About the property
- Farmhouse1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
PICTURESQUE RURAL LOCATION - HIGH QUALITY FACILITIES - ENCLOSED PRIVATE GARDEN
‘Les Portails’ is a converted farmhouse with an open sided barn located in a tiny hamlet, conveniently situated for local shopping, sporting facilities and sites of historical and cultural interest. Behind the distinctive arched wooden gates feast your eyes on the rolling hills of the Aveyron countryside and absorb its natural beauty and tranquillity.
The house has been carefully restored and furnished substantially in local traditional style retaining features such as exposed beams whilst offering high quality modern facilities. The large enclosed garden, which is not overlooked, is mostly laid to grass punctuated with trees, which can offer welcome shade in the sunny summer months. The swimming pool is located in the garden a few yards from the house and has its own patio for lounging in the sunshine.
A GREAT PLACE TO RELAX AND UNWIND OR HAVE AN ACTIVE HOLIDAY IF YOU PREFER.
The farmhouse has a ‘pigeonnier’, an attractive feature from bygone days when pigeon droppings were prized and sold for profit. There are no longer any pigeons and none of the accommodation is in the pigeonnier!
Accessible directly from the garden, the kitchen has a traditional fireplace with a wood burning stove, a large family dining table and chairs. The kitchen was completely refitted in 2013 with large built in oven, dishwasher and washing machine, induction hob and granite worktops. There is a large freestanding fridge/freezer and combination oven with microwave and grill. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped with cookware and plenty of tableware for eight people. This modern facility will suit those who just want to make a quick snack as well as the most enthusiastic of cooks.
The master bedroom opens off the kitchen with its own window onto the garden. This room has a double bed, wardrobe and bedside tables. Attached is the ensuite, which has a bath with shower over, basin, bidet and WC.
The first floor sitting room is directly accessible from the kitchen, via a locally crafted wooden staircase. It has beautiful views over the garden and hillsides and direct access to a terrace located on the south side of the house. The terrace also has stunning views and an electric awning to protect you from the sun. There is a sofa bed and other easy chairs in the sitting room as well as TV,DVD, HiFi and broadband internet and WiFi. The terrace has a garden table with chairs to seat eight and also has a separate external staircase leading to the garden.
The second and third bedrooms and the family shower room are individually accessible from the sitting room via a short corridor. Bedroom two has a double bed and bedroom three a double bed and two single beds. Each has ample hanging and cupboard space. The family shower room has an enclosed shower, basin and WC.
The open sided barn is directly accessible from the lane and is large enough to accommodate two or three cars. It is also a useful covered space for your children to play out of the sun or if you have a showery day. The traditional ‘cave’ opens off the barn and contains a large spare fridge/ freezer, bicycles and children’s toys.
‘Les Portails’ offers easy access to airports at Toulouse (2hrs - Aer Lingus, BA, easyJet, Jet 2 and Flybe), and Brive (2hrs - CityJet). Brive (2hrs Ryanair)
The A20 AutoRoute is just over an hours drive away and there are a multitude of non-motorway options for reaching the house.
The Aveyron is one of the largest Departements in France and is the least populated. The area is rich in historic, cultural. geographical and geological sites of interest, including the breath taking Gorges of the Aveyron and Tarn. Among the many nearby towns and villages to visit are Albi, Belcastel, Cordes, Conques, Najac, Rodez, Roquefort, Sauveterre, St Antonin, St Cirq Lapopie and Millau with its famous modern bridge. There are colourful local markets and wonderful local food and wine. Both local independent shops and supermarkets are available in Villefranche de Rouergue, eight miles away or more locally at La Fouillade (5 miles) and Sanvensa (2 miles). There are plenty of restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets within fifteen minutes drive from the house.
There is a wide variety of sporting activities locally including canoeing, horse riding, fishing, tennis and golf. There are many possibilities for walkers in the unspoilt countryside. There is horse riding at Najac as well as canoeing. It is possible to take longer trips along the river from Lagepie to St Antonin.
There is a basic tennis court in Sanvensa and more in Najac, which also has a large open-air swimming pool. Albi and Rodez have excellent eighteen hole golf courses and there is a basic par three nine hole course with a driving range in Villefranche.
