The Villa is a beautifully reconstructed and renovated French farmhouse. It is very secluded on top of a little hill in the deep Tarn countryside with breathtaking 360 degree views of farms, fields, villages and distant hills. The approach is up a long track, hedged in lavender. You arrive to the house surrounded by a large courtyard of compressed ocre gravel and see it all before you: house, pool, garden and trees.
The property has been restored and renovated with great attention to detail and comfort. The owner's goal was to make Villa la Plaine a calm, healing and beautiful retreat. 3 hours of maid service is included daily.
Interior and grounds
You enter the house through enormous barn doors and find yourself in the entrance hall which is the full depth of the house, wide and high, and is also used as a dining room when there are large numbers to entertain. Next to the entrance hall on the right is the living room/kitchen. Spacious and comfortable the room has a huge fireplace that is a copy of the originals you will find in the master bedroom and study. There is a CD player and a flatscreen TV on a rotating arm so that one can watch from the living room or the kitchen. The kitchen is a chef's kitchen, fully equipped with every possible machine or cooking equipment one might need. The table will seat 8 comfortably. There is also a convenient pantry just off the kitchen with storage space, another sink and a large American refrigerator.
Beyond the sitting room/kitchen (to the right of the entrance hall) is the first guest room. It has a queen sized bed, a private terrace outside and a large bathroom. To the left of the entrance hall is the master suite with fireplace, dressing room and large bathroom with tub and shower. In the study is a large desk with internet access, fax machine, printer, many books, maps and information for local history and sightseeing, a TV, DVD player and a large library of films. Next to the study is the rear entrance hall with the stairway to the second floor and the laundry room.
Upstairs there are two large double bedrooms, one with twin beds and the other with a large queen sized bed. Each has its own bathroom. One bathroom has a shower and the other a bath. The house has been furnished with many lovely paintings and most of them are by local artists. The colors have been carefully selected to give a strong sense of calm and comfort.
The garden is on two acres of land and is surrounded by fields and rolling hills as far as you can see. There has been a considerable effort to make the house a part of this landscape without boundaries. The pool is 5x10m with a lovely covered terrace for the shade.
Location and local information
The house is located about halfway between Montauban and Gaillac, about 45 minutes northeast of the Toulouse Airport. It's nearest village is Monclar de Quercy, about a 5 minute drive away. Monclar has bars, restaurants, supermarket, bank, bakery and various other services (hairdressers, pharmacy etc). Montauban and Gaillac, both about 20 minutes drive, are the larger towns.
Everyday in a nearby village there is an open market for fresh fruit, vegetables and cheese etc. The historic city of Albi is 4 km away with its monolithic rose-brick cathedral and its imposing Toulouse Lautrec Museum overlooking the Tarn river. Toulouse is a large city with much to offer in culture and entertainment.
In the surrounding countryside there are many beautiful listed fortified and ancient villages (Cordes sur Ciel, Puycelsi, Penne, Bruniquel, St Antonin de Noble Val) that are easy to reach and lovely to explore.
There is fishing on the Tarn and the nearby Aveyron rivers and a beautiful golf course near Albi.
Catering and services
3 hours daily maid service is included Monday-Friday. There is also a pool maintenance service and a gardener.
The caretakers will perform extra services such as: babysitting, driving, errands, shopping and even some light cooking if required. This would be calculated on an hourly rate to be decided in advance by the help and the guests.