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3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleep 6. Glorious Landscape, Peaceful Surroundings
All bedrooms are bright and airy and overlook the pool and gardens. They are situated on the first floor and have lovely views over the pool area. High quality bed linen is supplied and changed weekly. Beds are made up ready for your arrival. The bedrooms are attractively and comfortably furnished with style, retaining beamed ceilings and original features. There are mirrors and pictures in all rooms. A large wooden cot and baby changing equipment are available - please mention when booking.
Pool / Spa
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.
Max guests: 7 (sleeps up to 6 adults) - 1 baby under 12 months allowed1 baby under 12 months allowed
Minimum age of primary renter: 30
Cleaned with disinfectant
Check in and check out with no person-to-person contact
This is a paradise area, unspoilt and unknown, hosting an incredible number of discoveries.
ALBI, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a place to while away many hours. Its world famous, towering, rose brick cathedral, dating to the 13th century is sited imposingly above the river Tarn from where boat trips will give you other amazing views.
Alongside, the TOULOUSE LAUTREC museum houses a vast collection of works by the Albi born painter, giving an entirely fresh perspective on his talent . Tucked away to the rear, we adore its formal knot gardens with a delightful, vine covered walkway offering stunning views along the Tarn.
ALBI, rich with history, shown in its several specialist museums, is also packed with elegant boutiques and restaurants of every level. Live outdoor concerts feature in summer months.
CASTRES, an elegant and intimate medieval market town, is a short drive away.
You will be enchanted by its Venetian style river frontage and the formal promenade gardens designed by Le Notre, the creator of Versailles. These are overlooked by the Goya museum, housing a vast collection of Spanish art, including an entire collection of compelling Goya cartoons. A wide variety of music festivals take place amongst the streets and classical churches.
Lively local markets, excellent restaurants and elegant shops will please all tastes and budgets.
The enchanting hilltop village of LAUTREC, at 5 minutes drive, is our go to place for an evening aperitif and some live music. Famed for it's AOC pink garlic, street festivals and music, restaurants and bars, it feels like being in another era. You can shop local garlic specialities and enchanting blue Pastel (wode) dyed clothing and fabrics. The area was a major producer of Pastel in the middle ages and is now seeing an artisan revival.
The MUST SEE hill-top village of CORDES SUR CIEL, offers outstanding 360* views. The beautifully restored buildings which you explore through cobbled lanes are interspersed with galleries selling paintings, gifts and local crafts. Shady restaurants with lovely views abound. The quirky, Jardin de Paradis, hillside designer garden is packed with unusual plants and features. Plant based refreshments are served on a charming terrace.
The region is steeped in CATHAR history with crumbling ruins amongst tumbling waterfalls and vast, tranquil lakes. There is a choice of tourist and sporting facilities to suit all tastes, with extensive walking, canoeing, lakes, rivers, all within easy reach
TOULOUSE with elegant architecture and museums is one hour away. CARCASSONNE, the CANAL DU MIDI, historic chateaux and fortified villages, make this a paradise for painters and photographers.
Fabulous, challenging cycling routes all around us. The Tour de France passes by every year.
44km level, uninterrupted, shaded walking and cycling on the Voie Verte situated at 2km from the house.
3km circular run/walk direct from the house.
Four golf courses, riding, canoeing and adventure parks invite sports enthusiasts, while walkers can explore the Haut Languedoc National Park.
Other Activities: adventure parks, canoeing, rafting, swimming pools, quad, go-kart.
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About Joan RAFFIN
John and I met in London 25 years ago and discovered a shared passion for food, gardens, architecture and travel. Joan is a garden designer and writer with a taste for the unusual and a taste for adventure. John, a chartered surveyor whose life has touched many parts of the world, has always enjoyed tackling 'projects'.
Joan RAFFIN purchased this Farmhouse in 2001
Why Joan RAFFIN chose Venes
France is country in which we both spent happy times in our youth and we thought to recapture some of that spirit. Not previously knowing the South-west, we stumbled upon the Tarn and discovered a Hobbit like romantisicm within its rolling landscapes, lakes and ancient hilltop villages. When we discovered La Bailesse, it really was love at first sight, Once the centre of a vast farm, it had been unoccupied for years and just seemed to reach out to us for help. We were so lucky to find it and our fabulous neighbours who have welcomed us into their community without reservation. This warmth extends right throughout the region.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
La Bailesse is a magical property nestling within the cradling arms of soft, surrounding hills. It revels in nature and is an oasis for our birds and butterflies, the red squirrels and wild orchids. Guests who might arrive somewhat stressed, quickly lose themselves to its charms and fall headlong into relaxation. The character of the architecture, the gigantic, ancient oak trees, the welcoming ambiance, the landscaped pool, the lovely views, the space and calm make this an exceptional destination.