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Stunning panoramic views, private swimming pool, covered terrace, in 3 acres



Updated: 15-Nov-2016
4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, private swimming pool, 3 acres with fantastic views

Set on a gently sloping hillside in 3 acres of private grounds this charming stone built detached cottage offers the chance to get away from it all in an idyllic setting. Renovated to a high standard, whilst retaining many original features and superbly equipped, this property also features a secluded private swimming pool.

‘Les Rossingols’ has been fitted and equipped to a very high standard, as it has been used as a second home rather than just a holiday retreat.

During restoration, every effort has been made to retain the essential character of the building, whilst providing modern standards of amenity and comfort. Behind the house, there is a delightful pool, secured by a discreet fence as required by French Law; poolside and elsewhere there are large shady areas. Set in three acres, there is plenty of space for recreation and for parking. Access is by a gravelled, gently-sloping driveway, from a quiet country road.

From the elevated position of the cottage, the views over the surrounding countryside provide an ever-changing vista of light and shade, and the terrace offers an ideal spot for observing the wide variety of birds and other wild-life in the neighbourhood.

The house is in three storeys, with large terraced areas and plenty of shade. The pool is at the rear of the property and there is plenty of room for parking, with some shade. Being on a gently sloping hillside, the views are spectacular but there is always a very pleasant movement of air; a most important feature when it is very hot!

Please note, no pets are allowed.

The Ground Floor

• A spacious fitted pine kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, gas hob and electric combination oven/grill/microwave. A barbecue is available for cooking on the terrace. French windows open onto the covered terrace with a large patio table and chairs. The 'barn' area contains:

• A W.C.

• A shower cubicle and changing area

• A utility room with washing-machine, washing line, iron and ironing-board.

The Upper Floors

The first floor has:

• A lounge area with a screen with DVD player and stereo CD player with iPod docking station. There is also a selection of indoor games, and a variety of books about the local area and of general interest. Adjacent to the lounge is:

• A double bedroom with en suite shower room with spacious shower and WC.

The 'barn' area on this floor comprises:

• A fully-fitted bathroom, with a shower attachment on the bath.

• A double bedroom overlooking the pool (Note:the windows in this bedroom are at ground level and it may therefore be considered unsuitable for young children to sleep in, however the 'barn' area can be safely shut off from the lounge)

On the second floor there is:

• A large bedroom and a smaller room, each with two single beds. Also available is a cot. All bedrooms are fitted with ceiling fans, for comfort in hot weather.

• A W.C.


There is a covered terrace to the front and to one side of the property.

Behind the house, in a sheltered position, is the swimming pool (8 x 4 metres). There is a generous provision of outdoor furniture, and ample shade is available. There is a large grassed area for ball-games. A washing line is also available.

High Chair available.

There is a covered terrace area to the front and side of the property, which offers useful shade when it's hot and there are outside lights on 3 sides of the house for sitting out after dark. There is ample outdoor furniture for outside dining and relaxing around the pool.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Ann and Phil Young live in Horsell, Surrey, with their two cats, Charlie and Oscar

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

All in all a great 2 weeks. House is perfect for 8 and the BBQ is the most important tool!
Aug 2014
  • 1 of 5

15 Reviews

based on 15 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely property in a ideal location.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Les Rossignols at the beginning of September. The weather was stunning on all but a couple of days in the fortnight we were there. All of the wonderful historic sites in the area such as Cordes sur Ciel, Najac, Albi and of course St Antonin noble val are all a short distance away. The house is roomy and comfortable and has a fantastic view extending probably 20 miles up the Aveyron gorge and the location is peaceful and secluded. It's a view you never tire of and you will most likely enjoy it as we did for meals pretty much every day on the terrace. The pool was well maintained twice a week during our stay. The house was clean on arrival and was well equipped for a holiday stay. The owners were contactable during the stay and were able to quickly deal with any of our queries.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful rustic French home in a great setting.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in the most ideal location for sightseeing and activities. There is so much to explore. The town of St Antonin is a great place to start with , plenty of history, wonderful buildings and of course easy access to kayaking down the River Aveyron. If you have children it really is a good day out. We spent a further 2 days swimming in the River down in Cazals. ( Follow the road out of St Ant and follow signs to Cazals, the beach area you can see from the main road so follow the track down) Pack as you are having a day out at the beach. There is plenty of shade and a Cafe Bar . Wonderful experience. Our children took snorkels, buckets and spades and had a blast.

