About the property
- Villa2690 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Minimum Stay6 - 7 nights
A self catering rental in a village with easy access to historic locations
This summer open plan rental villa with large private pool is built in traditional style using local materials, including oak beams. It is very light and airy with large shuttered windows and french doors to let in the warm summer air and provide ample opportunity to admire the lovely views of the surrounding forest hills. Furnishings are very comfortable and of a high standard. The conservatory, which is fully furnished with large sofa, chairs and coffee table is a real bonus in winter or on cool summer nights. The villa's open plan layout is particularly suitable for those who enjoy preparing meals whilst conversing with friends or family. The kitchen is amply equipped and leads to a large BBQ sun deck. The villa is in a very peaceful setting with a large (1acre) landscaped garden containing lawns with patio areas and many mature trees. Games room, good Internet access, free terrestrial phone calls and 2 MP3/Ipod docs. Sheets, towels and pool towels included.Smoking restricted
About the Villa: This villa is built in traditional style using local features including a large sundeck overlooking the swimming pool. It is very light and airy with large shuttered windows and french doors to let in the warm summer air and admire the lovely views of the surrounding forest hills. Furnishings are very comfortable and of a high standard. Downstairs floors are of traditional tile with several woven rugs to give a cosy atmosphere. The conservatory is furnished with a large four seater sofa, chairs and coffee table . The glass doors on two sides can be fully opened to let in the air in summer. The kitchen is amply equipped and there are place settings for formal or informal dining. Free Wifi , unlimited landline calls across Europe and 2 MP3/IPod sound systems. Towels, sheets and pool towels included. Dart Board, pool table and football game plus other indoor and outdoor games. Two additional patio areas in garden. Full size outdoor table tennis.
About the Garden and Village: The Villa is in a very peaceful setting with a large (1acre) landscaped garden containing many mature trees including oak, fruit, walnut and juniper plus grassed areas that provide quite spots in the sun or shade. There is a stream at the bottom of the garden with a little bridge leading to the drive. There are no fences or hedges - just a lovely open view of the surrounding hills. The pool area is terraced with sunbeds and solar shower and is secured by a lockable fence. The pool and garden is maintained by a local. The village has a meandering river, communal bread oven, ancient washing stone and lovely church. The village festival in August is a must. All our neighbours are french and are friendly and helpful. The traditional local bar/cafe (2.5km) is a must. It has a covered outside eating area by a small river which is ideal for pole fishing. Try the home made coque au vin.
Out and About: The attractions in the region are highly recommended, although most visitors seem to enjoy days spent in the garden by the pool, especially when the weather gets hot in high summer.. Cycling is very popular and train travel is accessible. The nearest town with a station is the medieval bastide of Villefranche de Rouergue (8km) which has a good selection of bars, hotels, restaurants, tourist information, traditional shops, boutiques and wine merchants.. There are several large supermarkets on the outskirts - HyperU is only 10 mins drive away from the villa. Roads leading to the villa from Rodez via Villfranche de Rouergue are well maintained and pretty level so your journey will be much shorter than those harder to reach destinations within more hilly areas. The nearest shops and bars are in Monteils (2.5km) which is accessed via a level road on foot, car or bike. There is also a good pony trekking club in Monteils and a farmers table to sample traditional fois gras
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- Calendar last updated:
- Nov 16, 2017
About Chris Flynn
We live in lovely Market Harborough. We have a large family and the villa is great for our family holidays.
Chris Flynn purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Chris Flynn chose Monteils
We came across the villa by chance and fell in love with it straight away owing to the fabulous location.
What makes this Villa unique
Our guests all agree that the surroundings are very peaceful and quiet. The scenery is beautiful and the area is very safe and secure.
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Secluded, private but space for everyone
PIcked this villa almost at random off the site and are so glad we chose it. Sounds a cliché but the photos really don't sum up the space and room this villa has.
We went with four adults and three children from 8 to 14, first big plus was directions you can follow and lead you to the door - always a bonus. Warm welcome by the rep on-site who was very knowledgeable. House large , spacious v clean but never felt like you couldn't relax in it and best of all there are spaces all over the very large site where everyone can "get away from it" - be it the hammock, round the side or the other end of the garden.
Pool large and v popular with all. Kitchen excellently kitted out, probably one of the best we have used on a holiday
Local area is spectacular, particularly enjoyed Najac, Canoeing at St Antonin and for a further drive Belcastel is beautiful.
Any down sides , If I'm being very picky there would be a small baker / shop in the village but then there's one just 2Km down the road in Monteils, the Hammock was on its last legs but is being replaced and the upstairs can get very hot - maybe benefit from a couple of fans for us unacclimatised Brits who find ourselves unexpectedly in 35 degrees and struggling with it.
