|La Maleyrie||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||3||Cot can be provided|
An architect-designed stone barn conversion set below a chestnut grove, in 8 hectares of open land and forest. Large windows face the valley and an atrium links its three levels.
The interior uses the natural light, oak beams and detailing to give a sense of space and relaxation. The fully-fitted kitchen on the garden level opens onto indoor and outdoor dining areas and stunning views.
There are four bedrooms catering for 8 occupants and three fully-tiled bathrooms, one for each floor. The spacious living room is the centrepiece with balconies and the best views. Central air conditioning, electric shutters and two wood-burning stoves ensure comfortable temperatures all year.
The fully-fitted kitchen on the garden level opens onto indoor and outdoor dining areas and stunning views. Facilities include fridge, fridge-freezer, electric oven, grill, induction hob, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, cooking and baking equipment and utensils and a sound system. An adjacent utility room provides storage for household staples, washing machine, drying rack, ironing and cleaning equipment.
The indoor dining area seats 8 people by a wood-burning stove and with easy access to the exterior terrace. From the kitchen/diner, french windows open onto the exterior terrace with a range of tables, extending tables, conservatory furniture and parasols that can be arranged as required. There is also an extensive range of serving dishes, drink containers, food covers and table decorations.
A kettle barbecue is provided, cleaned and ready, with a supply of fuel and utensils.
There is also a stock of acrylic crockery for use pool-side.
The spacious living room on the main level is the centrepiece with internal and external balconies and the best views onto the unspoiled Viaur valley. There are sofas for 8 guests, side tables, a wood-burning stove as centrepiece, satellite TV, wifi internet access and telephone, oak storage furniture with books - fiction/non-fiction - board games and a plethora of maps and information on local nature, visits, walks and attractions.
As part of the open plan kitchen diner on the garden level there is conservatory furniture seating in front of the other wood-burning stove.
There are four bedrooms providing for 8 occupants. For guest arrival all beds are made up and bath and pool towels provided. A change of bed linen is provided for guests staying a second week.
Bedroom 1 on the garden level has a double bed, french window and terrace access, wardrobe, bedside table and chest of drawers. It is adjacent to the orange bathroom.
Bedroom 2 on the main level has a large double bed, balcony with view, wardrobe, bedside table, chest of drawers and en suite strawberry bathroom.
Bedrooms 3 and 4 are on the top level each with two single beds, wardrobe/clothing rail, bedside table and chest of drawers. The cream bathroom is situated between the two bedrooms.
There are three fully-tiled bathrooms, one for each floor.
The orange bathroom on the garden level has toilet, bath with shower, vanity unit, towel radiator and hair dryer.
The strawberry bathroom on the main level has toilet, shower, vanity unit, towel radiator and hair dryer.
The cream bathroom on the top level has toilet, bath with shower, vanity unit and towel radiator.
The house is very well-insulated against heat and cold. All rooms are air conditioned with output remotely controlled by room space. The electric shutters can also be adjusted for ventilation. There are towel radiators in each of the bathrooms. The two wood-burning stoves provide more than sufficient heat for all interior spaces as well as being a focus. In addition there is an effective ventilation system for kitchen and bathrooms.
The terraces and swimming pool tend to be the focus. Inside the house there are books, board games and satellite TV . Outside there are table tennis, badminton, walks and cycling to the river and many way-marked routes.
There are loungers, bistro set, parasols and shower for the pool terrace which catches the sun all day. The large pool is 12m x 6m with corner steps and a handrail to assist access. Shallow end depth is 1.2m and 2m at the deep end. Normally operating from June to September, the pool is inspected daily, cleaned very regularly and kept covered during the night. Inflatables can be supplied on request.
The property is secluded, surrounded by extensive land and forest for your use and peaceful relaxation. The two terrace areas for relaxing and dining are shaded from the heat of the day by well-established trees and orchards. There is a stock of additional chairs, loungers and steamer chairs.
Past the new orchard there is a play area with table tennis and badminton. Enjoy the unspoiled Viaur valley which is perfect for river swimming by all ages, walks and cycling (3km by car or 25 minutes on the bridle way through the woods).
Off street parking for up to three cars.
