LE MAISON (MAIN HOUSE & BARN)

Amenities & Utilities
  • Wireless broadband internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Telephone, portable handset
  • Hi-Fi radio, CD and DVD player
  • HD plasma 3D cable TV (BYO glasses) with Apple TV and satellite (includes English channels)
  • Large kitchen
  • Household essentials
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove 
  • Microwave
  • Toaster, coffee machine, water boiler
  • Cooking and serving utensils
  • Large front-loader washing machine
  • Use of adjacent laundry with additional washer and drier
  • Use of BBQ (Weber or 4 burner gas)
  • Heating, inc. underfloor heating
  • Parking on premises
  • Family/kid friendly
  • Suitable for events
  • Indoor fireplace
  • Use of pool
The Maison (main house and barn) form a connected unit, being one of the three dwellings making up Les Paroules. We started renovating the main house (dated 1729) and the attached barn (dated 1797) in October 2008 and completed them in July 2011. The house and barn provide four generous double bedrooms over two levels, a huge living room overlooked by a mezzanine, a large open-plan kitchen, a small study and a raised traditional covered balcony (‘bolet’).

The Maison is ideal for hosting workshops and family gatherings, and groups who may be staying across all three adjacent houses.

The exceptionally well-equipped kitchen is set-up to handle groups of 20+ people. The huge living room has a large ‘monastery’ dining table and plenty of solid dining chairs (seats 10 comfortably, but can be extended with an extra table from the kitchen). There is also a huge outdoor table on the courtyard that seats up to 16. There is a 51″ HD plasma screen for meetings or films, Wi-Fi network everywhere and a dual-screen multimedia computer.

The renovated barn forms the bright and spacious living room (60 sq.m), with oak beams, a 6 metre cathedral ceiling and original stone floor. A large communal couch and coffee table forms a comfortable sitting area, with a log stove for winter nights. Large French doors open both sides onto the garden and patio. Additional natural light is provided by the overhead skylights. For entertainment, the living room has a large plasma television (HD & 3D but BYO glasses) with Apple TV and satellite (includes English channels), Hi-Fi, and DVD. Wi-Fi is provided throughout.
A doorway opens from the living room (the downstairs of the barn) to the kitchen (the ground floor of the house). The large open-plan tiled kitchen is extremely well equipped with an American fridge with cold water and ice dispenser, oversize stove with rotisserie, and cooking pots and utensils to cater comfortably for 14+ people. There is an open fire and sitting area in one corner, and a small study. The house stays delightfully cool in summer due to the mass of the stone-walls and floor. All windows are double-glazed. And for year-round comfort, the ground floor has underfloor central heating throughout, with convector heaters in the bedrooms, and an open fireplace and a wood stove.
There are four spacious double bedrooms, each with a King (UK) / Queen (EU) (160 x 200 cm) bed with memory foam mattress. One bedroom is on the ground floor, and is accessible for reduced mobility (level from outside and to the living room, one step up to the kitchen). The other three are on the first floor: two in the house above the kitchen, and the in the barn fourth behind the mezzanine. This bedroom has a door leading out directly onto the covered balcony. .
Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.
At the far end of the barn, above the living room, is the mezzanine reading area. The mezzanine (or ‘minstrels’ gallery) has a desk and a classic French daybed, and provides a quiet space for reading and contemplation.
The large, monastery-style dining table seats 10 comfortably (but can be extended for up to 20 with an extra table from the kitchen).
Accessible from the courtyard or from one of the rear bedrooms, the raised traditional covered balcony (known locally as a bolét) provides an ideal place for lunch, an evening aperitif or dinner, with lovely views out onto the walnut groves, the Céou valley and the chateau of Castelnaud.