Ref: DL109, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France, £3300 to £5400 pw
This late 18th century property enjoys a peaceful and relaxing hilltop position with striking views and a magical woodland setting, just 4km from the picturesque medieval village of Lauzerte.
Main House Living room, dining room, library with double sofabed, kitchen, 4 bathrooms with bath, shower and separate wc, 1 bathroom with wc, 1 shower room with wc, 3 double bedrooms, 3 twin bedrooms
Annexe 1 bedroom with 2 double beds, 1 shower room with wc
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, 3 cots (no linen), 2 highchairs, telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, video, DVD, CD, iPod dock, piano (professional keyboard), heating included, fans, fireplace (wood supplied), alarm, barbecue, table tennis, boules, croquet, badminton
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning 3 hours, 2 days per week is included. The Dutch caretaker can provide additional cleaning at 16.50 € per hour, cooking at 25 € per hour (+ cost of shopping). Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
Set in one hectare of grounds the property boasts views across the valley of the Barguelonne towards the distant Pyrénées. The house is approached through a wood and is completely secluded, surrounded by its lawns and terraces planted with lavender, rosemary and flowering shrubs, extending 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 provide sun and dappled shade for pleasant outdoor dining.
The pool is heated to 28°C free of charge and is in the centre of one of the lawns. Shade by the pool is provided by a large Catalpa tree. There is a pool pavilion convenient for poolside pre-dinner drinks.
The accommodation is of a very high standard; the interior is welcoming, very comfortable and elegant, and furnished with beautiful antiques, paintings, and many books. A large hallway gives onto a living room with a large open fireplace, an attractive dining room with doors to a side terrace, and a large well-equipped kitchen opening onto the covered dining terrace. Also on the ground floor are two twin bedrooms (90cm beds), a bathroom with a wc, and a shower room with a wc.
There are two staircases leading to the first floor. The first takes you to the spacious and bright bedrooms: three double bedrooms (160cm beds) each with an en suite bathroom with a separate shower unit and a wc, a twin bedroom (90cm beds), and a further bathroom with a separate shower unit and a wc. The second staircase leads to a charming library with a double sofabed (140cm), a real haven of peace.
A separate building, approximately 20m from the house and pool, offers on the first floor a large bedroom with two double beds (160cm) and an en suite shower room with a wc.
Changeover day: Saturday
Open Easter to mid-Oct
9 hole 16km
18 hole 64km
This floor plan was prepared in good faith and may not be exactly to scale.
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.
Lauzerte (5km): All shops and services including a supermarket and restaurants.
Montcuq (17km): All shops and services including a supermarket.
A larger selection of shops and services is available at Moissac (22km), Montauban (36km), Cahors (41km) and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (55km)
Lauzerte (5km): Wednesday (small) and Saturday mornings
Montcuq (16km) and Moissac (22km): Sunday mornings
Lauzerte (5km) is classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France and boasts beautiful dovecotes, mills and chapels.
The interesting towns of Cahors (41km) and Villeneuve-sur-Lot (55km), both straddling the Lot River are within easy reach. Montauban (36km) with its Ingres museum and Moissac (26km) with its spectacular Saint-Pierre abbey (famous for its cloisters) are well worth exploring.
Garlic (l’ail de Lomagne)
Tennis: Durfort-lacapelette (3km) and Lauzerte (5km)
Horse riding: Lauzerte (5km)
Bike hire: Montcuq (16km) and Montaigu (20km)
Skydiving school: Bouloc (10km)
Leisure lakes for swimming: Montcuq (16km) and Montaigu (20km)
Canoeing and kayaking on the Lot River: Puy-Levêque (56km)
9 hole golf: Sauveterre (16km)
18 hole golf: Castelnaud-de-Gratecambe (64km)
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.
This villa was the perfect arrangement for our family group. 3 mums and dads 4 under 8 year olds, 3 teenagers and 2 grandparents. Very comfortable with lots of space. Anne was there to meet us and show us around. She also cooked a meal for us one night - very French and more than enough for us all. Another blessing was having 3 dishwashers!! very necessary with large numbers.
It’s with huge pleasure that I stayed at Le Masgrès with my daughters and family. The weather was wonderful, in the evenings we ate outside, and we could hear the ‘zuzusement’ (word invented by me) of the trees and the song of the crickets. I felt like a guest in the house and not like an ordinary holidaymaker. Everywhere were objects chosen with love and exquisite refinement. Each bedroom had its own personal character. I remember a tennis racket used as a mirror in one of the bathrooms. The library upstairs with its secret passage was a marvel. And the books! As an avid reader it felt like finding old friends all over again. If beautiful is synonymous with truth then this house is the perfect image. I would like to thank the housekeeper Anna for all her attention. (translated from the French)
Beautiful well maintained property in a very peaceful setting. Provided ample space for our party of 11. Possibility to isolate yourself if needs be, but also possible to entertain a large group. Lots of quiet corners, magnificent garden and beautifully furnished house. All bedrooms have their bathroom, but on an anonymous basis.
We had a fantastic time. A really lovely house.
The villa was stunning. Anne was amazing, especially cooking. We had an incredible time!!!
A breath taking view and beautiful house made this our best family holiday to date. We will be back!
Well recommended by Dominique. The setting was stunning, the house was lovely, attractive and comfy. Great care had been taken by the owner with lovely geraniums on bedroom window sills. A great 2 weeks - could have stayed forever. And those fig trees - wow. And the terrace and outdoor eating area. All our guests loved it too.
The villa was excellent and lived up to all our expectations. Ann (the keyholder) was also first class and a great help.
We had a lovely holiday and the house was perfect, as was de housekeeper. Beautifully furnished. Lots of outdoor areas to sit in. Lovely pool. Plenty of rooms and beds and linen. Wonderful cook, very helpful. All in all a great success. Accommodated my family of 14 easily. Cots and highchairs provided for the 3 babies. Thank you for providing us with such a lovely house. Marvellous.
''Beauty, peace, tranquility. Eminent Indeed'' - Mrs. Braithwaite, Rustington
''Beautiful house -10 out of 10 for style'' - N.A..Ryan - Ardingly
''Peaceful and Enjoyable'' - Mrs. Sullivan, California
''Fab, Fab Fab'' - Martin McGuire, London
''Paradise on earth'' - David Simmonds - London N.W.
''What a wonderful house in such countryside'' - Mrs. Stheeman, Walton-on-Thames
''Superlatives are pointless. Speaks such silent volumes'' - Ciro Coleman , Orpington
''We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in a house which speaks such volumes for the style, erudition and trust of the owner.'' - Mrs. Howarth, Reigate
''What a beautiful house'' - Mrs. Touche, London
''What a fantastic place'' - Martin Feldman, New York
''Wonderful''- Sheila Clark, Ealing '' Fantastic. We loved it ''- George Manning, Atlanta
''A wonderful visit'' - Brian Dean - Dumfries
''I'll be back!'' - P. Torday - Northumberland
''Great Style'' - Simon Olding - Stellenbosch S. Africa
''Fantastic views and house'', Hilary Sears, Wimbledon
''This house is all you need!'' - Anna de Landa - Rio de Janeiro
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.
A magical place combining an elegant and beautifully furnished interior, a delightful setting and a most inspiring part of France.