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  • 18th-century manor house
  • Rural France at its best
  • Characterful and cosy
  • Beautiful countryside views

Montpalach is a delightful old manor house tucked away in the peaceful hamlet of the same name. The house dates from 1750 and you get the impression that not a lot has changed in the surrounding area during the past two and a half centuries, except for the arrival of some modern plumbing and one or two rather fine swimming pools.

The villa’s own pool is a real gem and the entire garden is enclosed, creating a wonderful retreat in which to relax and unwind at any time of the day. A covered terrace runs the full length of the house and you can sit here in the shade with a drink or a book and keep a watchful eye on the children playing in the pool. Inside is a tasteful mix of local antiques, curios and artworks that hint at the house’s long history and instil a comfortable and cosy feeling.

The local area

There is plenty to see and do, both locally and further afield, with tennis, horse riding, lake swimming and canoeing within a 5-10 minute drive and several golf courses within an hour’s drive. Pretty medieval towns abound, Caylus, Cordes-sur-Ciel and Cahors being our particular favourites. A bread van does the rounds four days a week, laden with crusty baguettes and golden croissants and, for all your other food requirements, St-Antonin-Noble-Val, 8km away, has a good range of shops and local restaurants.

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

  • 4 bedroom manor house (sleeps 8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Living room with fireplace
  • Dining/kitchen area with oven, hob, kettle, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom 
  • Shower room with WC

First floor

  • Small study on landing
  • 2 double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine
  • 2 cots (no linen) and 2 highchairs
  • Telephone (incoming and local calls only)
  • TV (French and English channels), video, iPod dock, DVD and CD players
  • Heating (€300 per week)
  • Fireplace (wood included)
  • Fans
  • Alarm
  • Barbecue
  • Table tennis
  • Swings
  • Private swimming pool 9m x 4.5m (depth 1.1m – 2.2m), security alarm, open June to end September

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 week included
  • Additional cleaning on request (minimum 2 hours) 
  • Housekeeper can prepare local style meals for €15 per hour (plus cost of ingredients) to include shopping, preparation, table setting, meal will be left out for guests to serve themselves
  • 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 87km
    Rodez 92km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 142km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 779km
    Le Havre 790km
    Caen-Ouistreham 806km
    Calais 909km
    Cherbourg 914km
  • TGV stations
    Montauban 42km
    Toulouse 92km

Location

Key Information

  • Tarn-et-Garonne region
  • Restaurants (Septfonds) 8min drive
  • Shops (Septfonds) 8min drive
  • Caylus 10min drive
  • St Antonin Noble Val 15min drive
  • Cahors 50min drive
  • Toulouse airport 1hr 15min drive

Towns

    • Caussade (12km)
    • Villefranche-de-Rouergue (40km)
    • Cahors (43km)
    • Montauban (43km)
    • Albi (59km)
    • Toulouse (90km

Villages

    • A mobile bakery passes the manor house 4 times a week
    • Septfonds (6km) – shops and services
    • St-Antonin-Noble-Val (8km) – good range of shops

Market Days

    • St-Antonin (8km) – Sundays
    • Caylus (10km) – Saturdays
    • Caussade (12km) – Mondays
    • Villefranche-de-Rouergue (40km) – Thursdays (not to be missed)

Recommended Restaurants

    • Septfonds (6km) – Le Saint-Mamet
    • Saint Antonin (8km) – large selection of restaurants
    • Caussade (12km) – large selection of restaurants

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update. 

Places to See 

    • Lovely surrounding villages (particularly Caylus 10km)
    • Cahors (45km) – beautiful medieval town with famous bridge (Pont Valentré).
    • Cordes-sur-Ciel (34km) – picturesque village
    • Albi (59km) – stunning cathedral (UNESCO), Toulouse-Lautrec museum
    • Toulouse (90km) – Airbus factory, Cité de l’Espace, museums

Local Events

    • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
    • Caussade (12km) – a lively town with many entertaining fêtes throughout the summer
    • Montauban (37km) – Festival Cœur de ville
    • Lauzerte (53km) – Les Nuits de Lauzerte

Regional Food and Wine

Food

  • Orchard fruits
  • Garlic (l’ail de Lomagne)
  • Black truffles

Wine

  • Chasselas wine

Activities

    • Public tennis court at Septfonds (6km)
    • Horse riding at Laurette (4km)
    • Leisure lake for swimming, windsurfing and fishing at Caylus (12km)
    • Fishing and canoeing at the river at Saint-Antonin (8km)
    • 9-hole golf courses at Montauban (35km), Sauveterre (44km), Rivières (50km)
    • 18-hole golf courses at Marssac-sur-Tarn (53km), Albi (59km)

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.

Toulouse 87km/1hr 10min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 25 Jun (Sat)
9 Sep - 28 Oct (Sat)
2 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep (Sat)
26 Mar - 3 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 130km/1hr 15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season

 

Customer feedback

This property was beyond our expectations. It was spacious, just like a home from home except it was a traditional french relais/chateaux at some point. The pool area was beautifully kept and gardens, the view spectacular from the terrace. I wish I could pick this house up and bring it home. I would definitely recommend. There were only 4 of us and masses of space. The house was very well stocked, clean towels and tea towels enough for a week. Separate pool towels and a lovely welcome pack with all sorts of goodies to tuck into after a long old drive. Well done Simpson Travel.
Mrs Inder – August 2016

 

Simpson Travel is probably one of the easiest travel firms to use we've gone on holiday with; great communication before we left and the directions and villa details were accurate and easy to use. We stayed at Montpalach which is in a quiet hamlet with great views over the countryside but in easy access of little towns and villages. Friendly caretaker and completely hassle-free, comfortable and relaxing stay. Many thanks.
Mr David Silvester – July 2016

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