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Manoir de Luxe

| Tarn et Garonne, Occitanie
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Open fire / woodburner
Tennis court
Internet access
Hot tub
Swimming pool
Wedding venues
Country houses
Family friendly
Villa holidays
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At a glance

  • Stone farmhouse with two gîtes
  • Stylish contemporary interior
  • Games room and tennis court
  • Indoor and outdoor heated pools, hot tub
  • Set in 30 acres of meadow and woodland

Ideal for those looking for a family-friendly holiday in the delightful South West region of France, this superb estate set in 30 acres offers a traditional stone farmhouse and two adjoining gîtes. Lying in a quiet lane and with far-reaching views across open countryside, it’s also just a couple of miles from the village of Auvillar, considered to be one of the most beautiful in France. The area is home to a wealth of medieval villages, peppered with beautiful chateaux, museums and excellent restaurants and is under two hours away from the port city of Bordeaux and an hour from the ‘pink city’ of Toulouse.

The main stone farmhouse, parts of which date back to the 18th century, is set on a hillside over three levels. Traditional shutters give it a light and spacious feel, and its rustic yet contemporary style makes this property a perfect blend of old and new. Downstairs, a salon and piano room provide two separate areas to socialise, and a fabulous games room is just the spot for some healthy family competition. An open-plan kitchen and dining space leading out to a glass-fronted balcony which provides plenty of outside easy chairs, sofa seating and tables with spectacular country views is an inviting space to cook and dine together at any time of day. The covered west terrace has shaded seating for 20 guests to dine.

When it’s time to retire, the blissful bedrooms provide the perfect space. An en-suite master bedroom with Moroccan bathroom and private terrace is the highlight, while two further large en-suite bedrooms (one downstairs) and two delightful remaining bedrooms with original oak beams and exposed stone are perfect for singles or children.

An adjacent barn building houses the two gîtes which have direct access to the indoor pool area with a wall of glass doors opening on to a sunny deck, perfect for that early morning dip before breakfast on the terrace. Each gîte has an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, and two bedrooms upstairs, as well as an additional en-suite bunk bedroom that can be shared.

On hot summer days, you can head to the private outside pool and terrace area, perfect for a poolside drink as the sun goes down. An all-weather tennis court offers an ideal outlet for guests who want to keep up their fitness regime, or for something a little gentler, take an evening stroll along the grass paths that lead down to the extensive landscape gardens, pond and pretty woodland.

SLEEPS 20: 10 bedrooms in total.
Main house: super-king-size master (can be made into 2 singles) with decked balcony, as well as en-suite bathroom with terrace. Super king-size (can be made into 2 singles) with en-suite shower room, and two bedrooms each with two single beds sharing a family bathroom. Additional downstairs king-size en-suite bedroom.
Gîte Bleu: 2 double bedrooms, one with four-poster bed and one with 2 singles.
Gîte Vert: 2 double bedrooms, one with four-poster bed and one with 2 singles.

ADDITIONAL BEDS: The gîte building also has an additional en-suite (shower) bunk bedroom on the ground floor that can be shared between the gîtes or as a third bedroom for one of the gîtes. Three cots are provided across the properties.

COOK + DINE: Main house: Fully-equipped kitchen and dining space with American-style fridge freezer, Smeg double oven. Table seating 10 with additional seating available for up to 16 guests (additional tables and seating available on request to cater for larger groups) as well as a selection of outside tables, chairs and benches for 20 guests on the covered west facing terrace, accessed from the kitchen. Breakfast bar.
Gîte Bleu: Open-plan kitchen/dining/living space. Dining area opening onto terrace and gardens seats 8 and breakfast bar seats 3.
Gîte Vert: Open-plan kitchen/dining/living space. Dining area opening onto terrace and gardens seats 6 and breakfast bar seats 2.
The estate also has various outside dining terraces so that all guests can socialise together. 
Outside catering can be arranged at an additional cost. 

RELAX: Main house: Large salon with three large sofas, armchairs and double-sided wood-burning stove, leading out to the west-facing terrace. Additional south-facing piano room with concert piano, sofas, TV and DVD library.
Gîte Bleu: Open-plan fully-equipped kitchen/dining/living space with small utility area with washing machine. Two sofas in living space.
Gîte Vert: Open-plan fully-equipped kitchen/dining/living space with small utility area with washing machine. Two sofas in living space.

BATHE: Main house – 3 en-suite bathrooms, family bathroom.
Gîte Bleu: Bathroom with bath and shower. (not sure if separate shower)
Gîte Vert: Bathroom with bath and shower. (not sure if separate shower)

OUTSIDE: Large decked private pool with terrace, sun loungers and wisteria-clad bakehouse, all-weather tennis courts, beautiful gardens and paths leading to pond and woodland. 30 acres of land exclusively for guests. The gîtes have their own private stone terrace, linking to the house and gardens.

TECH: Wi-Fi throughout the main house, Sonos digital sound system and Bose speakers in the dining area, games room, indoor pool area and master bedroom. Small TV in salon and Smart TV in the piano room. Underfloor heating on the ground floor in the main house. Gîtes have TV, DVD and iPod speaker dock.

PLAY: Games room leading out to terrace and gardens with table tennis, table football and outdoor games, as well as toys, bikes, trikes and scooters. Little Tikes duplex house (2-5 years) at certain times of year and 4.3m children’s trampoline. Indoor heated pool (4mx11m) and hot tub with doors opening out to the terrace and 9-person hot tub. Outdoor heated pool (May - September) and all-weather tennis courts (adult and junior racquets and balls provided free of charge).

PETS: Pets are not accepted at this property

VENUE HIRE: Intimate weddings accepted of maximum 45 day guests. Only 20 guests may stay the night at the property. Suppliers for catering, wedding planner can be recommended on request. Please note weddings incur a wedding supplement of €1,000. 

Suitable for small corporate events. 

LOCAL AREA: When it’s time to stock up with provisions, head to the Gallo-Roman town of Auvillar, just 5 km from the property. There you will find a supermarket, bakery and butchers as well as a great farmers market held every Sunday. If you like bustling French markets full of fresh local produce, take a drive to the local market town of Valence d’Agen (10 km). Leave the car at home and take a 20-minute walk across the valley to the pretty hamlet of Bardigues which has an excellent restaurant recommended by the property owner. Two hours to the south, you can spend the long days of summer walking and hiking and the cooler days of winter skiing amongst the impressive mountain range of the Pyrenees. For coast lovers, the same distance to the west takes you to long stretches of beach and the highest sand dunes in Europe, Dune du Pyla, as well as the elegant seaside resort of Arcachon.

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: As well as the indoor pool, outdoor pool and tennis court at the house, there is a great variety of activities in the vicinity for sporty types. The walking and cycling opportunities are endless and there is also golf, fishing, squash and tennis within 5 km of the estate. Culture vultures will be kept busy with the Musée de la Batellerie in Auvillar, a museum marking the interesting boating and pottery history of the area and you can take a walk around the village, whose ancient fortified walls, gateways and 17th century clocktower offer an insight into France’s fascinating history. You won’t want to miss the town of Moissac (25 km), whose beautiful 12th century Romanesque abbey and cloisters are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there are also some beautiful churches and chateaux in this area just waiting to be explored.

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport: Toulouse 95 km.

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