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A view of the gite from the large private garden at the back of the property

Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 250 km
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

A traditional stone-built gite amid beautiful scenery in the gorgeous Aveyron Valley of South West France enjoying its own large 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. It is located on the edge of a tiny hamlet. and is surrounded by fields of sunflowers and corn.

The gite is spacious and has an open-plan kitchen/diner/lounge. The kitchen area is very well equipped and has a tagine and a fondue to take advantage of the local produce. There are 3 double bedrooms,with two of the rooms having king size beds, and there is a salle de douche. The large private garden allows you to relax in peace and quiet among the peach, pear, plum, fig and walnut trees. Local wildlife includes red squirrels, wild boar, deer and a variety of birds such as nightingales, woodpeckers, buzzards, kites and cuckoos.

A sheltered south-facing first floor terrace overlooking the garden, provides guests with stunning views across the valley and a lovely place to relax, wine and dine. It's also a great place to do a spot of bird watching so bring your binoculars with you and a guide book. It's well worth getting up early to listen to the dawn chorus which is a wonderful crescendo of bird song and at dusk you can listen to the songs of the cicadas and the frogs in the nearby river Aveyron from the lit terrace.

This lovely rustic retreat is on the edge of a tiny hamlet, Le Riols Bas and within 3km of a small medieval village, Varen, where you'll find local amenities, including a boulangerie, general store, pharmacy, 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, voted the prettiest village in France in 2014, are both within easy reach by car. Slightly further is the city of Albi, which is one of UNESCO's world heritage sites because of its impressive Gothic cathedral of St Cecile and also hosts the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and art gallery. 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 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cap d'Agde 250 km
Access Car advised
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 Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details

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.

Le Riols

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.

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16 Oct 2013

5/5

"SUPREME COUNTRYSIDE HOLIDAY"

After seeing their photo album with pictures of how it was when they first purchased it all I can say is WELL DONE. We spent eight very pleasant days at La Truffe and found it to be spacious and very … More

7 Oct 2013

5/5

"fabulous property in a wonderful location"

Having been a constant visitor to France many years ago I was delighted tostay at La Truffe.The situation of the Gite was superb,set in the centre of many farmingcommunities.The house and contents wer… More

3 Sep 2013

5/5

"PEACEFUL RURAL SANCTUARY"

We spent a lovely week with our young adult/teenage children in this peaceful rural gite.We imagined it would be far enough south to guarantee superb weather and were not disappointed. We found a very… More

2 Sep 2013

5/5

"Lovely Gite in a beautiful part of France"

Andy could not have been more helpful in accommodating our indecision with the booking. Loads of helpful advise on what to go and see and where to eat.The Gite was equipped with more books, DVD's… More

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Margaret and Andy M.

  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:14 Sep 2014

Based in United Kingdom

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