Farmhouse / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A charming and traditional rustic farmhouse, with dovecote/pigeonnier, dating from 1760.Au Ciel Bleu is a house full of character situated in the heart of the Gorges de L'Aveyron - beautiful rivers, medieval towns, limestone cliffs and rolling hills.

Extremely spacious open-plan kitchen,dining and living room, with large wood burning stove, T.V./DVD. The kitchen area is very well equipped.

There are two very large bedrooms which could easily be family rooms. (. Discount for 2 guests staying, if the annexe is not needed).

2 Mattresses available. The house is spacious enough for up to 8 guests, but a surcharge of £20 per person per week (towards water and electricity) after 6 guests, is required.

Bedroom 1 has a king-size bed and an excellent double sofa-bed. There is an adjacent shower room, and access to the back terrace.

Bedroom 2 is a self-contained annexe with it's own entrance and large en suite shower room. There is a good quality double bed and lounge area with a very comfortable double sofa bed. No kitchen, but there is a dining table (seats 4), fridge, microwave, toaster and electric kettle (Great if two couples/families are sharing the house).

Two terraces, back and front of the house, to make the most of the sun and privacy. Also 1/2 acre garden two minutes walk away. (Children's plastic pool available for the back terrace, perfect for little ones in the hot weather.

Mattress available for extra guests (stored under the king-sized bed).

WIFI available.

Parking for two cars in front of the house.

The house is available between NOVEMBER and APRIL at a cost of £300 per week. However, electricity and wood for the wood burning stove will be at cost, metre checked at the beginning and end of the holiday. There are plenty of winter duvets, electric heaters and wood available. This is a magical house at Christmas, full of character and charm, and the area is full of Christmas markets. Toulouse is famous for it's Christmas market.

Linen and towels ARE NOT included in the price (duvets, pillows and blankets ARE included). We have purposely made this flexible to lower the rental price for those who are able to bring their own linen/towels. (However, LINEN AND TOWELS ARE AVAILABLE FOR HIRE).

Cleaning (including emptying bins and getting rid of bottles in the recycling areas) is NOT INCLUDED. Again, this is to keep prices down for those who are willing to clean themselves. However, a CLEANING SERVICE is available.

Camping in the half acre garden, 2 mins from the house, is permitted.(Families with teenagers have enjoyed this option!!)

Our caretakers will do your first shop if you require this (useful if you arrive late). They will also prepare you a meal and leave it in the fridge, again useful if you arrive late. (Stipulate dietary needs).

Access - Car recommended, but shops, Saturday market, library/tourist information, excellent pharmacy, and Health Centre, bakery,, small supermarket, hairdresser and a good restaurant (overlooking the river) are within walking distance, in Varen.

The train station is 30 mins walk from the house. Trains to Toulouse (1 hour). Narbonne (beautiful town/beach and Med!!) only 1 hour by train from Toulouse. (2 hours from Au Ciel Bleu, by car)

Varen is excellent for river swimming and paddling by the beach for small children.

There is an outstanding outdoor swimminp pool in St Antonin, only a 5 minute walk from the centre of the town, but the pool is in a stunning location.

River swimming in Laguepie (15 mins drive)I is very popular.

Canoes for hire in St Antonin, truly invigorating and stunningly beautiful to sail through the gorge. Good value too, 15 euros per person for the day!

Bicycles for hire in St Antonin (Excellent cycle paths)

The cinema is very popular in St Antonin.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach 2.5 hrs by car or train. Narbonne, Gruissan, Cap d'Agde
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Toulouse or Rodez (90 mins drive to the house) 113 km, Nearest railway: Lexos is our local station. (Lexos to Toulouse 1 h 1.5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Children's pool
General TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Midi-Pyrénées region

In this area of natural beauty with meandering rivers, hilltop villages and historic towns you can enjoy both stunning countryside and impressive architecture.

Au Ciel Bleu is perfectly located to discover the cultural wealth of this sunny part of South West France.

Cordes-sur-Ciel (30 mins) is one of France's biggest walled medieval cities. The city is the jewel amongst the Albigentian hilltop villages, and is well worth a visit. Sunflower fields and rolling hills will line your way and local wine growers will always invite you to a glass of wine.

From Au Ciel Bleu one can visit no less than nine of France's official 'most beautiful towns and villages', each one of them within easy distance, like Najac in the Aveyron department, Puycelci, Castelnau-de-Montmiral in the Tarn department and Bruniquel in the Tarn-et-Garonne department.

A day in Albi is a must, with its impressive cathedral and quaint streets. And if you like shopping, this is the place to go.

Varen

ST ANTONIN NOBLE VAL, located between the le Rouergue and le Quercy area, is one of the oldest towns in this corner of South West France. Don't miss the Sunday Market, and get there early as it is extremely popular.

There is a very good supermarket and petrol station on the outskirts of St Antonin Noble Val. On your way to St Antonin (15 mins from the house), after leaving the tunnel don't turn right over the bridge into St Antonin just carry on for 1/2 km. The supermarket is on the right.

Shops will close in St Antonin (and everywhere else, except in the bigger towns like Albi and Tououse) at 12pm for a leisurely 2 hour lunch break!.

There is an open air swimming pool and cinema in St Antonin.

There is a canoeing school where you can hire canoes.

The Tourist Information centre in St Antonin is excellent.

LAGUEPIE (5km) has all the shops you need and is excellent for river swimming.

The camp site in Laguepie is open to everyone and has a café, trampoline, plunge pool with water slide and sand playing for younger children , with no entrance fees!

The Le Segalar restaurant is 10 mins drive from the house. 12 euros for 4 course lunch + wine! They make excellent pizzas.

Najac (25mins away), has an excellent outdoor simming pool.

VAREN. (20 minute walk). There is a very good medical centre and chemist in Varen.

Market in Varen on Saturday morning (fruit, veg, meat and fish) 9am -1230pm

Excellent picnic area in Varen, esp for small children, paddling and swimming in safe and beautiful river setting.

Heated swimming pool (highly recommended)open to visitors at the Moulin de Julien campsite nr. Cordes sur Ciel (20 mins) Tel: 33.56.356.1110

TAKE AWAYS TO RESTAURANTS from budget to gourmet

Varen: pizza vival takeaway. Very good pizzas and right on your door step.

0563656629

Verfeil :bar/restaurant La Seye et vous . basic, traditional food (10 minute drive)

0563652218

Milhars Le Segalar pizza restaurant. Great food, good value for money (10 minute drive)

0563563682

Penne: La terrasse restaurant. Great food. Set up in a hill top village with excellent views of the gorges and a ruined castle. (20minutes drive)

Laguépie: Les Deux Riviéres restaurant/hotel. Excellent food made to high standard (inside decor a little stuck in the 80s) (10minute drive)

0563314141

Saint Antonin Noble Val: Le Carre Des Gourmets restaurant. Excellent food made to a very high standard with lovely views over the river. (15 minutes drive)

0563306549

Bon Appétit