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Holiday cottage in southwest France

La Figuerie is a tiny self-contained studio cottage right next to a big old fig tree. It’s 30m from the main farmhouse and 60m from the cattery. 

La Figuerie
La Figuerie
La Figuerie

ACCOMMODATION

The indoor area is about 25 sq m, 

and starts with a small gated terrace with a 1920’s bamboo chaise longue. There are two single beds, style Henry IV (1900’s), two armchairs, a pair of chairs, a pine table, set of empty shelves, an empty 1900’s armoir with bird marquetry and full size door mirror. There’s an internet hotspot, and digital radio.

There is no pool, no TV, no pavements, no outside spotlights, no dishwasher, no microwave, no traffic noise. What you do have are night skies, an old smelly pond with resident damsel/dragonflies, frogs, toads and newts, and birdsong. You’ll have the place to yourself, apart from the owner and 3 friendly resident dogs. 

La Figuerie has torches and a galley kitchen (gas stove, fridge, old porcelain sink, gas immersion heater, and shelves for pots and pans, cutlery and crockery). And there’s a small shower room/WC. Most windows have mosquito nets, except the big one which has old wooden shutters..

The back door opens onto a garden area (rosemary, lavender, comfrey and stinging nettle), with table and chairs, plus a hardwood lounger. From here you can follow the track (lots of leaf litter) along the edge of the private 4 acre wood (oak, elder, blackthorn). Up the steps into the south facing field.

In August and September the figs, plums and blackberries ripen and you’re welcome to pick them. We don’t use any sprays here, so they are quite wild and organic. There are 14 sloping wild acres here, half native woodland (with undergrowth and dead wood), half set-aside. Brambles hold the soil on steep slopes, and act as wildlife corridors, shelter for nesting birds and small mammals. Their flowers are food for the bees, wasps and butterflies. About 3 km of paths are mown with our old tractor, some of these paths vary from year to year so as to keep a mosaic of wild flower species, and ages of standing grass so that maturing insects find their food plants and somewhere to hide.

On-going expert wildlife audits (Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Odonata, Herpetological, Botanical, Orthoptera and Ornithological) done on-site testify to old rich eco-systems. The fields and hedges buzz with insects which are food for swallows, swifts, frogs, toads, lizards, and snakes. And from dusk to dawn, bats hunt for moths and other night-flying insects.



PRICE

Weekly rental is between €340 and €450. Minimum stay 4 nights (€200 and €260 respectively). Changeover day can be any day, arrival at or after 5pm, departure at or before 11 am. Given a couple of days’ notice, we can arrange cooked meals for an extra charge. 

For the latest availability, please email or phone.

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INSIDE THE GITE...

WHAT SOME OF OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY...

  • After being buffeted about the tourist circuit, this place is such a joy. We settled here at the end of summer and amidst the pulsing of the crickets and the light of a million stars, we found our bearings and forgot that we were foreigners. The cabin, like Yeats’ at Innisfree “of clay and wattle made” is a place to have some peace, to feel snug, and at night, listen to the patter of marten’s feet upon the roof.

    This truly is la France profonde.

  • Five years since our first visit. Little has changed. The bungalow still has some “Heath-Robinsonish” features, but that is all part of its charm. A functional bathroom and kitchen, clean, comfortable beds – what more is needed.

    Warblers sing continuously outside the window (Bonelli’s, Blackcap) while Nightingales and Golden Orioles chime from the hillside. Jenny’s warm hospitality is ever-present…. This quiet, rural part of France may be about 50 years behind, but where better to relax and chill-out.

  • Our stay felt like a retreat where we were surrounded by nature. The cicadas and owls at night, the swallows and hornets by day. On arrival, eggs, wine and home-made jam were waiting for us. A lot of care and thought had been given to these things, and we had an always warm, but never intrusive welcome. It seemed as though nothing was too much bother, even relaying the cricket score. We’d never heard of Lomagne, but grew to love it. We loved the markets – especially Grisolle – the cakes (pastis gascon) – and the fruit and vegetables….A fantastic week, in which time slowed down.

  • What a fantastic place, your own private oasis – it was heavenly, so peaceful and tranquil, just what we needed to recharge our batteries ready to enter the rat race again. You are actually living the dream! ..Thank you for your kindness and hospitality.

  • Positives: wonderful welcome, wandering through fields with stunning views, fresh clean air, comfortable beds, crickets, lovingly decorated rustic cottage, clean and thoughtfully prepared for guests, sitting under the trees eating breakfast, care and respect for natural environment, waking up to tantalizing view….Negative: softer pillow (now available).


The local garlic festival is in July (around the 3rd week), local ploughing competitions with ancient machinery are at the end of August, the hazelnut festival is the beginning of October. There are two local vineyards, lots of fruit growing, hazelnuts, white garlic (still hand-peeled), and poultry (lots of ducks and foie gras). Farming is mostly arable.  

TOURIST INFORMATION

Lomagne

Local area

Tarn et Garonne

Departmental

Midi Pyrenees

Regional

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USEFUL LINKS

Alastair Sawday's

Alastair Sawday's

Conservatoire d'espaces naturels

Conservatoire d'Espaces Naturels

Amateur Entemological Society

Amateur Entemological Society

British Entomological and Natural History Society

British Entomological and Natural History Society

MJB Nature

MJB Nature

l'Abeille Tarn et Garonne

L'Abeille Tarn et Garonne

Marrion JOUFFROY

Marrion JOUFFRO, illustrator