Visitors are families with children, extended families, retired couples, young adults and organised study or interest groups.
All household staples, bed linen, bath and pool towels, barbecue fuel and firewood are supplied.
There is a good collection of local activity guides and maps and access to telescopes, binoculars, nightscope for the adventurous.
For infants there is a cot, changes of bed linen, highchair, bouncer, changing mat, playpen and pool inflatables but please notify requirement in advance.
Barbara and Martin Garman are the owners. La Maleyrie has opened as a holiday house for rental for 9 years with several guests making repeat visits. In that time the aims have been consistently high standards and continuous improvement of the offer for all guests.
|Year property purchased||1994|
|Why this location?||Our main criteria were to choose a property for the enjoyment of all family members with a special setting, its own space and ready access to countryside and river. La Maleyrie is in the Aveyron department and faces the Tarn department across the river. Both departments offer tourists a great deal in terms of cultural attractions, activities, food and drink on top of the scenic beauty and tranquility. We have found neighbours and local services to be friendly, interested and always helpful. Our website www.maleyrie.com provides lots of background on the region's geography and history.|
|Unique benefits of property||The review from a previous visitor we think summarises well the reasons for choosing a stay here.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this beautiful barn conversion. It has been equipped to the highest standard and the owners have ensured it is a real 'home from home'. It is very clean and the beautiful pool and the grounds are well maintained. The views are amazing and we have great memories of sipping wine whilst watching the sun setting over the hills! There are many interesting places to visit - Belcastel, Najac, Sauveterre and Cordes amongst others - and some excellent restaurants. It is perfect for those who want a quiet, relaxing holiday but also for those who want to visit old towns, chateaux and markets. Martin, the owner, is extremely helpful and makes you feel very welcome. We can thoroughly recommend this property and will certainly return."
Capital of the Tarn, magnificent Romanesque St Cecile cathedral, Bishop’s palace for works of Toulouse Lautrec, plenty of music, entertainment, nightlife - part of pastel (woad) circuit or ‘pays de cocagne’ by which merchant fortunes were made in the 15th and 16th centuries ( later by tannery owners) and home of the Albigensian crusades in the 12th and 13th centuries against Cathar ‘heretics’.
Beautiful village upstream on the Aveyron river, excellent Hotel du Vieux Pont restaurant well worth a visit, 15th century castle ( restored with art exhibitions and can be visited) and on its approaches ruins of Charlemagne toll station (c.800AD) overlooking shrine and stations of the Cross on the path to it
Cap Decouverte is a former open-cast mine offering outdoor activities including swimming pools and lake, artifical slope skiing, mechanical water skiing, luge, skateboard park , tyrolean aerial runway and more, all in spectacular setting and for one ticket. Outside student holidays very restricted openings
+ lively town with new museum and ‘boutique’ of glass open from May to October and set in an original 18th century glass-works with strong links with the surrounding coal mines. Home of famous socialist deputy Jean Jaures and a centre of resistance during second world war.
Family summer home of Toulouse Lautrec. He spent his formative years here and guided tours are available all year- just pull the bell in the courtyard- tours available 9am-7pm
More of a drive but a world heritage hill-top site, Romanesque Sainte Foy abbey (11th-12th centiuries) with art, beautiful medieval village and two exhibition halls with impressive gold and religious relics and treasures from the Middle Ages onwards. Notice the curious sculpted figures looking over the edges of the entrance arch portraying heaven and hell. A major stage on medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago di Compostela in Spain.
Gothic architecture, 13th century bastide town with Cathar history, artists’ centre, painted by Lawrence of Arabia. Spectacular hill-top setting which justifies its name. Very lively and tourist-oriented in a positive way. Borders Gaillac wine-producing plateau.
Underground caves with spectacular geological features and prehistoric human and animal (lions etc) remains from 5000 years ago- the child’s footprint is special. Great visit for a hot day. Circuit of Dolmens above ground not so good for a hot day
Five mountain lakes, beaches and water sports covering nearly 20 square miles. Pareloup, the largest lake, has most kinds of water activity available (limited out of season) and well-supervised, a cruising restaurant and some nice beach resorts
A former Cistercian fortified abbey 9km west of Villefranche. Spectacular, part early Gothic building and parkland setting. Guided tours of interior
Najac bastide, beautiful touristy village, medieval fortress all perched on rocky ridge- good example of 13th century military architecture, good restaurants and very good cycling and walking routes with Aveyron River and woods. Three outdoor pools + diving boards.
