4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms In Beautiful Peaceful Countryside
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About Shelby Matthews
We have lived in a city for most of our lives but have always yearned for a secluded peaceful place in the countryside where we could take the family, as far away as possible from traffic and the hassle it entails. We finally found the house which fulfils all those criteria and more. No cars pass our house except those of the local farmer. Yet there are scores of things to do within a short drive.
Shelby Matthews purchased this Farmhouse in 2013
Why Shelby Matthews chose Puylagarde
The house is in the beautiful Tarn-et-Garonne area of south west France. It benefits from a near Mediterranean climate and whether it's walking or biking through the lush green countryside, ambling through medieval villages, visiting the many bustling farmers' markets, fishing or canoeing through rapids, you will not be at a loss for something to do. The area is well-known for its gastronomic specialities such as truffles, duck and goose delicacies, mushrooms, white garlic, Reine-Claude plums, Quercy melons, Moissac cherries, saffron and chestnuts. You can also visit local producers by foot from our house - see the Gascon pigs lazing in the woods or watch the goats being milked to make Rocamadour cheese. The lovely medieval towns of Villefranche-de-Rouergue (22km) & St Antonin Noble Val (24km) both have large markets which rival any in France. There are also several beautiful hilltop towns nearby: Najac (20 km), St Cirq-LaPopie (27km) & Cordes sur Ciel (40km) as well as the famous capital of the Tarn - Albi (64km).
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The great attraction of this property is that it enables us to have a lovely secluded base far from any traffic and yet have numerous interesting places and local markets to visit within a short drive. Plus a range of sporting activities for all the family from swimming, pétanque and table tennis at the property itself or walking, biking, canoeing, horse-riding, fishing in the local area.
Pool / Spa
Pets allowed - Pets may be allowed under certain conditions. Pets may be allowed under certain conditions.
No smoking - Smoking is only allowed in the gardenSmoking is only allowed in the garden
Max guests: 8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 20
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Beautiful and well equipped farmhouse.
This really is a beautiful home. You can see the love and attention that has gone into it. Everything is of high quality and exceeded our expectations. Although it appears to a popular holiday rental you can tell the owners have renovated this property with real passion and all furnishings and fittings, great and equipment are good quality. The grounds are not extensive but are sufficient and very prettily set out amongst the ruins of the outbuildings with various seating areas. The pool is a good size and is evidently heated but we found it a little cold despite using the cover every night. There are boules, table tennis table and various inflatables etc. We did have a problem with a smelly upstairs bathroom and we made the caretaker aware of this although he never did turn up to fix it. The situation is very rural but there are many nice trips out and is close to supermarkets and many nice marked routes to explore directly from the property (we travelled with our dog). The info pack put together by the owner is excellent by the way. Overall though we loved our stay and would recommend without hesitation.
I’m so glad you had a good holiday. I’m sorry you had a problem of smells in one of the bathrooms. The caretaker thought it was a defective vent and tried to buy a replacement but unfortunately it was a national holiday in France on Thursday 15 August and shops were shut over the long weekend. We are now at the property and are fixing the problem. Fortunately there are 4 bathrooms. We do hope you will return some time.
Beautiful house with wonderful views
We had an amazing holiday in this beautiful farmhouse, staying here with our 3 kids, mother-in-law and our dog. The views are stunning and we enjoyed the pool, which is very pleasant and at a nice temperature. My 87 year old mother-in-law even went for a swim here! We also really liked this area, which is not as touristy as for example the Dordogne but just as beautiful.
The check in process was made easy by the housekeepers and when somehow our internet didn't seem to work on the first day they immediately came over and fixed the problem. There were flowers and wine upon arrival which made us feel very welcome. Before our stay I emailed back and forth with Shelby about arranging a taxi for the airport for part of our group and she responded right away and made sure a very nice lady in a taxi came to pick us up on the last day. Thank you!
The house is very romantic and the garden is huge. Our dog could just run free, since the property is entirely fenced. She had the best time! (although our dog did have an encounter with a poisonous toad, perhaps an idea to include a general warning on this in the information book? For us city people this was a new experience...;))
The living room and two bedrooms downstairs are very nice and stay cool, even when it's very hot. Upstairs this is a bit more difficult, since the rooms here are straight underneath the roof. But with the provided fans it worked out just fine. The kitchen has everything you need and the pantry provided even more space. We didn't use the TV so can't say anything about this.