We did all of our shopping in Carrefore in St Antonin and local bakerys. The locals in this area are warm and friendly.

The house itself is equipped with everything you need when on holiday.The eating area outside is undercover which works well for those very hot days. It really is a gem . The interior is just great with wooden floors and stone throughout. The beds were very comfortable There is a great feeling of space in the house. It is beautifully kept and well looked after. What works well is that Ann and Phil have left a visitors book for comments. This a great idea as you can go through it and find nuggets of information that helps you plan your stay and places to explore. We found this really useful. We wouldn't have gone to the market in St Antonin if we hadn't read how good it was. Parking was easy and lots of stalls and wonderful smells........

The pool area is of high standard and a lovely place to spend your day. Again, it is equipped with everything. Parasols, loungers etc. Having a an area which contains a toilet and a shower by the pool is a huge plus. There are a couple of locals who pop by to check the pool and that things are ok.( They are very informative and have good tips on restaurants etc).

We can't rate this house highly enough. Our 7 & 9 yr olds enjoyed the garden area, again a huge amount of space. We watched tractors ploughing fields, deer running wild in the fields next door and above all, enjoyed the peace and beauty the house is set in.We went on walks in the evenings along the quiet lanes.

All the information received from Ann was detailed and communication was promt. We have no complaints whatsoever. Thank you for allowing us to stay in such a wonderful home.

Elizabeth and David Thody

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful views and well equipped house

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday at Les Rossignols. It is in a beautiful setting with wonderful views. The house is spacious, clean and well equipped. We had lovely weather to enjoy the lovely pool area. There are plenty of places to visit including Cordes, Penne, Varen, Najac and Saint Antonin. We would certainly recommend it to others. Thank you Ann and Phil for your efficient replies to our emails.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday and fantastic house with everything we could have wished for .

  • 5 of 5

This was a very successful holiday with very sunny and exceptional weather up to 39 degrees on one day. The house was beautifully cool and well equipped for all our needs and more. It was very clean and well maintained which we have had issues with in the past at other places we have rented. The liquid welcome pack was very welcome! The views are outstanding over the valley and beyond and we ate out on the terrace every day enjoying them. The children had such fun in the sparkling clean pool and there was a lot of information about where to go and what to do. Canoeing was the number one favourite, trips to the medieval towns and villages of Cordes de Ciel and Najac next on the hit list along with Penne . Lots of visits to St Antonin for drinks ,pizzas and pottering as well as the amazing market on Sunday morning and the really excellent new Carrefour supermarket. Swimming in the river in various villages and towns. The Moulin In Varen was a great place to eat out in the evening. Beautiful countryside in the surrounding area with abundant wild flowers, fields and trees butterflies, cicadas, insects . A nature lovers paradise. Thank you Ann and Phil We would definitely recommend your delightful house. Jane Hayward

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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It's all in the mix - perfect location, everything to hand, and lots to see nearby

  • 5 of 5

We stumbled across pictures of this cottage, set in a lovely rural landscape, whilst researching a Spring break for the extended family. Although our stay coincided with some of the worst late-May storms and heavy rain (the famous French "inondations" of 2016), we thoroughly enjoyed the week and would highly recommend this location.

The house is fitted out to a good standard and is ideal for a family group, with extras like the gas barbecue and sunny swimming pool making for chilled days should that be your wish. Alternatively, there are many memorable towns, markets, museums, riverside restaurants within striking distance, and the Space Centre in Toulouse kept our captive five-year-old delighted for an entire day.

