit the Maison de la Biodiversité where you can learn all about the forest’s fascinating flora and fauna, or set off and discover the glorious landscapes on foot or by bike/mountain bike.
Wine connoisseurs will be familiar with the wineries around Gaillac (26km), home to France’s most historic vineyards that date back to pre-Roman times. Visit Gaillac’s Maison des Vins to learn all about its wine heritage before exploring the historic town on the banks of the Tarn River with several interesting museums and historic sites including Abbey Saint-Michael. It’s Friday morning market is a delight to experience; also look out for concerts as well as local food and wine events during the summer months.
Continue onwards to the incredible city of Albi (51km), a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a beautiful city with its rose-brick cathedral, cobbled lanes, inviting restaurants and covered market as well as gorgeous vistas over the Tarn River.
Also part of the ‘Golden Triangle of Tarn’ and another UNESCO World Heritage site, Cordes-sur-Ciel (54km) is an idyllic hilltop town that dates back to the 12th century – if you approach it on a misty day it often peaks above the clouds.
Elsewhere, slightly closer to home, enjoy a day in the city of Toulouse (31km) reached by car or via train from Saint-Sulpice. Take a boat tour along the Canal du Midi, admire its rose-hued architecture, soak up the atmosphere by the banks of the Garonne and dine out in one of the city’s Michelin starred restaurants.
Foodies have a great choice of restaurants dotted across this region from authentic bistros serving home-cooked fare to high-end establishments. Not forgetting the wonderful local markets too – head to Bessières (5km) on a Monday morning, then Verfeil (20km) on a Tuesday before experiencing the bustling ambience in Villemur-sur-Tarn (19km), Lavaur (22km) or Lisle-sur-Tarn (17km) at the weekend.
|Nearest Airport 2||
|Nearest Train Station||
Intermarché Super just outside village
Golf Club Palmola
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.
If you can persuade the kids to leave all the wonderful features of Villa Pastel, there is lots to keep them entertained in the surrounding region.
Take long family walks through the nearby forest, around 10km away, or discover the landscapes by bike before visiting the child-friendly Maison de la Biodiversité to learn all about the forest’s fascinating flora and fauna.
Further south near Castelmaurou, Natura Game offers tree-top trails and paintballing in superb surroundings whilst watersport enthusiasts may prefer Wam Park on the edge of Toulouse with wake-boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, inflatable water games and more.
Even closer to home, you will also find summer water-based activities at Original Green Park near Bessières whilst animal lovers may prefer a trip to the turtle sanctuary, around a 10-minute drive away.
Toulouse’s space themed park, Cité de l’Espace, is also within easy reach with its science attractions, IMAX theatre and planetarium. Alternatively, head to the city itself and enjoy a barge or cycle ride along the wonderful Canal du Midi before admiring Toulouse's amazing historic sites.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- <1hr to Airport
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Board games
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
- Outdoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Table Football
- Home Cinema
- Catering Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
- Transfers Available
- Catering Available
- Maid Service 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
Extras available at this property (payable locally):
- Catering (via a family-run restaurant in the village who can deliver hot/cold food)
- Additional cleaning
- Transfers via trusted local taxi company
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
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€3000 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||5.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes (see below for heating).|
|Heating costs included?||No, extra cost (based on meter reading) from mid-October to mid-March, payable locally.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes.|
|Pool towels included?||Yes.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. However, 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.|
|Tax||French Visitors Tax included in rental rate.|
|Pool heating charge?||Included. The pool is heated to a maximum of 26C approximately mid-April to mid-October (the water termperature is usually naturally higher in July/August). Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.|
|Pool opening dates?||The pool is open approximately mid-April to mid-October. 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.|
|Changeover day||Saturday. All other changeover days on request.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights. All other durations on request.|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Villa Pastel sleeps up to 15 people – 12 guests using double beds (some of which can be made up as a twin) and additional guests using sofa-beds. Please see the "Features" tab for full details.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:
|Dec 11th 2023 - Apr 27th 2024||£3,932|
|Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024||£5,407|
|May 25th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024||£6,390|
|Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024||£6,709|
|Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 6th 2024||£7,864|
|Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024||£9,339|
|Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024||£6,881|
|Sep 14th 2024 - Sep 28th 2024||£6,390|
|Sep 28th 2024 - Apr 26th 2025||£5,407|
|Apr 26th 2025 - May 24th 2025||£5,407|
|May 24th 2025 - May 31st 2025||£6,390|
|May 31st 2025 - Jun 13th 2025||£6,709|
Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:
|Dec 11th 2023 - Apr 27th 2024||€4,300|
|Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024||€5,913|
|May 25th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024||€6,988|
|Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024||€7,337|
|Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 6th 2024||€8,600|
|Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024||€10,213|
|Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024||€7,525|
|Sep 14th 2024 - Sep 28th 2024||€6,988|
|Sep 28th 2024 - Apr 26th 2025||€5,913|
|Apr 26th 2025 - May 24th 2025||€5,913|
|May 24th 2025 - May 31st 2025||€6,988|
|May 31st 2025 - Jun 13th 2025||€7,337|
Prices based on an occupancy of 15 people:
|Dec 11th 2023 - Apr 27th 2024||$4,633|
|Apr 27th 2024 - May 25th 2024||$6,370|
|May 25th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024||$7,528|
|Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024||$7,904|
|Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 6th 2024||$9,265|
|Jul 6th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024||$11,002|
|Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 14th 2024||$8,107|
|Sep 14th 2024 - Sep 28th 2024||$7,528|
|Sep 28th 2024 - Apr 26th 2025||$6,370|
|Apr 26th 2025 - May 24th 2025||$6,370|
|May 24th 2025 - May 31st 2025||$7,528|
|May 31st 2025 - Jun 13th 2025||$7,904|
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.
