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Character Farmhouse with Private Pool for your use only



Updated: 01-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property


‘Les Portails’ is a converted farmhouse with an open sided barn located in a tiny hamlet, conveniently situated for local shopping, sporting facilities and sites of historical and cultural interest. Behind the distinctive arched wooden gates feast your eyes on the rolling hills of the Aveyron countryside and absorb its natural beauty and tranquillity.

The house has been carefully restored and furnished substantially in local traditional style retaining features such as exposed beams whilst offering high quality modern facilities. The large enclosed garden, which is not overlooked, is mostly laid to grass punctuated with trees, which can offer welcome shade in the sunny summer months. The swimming pool is located in the garden a few yards from the house and has its own patio for lounging in the sunshine.


The farmhouse has a ‘pigeonnier’, an attractive feature from bygone days when pigeon droppings were prized and sold for profit. There are no longer any pigeons and none of the accommodation is in the pigeonnier!

Accessible directly from the garden, the kitchen has a traditional fireplace with a wood burning stove, a large family dining table and chairs. The kitchen was completely refitted in 2013 with large built in oven, dishwasher and washing machine, induction hob and granite worktops. There is a large freestanding fridge/freezer and combination oven with microwave and grill. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped with cookware and plenty of tableware for eight people. This modern facility will suit those who just want to make a quick snack as well as the most enthusiastic of cooks.

The master bedroom opens off the kitchen with its own window onto the garden. This room has a double bed, wardrobe and bedside tables. Attached is the ensuite, which has a bath with shower over, basin, bidet and WC.

The first floor sitting room is directly accessible from the kitchen, via a locally crafted wooden staircase. It has beautiful views over the garden and hillsides and direct access to a terrace located on the south side of the house. The terrace also has stunning views and an electric awning to protect you from the sun. There is a sofa bed and other easy chairs in the sitting room as well as TV,DVD, HiFi and broadband internet and WiFi. The terrace has a garden table with chairs to seat eight and also has a separate external staircase leading to the garden.

The second and third bedrooms and the family shower room are individually accessible from the sitting room via a short corridor. Bedroom two has a double bed and bedroom three a double bed and two single beds. Each has ample hanging and cupboard space. The family shower room has an enclosed shower, basin and WC.

The open sided barn is directly accessible from the lane and is large enough to accommodate two or three cars. It is also a useful covered space for your children to play out of the sun or if you have a showery day. The traditional ‘cave’ opens off the barn and contains a large spare fridge/ freezer, bicycles and children’s toys.

‘Les Portails’ offers easy access to airports at Toulouse (2hrs - Aer Lingus, BA, easyJet, Jet 2 and Flybe), and Brive (2hrs - CityJet). Brive (2hrs Ryanair)

The A20 AutoRoute is just over an hours drive away and there are a multitude of non-motorway options for reaching the house.

The Aveyron is one of the largest Departements in France and is the least populated. The area is rich in historic, cultural. geographical and geological sites of interest, including the breath taking Gorges of the Aveyron and Tarn. Among the many nearby towns and villages to visit are Albi, Belcastel, Cordes, Conques, Najac, Rodez, Roquefort, Sauveterre, St Antonin, St Cirq Lapopie and Millau with its famous modern bridge. There are colourful local markets and wonderful local food and wine. Both local independent shops and supermarkets are available in Villefranche de Rouergue, eight miles away or more locally at La Fouillade (5 miles) and Sanvensa (2 miles). There are plenty of restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets within fifteen minutes drive from the house.

There is a wide variety of sporting activities locally including canoeing, horse riding, fishing, tennis and golf. There are many possibilities for walkers in the unspoilt countryside. There is horse riding at Najac as well as canoeing. It is possible to take longer trips along the river from Lagepie to St Antonin.

There is a basic tennis court in Sanvensa and more in Najac, which also has a large open-air swimming pool. Albi and Rodez have excellent eighteen hole golf courses and there is a basic par three nine hole course with a driving range in Villefranche.

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About the Owner

Mrs Thelma Durance
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
1 April, 2017

14 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)


Lovely fortnight in our favourite part of France

  • 4 of 5

Nice house in rural location. Lovely pool (with less lovely cover!) And garden with v beautiful views.

Well equipped kitchen though not much space to stow provisions outside the fridge.

Comfy beds. Very clean. Older property.

Good value for money. Excellent customer care and good communication from helpful owners.

We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review our home away from home. We are glad you enjoyed your holiday.
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Charming house in a lovely spot.

  • 5 of 5

We loved every moment of our stay in this charming house. The pool is fantastic and completely private.

The surrounding countryside is absolutely stunning and nowhere near as crowded or touristy as the Dordogne.

