History lives and breathes at this 14th century villa in Midi-Pyrénées. A winding lane through a dairy farm delivers you to this manor house, an achingly beautiful retreat to simpler times in Aveyron. The original stone walls aren’t just a facade; inside, the rough-hewn kitchen and stairs in the tower testify to the years that have passed. Climb up past the tiny chapel to the lookout tower, where the rolling hills unfurl beneath you.
Nods to the past are everywhere, from the medieval-style art on the walls to the antique sewing machine in one of the bedrooms. Even the modernized bathrooms have walls of rough stone. The formal dining room recalls a moodier time, with stone walls and floors, heavy wooden doors, and intricate textiles. For some time in the sun, head out to the stone patio shaded by the trees.
The nearest village is Auzits (1 km), but you'll want to head to Firmi (7 km) for supplies. Natural beauty is everywhere - if you're up for an hour's drive, consider the caverns at Peche-Merle. The nearest city of note is Rodez (30 km), where the local airport lies. Try the fouace (a sweet bread) for breakfast! /n Security deposit /n £500 or €750 charged to clients' credit card prior to arrival and refunded four weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
/n Arrival time /n 5.00 p.m. /n Departure time /n 9.00 a.m. /n Energy costs included? /n Included in the rental price. There may be a charge for the low seasons. /n Linen & towels included? /n All linen and towels are included in the rental price. /n Pets welcome? /n No. /n End of stay cleaning included? /n Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit. /n Changeover day /n Saturday. /n Smoking Allowed? /n Outside only. /n Insurance /n It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property. /n Other Ts and Cs /n The pool is not heated and is usually open from June to September. Children under 16 should be supervised by the pool. /n Other Ts and Cs /n The owner requires an agreement to be signed upon booking confirmation. /n Minimum stay /n 7 nights. Short-breaks of minimum 3 nights may be possible with prior agreement outside July, August, Christmas and New Year for €300/night.