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Simon Clark

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian

Beautifully renovated 18th century stone farmhouse with pool in idyllic setting

20 Reviews
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Vailhourles Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

3/4 bedrooms, 2/3 bathrooms, living room and kitchen/dining room, sleeps 8-10

The Long House of the Mas d’Arjac, built in 1738, has been completely renovated by local artisans using traditional methods. It now combines its charming stone and timbers with modern comforts to provide the perfect holiday home in the heart of the French countryside. Situated at the meeting point of the Aveyron, Lot and Tarn et Garonne departments, Arjac is a perfectly situated base for exploring this most beautiful corner of France. Najac, Villefranche de Rouergue and Saint Antonin Noble Val are all within a short drive. The accommodation to rent consists of two double bedrooms (one en suite) and a further bedroom with three beds, kitchen/dining room, living room and bathroom. There is a walled patio at the front of the house, and a lawn area to the rear. For larger groups, there is also the Loge, new for summer 2016, which is a small, self-contained stone cottage in the building which used to house the hamlet's main bread oven. It is available only as an add-on and at a supplement to the Long House (tarifs on request). It consists of a double bedroom, shower room with WC, a small modern kitchen and its own courtyard terrace. Guests are invited to make the most of the meadows and woodland which form the Arjac estate. The Long House is adjacent to the owner’s house and guests of the Long House have the 16 x 4m pool and its surrounding terrace to themselves.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Simon Clark (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian

About Simon Clark

Hi, my name is Simon Clark and I am the owner of Le Mas d'Arjac. I love this part of France and am completely in love with Arjac and the surrounding area! After a long career in tour operating working for a couple of Britain's best known travel companies, I decided to retrain as a teacher and have worked in one of the UK's most prestigious schools for the last 10 years as a teacher of French and Spanish. I love my main job, but the 18 weeks holiday a year has given me the chance to develop the Mas d'Arjac into a wonderful holiday home where I have been lucky enough to welcome and look after families from all over the world over the last five years.

Simon Clark purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Simon Clark chose Aveyron

The Mas d'Arjac is superbly situated at the head of a valley, surrounded by woodland and fields, and is very green and very peaceful. The collection of stone buildings which forms the Mas is exceptionally picturesque, and the gardens, terraces and pool area are ample and well maintained for the benefit of our guests. I bought the property to create a haven of relaxation and good-living, and also to run a small arts centre in my upcoming retirement based on the recently restored Atelier which is a beautiful recital room and rehearsal space in the grounds. See my own website for details of yoga and other catered specialist weeks in the Spring and Autumn seasons.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I had visited 29 properties in SW France before setting foot in Arjac. It was love at first sight! Most of all I loved its setting, the beauty of the stone buildings and the extensive terraced gardens and pool. Since restoring the Long House and the barn (now the Atelier) the Mas is attracting guests who appreciate the tranquility and high standards of accommodation. They also like the discreet service which we are able to provide (when required) for ideas for visits, restaurants, local markets etc enabling our guests to settle in and start relaxing more quickly.

Reviews

4.9
based on 20 traveler reviews

Beautifully renovated 18th century stone farmhouse with pool in idyllic setting
average rating of 4.9 based on 20 reviews
4

A secluded haven in a beautiful area.

  • 4 of 5

The property was everything we had hoped for. A great location, within easy reach of some amazing historic villages and scenery. The owners, were exceptionally helpful during our stay, with great local knowledge and very good hosts. We will be back hopefully!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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5

Comfort and tranquility in blissful rural setting

  • 5 of 5

This is a comfortable, well-equipped house in a beautiful setting. Our host, Simon, was welcoming and really helpful with recommendations for activities in the local area. It is well placed for a wealth of outings all within a 1 hour drive of the the house. We also thoroughly enjoyed spending time at the house and going for walks in the immediate area as well as sitting by the picturesque, sun-soaked pool and eating meals in the outside dining area. Paradise! We can highly recommend a stay at Mas d'Arjac and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Location, charm and comfort

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to Arjac was especially enjoyable for many reasons, but it starts with the property itself. The renovated Long House where we stayed was tastefully and thoughtfully renovated. The descriptions of the kitchen, salon and bedrooms were as described and more than adequate for our use. We enjoyed gathering in the well-appointed kitchen and on the terrace just out the door.

The owner provided us clear direction and service, but the onsite "hosts," Francoise and Bernhard, were really a joy, answering every question and being available when needed.

