|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
After parking your car in the cool shade of the terracotta tiled ‘hanger’, Cerise is approached up a set of wooden stairs which lead onto a wide south facing terrace with views over the meadow and swimming pool with the Chateau of Bournazel and the rolling pastures of the Aveyron countryside beyond. From the terrace you enter the spacious open plan kitchen and living room. The modern well equipped kitchen has all that you will need during your stay including washing machine and dishwasher. Leading off the living area is a spacious shower room and toilet. Upstairs, leading off a central hallway are three bedrooms and a further toilet and shower room. Two of the bedrooms have two single beds each and the other has a king sized bed. All are provided with towels and bed linen. Cerise is the perfect place to relax with your family and friends and experience the pleasures of unspoilt rural France.
Welcome to Gites Le Roc - gîtes; Cerise, Noisette and Amande (visit gitesleroc.com for more photos). Le Roc is situated on the edge of the picturesque village of Bournazel with views over the Renaissance Chateau and the undulating countryside of the Aveyron. Set in two acres of meadowland close to the 10m x 5m swimming pool, (fitted with security cover and security fence), a honey coloured stone barn has been sensitively converted to create the three comfortable and stylish gîtes. The barn is a short distance from the stone farmhouse where we will be living during your stay, available to help with any requests.
Guests comment on the high quality of the accommodation and its ideal location for experiencing French village life, exploring the natural beauty and the many and varied attractions the Aveyron has to offer.
The Aveyron is a beautiful and largely undiscovered department of France, rich in culture, history and natural beauty. The landscape is varied and provides a mixture of mountains, gorges, plateaux, forests, rivers, woodland, rolling ‘causses’ and lakes. The tranquil undulating countryside is ideal for walking, birdwatching and mountain biking with the many ‘chemins’ leading to magnificent panoramic views. In amongst the beautiful scenery can be found Medieval bastide villages, churches and chateaux, including many of the ‘plus beaux village de France’, such as Conques, Najac and Belcastel. There are also vineyards to visit where the local AOC Marcillac wine can be sampled. In the summer numerous night markets and village ‘fetes’ provide an opportunity to sample regional food and drink and join in with local festivities. The dramatic Vallée de Lot and Gorges de l’Aveyron also provide opportunities for canoeing and wild swimming. Le Roc provides an ideal base for exploring the region.
The village of Bournazel, where Le Roc is located, has at its centre a chateau which is said to be one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Southern France. The chateau is currently being renovated to include extensive gardens in the Renaissance style and is open to the public daily. The village has evolved around the château in the bastide style with narrow streets accessed by gateways in the ‘walls’ and with closely packed houses that look inwards. At the foot of the walls of the chateau, shaded by plane trees, is the village square which is often the centre of activities and the place where the villagers gather to play petanque and sit and chat. On the edge of the square is the village bar and restaurant.
Located in a recently converted stone barn, gites Cerise, Noisette and Amande offer stylish and comfortable accommodation for up to 14 people.
• Cerise accommodating up to six people
• Noisette accommodating up to four people
• Amande accommodating up to four people
If you require accommodation for a larger party you may wish to rent gites ‘Cerise’ and 'Noisette' together to accommodate ten people. Noisette and Cerise can be conveniently linked by an interconnecting internal door.
L'accueil des propriétaires est excellent.
Le gîte est propre, moderne et décoré avec goût.
Le village de Bournazel est agréable.
Ce lieu est idéal pour trouver du repos dans un endroit soigné. Un vrai avre de paix.
Thanks a lot !
We had the most amazing holiday here at Gites Le Roc. The Gite was superb and by far the best holiday accommodation I have ever stayed in. It was clean, well equipped and comfortable. John and Nicky made us very welcome and gave us lots of useful information on where to visit.
The swimming pool was a favourite, just so lovely to.swim with a Chateau in view.
We highly recommend Gites Le Roc and I.will be looking to going back very soon.
Thank you John and Nicky.
Nous avons passé une excellente semaine à Bournazel. Le gite que nous avons occupé etait exceptionnel : spatieux, très bien équipé, decore avec beaucoup de gout
John et Nicky sont des hôtes charmants, discrets
Les photos de l'annonce sont tout a fait fideles a la réalité
Le jardin et la piscine sont tres agréables
La region recele des tresors surprenants
When I was shown my gite I was totally speechless - something that hardly ever happens! The view from the gite was stunning and breathtaking and it took me a while to tear myself away and look inside the gite. The furnishing of the gite was simple and relaxed and added to the fantastic experience of the holiday. The bed was very comfy and the quiet and tranquility of the gite ensured a great night's sleep.
I did swim in the pool, temperature was a tad bracing, but was early May.
The gites were really well maintained and it was an absolute pleasure to stay there. I hope to return again and have recommended the gites to friends and family.
