A clean, spacious, light and airy apartment, which comfortably fits five.
- english, french
About Geoffrey Douglas
Geoff Douglas is a physician and occupational health specialist. He was born in London, grew up in Zambia, schooled in Zimbabwe and read medicine at Oxford. He worked for 35 years in Swaziland, where he founded a managed health care organisation that grew to fourteen clinics, fifty staff and over forty thousand patients. As a holistic practitioner, Geoff has developed his interest and awareness of the significant role nutrition can and should play in health. He is the CEO of Health Empowerment Through Nutrition, and now lives with his wife, Penny, on the farm - Saint Laurent - in France, where they practise permaculture. Geoff has written a novel - The Rattle of Seeds - and a fascinating memoir - Life is a Fatal Illness.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Amazing sense of place and tranquil setting .
Geoffrey and Penny were wonderful and interesting hosts. Their accommodation was spacious, well decorated and well equipped, it was so refreshing to be able to cook in the well equipped kitchen when on holiday, I felt I was in my own home. The drive up to the house was spectacular with 360 degree views of rolling countryside and Pyrenees mountains. Both Geoff and Penny took time to sit and talk about what the area had to offer, recommended places to visit and best restaurants. Their idea of being eco friendly showed in their beautiful garden that welcomed so many butterflies and other bugs.
They had a small plunge pool which we enjoyed and every evening it was relaxing to go and sit on a well placed bench and watch the sunsets.
Although our host lived in the accommodation above they did not interfere in our stay, in fact we enjoyed listening to the peaceful music Penny placed on her grand piano. On our last evening they invited us for drinks and we learned about their wonderful life and adventures in Swaziland. We could have sat and listened to Geoff all evening.
They do themed holidays which would be very interesting, Penny is a good cook and a group retreat would certainly benefit from some fine home cooked meals and music.
This has been the best holiday we have enjoyed and would definitely love to return. Although Geoff didn’t mention he had written a book about their life and experience I discovered it and have ordered “Life is a fatal illness” by Geoffrey Douglas. The preview is amazing and I look forward to reading the whole book. What a great experience to meet such lovely, humble, talented and experienced people.
We hope to keep in contact with them and would welcome them to visit us when they come over to the UK.
Sarla & family were charming and a delight to host.They love & know the Pyrenees but did not know Les Volvestres & the Garonne River.They listened attentively to our suggestions and ended up loving this little known part of France. We allow full access to this large farm - they were enchanted by the closeness to the natural world with all the butterflies, insects and the beauty of the view. We will keep in touch and meet again in London.
There are excellent restaurants nearby:
• Chateau de la Terrasse - Carbonne
• La Tomate du Jardin - Daumazan-sur-Arize
• L'Enclos - Cazères
• Le Moulin d'Edmond - Gratens
• Restaurant Sentenac - Tourtouse
Discover the ancient bishopric of Rieux-Volvestre, the formerly walled town of Montesquieu-Volvestre, the plush houses of Carbonne, and many other picturesque villages. Whether for a relaxing weekend or for a longer holiday in the countryside, many surprises await you:
• Le Village Gaulois (Gallic village)
• La Clairière aux Insectes (Insectarium)
• Bird watching
• Hilltop walks
• Donkey trekking
• Water sports - Garonne River
• Star gazing - Latrape
• 10 pin bowling - Rieux-Volvestre
• Markets selling organic food and handicrafts.
With the majestic, snow-capped Pyrenees as the backdrop, in Volvestre you will find everything to satisfy an adventurous spirit.
The people of Haute-Garonne have always loved cycling, and over 190 km of bike paths have been established, which allow everyone - families, children and competitive or weekend cyclists - to go on long tours in safety. Starting from Carbonne, Salles-sur-Garonne or Saint-Julien-sur-Garonne, there is a clearly-marked, safe cycling trail beside the Garonne river.
The weekly markets are where it all happens, and they are the best places to meet the farmers and caterers and get a taste of what they offer. Each town has its market, and each market has its particular day of the week:
• Montesquieu-Volvestre – Tuesday
• Sainte-Croix-Volvestre – Wednesday
• Carbonne – Thursday
• Saint-Sulpice sur Lèze – Friday
• Cazères – Saturday
• Rieux-Volvestre – Sunday
Only forty minutes on the A64 motorway is Toulouse. Here, when you are tired of shopping and culture, you can visit:
• Aeronautical Museum
• Space City
Public transport is available at Rieux-Volvestre (Bus) and at Carbonne (Bus and Train).
Toulouse (40 mins) and Albi, Carcassonne and Lourdes (all 90 mins) are within easy reach by car.