About the house
The property is situated deep in the heart of the countryside of the Tarn-et-Garonne in SW France, yet only 90 minutes from Toulouse airport. It is a 15-minute drive from medieval St Antonin Noble Val and the spectacular Aveyron River and gorge.
The house has a lovely friendly atmosphere and is peaceful and quiet. We can accommodate up to six people at a time and there is lots of outside space for camping. You will have use of the shared kitchen, washing machine, wifi, and use of the pool.
There are three bedrooms. Two have double beds and one has two singles. We like to keep the place quiet so it is not suitable for children.
If you don't wish to participate in an art retreat, you can just a room for a nature holiday.
More things to do in the area
Explore the Southwest of France Countryside
The house feels far removed from everything and yet is only 1+ hrs from Toulouse, 30 mins from Montauban, and 15 mins from Caussade and St Antonin.
It is perfectly situated to enjoy all the many activities available in this area of South West France, notably canoeing, rock-climbing, walking, and cycling in the Aveyron Gorge.
During the Summer season, there are many small local festivals and events celebrating the local agricultural tradition, live music, dance, and drama.
A Gourmet's Delight
Overlooked in the rush to the coast, this area remains truly 'rural', and a gourmet's delight. Grapes for the famous wines of Cahors and an abundance of fruit are grown in the North. Gaillac, likewise, to the South is also renowned for its wines.
Every day of the week there is a market in one nearby town or village or another. The major ones are St. Antonin on Sundays and Caussade on Mondays. The markets are the best for fresh fruit and vegetables – mostly grown locally and many organically. Also excellent for cheeses, wine, 'charcuterie', patès and many other gastronomic delights for which the area is renowned.
There are supermarkets and larger shops of all types in the nearest small town, Caussade. Montauban (30mins) is the place to go for more specialised items and large hypermarkets. There is always Toulouse, at just over an hour away...
There are numerous restaurants within a ½ hr drive, or less, mostly concentrating on local cuisine. Takeaway pizzas are also available and many bars do a good selection of light meals and snacks.
Get Active in Nature
The Aveyron Gorge is an area of exceptional and very diverse natural beauty, left largely untouched by the activities of 'modern man'. Patches of the forest, outcrops of hills, big trees in the valley, small trees, and scrubby plants on the plateau, are all interspersed with the traditional small-scale farming of crops and livestock. Everywhere impressive examples of the long tradition of building houses with the local limestone.
This area is spectacular for sightseeing, walking, and hiking, visiting the local markets, swimming or canoeing in the beautiful Aveyron River, and numerous other activities. There is a delightful riding center in Caussade that offer hourly rides, day treks, longer hikes. And we have a swimming pool in the Alchemy Garden perfect to relax.
*Unfortunately, we do not provide transportation, this place is ideal for guests with a personal vehicle
Are you interested in running your own course, workshop, or retreat at The Alchemy Garden? We can accommodate up to 6 people. Contact us for more information.