OUR DREAM PROPERTY
Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Catriona Burns dreams of hosting Christmas for the whole family in this stunning property in Tarn-et-Garonne
Catriona Burns explains why a five-bedroom home in Tarn-et-Garonne is her dream buy
When it come to celebrating Christmas, (or any other celebratory gettogether) my motto has always been the more, the merrier. But, with an everexpanding group of mouths to feed and more personalities to entertain, each year I find myself more stuck for space than before, and promising to look further afield in search of the perfect retreat.
This beautiful five-bedroom property in Tarn-et-Garonne would be ideal for any seasonal shindig. Located near Durfort-Lacapelette, it is just an hour from Toulouse airport and 90 minutes from Bergerac, so it would be handy for me to pick up my guests when they arrive.
The ivy-covered exterior would look even more magical when we festoon it in fairy lights and we could adorn one of the many trees in the 0.8 hectares of land with strings of glitzy tinsel and colourful baubles.
I would be more than happy to swap my usual Christmas Day swim in the sea for a dip in the luxurious outdoor pool, where we could take in the breathtaking views of the sprawling countryside that surrounds us. To warm up, I would serve mulled wine in the kitchen with carols playing on the radio in the background.
The annual dilemma of cooking for the crowds would be solved by giving our Christmas feast a French twist – we’d lay on a banquet of oysters, foie gras and snails with everyone in charge of one particular element. The three reception areas offer plenty of space for properly laid tables, so everyone could wine and dine in comfort instead of our usual squashed set-up.
For the post-dinner slump, guests could choose between different activities in each room; a classic film in one, a game of charades in the other.
The beautiful landscaped gardens surrounding the property provide an idyllic place to walk off the Christmas feast come Boxing Day, or we could walk the 10km to the village to visit the range of shops, restaurants and market.
So Santa, you can forget the clothes, jewellery and perfume; this is all I want for Christmas.
ON THE MARKET FOR €399,000