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.
1) Two large bedrooms, each with a double bed and sofa bed. (Additional mattress
2) Bedroom 2 is self-contained, with it's own entrance, ensuite and lounge. No kitchen, but there is a fridge and electric kettle (Great for two couples sharing the holiday).
3) Access - Car essential. But shops, river swimming and a good restaurant (overlooking the river) are within walking distance (Varen -1 mile).
4) Family friendly - Suitable for children of all ages, although steep front
steps would need careful adult supervision with small children. Access to
Excellent public swimming pools in Najac (20 minutes by car) and St Antonin Noble Val (20 mniutes by car).
large garden (1/2 acre), is a 2 minute walk from the house.
5)There are two terraces/patios.
6) A very spacious open-plan sitting room/kitchen/dining room, with wood stove.
8) This is a great house/area for themed holidays. More holiday accommodation in the village.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||2 hrs by car or train. Narbonne, Gruissan or|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|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 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
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.
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.
Verfeil :bar/restaurant La Seye et vous . basic, traditional food (10 minute drive)
Milhars Le Segalar pizza restaurant. Great food, good value for money (10 minute drive)
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)
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)