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Converted mill set in a 100 acres at the end of a secluded valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 21 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A get away from it all 3 bedroom farmhouse set in its own beautiful valley

The house, part mill, part farmhouse, sits next to one of the many streams that keep this valley so lush. Behind the pool area, vast limestone cliffs pocketed with ancient caves await the energetic.

The surrounding 100 acres belong to the property ensuring you total privacy.

Accommodation comprises of three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large flagstone dining area, fully equipped kitchen with open fireplace and a large sitting/TV room.

Outside there are two terraces. One covered at the front with a bread oven, the other next to the pool and shaded by a canopy of vine leaves. The pool itself is 13m long and good for swimming and games as it is of uniform depth. A full safety compliant cover can be drawn across when the pool is not in use.

Log fires in the winter and barbecues in the bread oven contrast with modern amenities like satellite internet connection, multi channel television, DVD and video, and a covered table tennis area in the barn.

Legend has it that this was the site of a Roman villa and certainly evidence of old roads, stone water sluices and well-made walls sleep undisturbed in the hundred acres of land that enfolds Maraval.

In springtime carpets of wild flowers surround the house, in summertime the wooded walks provide shade for guests and animals alike - deer, wild boar, pine martin, red squirrels, fox and badger make their home here in the valley.

The nearest shops and restaurants are in the medieval hilltop town of Cordes, ten kilometres drive away. Here you’ll find everything from a seven day a week privately owned supermarket to a two Michelin star restaurant. It’s a wonderful mixture of art and rural life. Antique furniture, sunny cafes, tapestry makers and glass blowers.

For the more energetic there’s horse riding from stables situated in the forest above the house, canoeing for the whole family on the Aveyron, golf beside the Tarn river in Albi, plus of course a hundred acres of surrounding forest to explore. The region itself has miles of unspoiled empty roads to cycle or drive and a whole host of historic hilltop villages and towns, bustling markets, vineyards and châteaus to visit.

More Details

Cassia Barker
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a wonderful stay at Maraval. One of the most relaxing holidays we have ever experienced. Seclusion and tranquility in abundance yet not far from the interesting medieval town of Cordes. Excellent facilities in the house if you want to self cater. Breakfast was usually in the sun on the terrace, lunch under the vines around the pool, dinner at one of the excellent and affordable restaurants in the area and nightcaps in the garden under the most amazing starlit skies. The house is obviously someone's second home and not just a rental property. It is comfortably furnished, well equipped and has many family pictures on the walls. Apparently there are caves to be discovered but I have to say we never looked for them as the grounds seemed to go on forever. Instead we preferred to stick around the pool and enjoy the peace and quiet.... and the butterflies.
Jul 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tonnac in Tarn

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 21 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Cot available if needed.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Set in 100 acres of woodland. End of a picturesque valley, secluded, streams one flowing under house, walks and lots of wild life.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Converted mill set in a 100 acres at the end of a secluded valley
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 9 reviews

Idyllic hideaway

  • 4 of 5

Lovely rambling old building with period feel but still homely. Lovely big swimming pool in a secluded valley surrounded by woodland. Everything was clean and everything we needed for our stay was supplied.

Not quite as much wildlife as we had hoped for with just glimpses of two deer and a red squirrel. However we were enchanted by the nightly visits of the bats outside the main bedroom window as they groomed ready for their hunt. The Demoiselles were stunning and plenty of other butterflies and bugs.

So why four stars? Unlike one of the previous reviews we found communication with Cassia far more troublsome than it needed to be, evey email had to be chased up at least once and some with phone calls! However it was worth persisting as it is a lovely place in a nice area of France.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing location and house

  • 5 of 5

This property is just amazing. The location is so remote, beautiful and unspoilt. If you want quiet and scenic this is the place for you. Our kids could scream and shout while the played in the pool for hours on end.

The house is just outstanding. When you initially enter through the really old wooden door with the smell of the big old fireplace you feel like you are walking in to a castle.

The grounds around the house are there to explore. Sensible shoes needed for a trip to the caves.

My kids loved all the wildlife. Lots of amazing bugs, lizards, bats, owls and deer.

The surrounding area is unbelievable. Cordes sur ciel is such an amazing place to visit. So historic and not the tacky tourist feel. The market at St. Antonin on Sunday morning is also definitely worth doing. Huge market with so many amazing stalls.

We 100% recommend this property. It is so beautiful and has everything you need. It doesn't feel like a typical villa you can rent. It's a family home and you feel immediately relaxed and welcome as you enter.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing, we loved it.

  • 5 of 5

This was a lovely house, very very clean. The interior of the house is immaculate as are the pool and gardens .

The general atmosphere was of calm and contentment.

Excellent communication with the owners, we will be back as soon as we can, thank you for a lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A stunning location in rural France

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing week at Maraval. The house, pool and grounds were even more stunning than anticipated from the photos on the website. The house was very well equipped and furnished comfortably. The house manager, Chris, made two visits to check that we had everything we needed, which was reassuring, given the slightly remote location. It was great to have such a big, well-maintained pool. We enjoyed the wide variety of friendly wildlife, especially the visit from the deer, and the bats in the evening. The local hilltop villages of Penne, Puycelsi, Bruniquel were well worth visiting, as well as the obvious visit to nearby Cordes. We would highly recommend this property, and hope to make a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Pure bliss!

  • 5 of 5

Out of the many properties we have rented in France, Maraval is out on its as the finest. From the moment you reach the end of the lane and catch your first glimpse of the property you are struck by the seclusion and setting. The pool is excellent and invigorating, the house full of character, and much more than this it has the feeling of being a home. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week stay at Maraval and would highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredible place!

  • 5 of 5

Maraval is truly a special place and we loved our stay there. Total privacy and with beautiful greenery all around, plus the lovely stream. The pool was wonderful for our hot weather and the home itself is charming. Wish I owned it!!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
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Nearest Airport
59 Miles
Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Les Cabannes
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
46 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Cordes sur Ciel

Maraval is near Cordes-Sur-Ciel, voted in 2014 the best village in France by the French themselves.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tonnac, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April - May
31 Mar 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July - Sept
1 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Christmas, New Year and other out of season bookings by arrangement.
During Autumn, Winter and Spring months there may be additional charges for logs for the open fires and additional heating.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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