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Luxurious Stone Farmhouse Private Heated Pool In Glorious Parkland Setting

Bedrooms 3
Space 12,916 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6 + Baby - Easy Access To Shopping And Services

A luxurious, light and airy, fully restored house with beamed ceilings and charmingly furnished with style.

It has the sought after Clévacances '4 Keys' classification for 12 years.

The large comfortable sitting room has TV, DVD and Wi-fi with a log burning stove and central heating for off season visits. The well equipped modern kitchen/dining room has oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge freezer. Separate laundry room.

The kichen opens onto a large private terrace with lovely views, dining furniture and barbecue. It is planted with shade trees and shrubs. A vast covered dining and play area is beside the boules terrace.

Three lovely bedrooms and two modern bathrooms are on the first floor. The master suite has a king size bed with en-suite shower. One has a queen size bed and the other, twin beds which can be made up as double. There a large bathroom with bathtub and shower.

In front of the house is the large (10m x 5m), private heated pool with its shimmering olive trees and exotic planting, sun beds and parasols. Shallow Roman steps allow easy access for children.

The kichen opens onto a large private terrace with lovely views, dining furniture and barbecue. It is planted with shade trees and shrubs. A vast covered dining and play area is alongside the boules terrace.

The house nestles in landscaped parkland with beautiful planting, ancient trees and lovely views.

This tranquil and romantic, rural setting offers easy access to main routes and good local shopping and restaurants.

The owners live on site and will provide you with extensive local information and help, but won't intrude on your privacy.

The pool area is landscaped with olives, palms, flowers and shade trees.

The house is decorated with light colours throughout, tasteful decorations, pictures, quality furniture and some antiques.3 comfortable bedrooms, 1 with en-suite and a 160cm bed. Plus a large independent bathroom with bath/shower, basin, wc. Provided with high quality bed linen and towels (changed weekly) and beds made up ready for your arrival.

The large, comfortable sitting room is furnished with sofas, desk and book case. Wi-fi internet access. TV, DVD, books and games. A log burning stove and oil fired central heating make for a cosy stay in low season. Fully equipped kitchen/dining room with attractive table-ware. Electric hob/stove, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave.

Separate utility room with washing machine and storage.

The large terraces with dining furniture and barbecue have lovely views and enjoys wonderful sunsets. Extensive gardens and woods are at your disposal. It is a haven for wild birds and red squirrels. Private parking.

SURROUNDINGS: The house is in a tranquil, country situation but with easy access to main routes. Excellent shopping and all services are just 5 minutes away. A grocer and restaurant are in the village and fabulous local markets are all around. Excellent restaurants in all price ranges, including 2 with Michelin stars.

Close to the world famous medieval Cathedral city of Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, historic Castres, hilltop Lautrec, there are numerous romantic, bastide villages like Cordes sur Ciel and historic Cathar sites to explore. Extensive Gaillac vineyards await degustation and gastronomic feasts of local cheese, charcuterie and the famous cassoulet abound.

Vast resources of cultural and sporting facilities for all ages. Four top golf courses and horse riding nearby. Beautiful rolling countryside with lakes and rivers, good walking, rare birds and wild flowers.

1 hour Toulouse, airport BA, Easyjet, Flybe, Air France.

1.5 hours Carcassonne, Rodez airports Ryanair

Sports: Bicycles and tennis rackets are available.


Large, private heated pool.

Lots of space for wandering and for children to play.

Golf - a choice of excellent courses for all levels within 30-40 minutes drives. See special feature.

Miles of cycling for enthusiasts.

Quad biking, canoe, adventure parks, swimming pool complexes, horse riding are all within easy reach.

Lakes for fishing, boating and swimming abound.

Extensive and varied walking routes for all levels.

Endless opportunities for bird and animal watching and wild flower discovery.

Fabulous range and light for photography and painting.


