About the home
Formerly an ancient schoolhouse, storybook stone character cottage with lots of charming features including hand-plastered walls, exposed wood beams, stone fireplace with log stove and ancient wood floors. Tastefully and comfortably furnished by Artist-Designer owner. Nestled in a quiet hamlet with the tranquil sound of the stream and Lot River below, yet only 3 km from medieval riverside village that offers full services including post office, bank, food shops, cafés and restaurants. Located in a picture-perfect region of the Lot Valley with picturesque vineyards nearby.
Located in the area that boasts 10 of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France," more than any other region in all of France so you can imagine how beautiful it is! Many historic villages, medieval castles, caving, ancient forests, walking and hiking, wine tasting, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, golf, hang gliding and more. Lots of Farmer's Markets. Wonderful restaurants at very good value + 7 Michelin-starred restaurants nearby, including Michel Bras, with 3 Michelin stars and considered one of the top restaurants in the world. Delicious regional food and wonderful local wines.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedroom|
|Nearest beach:||Montpellier, 200km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 3km
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||1 Bedroom, 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The newly-remodeled kitchen features old-world style with painted oak cabinets, stone countertops, porcelain sink, retro Rosieres hob/stove, integrated dishwasher and integrated frig/freezer. The kitchen is also equipped with microwave, toaster, coffee maker and electric kettle.
From the kitchen, a glass door leads out to the terrace. The terrace is perfect for alfresco meals, enjoying a glass of wine or sipping tea and listening to the sounds of nature. The terrace has mountain and valley views and the sound of the stream below. Organic vegetable and herb garden. Shared plunge pool with large sun deck and sun loungers just steps away.
The living area features comfortable slip-covered sofa with antique furnishings and gorgeous stone fireplace with wood stove. There is also British Freesat HDTV and standard French satellite TV, DVD player and CD player. Local telephone. Free Wi-Fi access. Selection of DVDs, CDs and books are also provided.
The spacious bedroom features queen-size bed with quality bed linens including feather down comforter and feather down pillows. The ensuite bathroom features porcelain sink fitted into cabinet, antique mirror and large shower with old world tile and old fashioned fittings. Bath linens are also provided.
Further details outdoors:
The 10 privately-owned acres feature a stream, ancient oak and chestnut trees, fruit trees and wildflowers. Property is designated as an LPO Bird Refuge so lots of songbirds and butterflies flitting about. L'Ecole Ancienne has a pretty front garden filled with roses, daffodils, wild strawberries, rosemary and lilac. The terrace is fully outfitted with bistro table, umbrella, sun loungers and Weber barbecue. There is also a grassy area just below the terrace, with additional garden chairs. Mountain and forest views. Shared plunge pool with large sundeck with wonderful views. Organic vegetable and herb garden. Full laundry facilities. Parking.
* Pool is open from 1 June to 30 September.
* Short term breaks are available during low and mid seasons.
* Cottage is also available for long-term lets from 1 November to 30 April; please inquire about special rates.
* Owners speak English, French and Spanish and are happy to answer any questions before or during your stay.
There is a 100% refundable security deposit of 200€ required.
The Midi-Pyrenees / Aveyron region
L'Ancienne Ecole is located in the picturesque and unspoiled Lot Valley of the Aveyron in the Midi-Pyrénées, an enchanting region between Bordeaux and Provence, that offers 10 of "The Most Beautiful Villages in France." More than any other region in all of France so you can imagine how beautiful it is! Typically, the climate is warmer than Bordeaux and cooler than Provence.
Aveyron is a unique, inspirational and timeless place. This captivating region is home to the Pilgrim's spiritual path from France to Spain, the Route of the Lords of Rouergue and the Knights Templar and Hospitaller villages, each footpath offering an opportunity to walk in history's path, revealing the heritage of the Aveyron and unlocking one's own ancient memories. A place that returns one to something authentic and restores one's physical and spiritual strength.
Places of interest include Rodez, founded in the 6th century by a Celtic tribe and home to a historic pink sandstone Gothic cathedral. Millau, the former capital of the Gallo-Roman ceramics under the Roman Empire, boasts the highest bridge in the world and the Roquefort caves, and is still considered one of the best places to buy handmade leather goods in France. Cave paintings including the Foissac caves, as well as the famous Pech Merle and Lascaux caves, are a wonderful day trip. Laguiole is not far with its famous knife shops and museum and one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, Michel Bras, with 3*** Michelin stars.
The Entraygues area
There are many historic sites including the ancient intact village of Conques, a UNESCO Heritage site. There are several medieval villages and castles to explore, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, hang gliding, paragliding, caving, rock climbing and more, in an area that promotes "le tourism vert" (green tourism).
For quieter souls, take the self-guided historic walk in the nearby village, or take a picnic lunch to the village's 12th century chateau where two rivers meet. There are several Farmer's Markets in the area, particularly during peak and high seasons.
Entraygues-Le Fel is an AOC and AOP wine region with a handful of boutique wineries to explore. Other local wines in the area include Estaing, Marcillac, Millau, Cahors and Gaillac.
Lots of annual festivals held nearby including...
- Transhumance' where shepherds have been decorating their prize cattle and taking them to higher pastures for summer grazing since the Middle Ages (last weekend in May)
- The Sacred Music Festival at l'Abbaye de Sylvanes runs for 6 weeks (mid July-end August)
- St. Fleuret Festival in nearby Estaing (1st Sunday in July)
- Basket Festival in nearby Montsalvy (last Saturday in July)
- The Aurillac Street Theatre Festival, the largest international street festival event (3rd weekend in August)
- Medieval Festival in nearby Estaing (2nd weekend in September)
- French National Mushroom Festival (yes, there is such a thing!) in Prunet (3rd weekend in September)
- Mourjou Chestnut Festival (3rd weekend in October)
How to get there
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L'Ancienne Ecole is just a 1-hour flight from Paris or 6-hour train ride. Nearest airports and train stations are Rodez and Aurillac. Both airports are a scenic drive to the property along beautiful river valleys and charming villages. There are daily flights available from Paris to Rodez with Air France, and from Paris to Aurillac with Airlinair.
From the UK, there are several budget flights available to Rodez, Brive-Dordogne, Montpellier, Limoges and Toulouse on budget airlines such as Ryanair, CityJet, bmibaby, easyJet and Flybe. Popular routes include London Stansted to Rodez, Dublin to Rodez, London Luton to Montpellier, London City to Brive, and London Gatwick to Montpellier, Limoges or Toulouse. There are also many flights to our region from other airports throughout the UK and elsewhere.
International flights are available from most major cities to our nearest international airports which include Toulouse, Montpellier, Limoges and Clermont-Ferrand. You may wish to visit Paris or Toulouse and stay a few nights for dinner, shows or attractions and then fly, drive or take a train. Visit our website for more travel tips and links.
Activities near Entraygues
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
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|Peak Season||1 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||1 Sep 12||1 Oct 12||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||1 Oct 12||1 Nov 12||€ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||1 Nov 12||1 Apr 13||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||1 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||€ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|Peak Season||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||€ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||€ 600||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||1 Nov 13||1 Jan 14||€ 500||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
30% rental deposit due upon booking. There is a 100% refundable 200€ security deposit. We accept credit cards via PayPal, bank transfers, and checks in Euros.Enquire now
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