- Sleeps:14 in main house + 4 in separate cottage (14 + 4 = 18 total)
- Bedrooms:5 Doubles and 2 Twins in the main house and 2 doubles in separate cottage
- Bathrooms:5 ensuite and one separate bathroom in the main house. One bathroom in the cottage.
- Rents: £3,800 - £6,200 per week
- Key features:Heated swimming Pool
Extensive gardens over several levels
Superb situation with outstanding views
Separate artists studio with potential for social or other uses
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La Maison Rose
In a commanding position situated on the edge of the hilltop village of Miramont de Quercy in the Tarn et Garonne, La Maison Rose is a house of immense charm, interest and character.
The main house surrounds a central garden which drops away to a series of garden areas that have evolved and been developed over generations. South facing views from the house over the Quercy country, lying between the Rivers Lot and Garonne, are magnificent. On a clear day the Pyrenées are visible in the far distance.
The main house accommodates 14 and there is a separate cottage which accommodates four bringing the potential accommodation to 18.
A large barn close to but outside the curtilage of the house has been converted into an artists studio as a space developed and enjoyed by the owners, whose artwork, own paintings and personally designed textiles can be enjoyed through the whole house . Flooded with natural light and with its own adjoining garden it forms an inspiring working space for individuals or groups and the space easily lends itself to groups or social gatherings.
'By unanimous agreement of the whole family our stay at La Maison Rose was hugely successful and highly enjoyable. The heat was a little excessive in the afternoons but nothing can be done about that and we were extremely grateful for the swimming pool. We were all most impressed by the beautiful accommodation and loved the 'homeliness' of the property; we found it was very well stocked with everything one could possibly need on a holiday, and we were well looked after by Rosetta, the housekeeper, who was always on hand to answer any queries and to give help.
We loved the view from the house too, and we were glad that we managed to go out in the mornings to visit some of the magnificent hill-top villages and to appreciate the beautiful countryside; knowing France pretty well we wondered why it had taken us so long to discover the Quercy region.
All in all, one of our very best family holidays ever if not the best.
Many thanks from all of us for your most efficient service ---very satisfied customers!'
Ian Gordon - Finlayson, Marlbourough 2022
'We had a wonderful two week holiday with children and grandchildren at La Maison Rose in August. Once inside the big white gates, you enter a different world – a charming large grassy courtyard with trees and hammocks surrounded by stone buildings joined together – a bit like a Spanish finca – so that each family could feel relatively private and have their own space, but we all came out into the same courtyard. The kitchen and salons are spacious and elegant, with commanding views and lots of comfortable spaces for children and adults to cluster. We ate lunch and dinner on the terrace – beautifully shaded by climbing plants and with great views. The pool is very protected – down a stone path, with a high lockable gate – very reassuring for us with a non-swimming four year old in the party. There is also a very large hedgehog which lives in the flower beds and appears – to everyone’s delight – on the lawn at night. It seemed to us a perfect place for a large multi-generational group to have a relaxed and sociable holiday.
Rosetta, the gardienne, lives next door and could not be more helpful or lovely. She speaks good English and is there for any problem at all, not that we encountered any - except needing a second fridge, which appeared the next day.
The countryside around is lovely, and Moissac, the nearest big town, full of interest. Lauzerte, the village on the hill nearby, has some very nice restaurants and is a good place to wander around (with an excellent Intermarché at its foot).'
Helen Fraser, London 2022
The main entrance to the house is through a gated archway on the edge of the village that leads through into a central garden. The house surrounds this garden on 3 sides. The fourth (open) side is bounded by 4 pollarded lime trees and then descends to terraces and gardens on the lower levels to the East and South.
All parts of the dwelling areas of the house are accessed from this inner/central garden. The house effectively divides into two halves separated by the entrance archway that comes through the base of the ‘U’.
This half of the house contains all the principal living reception which enjoy the spectacular Southerly views of the country below and beyond, on a clear day as far as the Pyrenées.
A doorway from the South Western corner of the courtyard leads into the large stone tiled
Entrance Hall with arched ceiling, a magnificent open stone fireplace with a writing table, chests and chairs. Doors from the entrance hall lead to:
Bedroom 1 (The Green Room). A large double bedroom with double bed (2m x 1.8m) and canopy bedhead. The room contains distinctive green cupboards with panels of Romantic Italian vistas. A door leads on to its
Ensuite Bathroom 1: With bath (with shower hose), WC and washbasin.
