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Anna Atkinson

Member since: 2012
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Speaks English, French

Peaceful retreat surrounded by woodland, flowers, wildlife and views

7 Reviews
People19
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 8 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Touffailles - Las Razes

Comfy en-suite bedrooms all opening onto terrace & overlooking the pool

Huge, stunning indoor space - full of character and original charm. All our bedrooms have ensuite shower rooms. We have a mixture of double, twin and family rooms. The property can be let with 6 rooms only - the pricing is based on this and then the other two rooms are an optional extra. Each bedroom opens directly out onto the terrace or large balcony overlooking the pool. Plenty of activities to keep the family occupied on site.

Free Wifi access

The large lounge/dining room provides lots of comfortable space for relaxing, watching TV (from the UK). One terrace has a large chess-set set out in the shade. There is an English library and a selection of board-games. We also have a DVD player with a selection of films, a CD player and a dart board and even a snooker table. The lounge has WIFI access - which is free for our guests.

There is plenty of space in the dining room for your party to eat indoors, or alternatively there are plenty of tables and chairs on the terraces, for outdoor eating. A BBQ is also provided for your use. Most of our terraces are shaded from the sunshine by UV filtering sail-shades, making the outdoor space safer and more comfortable.

In the kitchen there are two electric ovens, a gas hob, a microwave, two fridges, one freezer, washing machine, dish-washer, coffee maker, plenty of pots and pans and glassware. Ironing board, and iron and outdoor drying space are also provided

For more than one family holidaying together, or reunion groups, Las Razes provides a perfect large gite - your self-catering base for your holiday in South West France.

At one side of our large and ancient converted barn there are six south facing bedrooms (all with en-suite shower rooms). There are four double bedrooms (one of which has an adjoining bedroom with bunk beds) - 3 of the double rooms have super king-size bed, the other a kingsize. There are two twin bedrooms (one has an optional connecting door to one of the double rooms) there is room for a further 'Z' bed in either one of the twin rooms or one of the doubles. In the salon there is a day bed which can sleep two. For 2017 two further double bedrooms will be available. In front of the rooms there is a large shady terrace/balcony overlooking the heated swimming pool. Additional charges for extra beds apply.

At the other side of the barn there is a vast dining/sitting room with, at one end, a sunny breakfast room, opening onto gardens and terraces and also a games room. This barn has been carefully restored and retains its old oak beams, stonewalls and log burning stoves.

The sitting room has dvd/cd players, ¾ snooker table, dartboard along with a selection of board games and an English library. Satalite TV (from UK) is available in the dining room /lounge. There are plenty of comfortable sofas and chairs, so everyone should be able to find a quiet place any you will never find yourselves short of space.

WIFI (open) available in the lounge/dining room.

Adjoining the sitting room is the well-equipped kitchen with a central island unit. The kitchen contains a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, gas hob and two electric ovens, fridges and freezer and general electrical equipment.

Las Razes also has a table tennis table in the garden and bikes for guests to use as well as a key to the lovely local tennis court – giving guests free access to this facility (rackets and balls available to borrow).

The terraced pool area is situated at a slightly lower level and has plenty of leisure furniture. The heated 12 x 5 metre salt-water pool provides an ideal focus for your holiday. The pool is heated during the season (usually from about mid-April up to October).

We have chickens in the one of the woods close to the house. Children (large and small) can help with egg collection and feeding if they are interested.

There is plenty of tourist information available for your to read and suggestions for places to eat and visit are kept in the dining room– and as we live in a house in the garden, we will be around to help and advise if required.

Las Razes is available for rental as a gîte for up to 15 (19 as an option for 2017) people plus baby (cot and highchair available). Las Razes can book well over 12 months in advance so even If you are at the beginning of planning your holidays - please contact us so that we can pencil you in.

Usually change over days for the gîte is Saturday occassionally we can arrange a different start day for your holiday (this can reduce flight costs). Do enquire about any specific dates you have in mind.

If you would like to have somebody come in during your holiday to clean the house we can try and arrange this for you. Details available at the time of booking. We can also arrange for cakes for special celebrations and for a chef to come and prepare meal(s) for you.

Great quality bike rental available on site - www.velo-plus.net

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Anna Atkinson (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

About Anna Atkinson

We left the Lune Valley in the UK in 2005 to look for new challenges. Robert was running his own building company and Anna was working at Lancaster University, so if was a huge gamble to just go and see what was out there, preferably somewhere a little sunnier!

As well opening Las Razes to guests from all over the world during the summer months; both of us keep busy. Robert carries out renovations (and re-roofs) many large stone houses in the region. Anna edits and writes for an English speaking magazines which cover a large area of S W France.

