|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
After parking your car in the cool shade of the terracotta tiled ‘hanger’, Amande is approached up a set of wooden stairs which lead onto a west facing terrace with views over the village of Bournazel and the Chateau at its centre. From the terrace, enter the spacious open plan kitchen and living room, the kitchen is fully equipped with all that you will need during your stay. Located close to the kitchen area is a wide south facing terrace that overlooks the meadow and swimming pool with superb views of the rolling pastures of the Aveyron countryside. Off the living area is a spacious toilet/cloakroom. Upstairs, nestled within the oak beams of the old barn, are two bedrooms, both equipped with en-suite toilet/shower rooms. One furnished with two single beds and the other with a king sized bed. Both are provided with towels, bed linen and outstanding views. Amande 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.
Superbes gîtes très propres (y compris piscine très bien entretenue) et fonctionnels, Hôtes charmants, discrets et attentionnés. Région reposante, riche en découvertes culinaires et patrimoniales. Très heureux de notre séjour !
Twelve of us (6 adults and 6 kids) took over all three gites and had a great two week holiday!!
The gites were luxurious and had great interiors , the pool was enjoyed by the adults and children alike and Nicky and John were perfect hosts - approachable and kind with good local knowledge.
Highlights of our visit were: Peyrusse le Roc, Belcastel night market, drinking wine, splashing in the pool, Rodez (for a mum's day out), canoeing, Marcillac market, drinking wine, visitng caves, splashing in the pool, sunbathing, drinking wine - can you see a pattern here??!!
We were also very lucky to attend the night market in Bournazel as it was preparing for its fete and tasted local foods. The Auberge in the village served lovely food with friendly and welcoming staff. Not to mention the beautiful chateau which dominates the village square. Every evening a massive flock of birds came home to roost in the lime trees in the village square which was a rather spectacular sight - mesmerising, in fact!!
We have had many gite holidays in France and I can honestly say this one has been the best EVER due to Nicky and John's meticulous attention to detail in order to enhance the experience of the holidaymaker - from the welcome pack (including a bottle of wine and a selection of seasonal veg from their garden), to the clean, well designed and spacious gites, to the blackboard updated every week to tell you 'what's on' in the local area. The thing is, Nicky and John are clearly passionate about what they do and they made us feel welcome and relaxed - key elements of a fab holiday - thanks guys!! :)
I came to le Roc in Bournazel with a group of friends for the 'Cool Recipes Goes To France' retreat. We had hired all three gites. I shared Gite Amande, and was totally charmed by the spacious and carefully designed interiors. The garden, pool and environment are delightful, and I urge anyone who is considering journeying to France to stay at le Roc! Oh yes, the owners, Nicky and John Chapmen, are great hosts.. Thank ou Nicky and John for a wonderful few days.
J'ai passé quelques jours avec des amis dans ce magnifique gîte. Nicky et John étaient très acceuillants. Le gîte était comme sur les photos, très propre et bien entretenu.
Les propriétaires avaient des prospectus à disposition sur les activités et évènements aux alentours et ils nous ont donné de très bons conseils pour rendre notre séjour encore plus agréable. On pouvait aussi emprunter des livres et dvd .
Le gîte est situé dans un village tranquille, depuis le gîte il y a une vue imprenable sur les monuments historiques d'un côté et la piscine de l'autre!
Quel bonheur de pouvoir piquer une tête tous les matins au réveil!!
Bref c'est l'endroit parfait pour passer des vacances reposantes, pour ce qui est des activités dans la région, il y en a pour tous les goûts.
After our short visit earlier in the year, we had booked to come back with our children (5, 11 and 13). Our holiday was just as perfect as our visit before and the children loved staying here. We cycled, walked and swam everyday and enjoyed eating our dinners up on the balcony watching the sun set.
We had more time to visit the surrounding towns and villages and were particularly taken by Peyrusse Le Roc, Villefranche and Saint Antonin, to name but a few. Twice we went canoeing on two different rivers - I don't know if it was the adults or the kids who had the most fun!
As before, Nicky and John were most welcoming and helpful. The accommodation was perfect and we have already spoken to them regarding booking next year and bringing 14 of us out!
This was our second visit to Le Roc. Gite Amande is very well equipped and provided a very comfortable base to visit and see local sites. The cleanliness and standard of the property is extremely high. John and Nicky are very friendly and lovely welcoming owners. The pool is a great addition and we enjoyed a daily dip.
We would definitely recommend this as a place worthy of a visit to friends and famil, Very child friendly.There are lots of beautiful places to visit, most are crowd free and and not too far to travel. Our favorites were Najac, Peyrusse le Roc and the market in Villefranche.
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.