The French Country Chic
is a wonderful boutique family retreat in the middle of nature. .
- Sleeps a maximum of 16 guests – either 10 adults and 6 children/teens or 8 adults and 8 children/teens
- 1 double room with space for cot/small bed
- 3 suites (1 bedroom with king size bed, 1 with twin beds plus space for extra cot/bed)
Useful things to know:
- A car is necessary to get around
- Fenced, heated pool
- Close-by airports are Rodez (about 45 minutes) or Toulouse (1.5 hrs).
This charming family retreat close to Villefranche-de-Rouergue combines style and atmosphere with top-notch facilities.
Owned by a welcoming British couple, the property accommodates three or four families at a time in a tastefully converted barn, set in extensive grounds with a large pool (all are securely fenced).
All rooms are elegantly decorated, exuding an air of luxury, and equipped with high quality linens, towels and robes. One double room with space for a cot or small bed is ideal for couples with a single child aged under 12. The three suites have two connecting bedrooms each, one with a king size bed, the other with twin beds, plus space for an extra cot. All rooms are equipped with TV/DVD, toys, books and baby changing/bathing equipment.
On the lower level guests have use of a kitchen and a TV lounge/dining room. .
7 night minimum stay during high season.
In the lower season the owners are flexible on number of nights.
Mid-May to early July the rate will be:
All rooms (exclusive use of the whole house) 5.000 Euros
2 couples – 2.500 Euros per week
2 families – 3.000 Euros per week
3 families - 4.000 Euros per week
Mid July to end of August: exclusive rental only - 8.000 Euros per week.
Rates include a welcome basket with fresh bread, vegetables, fruit and local produce, wine and some essentials. Linnen and towels (pool towels supplement) are also included.
Supplements apply for additional meal delivery, babysitting, taxi and mid-week clean or linen changes.
Capacity: max. 16 guests – either 10 adults and 6 children/teens or 8 adults and 8 children/teens
Deposits / Cancellations
Depending on the dates, different cancellation policies apply. We will be happy to send you a quote with all necessary details.
A 250€ security deposit per family (1.000€ for a full house) is required in advance and will be returned within 7 days after departure after inspection.
Pets are not allowed.
- Coffee Machine
- DVD player
- Fenced Outdoor Pool
- Gowns and slippers
- Ipod dock
- Ironing board
- Organic toiletries
- Outdoor space
- Picnic accessories
- Restaurants close-by
- Safety Deposit Box
- Shops close-by
Eva and her daughter Noa stayed at the French Country Chic in July 2018: "Wir haben hier 8 wundervolle Tage verbracht. Sowohl das Hotel , wie die ganze Gegend und vor allem die Gastgeber waren super. Wir haben tolle Abenteuer erlebt , viele nette Familien kennengelernt und uns wie zu Hause gefühlt.
Wie du siehst haben wir eine tolle Zeit gehabt und alles dank dir, The Little Voyager. Du warst eine tolle Hilfe (bei der Planung, Buchung , usw .)!!! DANKE! Ganz liebe Grüße, Eva und Noa -Wir freuen uns schon auf unseren nächsten Urlaub."
Alison and her family stayed at the French Country Chic in August 2019: "We had a wonderful time! It absolutely exceeded our expectations and the food in particular was fantastic, along with the hosts’ attention to detail making us feel really welcome. We will return!”
Family Suite 1
This Family Suite has 2 interconnecting rooms. Parents have a luxurious king bed and the children´s room has twin beds with built-in side protectors that are adjustable between toddler and singles, there is room for a cot and/or additional bed, linen is provided. Off the main bedroom is a luxury en-suite bathroom.
Family Suite 2
This Family Suite has two interconnecting rooms sharing a bathroom. Parents have a King bed and the children's bedroom is accessed through the bathroom and has high sided bunk beds. There is also space for a cot/children's bed in the parents room.
Family Suite 3
This Family Suite hosts two interconnecting rooms with wonderful views over the valley. The parents room has a King bed. An interconnecting door links to the "Circus" themed children's room with beds that extend from toddler to standard size with built in side protectors, space for a cot or third toddler bed. The children have their own bathroom.
This standard double room with a high quality 140 bed enables a family of 3 with a baby or child to enjoy without the requirement of a 2-bedroom suite. The room supports either a cot or a day bed (toddler bed size) with all linen included. This room is also perfect for a family member/s or a couple if rented alongside the Family Suite 3 next door.