We have a total of 5 children and two grandchildren still living in the UK. We don't go back too often as we find it all a bit too noisy, crowded and quick. We look forward, instead, to our family coming out to our 'patch of France'.

Living with us at Las Razes we have our two cats, Tilly and Saffron who enjoy a wonderful life of lounging and hunting. Then there is our very special little rescue dog 'Mimi' who is a hairy little poppet.

Also in a cottage on site is Tom our son and his girlfriend Katherine. Tom is a cycle mechanic and a good one to talk to if you are interested in cycling in the are. They also run a bike hire business for local hotel and gites.

Anna Atkinson purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Anna Atkinson chose Tarn-et-Garonne

Earlier explorations in France had convinced us that this region was for us, it has a beauty and charm that outstrips most of the better known 'holiday areas' we had visited. We had worked out that we wanted to be somewhere close to the triangle that is created by the villages of Montcuq, Lauzerte and Montaigu de Quercy as this offered the rolling hills, woods and valleys that made us feel particularly at home.

What makes this farmhouse unique

When we first saw Las Razes it was in need of a great deal of care and attention, but we could immediately see the potential in what had orginally been an old farmsted.

Set in about 6 acres Las Razes also housed an tumbled down ruin which had been the very first farmhouse on the site and was in a state of complete ruin, it had such a lovely position that we just knew that this was one building that we had to rescue and make into our home.

The views were wonderfully relaxing and the whole place had a lovely atmosphere and this is something that we were not the only ones to notice, many of our visitors have commented that there is a tranquility here that cannot simply be explained by its rural and peaceful location.

Las Razes will be a virtual lifetime's project and fascination!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Brilliant place, view, well equipped ( thanks for extra saucepans) lovely gardens and pool. Pool was too deep for littler children but they loved the lakes and river close by and these provided a good excursion out. Also older children loved adventure park. Pool was great for adults and older kids.



We also enjoyed trips out - lots to do!



Many thanks
Jul 2013
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based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

Peaceful retreat surrounded by woodland, flowers, wildlife and views
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Grande maison agréable à vivre et bien conçue

  • 5 of 5

Nous étions trois famille avec au total 8 enfants . Nous étions très bien installés, la maison est très calme et l'agencement de la maison nous a permis de tous cohabiter sans problème. La maison été très bien équipée avec plein de jeux pour divertir les enfants. La piscine est grande et agréable. Nous voulions être dans un endroit calme et isolé , et là nous avons été comblés : que des champs aux alentours, des vaches, des poules, des fleurs, des insectes . La nature dans toute sa splendeur! Nous avons passé un très bon séjour.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Fantastic property in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We went as an extended family group of 15 youngest 8 months eldest was 86!! The grounds are well laid out with plenty of places to sit enabling you to sit all together or sit quiet round the side of the house. Inside there is plenty of room to sit and loads of space so we never felt crowded. A large dining area and further on the snooker table and a further area with a tv and sofas. The kitchen is huge, 2 fridges and a freezer. Because we had 5 children 4 and under we spent a lot of time round the pool area as the kids were having a great time. The pool is below the terrace its a good size and offers great views over the surrounding countryside plenty of sunbeds, shade and sun. We did a few trips out to local villages which are pretty Lauzerte is only 10 minutes away on top of a hill worth a visit. We also visited the lake at montaigu de quercy a good day out if you have kids. There is plenty of information in the house of places to go. The bedrooms are all good whether a couple or a family of four there is one to suit.

The hosts Anna and Rob are located in a property next door. They are good hosts make you feel welcome and are on hand if you need any help or advice.

All in all it is a great place to go as a large family or a group of friends.We all had a great time!!!

Thanks Anna and Rob

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Golden Wedding Celebrations at Las Razes

  • 5 of 5

We booked Las Razes because we wanted to bring our children and grandchildren away to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary. The house and rooms are beautifully laid out with ample space to be together or find some peace apart. There are several places to sit and soak up the weather and country side, indeed there are 3 different seating areas for the whole family to sit together. Our days were spent at markets, small surrounding towns, kayaking and relaxing by the pool. The weather was faultless, so good that we were entertained every morning whilst breakfasting (fresh croissants from the boulangerie down the road) by the French National Parachute Team practising at the nearby airfield.

The swimming pool is fantastic and can be seen from the above balconies, the grandchildren had hours of fun in and out of the water, darts, jigsaws, board games, table tennis and snooker are all there to be played.