Bedroom 2: ‘The White Room’ Large Double bedroom with four poster bed (1.8m x 2m). French windows with Juliet balcony open to glorious Southerly views.
An Ensuite Bathroom 2 with bath and washbasin is contained within the room, separated from view with antique privacy screens. There is a separate ensuite WC.
The final door from the entrance hall leads into the reception rooms and kitchen which run the full length of this side of the house all enjoying the superb south facing views over the countryside below and on a clear day to the Pyrenées in the far distance.
Sitting Room: A large long light room with beamed ceiling, generous sofas and armchairs, a card table and a large open woodburning fireplace. Four separate sets of French windows open onto the balcony enjoying the spectacular southerly views. The balcony deserves special mention running a full 10m in length and some 50 feet above the garden on this side. French windows on the Northern side open into the inner/central garden on that level. There is a flat screen TV with DVD player and a CD player/radio and sound system with a selection of CD’s.
The Dining Room: A smaller room situated between the sitting room and the kitchen. With fireplace, two sets of French windows opening to Juliet balconies for the same South facing view. A round dining table seats 8. A separate table can be added but this dining room is better suited to smaller family groups.
The Kitchen: A large family kitchen with beamed ceiling and terracotta floors. Three sets of French windows open to the garden/courtyard. A kitchen table seats 10 comfortably at the dining end where there is also a large stone fireplace. The kitchen area is separated by an island with a working stone tile surface and units beneath. There is a separate chopping table. The kitchen area is well equipped with gas 4 ring cooker and extractor hood, an AEG electric oven and hot plate/grill, washing up machine, tall fridge/freezer and ice maker. There is a separate freestanding hotplate, generous supplies of cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware for the needs of the house. A door leads out into the garden and to the main outside dining terrace on the end of this wing of the house.
The northern side of the buildings comprises mainly bedrooms/sleeping accommodation with a Games Room. There are 5 bedrooms on this side of which three are accessed independently. An agreeable element of separation is therefore maintained between bedrooms.
A doorway to the left of the entrance arch leads to :
Games Room: with table tennis table, sofa, chairs and table. There is a computer, a canon printer, a music system and a large wall mounted map of South West France.
Wooden spiral stairs lead up from The Games Room to a landing off which lead:
Bedroom 3: A twin room with two single beds (each 0.9m x 2m)
Bathroom 3: with washbasin, WC and bath with shower hose.
Bedroom 4: A twin room with two single beds (each 0.9m x 2m)
An independent/separate door leads from the courtyard/garden straight into:
Bedroom 5: A large double bedroom with double bed (1.8m x 2m) with canopy bedhead. Windows face inwards into the garden. 5 steps lead up into its
Ensuite Bathroom 4 with washbasin, WC and bath (with shower hose). The bathroom features a large mural painting.
Another independent door from the garden leads into a small entrance hallway off which are:
Bedroom 6: A double bedroom with double bed (1.8m x 2m) and windows facing into the garden with Ensuite Bathroom 5 with washbasin, WC and bath with shower hose and a separate independent walk in shower.
An arch doorway through the wall out of the North East corner of the upper garden leads to a delightful small covered terrace with superb East facing views to the next Bastide village of Lauzerte.
A door from the terrace leads into Bedroom 7 with double bed (1.9m x 2m) and windows facing North, South and East. Six steps ascend to its Ensuite Bathroom 6 with bath (and shower hose), washbasin and separate WC.
The small terrace outside Bedroom 7 leads through a further arch doorway onto a private patio with a pagoda covered table and chairs. A peaceful corner for escape! This has its own little garden adjoining with steps that lead down to the swimming pool.
Separate Cottage - La Maison Verte
Back through the entrance archway and across the little Rue du Chateau from La Maison Rose is an adjoining cottage providing additional accommodation for staff or guests. Beyond this again is the artists studio (see below).
Garden gates lead to the front door of the cottage which opens into:
A simple Kitchen/Dining area on one end with a Sitting Room area the other end.
The Kitchen is well and simply equipped with units to one side incorporating an electric cooker with 4 rings and an oven with extraction hood. There is a washing up machine and a fridge with a small freezer section, kettle, toaster, crockery, cutlery and glassware for 4 people.
The Sitting Room area contains 2 sofas, a central coffee table, TV and music system.
Stairs from the Kitchen lead up to a small landing off which are:
Bedroom 8 with double bed (2m x 1.4m) and windows facing North and East.
Bedroom 9 with double bed (2m x 1.4m) and window facing East.
Bathroom 7 with bath (and shower hose) WC and washbasin.
