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L'Ancienne Ecole (The Ancient Schoolhouse)

Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Stone character cottage nestled on a hillside in an enchanting hamlet just above the Lot River with pool with large sundeck. Enchanting cottage, formerly the schoolhouse for the hamlet, has many original features including hand-cut slate roof, original wood doors, hand-plastered walls, original wood beams and floors, stone fireplace with log stove. The cottage is beautifully renovated with an eye for detail and all creature comforts. Tastefully decorated throughout with antiques and vintage furnishings by Interior Designer owner. Special features include king bed, carved stone fireplace and mountain views throughout house. Cottage has pretty flower gardens with lilac, roses, lavender, primrose and hydrangea. The cottage terrace is just outside of the kitchen with bistro table, umbrella, sun loungers and Weber BBQ for easy alfresco meals. Fenced rear garden below with lawn and apple tree. Completely outfitted for self catering with all manner of tableware, cookware and quality bed and bath linens including toile duvet cover, feather king comforter and lots of feather pillows. British and French sat TV, flat screen TV, DVD, CD, Wi-Fi. Central heat and efficient log stove. Laundry room (washer, dryer, rack, iron, board). Shared large sun deck and mountain views with plunge pool and organic vegetable and herb garden. Hamlet is located on a 10-acre bird refuge so lots of herons, hawks, kites and songbirds. Streams and woodlands surround the hamlet.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Rodez 45 km, Nearest railway: Aurillac Rail Station 40 km
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
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 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

COTTAGE FEATURES INCLUDE:

* 60 square meters

* Lots of windows in living areas

* Hand-plastered walls

* Exposed wood beams

* Ancient wood floors

* Pretty stone fireplace with wood stove

* Terrace with mountain views

* Laundry facilities

* Well outfitted and equipped

* Central heat

1st FLOOR (KITCHEN/TERRACE/LIVING/DINING)

KITCHEN

* New renovated kitchen with painted cabinets, kitchen island and stone countertops

* Retro stove/hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee maker, electric kettle

* Well outfitted for self catering w/ all cookware and tableware

* French door leads out from kitchen to terrace for easy outdoor meals

TERRACE

* Sound of river

* Mountain Views

* La Fuma sun loungers

* Weber barbecue

* Bistro table and chairs

* Umbrella

LIVING/DINING AREAS

* Antiques and vintage pieces throughout

* Stone fireplace with log stove

* Flat screen television

* British Satellite HDTV

* French standard Satellite TV

* Sony DVD/CD player

* DVDs, CDs and books

* Telephone

* Bundle of firewood and kindling

2nd FLOOR (BEDROOM AND BATHROOM)

BEDROOM

* Comfortable king bed

* Quality 100% cotton or linen bed linens

* Feather comforter and feather pillows

* Toile duvet cover

* Closet

BATHROOM

* Large tile shower with old world fittings

* Porcelain sink fitted into wood cabinet

* Efficient heater/towel warmer

* High ceilings with exposed wood beams

COURTYARD

* Flower gardens with lilac, roses, hydrangea, lavender, rosemary, primrose, wild strawberries

* Laundry room with washer and dryer, rack, clothes pins, board and iron

LOWER REAR GARDEN

* Grassy knoll with Adirondack chairs for watching sunsets

* Leads to walking path through forest and pool

GROUNDS

* Flower gardens and grass

* Organic vegetable and herb garden

* Restored ancient bread oven and drying house

* Stream runs through property

* Sound of water year round

* Bird Refuge with eagles, herons, kites, lots of songbirds

* Lots of butterflies

* Ample parking

POOL and SUNDECK

* Shared 20' out-of-ground pool

* Wood cantilevered sun deck nestled on hillside

* Forest views

* Sun loungers

* Bistro table and chairs

* Umbrella

Visit Owner's website for more info about all of their properties. Awarded 3*** stars by France Tourist Board.

Further details

* Pets accepted.

* Pool is open from 1 June to 30 September.

* Short term or 10-day breaks are available during low and mid seasons; please enquire.

* Owners speak English, French and Spanish.

The Midi-Pyrenees region

Located in the picturesque and unspoiled Lot Valley 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.

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 knives and one of the top restaurants in the world, Michel Bras, with 3*** Michelin stars.

Also a region where food is sacred with delicious regional specialties including succulent Aubrac beef, lamb, duck, foie gras, local trout, pink garlic, wild strawberries and much more! Located in a picturesque wine region with a handful of wineries to explore.

