Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 6 9.6/10
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In the south west area of the Massif central, where the River Lot serves as the border between the départements of Aveyron and Cantal, lies the village of Vieillevie. This is a small village with a shop and post office, a bar and cafe, an award winning restaurant and a medieval castle, the Château de Vieillevie. The village stands on the north bank of the River Lot, approximately 12 km west of Entraygues, 45 kms south of the large town of Aurillac and 50 kms north of the larger cathedral town of Rodez. Nestling in the hillside above the village and overlooking the valley of the River Lot is the Hayloft.
This old hayloft and stable have been sympathetically renovated to a very high standard to create this delightful 2 bedroom cottage providing self-catering accommodation with a secluded and private garden and a swimming pool shared with the English owners, Brian and Glynis Morris.
The Hayloft is adjacent to the home of Brian and Glynis who will be available should you require any assistance to ensure that you make the most of your holiday.
The modern and well equipped kitchen has all you need for your stay including a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge with a freezer compartment, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee machine.
The cosy lounge has a flat screen tv and dvd showing English satellite channels with wi-fi also available. The lounge also accommodates a table and chairs for dining.
The spacious main bedroom on the first floor has a king size bed and plenty of storage space for clothes. Stairs from the main bedroom lead up to an attic bedroom with a single bed. The bedroom shares the same bathroom as the main bedroom.
Adjoining the main bedroom is a luxurious bathroom with a shower enclosure, full-sized bath, two hand basins, toilet and heated towel rail.
Central heating throughout for those cooler days and nights.
Outside there is your own private garden space which includes sunloungers and an outside seating area with a gas barbecue for those al fresco meals. New for 2017, a swimming pool with a lounging area and stunning, panoramic views is available for your use. The pool is shared with the owners.
Outside parking adjacent to the cottage.
The floor layout of the Hayloft and the use of terracing and steps in the garden mean that the cottage may not be suitable for very young children or the elderly or infirm.
The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela passes nearby on it's way to Conques, a medieval pilgrim town and one of the most renowned of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. Similar medieval sites will be found within an easy drive from Vieillevie that include Estaing, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Najac and Belcastel. If historical sites and natural scenic beauty get too much then a visit to the Viaduc du Millau, less than two hours drive away, is a must. Millau viaduct holds the world record for the tallest bridge, culminating at 343 metres (higher than the Eiffel tower), 2460 metres long and touching the bottom of the Tarn valley in only 9 places.
It wouldn't be France if there wasnt a market on somewhere. Locally, there are excellent markets in Maurs (Thursday), Decazeville (Friday), Rodez and Figeac (Saturday) and Marcillac (Sunday). Further afield there are very good markets to be found in Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Thursday) and Sarlat-la-Caneda (Saturday).
Fishing, canoeing and paddle boarding are available on the river. Licenses for fishing are available from the village shop. Canoeing and paddle boarding are run from centres in Entraygues and another in Le Port, close to Vieillevie. A few miles downstream from Vieillevie a company offers boat cruises, with and without lunch, a pleasant way to while away a few hours and see the river from its best vantage point. There are plenty of good walks within minutes of the Hayloft. The Monts de Cantal and the Aubrac provide excellent walking opportunities for those that may want something a little more challenging. Both areas also provide downhill and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Out of the winter season a challenging Go-Ape style tree adventure can be found in the mountain resort of Super Lioran There are two horse-riding centres a short drive away. Golf is also available in Aurillac and Rodez, both a 45 minute drive away.
We have been hiring gites in France for over 30 years and this was probably the best yet. It was very, very comfortable and tastefully decorated, the peace and the ambiance are truly relaxing yet there is a village with a small local shop and a hotel/bar/restaurant just down the road. Brian and Glynis are very helpful, available if you need them but discreet otherwise, two small problems we had were resolved instantly and they willingly shared their local knowledge.
There are several lovely towns and villages in easy driving range plus lots of interesting eateries. The Auberge du Peyral in La Vinzelle with its amazing views was a highlight but there are spectacular views wherever you go and the local town, Entraygues, was a delight.
The only downsides are that there is no near supermarket. Entaygues has a small one but you need to go further afield for a large one. Also, the first time you drive the road up from the village to The Hayloft is quite an experience but you do get used to it!
We were there in a heatwave but the minute you enter the gite with its thick stone walls you are comfortable and the pool is as wondrous as it looks in the photos. It is not large enough for serious swimming but for cooling off with spectacular views while doing a few gentle strokes, it cannot be beaten.
We would go back in a heartbeat - it was a brilliant holiday.
Hayloft is one of those places that, the minute you arrive, you wish you’d booked for twice as long. It’s a really lovely cottage in an idyllic location. We stayed here for a week towards the end of summer. The cottage has been sympathetically converted and is spacious, beautifully furnished and equipped and VERY comfortable; I particularly loved the bath!
The owners are very welcoming, friendly and helpful without being at all intrusive. They arranged a bicycle for us to use and also left a very welcome bottle of local wine when we first arrived and a useful list of places to eat nearby.
Although only a few minutes drive from the village and its facilities, the cottage feels remote and incredibly peaceful with beautiful views out over the valley and almost the only sounds you’ll hear are the breeze in the trees, the river in the valley below, birdsong and the crickets at night. Despite the tranquility, there is a lot to do nearby - walking, sightseeing, river activities - or just sitting in a lounger in the garden with a good book. Breathtakingly pretty places such as Conques or Estaing are within very easy reach and there are terrific local restaurants such as Chez Marie in Grand-Vabre, although the kitchen is adequately supplied should you want to take advantage of the local produce and cook for yourself.
All in all, it’s one of the loveliest places we’ve stayed - thanks to Brian and Glynis for making us so welcome - we hope to be back one day.
So pleased you enjoyed staying with us and that you had a pleasant holiday, look forward to seeing you again at the Hayloft in the future.
Brian & Glynis
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