We had such a fantastic time at Poujoulie. Having booked it for a month in the early summer, we were looking for a peaceful, calm place to unwind from our busy lives. When we arrived and into our stay, we were completely blown away by the house, the local area and all the amazing activities available less than an hour's drive away.
The house itself is fantastic - it has been renovated to a really good standard from a collection of very old farm buildings. The interior is great without being too impersonal and 'ikea-ish' like so many holiday homes we have visited. The living areas are comfy and cozy and it was an unexpected benefit to have a fantastic entertainment system with great speakers, Sky TV and really fast broadband. The kitchen and utility room were ideal and the bedrooms upstairs were lovely - we were two families with young kids and we didn't feel like we were on top of each other at all. We also booked the adjoining cottage for our stay which was absolutely perfect when some of our extended family came out to enjoy the sun. The pool and the gardens were undoubtedly the highlight for us - we spent LOTS of time in and around the pool from dawn until after dusk. As you are in the middle of the countryside, noise levels are not an issue whatsoever and if you want to keep partying well into the night, the huge games room (in a renovated barn) is lots of fun.
With regards to the local area, we didn't expect a lot as we knew the house was quite remote. We were completely amazed and the breadth of stuff there was to do. We visited local towns including Cordes-sur-Ciel, San Antonin, Laquepie, Albi and the local Gaillac wine region. The Sunday market in San Antonin is nothing short of incredible - if I wanted to shoot a film including a typical french market, overflowing with wonderful produce, then I would head straight back there.
All in all, this place is very special and if you are looking for a relaxing holiday in luxurious surroundings with plenty to do in the surrounding areas then this is the place for you. We will remember our time there with our families for a long time.