|La Bergerie Au Bouyssou||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||3||Small child's bed poss. at certain times.|
There are lots of homes available to rent for your vacation and it becomes almost impossible to choose from amongst the hundreds of seemingly enticing properties.
Holiday time is a rare and special thing these days and time off needs to count, especially when you are sharing it with family and friends. Look back and what do you see: I imagine that there are flashes of relaxing happy holidays.
It is this that has inspired us to create something special at La Bergerie au Bouyssou; what you are treated to at our holiday home just for guests is a truly memorable experience, not just a holiday.
Yes, we have the beautiful building, a traditional 1840's Quercy style farm barn lovingly restored by us (background in architecture, building and antiques), with sumptuous stylish interiors. Yes, we have an enviable location, surrounded by fields, woodland and valley views. Yes, we have every facility that could be desired, including a gourmet kitchen, private terraces and gardens with a large exclusive use salt water swimming pool. Yes, we are in one of the most astounding parts of the country - the highest number of 'Most Beautiful Villages in France' in our vacinity, finalists and winners from the last three years of 'France's Favourite Village' less than an hour from the door, more heritage sites and awesome landscapes than can be imagined.
However, we have also created an enchanting environment where everyone gets the holiday that they want and need, for families and others to instantly relax, indulge themselves and have fun. As a family we are dedicated to our guests. Should they want peace and isolation, that's what they get (but just try and stop the secret host fairies from leaving a personalised itinerary of our very favourite spots, dropping off a delicious cake, jar of homemade something, basket of freshly laid eggs or panier of fruit/vegetables from our organic potager and even delivery of our homemade pizza from our wood fires bread oven can be discreet!).
Should our guests have children, then that's where we are exceptional and believe, unique. All the luxurious treats and comfort for the grown ups but with everything that you might need for the children, including beautiful wooden cots, high chairs, lots of toys, games, books, dvds, children's cutlery and crockery, baby bouncers and play mats, baby baths and bath toys etc. etc..
Outside is a 'Narnia ... Paradise' say our guests, with wooden pirate ship, wooden swing set with slides and 'hotel', sandpit, play chalet with dress up, archery set and lots of outdoor toys and games, mini pretend shop, giant chalkboard and a 'reservation' area with hand made wigwam, campfire and replica wooden settlers wagon! The most important fact is that this is not for a cluster of gites on the same premises, this is all for the exclusive use of one party of guests staying in the barn.
If the little ones are in need of a distraction, we are on hand to lead the 'Treasure Hunt', do a bit of face painting, throw a little party, gather around the camp fire and as night falls and there are yawns aplenty, big ones can head off to a local acclaimed restaurant whilst the tots are watched over by Sarah, one of the owners.
We take the strain of shopping on arrival and do all of this for you in advance and we have been known to help with a bit of cooking (even a demonstration or two).
And with the recent completion of our wood fired oven, we get creative with home made pizzas and deliver them to your terrace!
We think that all of this is far more important than whether there is satelite tv and a washer/dryer (yes, there are) and the point is that we are available to make guests's holidays very special, whatever their needs.
We often have guests regale us with tales of disappointment about high expectations of other holidays, lavishly promoted but depressing on arrival with poor maintenance and shabby facilities. Their relief and delight on arrival at Le bouyssou is heartwarming; unlike most other properties, it is our mission every day to make sure that everywhere is cared for, in good repair, clean and immaculately presented (we even do all of our own linen washing and ironing and cleaning to make sure that everything is in excellent condition).
See our testimonials page on our website. praise from delighted (and often emotional) guests, not just our proud prose!
Fi Glover a UK BBC tv and Radio presenter, has been so 'mesmerised' by La Bergerie au Bouyssou that she reports on her holidays there in her column in a UK national magazine:
'Perched high above the lush valleys of the Lot river lies Le Bouyssou, a gite so lovely that I almost don't want to tell you about it.
The hilltop breeze charms the surface of the pool, the verbenas sway, a swallowtail butterfly wafts through. Everyone relaxes. We have visited with the same friends both years and one of the daily highlights is to eat on the terrace after the kids have gone to bed, looking at the starry, starry night and talking'
In her personal thanks to the owners she has said another 'year here and every bit as good as the first. A beautiful place run to perfection by talented people ... Thank you for another wonderful fortnight in paradise. Until next year ...' Her family has returned every year ...
Guests so far have described their stay at La Bergerie au Bouyssou as 'a dream holiday', 'paradise' (from a celebrity!) 'best holiday ever', 'the house is so beautiful it makes you want to cry - I actually did' and a prestigious guide book (Alastair Sawday) have inspected, accredited and commented that 'only wild horses would drag you away' ...
La Bergerie au Bouyssou is the perfect base for a French holiday; you will experience a true taste of rural France, rich in medieval history, with long hot summers and delightful springs and autumns, a gem in the ring of a glorious area.
The accommodation features on the ground floor a large well equipped kitchen with washing machine, tumble dryer and dish washing machine, large range style cooker (five gas rings with two electric ovens and grill) 'Belfast' type double sink, large fridge freezer, coffee machine, toaster and all the equipment you would expect in your own home.