Mrs Thelma Durance
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A great holiday
A lovely quiet holiday home in a very rural area, but within easy reach of restaurants and supermarkets. The Gite had a stunning view of the surrounding countryside, and for most of the time the only sounds were the birds and insects. At night it was quiet and you could sit out watching the stars with no intrusive lights. The accommodation was absolutely fine, with all the facilities you could need, and very comfortable. We ate in and used restaurants in Najac and Villefranche, both only 15 minutes away by car. There is a supermarket only 5 minutes up the road, and Villefranche has everything you could need. We visited some of the cave sites north of here, and also found numerous prehistoric dolmen sites from the maps, and have fallen in love with the Bastides, so this proved to be a brilliant base for our adventures.
Thank you so much, we are delighted you loved our second home and the surrounding area.
John and Thelma
Quiet, of the beaten track
We spent two weeks in Oubax and liked it very much. The house is well off the beaten track and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The garden and pool are great and there is more than enough space to park your car and bikes. The kitchen is well equipped but lacks storage space and could do with a bigger bin (you have to separate your waste and have at least two bin bags at the same time but only one small bin). The sitting room upstairs feels a bit dated.
Thelma and John are very nice hosts and were always quick to answer emails. There is a lot to do and see nearby and we managed to rent mountain bikes for the time from the tourist information in Villefranche (delivered to the house).
Great holiday home in the lovely French countryside
We had a lovely holiday. The house is situated amongst very pretty countryside. All facilities in the house were great, including the pool. The house was very clean. Bakery is within five minutes drive, supermarket and another super bakery is 10-15mins drive. Lovely towns and villages to visit. Would recommend.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our house. We are very pleased that you had an enjoyable holiday and loved the house and surroundings.
Lovely fortnight in our favourite part of France
Nice house in rural location. Lovely pool (with less lovely cover!) And garden with v beautiful views.
Well equipped kitchen though not much space to stow provisions outside the fridge.
Comfy beds. Very clean. Older property.
Good value for money. Excellent customer care and good communication from helpful owners.
We had a great time.
Thank you for taking the time to review our home away from home. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday.
Charming house in a lovely spot.
We loved every moment of our stay in this charming house. The pool is fantastic and completely private.
The surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and nowhere near as crowded or touristy as the Dordogne.
We found lots to do in the area to keep adults and kids fully amused. The highlight for all of us was canoeing on the River Aveyron.
Peaceful rural holiday home
The description on Owners Direct is fully accurate: a large farmhouse with modern kitchen and bathrooms, well-equipped and ideal for one or more families. The location is quiet and there is a large pool in the huge garden with views over the countryside. Supermarkets etc are within a short drive, as are many charming and interesting market towns & villages. The owners provide comprehensive information and advice for guests, with suggestions for eating out. Internet wifi is included. We had a lovely holiday and have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Alan & Sue Taylor, Lincolnshire.
Thank you so much for your review, Alan and Sue. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at our house. We are really grateful to you for taking the time to tell us about your experience.
Kindest regards ,
John and Thelma
Sanvensa is the nearest village two miles away which has a bakers, a bar restaurant, a wine merchant and a hairdressers. La Fouillade is five miles away and has an excellent bakers, two bars, a butcher, a general store and a new Intermarche supermarket. In July and August La Fouillade has a small Saturday market for local producers of food and wine. Villefranche de Rouergue is eight miles away. It is a ‘Bastide Royale’ or fortified town built by Alphonse de Poitiers during the hundred years war. The centre has a wide selection of traditional shops and the unmissable Thursday market in Place Notre Dame. Local people and tourists alike flock into town to buy local produce or just to absorb the wonderful atmosphere. There are also three hypermarkets as well as other out of town large shops. The local wines are Cahors, Gaillac and Marcillac as well as other smaller producers. There are many restaurants in Villefranche as well as four in Najac and one in St Andre de Najac less than eight miles away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The rent is for 8 people. Any number over 8 is subject to additional rent by prior agreement. Arrival 16:00 on the first Saturday departure 11:00 on the last Saturday. Guests should leave the house clean and tidy. Guests should replace broken crockery, glass, etc. We strongly advise you to take out cancellation insurance.