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About Richard Pitkin
We met at University studying French (Richard even visited the Aveyron back then when he was meant to be studying in Toulouse) and then when our eldest children were quite young we lived and worked on the Cote d'Azur for a few years before returning to the UK, so we have a long running love affair with France. Having decided to make a break from our life in Southern England, we bought this place and live in the old farmhouse adjacent to the barn which we have lovingly restored to create a beautiful holiday home.
Richard Pitkin purchased this House in 2014
Why Richard Pitkin chose Bor-et-Bar
Our criteria when we were searching were, beautiful views, South/South West Facing, house + barn with plenty of space, and rural but not too remote. And we have ticked all those boxes. The two Master bedrooms situated on the ground floor, each have picture windows opening on to the garden, offering long reaching views across the countryside . Guests can choose whether to eat and enjoy the views from the covered terrace, or take their drinks and food to the terrace in the dappled shade of the trees alongside the barn. The Aveyron is a beautiful treasure in South West France with plenty of activities and opportunities for enjoyment for people of all ages.
What makes this House unique
We have lovingly built this holiday home blending old a new materials and furniture, gathered and collected over the years. With Underfloor heating, woodburning stove and solar panels, blended with huge oak beams, and antique furniture, the big space becomes cosy and homely even for the biggest groups. In the same way the area, sitting at the Southern end of the Aveyron, bordering the Tarn, and Tarn et Garonne blends the rural and the wild with the culture and wealth of the wine growing areas bordering Gaillac and Albi.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Ask for large family gatherings
Smoking is not permitted inside the gite
There are open stairs, but a stairgate is provided
Minimum age of primary renter:25
No stag, hen or single sex groups
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
This is NOT your average Gites
Richard and Anna are definitely 5* hosts, helpful, courteous and there when you need them. The property itself is spectacular, and to repeat the comments of others, the pictures do not do it justice.
Sitting on the terrace watching the sunset with a glass of local wine (selected by our hosts at very reasonable prices) is a moment unto itself, the colours slowly changing and the village in the distance turning from grey to dark to twinkling lights is a memory which is embedded in our minds.
The property itself is obviously designed from conception to be functional, and welcoming and the addition of the interesting furnishings and decor just add to the enjoyment of being there. This is not your average gites this is almost like your home away from home.
We were never far from beautiful, quaint villages that delighted the eye and challenged my driving (larger car, smaller streets). A visit to a local market is always a delight and those in this area never disappointed, especially the one in Villefranche-de-Rouergue where we entranced by some of the characters and their market stalls.
We hope to have the opportunity to return in future years and experience this relaxing, get away from it all place. Richard and Anna, thank you.
Kind hospitality, amazing location - a fantastic holiday!
We were at Gites Des Milan for 3 weeks with various family members and our little girl's first holiday and it was everything we could have asked for. Right from the start Richard and Anna made us feel welcome, gave us great recommendations and even helped with a birthday meal for my husband!
The view from the terrace is incredible and many happy evenings were spent watching the beautiful sunsets with a few glasses of wine! The house itself is stunning and finished to an incredibly high standard.
We visited various towns and villages including Najac and Albi, enjoying markets and castles, as well as a lovely time by the river and (short) walks through beautiful countryside just by the gites. We didn't know much about the area, but will be coming back as there is something for everyone!
A really special holiday in a really special place - thank you Richard and Anna!
A truly magical and tranquil retreat with family and friends
Our three week stay at Gite des Milans was absolutely, 100% incredible! Filled with simple luxuries and numerous small adventures, our family stay ( a group of 7, including four teenage children and friends) was highlighted by the elegant, spacious accommodations of the Gite, the incredible friendliness of our hosts, and the allure of the astounding French countryside, filled with small villages and hidden gems which our hosts, Richard and Anna helped us uncover. As many before us have said, 'the pictures, while stunning, don't even begin to capture the Gite's beauty and charm!