Final plus - the deposit comes back within a few days and no quibbles - excellent service.
Just to note that the garden hammock will definately be replaced, infact, owing to popularity, we will try and rig up a second one in its own private space.
Thanks for the suggestion about providing fans in the bedrooms. Will get on to it ready for next season.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to write this review.
We had 2 weeks in this lovely spacious villa which has beautiful views of the surrounding valley. We were 2 families and 9 of us in total. There was plenty of space so you could spread out and not feel on top of each other.
The villa has everything you could think of in terms of entertainment so you are never short of something to do. The pool is just lovely so most of our days were spent there. Plenty of umbrellas, tables and pool toys.
You will need a car as it is quite rural. Nothing is really within walking distance. Nearest pub is in Monteils which is run by Jereome and his wife. Very friendly and serves great food. The nearest town is Villafranche which is very quaint. There is a couple of nice places to sit and have a drink or food on the square. We liked the restaurant called Le Glacier. Nice food.
There are some nice shops but it isn't really a 'Tourist' town but locals are very friendly.
If you want a relaxing holiday to unwind and chill out then this is the place to be.
Thank you to Christine and Patrick for lending us your home for 2 weeks. And to Guy and Tracy who were there to help when needed.
Lovely comfortable house in a beautiful setting
We really enjoyed our stay at La Fontaine. The house is large and extremely comfortable, with a beautiful garden and great pool, complete with pool toys. There is a very good selection of books and DVDs, plus table football, darts and board games for cooler days. We enjoyed being so close to Villefranche, especially for the Thursday market, and then having such a pleasant and well equipped kitchen to cook our purchases in. Our teenagers enjoyed trying out the various hammocks and daybeds around the garden, and we all enjoyed eating on the terrace with the view over the valley- a highlight was the owl flying past one evening. Can highly recommend this comfortable and welcoming house.
We had a fabulous week at La Fontaine. Secluded, peaceful, blissfully relaxing, the gite and garden offered lots of space for us to holiday with our two young children (6 and 7). The pool area provided a safe, clean space to cool off in the heat of the day and was well-equipped with loungers, parasols and floats. The children loved the games room and they enjoyed finding no end of games and activities to play. The house was extremely well-equipped and very comfortable. The garden is a haven of wildlife and we enjoyed watching butterflies and bird life. The surrounding area provided lots of interest too though we didn't feel a great need to venture far. Najac was a highlight! All in all, a superb place to stay!
Charming country home
Lovely big pool and large garden. Fully equipped and fast wifi
Lovely villa in fabulous tranquil setting
A lovely and very well equipped villa in a fabulous tranquil setting. Clean and well-maintained. We were lucky with the weather and were able to spend much time relaxing on the decking and in the pool, which is quite deep throughout (approx 5 feet) but not a problem for our teenagers. The games room was also excellent and with darts, table tennis, table football and pool table there was plenty to keep us occupied on the few days of rain.
The local area is beautiful with plenty to see and do. We particularly enjoyed exploring the medieval bastide villages of Najac and Belcastel, and visiting the markets at St Antonin and Villefranche. There is also an excellent activity centre close by in Najac where we hired bikes and canoed on the river.
Thank you for a wonderful holiday!
Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Fontaine. Chris Flynn Villa Owner
Beautiful, accessible, location steeped in history, abounding with Chateaux, Cathedrals, forests, rivers and Castles. Famous Bastide towns are close by. Najac, appointed one of the most beautiful villages in France is just 11km away. Other famous medieval bastide towns are are close by ie the 'not to miss' market town of Villefranche de Rouergue is just 8km away. Wine, dine and dance at village fetes throughout the area in high season. Visit local historic vineyards in Gaillac, Marcillac or Languedoc Rousellion or sample traditional fois gras at a local farm (3km) Alternatively, relax by the meandering rivers in the valleys or roam the forests on your doorstep. Ski resort is just 1.5 hours drive away. Travel by scenic train to Toulouse (1hr 20 mins) for shopping, lunch and museums. Golf at Villefranche, Albi, Rodez and Toulouse. 2.5 hours to Med and 2 hours to Atlantic. To find out more go to where you can obtain details of activities to book in advance.
Other Activities: Birdwatching, historic sights, kayaking , pony trekking, cycling and wine tasting. Lakes just half hour drive away
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A £300 damage deposit is required along with the final installment and this refundable no later than 2 weeks after departure. Full payment (deposit plus 50% cost of rental) must be received at least 15 before arrival date. Holiday insurance is recommended as rental payments cannot be refunded.