Racanière

Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne
Self-catering


A paradise for nature lovers - hunt for wild orchids and butterflies in the flower meadows, spot birds, walk the local footpaths. Wonderful

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

You’ll find such lovely gardens by this charming restored cottage. On warm days, it’s glorious to sit by the pool in the shade of the pergola, count passing butterflies (orange tip, swallowtail, marbled white …), and watch the birds among the wildflower patches. There are field guides in the cottage for naming them and maps to explore the paths around this tiny hamlet. Owner Barbara lives next door and is passionate about tending her gardens and attracting wildlife. The cottage itself is well-equipped with swish kitchen, bathroom and living rooms downstairs, kept snug by two wood-burners in winter. Slightly out-of-place, shiny pine stairs lead up to the bedrooms and a second bathroom, all under the eaves so heads may need to be ducked. Venture forth to explore the Tarn et Garonne – dine in Puylaroque, a medieval market town a few minutes away by car or browse the lively Sunday market in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. There’s wild swimming or canoeing on the Lot or Aveyron whilst connoisseurs will seek out Gaillac wines to taste – they’ve been cultivated since Roman times.   

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

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
Saturdays, 4pm
Check out
Saturdays, 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Closed
Rarely.
Meals
Restaurants 5-minute drive.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £695
Damage deposit
£500
Surcharges
Cot available at no extra cost.
1 Cottage for 6
From £1006 beds3 bedrooms

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Barbara Skew

  • The garden has been planted to attract all kinds of wildlife. There are Nightingales, Turtle Doves, Woodpeckers, hundreds of butterflies of all kinds and in the surrounding area, wild boar, deer, red and black squirrels and hares and rare wild orchids.
  • The house is surrounded by way-marked walks through forest, over ridges with spectacular views, along meandering streams through hidden valleys. There are detailed maps in the house to guide you and field guides to identify what you discover.
  • St Antonin le Noble Val is 20 minutes away and has a wonderful market full of delicious foods. It was the location for the film Charlotte Grey and more recently The 100 Step Journey. Kayaking down the Aveyron starts from here through the spectacular gorge.
  • Najac, visited by Richard the Lionheart perched on it's hill remains largely as he saw it and has a decent restaurant by the river at the foot of the hill. It is a Premiere Site de France and the spectacular castle and church are a must.
  • Cordes sur ciel, a medieval hill village on the way to Albi is a bit touristy but utterly beautiful and there is a good family run restaurant in Milhars on the road called Segalar. Albi has a sinister cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec Museum.
  • Join the locals in the small Tuesday and Saturday market in Caylus the nearest village, explore it's ancient streets and have coffee in the Bar de Bascule or a pizza on the hill. Visit the lake at the bottom of the hill and let the kids splash in the pool