20 hectare animal park with wolves, bears, birds of prey, deer, bison, antelope and lynx- but not elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys.
Capital and economic driver of Aveyron, historic centre based on 13-16th century Notre-Dame cathedral, fascinating central area behind, Fenaille and Denys Puech museums joined now by impressive Soulages museum of famous abstract painter, equestrian specialist centres (national Stud Farm- Haras- guided visits only- and Domain of Combelles for serious riding at all skill levels). Just outside Rodez there is the Hotel and Restaurant of Fontanges which is beautifully located with the Greater Rodez golf course and sports complex.
A remarkably intact 1281 bastide village ; medieval arcades, duck ponds, half-timbered merchants houses, modern artists’ studios- classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Remains of the fortifications are visible. Home of eponymous knife production if pricey and not as famous internationally as the Laguiole (also Aveyron) knives. Friday evening markets in July, August- short visit
1902 iron railway bridge 460m long joining Rodez and Carmaux. It took 7 years to build. Very close to 2000 road viaduct 570 m long and 130m high- both considerable engineering achievements for their times but not to be confused with the Millau motorway viaduct designed by Norman Foster which is even more spectacular if a longer trip.
Medieval bastide town on the Aveyron River designed with regular street grid converging on a central square bordered by arcades, the surprising baroque Chapel of Penitents Noirs and the Chartreuse Saint-Saveur monastery with impressive great cloister, supermarkets, excellent and extensive weekly Thursday morning market (in several locations including old town square), recommended bars and restaurants, cinema. Boulangerie Boutonnet on Rue Serg. Bories excellent if a little pricey.
Barthas is a specialist cross-country facility and normally only takes organised groups www.elevage-barthas.com
Lescure Jaoul horse-riding centre http://www.lesecuriesdujaoul.fr/
Relais des Fargues at Vabre Tizac www.aveyron-nature.com
Excellent Combelles near Rodez, 65 minutes, horse-riding at all levels and types – Very impressive facilties of all sorts and superb horses- used for French national championships http://www.combelles.com/
Normally with supervised beach swimming during the day
Very sizeable mountain Lake Pareloup has a number of beaches and nautical hire centres (limited out of season). Needs hot weather because of altitude. Not so immense nearby Lac Pont de Salars with very good swimming and boat hire + beach bar – younger visitors and can be very busy.
Lake Roucarie just before Carmaux- narrow lake , nautical hire and ice cream kiosk
La Roque leisure area just below La Maleyrie with shallow and deep swimming, old weir, small pebble islands and beautiful setting + toilet block
Lagarde Viaur brilliant swimmable weir, plenty of deep river, good bar/restaurant
Plenty of other stretches of river to discover and often a good idea to wear plastic or waterproof footwear into the water for protection on the gravel/stone river bed
There are plenty of way-marked routes and circular routes. We can offer the loan of binoculars, nightscope, telescope, GPS navigator, compass, route plans and maps. Walks can follow roads or bridleways and range from gentle, if keeping to the plateau or valley, but quite challenging if ascending/descending the gorges reaching an altitude of 620m after ascending 500m or so. http://www.la-salvetat-peyrales.fr/dossiers/dossiers.php?id_dossier=39http. Similarly bicycle rides can be on road bikes to travel across the plateau or, if very fit, to descend and ascend the valleys by road. Mountain bikes are required to utilise the 'chemin' or bridleways where the incline and surface can be both challenging and exhilarating. https://www.routeyou.com/en-fr/location/bike/47411426/cycling-in-aveyron-overview-of-all-cycle-routes
We have been travelling to France for 12 years and this is the best accommodation we have experienced.
Spotlessly clean, well equipped, beautiful pool and tranquil setting. Air conditioning in all of the rooms a bonus given the very hot weather.
Owner was helpful but totally unobtrusive.
We had a very nice relaxing week. Would highly recommend.
Magnificent property in stunning location. Very remote and peaceful. Owner very helpful all home comforts provided.