When did you become the owner?
The house was built on farmland in 1975 by Isabelle’s parents. Her father was an apple grower and the property is surrounded by orchards. It was her childhood home and she lived there throughout her school years. Our children then spent all their summer holidays and many Christmases there. It is a family home in every sense of the word.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The sentimental reasons quoted above but also the idyllic surroundings. The south of the property is bordered by the river Tarn, the east is bordered by a stream (La Sauziere), and the other two sides by orchards and hills. It has wonderful gardens with mature trees. The peaceful river gives a sense of peace and relaxation.
For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…
Visit the nearby Foret Domaniale de Buzet, go for long walks in The wooded hillsides opposite the property, play croquet on the only such pitch for 200kms around. Go shopping for local produce in the village markets which abound.
Toulouse is the home of the cassoulet and the famous saucisse de Toulouse. Being in the South West of France it is also closely linked to the most French of delicacies, foie gras.
The surrounding area is dotted with excellent restaurants for all budgets.
The UNESCO cities of Albi and Cordes sur Ciel and the Citée de l’Espace in Toulouse.
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Buying your train tickets online is much cheaper (sometimes as low as €1!) than purchasing at the station (www.sncf-connect.com) or download the app.
If you want to drive to Toulouse without the hassle, go to BALMA- GRAMONT metro station, park there cheaply and take the 10 minute metro ride into town. You will avoid the inner-city traffic and expensive car parks.
Can't recommend it enough
We stayed at Villa Pastel for a week in early October. We were blessed with good weather and the surrounding area is beautiful and historically very interesting. As for the property itself, Villa Pastel, is a large farmhouse typical of the area. It offers every possible amenity a guest might wish for. The bedrooms are beautifully appointed and very comfortable. The living areas are spacious and inviting. Outside the garden is lovely and has ample space to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The swimming pool is of a great size and in cooler temperatures it is heated. We had a really lovely time, and the hosts were exceptional. Can't recommend this villa enough. Book it while you can!
Thank you for a super week, at Villa Pastel. The house has been amazing for everyone, the beautiful pool, games, and idyllic setting. We all were looking for a place to relax and enjoy with friends and the villa was perfect. In fact, we hardly needed to venture out all week! The communication was excellent, and we would highly recommend Villa Pastel and hope to return in the future.
Comprehensive instructions and attention to detail.
We travelled to this beautiful villa with friends for 6 nights and our stay was truly wonderful. We were fortunate with the weather most days so managed to enjoy some of the many amenities the villa has to offer including swimming and sunbathing by the pool, playing croquet and petanque! We also ate outside on the veranda every day, enjoying the BBQ and the good weather. The villa had so much to offer.
We had two days when the weather was not so good and were kept busy by the games rooms downstairs – we made great use of the pool table and projector for playing music, movies and watching sports, it really was a lifesaver on one particularly cloudy day.
On arrival the villa was clean, and the villa handbook was most helpful to support us settling in, additionally the host was quick to respond and always willing to help with our queries. The villa offers great privacy with peaceful surroundings and allowed us to relax away from others. The village is a short walk away and we enjoyed lunch there on our final day at the restaurant which is also worth a try. On specific days there were gourmet food trucks that stopped by in the village offering various sweet and savoury items – we tried the crepes which were lovely and a nice treat after an evening walk around the river and church in lovely Buzet. We loved everything about the place, I would highly recommend this to both friend groups and families.
Beautifully renovated Villa. Well equipped kitchen, large pool and lots of en suite bedrooms. Has everything to keep you entertained whether it’s full sunshine or rain. The owners were super helpful and always a text away if we needed anything. Small town nearby and a big supermarket 5 mins drive away. We would definitely stay again in the future!
Beautifully renovated and thoroughly enjoyed by our party of 8 for the week. Stunning property both inside and out. We were treated by gorgeous weather but there is no doubt that the quality of Villa Pastel made our trip so special. Thank you.
Just back from a week's stay at Villa Pastel. I understand this is a newly renovated property and it is very clear that no expense has been spared on the project. It is a large property that could suit more than one family or a group of friends. Every detail has been lovingly considered, and stylishly executed. Bedrooms are beautifully appointed with elegant furnishings and comfortable beds. The house has been designed to offer endless activities both inside and out. We were lucky with the weather for October and so were able to use the huge and stunning Swimming Pool, the Jacuzzi, Petanque pitch and the specially installed Croquet Lawn. In the evening we took advantage of the cinema and games room, playing pool, table football, pingpong, chess, and darts.
A brilliant house for families with teens! There is even a huge TV, specially for use with games consoles.
The house has a beautiful kitchen, fully equipped with every gadget you could require. There is also a BBQ for evenings on the huge terrace.
The property is situated on the banks of the River Tarn, and is surrounded by beautiful mature trees and a large garden. It was a very quick and easy drive from the airport and local amenities for food shopping. The local village, a ten minute walk away, was very quiet but does have a pleasant local restaurant, and within a few minutes by car you can access larger towns. In less than 40 mins we reached Toulouse centre and the beautiful town of Albi, and I gather there are many other attractions within an hour from the property.
We found the location very peaceful, with lovely dark skies at night for star gazing.
The Wifi was extremely good and there is plenty of parking.
All in all we would highly recommend this property, which is of the highest quality. Our thanks to the charming hosts.
An utter delight
Villa Pastel is an absolute Joy! Located in the loveliest of locations with a picturesque view of the Tarn River, the sun shines on the swishiest of swimming pools and the recently remodelled house is an utter delight to rent.
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