L’ancienne Boulangerie (The Old Bakery Cottage)

St. Beauzile, Tarn
Self-catering


Swallows skim the pool, wood pigeons coo, and the night skies are studded with stars. Great for walkers and lovers of Gaillac wines

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 5

The
Experience

Wind past fields of corn and vine-covered hills to the edge of the Grésigne Forest and the hamlet of Cabanes. At this lovingly nurtured group of 18th-century farm buildings, the bakehouse has become a holiday home, and the owners live in the farmhouse, Les Hirondelles.

Watch butterflies, smell lavender, laze under the pergola, or follow the mown path down to the pool – it’s all yours, plus views. You can stock up at the market in St Antonin Noble-Val (20km), hire kayaks and bikes, ride horses, or head off for the steep cobbled streets of medieval Cordes-sur-Ciel.

Liz and Graham, happy to share their insights into this lesser known wine region, can book you into an ‘apero night’ at a vineyard close by, and recommend favourite restaurants. Should you fancy a longer drive, the vibrant city of Albi (its cathedral a Unesco site) is under an hour.

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We think you'll love

  • The overriding sense of tranquillity
  • Being inspired gorgeous vineyard views
  • Following GR paths and cycling routes direct from the door
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Home truths

  • The pool is unfenced but is alarmed
  • The nearest shops and restaurants are a 15 minute drive

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-10pm Saturday
Check out
10am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Restaurants 20-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £900
Damage deposit
£300
Surcharges
Extra bed/sofabed available £175-£280 per person per week.
1 Cottage for 5
From £1303 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

This pastoral idyll is to be found far from the madding crowd, nestled at the edge of a sweet hamlet surrounded by vine carpeted hillsides and oak forests. A more restorative place you could not find, with peace, fresh air and starry, starry nights. Space for everyone to spread out and do their thing and then come together around the table on the terrace to plan the next foray out to a pretty bastide town, market or vineyard visit or adventure on the river, bike or horseback. Something to indulge all tastes and Liz and Graham the owners are a delight to chat to for guidance.

Sarah, Sawday's inspector

We had a lovely week staying at the cottage. It was very helpful having the cot, the highchair and a washing machine available. We enjoyed our morning trips to the local towns and villages, lunch out and then an afternoon sat lazing by the pool. There are plenty of close, super sights to visit and wonderful markets, restaurants and vineyards to see. Liz and Graham made us very welcome and the house is stocked with useful tourist leaflets and maps.

Abi, Bath

The Old Bakery Cottage was charming and a super place to spend our second week in the region. It had everything we - Mum, Dad and twin boys aged 9 - needed to make the most of the fantastic weather. Great place to see the wildlife particularly the bees and butterflies and some super walks in the forest right from the cottage. Hedgerows full of nuts and figs and plums and apples and vineyards close to hand. I got some great images for my lino cuts. Liz and Graham were charming hosts who made us welcome and offered advice and guidance whenever we asked.

Edward, Leicester

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Location

The neighbourhood

The wine region of Gaillac is restorative, serene, and beautiful. Wineries abound, as do fortified bastide villages, one shining example being medieval Cordes sur Ciel (with a Sunday market and a festival in July). For foodies there are markets, and a lovely farm shop at Cahuzac sur Vère (14km). For authentic cuisine, head for La Table du Sommelier, Gaillac (20km) or La Corniche, Brousses (21km). You can hike in the neighbouring Forest of Grésigne, and cycle, kayak and ride close by.

Local points of interest from Graham Hutchinson

  • Situated in the renowned wine region of Gaillac, plenty of vineyards to explore, wines to sample and views to behold. The town hosts a wine fair in early August; have lunch under the trees, imbibe a little, entertained by live music from the region.
  • Cordes, : a medieval fortified town floats above the mists 20 minutes away, cobbled streets, pretty merchants houses, lots of artisan workshops, a market each Sunday and a hugely popular medieval festival in the summer. One of several stunning villages.
  • A great area for walkers and bird watchers. An equestrian centre close by provides riding for adults and children of all abilities. Tracks through forests and fields offer a variety of terrains or you can enjoy our extensive gardens -uninterrupted views.
  • Nearby St Antonin offers a famous bustling Sunday morning market enjoyed by all our guests. There are also restaurants, shops and a cinema (showing English language films) in this popular town as well bike hire and a kayak station - mini bus pick up!
  • The cities of Albi and Toulouse are easily reached. Both are vibrant, cultural cities. The Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi is a must for art lovers and the city's museum of fashion is well worth a visit.
  • The surrounding landscape ranges from cool wooded hillsides to vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Most vineyards offer tastings and sales. Many offer tours and cultural events.

Introducing

Graham Hutchinson

Owners Liz and Graham will occasionally pop by to check the pool and discreetly water the grounds. Their passion for the area is evident so make the most of their knowledge. They particularly love off the beaten track places. They can also set up cheese and wine pairing tastings on the terrace, and arrange friendly vineyard tours.