Only 1 hour 15 mins drive from Toulouse’s Blagnac Airport or Rodez Airport, this sublime 18th century stone farmhouse is situated in the heart of beautiful countryside, nestled in a hamlet, with unimpeded panoramic views. Enjoy watching baby deer graze and hawks glide over the grounds of over 2 1/2 acres.
Relax on chaise lounges around the pool, spend cocktail hour seated by the old barn, taking in the artistic majesty of the historically listed 17th century pigeonnier, considered by locals to be the 'jewel in the crown' of the medieval village of Caylus.
'Le Pigeonnier' has 3 bedrooms, 2 with queen beds and 1 small room with 2 single beds. (This room is best for young children)
Additionally there is a full bed on the landing upstairs, suitable for teenagers, and a convertible day bed in the living room, excellent for guests who don't want to deal with stairs.
All beds have new 'Shabby Chic' linens and quilts, and down comforters. There are electric fans in each of the bedrooms.
There is a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and bath upstairs, and a bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower downstairs.
Additionally, the master has a small en suite bathroom with a toilet, washbasin and shower. Note: The house was originally a schoolhouse and therefore the upstairs floor has been added, years ago, and converted into bedrooms and bathrooms. Effectively, you are up in the beamed roof of the schoolhouse. Its romantic and characterful, but guests will need to watch their heads in the bathrooms and bedrooms, on account of the pitched roof and the 18th century beams..
The living room features comfortable new sofas and arm chairs, a wood burning stove, stereo system, flat screen with hundreds of channels from UK Sky and French Orange Satelite TV. We also have plenty of board games for interactive guests (scrabble, monopoly, chess, checkers etc).
A comfortable daybed next to the extensive library of books offers the perfect spot to read or take a siesta. There is wifi internet throughout house with plenty of discreet work spaces for the traveler who has to continue to communicate in the fast paced world they have almost left behind. Land line telephone has free calls to Europe and the US - including cell phones.
The kitchen is extremely well stocked, satisfying the most expert cooks. There is plenty of cutlery, plates, glassware, saucepans, salad bowls etc for any imagined meal.
The rustic dining table next to the wood burning stove offers the perfect spot to enjoy all the local delicacies from the various village markets.
Please note: A basket of basic groceries can be bought for families arriving late in the day, so they can relax upon arrival without having to think of shopping immediately.
The bamboo, Ibiza inspired, pergola, outside the kitchen, offers perfect al fresco dining both, night and day. The roof is water proofed so if there is a surprise rain storm, you will still enjoy outside dining!
The gardens are extensive with plenty of areas for quiet repose. The pool area has a fence around it and a childproof gate. In the pool cabana there is a seating area for a 6 people, whilst they enjoy watching the sun come up whilst sipping their morning tea or coffee.
The pool has full day exposure to the sun and in the summer months rarely falls to less than 28 degrees centigrade. There are 6 sunbeds around the pool and 3 parasols.
There is a hammock in another part of the garden , under tall pine trees, and of course
the roofed seating area to the side of the living room is a lovely spot for cocktail hour, where the heat of the day, gives the perfect excuse to sample the local wines. There is a ping pong table at the back of this area.
The stunning Pigeonnier, a piece of historic architecture in the garden, stands majestically for your own personal delght. A perfect subject for artists.
The medieval village of Caylus nestles in the beautiful Bonnette Valley on the border between Quercy and Rouergue. Just 12 minutes drive from the farmhouse, it is a thriving village with boulangeries, butchers, small supermarkets, bars and restaurants, so croissants for breakfast are within easy reach.
This region features oak forests, rolling hills, spectacular river gorges and valleys, medieval bastide hilltop towns, amazingly preserved castles, warm and friendly people in local villages, each with its own vibrant weekly farmers market.
Predominantly a farming area, the fruit and vegetables are outstanding as is the local wine, duck and goats cheese.
St Antonin Noble Val, situated in the dramatic Aveyron Gorge, is only a short drive away where you can go kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing and cycling or simply just enjoy wandering around the famous Sunday morning market. This village is so picturesque it has been the centre of numerous films, most recently '100 Foot Journey', starring Helen Mirren.
There are an abundance of places to visit within very easy reach such as Cahors, Montauban, Albi, Corde-sur-Ciel, Narjac and Toulouse, France's fourth largest city.
For those who like driving, the Mediterranean or Pyrenees are both within easy reach. Finally, don’t forget the wine. “Le Pigeonnier” is situated between the wine producing regions of Gaillac and Quercy and a visit to the vineyards is recommended.