|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
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A converted barn in beautiful countryside, retaining many of its original features, beamed ceilings and open fireplace. French doors open onto a sunny south-facing terrace ideal for summer dining and overlooking the stunning 10x5m private swimming pool. On the ground floor there is a very spacious open plan living area: lounge with sofas, dining area and kitchen. There is an open fire and Large Plasma TV with UK Satellite. Also on the ground floor is a WC. The kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, freezer, microwave and washing machine.
The property has central heating available for winter visits. French doors lead to a terrace overlooking the garden and pool. This an ideal location for al fresco dining. There is a barbeque provided for such occasions.
The master bedroom is a double with en suite bathroom including, bath, twin wash basins, large walk-in shower and WC. There are two further bedrooms, with double/twin beds. These rooms share a shower room with wash basin and toilet
Surrounding Area: Nearby are other charming historic towns, the Gaillac Region vineyards (you can taste and buy wine at many domains and châteaux and there is a great wine co-operative selling top class wines in the grounds of the church in the town of Gaillac), the magnificent Gresigne forest, and the beautiful Aveyron gorges. There is a great Sunday market at St Antonin. There are many restaurants nearby. It is only a 20 minute drive to the fine medieval city of Albi with its stunning cathedral, famous Toulouse Lautrec museum and quaint medieval streets with many shops.
Activities: In addition to swimming at the house, there is canoing on the Aveyron river (The Aveyron Gorge is a 'must see'), an 18 hole golf course at Albi, and a range of sports, including skiing on the synthetic slope at the new Cap Decouverte leisure complex near Carmaux (20 minutes away). There are numerous country walks.
Distances/details of various towns, airports etc.: Albi at 18 miles Toulouse Lautrec Museum; 13th Century Cathedral; quaint shopping streets; Golf (18 Hole); Atlantis Water park. Cordes-sur-Ciel (9 miles) Beautiful Medieval “Bastide” (fortified) town with quaint streets, Saturday Market. Blaye-les- Mines (11 miles) Cap Decouverte. Gaillac (20 miles) Town at centre of famous Gaillac Wine Region. Vineyards everywhere! Forest of Gresigne nearby - Superb walks. Aveyron Gorges nearby - Beautiful views walking or driving; Canoeing. Mirandol nearby - Horse Riding; Tennis.
Rodez Airport (46 miles; 1 hour 12 minutes). Flights to Rodez = Ryanair from Stansted........Toulouse Airport (62 miles mainly motorway; 1 hour 25 minutes) Flights to Toulouse (UK- Flybe, BMI, Easyjet, British Airways; Dublin - Aer Lingus). Carcasonne Airport (112 miles; 2 hours); Flights to Carcasonne (Ryanair from Liverpool, Stansted & Dublin.)
A very French property in a very peaceful area, sitting on the pilgrims' way to Santiago de Compostella. Lots is interesting places to visit or an ideal place to chill out?
Great swimming pool
The holiday brief was to find somewhere quiet with a pool where we could relax and take it easy - La Grefeille exceeded all our expectations, which is not easy with a couple of teenagers. Arriving late on the first night, the thoughtful ‘Welcome’ pack was a fantastic touch and set us up nicely with bread, cheese and a glass of wine. The gite itself is just as good as it looks on the website, loads of room inside and a great terrace for reading/lounging/barbecue/etc.
The swimming pool was even better than the photos suggest and provided a much needed respite in the heat of the day, big enough to allow some recreational lengths or just general splashing around.
The local area is very picturesque with some idyllic towns and countryside. There is plenty of opportunity to either relax and do nothing or take advantage of the wide range of activities on offer in the region - highlights for us were kayaking at St Antonin and the adventure park at Cap Découverte (Blaye-les-Mines).
Eugene was very helpful, answering all our queries and providing great service.
After a couple of weeks driving around the south of France we had 7 days here, we did absolutely nothing, which was perfect.
After arriving on the Saturday the only time we left was when I went grocery shopping twice. Our children loved the pool, loved the TV when it got hot and generally had the most relaxing week of our lives.
There are plenty of things to see but we never made it to any of them, maybe next time.
Owners are very responsive and have returned the security deposit very quickly.
As a couple and a single friend we had a very relaxing stay at La Grefeille in early summer 2011. It is a wonderful rural setting surrounded by crop growing and animal grazing pastures. The country lanes were idyllic and provided central access to a a broad range of interesting hamlets, villages and towns - Laguepie, Saint-Antonin, Najac, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Albi, Gaillac, to name a few. The swimming pool was a real asset for a late afternoon cool off each day after exploring the area. There are good restaurants within easy driving distance. The house's living area provided a traditional French context to our stay. We enjoyed the shaded outdoor terrace.
