Daramousque | Self-catering in Tarn-et-Garonne | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Daramousque - Self-catering in Tarn-et-Garonne

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Daramousque, 82230 Monclar de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne
Midi - Pyrénées, France

Catherine Rie

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Recline in stylish sofas on the veranda, sip wine and watch the children splash in the pool. Inside is ochre, cream and fabulous. Bliss

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Fourteen hectares of mature gardens, rolling hills and stunning views through the trees: no wonder Catherine and Jean-Claude fell in love with this 19th-century farmstead on sight. It had been beautifully renovated and restored, its delights including a big open space that's perfect for children, a warm saltwater pool and a glowing fireplace. Theirs is the farmhouse, yours is the villa, and its vast open-plan living area is lofty and light. Three French windows lead to a long veranda on whose stylish sofas you will idly sprawl before rising for a lazy dip in the secure shared pool. The house is done in a pleasing mix of French modern and French antique enhanced by soft golds, ochres and creams, the open-plan kitchen is unquestionably lavish and the two ground-floor bedrooms are spacious and cool, one overlooking a courtyard, the other the garden; the third, a fabulous big double, is upstairs. You are minutes from the shops, restaurants and weekly market of pretty Monclar de Quercy. These well-travelled owners want nothing more than for you to be happy and will go out of their way to make it so.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Catherine Rie:

Local points of interest from
Catherine Rie:

  • Enjoy our warm saltwater swimming pool measuring 14 x 9 meters. Pool water temperatures average 22-28 celsius in June and September and 28-30 celsius in July and August depending on the weather.
  • Experience canoeing along the Aveyron gorge close to St. Antonin – this is for all ages !
  • Visit the Medieval Bastide villages (all Beaux Villages of France) in the immediate area.
  • Chateaux to visit, daily local markets and music festivals to enjoy. Admire the many and varied gardens of the region open to the public
  • Sample the local wines of Gaillac by visiting the vineyards.
  • Follow the nature trails and walk in the nearby forests of the Sivens and Grésigne. Rent bikes and play tennis in Monclar.
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Guest feedback
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"We really enjoyed our week's stay here. The location is beautiful with sprawling fields and beautiful countryside. The saltwater pool is lovely and Catherine and Jean Claude take all the hassle away from you in maintaining the pool daily. There are some superb Bastide towns to visit. Also, some water sports available if that takes your fancy. A perfect hideaway for families or couples. Our accommodation was very comfortable and when we got hot, we dipped in the pool. Will certainly contemplate returning another year. The BBQ was the icing on the cake!"

Rachel - Bath , United Kingdom

July 2017
"Returned for 2 weeks this year in this beautiful place. The house is very well appointed ( and the gite too) and we love the covered terrace with fantastic views over the valley The salt pool is large and we swam every day. The field is awash with flowers with a mass of various orchids;we saw butterflies deer and heard owls .Catherine and Jean Claude are very welcoming and hospitable and are keen to help in any way. The valley of the Aveyron is beautiful with lovely bastide towns to visit. Good for cycling and walking."

Andrew - Oxford , United Kingdom

July 2017
"We had a fabulous holiday at Daramousque. The villa is beautiful and exceptionally well maintained. The veranda is brilliant as it provides shade during the day and has great views. We had every meal outside! The pool is the best (and biggest) we have ever had. Catherine is a very kind, considerate host who goes the extra mile to make sure her guests have a lovely time."

Beverley - Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

August 2016
"Spent a wonderfully relaxing week at Daramousque. Catherine gave us a warm welcome and was on hand whenever needed. Highlights for us were the swimming pool, the comfy chairs in the shade and great walks with wildlife. The only downside was the terrible EU referendum result. Local wines helped (a little)!! Would fully recommend to others and look forward to returning one day."

Jan - Bristol, United Kingdom

June 2016
"Attractive,spacious and comfortable accommodation in a beautiful garden with fabulous views of the countryside, Magnificent swimming pool and a charming, helpful hostess. Like heaven on earth."
June 2014
"A stunning and peaceful location. The properties are lovely, well equiped and private. The pool and grounds are idyllic. We had a superb holiday. Catherine is a welcoming and lovely host."
August 2013
"We stayed at Daramousque for 2 weeks in August. The villa was elegantly furnished, very well equipped and extremely spacious for our family of 5. The highlight for us was the huge veranda overlooking the pool, with stunning views over the countryside. Probably the best self catering property we have ever stayed in and very reasonably priced."
August 2013
"We rented both properties. They were clean, exceptionally well equipped and comfortable. The location was great and views superb. Did we mention the great pool!!! Catherine is attentive but unobtrusive. The best kind of host. All in all a great holiday in this lovely part of France."
June 2013
"We stayed at Daramousque for the 4th time this year and loved it. We have two young kids who enjoyed the pool and roaming in the meadows collecting wild herbs. It's in a really beautiful location, well maintained and spotlessly clean. There's lots to do in the area: canoeing, horse riding, bastide villages, markets.....If you get bored, it's your own fault. The owners are very friendly and helpful. I would recommend it most highly for families - and for grand parents too. "
August 2012
"Wonderful week in the cottage. Peaceful and quiet but Catherine always on hand with her suggestions for our day's exploration of the surrounding medieval villages. Beautiful setting and wide reaching views of the countryside. Spotlessly clean and very well equipped."
July 2012
"A wonderful relaxing stay at Daramousque. The Villa, location, view, pool ... all first class, fully equipped and furnished to high standard. Sarah and Michael are the most perfect hosts."
August 2010

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  • 1 House for 6
  • , 1 Cottage for 4
Price:(i) 700 to2000 per week

Extra bed/sofabed available €150 per person per week.

Booking info:

When both properties are rented together, 2 extra single beds available in villa for an additional charge. Check in on Saturdays July- August.




Daramousque, 82230 Monclar de Quercy, Tarn-et-Garonne

Self-catering Daramousque (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles & 1 twin sharing 1 bathroom, separate wc
Price: (i) 1200 to 2000 per week
Self-catering Cottage Gîte (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 2 doubles sharing 1 bathroom
Price: (i) 700 to 1400 per week

Catherine Rie

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