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Les Devezes - Charming Holiday Home in Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Weekly Rental:From GBP 495 to GBP 975

Property

Farmhouses

Sleeps

6

Single/Double

4 / 1

Bathrooms

1 with WC

Pets

Not Allowed

Pool

Yes

Les Devezes is a cluster of stone built, lauze-tiled dwellings enclosing a beautiful and tranquil courtyard. The gite is completely self-contained, with accommodation for 6 persons in one wing of the buildings; the owners live in the furthest wing with separate entrance and access.

The buildings date from the 18th century and grew as the families merged and became prosperous. The forge (now garden furniture and pool accessories storage) catered for the shoeing of oxen and horses locally and also a huge variety of farm tools and machinery. Wine was produced and put into wooden vats on the premises to be sold - we have found old bottles and barrel staves here. There is a traditional vaulted bread-oven with the wash-house above and there is a deep well in the courtyard (safely barricaded) in current use for watering the vegetables and flowers.

The private entrance to the gite in the south-east wing is from a second pretty enclosed courtyard overhung with lime trees, and flanked by a large stone barn. Stone steps lead into the generous living room which has exposed stone walls and wide traditional hearth surrounded by comfortable seating. There are 4 large windows giving lovely early to late sunlight with shutters against the severe summer heat. The room is divided by a locally made ash stairway to the converted attic. At the far end is the new fitted kitchen comprising double sink, gas cooker, dishwasher, storage, a good range of utensils and large fridge-freezer. The dining table and chairs are by a window which faces the morning sun and overlooks the barn enclosure.

A doorway from the kitchen has 2 steps down into a wide airy passage with a closed door at the far end: this leads to the rest of the house and also ensures the privacy of the gite. The two rooms off this passage are a modern bathroom with basin, loo, washing machine and bath with shower taps; and a sizeable bedroom with double bed, with its pretty window overlooking the central courtyard.

At the top of the living-room stairs, there is a large airy landing separating two further twin bedded rooms ; to the right is the old pigeonnier with traditional carved 3-hole stone alcove, now one of three floor level windows, and there is a large skylight. To the left is a larger room with low level windows, skylight and a very pretty dormer window showing the house roofs and overlooking the central courtyard.

The grounds are extensive and available for exploring, games or sunbathing. There are a few chickens and runner ducks (in pens and securely housed). We have planted many varieties of trees and bushes to give privacy, colour and interest, but there are plenty of clear areas for games too.

The pool garden is fenced and has a generous patio with loungers, chairs, table and parasols; the pool is 5m x10m with integral shallow (45cm deep) paddling-pool/sitting area, ideal for little ones or just lazing in the sun! We chose saline water for its refreshing and kindly qualities and the pool cleaning is carried out by an automatic “Polaris” robot. The surrounding Mediterranean plants give complete privacy for exclusive use at all times.

PHOTOS

Kitchenware Appliances

Cooker/Hob Fridge Freezer Microwave Toaster Dish Washer High Chair Washing Machine

Fixtures & Equipment

Hairdryer Iron Log Fire TV Satellite Video Player DVD Player Internet Access

External Features

Private Pool - Unheated Pool Barrier/Alarm Fitted Private Garden Mountain Views BBQ Sun Loungers : Yes Suitable for Children

Local Attractions

We have very low light pollution, and the night sky is clearly visible; there is a star guide in the gite.
There are ancient rights of way through fields and woodland, formerly used for ox and horse-drawn carts going to the river. These were rich lands for grain, grazing, vines and honey. Les Devezes is high up with dramatic views over steep valleys and rolling fields, with the Viaur river far below and groups of hamlets and farms studded about the entrancing countryside.

The "Grande Randonnee des Gorge de Viaur" traces its route around and about this area and is highly regarded for its beauty, wildness and rare wildlife. Serious walkers and strollers alike find immense pleasure in the shorter circuits clearly marked with their local histories, ruins, wildflowers and mushrooms.

Excellent swimming is available, free, at many points along the Viaur; the nearest at La Garde is in a fabulous shady setting with a nearby bar/restaurant and pretty beer garden - ideal for picnics. There are many leisure activities including canoe and kayak hire at several places for short or long hire (many rivers run through gorges and are great fun to explore); equestrian centres with escorted pony trekking; bike-hire; and nearby towns have open air swimming pools, tennis courts and, of course, cafes, bars and restaurants!