The rental process was straightforward and friendly, and local help is on hand in the event of any significant problems. So if value, comfort, exploration and the joys of nature are on the agenda, you won't go far wrong at Les Rossignols.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Great relaxing retreat

  • 4 of 5

Had a fantastic family holiday at Les Rossignols. There were four adults for the first week and joined by two more for the second. The house accommodated us all without any problems. Everything you need is there for a relaxing holiday.

The weather was fine for the time of year and whilst we couldn't use the pool everyday, the days we couldn't were used to explore the surrounding area. There are many places to go with some wonderful medieval villages.

Anyone thinking of cycling should do so and the terrain will appeal to all ages and abilities. Overall, an excellent time was had by all. As always, there are very minor things that could be improved upon but that would be the case case for any holiday. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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From the Owner

We initially chose this department for it's climate and, after a number of cycle touring holidays where we spent a few days each in a few locations, we settled on the area surrounding St. Antonin-Noble-Val. We were looking for a home to retire to and so it had to be somewhere that would hold our interest throughout the year, with all the amenities we need and also good cycling and walking in beautiful countryside. Les Rossignols was the first house we viewed and after seeing a number of others, it remained our favourite. We have grown to love St. Antonin-Noble-Val, with it's bustling Sunday market and it's medieval architecture.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rodez/Toulouse at 55 Miles Nearest Barpub : Varen at 3 Miles Nearest Ferry : Caen - Porte de Ouistreham at 463 Miles Nearest Golf : Albi at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lexos at 2 Miles Nearest Motorway : A20 Caussade at 25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Milhars/Varen at 3 Miles Car: necessary

Closeby are the historic towns of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (setting for the recent film starring Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey) with it's spectacular Aveyron Gorges and popular Sunday market, Najac and Cordes-sur Ciel.

There is plenty to see and do within easy reach of the cottage, including canoeing, horseriding, fishing, cycling, walking and even paragliding. Alternatively just relax by the pool with a good book or sit on the shaded terrace and observe the wide variety of birds.

Arnac is a tiny village, in the department of Tarn-et-Garonne, in the region of Quercy, in South-West France. Quercy is noted for its beautiful scenery, its tranquillity, its fine wines and gourmet cooking and a tradition steeped in history.

Arnac is only a short distance from the fascinating medieval towns of St-Antonin-Noble-Val, Caylus and Cordes-sur-Ciel. A little further afield are the larger but equally interesting towns of Albi, Cahors, Montauban and Villefranche-de-Rouergue, while the major city of Toulouse is within 90 minutes driving.

Les Rossignols is situated on a gently sloping hillside on the outskirts of the village of Arnac. 2km away you will find Lexos, which has an epicerie, which sells bread and in summer serves drinks outside. Here it is possible to catch a train to Toulouse. 3km further along the valley is Varen, which has a boulangerie, bar, mini-supermarket, lovely restaurant on the river bank and a Saturday morning market. At Milhars, which is approximately 5km to the south, there is a restaurant/pizzeria, which is very popular with the locals, always a good sign! There are a number of small villages with various amenities in the surrounding area.

St-Antonin-Noble-Val, 12km away, has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants and a cinema. It has a very popular Sunday market with a terrific ambience. The town is on the river Aveyron and there are various canoe hire locations, this is a very popular activity in this area of the Aveyron Gorges.

There is an adventure park at Carmaux, just north of Albi, which has a wide range of outdoor activities.

Bird watching is available from the terrace and garden, bring your binoculars to see a wide range of birds.

Boules are available at the house, and can be played adjacent to the swimming pool on the gravelled area.

Canoeing is possible at many places along the Aveyron river, there are many hire locations in surrounding towns, including St Antonin-Noble-Val, Najac and Laguepie.

There are numerous quiet lanes for cycling, and many marked tracks suitable for mountain biking.

The rivers in the local area provide the finest fishing in the region with the local streams, La Bonnette, La Seye and La Baye all being classified in the 'first category'. An adult holiday fishing card for 15 days costs 30 euros and under 16s only 4 euros.

