Farmhouse in Bertre, Puylaurens, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees - Decorated To An Impeccable Standard This House Is Well Located Between Carcassonne And Toulouse
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 60 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 60 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
Cleaned with disinfectant
Beautiful house, well decorated and kitted our. Bathrooms stunning! Really appreciated the bed linen although beds on the short side. Everything you really need including gorgeous pool. Isabella was enchanting and really helpful.
A lovely house you'll want to return to
A lovely house, old and full of character but well-maintained. Decorated and furnished in lovely style. Fabulous bathrooms! Loads of space both inside and outside. The pool is gorgeous, with lavender and rosemary planted beside it. We enjoyed watching the butterflies and the little lizards and rabbits in the garden. Amazing birdsong early in the mornings. Location is just what we look for - rural, quiet but not too far to get to local town and interesting places to visit. Great for easy cycling trips nearby on the canal du midi towpath at Castelnaudary and the voie verte between Castres and Albi.
Great property for extended family get together. We all loved the space and the pool in particular.
The house was great and met our needs. Isabelle was very good at giving the tour and checking we had settled in without being obtrusive. The surrounding area lacks a little in places to eat locally, but we enjoyed eating at the house on the terrace using the facilities indoors and the barbecue. The pool was used every day extensively due to the lovely weather. Revel and Castres are worth a visit, but everywhere seems very quiet ((closed!) on a Monday. Overall, a lovely time to relax and catch up.
Great property with amazing pool
We had an overall wonderful stay in Martin's house during the 2018 summer heatwave. Thank goodness for the pool in 38 degree heat!
The house has lots of great space, inside and out, and was perfect for the children in our group, who were 3, 7 and 10. Everything was in great condition, and there is ample equipment/furniture in the kitchen, around the pool and from a practical perspective too. Not all of the photos in the listing do the property justice - the size and condition of the bathrooms and bedrooms especially was really impressive.
We didn't explore the area as much as we'd have liked because of the heat and the pull of the pool, with just a day out in the amazing Carcassonne to break our stay up in the week.
A couple of things we think future guests should know. The house got very hot, especially upstairs at night, but we were there during an unusually warm period. That, combined with the traditional French beds (with solid foot ends), meant that sleep during the week wasn't always the best for the couple of us that couldn't fully stretch out in bed (we just caught up on the loungers by the pool!).
But most importantly, when we booked, the property was listed with a check in time of 4pm and check out time of 11am, both of which we had complications with. Check in is actually 6pm and Isabella the housekeeper turned up at 9am on our last morning, which made for a rushed departure, which was unfortunate. In total, only a difference of 4 hours to our stay, just unfortunate that it impacted our first night and last morning, so hopefully useful for people to know in advance.
But none of that will affect our overall enjoyment of our stay in Martin's lovely house, and we would very much recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet location with great facilities in a beautiful part of France.
Fantastic house and the owner and house keeper were great when we had an accident
So grateful to the owner
Just over an hour drive to Narbonne Plage and the Mediterranean coast.
Around 45 minutes from Toulouse or Carcassonne airports. Driving from the UK takes around 10 hours
5 minute drive to Puylaurens, offering a market, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, petrol and a range of smaller shops. 20 minutes to the larger town of Revel, offering a large market, many restaurants, supermarkets and entertainment. 30 minutes to Castres, large town with multiple supermarkets.
- English, French
About Martin Symons
For many years with young children in tow we holidayed all over France. The children loved the outdoor life, with plenty of sunshine, and we loved the French way of life, the people, the large open spaces and last, but not least, good food and wine. It became a dream to one day own a little slice of that French life and to find a haven of peace from our frenetic English lifestyle. After several years searching we found En Magne. Our children have now left home, but we all visit frequently together with our friends. We have had many happy times, so the house is full of fond memories. Current commitments mean we cannot spend as much time as we would like in our French home, so we thought we would take this opportunity to offer it for holidays.
Martin Symons purchased this Farmhouse in 2000
Why Martin Symons chose Bertre
Having spent 4 years looking in various parts of France, our then quite young children wanted to be near skiing and the beach. We both wanted an old farmhouse in a relatively rural, but not too isolated, location with plenty of space. The edge of a hamlet was ideal so we could get to know local people. When we saw En Magne on a hillside overlooking this glorious countryside, we knew it was for us. The children loved it too. Discovering much more of the area came later and we still find so much to do, although many of our friends who visit don’t want to leave En Magne and its environs.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Apart from the stunning location (surrounded by sunflowers in the summer), the area is very peaceful and the locals very friendly. Puylaurens (5kms) has a good supply of supermarkets, boulangeries, butcher, banks (with ATM), cave, tourist board and post office. There are several restaurants and cafes and a market on Wednesday. There is a Roman road within a 1km offering walking (randonees) and cycling. It is within an hour of Toulouse and Carcassone with easy airport access. The surrounding area has a vast selection of delightful towns and villages, many offering wonderful markets.