Entraygues

The charming village, designated as a "Ville Fleurie" (Village of Flowers), sits at the foot of a 12c. Chateau where two rivers meet. The medieval village offers full services including restaurants, cafés, food shops, wine shop, butchers, bakers, boutiques, bank, pharmacy, doctors and post office. The village also hosts 3 Farmer's Markets each week during July and August and one per week during the rest of the year. Fantastic restaurants at very good value + 7 Michelin-starred restaurants in area, including Michel Bras with 3*** Michelin stars, considered one of the best restaurants on the planet. Located in a boutique AOP/AOC wine region with wonderful local wines and delicious regional food.

Annual festivals held nearby include:

- 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)

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Review 1-10 of 14

16 Oct 2014

5/5

"Excellent"

Stunning area, beautiful gite and grounds. Owners are so kind, helpful and ready to give you advice on the area, if you need it, but they are also very discreet so you are left in privacy. They were very welcoming to our two dogs too! We could not fault this gite and the breathtaking surroundings.

14 Aug 2014

5/5

"Excellent"

Excellent cottage, very well equipped and presented. Would stay there again.
Location is very good and we particularly enjoyed the balcony were we could sit in the early morning and evening.
The surrounding area and the walks were very good

26 Jul 2014

5/5

"A gracious visit to sweet French culture and life"

This delightful, charming, and spotless French cottage rental in South West France spoiled us! Of the three available rental properties, we selected L'Ecole Ancienne (The old school) for our one … More

23 Jul 2014

5/5

"Absolutely enchanting cottage, location and hosts."

I am a repeat visitor and could not be more happy with my stays at SweetFrenchCottages' L'Ancienne Ecole. It is located in a beautiful and peaceful part of France. The hosts will guide you t… More

7 Jul 2014

5/5

"A beautiful cottage in a tranquil setting"

We thoroughly enjoyed our week in l'Ancienne Ecole. A great deal of thought has been put into the interior design with exceptional finishing touches. The kitchen was well stocked with all the equipment you could want. Externally the cottage is also well looked after. We enjoyed sitting on the deck which catches the sun for most of the day. The garden and the splash pool are also well maintained and add to the overall excellence. It is in an ideal location for visiting the many charming villages in the Lot. We have no hesitation in recommending this property.

28 Jun 2014

5/5

"A haven of peace"

This was my fifth trip to this part of the Lot Valley and I have stayed in some delightful houses but L'Ancienne Ecole was the best equipped and most charming of them all. The character of the old house has been kept and cleverly enhanced by the provision of a well designed kitchen and spacious shower room. It's the attention to detail that is most noteworthy with absolutely everything provided you will ever need and an eye for design that really complements this beautiful old house. I would thoroughly recommend this house and hope to visit again in the future.

14 May 2014

5/5

"Get away from it all in this cozy country cottage"

Beautifully decorated cottage located just beside the owners' home. Lane and Rain were great hosts. Nice sized balcony on the back of the house. The bedroom/bathroom is upstairs. Bed is comfo… More

29 Jan 2014

5/5

"The perfect place for a break from the mundane and ordinary"

The accommodation was exactly as presented on the website - my husband was so pleased with my choice and taken aback by the ambience and comfort. Rain and Lance are perfect hosts and there if you needed anything - which we didn't - and Rain's decorating skills were well on show and added to our feeling of well being. We cannot recommend this holiday let highly enough - we came away relaxed and rested. Everything we needed was there and of a high standard - the bed was very comfortable :) this was my perfect idyll together with a baguette, some Roquefort and a bottle of Sancerre - heaven

14 Oct 2013

5/5

"I've never slept so well in all my life"

Have you ever stayed in a place so idyllic, so peaceful, so enchanting, you never wanted to leave? If you haven't, stay here and you'll see what I mean.

Surrounded by warm ancient stone, housed in immaculately restored beauty, we lapped up the stunning calm and the stunning views. It's so peaceful and comfortable it's like living in a warm hug. The bed posed the only problem: it is so cosy and inviting, with its crisp pressed linens and snug-as-a-bug duvet, that getting up proved alarmingly difficult.

Hosts Rain and Lance provide everything a person could want and manage to be both incredibly hospitable and tactfully unobtrusive. With an abundance of peace, beauty and comfort, we relaxed as never before and slept the sleep our of our lives. We will be hustling back for more as soon as possible!

3 Oct 2013

5/5

"Everything you could wish for in a country cottage"

L'Ancienne Ecole really is the most delightful cottage we've ever stayed in. The pictures do not lie - it really is a "Sweet French Cottage" which has been beautifully restored, wo… More

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Calendar last updated:22 Oct 2014

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  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

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