First impression, what a lovely character building. Then when I saw inside I was so impressed. Really open, large ground floor with a well kitted out kitchen and excellent equipment including cooker, toaster, coffee maker, dishwasher, - washing machine is in the downstairs cloakroom. Comfy seating area and table and chairs for eating. All well planned and decorated. Upstairs I had a very large double room. Loads of room! Comfy bed and 2 Velux work on a remote control! The shower room is small but its got everything you need and is all new. The gite I was in had a twin room as well (en-suite). Our gite had adjoining (lockable) doors to next door gite so would be great for a group especially with the 3rd gite. There's a lovely feel to these gites. They all have terraces and tables, chairs outside. One thing to be aware of is that they all have steps up to them so if you have a mobility issue I'd go for one of the gites that adjoin. I was in Noisette and that had an option to walk round to a gentle grassy slope to the terrace and entrance. Outside there's a big grassy area and a decent pool which is well fenced so little ones can't get in . The pool has lounging furniture too. John and Nicky, the owners live in their conversion on site and are very hands-on with everything and have plenty of local knowledge as well as being really welcoming and friendly. I've already raved about the property to my family and friends and with cheap fares from Stansted (£30 return) its a no brainer! Drawbacks - only one bar in the town so you definitely need a car to get out and about unless you do just want to sit about. I've put 4 stars only because I felt you definitely needed a car and the bathroom might be challenging with small children.
Merci John et Nicky pour votre accueil. La région est très intéressante. De la terrasse on a une très jolie vue sur le château de Bournazel. La piscine est bien. Le gite est aménagé et décoré avec gout : c'est très propre et gai.
GPS coordinates : Lat 44 deg 27’ 35’’ Long 2 deg 18’ 02’’
Le Roc and gites; Cerise, Noisette and Amande are located on the edge of the Village of Bournazel. Bournazel is situated between two medium sized towns; Montbazens and Rignac. Both of which are approximately eight minutes drive away and have supermarkets, chemists, bakers, butchers and banks as well as restaurants. Montbazens has a very good market on Wednesday mornings and Rignac on Tuesday mornings.
Le Roc is ideally located for exploring the Aveyron region and the many attractions it has to offer. For those who love the countryside there are a host of way marked walks and cycle trails, many starting and ending near the entrance to Le Roc. There are many locations on the rivers Lot and Aveyron where canoes can be hired. The Aveyron boasts ten of France’s ‘most beautiful villages’ as well as numerous chateaux, churches and cathedrals which those with an interest in history and culture can enjoy. The Aveyron is renowned as being the home of many of France’s greatest chefs and foodies can enjoy the Michelin-starred restaurants in Belcastel, Sauveterre de Rouergue and Laguiole or the delights of shopping for the freshest of ingredients in the local markets.
In the summer months every small town and almost every village, including Bournazel, holds a ‘fete’ which involves several days of festivities ending with an amazing firework display. Additionally villages host night markets where vendors set up stalls selling food wine and local produce. Trestle tables are set out and wine and beer can be bought to accompany food that you buy from the vendors. This is a really nice way to spend a summer evening, meeting people and sampling local specialities, such as ‘aligot’ or ‘soup de fromage’. If this appeals to you we can let you know when and where night markets are held during July and August.
Places to visit
Conques – Drive time 30 minutes
This pretty medieval village with its abbey dating back to the 10th century has its origins in the pilgrims and was a major stop off point on the ‘Santiago de Compostella’ pilgrimage. Classified as a world heritage site and one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ it is well worth a visit. It has many restaurants and shops selling local produce and artefacts.
Belcastel – Drive time 15 minutes
A picture postcard village tumbling down the sides of a lush green valley on the banks of the river Aveyron with the ruins of a chateau and a humpback bridge, Belcastel is one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’. In the village of Belcastel are several cafes and two very good restaurants.
Rodez - Drive time 25 minutes
The largest town in the region, at its centre the old town of Rodez is perched on a hill around the cathedral. Rodez has all the shops and facilities that you would expect to find in a major town. The newly opened Musée Soulages is a major attraction.
Villefrance de Rouergue – Drive time 25 minutes
This large town situated on the banks of the Aveyron River, has a very fine centre of stone built medieval town houses built around the cathedral at its centre. It is well worth a visit but make sure you go on market day which is Thursday morning when the whole of the old town centre becomes one huge vibrant market selling everything that you could ever need and more. This market is said to be the best in the department of the Aveyron.
Peyrusse le Roc – Drive time 15 minutes
A fascinating place to explore, parking in the ‘new village’ walk down through a wooded valley and discover the remains of an abandoned Medieval village complete with chateau, cathedral, watermill and hospital. It is very picturesque with the river running through it and trees growing through the ruined stonework.
Najac – Drive time 45 minutes
This beautifully preserved medieval village which has just one street is towered over by a royal fortress built in the 13th century perched high up on a rocky outcrop. Encompassed by a meander of the river Aveyron, Najac is another ‘plus beaux villages de France’ and has several good restaurants.
Sauveterre de Rouergue – Drive time 45 minutes
Yet another ‘plus beaux villages de France’ Sauveterre gives the feeling of stepping back in time with its half-timbered houses, sculptured ornamental stones, ornate doorways and beautiful colonnaded square and has many shops and places to eat.
Marcillac - Drive time 20 minutes
Marcillac is situated in the Dourdou valley which has its own micro climate which makes it particularly suited for growing the grapes for the local Marcillac wine, which has its own AOC. Much of the activity in the town revolves around wine production, bottling and drinking! Marcillac has a busy market on Sunday mornings.
Millau Viaduct - Drive time 1 hour 30 minutes
This magnificent piece of architectural engineering, opened in 2005, spans the valley of the Tarn at Millau. The viaduct designed by Sir Norman Foster is a the highest in the world.