We spent two weeks in early July 2010 at La Grefeille with our two four-year old children. We embarked on extensive research on the Internet prior to booking and have come to the conclusion that we have found the perfect holiday spot with Siobhan and Eugene's oasis La Grefeille.
For a family of four the house is very spacious with a large living and kitchen area. The kids (and parents during the World Cup...) enjoyed the large screen TV and it was very nice to find a big drawer full of children's games and books in the living room. The upstairs had three good-sized and tastefully furnished bedrooms and two very nice bathrooms. In particular the ensuite master bedroom bathroom was extremely nice and spacious. We very much appreciated the fact that all beds had high quality and very tasteful linen and that there was an abudance of towels.
Outside there are two highlights that will ensure that you spend a very relaxing holiday: number one is the patio where we spent breakfast, lunch and dinner in the shade - together with a nice glass of wine it is very difficult not to get into the holiday spirit. And number two and for us the key attraction of La Grefeille was the pool! It has a very good size, is extremely clean and one cannot do anything else than jump in immediately. Together with the patio this is where we spent most of our time.
It is also very important to mention that from our first inquiry via the net to the time that we left La Grefeille Eugene has been extremely helpful in answering questions related to the house, the region and any other issue that one needs to know about when visiting. If necessary there is also (English-speaking) help a phone call away.
Finally, the area is beautiful, Cordes-sur-Ciel a dream and we very much enjoyed the fact that this being high season it was actually not very crowded. As an aside if you stay in the region we would highly recommend trying the butcher on the main road into Cordes-sur-Ciel. Excellent meat and extremely friendly service.
All in all for us a perfect vacation in a superb holiday home helped by very supportive owners.
We would go back in a hearbeat and in fact are thinking about it for next year...
We were so pleased to have decided on La Grefeille for our 2 week September holiday in France. It was a delightful retreat for my husband and me, tucked away down a country lane and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Downstairs was a large, open-plan space with kitchen, dining area and lounge. The kitchen area was very well equipped - dishwasher, good cooking facilities, fridge freezer, microwave, plus welcoming extras like a cafetiere. As we were very lucky with the weather, we tended to eat just outside on the terrace but sometimes in the evening, we curled up on the large sofas, with our plates of french food bought from the local markets, mesmerised by the burning logs crackling away in the large fire place. The satellite TV and our French films couldn't really compete. Having spent our mornings visiting local markets, art galleries & boulangeries in Cordes, or the old part of Albi, we were quite content to pass lazy afternoons reading books and sipping wine by the magnificient swimming pool. The master bedroom with its en-suite was perfect for us; a very comfortable, enormous bed, and a large, walk-in, powered shower. Any downsides - when you first see the house from the lane, it doesn't look anything special, but wait until you walk down the steps to the front and see the wisteria growing over the terrace, the wonderfully blue, clean swimming pool and the warm, old stone of the converted barn, you start to realise what a special place it is. Secondly, the barn is very close to another 2 dwellings, owned by a resident English couple so you are not entirely alone. However, you are not really overlooked and the neighbours are quiet and keep to themselves. Thirdly, there are wasps and hornets around but they tend to keep to the fig tree by the side of the house. As long as you are sensible and give them a wide berth, they are totally occupied with the fruit. Overall, we found the place enchanting, in a beautiful, quiet, rural location, with good facilities. It was clean and well maintained, and the couple who look after the house, were very helpful and pleasant. You do need to car to get to any of the local villages and towns but these are well worth visiting and exploring. Cordes, in particular, is good for foodies and art and culture. I would recommend this to middle aged couples like us or families with older children. We'll be back for sure.
Just past the entrance to the house the road becomes a track which is ideal for taking a slow stroll down to the river. The house is only 15 minutes drive from the shops, bars, restaurants and Saturday market at the picturesque hill town of Cordes-sur-Ciel. At the heart of the famous bastides region, Cordes is famous for its historic buildings, medieval festivities and summer music festival. Cordes overlooks the tranquil, rural valley of the Cerou River.
To the west, about 10 minutes away is the village of Laguepie with its medieval castle and Twin Rivers of the Aveyron and Viaur. This is a wonderfully French little village with local amenities such as doctor, bakers, grocers, post office, bar and a Sunday farmers market.
Other Activities: skiing, canoeing, white water rafting (Spring), Water Park
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
Mid Season 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£268|