L'Oustal du Viaur is a recently renovated farm complex on the edge of a small rural hamlet perched high up above the Viaur Gorge on the Tarn/Aveyron border. Bleuet is our third and final gite on the complex and will be open for rental from July 18th 2009.
Situated half way between the historic departmental cities of Rodez and Albi means easy access to both of these fabulous cities which provide wonderful architecture, rambling backstreets and dozens of pavement cafes and restaurants to suit all pockets. In the immediate area are a number of bastide towns, unique to the SW of France, Sauveterre, Monesties, and of course the well know Cordes-sur-Ciel, being just a few. The area is perfect for walking, cycling, painting, birdspotting, flora + fauna, siteseeing, fishing or just relaxing. There are many local activities to suit children of all ages.
The farm complex gives a real feel of rural france and is the ideal place to un-wind. Fortunately we are just off the RN88 (but far enough not to hear the traffic!) between Albi and Rodez which means when you want to hit the shops or head for a cultural excursion you are soon on your way to one of the many attractions waiting for you to explore. Set close to the Cathar region of the Pays d'Oc the area is steeped in History just waiting to be explored.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Nearest beach||5 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Rodez 50 km, Nearest railway: Naucelle Gare 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (5), Cots available (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
The complex is in a quiet hamlet set high above the Viaur valley. The 12m X 6m swimming pool is set at the end of the complex and has stunning views over the gorge. It is a large pool and has plenty of seating available making it an ideal pool for families sharing. The grounds are part cobbled, part grass and there is plenty of room for children to play; There is a toddler play area in view of the gites and an over 5's area with swings, slide and climbing frame below the pool area. We have bikes of all different sizes which guests can borrow free of charge and we also have a range of animals on site, perfect for children to spend time with.
The shared swimming pool is open when the weather permits, usually from May to October and is shared with the owners. All bedlinen, towels and swim towels are included in the rental price. There is a surcharge of €30 /week per heater for electricity + during the low season letting period.
Special walking/cycling/painting holidays are available during low/mid season. Changeover day is Sat but this is flexible during mid/low season to enable clients to make best use of very low Ryanair flight prices (eg 1p + taxes). Please contact owners for further details.
Being quite far South in France the weather is naturally a definite plus for this area. We have the added advantage that we are at quite a high altitude on the south of the Massif Central. This means we benefit from very pleasant long Spring and Autumn conditions, but also have slightly cooler temperatures in the main hot summer months compared with other locations this far south.
The region is dominated by plateaux dissected by wide meandering rivers providing stunning gorge scenery. Add to this the fantastic array of bastide towns and villages, castle fortresses and Chateaux and the two historic cities of Rodez and Albi and you are spoilt for choice.
The hamlet of Teillet lies on the Aveyron/Tarn border, half way between the two historic cities of Rodez and Albi. Both cities offer a wealth of architecture, amazing Cathedrals, bustling backstreets to explore and endless outside dining possibilities.
Within the area are many bastide villages, many ranking in the category of 'most beautiful villages in France'. Most noteable are: Conques; Sauveterre de Rouergue; Villefranche de Rouergue; St Antonin de Noble Val; Najac; Cordes-sur-ciel and Monasties and the list continues. All of these villages offer unique shops, crafts, markets, and festivals. The 'nocturne' (night markets) in the summer months are not to be missed.
Albi/Rodez - great for a glimpse of the history + architecture in the region (stylish shopping too!)
Toulouse - for that 'has to be done' shopping experience
Millau Viaduct - well worth a visit + can be combined by coming back through the famous 'Gorges du Tarn'.
Cap Decouverte - adventure park for the whole family, ski, waterski, swim, taboggan, or even ride the longest zip line in Europe
Micropolis - city of insects - fascinates the children, but a good day out for the whole family
Bastide d'Albigiouse - car circuit to take in the key bastide towns around Albi
For those who prefer to stay closer to home the area is ideal for walking, cycling, birdwatching and generally taking in this calm serene area.
There are many activities for children in the local area including children's farms, wildlife parks, outdoor swimming complexes, canoeing, sailing to name just a few.