House for holiday let on River Lot - MV004171

Bouillac (11km from Capdenac-Gare), Aveyron, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MV004171 Advertiser since: 27 May 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Les Saules Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3 2 people additional beds, but limits space

About this property

Charming 4 Bed House, Private Pool, Pretty Setting. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Les Saules is a charming 4 bed village house on the banks of the River Lot. It has a 10m x 4.5m pool, a large terrace and a balcony overlooking the river, perfect for outdoor living. The village has its own bakery so you can eat fresh bread, croissants and delicious pastries everyday except Mondays. There are also 2 bars/restaurants within walking distance.
Les Saules is a big house, ideal for extended families, 2 families sharing or a group of friends. The living accomodation is on the first floor, so there are great views over the pool, garden and river valley. The sitting room cum dining area is light and airy and has 2 sets of frenchdoors opening out onto the balcony where you'll find the bbq, just waiting to be lit. The bbq is not far from the kitchen (or the cold beer or rose in the fridge!). There is a modern, fitted full kitchen with all mod cons, including microwave, dishwasher and coffee-machine. There are comfortable sofas that seat 8, table and dining chairs for 8 people and a large  plasma tv with French and English channels. Wi-fi is available and is free of charge. We have a large library of family dvds, books and inside and outside toys. There is climbing equipment, a swing and a trampoline to keep the children (or the young at heart!) happy.
There are 4 bedrooms, 2 upstairs and 2 downstairs; 2 doubles with kingsize beds and 2 twin rooms. We provide baby equipment free of charge. Each bedroom has built in cupboards and lots of storage space. The downstairs rooms have a connecting door, so great for families with young children.
There is a large garden with lovely river valley views. Les Saules has a garage with parking for 1 car and a large driveway where you could park another 4 cars if you wanted to. The garden is fully enclosed and the pool has an alarm, and a surrounding fence. This is a no smoking property and we don't accept pets.
 The house is on the Lot/Aveyron border and is within easy driving distance of the local supermarkets, vibrant markets and the many delightful and interesting tourist attractions. This area has beautiful countryside, interesting museums, charming towns and villages and lots of summer fetes! If you like watersports there are lots of rivers and man-made lakes in the area and you can fish at the bottom of the garden, or hire a canoe from the village boat club. There are some superb (and great value) local restaurants, which we are happy to recommend.
This is a very safe area and an ideal place to spend your holidays relaxing and having fun with family or friends. You can get away from it all if you want to, or you can have an active and exciting time. Book your holiday at Les Saules and come and discover the Aveyron, it is a truly wonderful place.



Kitchen and dining

Modern fitted kitchen with hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer (there is also a second fridge-freezer downstairs in the garage), coffee-machine. Loads of pots and pans, baking equipment etc. It has everything you need and probably more than you expect!

The washing machine and tumbledryer are downstairs in the laundry room where you'll also find cleaning equipment.

Living rooms

Light and airy with direct access to the balcony overlooking the river. Comfortable seating for 8 people. 42 inch plasma tv. Wi-fi.

You can access both UK and French TV channels.

We have books, games and DVDs for all the family. There is a box of information brochures.


Four bedrooms, 2 doubles and 2 twins. Doubles have kingsize beds and you can have 1 or 2 beds in the single rooms, or we can push two beds together to make a double if you prefer.

The downstairs bedrooms have an adjoining (lockable) door and direct access to the garden. All the bedrooms have generous wardrobe and drawer space and we provide plenty of coat hangers!


There is a family bathroom upstairs with a spa bath, shower and sink. There is a separate toilet upstairs. There is a shower room with a toilet downstairs. The shower room has direct access to the garden so it's easy to shower when you come in from the pool.


There is oil fired central heating and we also have a woodburner for early spring, late autumnal or winter breaks. You won't need heating in the summer.


There are village fetes all over the area in July and August, often offering free concerts, discos, carnivals and local food and drink. There are all manner of activities available, including donkey festivals, food and wine fairs, fireworks, medieval reenactments, open air concerts, antique fairs and car boot sales. There are museums, vibrant markets, quaint towns, castles and animal parks to visit. You can go walking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding, rock climbing, or canoeing in the area. There are local cinemas and theatres and lots of wonderful bars and restaurants where you can while away the hours. There's a water park at Figeac with water slides.