If I would have to say one negative thing, it would be the bathroom in one of the upstairs bedrooms. There was a bad odour there so we didn't use it. Instead we used the other bathrooms (there are 4 bathrooms in the house!) I think it's hard to change since this is an authentic farmhouse and there is not a lot of circulation, but I want to be honest and it doesn't smell good. But also honestly, on the whole this was such a minor detail on a perfect holiday that I still give 5 stars for everything. Thank you!!!
The Farmhouse was just perfect for a family holiday. First impressions exceeded expectations. The house, grounds and swimming pool were pristine and we all felt at home immediately. The house is very well equipped with absolutely everything you require including an abundance of cooking utensils, an array of useful items such as coffee filters, cool box, tea, coffee, sugar etc. Swimming Pool towels were provided and a ready supply of table tennis balls and bats for the daily family tournament. The Caretakers are lovely and visit the house twice a week to look after the Swimming Pool and Grounds with weekly house cleaning and linen change. The owners are extremely welcoming and provide you with a comprehensive welcome pack prior to arrival. The location is perfect for exploring Najac, St Antonin Nobel Val, Penne, Espinas and the numerous day and night markets. We loved it and hope to return.
A most enjoyable and comfortable stay in a lovely old converted farmhouse
We found the house with no problems by following the instructions provided despite it being off the beaten track. The house was well equipped with comfortable furnishings and beds etc. plus also many thoughtful little items were provided which are not normally found particularly in the kitchen/breakfast area.
There was a plentiful supply of towels for both use in the house and also for the pool area.
As stated, the house is fairly remote, and as a result was very quiet and most enjoyable. However, one had to use the car for any purchasing trips as the local bakery/store in Puylagarde was closed since last November.
The outdoor facilities such as pool and sunbeds, BBQ area and outside dining plus various comfortable chairs were well used and most comfortable.
All in all we have a very enjoyable two week stay and we would highly recommend the property.
Superbly appointed rural farmhouse full of rustic charm … perfection!
This is an outstanding property that offered everything that we could possibly hope for … beautiful tranquil location, superb garden/bbq area, petanque (do make sure you play it, it’s great fun!), table tennis, excellent clean and well maintained pool with good quality loungers, various trails from the property that we enjoyed with our dog, very comfortable beds, plus modern conveniences such as sky tv and wi-fi. Even pool towels are provided. A great base to visit the many charming towns and villages in the surrounding area such as St. Antonin-Noble-Val, St Cirq-Lapopie, Belcastel (near Rodez), Bruniquel, Puycelci. We booked 15 months in advance to make sure we secured such a lovely place and, despite having high expectations, were very pleased to find even these were exceeded.
Excellent communications from the owner, Shelby, who was extremely helpful and clearly cares about her guests. The welcome manual is full of helpful recommendations and information. Caretakers are lovely too – and offered to do the change of bedding a day early during our 2 week stay to suit our needs.
Thank you Shelby for a most memorable and wonderful holiday.
A car is essential. Approx. driving time: 1 hour 20 mins from Toulouse airport; 60 mins from Rodez airport (serves Paris). 30 mins from nearest train station at Caussade. 30 mins from nearest motorway also at Caussade (A20 exit 59). About 8 hours drive from Calais and Boulogne.
Our village sells bread and snacks freshly made on the premises. There is a very pleasant bar in the next village St Projet and in the nearby village of Parisot (4km) there are 2 boulangeries as well as general store, post office & chemist.
The lovely medieval towns of Villefranche-de-Rouergue (22km) & St Antonin Noble Val (24km) both have large markets which rival any in France and the house is only 15 mins drive to an excellent large supermarket.
There are several beautiful hilltop towns nearby: Najac (20 km), St Cirq-LaPopie (27km) & Cordes sur Ciel (40km) as well as the famous capital of the Tarn - Albi (64km).
The area is ideal for walking, biking and fishing and there are numerous activities available such as kayaking through the splendid gorges of the Aveyron river, climbing, zip-lining and horse-riding.