We visited a nearby creperie on the River Viaur after swimming in said river, a local pub in St. Andre de Najac, attended local markets and festivals and basked in the incredible sunshine on our private terrace overlooking miles and miles of hayfields and rural countryside. Daily, we swam in the Gite's pool and enjoyed the cool, refreshing water. We loved cooking in the extremely well-equipped kitchen and sampling the local wines carefully selected by our hosts. We were so taken by our experience that we have already booked three weeks for next year. It was truly one of the most, if not the most, relaxing and purely enjoyable vacations we have ever had! Kudos to Richard and Anna! The Gite des Milans is one of the most amazing places we have every stayed.! Thank you and get in line!
Beautifully restorered property with incredible views and surroundings
Everything about our stay was prefect. Richard and his wife went above and beyond to warmly welcome us and ensure we had a great stay.
The property is even more gorgeous than the photos. 100% recommend.
Thanks Kim, you were a delightful family to host. You were our first ever short stay, and as you don't have much time, and you'd just flown in from West Coast USA, we wanted to make sure you hit the ground running, so you could appreciate the area. I'm glad it worked because you certainly made the best of it!
Amazing gite, fantastic hosts
This gite is even better than the pictures! It’s absolutely beautiful and fully equipped with everything you could need. It sits on the top of a hill with fantastic views and beautiful sunsets. It’s in a great location for exploring the area and there’s a good Intermarche plus bakeries, butchers etc close by.
The hosts, Richard and Anna, are lovely and have thought of every little detail. They even provide a wine rack filled with a selection of excellent local wines (all around €5) - much better than some of the ones we tried from the Intermarche. Although they live next door they are helpful without ever being intrusive and had lots of excellent suggestions for eating out and things to do. We went canoeing and swimming in the Viaur, had dinner at the night market at Najac and visited Cordes-sur-Ciel and Albi. On the days we didn’t want to go anywhere, we were very happy relaxing by the pool and eating long lunches on the rooftop terrace.
Huge thanks to Richard and Anna for making our week in the gite so enjoyable. I hope we come back again in the future!
Rest, play and rejuvinate in beautiful surroundings
We spent a wonderful week here this summer - two families with 3 teenagers and two children aged 7 and 11.
As mentioned in other reviews, the pictures online really don't capture just how impressive this place is. Upstairs, the open plan living/dining/lounge is a beautifully designed double height room that takes full advantage of the amazing views. Downstairs, all the bedrooms have their own large bathrooms and are linked by a large hallway lined with bookcases and antique chairs. There is also a huge utility room where you can wash and dry clothes, and has useful things like a hairdryer and iron.
The pool is set into the hillside. With ample loungers set around the patio and looking out over the valley, it is difficult to drag yourself away. The pool is slightly smaller than the standard size and it doesn't have a shallow end - a consideration if you have small children. There is a clever pool alarm in place for peace of mind. There is also a small play area with swings and slides for the little ones. Our youngest loved ambling around the field, finding bugs and lizards.
The Gites layout is perfect for a large group - big airy spaces with long tables and comfy sofas when you want to spend time together, but also enough rooms and terraces to spend quieter time apart.
For me, a number of things set this place apart. Firstly, the thoughtful and stylish finishing touches. From the vases of wild flowers and local antiques dotted around - to the musical instruments (complete with songbooks) and the rack of tried and tested wines from local vineyards, this Gite has the feel of a much loved home rather than a holiday rental.
Then there are the views. Whether you are sitting by the pool, in the garden, or on the lovely rooftop terrace - all you can see (and hear) are the hills rolling down into the valley, wildflowers, forests and swooping swallows. By night, sitting on the candlelit terrace, the stars seem to curve around you. It really is impossible not to relax here, you can literally feel yourself unwind.
And lastly there is Richard and Anna, who were the perfect hosts. Always responsive and helpful prior to the holiday, once we arrived they shared their local knowledge over a bottle of wine, recommended cycle routes, lent their bikes, and booked restaurants - while managing to maintain an impressive level of invisibility when not needed! They are wholly deserving of their rave reviews, and we wish them every success in the future.