The Albi golf course is exceptional, being fringed by the Tarn river on one side, whilst the dramatic Saint-Cecile cathedral looks down on it. The course is well known for its technical nature and is set in the heart of a 60 acre natural landscape. Visitors are welcome, fees are from 32 euros.

Tandem paragliding is available from Roc D'Anglar, near St Antonin-Noble-Val, further details are available from the St Antonin-Noble-Val tourist information office.

Horse riding is available in many local areas, tourist information offices will hold up to date information.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

1.The SECURITY DEPOSIT: We are sure that you will want to leave 'Les Rossignols' in as good a state as you would wish to find it**. If, however, any extra cleaning is required, over and above that normally carried out on 'change-over', we trust that you will accept that the cost of this should be deducted from your security deposit. Should you be dissatisfied, in any way, with the state of the house on arrival, please notify us as soon as possible, in order that appropriate steps may be taken to rectify the situation.
With regard to breakages and/or any other damage, you should not feel obliged to find replacements or carry out repairs, but you are asked to report any such to us. Any charges will then be deducted from your security deposit. We hope you will agree that this procedure is both convenient and fair to all parties concerned.
**this includes washing up and removing all rubbish, in accordance with Les Rossignols General Information that you will find at the house.
2.BED LINEN/TOWELS: All bed linen, apart from that for the cot (if required) is provided, as are tea-towels, but you are asked to bring your own personal towels, including those for swimming. Personal towels may be hired by prior agreement, but not swimming towels.
3. PETS: Unfortunately, we cannot allow pets.
4. ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES: Unless otherwise negotiated, you are asked to arrive not earlier than 4.30 pm and, on the day of departure, leave no later than 10 am. This will leave as much time as possible for our caretakers to carry out the changeover procedure.

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From the Owner

No amount of photographs can do justice to the stunning panoramic views you will see both from the terrace and from the upper floors of Les Rossignols. Being an old stone house, it is full of character and we love the open plan ground floor with the kitchen, dining area and fireplace which leads onto the covered terrace. The icing on the cake is the secluded swimming pool behind the house.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 170 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En suite to master bedroom
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Opposite bedroom 2, with shower attachment over bath
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Pool changing area at the rear of the house
  • Bathroom 1 - En suite to master bedroom with large shower enclosure, toilet and wash basin. Bathroom 2 - Opposite bedroom 2 with bath (with shower attachment), toilet and wash basin. Bathroom 3 - This is the area at the rear of the house which is used for pool changing, with shower cubicle, toilet and 2 wash basins. Additional WC and washbasin on top floor serving twin rooms.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, Master double bedroom with en suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Large twin room on top floor with WC and cot available
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Second twin room on top floor
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Double bedroom overlooking swimming pool, bathroom opposite
  • Bedroom 1 - Master double bedroom at the front of the house with stunning views from the window over the surrounding countryside. Ample storage with wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and ceiling fan Bedroom 2 - Double bedroom at the rear of the house with views of the swimming pool. Area for hanging clothes, chest of drawer, bedside cabinets and ceiling fan (Note: windows in this bedroom start at floor level, it may be considered unsuitable for young children to sleep in but this area can be safely shut off from the upstairs lounge) Bedroom 3 - Large twin bedroom with WC, clothes hanging space, chest of drawers, bedside cabinet and ceiling fan. Cot available for use in any bedroom Bedroom 4 - Twin bedroom with clothes hanging space, chest of drawers, bedside cabinet and ceiling fan.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • For a two week (or longer) stay, a change of bed linen will be provided each week. Local care takers and regular swimming pool cleaning. Lots of local information, maps and guides available in the house along with a guest book with recommendations from past guests. WiFi internet will be available at Les Rossignols for the 2016 Season. In the meantime, whilst many of our guests like to escape the internet and television, for those who need it, free WiFi is available at the Sports Bar in Varen, along with television coverage of major international sporting events.

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