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A very large luxurious converted barn near Albi with private heated pool

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • children welcome


About the property

2 Bedrooms (one king-size and one twin); 2 bathrooms; sleeps 4

Close to Albi, the Grange at La Valette is a fully renovated barn with two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a very large living area. The fully equipped kitchen has a dishwasher, microwave, oven and hob units. We provide all the equipment required including TV, video, BBQ, mountain bikes, and linen and towels. The pool is exclusive to the gite and is situated in its own grounds within the 2 acre garden.

The area is peaceful, yet only 20 minutes by car from Albi (famous for its cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum). The beautiful Tarn valley is very close, where there is canoeing, cycling and walking. In the region there is lots to see and do including the bastide villages, wine growing, activity centres and wildlife parks.

With easy access from the airports of Toulouse (1.15hrs) and Rodez (1.15hrs) this is a lovely part of France and well worth a visit. We will make you very welcome at La Valette.

Golf: There is a very good golf club in Albi (Lasbordes) and another two nearby. Clubs are available for hire and green fees vary but are around 35-50 Euros.

Taking bookings now for 2017.

More Details

Property Manager
Peter and Lizie Wildman
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French, German, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 March, 2017

About Peter and Lizie Wildman

We have been living in the Tarn since 2002 and have greatly enjoyed this unspoilt region of France. Having traveled the world and lived in many different parts of the world (La Valette is house No; 26 in 41 years of marriage), we have a wealth of experience in hospitality.

Peter and Lizie Wildman purchased this barn in 2000

Why Peter and Lizie Wildman chose Tarn

We are able to offer, on request, a limited selection of prepared evening meals

What makes this barn unique

La Valette is close to Albi and is ideal for a family holiday with so much to see and do and in particular you will benefit from exclusive use of the heated swimming pool. The gite is large with plenty of space and is fully equipped for your holiday.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Villefranche-d'Albigeois in Midi-Pyrenees

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • 1 king-size double, 1 twin, 1 cot available.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Exclusive use of a large private heated salt water pool (no chemicals) alarmed and fenced.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

A very large luxurious converted barn near Albi with private heated pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Wonderfully relaxing week, even with the kids!

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious gite, in lovely grounds. The photos don't do it justice. The pool was brilliant, the kids were in within 20 minutes of arriving and every day after. The gite has everything you might need, Peter and Lizie have thought of everything! Nearby Albi is beautiful and there are some picturesque villages nearby. The moules frites at Le Grand Chene is a good night out, there is a bouncy castle next the restaurant for the kids, while you have an aperatif... There is also a fantastic tree adventure park at St Pierre de Trivisy, for adults as well as children - great fun! If you're a family of four then this gite comes highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenny and Steve; thank you so much for your review which is much appreciated and most warmly welcomed. We both are so glad that you enjoyed La Valette and hope you might return again to see us.
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Superb, quiet place to chill out

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to write a nasty review so that we could be sure of getting the dates we want when we go back again. But my wife has told me to be sensible. So here we go.

After first visiting in July/August 2013 we decided to go back in the summer of 2014. We found we hadn't explored enough of the area and the children (aged 7 and 9) wanted to go back to "their" swimming pool which Peter takes great pride in maintaining.

The barn and the grounds are wonderful for the children and there is LOTS of room. The owners are across the drive and didn't seem to mind our noiseboxes playing football, rugby or shouting around the pool. For the adults, it was really relaxing. You can sit under a chestnut tree and drink rosé while the kids run. The lane is hardly used. Villefranche nearby has most of what you need (bakery, small Super U, a small bar) although we went to Albi to get a big shop a couple of times at Leclerc. The barn is really well kitted out and the Saturday cleaning is thorough and good. Peter and Lizie are marvellous people and, as I have reason to know, are massively helpful if you have unexpected problems.

The area is a little off the tourist track but there are plenty of things to see. I personally liked Ambialet a lot, Cordes sur Ciel is close enough too and you can go to Toulouse (if you must!). We mix self-catering with occasional restaurant visits. Peter and Lizie can give you tips. Le Grand Chene at Frejairroles for mussels was a permanent date for us.