We found lots to do in the area to keep adults and kids fully amused. The highlight for all of us was canoeing on the River Aveyron.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful rural holiday home

  • 5 of 5

The description on Owners Direct is fully accurate: a large farmhouse with modern kitchen and bathrooms, well-equipped and ideal for one or more families. The location is quiet and there is a large pool in the huge garden with views over the countryside. Supermarkets etc are within a short drive, as are many charming and interesting market towns & villages. The owners provide comprehensive information and advice for guests, with suggestions for eating out. Internet wifi is included. We had a lovely holiday and have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Alan & Sue Taylor, Lincolnshire.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review, Alan and Sue. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at our house. We are really grateful to you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. Kindest regards , John and Thelma
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  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Les Portails several times, and have always loved it. As soon as one drives through the gates, one enters a beautiful, private and tranquil setting with stunning views. The house is full of character, spacious and comfortable. Lovely garden and swimming pool. Well worth reading the owners' book with up to date information on all the beautiful towns, villages and activities and restaurants in the area. Our favourite restaurant is Oustal del Barry in Najac, where we again enjoyed a superb dinner. For those who like to barbecue or cook (in the modern kitchen), Villefranche in particular has a wonderful Thursday market and excellent specialist food shops as well as supermarkets.

We played golf at the excellent course in Albi, and during this stay also visited Millau to see the spectacular, world-famous viaduct.

The house and location represent rural France at its best, and we look forward to staying there again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. It is always gratifying to know our clients love the house and surrounding area as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you again some time soon.
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Wonderful property

  • 5 of 5

I have been renting holiday villas in the South of France for many years and I can honestly say I have never rented a villa that felt so much like a home. The kitchen was better equipped than my kitchen at home! Everything we could have possibly needed and more was there. I spent a fantastic week there with my children & grand-children. It was my birthday while I was there and the owners, Thelma & John, even sent me a birthday card! What a lovely, thoughtful gesture. The beds were comfortable and the linen of excellent quality. The outdoor space was fantastic and the views amazing. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a beautiful "home from home" holiday. Jan & family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Jan, for the great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your week in our 'home from home'.
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vacances à Lunac

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans cette maison qui est vraiment très calme. La maison est très bien équipée et le house book très clair. De la piscine, il y a une vue magnifique sur les environs. Il y a de nombreuses choses à faire dans la région: visite du château de Najac (ville adorable), les grottes de Fouisac (12° C idéal en cas de canidule...) et le marché de Villefranche...bref des vacances bien remplies

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup, nous sommes très heureux que vous avez passé des bonnes vacances à notre maison.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Brive or Toulouse at 80 Miles Nearest Barpub : Sanvensa at 2 Miles Nearest Golf : Rodez at 30 Miles Nearest Restaurant : La Fouillade at 5 Miles Car: necessary

Sanvensa is the nearest village two miles away which has a bakers, a bar restaurant, a wine merchant and a hairdressers. La Fouillade is five miles away and has an excellent bakers, two bars, a butcher, a general store and a new Intermarche supermarket. In July and August La Fouillade has a small Saturday market for local producers of food and wine.

Villefranche de Rouergue is eight miles away. It is a ‘Bastide Royale’ or fortified town built by Alphonse de Poitiers during the hundred years war. The centre has a wide selection of traditional shops and the unmissable Thursday market in Place Notre Dame. Local people and tourists alike flock into town to buy local produce or just to absorb the wonderful atmosphere. There are also three hypermarkets as well as other out of town large shops.

The local wines are Cahors, Gaillac and Marcillac as well as other smaller producers. There are many restaurants in Villefranche as well as four in Najac and one in St Andre de Najac less than eight miles away.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

The rent is for 8 people. Any number over 8 is subject to additional rent by prior agreement.
Arrival 16:00 on the first Saturday departure 11:00 on the last Saturday.
Guests should leave the house clean and tidy.
Guests should replace broken crockery, glass, etc.
We strongly advise you to take out cancellation insurance.

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Updated: 01-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 120 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The ensuite has a bath with shower over, wc, bidet and wash basin. This was completely refurbished in 2014. The upstairs shower room has an enclosed shower, wc & wash basin. Towels are provided for the bathrooms, BUT PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN SWIMMING TOWELS.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Family
  • Sittingroom - 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Double sofa bed in upstairs sitting room
  • 3 double bedrooms & Travel cot & sofa bed. Bedroom 1 On ground floor & en suite bathroom Bedroom 2 A cosy room views onto garden. Bedroom 3 A large room with a double and two single beds views to the north. Upstairs Sitting room Double sofa bed


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome


  • Fly/ gnat screens are fitted on all windows & doors

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