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A HOLIDAY PROPERTY FOR RENT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE

Accommodation

Villautou Self Catering Accommodation
Villa Villautou

The Facilities

Total living area is 70m²

Nestled in the heart of the French countryside and enjoying a Mediterranean climate, Villa Villautou offers self catering accommodation in a truly stunning part of France.

Although our guest house can sleep four, we usually restrict occupancy to 3. You will find the villa very well insulated so it stays cool inside when it is baking outside and it is beautifully warm in winter thanks to the sophisticated central heating system.

Domestic hot water comes from an electrically heated cistern. The bedrooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated. The comment from friends who have come to stay was ‘when can we move in?’ Bathroom 2 is also the pump room and the second (pool) shower is outside

Kitchen area

A food lovers’ kitchen with long L-shaped worktop, inset double sink, electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, hanging cupboards and wine rack, extensive under-worktop cupboards, large fridge and free standing microwave. The eating area has a dining table and 6 chairs. The gas hob is fed by our underground tank so there are no bottles to change and you never run out of gas. There is a full supply of cooking and eating dishes and utensils including electric kettle, a cafetiere and electric toaster.

Kitchen
Living Area

Living area

The large living room area has a 3-seat settee and 2 armchairs, a sideboard and lamp, a corner table and lamp, a coffee table, a 32″ TV (basic Sky) and DVD player. There are books and games in the first bedroom. Sky TV is fed by a 1.25m dish behind the guest house. This is a basic subscription (no Sky Sports). The TV set is HD (for DVDs) but the Sky box is not the HD version.

Bedroom 1

Large Double Bed. A generous main bedroom with wardrobe, chairs & dressing table.

Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Single divan bed that can pull out to form a double. It does not make two separate beds. A very comfortable room that looks out over the pool.

Note – Hair dryer in each bedroom

Bedroom 2

Bathroom 1

is a large Jack and Jill shower room between the bedrooms. It has a modern wash basin on a teak stand, toilet, a generously sized thermostatic shower, built-in cupboards, and a heated electric towel rail/radiator.

Bathroom 2

is a separate room with outside access containing toilet, wash basin and all the pool pumping system. The hot water shower is outside and is used by swimmers.

Bathroom

Notes – The pump room/bathroom 2 is ideally located just next to the pool and bathers can use the toilet and wash basin without dripping water into the guest house. The outside shower takes seconds to warm up and allows guests to rinse off before and after swimming, although with no chlorine or salt in the pool, an after swim shower is a bit superfluous.

Private Heated Pool

The spectacular 11m x 5m pool, free of chlorine and salt, is 1.5m deep at the shallow end and 2.10m at the deep end. Treatment is by ultra-violet, plus drip fed pH minus and peroxide. It is heated by an outside electric heat-exchanger. In July and August the target temperature is 26°C (24°C in June and September).

11m x 5m Pool
Pool
Outside & Garden

Outside

The villa faces south and overlooks our large field. The gravelled driveway leads to your parking place behind the house next to which is a grassed area with bench table. A garden has been created around the villa, with bushes, shrubs and flowers. The owners’ house is 25 metres away up the slope. You can just see one of the village houses (empty most of the year). Otherwise you are all alone, facing unspoiled countryside with the tops of the Pyrenees showing above the hills to the south. The heated pool is salt and chlorine free and is 11.25m x 5m, plus the Roman steps.

It has an electrically operated roller cover. The pool is open for use Jun through Sep (and May and Oct possibly, at a lower temp). The heated outside shower (no soap or shampoo!) is for rinsing away the sun cream before a swim. The pool is 2.1m deep at one end and 1.5m deep at the other so it is a swimmers’ pool. One of the owners will need occasional access to the pool for cleaning and maintenance.

Phone And Internet

We have broadband with wi-fi. Reception at the guest house is not very strong and we suggest that guests sit on our terrace for a full signal or walk around with a smartphone looking for a hotspot. Guests are welcome to use our telephone. International calls to most countries are included in our subscription.

Disability Facilities

Unfortunately we are on a hillside. There are steps everywhere. Given a little warning we could construct a ramp for access to the guest house but we would need advice on construction and angle of slope. The main bathroom is generous in size but is not equipped for disabled persons.

Central Heating

The guest house has full gas central heating which is set at 21.5°C for optimum comfort in cooler months.

Bed Linen Etc.

All bed linen, hand and bath towels (inside and outside use) and kitchen tea towels are included in the rental charge. Guests staying for a fortnight will have a full linen change after seven days.

Utility Room

The pump room has a wash basin with vanity unit, toilet, and a washing machine. There are shelves for towels and lounger cushions which we provide. It also houses the electric circulation pump, the sand filter and the ecological water treatment equipment.

Washing Machine

There is a modern front-loading washing machine in the pump-room/second bathroom. Guests are welcome to use the owners’ dryer if the weather is inclement, but the pump room is always warm and dry and is a good alternative. There is a clothes horse.

Pets

We love animals, but the guest house is not geared up for visiting pets.

Smoking

We are a non-smoking environment.

Cleaning

Guests are expected to leave the villa as they found it. Our cleaner is given a two hour allowance to make the villa ready for the next guests. We hope to provide a bookable after-departure cleaning service for those who just want to up sticks and go. Please ask.

Other

The large raised terrace and the pool surround are fully flagged. These are your sitting and lounging areas, plus the secluded grassed area.

There is a delicate balance to be struck with our guests living close by. We hold back from making contact but try to respond if the opportunity arises. We love having a glass or two of chilled rosé with our guests on our terrace, but only if they feel like it.

Our Booking Contract states that the guest house is for named guests only. Other friends and visitors are not allowed.