Detached 5 bedroom cottage with 4 bathrooms (sleeps 10) - private heated pool
Why James Ramage chose Labarthe
Originally a very basic farm cottage, when purchased by my parents there was no running water, sewerage, electricity or heating other than a large fireplace and a well! The previous owners had moved out in in the 1970's. After extensive refurbishment in 1990, the cottage was re-born with 3 ensuite bedrooms and all modern conveniences, including a swimming pool. 20 years later in 2010, a further major rebuilding project updated the infrastructure and roof, and added two further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a huge 49 sq m kitchen/dining space with an outdoor terrace 'room'.
What makes this Cottage unique
The idea behind Petit Soyc was to create a well equipped and easily accessible retreat where we could escape to, quickly relax, and slow down from the frenetic pace of our normal lives. Whilst mobile phones and satellite TV can keep you in touch with reality - we urge you to switch them off and savour the slow pace of life of this region. As Jamie Oliver commented in his TV programme on the area ('Jamie does the Pyrenees') - the locals are not rich, but they live like kings! If you like great local french food and wine - this is the area for you.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 10
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We had a lovely holiday here The house was outstanding . It had everything . Highly recommended.
Loved it .
Great property in a beautiful rural area
Great property - nicely decorated, clean, spacious. Tables inside and out both perfect for group dining. Lovely outside space, garden and swimming pool. Beautiful quiet rural area, but just a short drive to shops, so we had everything we needed. Definitely would recommend.
We visited the Petit Soyc for two weeks in August and all had a fantastic time. We were five adults and three children, and all agreed that this was the best villa that we'd been to. The property is situated on the ridge of a hill and so, whichever way you look, there are views of beautiful rolling countryside; the only neighbours you can occasionally hear are the friendly donkeys from across the valley.
The pool area is great - safely fenced in and with room for loungers around it. It is next to a totally covered area, which comes out from the shed. We put the table tennis table up here, but was good for the children (and adults) to sometimes get into the shade. There's lots of space on the grass to the front and the sides of the house for games as well.
The property is beautiful inside with a huge kitchen diner, that leads into a comfy seating area by the TV. Outside the kitchen is large terrace, with huge round table, that catches the sun until the end of the day.
Within a short drive there are lots of markets, petty towns and vineyards - we picked most of those off in the mornings and then spent the afternoons by the pool.
This is a lovely property in a beautiful, quiet rural area. If you want to get away and totally relax, then we would definitely recommend the Petit Soyc.
So glad you enjoyed your stay and exploring the local area.
Wonderful holiday, fabulous house
I can't fault the property, it was beautifully clean, tidy and very well equipped. It was large enough that everyone had their own space without feeling on top of each other but still had a lovely intimate feel.
The outside of the property was fantastic, the pool is great (the kids are really missing it), the patio areas are a sun trap and the space at the front of the property was great for playing French cricket or boule.
We had a fantastic holiday and hope to return again.
A Jewel of a Property
A fantastic holiday home, the pictures just don't do the property justice. A real jewel of a property.
From the moment you arrive your holidays begins. The whole property, including grounds spotless, fresh flowers in most rooms and lavender bundles in bedrooms.
An amazing property in an idyllic location, peaceful, picturesque unspoilt countryside.
Something for everyone, from lazing on one of the many sun loungers, chilling in the pool, competing for table tennis champ, or clocking up some mileage on one of the well equipped bikes around the unspoilt countryside, so much to choose from.
Thanks - glad you liked it.
Would definitely recommend this fabulous French cottage. Comfortable, large, well equipped and very clean. Surrounded by beautiful countryside to explore. Heated pool makes it perfect for everyone to swim. We had a relaxing holiday in this lovely house! We hope to be back again !
Thanks for your comments. Hopefully the pool heating is not needed in August - but it is welcome in June and October!
Away from it all in the hills of the French Midi-Pyrenees between Montauban and Cahors. Very private pool (10m x 5m) and multiple terraces with the nearest neighbours 500m away. The pool is fenced to comply with the French child safety regulations applying to all rental properties. The cottage is surrounded by fields on all sides. Toulouse airport is approximatley 1 hours drive, and a car is essential. Local shops are a short drive away in Vazerac (5 minutes) and Castelnau-Montratier (10 minutes). Cahors and Montauban hypermarkets, (and traditional markets twice weekly) are 30 minutes drive. Although driveable in 8 hours from Caen, we recommend breaking the journey overnight from the Channel ports.
Other Activities: Croquet, Table Tennis, Boules (all at the cottage)
Golf: Golf des Roucous is 5 miles away and open to 'pay and play'.
Ski: The ski resorts of the French and Andorran Pyrénées are approximately 150 miles away.