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Luxury villa in fabulous rural setting with large private pool

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 8, 3 large bedrooms 2 en suites +1 family bathroom

Le Grenier à Blé is the former wheat-store for the neighbouring watermill. Completely renovated in late 2007 into a delightfully tranquil villa.

The villa boasts a proper cook's kitchen, 2 double bedrooms with en-suite shower-rooms and a 3rd large bedroom with mezzanine floor sleeping 4. Large gardens.

We tend to attract professionals who have invariably worked too hard and require a complete recharge of the batteries. Enjoy the large non-chemical private swimming pool, eat al-fresco on the sun terrace, take morning coffee enjoying the pastoral views whilst sitting on the balcony or challenge the family to a table football tournament!

We offer free membership to the local well maintained tennis courts.

It is possible to do as little or as much as you want.

There are 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite shower-rooms and a 3rd bedroom on 2 levels sleeping 4. There is a family bathroom for this bedroom.

Ideal for families: Le Grenier a Blé lends itself to large families, parties of 2 families or families with grandparents. We have welcomed guests from 8 months to 84 yrs old.

There is a seriously fabulous non-chlorine swimming which is private and for your exclusive use. The pool is protected by an alarm that complies with French law. Position one of the sun-loungers under the gloriette and read one of the books provided by the villa. Enjoy al-fresco dining on the wooden sun-terrace.

It is a place where one can recharge the batteries, enjoy quality time with the family and do as much or little as you want.

We are rightly proud of our villa and welcome families with children that will treat the villa with loving care.

More Details

Elizabeth Ellis
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 10, 2018

About Elizabeth Ellis

We are an English family who moved from UK in 2003. We bought a watermill with a completely separate large barn in the idyllic hamlet of Mengué. 3 years were spent making the barn into luxury accommodation for up to 8 people. The task was a complete labour of love.

I am a manic marathon runner who is invariably training for my next challenge and welcome anyone who wants to join me in a scenic run around this beautiful area. We have 4 children; 2 of which are at university and the other 2 are still at home.

Why Elizabeth Ellis chose Aulon

Luxury accommodation is rare in France. Le Grenier á Blé is spotlessly clean and well maintained. The villa is kitted out with all the mod cons but has antiques and original features. We have worked hard to go the extra mile; supplied as standard are loo rolls, cling-film, tin foil, washing powder, fairy liquid, dishwasher tablets, coals for the BBQ - even a pair of rubber gloves!

There is a supply of herbs, spices, oils, sugar, tea bags, salt & pepper - something so often lacking in rental properties!

The villa is near the mountains, Toulouse and the border of Spain. Guests can choose to do as much or as little as they like. We seem to attract guests who have intentions to visit many places but end up basking in the summer sun whilst enjoying the splendid pool.

What makes this barn unique

During the summer holidays we offer a mid-week mini-clean; therefore on a Wednesday the bathrooms are cleaned, floors hoovered and moped & kitchen surfaces cleaned....something that I should love when holidaying with my family!! This is in addition to the full deep-clean on Saturday morning.

Amongst other goodies offered as standard is a chilled bottle of champagne to welcome you to the villa.

No need to pack bulky swimming towels as they too are provided.

There is a Nespresso coffee machine with 40 capsules for you to enjoy.

The pool is non-chlorine which makes such a difference and thus a more pleasurable experience.

The property is owner maintained. As we live in the next door watermill we are there should there be any problems or indeed that you wish for a recommendation to a local restaurant yet completely discreet if preferred. The two properties are entirely separate, affording complete privacy and the splendid pool is for guest's PRIVATE use.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely week in the luxurious villa in the sleepy hamlet of Mengué. A true escape from it all.

For a real experience of a traditional French market we visited Samatan farmers' market about an hour away.

Aurignac was lovely to visit, just a short drive, a medieval town with nice shops. We ate at the Hotel St. Laurans which served beautiful home cooked food.

We visited Spain stopping off at Canejan a gorgeous mountaintop village.

All in I would recommend a stay in Mengué to recharge your batteries.

