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Converted barn. Picturesque countryside.

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Le Laurier, La Galaubie, Naussac, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees, France - Peaceful, rural location. Midi Pyrenees region of south west France.

If you are looking for a special rural escape in la France profonde Le Laurier is the perfect location. Set in the heart of the Diege valley in south west France surrounded by farms, rivers and woodland, the charming 19th century barn offers extremely comfortable accommodation for two people. On the first floor a large sitting room with deep comfortable sofas, an extensive library of books, DVDs and music CDs. The pretty mezzanine bedroom has a king size bed, with 100% cotton bedding and plenty of hanging space and shelving. On the ground floor there is a bright fully equipped kitchen and a shower room and toilet. The mature garden is full of secluded places to sit and read, or doze. Guests are invited to help themselves to produce from the organic potager and tiny orchard. After a day of discovery - there are many medieval towns and villages, vineyards, markets and a stunning river-laced valley to explore - stretch out on the wisteria-draped terrace and enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

There are two excellent restaurants within a 10 minute drive.

NB Owners and their dogs, Lottie and Milo, live on site.

Broadcast television not available.

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Salles-Courbatiès Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower room with wc and handbasin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One mezzanine bedroom with king size bed, 100% cotton bed linen, comfortable pillows and lots of wardrobe space. Full length mirror. Bedside cabinets with reading lights. Powerful hairdryer.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Le Laurier offers extremely comfortable accommodation for two people, from the king size bed to the welcoming squishy sofas and the cool airy kitchen/diner. The pretty breakfast terrace catches the morning sunshine, and when the sun gets too hot to laze in the secluded garden, the large covered terrace is the perfect place for a long lunch, afternoon snooze or candle lit supper. The garden is full of butterflies, bees and birds, at night the skies are breathtaking - the Milky Way is clearly visible with the naked eye. The whole area is excellent for walking with well-marked paths for all levels within striking distance of the house. Alternatively bicycles and helmets are provided, along with a picnic basket for a more leisurely promenade. Le Laurier is a no smoking property. Owners and their dogs, Lottie & Milo, live on site. Outside: The mature garden is full of secret places to sit and relax. Loungers, chairs, tables and hammock provided. Barbecue and secluded breakfast area with table and four chairs. Covered parking area. Utility Room: Washing machine located in the cave of the main house. Plenty of outside drying areas. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided. We also provide towels should you wish to visit one of the three swimming pools just a short drive from the house. All linen changed weekly.


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Converted barn. Picturesque countryside.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Return visit

  • 5 of 5

Last summer we returned to The Barn for our second visit. It was as perfect as the first time we went. We can only reiterate what we said in our previous review, it is first class.

If you like comfort, space, style and seclusion in beautiful surroundings you would find it very hard to better Le Laurier. Kathryn and John have put immense thought and care into providing everything you could want for the perfect stay.

For the duration of our holiday Le Laurier’s Barn and gardens felt like our own home rather than a holiday home. With wonderful places to go and visit, lovely walks to take from the gate or perfect peace and relaxation without going anywhere, The Barn is a real gem, Kathryn and John the perfect hosts.

We have just booked our third holiday there, this time for two weeks.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for another lovely review. We are delighted and extremely flattered that you have booked again this year, and very much look forward to welcoming you back. With out very best wishes, Kathryn and John
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A special place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this lovely gite from 10-17 September 2016. The property is in a small hamlet situated in stunning countryside. The beautifully decorated and stylish accommodation is in a double-storied stone barn situated in a lovely garden and had everything we needed; it was so lovely you could have happily moved in and lived there for ever! The extremely well-stocked kitchen is on the ground floor, as is the bathroom. On the upper floor is a huge living room full of comfy sofas and a wall of books and dvds, and the bedroom is on a mezzanine floor which looks out over the roofs of the property and the surrounding countryside. There’s a pergola in the garden where you can eat your meals and have drinks in the shade, or you can use the chairs and swing hammock if you like to sit in the sun. It was a real pleasure for us to meet Kathryn and John who could not have been more helpful and friendly. We arrived at the end of a very long, hot day feeling extremely tired and frustrated after a long journey, to be greeted with tea and hot showers and a lovely light meal of homemade quiche and salad.

We visited the market in the nearby small town of Villeneuve, we went to Villefranche-de-Rouergue which we pretty much had to ourselves (it was Monday and everything was closed). We also visited the beautiful village of Belcastel and went to Rodez in the afternoon. The books in the gite came into their own when it rained all day on Wednesday, though it didn’t stop us going for a local walk where the only person we met was a lady looking for her lost cat. We also had lunch in Figeac and visited the Champollion Museum and explored the old town.

A week is not long enough to explore everything this area has to offer, we were extremely sad to leave, and we would definitely like to stay here again.

Thank you Kathryn and John for a wonderful week, your warmth and friendliness make this a special place.

Anne and Ken, Yorkshire

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, and very much hope to see you again.
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A prefect rural paradise

  • 5 of 5

The warmth of John and Kathryn's welcome, especially the welcome supper; the discrete but valuable advice about places (especially gardens) to visit; the excellent clean facilities all made this a perfect place to holiday. The icing on the cake was the splendid walking from the door and further afield, the local markets and the villages. At the end of the day John and Kathryn's garden is the an idyllic place to relax.If you enjoy rural life look no further - this is the place to stay! A fortnight is not long enough and we very much hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for such a lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed holidaying here, it was a pleasure meeting you, and we very much look forward to your return visit.
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A perfect find

  • 5 of 5

The Barn at Le Laurier is very special. We spent a week there in September and found everything to be as lovely as the previous reviews suggest, or even more so.

