• 12
  • 6
  • 6
  • Stunning 18th-century home
  • Peaceful hilltop setting
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Close to charming Lauzerte

This charming, 18th-century home offers cosy cottage style on a grand scale: postcard-pretty, with six very stylish bedrooms and bathrooms, beautifully landscaped gardens and a commanding, hilltop position. Approached through a wood, Le Masgrès is completely secluded, surrounded by lawns and terraces and with distant views of the Pyrenees. The grounds extend south, past fig trees and a meadow, to vineyards and a small lake beyond. The terraces, one south-facing and one under vines against the west wall of the house, make splendid spaces for relaxing in the sun or long, indulgent lunches in dappled shade.

The centrepiece of the garden is the private heated swimming pool and its neighbouring poolhouse, the natural spot for an apéritif before dinner or a quiet morning coffee before anyone else has stirred. The scale and layout of the house means there’s always room to find a secluded corner to read or snooze and, for those in need of a little extra privacy, there’s a separate guest annex around 20 metres from the main house with an additional bedroom if needed. You could have a very special family celebration here, with ample space and plenty to entertain the younger ones with table tennis, boules, croquet and badminton all in your own garden.

The local area

Le Masgrès feels wonderfully tucked away, but it’s just 5km from picturesque medieval Lauzerte, one of several ‘plus beaux villages de France’ in the local area. And if you have a range of different age groups to entertain, there’s no shortage of activities including tennis and horse riding at Lauzerte and bike hire and lake swimming at Moncuq, around half-an-hour away by car. For art lovers and history fans, there are almost countless medieval towns to discover, including Montauban, the oldest bastide town in France and the Gothic splendour of Albi, birthplace of the artist Toulouse-Lautrec whilst Moissac has a beautiful 12th-century world-famous cloister to admire.

The Tarn River meanders its way down along the precipitous landscapes of the Gorges du Tarn. Close to its junction with the Garonne River is the 'Ville Rose' Montauban, the second oldest bastide town in southern France, and birthplace of the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres; the fine museum dedicated to him now stands in the former episcopal palace. At Moissac, the 12th-century cloister and south porch at the abbey church of St-Pierre are famous throughout the art world, and worth visiting from anywhere nearby. A number of 'plus beaux villages de France' are within reach: Auvillar, dating back to Roman times, is a fortified village overlooking the Garonne with a unique circular covered market; gorgeous Lauzerte was a stop on the pilgrim’s route to St-Jean-de-Campostelle. Actually in the Tarn, but worth the journey, is Albi, home to a stunning Gothic cathedral, built in red brick between the 13th and 15th centuries, and a fine museum devoted to its most famous native son, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 6 bedroom house (sleeps 12)
  • Guest annex (sleeps an extra 4 with a supplement)

Ground floor

  • Large hallway 
  • Living room with open fireplace
  • Dining room with doors to a side terrace
  • Large well-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, opening onto a covered dining terrace
  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom with WC
  • Shower room with WC
  • Two staircases lead to the first floor

First floor

  • 3 double bedrooms each with en-suite bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • Twin bedroom 
  • Bathroom with separate shower and WC
  • Library with double sofabed

Guest annex (£600 supplement per week)

  • 20m from the house and pool
  • First floor bedroom with 2 double beds with en-suite shower room with WC

General

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 3 cots (no linen) and 2 highchairs
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV, video, DVD and CD players, iPod docking station
  • Piano (professional keyboard)
  • Heating included
  • Fans
  • Fireplace (wood supplied)
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis, boules, croquet, badminton
  • Pool pavilion for poolside drinks 
  • Private swimming pool 11m x 5m (depth 1m – 2m), security alarm, Roman steps, heated to 28°C, open Easter to md-October

WiFi

  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning 3 hours per day, 2 days per week included
  • Additional cleaning at €16.50 per hour 
  • Cooking €25 per hour plus cost of shopping
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports
    Toulouse 91km
    Bergerac 99km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 140km
    Bordeaux 206km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 724km
    Le Havre 791km
    Caen-Ouistreham 807km
    Cherbourg 889km
    Calais 910km
  • TGV stations
    Agen 39km
    Montauban 51km
    Toulouse 96km

Location

  • Tarn-et-Garonne region
  • Restaurants (Lauzerte) 10min drive
  • Shops (Lauzerte) 10min drive
  • Montauban 40min drive
  • Cahors 45min drive
  • Toulouse airport 1hr 20min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bergerac 99km/1hr 30min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 25 Mar – 21 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 26 May – 29 Sep
Southampton Flybe Sunday 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr – 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday All season

Brive-la-Gaillarde 135km/1hr 30min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday 21 Mar – 27 Oct

Bordeaux 206km/2hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun 12 May – 1 Sep (Sat)
1 Jul – 2 Sep (Sun)
Belfast easyJet Saturday 12 May – 1 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday 31 Mar – 27 Oct
Southampton Flybe Saturday 26 May – 25 Aug
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 31 Mar – 2 Sep

Customer feedback

A lovely quirky house with very nice outdoor spaces. We were just two but enjoyed the space and tranquility Le Masgrès has to offer and brushed up on our croquet! It’s an interesting area with some great historic villages and markets. Simpson Travel were a joy to work with as always.
Anne Oxley – August 2018

 

It's a lovely house in a very quiet location but close enough to the beautiful small town of Lauzerte. The house obviously has a core of real fans who return time after time.
Mr Clifford – July 2016

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