Thank you to Elizabeth and Simon for being such lovely hosts.
Jun 2014
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Aulon Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , A curved glass walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , A pretty shower-room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , Specifically for the mezzanine bedroom
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Specifically for the mezzanine bedroom
  • The master bedroom has a large en-suite shower-room with a curved glass shower cubicle housing a power shower. The other double bedroom has a small en-suite shower-room. The mezzanine bedroom has a family bathroom with a full-sized bath. Downstairs there is a cloakroom with a loo and handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , With large en-suite shower-room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , With pretty en-suite shower-room
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , On 2 floors. Great fun for children!
  • All the bedrooms have been tastefully decorated with the same theme throughout the villa. Exposed beams and vaulted ceilings give the property character and a feeling of space. The 3 bedrooms have direct access onto the balcony where there is a hammock seat and seating for 2 - ideal for an evening aperitif or morning coffee. The mezzanine bedroom was designed specifically with children in mind but can comfortably accommodate the more fun loving adult. On the ground floor of this bedroom is a full-sized bunk bed whereas on the mezzanine, accessed by wooden stairs, there are 2 full-sized single beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
During the peak summer season we offer a mid-week mini-clean in addition to the normal Saturday clean thus making your stay in this luxury villa even more luxurious. There is free membership to the local well maintained tennis courts a mere 5 mins away by car. Free wireless broadband. In addition to the welcome goodies offered as standard there will be a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for clients during the summer months. No need to pack bulky swimming towels as they are provided for you! There is a Nespresso machine for which we supply 40 Nespresso capsules weekly. There are all manner of herbs, spices, vinegar, olive oil, tea bags and ground coffee for your use. Tarragon, Oregano, mint, sage & thyme grow in the rockery by the sun-terrace. BBQ coals, BBQ lighters , loo rolls, fairy liquid, dish washer powder, bin sacks, hand soap....even a pair of rubber gloves are supplied. The villa is immaculately clean and tidy.


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Luxury villa in fabulous rural setting with large private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Beautifully restored villa in peaceful countryside. Excellent facilities, everything provided.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely warm welcome from Elizabeth. The villa was fantastic and everything we hoped for. The pool was a great size and plenty big enough for some serious fun, and with it not being chlorine it was really pleasant and cool to swim in. Inside it contained everything you would need to make any holiday easier away from home. This really was a dream place for us and our family to have a celebration and get together.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything we wanted

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday. The villa was superb - beautifully decorated, clean, extremely well equipped kitchen, lovely pool, balcony and outside areas. Had everything we needed. The location is gorgeous, rural France at its best. And to cap it all Elizabeth, Simon and family were amazing hosts. On hand with recommendations for visits, restaurants and advice. After a hectic year, we needed a holiday to relax and reconnect as a family, recharge our batteries and have fun - we found just the place to do this here. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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Fabulous property in a peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic week at La Grenier. The house is an easy one hour drive from Toulouse airport and Simon's directions meant we covered the last few kms without problems. It is in a tiny hamlet called Mengue which our UK satnav recognised but the hire car one didn't. It is very peaceful and private and the pool area was lovely to spend a day chilling out. Aurignac (15 mins) has a large supermarket as well as bakers and butchers. The recommendations for a trip to a large market and a good restaurant were well worth it and we also had days out in Toulouse and Carcassonne.

The house is equipped with everything you need including a full supply of household essentials and towels for the pool.

Elizabeth and Simon were excellent hosts who take pride in ensuring you have a great time.

Highly recommended if you are looking for a peaceful location among fields of maize and sunflowers.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jo Thank you for your kind words about your family holiday at Le Grenier à Blé. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the beauty of the area. We'd be delighted to welcome you back for a week or two of rest & relaxation in the future. Elizabeth
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location de charme au calme

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable dans une villa pleine de charme, arrangée avec goût et simplicité. L'accueil était très chaleureux.

L'endroit est isolé , la voiture indispensable, mais nous avons apprécié le calme et le silence. Nous avons profité de la piscine, et admiré les paysages... 10 minutes de marche et on découvre les Pyrénées à l'horizon. Nous le recommandons !

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Je suis ravie que vous ayez considéré que Le Grenier à Blé convenait parfaitement à votre famille et que vous ayez également apprécié la beauté de l'endroit. Un grand merci à votre mari qui m'a accompagné courir ! Cordialement, Elizabeth
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The perfect relaxing holiday retreat.

