About This Listing
Tournesol is one of 3 stone farmhouse gites set on a renovated Corps de Ferme. It is situated in a peaceful little hamlet with stunning views. The gite is independent with its own terace and shares grounds and large pool with the other gites.
Tournesol is a lovely old farmhouse on our shared holiday site. We are perched high above the Viaur Valley in a quiet little hamlet in SW France. It is the perfect 'getaway' place where you can just relax and enjoy being out in the countryside. Good road links mean you can be in Rodez, Albi and Toulouse quickly if you need a bit of excitement, culture or shopping sprees now and then. The house has been totally renovated but we have tried to keep as many features of the original property as possible.
The house is surprisingly spacious with a lovely big kitchen - every cooking gaget you can think of and the all important dishwasher.
The comfy lounge offers UK Sat TV, DVD and books galore. There is a master bedroom and a spacious triple room which offers flexible sleeping arrangements.
You have your own patio/BBQ area and a great pool to use in the summer months.
With loads of waymarked walks straight from the property it is ideal for country lovers of all ages.
We have some beautiful bastide villages close to us and there is always a fête or market on close - by to give you that real french feel.
Private patio - shared grounds, laundry, games room pool.
Interaction with Guests
This is really up to the guest - we are always available to offer advice and info when requested and are more than happy to share a glass of wine and swap a few stories - but if you are here to be quiet and enjoy your own company then we are happy to leave you in peace.
The scenery is beautiful and we feel we are in true 'unspoilt' France. Even in the height of season the roads remain calm and quiet and it is easier to get around and about. Very little English is spoken here but the french are delighted when you try out their language - even if you just speak a little.
Just please leave the place as you found it - if you want to move things around no problems, just put it back before you go!
Two friends and I came to Julie's house for the weekend to have a weekend in the countryside. It was such a beautiful and cosy home, with incredible surroundings. When we arrived Julie made us feel so welcome. She had even left out some Christmas biscuits (which were delicious).
The TV room is very cosy, we watched lots of films and made lots of delicious meals.
Andy, Julie's husband, helped keep our fire going as we were a bit useless at it.
I would thoroughly recommend Julie and Andy's home in Pampelonne for anyone who wants a quiet weekend break!
The house is quite nice albeit basic. We felt that for the price it was a good deal, but not more. Julie herself is very nice and helpful.
Julie, Andy and the girls were charming. Fidget the dog is v well behaved and friendly. Excellent company and nothing too much trouble. Tournesol extremely well equipped and roomy and v quiet environment. Lots of basic food items laid in for us. It was a naughty treat to watch BBC on the TV after 6 weeks of no TV. All their gites look lovely and we may be able to persuade the family to come out in warmer weather. The wood stove kept us very warm in Jan though and the hotties, kindly provided. Thank you all!
Absolutely lovely... Wish we could have stayed longer.
Hospitality was great, Julie & Andy made us feel right at home. The cottage was gorgeous and location beautiful.. What more is there to say! !!!!
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About the Host, Julie
I live in the SW of France with my husband, twin daughters and our dog, Fidget. I'm English and moved to France 10 years ago with my family as a bit of a 'life change'. In my previous life I used to be in charge of a large Special Needs department in a secondary school. Here in France we run a gite complex with 3 holiday homes on site and I also manage another 4 properties belonging to friends who part followed us out here (they bought holiday homes close to us but still live in the UK). Andy my husband looks after the buildings here and renovates other properties in the area. My girls are at secondary school in our local market town and are totally bilingual (much to my envy). We remain incredibly busy but have a lovely family bond with everyone mucking in together - making the big move definitely the right thing to have done. I love the day to day challenge of coping in a foreign language, going to aqua gym with my french neighbour and occasionally teaching English in Toulouse. In the 8 years we have been running the gite complex I've made many friends from all walks of life and one of my greatest pleasures is seeing stressed out families leaving relaxed and happy after a great holiday. Makes all the hard work worthwhile.