|Donjon du Chateau||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2||Additional queen-sized bed is available|
This independent gîte is on three floors with access via a stone circular stairway.
Each of the upper floors contains two bedrooms, and a bathroom with shower.
The gîte is part of a larger chateau complex that is registered as a historic monument and part of France’s heritage.
Guests have access to a single-depth swimming pool on the chateau grounds, a hot tub, a large park with animals, a dedicated parking spot, a private courtyard, and many free amenities and services (such as bicycles) or additional paid services as needed to make their visit more comfortable.
An "American" (open plan) kitchen is situated on the ground floor with the sitting room and dining area. Cupboards contain all the necessary dishware and cooking utensils. A combination microwave-oven, toaster, coffee makers, water boiler and other amenities are available in the kitchen.
The dining table is a large wooden square-shaped vintage table that can be repositioned to accommodate 8 or more people comfortably.
Attached to the kitchen is a separate laundry room with washer, dryer and drying racks. A clothes line is available in the yard.
The ground floor includes a sitting area which is incorporated next to the dining area.
The ground floor accesses the courtyard via a stone stairway, through a foyer where coats and shoes may be stored.
There are two bedrooms on each of two upper floors. Each bedroom is spacious (approximately 20 square meters) and contains either one king, queen, full, or two single beds, with ample space for clothing and storage. Sheets, pillows and bedding are included with the rental.
Windows large and small view toward the village facing north and east, or toward the chateau facing south.
Guests may choose to visit the upper, unutilized rooms of the chateau tower and enjoy the broad vista from a small balcony perched at the top of the attic.
Each of the upper floors includes a bathroom, to be used by guests sharing the same floor. Every bathroom has a window overlooking the village and countryside, and includes showers, additional heating, and amenities such as soap and hairdryer. Towels are included with the rental.
Radiator heating drawn from a natural gas system can be adjusted via a thermostat in each room.
Dining - Table d'Hote
Fresh, French, Aveyronnaise – California Style
Join us in the chateau dining room to sample Aveyron's unique gastronomy. Living close to the land and food production provides ample opportunity to create tasty, healthy and innovative cuisine. Our menus focus on vegetables fresh from our garden and produce from local farmers and purveyors. We serve dinner 3 nights a week by reservation (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday).
The village has an excellent restaurant serving robust, house-made meals at rock-bottom prices.
The city of Rodez (15 km and 15 minutes to its center) provides numerous outlets for entertainment and dining.
Gite guests enjoy a private courtyard but are welcome to enjoy the chateau grounds and its amenities. The entire property is surrounded by a high stone wall with uninterrupted views of the countryside to the south.
A separate fenced area contains playful goats, sheep and other animals that guests can visit or feed.
Guest parking is available immediately outside the private access entrance to the gite (one vehicle) and off the adjacent Place de l'Eglise (any number of vehicles).
The property contains a winding stone stairway that might not be easy for the very elderly or the very young.
Single-depth swimming pool.
Animal enclosure; okay for chained/tied dogs, but there are sheep and goats within.
View balcony accessible at the very top of the tower.
The Chateau is our new home – we recently moved to southwestern France from California, and are restoring and renovating the entire property to be able to welcome our friends from America and to meet new friends from around the world.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||Two years ago we chose to live in Balsac, a small village located in the beautiful region of Aveyron. Aveyron is a special place -- it's picturesque, authentic and tranquil – yet with a world-class modern museum and top-rated restaurants in picture-perfect villages (10 of "Les Plus Beaux Villages" – the most of any department in France). The Aveyronais are friendly people with a rich history based on the land; as a visitor, you benefit from that connection by enjoying the fine products (Roquefort Cheese, Aligot, wine made wholly of Mansois grapes, and other regional specialties) as well as a pristine environment without the crowd – even in the height of summer.
The village of Balsac is perched on the edge of a plateau with extraordinary views overlooking the vineyard-covered valleys toward Valady and Clairvaux. When you visit the Donjon du Château in Balsac – you have hiking and biking access right out the front gate to many beautiful villages or you can travel further afield...
|Unique benefits of property||Our guest house is the former donjon or castle keep of the historic Château de Balsac. This medieval tower was built beginning 1175, and has been continuously occupied since that time. Now it’s been converted to a comfortable, three-story lodging with views of the surrounding countryside. Some of the rooms have 15 foot arched ceilings while others have beautiful fireplaces and mantels.
The guest house is large and can accommodate 8 people very comfortably. Each upper floor has two spacious bedrooms and a shower room. The bottom floor has a kitchen, dining and sitting room. A private courtyard, private entrance and dedicated parking are included.
Additionally, all guests have access to the Chateau grounds which include a large park, swimming pool, hot tub and our mini farm with friendly animals. We have 5 pygmy goats, 2 pygmy sheep, 5 chickens and 1 border collie.
We’ve developed a set of services and activities to complement your visit:
• Culinary – We shop with you at the local markets, then prepare local specialties together
• Architecture – An educational orientation to architectural periods found in the region coupled with an overview of French history and local stories
• Wine – The ‘vallon’ region beneath the Balsac plateau produces a unique wine due to the confluence of the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Northern climates
• Red Villages – The deep red color of the soil and stones has produced stunning villages and fields for raising crops and animals. Farm visits are possible.
• Bike the Region – We can drop you off at any of the routes used in the Tour de France when they passed through Rodez, or pick you up following a local picnic ride. We provide the bicycles and bike storage with tools for visitors bringing their own
• Chateau Lunches – There are a lot of privately owned chateaux in the area – make friends with an interesting group of folks who are helping preserve French architectural heritage