When we first saw this property in October 2011, my wife and I were slightly put off by its situation in a village and by the rather Spartan pool area. Having rented it 'by default' in 2012 and, from choice, in 2013, we have grown to love the house and its surroundings and we will return this year. The owner has created a very friendly atmosphere which make one feel at home. The farmhouse kitchen is lovely. The rest of the house is spacious, light and airy. It is generally well-equipped with a useful separate laundry room, although the oven is past its best! The 'master' bedroom is bright and comfortable with lovely views over the countryside. The 'en suite' bathroom is clean, pretty and functional. The sitting room is also comfortable and in-house entertainment is more than adequate. The small, walled garden is attractive and there is a further garden area which gives a good feeling of space. The pool area is beautiful and, compared to 2011, the surrounding shrubs, lavender etc. are maturing nicely. It would be good if the pool had a cover or, better still, was heated! There is a pleasant area to eat by the pool and a covered eating area, part of the pool house, is marvellous for days when the weather is less than perfect. It is also nice to be able to park within the property.
It is well-situated for local amenities, including restaurants, and 2 market towns, Gaillac (15 mins) and St Antonin-Noble-Var (30 mins.), offer plenty of fresh local produce. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and there is an abundance of Anglo-French history to be discovered.
We rent the property through 'Farmhouses and Villas' which is run by Nicki Evans. She is always very friendly, helpful and efficient and, if anything goes wrong or doesn't work, it is sorted out very quickly. Very generously, she leaves fresh food in the kitchen so that we don't have to forage for a meal on our arrival. Also, the bed is made up for us - a lovely treat after a long journey.
We love staying at La Colombe and we feel that we are really on holiday as soon as we walk through the door. Wonderful!
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