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Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
13 September, 2018

About Joan RAFFIN

We met in London 25 years ago and discovered a shared passion for food, gardens, architecture and travel. Joan is a garden designer and writer with a taste for the unusual and a taste for adventure. John, a chartered surveyor whose life has touched many parts of the world, has always enjoyed tackling 'projects'.

Joan RAFFIN purchased this farmhouse in 2001

Why Joan RAFFIN chose Vénès

France is country in which we both spent happy times in our youth and we thought to recapture some of that spirit. Not previously knowing the South-west, we stumbled upon the Tarn and discovered a Hobbit like romantisicm within its rolling landscapes, lakes and ancient hilltop villages. When we discovered La Bailesse, it really was love at first sight, Once the centre of a vast farm,it had been unoccupied for years and just seemed to reach out to us for help. We were so lucky to find it and our fabulous neighbours who have welcomed us into their community without reservation. This warmth extends right throughout the region.

What makes this farmhouse unique

La Bailesse is a magical property nestling within the cradling arms of soft, surrounding hills. It exudes calm and is an oasis for our birds and butterflies, the red squirrels and wild orchids. Guests who arrive somewhat stressed, quickly lose themselves to its charms and fall headlong into relaxation.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Vénès around the Tarn

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 12916 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Walk in shower.
  • The bright, modern bathrooms are light and spacious with quality fittings and equipped with toiletries. The large separate bathroom has a bathtub and shower over and lots of space for the family. The master bedroom has its own modern en-suite shower room/wc. High quality towels are supplied and changed weekly. Baby steps and changing facilities are available.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1.60 m
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , or as double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , cot available
  • All bedrooms are bright and airy and overlook the pool and gardens. They are situated on the first floor and have lovely views over the pool area. High quality bed linen is supplied and changed weekly. Beds are made up ready for your arrival. The bedrooms are attractively and comfortably furnished with style, retaining beamed ceilings and original features. There are mirrors and pictures in all rooms. A large wooden cot and baby changing equipment are available - please mention when booking.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 5 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This property benefits from an exceptional situation in wonderfully landscaped grounds in a rural setting with no near neighbours. As s a bonus, it has easy access for shopping and for visiting tourist attractions. We, the owners, live on site and know the area very well, so we are able to give you help and advice at any time. We live in a completely separate part of the property which is private from the farmhouse. We offer: Wi-fi internet access. A weekly cleaning service is available if required. We can make you special meals by request. Loan of bicycles. Lots of space in gardens for children to play. Books and DVD library. Pool toys. We can organise visits, rambles and sporting activities if you wish to add some extra experiences to your holiday.


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Luxurious Stone Farmhouse Private Heated Pool In Glorious Parkland Setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Relaxing and peaceful location with fabulous views and sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a really great holiday at this lovely Gite. This was such a peaceful and restful location. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and helpful, the house was very comfortable with everything you needed. The living room was spacious with comfortable sofas to relax on in the evening. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking equipment and a BBQ was also provided. The outside seating area is great with a beautiful view across the fields and the most amazing sunsets night after night. There is plenty to do in this area - walking, cycling - including a very safe path for cycling with children which is flat and goes for miles. Lots of beautiful towns and villages with their regular markets and fabulous fresh produce to explore. A very large intermarche is just a couple of miles away and the local shop which you can walk to has fresh bread and croissants plus any other essentials you may need. A really great holiday location - the Tarn is a beautiful area.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tarn glory

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Joan and John's gite in rural Tarn. It really was a get away from it all week in the middle of fields and rolling countryside, even if the weather wasn't always playing ball !! Joan was a great host and was there to answer any queries we had. Very relaxing and just what we needed.

