Grandval is an elegant stone maison de maître or family villa, situated on the edge of a plateau with spectacular views over the valley of the river Séoune and the rolling countryside of Southwest France. There are four double bedrooms, two on the ground floor and two upstairs, to sleep up to 10 guests. The property's origins go back to the 12th century, and some of the old fortifications remain.
The spacious property is set amid five acres (one and a half hectares) and is private and secluded. A broad terrace surrounds the house on three sides, with outdoor furniture and a barbecue providing a pleasant area for alfresco dining. Roman steps lead down into a magnificent 10 x 5 metre heated pool.
The large garden contains shrubs, roses, trees, and a natural spring. A large lawn, with fields beyond, provide plenty of space for games, including golf shots. The plum trees offer a shady spot for relaxing with a cool glass of wine.
The interior of the house is elegantly furnished. An entrance hall with a flagstone floor leads to a large baronial-style salon with exposed stone walls and a high oak-beamed ceiling. Sofas and armchairs surround a white stone fireplace, and a long oak dining table is lit by an overhead chandelier. An imposing bookcase covers the entire length of one wall. French windows lead out onto the east terrace.
Off the hallway, the spacious French kitchen has a glass table which seats up to 12, with French windows opening onto the pool terrace. A quiet study connects to a small south-facing balcony with a secluded table for two.
In the expansive main bedroom, oak-beamed ceilings and an open fireplace complement the Edwardian bedroom suite, while tall windows look out over the valley. The elegant ensuite bathroom has a sunken bath, a double washbasin, wet room and toilet.
Also on the ground floor is a study and the second bedroom, which leads off the salon. Decorated and furnished in the French style, it also has fine views across the valley. Its newly fitted luxury ensuite bathroom has a shower, toilet and washbasin. In the cellar, the laundry room is equipped with a washing machine, a drier, a sink, two large refrigerators, and a freezer.
Upstairs, the open-plan third bedroom has low beams beneath the slanted ceiling. This room can easily accommodate an additional double bed for larger groups. The fourth bedroom, containing a four poster double bed, has an ensuite bathroom which contains a toilet, washbasin, and shower.
Just five kilometres away is the picturesque 14th century village of Montaigu-de-Quercy, with its narrow winding village streets, market square, old white stone buildings, medieval church and lavoirs (wash houses). Montaigu is on the medieval pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The town has tennis courts and a colourful lake area for swimming and boating.
There are several other bastides, or fortified towns nearby, many dating from the time of the Hundred Years War. From the same period comes the fine medieval cathedral and 11th century cloisters at Moissac on the Tarn river.
There is an outdoor market at one of the regional towns every day during the summer, which give an excellent opportunity to sample local produce. The region is famous for its fruits (melons, chasselas grapes and prunes) as well as for foie gras, excellent cheeses, pastries, honey, and of course, wine.
Throughout the year, but especially in summer, the local villages are enlivened by concerts, plays, festivals and fêtes. Local restaurants are excellent and reasonably priced. A number provide fine dining.
There are many great options for day trips, including medieval castles to visit, and vineyards which offer wine tasting opportunities. Hiking is very popular, with walking trails winding through the countryside. There are two local golf courses, one with nine holes, and the other with 18.
The airports at Toulouse and Bergerac are both just over an hour’s drive. The Quercy region is midway between the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, and each can be reached in a three hour drive.
“My lasting memory will be sitting at dusk, glass of wine in hand, looking at the magical scenery. Magnificent! Thank you.”
Andrea C. - The Netherlands
“Grandval is lovely. We had a wonderful, relaxing holiday. Unfortunately we have become addicted to croissants, wine and cheese. Quel dommage!”
Jonathan C - Connecticut, USA
“A beautiful home in wonderful surroundings made for a fantastic holiday. Thank you for allowing us to share it with you.”
Tracy U. - Leicestershire, UK
“What a lovely place - fantastic views, peace and tranquility. We tried a few of your recommended restaurants and they were all super. A great place and a great time had by all.”
Jonathan P. - Lincolnshire, UK