La Detente
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Property description

La Detente   8

4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8 max 11 x 5m private pool yes

                                        **  2023 SUMMER  :   
A 10% DISCOUNT given to SMALLER PARTIES OF UP TO 4 PERSONS / 2 bedrooms max
During peak season  (14 July - 25 Aug)     **

The south-west facing gardens have many attractive features including several individual terraces for coffee / external dining & a shady pool area where you can relax. The grounds are not overlooked and offer peace & tranquillity ~ unusual for a property so close to town.   Internally, all rooms are light, bright & fresh and of good size


KITCHEN : modern kitchen which is fully equipped.  Upright fridge, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, 4 ring gas hob, raised inset electric oven. Washing machine, dryer, 2nd upright fridge /freezer located in the nearby Utility Room.
LOUNGE : Large spacious room (12m x 5m) with 3 sets of French doors to terrace and gardens. LCD TV with English & French (free to view) channels, CD player and soft seating in the TV area.
DINING AREA with table and chairs for 8 persons.
French doors lead out onto the main dining terrace with table & chairs.
Also automatic canopé (sun blind) for use on the terrace.
 A Wii-playconsole for children & WIFI internet.

BEDROOM I : KINGSIZE bed (180 cms) with Double wardrobe. Cool in summer, as on the north side.  Being on the ground floor, this is ideal for grandparents or persons with walking difficulties.
ENSUITE BATHROOM : Bath with shower attachment, doublewash handbasins.
SEPARATE W.C. : accessible by all
BEDROOM II - King size bed again with wardrobe & French doors to gardens.  AIR CONDITIONED.
BATHROOM II :  shower & wash handbasin.

BEDROOM III : 2 twin beds (200 x 90) with large wardrobe storage, fan, & gardens doors to small balcony overlooking gardens & long views.
BEDROOM IV : 2 further twin beds with fan
BATHROOM III : shower cubicle with single wash handbasin.

PRIVATE POOL (11m x 5m): South facing, with roman steps (Min depth 1.20m / Max depth 1.65m).
Tiled patio surround, together with a lawned area, parasols and sun loungers for relaxing in the shade and enjoying the views and garden.

GROUNDS (with views to village of Caylus in distance)
The house is Approached via a well-made country lane, (no through access), the landscaped gardens app. 2000 m2 (total parcel 3500 m2) surround the house and pool and offer complete privacy.
The grounds are south~west facing, gated & fenced, and offer fabulous views across to the village of Caylus.
Also a large parking area easily catering for 2 cars.
Table Tennis & Badminton for clients use. There are several external dining terraces within easy reach of the house for dining 'al fresco'.


PRIVATE Pool (11m x 5m) with Roman steps, tiled surround & lawned area alongside. Mature grounds with spectacular views to Caylus.
Choice of external Dining Terraces ~ main terrace fitted with table & chairs & automatic sun blind/canopé. BBQ, sunloungers & cushions etc.
4 bedrooms including 2 king size beds on ground floor, 4 twin beds on 1st floor.
3 bathrooms (with showers & handbasins) & 2 separate WC's.
Fully equipped kitchen : 4 ring hob, oven, microwave, upright fridge, dishwasher (plus Utility Room with 2nd fridge/freezer & washing machine and laundry dryer.
Lounge with LCD TV, CD player. Children's toys, a high chair & cot - please bring cot linen with you. Thank you
Table tennis & Badminton provided
Close to towns / villages for commerces, restaurants, etc
Included : gas, electricity, towels, linen.
English speaking staff on hand to assist throughout your stay.

FOR THOSE WITH WALKING DIFFICULTIES : The main bedroom with ensuite bathroom on ground floor is ideal for persons with walking difficulties as the property has just 2 wide, shallow steps internally (app 8cm high) on this floor to reach all rooms. (However it must be noted that the garden slopes down to reach the pool)

Property location



Set in private (gated) grounds with beautiful, mature landscaped gardens & spectacular elevated views from the pool & gardens across to nearby Caylus. A short walk along the lane (less than 1 km, descending down & then back up again the other side) will bring you into the village for morning croissants, bakery, butchers, greengrocers, small supermarket, Post Office, etc., and a selection of bars & restaurants ~ all within walking distance. 
The nearby countryside abounds with tourist attractions, from bastide towns & villages (St. Antonin Noble Val is just 15 mins by car), to the wine growing regions of Cahor & Gaillac, with the major towns of Montauban & Villefranche (just 30 mins drive). 
For those wishing to participate in sporting activities: tennis, cycling and horse riding are all available nearby, plus kayaking through the Aveyron Gorge from St Antonin Noble Val. There are also lovely walks nearby, together with the enclosed park & lake of Caylus. In all, so much to see & do right on your doorstep.


