Sitting in four acres of spacious grounds, this is a smart country retreat in the heart of the Tarn countryside. Sweeping views encompass the gentle rolling hills, woodland and to the north the fortified village of Salvagnac, whilst exploration of the domain reveals open and covered dining terraces, a lawned garden, meadowland, an orchard, table tennis, the private pool and a tennis court. The combination of space, facilities and quality of accommodation makes Tournesol an attractive choice for large groups of friends or families.
Running the length of the main house, the ample terrace is the perfect spot for outdoor dining and relaxing and is decorated with plant pots made from wine barrels sourced from the local vineyards. From here, the garden slopes down to the private pool, where you can enjoy far reaching views whilst swimming.
Tournesol’s interior is equally appealing. Step inside and it is immediately apparent that the owners have spent time ensuring the rooms are comfortable and welcoming for all who stay. The well equipped kitchen makes self catering holidays a pleasure, patterned rugs cover tiled and wood floors, interesting, colourful artwork adorns the walls and plump sofas and king sized beds are standard.
Additional accommodation is to be found in both the ‘Petite Maison’, which adjoins the main house, and the 'Pigeonnier', a separate building just across the wide front terrace. Each one has open plan living/dining/kitchen facilities, with bedroom areas on the first floor. From 'Le Pigeonnier’s' bedroom, doors open onto a balcony from where the wonderful views can be appreciated.
Salvagnac (3km) is an ancient bastide town, a friendly place with a number of facilities including a restaurant and a Wednesday market. The pretty town of Rabastens, on the banks of the River Tarn, is due south. From here, you can catch a train to vibrant Toulouse or the ‘Ville Rose’ as it is also known, thanks to its distinctive brick architecture. Alternatively, a scenic drive past the Gaillac vineyards will bring you to the Grésigne Forest, the beautiful hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, and the River Aveyron.
Ground floor: Spacious kitchen/diner (microwave, dishwasher) with door to terrace. Breakfast dining room with door to covered terrace. Sitting room. TV room (TV for viewing DVDs only, DVD, CD, WiFi internet access). Utility room (2nd dishwasher). Laundry room (washing machine). Cloakroom. Telephone (payable locally). Underfloor heating throughout (payable locally).
Intermediate level: Double bedroom. Shower room.
First floor: Landing/library area. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom and balcony. Double bedroom with en suite shower room and balcony. Double/Twin bedroom (double bed and single bed). Bedroom with bunk beds and large single bed (with pull out bed). Bathroom (separate shower).
Petite Maison: Ground floor: Open plan living room/kitchen (microwave). Shower room. Mezzanine: Double bed.
Le Pigeonnier: Ground floor: Open plan living room/kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, CD). First floor: Double bedroom. Shower room.
Large grounds (4 acres) of garden and orchard. Covered and open terraces. Pool house with summer kitchen (sink, fridge, barbecue) and changing room/cloakroom. Poolside shower. Barbecue. Table tennis, boules equipment. Tennis court (all weather court, bring own equipment). Private parking.
Private fenced swimming pool (13m x 6m) with Roman steps.