  • 5 of 5

In August 2015, we very much enjoyed a week at Le Grenier a Ble.

A beautifully refurbished granary, which was both modern, clean and comfortable with many original features.

This property is perfect for a quiet and relaxing holiday, surrounded by the beautiful country side of Haute Garonne. This property is a real home from home, which has been thoughtfully furnished with everything you could possibly need for your stay.

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat in which to relax and escape, with the added benefits of a beautiful pool and reliable Wi Fi, in our case to keep our teenagers happy then look no further.

Thanks to Elizabeth, Simon and family for affording us maximum privacy, whilst being available for hospitality and advice when required. This is truly a first class holiday property and we will be returning.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review! It was a pleasure to welcome you and your lovely family here to Mengué and we are so glad that you appreciated the beauty of the area. Please do come again. Elizabeth.
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A dream property - one in a million!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at ‘le Grenier à Blé’ just outside of Aurignac was quite simply the most amazing holiday we have ever had. Coming from Australia, our desire was to take our children to a villa in the south of France that epitomised everything you see in the movies about this location. When looking on the internet for a house, we found this property and it looked too good to be true. The amazing thing to us was that it exceeded every expectation we had.

It was a perfect setting for our family of 3 children (11 yr old son, 7 yr old daughter and our youngest son who turned 4 at the house!). We also had nanny and poppa who joined us from New Zealand. Elizabeth and Simon were the most amazing of hosts, and it was so sad to leave. We stayed in the villa for 11 nights and wished we had extended further.

We took day trips to Spain, to Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (an absolute must) as well as just hanging out at the house which was an experience in itself. We’ve stayed at many 5 star hotels around the world, however this experience surpassed anything we have experienced before.

To wake in the morning, wander down to the little church at the entrance to the road, pop up to Aurignac for fresh bread and coffee was what dreams were made of. The property somehow managed to create a magical atmosphere that we can’t quite put our finger on. Our children (who loved just running in the fields, swinging on the tyre across the stream, hanging out at the dam and just wandering around) did not want to leave either – and continually talk about our time there. The grandparents want to return with us next time!

There were 7 of us that stayed, and it was such a special experience. We have taken quite some time to post this, as we just couldn’t sum up how you describe such an experience – and we still don’t think we have done it justice. Elizabeth and Simon (and Florence and Oscar), you know we have already booked for 2016, and we look forward to seeing you then.

Andrew and Natasha Madams (and family)

Perth, Western Australia.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew, Natasha and family Thank you for your fabulous review of the villa. So glad you all enjoyed your holiday in Mengué. We look forward to welcoming you back again in August 2016! Elizabeth.
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
290 Miles
Santander, Spain
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
St Gaudens
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
St Marcet
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Superbagnere de Luchon
Nearest Beach
150 Miles
Narbonne Plage
Car: necessary

Le Grenier a Blé is nestled in a quiet hamlet of 8 houses with views of the river Louge, rolling fields of sunflowers/corn and the medieval town of Aurignac in the distance. This area is proper France, it is not in the slightest bit chi-chi. It is not suited for holiday makers seeking night life or indeed bright lights!

There are many places to visit. The villa is an hour from the Pyrénées; take a picnic and enjoy a day in the mountains. There you will find waterfalls, forests and prehistoric caves. We are also only an hour from the 'pink city' of Toulouse where one can literally shop till you drop. Enjoy the culture of the farmers' markets and then head out to one of the local restaurants.

The villa was once the grain store for the hamlet's watermill. We live in the neighbouring watermill. The properties are completely separate - even facing in different directions thus offering privacy. We are available for advice should you wish it, or not as the case may be.

Other Activities: horse riding

Ski: We are fortunate to have 3 ski stations an hour from the villa. The villa is not normally open during the winter but if you are especially keen to enjoy Christmas here or have another special occasion please let us know.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A deposit of 25% of the weekly tariff is charged upon booking.
The residual is due 6 weeks before the commencement of the holiday.

There are antiques and expensive items in the villa therefore a damage bond of 700 Euro is charged. The monies are returned in full assuming the villa has sustained no damage.
We offer a night time baby sitting service.

Shopping can be ordered, bought & unpacked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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