There is a stable door from the kitchen leading to the dining room. The large handmade oak top table seats six/eight and there is a cd player for your entertainment (with a selection of cds)
Steps from the dining room lead to the sitting room. Here you will find comfortable seating for six people, a desk with internet access, reading material, maps and guides, a tv with satellite UK free view channels and dvd player with a selection of dvds, a wood burning stove and French windows leading to a large covered external terrace.
On the first floor, Chambre Beatrice, the first double bedroom, features antique furniture including a wardrobe and king size bed. It also has an en suite shower room with hand basin, wc and heated towel rail. The room also has its own private covered terrace with wooden decking and seating. This room can also be entered at (upper) ground level.
Chambre Josephine is the second double bedroom and has a king size bed, antique furniture including wardrobe and chest of drawers and en suite shower room with wc and heated towel rail. The hand basin is a feature within the bedroom itself.
Chambre Madeleine, the third bedroom, has antique furniture including wardrobe and other storage with twin beds (which can be converted to a super king size bed under some circumstances if required). We can also add a small child's bed if required (depending on rental period). This bedroom is adjacent to the family bathroom.
A pretty wooden cot can be added to any bedroom - please enquire for detail
All bedrooms have en suites.
The family bathroom (independent access) has a cast iron free standing roll top bath with hand shower attachment, hand basin, a wc and bidet and large heated towel rail.
Wood burning stove and electric radiators.
Children’s entertainment – Treasure Hunts, face painting, parties and babysitting by Sarah, one of the owners, to give grown-ups the night off.
La Bergerie has its own private garden, large covered south facing sun terrace with deep rattan seats and a huge handmade oak table, looking out over the pool area and the valley beyond.
There is a covered canopy on the upper level and a bbq Area adjacent to the ground level terrace. The gardens and grounds to Le Bouyssou are extensive, with large organic vegetable garden and lawn area for games.
A 12x6m natural salt water system swimming pool with decking and teak loungers awaits, all for guest's exclusive use.
Wigwam reservation area for camp fire evenings and de rigeur marshmallow toasting.
Wooden play frame with slides and swings and ‘hotel’/den for the children
Play chalet with shop and copious toys, games, archery, badminton, play tents and outdoor play equipment.
Bunny for cuddles.
Large wooden pirate ship complete with top deck, wheel and bell.
Dobsonian ‘SkyWatcher’ telescope for a bit of star/planet gazing.
A large private car park for 3/4 cars.
Those with limited mobility may be accommodated - check before booking for details and suitability.
Personalised ‘Things to do’ and favourite restaurants document given to every guests.
Pre-arrival shopping done, everything that a guests wants plus a comprehensive ‘Welcome Basket’.
Extensive fruit and vegetable potager, with ‘organically’ grown produce, for guests to profit from, with walkways, raised beds, pergolas, flower garden and seating areas.
Home-made goodies given to guests during each stay.
Meals provided on special occasions.
Home-made pizza (using home grown ingredients) prepared and cooked in our wood burning bread oven and delivered straight to guest’s terrace.
Anything a parent might need or want to accommodate or entertain the little ones – beautiful wooden cots, high chairs, cutlery/crockery, bouncer chairs, play mats, night lights/monitor, bath toys, bath seats, black out blinds, toys, games, dvds, puzzles, a trunk of Playmobil, inflatables for the pool and swim aids etc. etc. . . .
In search of a better quality of life for our family, we decided to move to France. Mother, father, daughter, son in law and little Millie: we found our gorgeous piece of rural France and have made it home for ourselves and a 'home from home' for our holiday guests. Coming from different backgrounds - Commerce, Architectural, Design and Antiques, we all brought something special to our project to create exceptional holiday accommodation and the result is something that we are very proud of.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||We wanted somewhere unspoilt with lots of history and sites of interest, quiet, yet accessible. Here, where we settled on the Aveyron/Lot border 'has it all'. Ten of the most beautiful villages in France, five ‘Bastides’ (walled towns that were built in the 13th century),the Millau Viaduct (the tallest bridge in the world) with the Roquefort cheese caves. Visit Conques (a world heritage site), Cordes sur ciel (hill top town), Najac, Belcastel and Sauveterre de Rouergue (all MBVF). Villefranche de Rouergue is less than half an hour from Le Bouyssou, with its famous Thursday market, voted in The Guardian as 'The Best in France'. A must, our local town, is Figeac (said to be ‘the best small town in France’) and its great Saturday market. Rocamadour (one of the most visited sites in France), St Cirq Lapopie (a breathtaking hill top town, has recently been voted France's 'Most Favourite Village'), the world famous Pech Merle all within easy reach. Spectacular scenery at every turn.|
|Unique benefits of property||Features, services and facilities of a luxury holiday home complex but just for you in ya private and exclusive beautifully converted barn, stylishly appointed with large private salt water swimming pool, extensive grounds in a tranquil setting.
King size beds with luxurious linens.
Fluffy robes and a selection of complementary toiletries (full size).
