The owners of Aveyron West travelled the length and breadth of France before finding this idyllic setting in the Aveyron countryside to raise their family and create a quintessential holiday gite. Along the way, Allison and Mike made plenty of mental notes about what made gites especially good or bad for families so they could do all the right things when it came to their own - et voila!
Aveyron West is a beautiful 19thcentury barn which has been sensitively transformed into a simply stylish and spacious 3 bedroom gite with private pool, ideal for large or extended families. Exposed stonework, timber beams and handmade stairs maintain the rustic character which is complimented by the furnishings and finishing touches, including contemporary leather sofas, handmade kitchen and smooth softwood floors, which are more forgiving that flags for toddler tumbles.
Like all the best farmhouses, a huge kitchen/living/dining room is where it’s at on the ground floor. Mod cons include two fridges, a dishwasher and helpful baby kit, plus a large chestnut dining table takes pride of place in front of arched glass barn doors into the garden. Two double bedrooms are also on the ground floor so parents can be close to sleeping babies while enjoying leisurely evening meals long after bedtime. On the first floor, the gite has a large living room with fantastic views over the countryside, a high beamed barn ceiling and two comfy sofas. The living room makes a great space for children to play with the lovely selection of toys, from a dolls house and teddies to trucks and tug-alongs. A family bedroom for up to 4 is also on the first floor so early risers can break out of the bedroom without disturbing sleepers downstairs too much.
Aveyron West is set in 5 acres of meadows and farmland where the gite is completely detached from the owners’ farmhouse and has its own enclosed garden with a large table, chairs and barbecue. The owners are also very happy for little guests to discover the swings, slide, sand pit and tee pee in their fully enclosed garden. Organic fruit and veg is available to guests in season and children can help collect eggs from the free range hens. A little path leads to the fully fenced 33ft swimming pool and sun deck, with wooden loungers and parasols for relaxing in the sun. All in all, the owners are living their dream and want other families to share their slice of idyllic rural France.
Aveyron West has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps up to eight family and friends, plus babies in cots. The gite has two double bedrooms on the ground floor and one family room on the first floor with one double and twin single beds. The bathroom on the ground floor has a bath with overhead shower, a basin, toilet and electric towel rail. Upstairs there is a shower room with hydromassage shower, basin & toilet.
Aveyron West is tucked away in the unspoilt Aveyron region of France, boasting the beauty of the Dordogne without quite so many tourists to shatter the peace and sedate pace of life. The gite itself is deep in this glorious countryside, in the tiny hamlet of Froment and 4 minutes drive from the village of Salles Courbaties, with a shop and cafe bar. It’s the perfect spot to get away from it all but civilisation is only 10 minutes drive away in picturesque Villeneuve with a great bakery, cafe, shops, banks and the very good Terre et Galet restaurant. On Sunday mornings, locals gather on the cafe terrace as a small market comes to the cobbled village square.
Bigger markets in the area which beat supermarket shopping hands down, include bustling, colourful Villefrance on Thursdays and Saint Antonin Noble Val on Sundays. Both these towns have beautiful olde worlde charm and a riverside setting to picnic with the fresh local produce. Figeac, (25 minutes drive) is considered cosmopolitan by Lot standards and is an elegant, medieval town while the capital city of the Averyon region is Rodez (35 minutes).
In addition to the market towns, this corner of the Lot features many of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ to explore, perched in panoramic settings, with narrow winding streets which are unchanged from medieval times. Najac and Belcastel are just a couple within easy reach of the gite.
Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): The host is a registered nurse (UK) and trained first-aider. GP in Villeneuve (9km). A&E in Villefranche (24km).
Getting there: The nearest airport to Aveyron West is Rodez (35 minutes) which has flights with Ryanair from London Stansted. Toulouse airport is 2 hours away