The spectacular setting of Soulages will not fail to impress: surrounded by landscaped gardens, there lies nothing between you and the stunning panoramic views over tree clad hills, the deep river valley below and the open sky. These breathtaking views are matched by Soulages itself, an impeccable stone building, carefully restored to glory, which stands comparison with the very best in our portfolio.
Soulages is a house that will appeal most of all to a group of friends seeking somewhere special to relax. The labour of love and attention to detail bestowed on the restoration are immediately apparent and have ensured that Soulages is no ordinary house. Behind the attractive stone walls, the impressive double height living room exudes warmth and grandeur. Fine antiques sit comfortably alongside plump sofas, rich colourful tapestries and original artwork hang against the exposed stonework, and Persian rugs top the terracotta tiled floor. Fitted with quality appliances, the ‘home from home’ kitchen is well equipped.
Each floor of the house has one bedroom, complete with en suite facilities, making the layout ideal for those seeking privacy and some independence. An additional bedroom suite is situated poolside. All are decorated with charm and taste.
Outdoor living is most attractive and easy here. Step out of the house onto the balcony leading to the dining terrace, perfectly positioned to enjoy the views and sky from day to night. It overlooks the pool and croquet lawn which comes with its own quality croquet set. At the far end of the pool, a gazebo provides a shady spot for relaxing, whilst a wander around the two acres of landscaped garden reveals rockeries, ornamental pond, luxuriant plants and fruit trees, and rose and vegetable gardens. And for those who tire of doing nothing, the owners have thoughtfully provided table tennis, darts, and most uniquely, an original and handsome Tennessee walnut pool table.
St André de Najac (1km) has a well-stocked shop and restaurant, which is highly recommended. Due north is Villefranche-de-Rouergue, a bustling bastide town with a superb weekly market. Continue clockwise to reach Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, its main square the largest in the Aveyron. Cordes-sur-Ciel comes into view further south, where cobbled streets are lined with art galleries. Completing the circle is Najac (6km), one of our favourite villages. Spectacularly positioned along a high ridge, it buzzes with life during the summer and offers a choice of restaurants, shops and sporting activities.
Ground floor: Double bedroom with roll top bath, en suite WC and doors to courtyard. Large games room (pool table, darts, croquet set, table tennis) with access to courtyard. Laundry room (washing machine).
External stairs lead to:
First floor: Spacious, double height open plan living/dining room. Kitchen (dishwasher, microwave). Cloakroom. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom.
Second floor (with two sets of stairs): Large mezzanine (TV, DVD, CD, selection of books, CDs and DVDS, internet connection). Twin bedroom (sloping ceiling). Shower room.
External access to: Pool side double/twin bedroom with en suite shower room.
Outside: Spacious landscaped gardens covering 2 ˝ acres. Dining terraces. Poolside gazebo. Barbecue. Ornamental pond. Private parking.
Private swimming pool (10m x 5m) with steps.