Anna and Robert are there when you need them and invisible when not, they're full of local knowledge and tips for days out. We couldn't recommend the property highly enough if you're looking for a large retreat that appeals to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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What a lovely house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Some of the photos do not do Las Razes justice; the facilities are great, with a good size kitchen and lots of fridge and freezer capacity. We all liked the ensuite bedrooms, and the variety of outside sitting areas. There are three choices of dining areas, and lovely views. The owners were nowhere to be seen, unless you needed them - very friendly and helpful, especially with local information. Will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Gorgeous rural property - well worth the money

  • 5 of 5

Clean, well-maintained and very attractive property in beautiful, peaceful location. Planting surrounding house particularly pretty. Bedrooms very pleasant and central salon huge and very comfortable. Lovely pool too.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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Wonderful spacious house with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

Las Razes is in a very beautiful position with sweeping views over the countryside. It is generously stocked with things to do for adults and children - bicycles, snooker, darts, swimming pool and tennis courts in the village nearby. We really enjoyed all aspects of our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Bergerac or Toulouse
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Lauzerte or Montaigu de Quercy
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Esplais or Roucous
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Agen/Cahors
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
M62
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Miramont de Quercy
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Sandy Bathing Lakes NOT COASTAL
Car: necessary

Las Razes is situated close to the tiny village of Touffailles, which has a small shop, boulangerie, fishing pond, children's play area and tennis court. The village is situated in one of many beautiful valleys in this area - with an abundance of oak woods and fruit and flower growing. The area is famous for its production of melons, plums, nectarines, grapes, sunflowers and cherries.

The medieval villages of Lauzerte (often referred to as the Toledo of Quercy) and Montaigu de Quercy (site of 12th century castle and with lovely bathing lake/water sports) are both about 8km away and offer delightful places to visit along with a range of local services and restaurants/bars and local markets.

Montcuq with its famous 12th century tower, exquisite bathing lake and colourful Sunday market is about 14km away, whilst Cahor and the surrounding vineyards make a lovely day trip. Moissac, a bustling town with lively weekend markets and famous Abbey and Cloisters are about 20 minutes drive away. Other places worth a visit include Penne and Tournon D’Agenais, Agen, Montauban, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Puy-L’Eveque, the caves at Pech Merle and St. Cirq Lapopie.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Touffailles, Tarn-et-Garonne

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Late Medium Season 2016
3 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
£1,110
for 4 nights
From
£277
£1,622
 
 
Early Low 2017
13 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 4 nights
From
£256
£1,622
£4,694
 
 
Early High
10 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 5 nights
From
£350
£2,390
£5,889
 
 
Peak
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,115
for 7 nights
£3,115
 
 
Late High
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,400
for 4 nights
From
£350
£2,390
 
 
Late Low
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 4 nights
From
£256
£1,622
£4,694
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£1,366
for 4 nights
From
£341
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £341

Rates are subject to change until the booking is confirmed.
These rates apply for the occupancy of 15 - for the use of the two new additional bedrooms (new for 2017) please see our own website for costs. Also for a sterling GBP fixed price for 2017 - please see our website www.lasrazes.net

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Touffailles in Midi-Pyrenees

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , downstairs toilet
    Bathroom 8 - Outdoor Shower , Solar shower by the pool
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , new for 2017 x 2
  • All our shower rooms are equipped with towels and soap. There is a plentiful supply of hot water. Our six shower rooms are all en-suite to the bedrooms. The one toilet-only room is located downstairs off the main living area.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , a cot can be added
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , a cot can be added
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , a cot can be added
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , a cot can be added
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , a cot can be added
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Extra day-bed in living area , OK -- older child or adult
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Available for 2017
    Bedroom 9 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Available for 2017
  • Rooms 1 - 3 are on the first floor and are accessed from a large shady/covered balcony. Each room has a table and chairs outside it, so that you may use the balcony to escape the sun (or showers). The balcony overlooks the terrace, pool and the fields, woods and valleys beyond - many of our guests rarely move from this spot! Rooms 4 - 6 open onto one of the terraces. Just outside your door there are a number of pleasant places to sit and admire the views. All entrances to the bedrooms are undercover - providing shelter and shade. Bedrooms 8 and 9 (new for 2017) All rooms have en-suite shower rooms. There are wall mounted electric heaters for cooler months Room 3 is a family room - the large double room has an adjoining single room with two bunk beds in. Rooms 4 and 5 have a connecting door which can be opened to create a family space. There is a day bed in the salon which can be used for sleeping either an older child or adult. In some rooms we can add a fold up bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
We also have a snooker table and darts board We have a couple of older bikes on site for you to borrow - but we have very close by www.velo-plus.net with great bikes to rent and mechanic on site - for the cyclists out there! Free wifi access in all living areas. We can arrange a chef for celebration meals We can arrange cleaning for you whilst you are here Please note that Las Razes can be booked for all different sizes of groups - we have tried to demonstrate this on this website but if you are still unclear - please visit our own website or email us for more information.

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