Converted barn in La Maurelie, St Christophe, Tarn, Midi Pyrenees, France - Tranquil Country Setting With Beautiful Views
- English, French
About Peter Dixon
Peter Dixon and Bridget Wright moved to France in 2000 with the plan to renovate Hors des brumes as two properties. We would live in the house and let the barn as a gite. As so often happens the best laid plans never work out. For our first year of lettings the barn was not ready so we let the house and moved into the barn which was very rustic and so the pattern has continued for a mixture of reasons. Firstly, we have had so much repeat business that people have wanted to return to the house. One family have visited us six times; also it has taken us a long time to completely finish the renovations in the barn. After nine years we were ready to let the barn for the full season. The barn is a magical space, quite unusual and we have tried to keep many of the original features.
Peter Dixon purchased this Barn in 2000
Why Peter Dixon chose Saint-Christophe
The experience of French rural life in a beautiful and uncrowded part of the countryside. Driving around some of the local roads you will be surprised to see another car, even in peak season. Small town fêtes are a fun night out in the summer with giant paella, accordion-led dance bands, and fireworks at midnight. Cordes and Najac are a very relaxed drive away, Albi just a little further but all worth a visit. Albi has a remarkable cathedral, an attractive river and pedestrianised mediaeval centre and the Toulouse Lautrec museum. There are markets almost every day somewhere. Villefranche on Thursdays is considered the best, but our favourite is St Antonin on a Sunday morning.
What makes this Barn unique
Each year we have over thirty visitors and most of them prefer relaxing by the pool to anything more strenuous. We have a growing paperback library if this is your choice. However, there is plenty of good walking around. The French come to this general area to walk, cycle, climb and cave, and kayak down the Aveyron, or jump off the cliffs at St Antonin (with parachutes).
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Wonderful in every sense of the word
If you are looking for a holiday full of peace, tranquility, in the heart of the French countryside this is it. It’s beautiful. The barn is gorgeous, cool in the hot sun, clean, comfortable with everything you need. The private heated pool kept the whole family happy and cool all week. We were made to feel very welcome. I would highly recommend this barn. We are a family of 5 and will definitely return.
Beaches are available by the rivers or lakes, 20 minutes away.
The nearest airports are Toulouse (90 minutes) or Rodez (75 minutes). Car hire is essential. Driving from the Channel ports takes about ten hours. Motorail runs from Paris to Brive or Toulouse.
Nearest village shops are Laguepie or Mirandol (15 minutes), nearest big supermarkets 25 minutes, Cordes 25 minutes, Najac 25 minutes, St Antonin 45 minutes, Albi 45 minutes.
You will probably see wild deer and hares, and possibly wild boar, pine martens or otters, as well as red squirrels. There are buzzards circling and kestrels hovering overhead, and other birds of prey including peregrine falcons, kites, and hen harriers. Eagles and a type of vulture have been seen. Herons and kingfishers are by the rivers and other smaller birds include black redstarts, who nest in our porch, swallows who fly into the barn if you leave the door open, robins, wrens, nuthatches, tits, hoopoes, hawfinches, rock buntings, stonechats and golden oreoles. There are four kinds of woodpecker.
Background music on summer evenings is provided by crickets, frogs, and midwife toads (who go ‘peep peep’). Bats zigzag by at dusk and sleep behind the shutters during the day. The hooting of owls or the singing of nightingales may send you to sleep at night.