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From the moment we set foot inside the gate we loved this place. The first thing that hits you is the view over the water. On entering the house you can see everything is as the writeup says and as the pictures show. For the first few days we were, apart from a little light exploration, content to just sit on the patio and enjoy the peace and tranquility. Eating meals outside into the late evening is also a joy.
The village of Lincou doesn't have any shops but the the camping, a short walk along the river, sells bread etc to order and they also cook great pizzas and other things. The nearest supermarket is about 6km away.
M. Lamy is very welcoming and extremely helpful but you will need at least your school French. He is still working at adding some great facilities in the lower garden which will attract us even more to go back again.
Once you have exhausted yourselves relaxing there is the beautiful Tarn valley to explore with it's medieval villages and stunning views. There is a large collection of leaflets and maps in the house showing attractions for young and old alike.
Almost a home from home downstairs quite modern: a kitchen supplied with many cooking utensils, a micro wave, toaster and washing machine. The bathroom had a over bath power shower, but it was the size of the bath that took us by surprize...it was very huge! The living/dinning room was roomy and relaxing to spend the evening. They also supplied and interesting mix of books and a DVD player to play your own music on. Upstairs amongst the open wooden beams(beautiful) is the bedroom in 'Oriole' we had a dressing room first (great to store all the cases) along with hanging space and big dressing table with lots of draws. In the roof is a velux window if you like to watch the stars. Outside of ' Oriole' you have a small private garden with table and chairs to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or to sit and enjoy the view. The grounds and distant views are breath taking trees, fields, hills and more trees as far as the eye can see. The 'sound of silence' will ring in your ears as you relax on loungers or chairs by the very inviting pool or take a dip or swim in it sparkling warm blue water.
Location wise it is situated in a very good place to visit Toulous, Albi, Castres to name a few. Castres is a fantastic place to eat, many places French restaurants, including a square with fountain, to eat, but also where you'll find food from around the world.
The owners supply very detailed instructions as how to find the Gites which is very helpful when your tired after a long drive. Also a book with lots of information of what to do and places to visit. Oh! mustn't forget you must visit 'lac de la bancaile' only about 10 minutes from the Gites just to look at the breath taking scenery or have a dip in the warm fresh water.
All in all we had a fantastic 2 week visit in August 2017 and look forward to visiting again soon.