Apart from the physical grounds, Arjac and the area around it, the Quercy, is one of the most charming pastoral areas we have enjoyed in France. The area is rich in medieval sites, easily reached by a quick car trip or even on bicycles. From the house, it is easy to visit some of the more notable cities and villages even as far away as the Lot. Arjac is an ideal base for exploring.

We have already recommended the property to friends and family, but we've told them that they will have to get in the queue behind us as we are sure to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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5

Love, love, love everything about it!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment I contacted Simon, I knew we had found the perfect house.

It is located in a beautiful part of France, away from the busy touristy places. Simon and Peter were perfect hosts and anticipating any of our needs, always available to make our stay lovely.

We were 6 (two adults and 4 teenagers/young adults) and the house felt big.

We spent our days visiting the most exquisite villages in the area. In the afternoon, we would come back to the house to "farniente" near the lovely pool.

The house is comfortable and decorated with taste.

Simon and Peter showed a lot of generosity towards our family and we will always be grateful to them.

We highly recommend this rental!

Nadia and Mackie

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

Très agréable séjour au Mas d'Arjac

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très agréable séjour de 2 semaines au mas d'Arjac cet été. La maison est très cosy, joliment décorée et a gardé son charme d'antan. A l'extérieur, la grande propriété est bien fleurie, très au calme, et la piscine de 16m de long très accueillante ! Les propriétaires sont très discrets.

Merci à Simon pour son hospitalité, sa bonne humeur et ses précieux conseils de visite de la région (Albi, Najac, St Antonin, Conques, Villefranche,...) et merci pour la petite bougie surprise au restaurant !

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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5

Amazing relaxing getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Long House is an amazing house to stay, we stayed with 2 families and we had room enough! The house is beautiful inside and out. Simon is the best host you ever find, he gives you tips and will make sure you have everything what you need. The area has a lot to offer and is just beautiful! Thank you for everything Simon! We love France!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Rodez
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Memer
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Villefranche
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
Cahors Sud exit of A20
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Memer
Car: necessary

Although we are in La France profonde, it is just 15 minutes by car to the ancient town of Villefranche de Rouergue. Villefranche is not only handy for its excellent shopping, restaurants, and Thursday market, but also has a fascinating history as a bastide – a fortified mediaeval town with a fine, arcaded central square and an imposing collegiate church. As a market town serving a huge rural area, Villefranche provides all ones practical needs in a stunning setting. There are no fewer than 10 of Les plus beaux villages de France within an hour’s drive of Arjac, as well as two Grand Sites de France, Conques and Albi. Easy half or full day outings can also be made to Saint Antonin Noble Val, Corde-sur-Ciel, Cahors, Figeac, Rocamadour, les Gouffres de Padirac, the Lot valley, St Cirque la Popie, Roquefort, the Viaduc de Millau, and the Gaillac wine region – all attractive and fascinating destinations.

Other Activities: Canoeing/kayaking from Saint Antonin Noble Val

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Rates & Availability

Vailhourles Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Autumn 2016
Sep 24 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$145
$998
 
 
Low Spring 2017
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
$146
$998
 
 
Early summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$207
$1,446
 
 
High Summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,231
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
$207
$1,446
 
 
Autumn 2017
Sep 23 2017 - Oct 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
$143
$998
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $336

A security deposit of €300 is payable on arrival.
The price shown is for the Long House (including the Yellow Room) only. The Loge is also available at a supplement, as is another stone cottage, the Petite Maison which has additional accommodation. Please contact the owner for the supplementary rates.

Deposit of 15% of total on confirmation of reservation. Full payment required no less than 6 weeks before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Vailhourles Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 190 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , En-suite in the Yellow Room
  • The main family bathroom is on the ground floor off the kitchen. The second bathroom is the en suite of the Yellow Room.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1 (The Yellow Room) has an en suite shower room and is accessed via a short flight of external stairs outside the kitchen door.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Guests have the 16m x 4m swimming pool to themselves as well as the pool deck and furniture between 9h00 and 22h00 each day. There is a dining terrace at the front of the Long House and guests are invited to make use of the woodland and meadows which form the Arjac estate. Guests may use the laundry facilities in the buanderie under the owner’s house. UK TV channels are available via satellite TV Wireless broadband Internet access is available at the Long House except when electric storms threaten. Linen and bathroom towels are provided. Cleaning fee is included for 7nt stays. Cleaning fee is €50 for shorter stays.

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