Thank you ....

La Detente is a spacious, well-equipped house perfect for couples/families who want a quiet escape. it is has everything you are likely to need . The views from the front of the villa and the terrace are lovely - it was a real delight to sit there in the evening and watch the sun set over Caylus. or to have breakfast outside and watch the sun rise onto the town. The pool is wonderful - a good size for proper swimming. The table-tennis was a lovely addition. Although the house is big it feels homely. Everything was clean and tidy on arrival and Jayne was so helpful with the booking process. Arrival/check-in was straightforward. If you are looking for a holiday where you don't need a car for everyday things, then the location of La Detente is excellent. Caylus has everything you need in walking distance, although there are some steep hills. The small shop in town, along with a wonderful boulangerie/patisserie, has everyday bits and pieces. There are bars, cafes and a Saturday/Tuesday morning market. There is a small supermarket at the opposite end of town which stocks everything you'd need for a week's holiday. All of these are 10 - 15 minutes walk at an 'average' walking speed.
Thank you for letting us stay at La Detente.

5 star review

Our fourth time here ! ...

Our fourth time here and it never ceases to thrill us with its lovely views of Caylus and the warm welcome we get from the locals. We were only here for a week this time but the weather was amazing. The pool was like getting into a warm bath - the temperature never dropped below 32C in the day so we didn’t do much except swim and read. Although we did manage to get in a few games of table tennis as well.

It was good to note a number of improvements since last year. The new hob and oven in the kitchen were excellent. Most welcome was the new cover for the pool. This should keep the water warmer in September, when we are hoping to come next year.

5 star review

La Detente

A lovely, spacious house, well equipped and exceptionally clean. Perfect for outside dining with views of the village and surrounding forests.
A beautiful peaceful location but walking distance from the village. 
The owners went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.

June 22

Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS

We had a very relaxing two weeks at La Detente. The house is really well equipped and the pool area is great. 
A short walk to the town (up and down hill, so kept us fit!),  so well placed for the town. 
The owners were very helpful and super friendly. All in all a great holiday.

July 2022

5 stars from us too

We very much enjoyed our stay here. The house is very conveniently located on the edge of the pretty town of Caylus, but nonetheless is in a private location and has a lovely feeling of being in the countryside. The large garden is very attractive and well maintained, with a great pool and substantial terracing, and a beautiful view of Caylus. The house5  itself is lovely - very conveniently and comfortably appointed, attractively decorated, and efficiently laid out. 
We are a family of 4, and there was lots of space for all of us. 

Jul 22

A bit of a gem !

We had a wonderful time in Caylus and La Détente is a bit of a gem! 
Loved the house, great position and lovely views of the village, a great pool, especially for children, and ideal outside space with the terraces, couldn’t better it really.  Also like the idea that we could walk into the village, although I don’t think I’m as fit as I thought I was 😊
The whole area is stunning; loved St. Antonin and thought Najac was one of the prettiest villages I’ve seen in France and what a great setting.
Also Enjoyed meeting Paul and Julie, they were great fun and really looked after us. We will hopefully meet up again sometime when we’re back in that area.
 I/we would definitely go back to La Détente -it had everything we needed.
 We all had a great time and thanks for your help Jayne in sorting it all out.

Aug 22

..... made this holiday really quite special !

We stayed at La Detente for 2 weeks in August and had such lovely holiday.
The house is ideal, really well-equipped, extremely clean and in a really great location within easy walking distance to the small medieval town, but still quiet and peaceful. The garden and pool are great for relaxing and there is an amazing view of the town in the distance. 
Jayne was super friendly and helpful from the first contact about booking and all the way through to our arrival. We were also lucky enough to get to know the owners, Paul and Julie, while we were there, they are simply lovely and made our holiday even better! 
We've holidayed in this area for many years but this house, the location and the wonderful hospitality made this holiday really quite special. 

Aug 22