Contensou ref 38CON
- Two adjacent gîtes set in 30 ha of secluded land
- Sleeps up to 9 (5+4) in 4 rooms (inc sofa beds)
- Off road location for peace and privacy
- St Antonin Noble Val & Aveyron Gorge within 5km.
- Woodland walks featuring play area
- Private 8 x 4m irregular shaped pool with alarm
Contensou is personally managed by the Owners who live nearby. It comprises two self contained barn conversions, similar in style, which both open onto the Swimming Pool terrace as seen in the picture
The property stands in nearly 100 acres of countryside which is managed by the Owners to maintain woodland, woodland tracks and to conserve the natural history within it. Contensou is a family friendly property, and will appeal to two families or couples holidaying together.
The Gîtes are also available to let separately - please see their respective pages on this site.
Contensou is within a couple of miles of the spectacular Aveyron Gorge, and also within easy reach of the historic towns of Montauban and Moissac.
The Owners pride themselves on their gîtes always being ready, and bookings can be made at very short notice.
The Owners say...
"Situated in the Quercy and the Gorges de l'Aveyron region, we are happy to welcome you to Contensou. Contensou was originally a 19th Century agricultural holding, and after 12 years of renovation we have kept the original charm of the old stone buildings. We are pleased to offer you the calm and tranquillity of 30 hectares of woodland and grounds where there are small wild animals and where you can walk and cycle. Not far are the local villages with cinema, museums, sports activities, local fetes, and restaurants. Everything, or practically everything, that will remind you of the culture of the people of the Tarn et Garonne. Contensou retains the charm of another time even after years of renovation."
Approaching Contensou along quiet country lanes, guests arrive to find ample parking space for vehicles.
Gîte Lavande - Sleeps up to 5 people in a Double and a Triple room
Guests enter Lavande into the open plan Sitting / Dining/ Kitchen space with many of the original timber beams visible and the traditional large fireplace with wood burner.
This pleasant airy room has shuttered windows on the south and north side so remains fresh at all times.
The Sitting Area has comfortable seating around the fireplace, and a large Dining table seating six sits between this and the Kitchen area.
Various ornaments complement the rural nature of Lavande, and there is an upright piano in one corner.
The Kitchen is based around a straight run of units behind a low wall which make a low division across the room and includes a hob and oven and refrigerator along with a selection of Utensils. The low wall is topped to function as a breakfast bar, and bar stools make this informal dining facility work well.
A small Utility room contains a Washing Machine and a Microwave oven.
The Shower room with basin and wc is located behind the Kitchen area.
The Triple Bedroom with a Double and Single bed is through a door beside the Shower room.
From the Dining area, a steep Ladder type staircase leads up to the Mezzanine Double bedroom.
Gîte Fleur - Sleeps up to 4 in a Triple bedroom plus a Sofa bed
The Ground Floor of Fleur is an Open Plan Sitting / Dining / Kitchen area, with many of the original timber beams visible, and ornaments complementing the rural nature of Contensou.
The large fireplace with wood burner has the Sofa bed in front of it, with ample space to open it out if it is used as a bed.
A small Breakfast Bar with stools divides this area from the Kitchen / Dining area.
The corner Kitchen is equipped with Hob and oven, Fridge/Freezer, Microwave oven and a range of utensils. The Dining Table for 4 is by the kitchen. The Washing Machine is also located in the Kitchen area.
A small store room and a Shower room with basin and wc complete the Ground floor.
Steep stairs lead up to the spacious mezzanine Triple bedroom, with a Double and Single bed. From this mezzanine a door opens onto an east facing balcony with steps down to the pool terrace. The balcony is perfect for breakfast, and is also a great vantage point to supervise
Between the two gites are some mature trees which have tables with shades around them making a very pleasant shaded area.
The Pool terrace has the walls of the gîtes on two sides and low walls on the other two sides aiding security. There is ample space and poolside furniture provided to enjoy this area.
The Swimming pool is an irregular shape, measuring 8 x 4m overall, and has an alarm system. There are Roman steps, and water purity is maintained with chlorine.
Beyond the pool terrace is a dedicated barbecue block fuelled by charcoal, and the original well for Contensou has been throughtfully converted to an al fresco dining table.
A large grassed area - some 2-3ha (5-7 acres) - then surrounds the gîtes, with swings and climbing frames for the younger members of the party, before the edge of the woodland is reached: All can be watched from the pool terrace.
Paths lead through the woodland allowing Guests to explore the natural history that abounds in the woodland, and can provide much entertainment to those interested in nature and the environment
|Property available||1 June - 30 September|
|Property Management||French Owner lives nearby|
|Post town & department
||St Antonin Noble Val, Tarn-et-Garonne|
|Television||Installed for 2017|
|Internet||Installed for 2017|
|Pets||Regret that pets cannot be accommodated|
|Smoking||Guests are requested not to smoke in or around.|
Immediately around Contensou the area is level and gently undulating and so suitable for exploring by bicycle or on foot.
A short drive away at the crest of the hill is a viewing point for the Aveyron Gorge, and after viewing the spectacular rock formations, the road continues down into the gorge to the village of St Antonin Noble Val.
This is one of a number of picturesque medieval villages along the River Aveyron and among these Bruniquel is listed among 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France'. This part of the gorge heralds the start of a large area of plunging valleys and spectacular scenery, with many associated activities including canoeing, fishing, climbing and more readily available, along with some challenging walks.
Further afield, the attractive towns of Montauban with its pink stone and Moissac with its noted architecture and stone carving in L'Abbé de St Pierre make an interesting visit. The large aerospace capital of Europe, Toulouse, is also an easy drive from Contensou, and there is more information and links to cities, towns and villages at the top of this page.
In this part of France you are never far from vineyards and wineries, and there are many wineries offering tastings and direct sales.
Among the vineyards there are many other crops grown, mainly sunflowers and cereals, but also vegetables, soft fruit orchards and nut groves will be seen.
These and many other local products are available from artisan producers at weekly markets held in most villages and towns. Septfronds has its market on Wednesday, and St Antonin Noble Val on a Sunday: A list of other markets is under The Area information above.
Some attractions aimed at the younger family members are listed under The Area above.
From Other Guests
“Chris and Sidonie were truly lovely"
"Absolutely fabulous. The best by far of many French retreats
we have found"
"Chris and Sidonie could not have been more hospitable and welcoming"
"The gite is beautiful - the best we have ever stayed in.
A wonderful fortnight"
"A wonderful find! We thoroughly enjoyed a restful week.
Hope to be able to return"
"Thank you for a beautiful 2 weeks. We are now fully rested and sad to be returning home. We will be back very soon"
All prices include Linen (Bed linen, bathroom towels & kitchen towels).
Pool towels and baby linen are not included unless otherwise stated.
Cot, High Chair & Playpen are available to hire at £15/week/item - Please indicate these items on your Booking Form
A Security Deposit is also payable, and this is usually refunded (less any deductions) within one week of the end of your stay.
Cleaning at the end of your stay is not included: It may be available as an Option, but this (and any other services required) should be booked well in advance of your stay to ensure availability
All prices are in £GBP: Payments can accepted be in £GBP or €EUR Please contact Halcyon Leisure to confirm prices and methods of payment in $USD ,$CAN and other currencies.
Payments by Bank Transfer, Cheque or Credit card (Mastercard and Visa only) : Debit cards on £GBP accounts only.
For individual gîte pricing, please see their respective pages.
|2nd June to 28 Sept 2018
||£1750 / week|
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