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- 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.
- 6 bedroom house (sleeps 12)
- Guest annex (sleeps an extra 4 with a supplement)
- 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
- 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
- Complimentary WiFi
- Simpson Travel telephone representative
- Washing machine and dryer
- 3 cots (no linen) and 2 highchairs
- Satellite TV, video, DVD and CD players, iPod docking station
- Piano (professional keyboard)
- Heating included
- Fireplace (wood supplied)
- 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
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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
- Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
- Check-out time – 10.00am
- Ferry ports
Le Havre 791km
- TGV stations
- Tarn-et-Garonne region
- Restaurants (Lauzerte) 10min drive
- Shops (Lauzerte) 10min drive
- Montauban 40min drive
- Cahors 45min drive
- Toulouse airport 1hr 20min drive
We were so fortunate to have booked this house for our holiday. A lovely situation and the housekeeper was absolutely superb in welcoming us and looking after us. The house was a 'home from home', very well furnished and had everything we could need. We would return to this house again and again.
Simpson Traveller – August 2019
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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