Martin & Sue Wilkinson

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming Gite in beautiful Tarn

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday, the Gite is well equipped, a real home from home, set in beautiful countryside and well situated to explore the surrounding area. We visited Albi and Lautrec, and also did a walk around Hautpoul. The village shop is an easy 10 minutes walk away, fresh bread and croissants for breakfast are a must. Joan is a wonderful host, making us feel very welcome. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a real pleasure to share our home with your lovely, enthusiastic family. I enjoyed sharing sunset watching with you and was thrilled to see you swimming during the extended 'Indian summer'. You are welcome back any time.
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Idyllic holiday

  • 5 of 5

Shabby chic, white washed floorboards, exposed beams, flagstone floors, beautifully maintained swimming pool, picture perfect views, scent of lavender, vast gardens, every mod-con, comfortable beds, thick sheets and towels and when the children finally stopped jumping into the swimming pool total, ear-ringing silence! Our four children didn't want to go out and visit the area as they loved the house and pool too much! But when we did there is plenty to see. Local shop and café-bar/restaurant in walking distance. Amazing boulangerie 10 minutes drive away in Lautrec. Fantastic local market in Realmont 10 minutes in the car. The local mountain zoo was the best day out for the children. Good value, freshly made pizzas 10 minutes walk across the fields and lovely local restaurant 20 minutes walk across the fields. And a very warm welcome from the owners. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking time out to write ths lovely review. It's a huge pleasure for us to share this beautiful and varied area of south-west France and we're delighted that you had such an enjoyable time.
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Très bon séjour

  • 5 of 5

Super cadre. Hôtes très accueillants et attentionnés. Nous reviendrons.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: C'était un plaisir d'avoir une famille si charmante qui reste ici. Ils ont montré une grande appréciation des jardins, ce qui m'a rendu heureux. It was a pleasure to have such a charming family staying here. They showed great appreciation of the gardens, which made me happy.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
150 Metres
Vénès, La Padèna
Nearest Ferry
1000 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
A68 Albi-Toulouse
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Vénès, La Padèna
Car: necessary

Brilliantly situated between ALBI and CASTRES, La Bailesse offers easy access to a vast range of tourist and sporting facilities, with shops, services and restaurants nearby.

The region is steeped in CATHAR history with medieval bastide villages and hilltop fortresses to explore. ALBI, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famed for its immense 13th C brick cathedral. The TOULOUSE LAUTREC museum houses a vast collections of works by this Albi born painter. The magical hill-top village of CORDES SUR CIEL, medievil CASTRES with its Venetian style river frontage and the hilltop bastide, LAUTREC, are close by.

TOULOUSE with elegant architecture and museums is one hour away. CARCASSONNE, the CANAL DU MIDI, historic chateaux and fortified villages, make this a paradise for painters and photographers.

Four golf courses, riding, canoeing and adventure parks invite sports enthusiasts, while walkers can explore the Haut Languedoc National Park.

Other Activities: adventure parks, canoeing, rafting, swimming pools, quad, go-kart.

Golf: You will meet many passionate golf enthusiasts in this area and we can make all necessary arrangements for entrance to our excellent local courses on your behalf.

Albi - Golf d'Albi-Lasbordes is a superb championship course on the edge of the city. It is beautifully landscaped and has a restaurant and equipment hire.

At Golf de Florentin-Galillac, nestling amongst vineyards, you will appreciate being right in the countryside. You can enjoy a leisurely game and take a swim later to cool off. Restaurant and equipment hire.

At Mazamet, 40 minutes, the Mazamet-La Barouge Golf Club at the foot of the Montagne Noir. This beautiful course offers a good experience for all levels. Restaurant and equipment hire.

Golf des Etangs de Fiac, is a nine hole course outside Castres. Restaurant and equipment hire.

Golf de Castres-Gourjade on the edge of Castres offers a leisurely 9 hole course.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse around the Vénès,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
25 Aug 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late autumn
29 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
1 Jun 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jul 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
24 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £266.46
Cleaning end of stay £0
Stay tax £1.07 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

LONG TERM RENTALS welcome in OFF SEASON - please ask for a quotation

DISCOUNTS may be available for COUPLES in LOW SEASONS - please ask for a quotation

Security deposit 300 Euros, refundable subject to loss or damage.

Oil fired central heating supplement (when required) of 95.00 Euros per week.
Logs for wood burner 25€/basket.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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