|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
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. The two downstairs double bedrooms share a large family bathroom with bath, separate shower, sink and w.c. Five of our bedrooms can be configured as either doubles or twins, two can comfortably accommodate a third single bed. 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 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 and slide. Below the complex of Les Chataigners is the meadow; play a game of rounders here, pick wild flowers for the table 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 farnhouse).
The property is absolutely beautiful: situated on a ridge with amazing views, on the edge of a very pretty quiet village. The courtyard is instantly welcoming, gardens (including extensive vegetable garden and orchards) beautifully kept, and accommodation both chic and comfortable (and spotless). The pool is lovely and warm and a great place to laze and read a book!
Chris and Mark were incredibly welcoming and very helpful with ideas of what to do in the area (and there is plenty to do, if you can drag yourselves away from the lovely property!). Our family had a wonderful, restful and fun break with something for everybody to do. I would heartily recommend Les Chataigniers to anyone looking for a beautiful, tranquil haven!
We stayed at Les Chataigiers for a long week in August. It was even more beautiful and special than we could have hoped. The buildings are spacious and beautiful, it feels like a little corner of paradise as you're not too far from restaurants and shops but far enough to feel like you've got your own French country house in peace and quiet. Everything is done to the highest of standards, lovely en-suite bedrooms, so much space beautiful grounds. Theres a wonderful pool in a sun trap to while away a lazy afternoon after sampling the local produce.
Simply beautiful- one of the most special places we've ever been to.
Our large family group have just returned from a wonderful week at Les Chataigniers. The property was modern, clean and well equipped. The facilities and grounds were enjoyed by all the kids (young and old) and Mark and Chris were friendly and helpful. Basically, everything was first class and this is one of the very best places we have ever had the pleasure to stay. Thank you. The Wise gang.
We are the Kennet Valley TR club...and we drove our cars to the Aveyron to enjoy our sports car in such lovely surroundings.
We were not disappointed in any way...the gite or the lovely area it is situated in
We were a group of 8 people...we have rented gites before and also stayed in hotels in France. This was the best yet.....it suited us exactly...owners are welcoming but not intrusive.....unless asked to join us!. The place is secluded enough to let your hair down and relax...which we did. There were also wonderful places to get to....Tarn Gorge....Villefranche.....Rodez...and much smaller places as well...whatever you want. Stay at the gite and enjoy relaxing in their pool...with great views.....or tour around.
The gite is well equipped for self catering with plenty of crockery and cooking utensils. You can sit on the deck and all eat ...or go indoors ..there is plenty of space for a large group either way.
The bedrooms are attractive and clean....furniture is comfortable .....outlooks are enjoyable. We just didn't want to leave...and have talked about it fondly ever since we have been back......would love to visit it again
We have spent at 13 (6 adults and 7 children) an extraordinary week in this place: a beautiful, big old house, romantic gardens around, a secured swimming pool, a big playground, ancient stables with lots of room to play (table tennis), a real paradise for children - and adults, staying on the nice terrace beneath a glycine (?) or around the swimming pool. The region is picturesque, the house is in a little hamlet, very quiet. Another big point is the wonderful welcome by the owners with whom the contact is very pleasant, easy and cordial. We will return this summer…
Yann and Astrid from France (Alsace)
Les Chataigniers was the perfect destination for a long and relaxing weekend in the delightful countryside of one of France's quietest and picturesque departements, Aveyron. We were a group of old friends looking for a short holiday of walks, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, playing field cricket, BBQing, drinking, playing petanque, looking around mediaeval towns and forgetting our city lives for a few days. We found everything we were looking for.
The house itself is charming and rustic, simply and comfortably renovated, and comfortably housed 13 gentlemen in their early 30s and of varying sizes. The kitchen is well appointed and we could all sit around the dining room table - but we mostly chose to sit outside around the table on the splendid terrace under the vines. There is a nice courtyard for petanque and a great games room with pool and table tennis. The pool is too small for laps, but great for water-games and basking in the sun - the pool decking overlooks a field in a valley, and is a great sun-trap. We also played several games of field cricket in the meadow behind the house.
A note on the superb hospitality of the hosts, Mark and Christine, who offer encyclopaedic knowledge of the local area and what it has to offer, helped to coordinate a morning of kayaking in the local river near Najak, provided transfer for all 13 of us from the airport at Rodez, cooked a welcome meal for our first evening, made breakfast for us each morning, and were even able to help us out when our beer supplies ran low. They were extremely kind and accommodating, and were happy to get involved when needed, or take a step back to allow a bit more privacy.
All things considered, a terrific and restorative break. I really couldn't fault it. I'd go back.
Home to 10 of France's 'Most Beautiful Villages' - as well as the world's highest bridge at Millau - Aveyron is rich in culture, history and natural beauty, yet remains relatively undiscovered. This is the place for people who love the outdoors! Walking, riding, photography, cycling, fishing, kayaking - all can be enjoyed amidst stunning surroundings, clean waterways and pure air. Those with an interest in history will delight in exploring its bastide towns, its castles, its churches and cathedrals. For gourmets, there are several Michelin-starred restaurants close by - or shop for the freshest of ingredients in a vibrant marketplace then bring them home to cook at leisure. If you can drag them away from the pool, children will find much to entertain them in the area too - Cap Decouverte is a theme park with a difference; Micropolis, the city of insects, is fun AND educational. During the summer, street theatre and festivals are common, and of course every village has its own fete!
|Refundable damage deposit||$247|
TEN-DAY LETS MAY ALSO BE AVAILABLE DURING HIGH SEASON - PLEASE ENQUIRE
LINEN - All bedroom linen, bathroom towels, pool towels and kitchen towels provided. Changeover at mid-point for two week rentals.
HOUSEHOLD BASICS - On arrival, guests will find starter supplies of soap, toilet rolls, washing-up liquid and sponges plus household cleaning materials.
20% deposit at point of reservation, with balance and refundable deposit normally payable 8 weeks before arrival. We accept payment in sterling or euros, by bank transfer or cheque.