Pech Long is a stone farmhouse set on top of a small hill between the villages of Puycelsi and Castelnau de Montmiral in the Tarn, in south-west France. The house is believed to be around 150 years old and was part of an estate grouped with other surrounding houses which served the neighbouring maison de maitre .
Pech Long has two en-suite double bedrooms and two single bedrooms which are served by the family bathroom. The views from the rooms are breathtaking, the air is oxygen-rich thanks to the surrounding ancient oak forest and the stars in the sky at night are sublimely bright. We are blessed with incredible water pressure and can guarantee superb showers in both en-suites and the bathroom. The family bathroom has a roll-top, claw-foot bath, walk-in shower and twin basins. Thick, Egyptian cotton towels and robes are all for guests to use.
The kitchen is less French farmhouse and more contemporary, utilitarian in style - brushed steel cupboards and views of the elusive Pyrenees across the front terrace.
The eccentrically tiled dining room has a table which comfortably seats 8, with a large log burner and soft seating for two at one end. A beautifully and intricately carved large armoire du chasse dominates one wall, and the other, a large window with views across the forest southwards.
Off the downstairs hallway lies the snug. The original tomettes (terracotta tiles laid directly on underlying soil) and thick, stone walls provide serene coolness during the high temperatures of summer. Cooler evenings can be made cosy watching a film wth the log burner and a good film.
We choose not to be online at Pech Long (though 4G is available locally) but a large-screen television and DVD player provides evening entertainment, and we have an exhaustive library of books to read throughout the house.