- Baby cot (Full size plus mattress)
- Baby monitor
- Security bed rail
- Room darkening curtains/blinds
- Mosquito cot protection
- Bath toys
- Non slip mats
- Baby bath supports
- Baby shampoo & gel
- Baby sling/back pack
- High chair
- Bottle warmer
- Baby cutlery & tableware
- Toddler sippy cups
- Baby food available on request
- Indoor toys &books
- Outdoor area with games & toys
- Playground on site
- Beach toys
- Heated outdoor swimming pool
- Public indoor swimming pool nearby
- Baby nests
- Baby bouncers
- Toddler step
- Toilet trainer seats
- Diaper changing mats
- Diaper pail
- Diaper & wipes can be pre-ordered (there are always some spare nappies on site for "emergencies" as well)
- Stair gates
- Fenced swimming pool
- Laundry service
- Cleaning service
- One washing load included in the package
- Shopping possibilities nearby
- Pre-arrival shopping service possible (nappies and wipes)
- Doctor on call
- Baby sitting available on request
- Kids activities offered on site (two activities included in the price and more daily activities offered at an extra charge)
Activities for kids
At the Property
The extensive grounds around the property are superbly equipped for children and between the tree house, trampoline, swings, slides and selection of outdoor games and toys, they will be entertained for hours, if not days. Children can meet the resident chickens, ducks, swan, rabbits, dogs and cats and can even feed the ducks and collect the hens’ eggs.
In summer the large, heated and fully-fenced pool is open and picnics can be enjoyed in the grounds.
In the heat of the midday sun or during cooler months, children will find plenty of toys, books, games, a playpen, TV and DVDs indoors in the guest lounge.
This wonderfully picturesque little town makes a great day out. Walk along the river and stop for a picnic in the shade, or treat yourself to the exquisite foie gras served in town. Later, wander up to the 1000-year-old chateau for a look at the amazing views and the animation work that adorns the interiors.
Sant Cirq Lapopie
A great destination for walkers and foodies, adults will enjoy the gourmet restaurants, wine museum and quirky arts and crafts shops, whilst children will love picnicking by the river. There is a safe, roped-off swimming area next to a river beach and older kids can rent canoes. There are also good walks along the river to the gorges.
Take a ride in an old-fashioned steam train. The one hour trip from Martel to St Denis affords glorious views of the Dordogne Valley - a great trip for all ages.
Parc & Château de Columbier
With a medieval chateau, wildlife park, gardens and games there’s loads to do see and do here. Animals include bears, lions, monkeys and more, and there is also a petting zoo. Picnics can be enjoyed in the lovely gardens where there are also outdoor games like boules and giant chess, and a playground.
Pradinas Animal Park
Focused on European wildlife, this 15-hectare park is home to pigs, goats and chickens as well as lynxes, bears, wolves and monkeys. You can tour the park on foot or by donkey and there is also a mini-train and farming exhibits.
Villeneuve sur Aveyron
The closest village to the guesthouse offers three restaurants, a playground for the kids, various shops and a market on Sundays. During the summer various festivals and night markets are also held.
Ten minutes away by car this pleasant town has a wide choice of places to eat, and great shopping. The tourist train keeps youngsters occupied and there are pleasant walks beside the river.
Activities for adults
At the property
Thai massages can be booked on site, on the new outdoor deck. For time-pressed mothers, hairdressing and beauty treatments can also be arranged.
A beautiful small city, Albi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the ‘pink city’ and admire the architecture, the medieval cathedral and visit the Toulouse Lautrec museum.
Markets are held in nearby towns most days of the week. Find local produce, gifts and souvenirs in Villefranche, Limoges, St Antonin Noble Val, Figeac, and Villeneuve.
Nature and culture come together in perfect harmony in this part of rural France.
The area is ideal for walking, picnicking beside rivers, and discovering quaint medieval villages.
Several of France’s most beautiful towns (Conques, Najac, Rodel, Belcastel) are easily explored as day trip and the historic steam train that crosses the Dordogne Valley and a number of wildlife parks are all within easy reach.
For those preferring more sporty pursuits there are several easy walks from the guesthouse. A little further afield the river has numerous pretty picnics spots and older children and adults can swim, kayak and go canyoning in the summer.
Roquefort and Cantal cheese and Marciac wine are all produced in the area, and with markets held in just about every town and village, food features high on the list of the area’s attractions.