Our house with attached converted barn, built of white stone, is situated in a small bastide village in the middle of the Gaillac wine region near Cordes sur Ciel (one of the most beautiful mediaeval villages in France and in 2014 voted the French Village of the Year).
The original house is attached to a converted barn and both can be rented together (6 bedrooms – up to 14 guests - see listing 8723248), or the Barn, this listing, can be rented on its own (3 bedrooms – up to 8 guests). Please note: the property will not be let to two separate groups. A large group would have sole use of the whole property. A smaller group renting the barn would sometimes share the garden and pool with the owners.
There is a very spacious shaded terrace with large table and chairs for dining al fresco which provides a suitable spot for barbecues. This terrace overlooks the landscaped garden of 2500 sq. metres with grass, trees and shrubs, and a 12 x 5 metre pool (available from mid-May to mid-September) with umbrellas and chairs. There are swings and a slide.
The barn has been tastefully converted and equipped to a very high standard. It has been awarded a 4 star classification by the Tarn Tourist Board (Comité Départemental du Tourisme du Tarn) for 6 people. However, the twin room in the barn is large and so, if there are children in the group, we are able to accommodate up to 8 people.
Between the house and the barn is a games room with table football and a small snooker / pool table. The sitting room has a TV receiving French, UK and international satellite free-to-air channels, a DVD player and a basic hi-fi system. Wifi is available in most of the property. There is a reasonable selection of English-language books for most tastes and some games, music and DVDs.
The utility room has a washing machine, ironing boards and irons. There is a tumble-dryer in the garage, accessible from inside the house. The Barn has its own entrance and there is parking for 2 cars. There is an outside shower room and WC (only available in summer).
The heart of the barn is a large main room (12 x 5 metres) with sitting, dining and kitchen areas, which opens onto its own private large terrace with a table and chairs under a shady pergola. From the terrace there are views of the garden and pool and you can barbecue with lovely views of the sunset.
There are three bedrooms: a ground floor double bedroom with en-suite shower room and two further bedrooms upstairs (one double and one with two single beds) and a full bathroom. Two additional mattresses and a cot can be provided in the upstairs twin bedroom if required to accommodate more children. There is also a travel cot available.
The kitchen has a 4 burner hob, an electric oven and a microwave. It has a fridge-freezer and dishwasher and it is fully equipped with cooking pots and pans for everyday life rather than just as a holiday home.