La Maison Rose

Miramont de Quercy, Bourg de Visa, Tarn et Garonne

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.

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Overview

La Maison Rose has two separate dwellings: the Main House and a small cottage across the road called “La Maison Verte”.

The Main House: Sleeps 14
Le Maison Verte: Sleeps 4

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

The Main House:
5 ensuite double bedrooms
2 twin or double rooms (beds can be configured as needed) with shared bathroom

La Maison Verte:
2 double bedrooms with shared bathroom

Rent per week

£3800 to £6600 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Key features

Heated swimming pool
Extensive gardens over several levels.
Super situation with outstanding views.

Testimonials

"...La Maison Rose was the perfect place for our family of 8 adults and 9 grandchildren. The bedrooms were excellent and very well looked after, with comfortable and sizeable beds, plenty of space and attractive decor. The dining room cum kitchen was also of good size with all the right cooking facilities and a large dining table. An added attraction inside was a well appointed sitting room complete with comfortable sofas and chairs and an easy to use television. We also occupied the cottage next door, which was an ideal adjunct. Outside, the facilities were especially good for children of all ages. The lawn between the two wings of the house was perfect for soft ball games and included two large hammocks which especially attracted the younger children. A long outside table accommodated all of us for open air lunches. Then there was the superb swimming pool which was large enough to accommodate all the children at once, plus several adults. The view both from the house and from the garden over the surrounding countryside was spectacular. The property is very well situated for excursions. The nearby town of Lauzerte is especially attractive, with a lovely square and a nearby supermarket (there is also a baker just down the road from the house, who sells excellent croissants and baguettes). Golf at Golf des Roucoux which is about 20 minutes away was an added bonus. Further afield there is an excellent lake for swimming and boating, and a water park. At the house, Rosetta could not have been more helpful, cooking for us every evening and preparing very, very good meals. She speaks very good English too. Antonio, the gardener, was also of great help. So all in all we could not recommend La Maison Rose more highly. It provided one of the best, if not the best, of family holidays that we have ever had. "

James and Jane Loudon, Wye, Kent 2023

"...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."

Helen Fraser, London 2022

The House and Accommodation

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’. We refer to the two halves as the southern side and the northern side. The Southern side comprises the Kitchen, Sitting room and dining room as well as bedroom 1 and bedroom 2. The Northern side comprises remaining 7 bedrooms and the games room.

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, ice maker and a second refrigerator. 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 Sitting Room

A large long light room with beamed ceiling, generous sofas and armchairs, a card table and a large open wood burning 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.

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 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.

 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Double ensuite 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 with bath (with shower hose), WC and washbasin.

Double ensuite 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. It’s ensuite Bathroom has a bath and washbasin which is contained within the room, separated from view with antique privacy screens. There is a separate ensuite WC.

Twin / Double Bedroom 3 – ‘En Bas’

A twin room with two single beds (each 0.9m x 2m) which can be joined to form a double if needed. Shares a bathroom with Bedroom 4 which has a washbasin, WC and bath with shower hose.

Twin / Double Bedroom 4 – ‘En Haut’

A twin room with two single beds (each 0.9m x 2m) which can be joined to form a double if needed. Shares a bathroom with Bedroom 3 which has a washbasin, WC and bath with shower hose.

Ensuite Double Bedroom 5 – The Garden Room

This bedroom is accessed directly from the courtyard garden. 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 with washbasin, WC and bath (with shower hose). The bathroom features a large mural painting.

Ensuite Double Bedroom 6 – The Blue Room

This bedroom is also accessed directly from the courtyard garden. A double bedroom with double bed (1.8m x 2m) and windows facing into the garden. Its Ensuite Bathroom has a washbasin, WC and bath with shower hose and a separate independent walk in shower.

Ensuite Double Bedroom 7 – The Yellow Room

This bedroom is also accessed directly from the courtyard garden and has a double bed (1.9m x 2m) and windows facing North, South and East. Six steps ascend to its Ensuite Bathroom with bath (and shower hose), washbasin and separate WC.

NB: all bedrooms have electric fans as do the main rooms.

Garden and 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 colorful 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.

Swimming Pool

The heated swimming pool in the North Eastern corner of the gardens measures 12m 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.

Location

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).

How to get there

Airports

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.

Car

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.

Train

The TGV stops at Agen (50 mins)

Things to see and do nearby

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.

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.

Other Local Villages

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.

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

Additional Information

Arrival, welcome and departure: Tenants will be welcomed on arrival, and will be shown how everything works, both inside and out

Wifi and Broadband: There is a telephone system, plus WIFi broadband internet access in the main house and cottage.

Housebook: 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.

Additional entertainment: There are a number of English language books, playing cards and board games for the use and enjoyment of guests.

Music and TV: There is a flat screen TV with DVD player and a CD player/radio and sound system with a selection of CD’s in the sitting room.

Services included: 3 hours of cleaning per day on 2 days per week are included in the rental, aswell as swimming pool and garden maintenance

Optional / additional services available: 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. 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.

Air conditioning and heating: there are fans in all the bedrooms. This is also an all year around property and is centrally heated throughout.

Children: There is a travel cot and high chair.

Car Parking: on street parking is always available

Rents
2024 Rents and Terms (Main House Only)
Period (2024) Weekly rate
11th May – 25th May £4,000
25th May – 1st June (half term) £4,900
1st June – 15th June £5,000
15th June – 22nd June £5,400
22nd June – 29th June £5,800
29th June – 31st August £6,600
31st August – 14th September £5,000
14th September – 21st September £4,800
21st September – 28th September £4,700
28th September – 5th October £3,900

For all other weeks please enquire.
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.

Terms and Conditions

The Booking Process – 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.

Security Deposit – A Booking and Security Deposit of £500 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, and (c) 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. 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. The housekeeper will also check and advise of any damage/loss.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 14 people (plus babies) staying in the property at any one time.

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows and shutters are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price. 

Linen and towels: Linen and towels, and the cleaning of the linen and towels are included in the rental price. These will be changed on a weekly basis.

Pets: On request prior to booking ONLY and at the owners discretion. Subject to charge if agreed. Please state the breed of dog at the time of booking.

Smoking: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. 

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant. 



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