Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A traditional stone-built gite amidst beautiful scenery in the gorgeous Aveyron Valley of South West France with its own private garden. The owners use the gite themselves for family holidays and have lovingly restored it to a high standard, respecting the traditional charm of a country residence.
The gite has an open-plan kitchen/diner/lounge. The kitchen is well equipped with a tagine and a fondue as well as all the usual utensils to take advantage of the local produce. The gite has 3 bedrooms including a large mezzanine double bedroom and a salle de douche. It also has a large private garden for relaxation amongst the peach, pear, plum, fig and walnut trees. Local wildlife includes red squirrels, wild boar, deer and a variety of birds including nightingales and cuckoos.
A first floor wooden terrace at the back of the house provides guests with stunning views across the valley and a lovely place to relax or eat.
This rustic retreat is on the edge of a tiny hamlet, Le Riols Bas, within 3km of a small medieval village, Varen, where you'll find local amenities, including a bakery, general store, post office, tourist information office, Roman church and fine riverside restaurant. The area offers numerous attractions including hang-gliding, rock climbing, kayaking, fishing and cycling. The gite is on one of the most scenic Tarn cycling routes. More relaxing activities include wine-tasting in the nearby Gaillac vineyards and visiting the many fine restaurants of the area.
The medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val, which has one of the best Sunday markets in the region and bastide hill-top town of Cordes-Sur-Ciel are both within easy reach by car. Slightly further is the city of Albi, one of UNESCO's world heritage sites because of its impressive Gothic cathedral of St Cecile, which also hosts the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. Cahors is also worth a visit, especially Le Musee de Resistance, if you have an interest in the second world war and local history.
The gite is ideally located for a number of day trips, Dordogne to the north, Carcassone and the Mediterranean sea to the south. The award winning Millau Viaduct to the east is worth a visit too. Why not combine it with a visit to Roquefort and see how the world famous cheese is made.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cap d'Agde 250 km|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rodez 78 km, Nearest railway: Lexos 3 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Guests are asked to arrive no sooner than 4pm on their day of arrival and to depart by 10am on their day of departure.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
With an average of 2000 hours of sunshine per year, Midi-Pyrénées is one of the sunniest regions of France. Spring comes early, between early April and late June the maximum average temperatures are between 16 and 24 °C. July and August enjoy the warmth of intense sunshine maximum temperatures are on average between 26 and 28°C. Autumn often enjoys the warmth of an Indian summer so that October is often still pleasantly warm (source: Meteo France).
There are too many great tourist sites to list all but some of the most well-known include Albi, Conques, St Cirq Lapopie, Cordes sur Ciel, Figeac, Rocamadour, Toulouse, Carcassonne and the Millau Viaduct. There are several glorious beaches on the Med within 3 hours drive and the beach at St Cyprien, three and a half hours away, allows dogs.
Local places to visit include St Antonin Noble Val, which hosts probably the best Sunday market in the region ('A Table in the Tarn' by Orlando Murrin) and was the location for the film 'Charlotte Gray' starring Cate Blanchett, Cordes sur Ciel for its cobbled streets, attractive art galleries and giftshops, the Abbaye de Beaulieu for an artistic treat and the vineyards of Gaillac for wine tasting. The Aveyron and Tarn river gorges provide perfect locations for kayaking, cycling, hill walking and birdspotting. The gite is on one of the most picturesque cycle routes of the region and only 40 km away from Albi where there is one of the 20 best golf courses in France. There is an abundance of good restaurants in the area.