Welcome to Les Chataigniers! Set around the courtyard of a former farm, our spacious stone farmhouse with separate games room and swimming pool overlook nine acres of garden, fields and woodland. Visitors remark on the beauty and tranquility of its setting, tucked away at the end of a country lane in a tiny hamlet on the Tarn/Aveyron border.
The seven-bedroomed farmhouse is designed for groups to share comfortably - all four of the upstairs double bedrooms have full en-suite shower room with w.c. and sink, and there is also a single/cot room on this floor.
(It is worth mentioning at this point that we keep a large range of baby and toddler equipment for guests to use - we have cots, bed guards, high chairs, changing tables and mats, loo seat adapters, stair gates and many other items available at no extra charge. We are truly baby friendly!)
The two downstairs double bedrooms share a large family bathroom with bath, separate shower, sink and w.c. Four of our bedrooms can be configured as either doubles or twins, two can comfortably accommodate a third single bed. The accommodation is therefore highly flexible. If you are a group of friends or extended family looking for a place to enjoy each others company but escape to your own space when you need to - you will find it at Les Chataigniers.
Outdoors, the central courtyard area is ideal for a game of boules, and a large dining deck with gas barbecue (gas bottles provided) faces south-west to take full advantage of the evening sun.
Across the courtyard is our enormous, well-equipped games room where you will find table tennis and snooker tables, a bar area, sofas and armchairs, an overhead projector and screen, bookcases full of holiday reading, and a well-stocked childrens' toy corner - a great place to encourage the younger members of your party to take a break from the midday heat, as well as a great socialising space for the evenings.
Double doors lead out from the games room to the fully-fenced pool deck, which has spectacular views over the valley. The 8m x 5m pool with its decked surround and sun loungers is heated by solar panels and is usually open from late May until at least the end of September. Groups with small children will be pleased to know that all access points into the pool area are padlocked and that an additional pool alarm can be activated if required.
Below the pool is a level, grassed games area perfect for croquet or other ball games, with swings, climbing frame, slide and wooden playhouse. Below the buildings of Les Chataigners is the meadow; play a game of rounders here, pick wild flowers and hunt for butterflies, or adventure across it to the woods above the stream.
Produce from our organic vegetable garden is available in season for guests' use - and we also keep chickens, and encourage young visitors to collect their own breakfast eggs!
Exploring the glorious countryside around, on foot or by bike, is a delight. A short drive or woodland walk brings you to our nearest village with its bakery, butcher and general store. Further afield are historic bastide towns, vineyards, castles, lively markets and wonderful outdoor leisure opportunities.
Do take a look at our aerial video further down this listing in order to fully appreciate the setting and layout of our property (please note that the cottage shown in the video is never rented out at the same time as the farmhouse - this is where we spend some of the summer, and where we will be available to help you with any queries).