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Barbara Hurlock

Member since: 2014
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Speaks english, french

Tastefully Renovated Barn, Castelnau De Montmiral, Tarn, Midi-pyrennees, France

2 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Castelnau-de-Montmiral holiday barn

Barn in Saint Martial, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Set In 17 Acres Of Glorious Woodland & Meadow, Close To Bastide Villages

La Grange was completely renovated by us several years ago. When we saw our house, the barn and grounds for the first time, we knew it was for us. The views, setting and tranquility are simply splendid and we are delighted to say that our guests, many of whom have returned again and again over the past ten years, feel the same. You can relax by the pool and enjoy the wonderful views across the valley or stroll through our woodland and enjoy the flora and fauna, a birdwatchers paradise (Black Woodpecker, Golden Oriole, Hoopoe, Nightjar, to name but a few).

  • children welcome
Barbara Hurlock (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks english, french

About Barbara Hurlock

After living for many years in Hertfordshire and holidaying in France, we were drawn specifically to this area because of its unspoilt beauty, tranquility and relaxed, friendly atmosphere. We think we have found the ideal choice for our early retirement and know you will love it too!

Barbara Hurlock purchased this barn in 2002

Why Barbara Hurlock chose Tarn

We were attracted to this area because of its ideal balance between the rural idyll and its accessibility to towns and cities including Albi and Toulouse with their culture, markets and transport links.

Our local town of Gaillac caters for all our everyday needs with a wide choice of restaurants and supermarkets etc.

What makes this barn unique

Gaillac and the surrounding area is well known for its local wine produce. There is a vast array of vineyards to visit where you will be most welcome to try and buy. There is also a wide variety of activities such as horse riding, rambling along the GR routes, cycling, fishing, kayaking. At our Base de Loisirs (5 minutes away) you can enjoy a game of tennis or swim in the large leisure lake which has cafe facilities, a man made beach and water chute.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very relaxing and enjoyable week. Great weather, wall to wall sunshine. The pool was blissful, even late in the evening. This was our second visit and are already planning to return next year.

The Hamps, London

What a great place to chill out! Great views, great facilities, fantastic hosts. Sunshine to cycle in, cool terrace to sit on with shade if you need it. Clive & Barbara, thank you for sharing your lovely French home with us. We hope to return …. The Olivers, Hampshire

This has been the best gite that we have ever stayed in and we have been coming to France for over 20 years. It simply ticks all the boxes for comfort, location, stunning views and great hosts. We would strongly recommend hiring a canoe from St Antonin Noble Val as you get to see the landscape from a different perspective... - The Basley family, Norfolk

Returned again, lost count of number of visits since 2004. Weather excellent. Clive & Barbara excellent hosts as ever. The Williamsons, Lancs
Mar 2014
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2 traveller reviews

Tastefully Renovated Barn, Castelnau De Montmiral, Tarn, Midi-pyrennees, France
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect! Extremely comfortable and well equipped - plenty of space for us all.

The pool was fantastic and always clean. The grounds were wonderful and the views stunning. The children loved to explore and visit the donkeys! So many beautiful towns to visit within a short drive.

The owners were lovely, very helpful but un intrusive.

I would highly recommend this house- you won't be disappointed !

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

After falling in love with the Midi-Pyrenees region recently since visiting the Ariege and Aveyron departments, it seemed logical to have a holiday in Tarn.

La Grange is a light and airy south-facing converted barn which makes a change from some of the dark and dingy gites available.

It has most mod-cons including English TV and Wi-Fi. Although we try to immerse ourselves in the French way of life, it's nice to have the option of keeping in touch with what's going on at home.

With three bath rooms, we had one each which was most helpful when we aimed to get out early in the morning.

The weather of our two weeks was perfect. 26 to 29 degrees every day. Waking up to a breath-taking panorama of an azure blue sky, watching the mist dissipating from the bottom of the tree covered hills with a cup of tea in hand, sitting on a chair on the patio was our daily heaven.

As big natural history fans, we really loved the garden which has been managed to attract wildlife. The owners have made the most of the natural vegetation and haven't spoilt it by adding out of context ornamental features. There is a wonderful area behind the gite, of heather and small trees which forms an island, framed by the same plants mown closely. It's like walking on an Axminster! We lost count of the species of birds, butterflies, amphibians and insects we saw.

It was lovely to jump in to the pool after returning from a day out, before watching the sun set amongst the Pine trees.

With five "Plus Beaux Villages de France" just short drives away, we had some smashing days out exploring these peaceful enclaves.

The English owners are lovely and although living just a stone's throw away, you wouldn't know they were there, but are at your service should you need them.

We enjoyed our holiday here so much, we booked for next year before we left.


  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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For your route planner try viamichelin.

Allow a day's drive from your port of entry - approximately 8+ hours.

It is now possible to remain on motorways all the way from Calais (Dual carriageway around Paris).

La Grange is about 50 minutes from Toulouse Airport and approximately 90 minutes from those at Rodez and Carcassonne.

We are centrally based for visits to the Pyrénées and the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.


Bastide village, Castelnau de Montmiral - 5 minutes by car, boulangerie, pharmacy, 2 bar/restaurants, post office, tourist office and english speaking doctors.

Gaillac - 15 minutes drive. Market town with 2 large supermarkets, weekly market.

St Antonin Noble Val - 30 minutes drive - on the banks of the river Aveyron,

medieval town with fabulous Sunday market.

Cordes sur Ciel - 30 minutes drive. Beautiful bastide town with Saturday market.

Albi - 40 minutes drive - world heritage site.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday barn in Castelnau-de-Montmiral, France

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
15 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
13 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
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17 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
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26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
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23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$320

Booking Notes:
A 25% non-returnable deposit is required to secure the booking, the balance is payable 8 weeks before the commencement date of your booking together with a returnable deposit of £200 to cover breakages/damage.
Sorry, no pets
Smoking is not permitted inside La Grange

Changeover Day:
All prices are per week, Saturday to Saturday.
We ask guests not to arrive before 4 pm on day of arrival and to leave by 10 am on day of departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Castelnau-de-Montmiral, France

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - front aspect. Twin bedded room Bedroom 2 - rear aspect. Twin bedded room both with exposed beams and vaulted ceilings Bedrooms 3 & 4 (en-suite) - first floor, King-sized beds. Front & rear aspect. Exposed beams & vaulted ceilings.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: Pool fully maintained, BBQ, full range of garden and poolside furniture Non-intrusive help at hand should this be required Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels provided (please bring your own pool towels)