Across the little Rue du Chateau from the main house also lies a charming converted barn now an artists studio, forming a comfortable and spacious working base for the creative and artistic talents of the owners and their friends. It is well suited to working groups of a reasonable size.
The barn interior constitutes a large and inspiring working space measuring 13m X 6m. It is filled with natural light from 3 large windows in the Southern wall enjoying the spectacular southerly views and 4 generous roof windows.
At present one end has a comfortable seating area with sofas and chairs for relaxation and a large open fire place on the southern wall. The other end contains a long dining/working table with seating that can be varied as required. This is/can also be used as a working surface. Easels and painting works suggest this as the creative working end but the barn is effectively itself a canvas which can be organised and arranged to suit.
The whole barn floor could be cleared to provide one large open space for functions, gatherings, social or working occasions of any sort.
A door at the western end of the barn opens out into a private court/garden with marvellous open views to the South.
Garden & Grounds
The gardens at La Maison Rose are a source of special delight and interest. On several levels yet linked intriguingly they are a kaleidoscope of revelation that, arrestingly, do not expose themselves all at once. Areas of sun, shade and varying space provide choices to enjoy conviviality or peace and solitude. Ideal for painting, reading or relaxation as desired at any time of day or night.
The entrance archway opens to the first central garden area framed on 3 sides by the house. This area is framed by borders containing lavender, climbing roses and a variety of colourful flowering shrubs and plants. There are separate seating areas that can be arranged as desired in each corner of this garden area.
At the South Eastern corner is a superb pagoda covered terrace adjoining and accessible to the kitchen and enjoying the most impressive views. A long dining table seats 14 comfortably on rattan chairs including room for an extension if required. Stone seating along the wall effectively provides a long bench if required. There is a Weber gas barbecue here.
Steps descend from this terrace to the lower gardens, petanque court, swimming pool and Southern gardens at the foot of the front elevation of the house. This lawn area is bordered by a formal frame of low box hedges the centre piece of which is a charming circular pond inhabited by fish and frogs which, along with the nightingales, pipe their amorous orchestra in spring and early summer.
The heated swimming pool in the North Eastern corner of the gardens measures 13m x 5m. Steps descend at the shallow end to a depth of 1m. The deep end measures 2.2m. There is a vine covered pagoda at the Northern end of the pool, 8 sunloungers around the pool . An outdoor shower is concealed within a trained hedge.
La Maison Rose enjoys a peaceful rural location in an outstanding position on the edge of the hill top village of Miramont de Quercy, in the Tarn et Garonne, with panoramic vistas over The Quercy country and far distant views of the Pyrenées.
The nearest market town of any size is at Moissac 24 mins (15 miles) South.
The nearest supermarket is an Intermarché in Lauzerte 11 minutes (5 miles) open daily from 9am–12 noon and then 2pm-7pm, all day Saturday and on Sunday morning. There is also a pharmacy by the Intermarché. The lower square in Lauzerte has a grocer, baker, butcher, deli, pharmacy and small general store. The nearest bank is Credit Agricole also in Lauzerte.
There is a larger Champion supermarket in Moissac (24 mins) the other largest/closest towns/cities being Agen 50 mins (30 miles) Villeneuve sur Lot 50 mins (28 miles) and Cahors 45 mins (28 miles).
La Maison Rose is 2 hrs (123 miles) from Bordeaux airport, 1 hr 10 mins (57 miles) from Toulouse airport and 1 hr 23 mins (58 miles) from Bergerac airport.
The nearest entries to the autoroute are junctions 7 (Agen), 8 (Auvillar) or 9 (Castelsarrasin) depending on direction of approach off the A62 running between Bordeaux and Toulouse.
The TGV stops at Agen (50 mins)
Tenants will be welcomed on arrival, and will be shown how everything works, both inside and out
There is a telephone system, plus WIFi broadband internet access in the main house and cottage
Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis
3 hours of cleaning per day on 2 days per week are included in the rental, aswell as swimming pool and garden maintenance. Any additional hours of housework should be agreed direct with the cleaner/s, and paid to her by tenants at the pre agreed rate/hr.
Rosetta is the gardienne. She lives separately in her own cottage in the village
Provided sufficient notice is given, a part time cook or chef can probably be found. His/her/their wage will be the tenants responsibility, and can be ascertained in advance should tenants so wish.
There is a travel cot and high chair.
This is an all year round property and is centrally heated throughout
There are a number of English language books, playing cards and board games for the use and enjoyment of guests.