We have a good selection of books, family and childrens' games, DVDs, garden toys and equipment.

There are some wonderful thunderstorms in summer and its great to sit out on the balcony under the stoop and watch nature unleash its power.
Some years there are starling murmurations over the house which are fascinating to watch

Garden and outside

Large garden with large pool and sunterrace. The garden has climbing equipment, a swing and a trampoline. The pool cupboard has lots of outdoor toys to play with. There are recliners, outdoor tables and chairs. There's a washing line. The garden is fully enclosed by a fence and two gates. The pool is also enclosed and it has an alarm.

Off road parking (driveway) for 3 cars, plus parking for 1 car in the garage. Small shop / baker in village and supermarkets 10-15 mins drive.

Parking and garages

Single garage with parking for 1 car and then you can park 3 or 4 cars on the private driveway outside the house.

Visitor suitability

Great place for friends, or families, or couples. The living accommodation is on two floors so visitors must be able to climb stairs, or be helped up the stairs The garden is fully enclosed. The swimming pool is fully enclosed and there is a pool alarm for additional security.

Information about any additional facilities

We provide bed linen and bath mats. Towels are an optional extra (£5 per set of face, hand, bath and pool towel), but you are free to bring your own. We give you a welcome pack of basic essentials to help get your holiday off to a good start. We'll come and clean the pool every Wednesday and Saturday and if you are staying more than one week, we'll bring you clean linen and take away the soiled linen. We live about 18km away and are on hand if you need us, but we won't bother you if you don't.

There is a 3.00 euro tourist tax payable each night of your stay which we will ask you pay in local currency before you leave. We collect it on behalf of the local tourist office which uses it to invest in tourism in the area (an additional 21 euros per week).


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Capdenac
Distance: 11 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Perch, roach, crayfish, Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Lot - bottom of the garden

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Villefranche or Rodez
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Asprieres
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.3 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Marcillac


Name of nearest resort: SuperLioran
Distance: 65 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Bouillac


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Marcillac
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Frances Lewis

Married with one daughter. Hard and diligent worker, passionate about customer service and making sure all our clients enjoy their stay with us. We will do our very best to ensure you have a great time.<br/>

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? This is a lovely part of the world to spend your holidays in a safe, relaxing and fun setting.There are many things to see and do for all the family and lots of reasonably priced restaurants with delicious menus so you don't have to use the kitchen (or BBQ) if you don't want to! Everyone who comes here leaves relaxed and happy. We are happy to give you information on local attractions or markets or restaurants if you'd like us to. The countryside is fabulous and there are beautiful lakes (with sandy beaches) and rivers, and wonderful paths (for walking and cycling). You can fish in the river at the bottom of the garden, or hire a canoe at the boathouse 5 minutes from the house. There are colourful markets, medieval towns and castles, food/ music festivals, antique markets, wildlife parks, water parks, childrens playgrounds, jungle gyms, and museums - something for everyone. If doing nothing is your thing. Relax by the pool or sit and watch the kingfishers dart up and down the river.
Unique benefits of property Home from home. Very well equipped with lots of extras to keep everyone happy. There is indoor and outdoor play equipment for the children, an extensive (English and French) book and DVD library and a very well equipped kitchen. It's a much better equipped kitchen than your average French holiday home. There is lots of outside living space for you to enjoy the lovely views and warm sunshine. The view from the balcony is wonderful. The pool is big enough and deep enough for serious swimming or family fun. There is free and (reasonably fast) WIFI for those who can't survive without it and English & French Television channels. The house is spacious and homely. We have real leather sofas (not click clacks) and we guarantee you'll feel at home the moment you arrive, just as we do every time we come back. We'll give you a welcome pack of essentials to help you settle in quickly and as long as you leave the house in a clean and orderly fashion there is no additional cleaning charge.

The Owner Recommends

Animal Park at Gramat

Between Rocamadour and Padirac, the Gramat Animal Park is a great day out for all the family. There are more than 40 acres of shady Causse in the heart of the Quercy National Park. There are over 150 different species of wild and domestic animals that you can watch at leisure. There are wide footpaths and a children's play area. The cafe offers refreshments and a good family lunch.


