About this listing
Coquelicot is one of three gites set in a picturesque site with lovely views over the Viaur gorge. Originally a stone farmhouse, this property has been carefully renovated to retain original features offering family accommodation over 3 floors.
Coquelicot is a lovely stone built farmhouse full of character. We think it was the original building on our Corps de Ferme and is about 200 years old. We renovated it in 2005 and tried to keep as many of the old features as we could, whilst making sure it provided a comfortable holiday home with all the necessary luxury bits. I'm particularly proud of the upstairs bathroom situated in the eves of the property - it initially gave me a nightmare as a space to design but in the end it has turned out as my favourite bathroom on site! The house has 3 floors - on the ground floor there is the kitchen diner with a table for 6. Just off the kitchen is a modern shower room and then a twin bedroom; This is ideal for teenagers or someone who finds stairs a bit tricky as they have everything at hand on the ground floor. Upstairs there is the lounge then across a small landing a large double bedroom; Upstairs is the master bedroom and the lovely luxury bathroom. In the winter this cottage offers a place to just relax and get away from it all for a while; There are fantastic walks straight from the property and when you crave a bit of culture you have Albi, Cordes sur Ciel and Rodez within 30 mins away. You can even do Toulouse in just over an hour - so it makes a really good base be it for a weekend or a week. We live on site so are always at hand should you need help - but we know how to leave you in peace if thats what you prefer.
You will have sole use of the whole house. On site the games store, laundry, grounds and swimming pool are all shared access with the two other gites and resident owners.
Interaction with Guests
We live on site and are always there to help if you need us and happy to share a glass of wine and a chat about the local area. Of course if you prefer to be just left alone to your own devises that is equally possible.
The joy of being here is the peace and tranquility of a beautiful, natural area. We believe you get a true experience of rural France which is steeped in tradition and french customs. From village fetes to weekly markets and brocantes there is always something to see and do. If you love walking then this is the place for you - we have marked walks straight from the property and in the land of 100 valleys you won't be short of places to visit.
It is difficult to manage without a car however there is a train station in our nearest village which links Toulouse to Rodez.
All I ask is that you treat the property as you would your own home. We don't have a list of does and don't - just no smoking indoors. You can move things around if that is necessary just put it back before you leave!
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.