Not just a token bottle of wine in the 'welcome basket': a comprehensive range of items to get the holiday off to a great start without having the shopping panic.
Personalised 'Shopping Service'.
A superbly equipped kitchen with everything a gourmet cook would need.
Luxury combined with practicality - La Bergerie is not just a child 'friendly' property, if there are little ones in the party they are totally catered for with everything a travelling parent might want or need to keep everyone happy.
In season, brimming baskets full of organically grown fruit and veg. from our potager and fresh eggs.
Home made pizzas delivered to you.
15 mins. by car, our local historic town has been heralded in the British press as 'the best small town in France'. Looking up and around, marvelling at the stunning medieval architecture will make your neck ache! Saunter from square to square, stopping at one of the fabulous restaurants to fortify for exploring this historic town. Authentic, charming, tranquil, vibrant in the Summer. Fascinating museum dedicated to the famous 'son' Jean Francois Champollion, who first deciphered hieroglyphics, is a must for a vis
The Guardian newspaper has recently voted our local market, held every Thursday throughout the year, as 'The Best in France' and is reported to be the second largest in the country. Don't forget the ubiquitous basket to fill with fabulous local produce; from our local honey to saucisson from the local charcutiers, unctuous goats cheese and even live trout! The medieval market square flanked by merchant's houses is a delight.
Our guests agree that this is a real find. Officially a 'Most Beautiful Village of France' this modest, tranquil village would be the last to boast of it's allure. Wind your way through the wooded valley to discover a slice of rural serenity and subtle splendour. Meander up the cobbled streets to the castle, take a dip in the river or a picnic on it's banks.
Albi, more of a large town feel than a city, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also has the largest brick built building in the world (the cathedral). The old quarter it is very picturesque with some lovely boutiques and 'salons de the' (Au Moulin a Café is highly recommended) and of course, you will be in Toulouse Lautrec territory (birthplace) so don't miss the new museum/gallery dedicated to his life and work. Very pretty, quaint, oozes style, charm and history with lots of chic shops and restaurants.
Voted 'France's Most Favourite Village' in 2014, it has to be seen. A beautiful medieval fortress, collection of dwellings, wealthy merchants houses and workshops, all etched onto the top of hill. Cordes rises out of a sea of mist on some mornings and the views from below or above are spectacular. The Medieval fair held in the Summer immerses you in a by-gone age. A tourist train will take you to the top if you don't fancy the climb but the pretty square, magnificent views and charming restaurants will lure you there.
It’s worth rising early on the Sunday to go to St Antonin on market day. It's an enchanting village (finalist in 2015's ’France’s Favourite Village’) and is loved by filmmakers (the most recent being Steven Spielberg, who filmed ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ with Helen Mirren in the village and surroundings). Charlotte Gray (with Cate Blanchett) was also filmed here. Beautiful architecture and the home of France's oldest municipal building.
Rocamadour just 50 mins. from our property and apparently one of the top three most visited tourist site in France after the Eiffel tower! Very popular, it's worth a day out as there is 'something for everyone' – nice shops (some a bit more towards souvenir trinkets!), places to eat, stunning and fascinating architecture and best of all for the family, a highly recommended Monkey 'park' (Foret des Singes where the monkeys mingle and let you feed them) and a Bird Sanctuary (Rocher des Aigles). There is a brilliant ice cream shop/farm just by the Monkey Park on the main road (Les Gouts et Les Couleurs) – best ice cream in the world apparently!
Any time of year is a lovely time of year to visit Conques, to enjoy the serenity and setting. Built on a hillside with winding medieval streets. Stunningly beautiful, transports you back in time. Due to the relics of Sainte Foy, brought here from Agen in 883, Conques became one of the main stops on the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage route from Puy en Velay. Of course a scenic drive to get there, lovely architecture and some interesting shops (lovely artisan soap shop!) make it well worth a visit.
A little further afield at approx. 1.45 from Le bouyssou, it's a trip to take on in order to see the tallest bridge in the world. It really is astounding in it's scale and elegance. An impressive sight from below and take a stop at the fascinating visitor's centre, see replicas of the competing design entries and partake in a snack provided by a Michelin star'd chef!
A historic medieval town dating back to the 13th century. Pleasant for a wander, but definitely take in the Pont Valentre (UNESCO Heritage site) and read up on some of the fascinating legends which spawned it's creation! For me, Cahors draws you for it's wine, which has been adored by Popes and French royalty throughout the centuries. Visit a caviste in town or indulge in a Chateau tour to meet the grapes!
Definitely worth a visit if you are on an extended stay. If Disney did France, this is what they would create. Bursting with charm and restaurants, it's a great place for a day out to table hop and watch the world stroll by. Lovely boutiques and more eye-drawing architecture than you can shake a French stick at. Surrounded by other Most Beautiful Villages of France and lots of pretty gardens/Chateau to visit.
Excellent boutique shopping in the old quarter of our local Cathedral city. Art lovers will appreciate the new museum (with Michelin cafe) dedicated to Pierre Soulages, reputed as the most famous contemporary French abstract painter noted for his 'shades of black' work.
Wonderful accommodation in a beautiful area of France.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week.