It is a super place to chill out and I would unequivocally recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

The setting is fantastic - beautiful and tranquil . There were four adults in our party , there was plenty of space for us each couple had our own bathroom/toilet. The owners Peter and Lizie were wonderful providing us with lots of information about places to visit and of course there was the absolutely fantastic swimming pool. Would recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Gite

  • 5 of 5

As a family we have stayed in numerous gites and villas around Europe and without doubt this is one of the best we have stayed in.

The gite is a great size, well furnished, clean, well equipped and comfortable.

The pool is large and lovely to jump into when the sun got too hot.

The whole experience of La Vallette is one of relaxation and enjoyment.

Peter and Lizzie are very welcoming and knowledgable.

The whole area is very pretty, there are lots of pretty interesting villages to visit and Albi is a particularly lovely town to visit.

Nearer to La Vallette a friday evening at Lu Barry with Mussels and Chips is very enjoyable.

La Vallette is highly recommended and definitely on our list of re-visits

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We try to make La Valette a "home from home" and comments like these just make our day. We love La Valette too and hope that many more will come and enjoy the experience.
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A week in June

  • 5 of 5

We were lucky enough to chance upon this property whilst arranging a last minute holiday flying from Edinburgh to Toulouse in June 2009.

The accommodation was excellent - spotlessly clean, comfortable beds with a well equipped and stocked kitchen for self-catering. A real home from home with everything you could need by way of entertainment in the well-stocked bookcases, CDs, DVDs, games etc.

A beautiful heated pool for relaxing and recharging the batteries. But if you can tear yourself away, a visit to Albi is a must. The spectacular bridge at Millau was also a highlight as was our visit to the "really French" local market at Realmont.

Most of all Peter and Lizie were splendid hosts and provided a wealth of local knowledge. Their attention to detail couldn't be faulted.

The only downside? The photographs barely do the accommodation justice and a week was nowhere near enough time to spend at La Valette.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Idyllic rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in this lovely spacious converted barn exceeded our expectations. This delightful hamlet in the hills above Albi made a great base from which to explore the region; although rural it was not isolated. The local village of Villefranche d'Albigeois had a good range of shops, bars and cafes and friendly inhabitants. Albi could easily be reached in 15 minutes and provided facilities such as supermarkets and restaurants.

The well maintained accommodation was furnished with charm and flair; attractive pieces of local furniture, pictures and china combined to provide a delightful ambience. Beds were comfortable and the kitchen area well equipped - all was spotless.

A good selection of books, CDs, DVDs and an iPod docking system were much appreciated as was the use of bicycles, the wonderful salt water pool and barbecue. A morning cycle ride to the village to collect fresh bread and croissants soon became routine for the more energetic members of the party.

Peter and Lizie were attentive and endearing hosts with a fund of useful local knowledge and provided us with a with a good range of suggestions of what to see and do locally.

Highlights of our visit included trips to Toulouse, Albi and Castres, exploring local bastides and kayaking on the Tarn (this was deemed to be so good that a second trip had to be undertaken!). The area had a good selection of local restaurants - we particularly enjoyed the restaurant at Alban.

Sadly 10 days was not long enough to fit in all we wanted to do but all were agreed that La Valette provided the ideal combination of being a great place in which to relax with plenty to do and see.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
Rodez / Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Le Barry - Villefranche d'Albigeois
Nearest Ferry
300 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Lasbordes, Albi
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Le Grand Chene
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Ax les Thermes
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Close to the small village of Villefranche d'Albigeois and 15kms from the historic city of Albi in the Tarn region of south west France. The village has all amenities including a butcher, baker, pharmacy, supermarket and two bars.

Other Activities: Largest outdoor activity centre in region at Cap Decouvert - Albi


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Villefranche-d'Albigeois, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £216

Only one week left 18 -25 July special price of 900 euros all inclusive - so please hurry!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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