Provisions, banks, garages and Syndicat d'Initiatives are 12-15 minutes away at Mirandol to the east or Laguepie, ancient and dramatic, to the west. We also have a wealth of information available in the house with leaflets on practically everything, and can help you personally, if required, with our views on places to visit, restaurants to try and where to sample or buy the nicest wines!

THE TARN/AVEYRON REGION
The region has had historical links with England since early medieval times and the Hundred Years War produced the amazing hilltop fortified villages known as 'bastides' - many now reduced to picturesque ruins. Others like Cordes, Conques, Najac, Carcassonne and Rocamadour have continued splendidly. The TARN has two capaitals ALBI and CASTRES, and both of these gracious old cities are worth visiting for architecture, museums (Toulouse Lautrec), shopping and very reasonable excellent food. GAILLAC is the wine centre of the region. The AVEYRON capital is RODEZ, a sombre and beautiful granite city. Villefrance de Rouerque or St Antonin-Noble-Val have enchanting river settings and enticing narrow streets with interesting architecture.

Special Rental Conditions

Notes:
* Off-peak prices are based on occupancy for 2 people
(extra persons at £75 each for a complete week, Max 6 people).

For the comfort of other guests, smoking is only allowed outside.
Please contact us for full booking conditions.

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Property Exterior

Private Pool (Unheated):
Yes
Pool Barrier / Alarm Fitted:
Yes
Private Garden:
Yes
Mountain Views:
Yes
BBQ:
Yes
Sun Loungers:
Yes
Safe for Children:
Yes

Local Attractions

We have very low light pollution, and the night sky is clearly visible; there is a star guide in the gite.
There are ancient rights of way through fields and woodland, formerly used for ox and horse-drawn carts going to the river. These were rich lands for grain, grazing, vines and honey. Les Devezes is high up with dramatic views over steep valleys and rolling fields, with the Viaur river far below and groups of hamlets and farms studded about the entrancing countryside.

The "Grande Randonnee des Gorge de Viaur" traces its route around and about this area and is highly regarded for its beauty, wildness and rare wildlife. Serious walkers and strollers alike find immense pleasure in the shorter circuits clearly marked with their local histories, ruins, wildflowers and mushrooms.

Excellent swimming is available, free, at many points along the Viaur; the nearest at La Garde is in a fabulous shady setting with a nearby bar/restaurant and pretty beer garden - ideal for picnics. There are many leisure activities including canoe and kayak hire at several places for short or long hire (many rivers run through gorges and are great fun to explore); equestrian centres with escorted pony trekking; bike-hire; and nearby towns have open air swimming pools, tennis courts and, of course, cafes, bars and restaurants!

Provisions, banks, garages and Syndicat d'Initiatives are 12-15 minutes away at Mirandol to the east or Laguepie, ancient and dramatic, to the west. We also have a wealth of information available in the house with leaflets on practically everything, and can help you personally, if required, with our views on places to visit, restaurants to try and where to sample or buy the nicest wines!

THE TARN/AVEYRON REGION
The region has had historical links with England since early medieval times and the Hundred Years War produced the amazing hilltop fortified villages known as 'bastides' - many now reduced to picturesque ruins. Others like Cordes, Conques, Najac, Carcassonne and Rocamadour have continued splendidly. The TARN has two capaitals ALBI and CASTRES, and both of these gracious old cities are worth visiting for architecture, museums (Toulouse Lautrec), shopping and very reasonable excellent food. GAILLAC is the wine centre of the region. The AVEYRON capital is RODEZ, a sombre and beautiful granite city. Villefrance de Rouerque or St Antonin-Noble-Val have enchanting river settings and enticing narrow streets with interesting architecture.

In the area

This Property is situated in Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees

Nearest Airport: Rodez , Toulouse, orCarcassonn - More than 30 kms (approx)

Nearest Station: Laguepie Carmaux

Nearest Ferry: N/A - More than 30 kms (approx)

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Nearest Ski Resort:

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town or village.


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