The Barn is in the grounds of the owners’ house. It has a feeling of space and light, is well laid out, furnished with care and consideration in a style that wouldn’t be out of place on the pages of Country Living magazine and everything that you could possibly need for your stay has been thoughtfully provided together with many extras that you hadn’t thought of. There are so many little touches and details that you never find in holiday accommodation that make it the perfect home. The result is comfortable and welcoming and we felt relaxed and as though we belonged there from the moment Kathryn showed us around.

The outside space is equally appealing and just as inviting with plenty of spots to sit or laze in the sun or shade. The large covered terrace also kept us dry during a shower, if we preferred to sit and look at the lovely garden with cup or glass in hand, rather than retreat into the barn with its extensive library, DVD collection, and other attractions. . The weather for our week in September wasn’t perfect and we had more rain than was usual for that time but it didn’t spoil our holiday because Le Laurier is such a lovely place to be.

Kathryn and John couldn’t be kinder, friendlier or more considerate and Lottie is a delight. They are so generous with their garden, their time and their ideas and suggestions for places to visit but, unless we wanted to ask them something, they left us alone to pretend that we lived there! They are the perfect hosts providing superb accommodation set in a beautiful country garden in the peaceful French countryside and allowing their guests to treat it as their own home for the duration of their holiday

In summary, we had a wonderful holiday and hope to return again next year to see Le Laurier in a different season.

If you want a peaceful and relaxing holiday in a delightful gÎte, set in beautiful countryside then we can’t recommend Le Laurier enough.

Trish and Dave.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your kind and generous review. It was a great pleasure meeting you, and we very much look forward to welcoming you back in 2016. Kathryn and John
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A wonderful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay at Le Laurier. The barn is beautiful, tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished. Everything you could possibly need is provided and if there was something else you needed, you only had to ask the lovely owners Kathryn and John. We felt very much at home from the moment we arrived. There were all kinds of wonderful home cooked goodies left for us so that we didn't have to think about shopping on the day we arrived. We quickly became friends with John and Kathryn over drinks on the beautiful terrace on our first evening and that set the tone for the whole holiday. They are delightful hosts, unobtrusive but always there to offer advice and suggestions for visits and will happily book restaurants for you.

The property is in a very rural, secluded position but only a short drive away from a delightful medieval town with all the amenities you would need, including shops and restaurants. There is even a newly opened gallery by a famous French photographer which is certainly worth a look. A little further away are the towns of Figeac and Villefranche de Rouergue both of which are very interesting and have colourful markets. There are some incredibly beautiful medieval villages to explore within easy reach and in contrast we went to see the very modern Norman Foster viaduct at Millau, an incredible structure!

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend a holiday at Le Laurier, a beautiful home from home, made extra special by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the lovely owners Kathryn and John and not forgetting the little scamp, Lottie, their terrier who we wanted to kidnap and bring home with us!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both so much for such a lovely review. We very much enjoyed meeting you, and very much hope to see you here again - a warm welcome awaits you. John, Kathryn and Lottie
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Honeymoon in a tranquil paradise

  • 5 of 5

The barn was everything we had hoped for our honeymoon. A beautiful place to relax after the excitement of the last few days and the most delightful hosts. The barn was spotless and tastefully decorated with a huge collection of books, CDs, and DVDs. There was a hugely welcome selection of goodies in the fridge on our arrival and our hosts even treated us to canapes and drinks on the terrace on our first night. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we were allowed to help ourselves from the herbs, fruit, and salad in the garden. The garden is a gorgeous place to while away some hours and there were plenty of pretty fortified villages, castles, french markets, and gorges to keep us occupied when we wanted to venture away from the house. Thank you Kathryn and John for a lovely stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Elen and Paul for your kind and generous review. It was lovely meeting you and we were flattered that you chose Le Laurier for your honeymoon. We are very much looking forward to your return visit in a year or two! Kathryn and John
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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About The Owner


The Owner purchased this barn in 2014

Why The Owner chose Salles-Courbatiès


What makes this barn unique


Guestbook comments from the owner

''As an overall holiday experience Le Laurier gets 10 out of 10.''

''The barn is completely renovated and tastefully decorated with every amenity, it's fabulously comfortable.''

''Le Laurier is truly wonderful, the photographs on the site don't do it justice.''
Feb 2014
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Salles Courbatiers
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary


By air:

Rodez 45k.

Toulouse Blagnac 105k.

Limoges Bellegarde 209k.

Carcassonne Salvaza 246k.

By car:

GPS coordinates: N 44 30' 2.52'' E 2 5' 26.88''

If you are driving, we are approximately 9 hours from Calais. Head for Paris, follow the A20 and take exit 56 to Figeac. Take the D922 and follow signs for Villeneuve and Naussac.

By train:

Trains run from Paris and Toulouse to Rodez, Figeac, Capdenac, Villefranche de Rouergue and Salles Courbatiers.

Web site


Salles Courbatiers 10 minute drive (train station).

Villeneuve d'Aveyron, pretty Bastide town 15 minute drive.

Figeac 25 minutes north.

Villefranche-de-Rouergue 25 minutes south.

Further Details:

Two excellent restaurants within a 10 minute drive.

Michelin-starred restaurant in the riverside setting of Belcastel a 35 minute drive.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $209.47

Booking Notes:
Payment accepted in sterling or euros.
A non-refundable booking deposit of 25% of the total rental is payable at the time of booking. Final payment is due 8 weeks before the start of holiday.
Prices include a welcome hamper and a light supper on day of arrival (applies to bookings of 7 days or more).

Changeover Day:
Change over day is usually Saturday, however we will do our best to be flexible if bookings allow. Guests are asked to arrive no earlier than 4.00 pm on day of arrival and leave by 11.00 am on day of departure.

Cheque or bank transfer.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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