a typical day
There is no such thing as a ´typical day´ here at ´Les Tilleuls´ - the key is informality and flexibility. Each guest has individual needs and preferences and every effort is made to accommodate these in a relaxed, unstructured atmosphere. The following serves simply to give a flavour of what a day may hold.
During the warmer months, much time is spent outdoors. Early-birds might like to start the day with a morning swim (pool open May through October). And if you’d prefer an invigorating run or a gentle walk in the freshest of fresh air, there are endless winding paths leading from the house with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. Or you may prefer a well-deserved lie-in! Breakfast is a casual, help-yourself affair, enjoyed in the sun-lit courtyard or the warm, welcoming kitchen. Fresh croissants and pastries, organic muesli, fruit and yoghurts are available all morning so there is really no time restriction.
An intensive Pilates session every morning in the beautiful sunlit studio will give you a wonderful sense of well-being, setting you up perfectly for the day ahead.
(It will have been discussed and agreed the previous evening at what time you will have your intensive private/semi-private studio session, allowing you to plan the rest of your day - or not, as the mood takes you! The only other possible ´planned´ element would be should you have chosen to pre-book a spoiling massage therapy in-houseat ´Les Tilleuls´ or perhaps pre-arranged to do a specific scheduled activity, such as horse-riding or golf.)
Lunch is served outdoors under the shade of the linden tree when weather permits (which is often!) and on cooler days we eat in the kitchen. Pre-dinner drinks are enjoyed in good weather at ‘Le Nid’ – the fabulous tree-top terrace bar with panoramic views – or in front of the blazing fire on cooler evenings. Whether it’s on the terrace or in the sumptuous drawing room, a leisurely, candle-lit dinner follows. The accent is on simply prepared, locally-sourced produce, complemented by delicious local wines. Sometimes lunch or dinner will be a typical regional menu enjoyed at the local auberge.
There is so much to see and do in this fascinating area that the day will never be long enough. If you have hired a car and enjoy sight-seeing, the intriguing historic places to be explored are many and varied. (see local area) . Fancy a spot of wine-tasting? Local vineyards are small, family-run affairs that welcome visitors year-round and are delighted to share their wisdom. And surely no visit during the months of June, July and August would be complete without a visit to the nearby lavender farm - a true sensory delight, with hand-made products, lavender cream teas and charming, knowledgeable hosts, passionate about their lovingly-created business.
Most days of the week one can find a picturesque market to visit and throughout the year there are many brocantes and fêtes to be found. Certainly on Sundays a visit to the colourful, bustling market in the delightful local bastide town of Cazals is a must.
But then again, there is always the option to do absolutely nothing - curl up on the sofa in front of the fire in winter or stretch out next to the pool in summer, with a good book in one hand and a drink in the other.......bliss!
In summary, there is the option to fill your day with activity or simply to relax in the seductive ambience of ´Les Tilleuls´. The choice is yours!