Beautiful medieval town on the river. There's a small chateau to explore, some wonderful walks and great cafes. There is a Michelin starred family owned restaurant (well worth a visit), but you need to book ahead. The night markets at Belcastel are really good fun.


Lovely city with famous fortress bridge - the Pont Valentre, one of the finest examples of Medieval defensive architecture in France.

Conques - World Heritage Site

Beautiful medieval village and a World Heritage Site and a lovely day out.


Handsome town on the banks of the Cele River. Lots of free activities in summer, great restaurants and bars, Champollian museum, bustling market on Saturday mornings. There are some great outdoor musical events (usually free) and lots of activities for the children throughout the summer and other school holidays. There is also a public lido and a boating lake on the outskirts of town.

Gorges du Tarn

Extraordinarily beautiful and impressive canyons.

Gouffre de Padirac

Stunning underground caves near Rocamodour, includes an underground walking tour and boat trip.

Grotte de Peche Merle

Painted historic caves, beautiful because of its combination of art and natural beauty. There's a great educational display of ancient life as well as the fascinating cave tour.

Hire a canoe or pedaloe

From the boat club in the village. You can rent them for a couple of hours or go on an all day trip.

Jungle Gym and paint-balling near Figeac

The jungle gymn is in a shady forest setting and offers activity and challenge for all ages. There is a small course for 'little people' and several graduated courses for people over 1m 30, both young and old. The staff are friendly and care about your safety. They speak English and French. You can easily spend a whole day here hanging out in the trees with the whole family. Take a picnic lunch as you will need to top up your energy. After day out here, everyone sleeps soundly!

Night Markets

There are night markets all over the area - Capdenac, Peyrus le roc, Belcastel, Figeac etc. You basically go and choose something delicious to eat from a range of stalls; starter, main course, dessert and wine or beer and you sit down in the middle of the village and eat to your heart (or your stomach)'s content. The atmosphere is great. The night markets are usually buzzing.


There are lots of wonderful walks in the area and best of all, you don't even have to get in the car. You can wander directly out of the garden gate and do a couple of circular walks which can take as long, or as little time as you like. Pack a picnic lunch and put on your walking shoes for a healthy family day out.


France's second most visited place of pilgrimage, beautiful place with lots of interesting things to see and do.

Villefranche de Rouergue

Interesting and pretty town with the biggest market in the Aveyron (Thursday mornings). There are some great restaurants here and lots of free activities in summer.

Villeneuve sur Lot

Medieval town with half-timbered houses, great restaurants, brocantes and Medieval festival in high summer.

Visit an Alpaca Farm

The Alpaca Farm near Maleville is run by two British chaps and is a wonderful place to visit. They are great story tellers. There is a little shop where you can buy Alpaca goods and if you book ahead, its possible to have afternoon tea. The Alpacas are very pretty creatures, and I love hearing them sing!

Capdenac le Haut

Medieval Village with fantastic views, medieval garden, small museum and superb creperie for after your walk around this historic site.


Beautiful historic village with castle. Lovely cafes with stunning views. You can go tree climbing (for little ones too) / hire canoes / go paint balling or just sit by the river and have a picnic.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 7
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 9
  • Value for Money: 10
9 / 10 Ginnyberry 15 August, 2018

Hosts were extremely welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. Nothing was too much trouble - there was a lovely food parcel left for us on arrival and they gave lots of advice of places to visit in the local vicinity.
Locals were extremely friendly- the pub opposite does fantastic meals and we were staying when it was the village fete/carnival so lots of fun and frivolity. Shops were within walking distance which is nice as the children could get the croissants each morning. There is a busy road adjacent to the house - This really didn’t bother us and the benefit of the setting/ being close to amenities outweighed The closeness to the road.
The house is on two levels and we spent evenings sat looking out over the River Lot watching starlings perform their evening murmuration.
The pool was a great addition and many hours were spent here as temperatures were in excess on 35 throughout most of our stay. There was adequate shade to remain seated outside during peak times. This holiday was good value for money and I would recommend the villa to others.

Owner response

Thank you Ginny for your lovely review. Somewhat belatedly I have only just found it on the website ... while preparing for 2020 season! We are glad you enjoyed your holiday here, and hope you will have many more wonderful holidays with your family in France.