The house faces south overlooking farmland, pasture and vines, with a large, gravelled courtyard leading to a sun terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, and down to a lovely swimming pool (12m x 6m), surrounded by a large tiled terrace, flower beds, shrubs and trees. From the terrace, there is access to grassed areas, the orchard and the meadow.The terrace around the swimming pool is south-facing and can get very hot in the afternoon, particularly in July and August.At the south-west end of the terrace , a very large and very old oak tree provides welcome shade in the afternoon, as does a pergola of vignes vierge underneath the passarelle between the courtyard and the sun terrace overlooking the swimmimg pool. From this viewing point, at certain times of the year and when the air is clear, the Pyrenees can be seen early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
If you walk out through the big gate in the courtyard and turn right and follow the track down past the dustbins you can walk down into the valley below and turn right at the bottom and carry on down towards Cordes. You may see cows and horses in some of the fields and in the morning or evening sometimes, the occasional deer or wild boar. When you come to a rough T- junction after about a kilometre you can, by turning either to the left or right, return to the house by making a circle which will bring you back to the house. There are local maps in one of the drawers in the sejour which will help you plan your route so that you do not lose your way.
Inside, the house is spacious and well equipped, with three comfortable sitting rooms, a fully fitted kitchen and dining area and downstairs toilet. A wide staircase leads to the first floor, where there is a separate toilet and house bathroom with wash basin, shower and bath. There is a large bedroom with two single beds and two other bedrooms with double beds and en-suite showers and toilet facilities. The second floor houses three attic bedrooms, one with two single beds ,one with double divan bed and an en-suite bathroom and one with a futon double bed; also, a shared bathroom with wash basin , bath, with shower attachment and toilet. All the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the bathrooms are modern and bright.
Just 4 kilometres away, Cordes is a 13th century bastide town, with artisans' workshops, museums,cafes, restaurants and shops. These include an excellent butcher, two excellent bakeries, one of which is also a specialist patisserie and a very good delicatessen.Also in the area, visit Castelnau de Montmiral,Bruniquel, Najac, Penne and Puycelsi; likewise, the Sunday market in St Antonin, Albi cathedral and adjacent Toulouse- Lautrec museum. Golf, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, horse riding, walking and cycling opportunities are all in easy reach. Toulouse is an hour's drive away, probably the most vibrant large town in the Midi-Pyrenees, with a wealth of attractions, old and new.
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