Things to See & Do near La Maison Rose
There is a comprehensive Guest Information Folder in the house with details of recommended local shops, restaurants, markets, cultural, sporting and recreational activities plus many other suggestions on what to do and where to go in the vicinity. The folder also includes and is accompanied by maps, brochures and important local contact details.
Markets – There are markets almost every day within easy driving distance. Favourites are Valance d’Agen (Tuesday), Lauzerte (Wednesday and Saturday), Montcuq (Thursday and Sunday – main day), Montaigu de Quercy (Thursday and Saturday), Moissac (Saturday and Sunday, one of the largest locally). Evening/night markets offer variation, often with live music, dancing and a wide range of street food wine/drink and merriment.
Restaurants and eating out – One of the great pleasures of the region/area. There is a wide choice to suit every budget. A list of local recommendations is contained in the Guest Information Folder.
Tennis – there are courts at Toufailles 8 mins (4 miles). There is a key to these courts in the house. Courts can be booked in advance if required.
Walking - The house is situated very near one of the main routes on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. There are a lot of tributaries of the main route and these are all marked with easy to follow arrows. There is a route that curls around the house and will take you to Lauzerte, about a 2 hour walk plus refreshment time in Lauzerte. There are maps in the house with other local routes.
Fishing - There is local fishing available and permits can be obtained at the Tourist office in Lauzerte
Canoeing - The rivers offer a lot of excellent canoeing trips, with the River Lot to the North and the Garonne to the South. There is some local boating at St Nicholas de la Grave. Further afield and with some light rapids is St Antonin del Noble Val. There are a few companies that offer some great day trips. Details all in the house book.
Bicycling – There are bicycles to hire in Montaigu de Quercy 16 mins (10 miles)
Riding: There are riding stables in Lauzerte
Moissac – is a 25 minute drive. At its centre is one of the great abbeys of France and the market (on Sundays) combines well, as also to eat out in one of the bars/restaurants around the abbey.
Agen – 50 mins (30 miles) is also a popular destination. A charming town, classical buildings, small streets full of interesting little shops, some fun clothes and household shops (Maison du Monde) and an excellent covered market open every day.
These towns and the cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse are cultural treasure troves but the local Bastide (fortified) villages scattered around the area are an enduring source of interest and pleasure. Many (like Miramont de Quercy itself) are perched on hilltops, landmarks with commanding views often in past times occupied for long periods by the marauding English. The local villages of Bouloc, Cazes Mondenardes, Fauroux, Lauzerte, Montagudet, Touffailles and Montaigu de Query are all examples with notable churches and abbeys. These are legion in the surrounding country.
Pigeonniers - An addition to these jewels is an appreciation of the wonderful pigeonniers scattered about. Little buildings of great charm, ornament, status and, in their day, purpose.
Vineyards – There are a number of vineyards in the area where tastings are held and purchases can be made.
Golf – There are a number of 9 and 18 hole golf courses within an hour’s drive. These include courses near/at Casteljaloux, Marmande, Agen and Sauveterre (Golf des Roucous). There is a challenging 18 hole course at Villeneuve sur Lot.
Tourist Office – There is an excellent tourist office in nearby Lauzerte
Rents & Terms
2023 RENTS & TERMS
Weekly rental figures for the main house, with accommodation for 14, are as shown below.
If the cottage is required aswell, taking the total accommodation to 18, then an additional charge of £1,000 is made to the weekly rental figures shown during July and August and of £800 in June and September.
For rentals of the cottage outside of these times or for independent rentals of the cottage alone, please enquire.
If you wish to make use of the separate barn/studio please enquire.
2023 Rents and Terms (main house only)
13th May – 27th May £4,000 per week
27th May – 3rd June (half term) £4,900 per week
3rd June – 17th June £5,000 per week
17th June – 24th June £5,400 per week
24th June – 1st July £5,800 per week
1st July – 26th August £6,600 per week
26th August – 2nd September £5,400 per week
2nd September – 9th September £5,000 per week
9th September – 16th September £5,000 per week
16th September – 23rd September £4,800 per week
23rd September – 30th September £4,500 per week
30th September – 7th October £3,900 per week
For all other weeks please enquire.
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week, and will begin and end on a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5pm on the commencement day, and should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure. They will be welcomed on arrival and shown around the house and how everything works.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £650 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of swimming pool heating b) the cost of telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (c) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental and (d) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.
Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 14 people staying in the main house at any one time or more than 4 people in the cottage.
The owners' insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows are closed when tenants are away from the property.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
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