|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
This beautiful medieval village has now been featured in 2 films, "Charlotte Gray," starring Cate Blanchett and, more recently, "The Hundred-Foot Journey," starring Helen Mirren. St Antonin is located in the Gorge of the Aveyron, where the picturesque Bonnette and broad Aveyron rivers join.
Your lodging is a unique (blue lime-washed) house, a 5 minute walk from the main square of the village with cafes & restaurants, bakery & amenities. The house is accessed directly from the street. Behind the house, facing the river, is a private walled garden on the lower level, while above, at street level, a short walkway (elevated above the garden) leads to a stone terrace overlooking magnificent views of the Gorge. This terrace, with built-in stone benches & teak table offers a perfect setting for morning coffee or al fresco dining. Both floors of the house enjoy wonderful views through ample windows, filling the inside space with natural light (emphasized, upstairs, by a skylight in the cathedral style ceiling with exposed oak beams). The newly renovated interior walls are of exposed brick, stone, & colombage (beam & stucco); they provide a rustic atmosphere, while new radiant heating keeps the place snug and warm in all weather. There is WiFi throughout the house, garden, and terrace. A wisteria-covered pergola gives leafy shade over the terrace, and shade sails provide airy shelter from from extremes of summer sun, while sun buffs can enjoy loungers in the garden. These varied and comfortable amenities encourage relaxing with a book, a coffee or glass or wine, and leisurely conversation. Morning and evening, birdsong is provided at no extra charge. : - )
Ideal for a relaxing holiday, Maison Bleue makes a very convenient base for exploring the historic village and the beautiful surrounding region.
Bruce and Bonnie Bishop are a California couple who discovered the village of St Antonin-Noble-Val in 2000. There they found an abandoned townhouse positioned on the walls of the medieval village with dramatic overviews of the Aveyron river gorge. They bought the ruin and spent the next 8 summers re-making it into a jewel of a holiday home. Currently they divide their time between France & California. Bonnie is the director of The Mindful Circle, dedicated to the enhancement of women’s health and well-being. Bruce an artist-builder-writer. They enjoy sharing their home with fellow francophiles.
Bruce purchased this house in 2000
We bought in St Antonin simply because it is so alive and beautiful. A registered Cite Medieval , it is an architectural delight that maintains its medieval character, yet enjoys an active contemporary life. The Sunday market is renowned and draws vendors & customers from all the region. The village unaccountably boasts a superb cinema with the latest releases. Picnicking alongside or kayaking on the river is delightful. Hiking, climbing (world class) and cycling are popular pastimes. Galleries abound as artists are drawn from all over the world to live in and around St Antonin.
When we found Maison Bleue it was in ruinous condition, but its position, superbly convenient to the village center and enjoying spectacular vistas, knocked our socks off! Now renewed, it is a perfect get-away.
What makes this property unique is the surprise you get when entering what appears to be a pretty but unassuming house on a normal village street.
First is the impression of harmonious hand-crafted elements, from the large double front door to the cupboards and counters of solid beautifully grained wood, the custom ceramic knobs, the sculptural spiral staircase.
But then you open the back door and a dressed stone walkway leads you above a private garden to a terrace overlooking a magnificent view of the wall of the gorge with the Aveyron River below: Breathtaking!
This terrace is like a light-filled living room complete with birds and the distant sound of the river, a wonderful place to sit, sip, converse, read, reflect in sun and shade.
Well - what can we say about Maison Bueue - our home for 7 weeks - we miss it every day and would come back in a heartbeat!! Maison Bleue felt like home the minute we walked in - little touches like the wine you so kindly left for us and being able to organize with Graham our little hamper of food til we could get to the amazing St Antonin Markets. There was every comfort we needed and the kitchen!!!! so well appointed. Being right in the village was amazing - a short walk for a coffee or a wine or a beautiful pastry. Also - so nice we could park our car so close to "home". The villagers were so friendly - I remember the first day we arrived I was upstairs getting ready to explore our village - Kevin was standing just outside the open front door downstairs - he was soooo excited - he called out "I've already got 3 bonjours!!! - the friendliest little village ever. Our friends ask us what made us fall in love with St Antonin and we can never quite put our finger on it - we just get this far away look and get a bit sad that we aren't back there - there is just something about St Antonin and your beautiful little cottage.
I remember the first time I saw Maison Bleue on the website I fell in love with it immediately - Just the simple picture of the upstairs windows - Bonnie's famous bike and, of course, the terrace. So nice to have that beautiful outdoor area and with a barbeque! We spent many an hour out there eating amazing food with just as amazing wine - ahhhh - take me back! The market also had us interested - there is nothing Kevin likes more than to walk around a market having a chat with whoever would put up with his French! But really just so nice to have all that fresh produce. Now - what were our favourite activities? The markets ...... the little cinema ...... we could sit for hours at Gaspacho just people watching ......stumbling across ancient sites around the village ...... visiting the Vide Greniers in the surrounding little villages and snaffling up all the bargains.... we were actually close to so many other interesting little villages and towns....then kayaking (and falling out) .... what is there not to like about St Antonin - the prettiest friendliest town. Improvements? ......absolutely nothing you can improve - you have thought of everything - your cottage and village is perfect!
Fondest regards, Sharyn & Kevin
I'm the owner, and I had a wonderful time (although I spent a great deal of time making sure the house was sparkling fresh for coming guests!).
This is the first time I've been requested to review my stays at my own house. What self-serving fun!
Hi Bruce and Bonnie
Well-what can we say about Maison Bueue-our home for 7 weeks-we miss it every day and would come back in a heartbeat!! Maison Blueu felt like home the minute we walked in-little touches like the wine you so kindly left for us and being able to organize with Graham our little hamper of food til we could get to the amazing St Antonin Markets.There was every comfort we needed and the kitchen!!!! so well appointed. Being right in the village was amazing-a short walk for a coffee or a wine or a beautiful pastry. Also-so nice we could park our car so close to "home". The villagers were so friendly - I remember the first day we arrived I was upstairs getting ready to explore our village-Kevin was standing just outside the open front door downstairs-he was soooo excited-he called out "I've already got 3 bonjours!!!...the friendliest little village ever. Our friends ask us what made us fall in love with St Antonin and we can never quite put our finger on it - we just get this far away look and get a bit sad that we aren't back there - there is just something about St Antonin and your beautiful little cottage.
I remember the first time I saw Maison Bleue on the website I fell in love with it immediately-I messaged Kevin telling him I'd found the perfect place. Just the simple picture of the upstairs windows-Bonnie's famous bike and of course-the terrace. So nice to have that beautiful outdoor area and with a barbeque! We spent many an hour out there eating amazing food with just as amazing wine-ahhhh-take me back! The market also had us interested - there is nothing Kevin likes more than to walk around a market having a chat with whoever would put up with his French! But really just so nice to have all that fresh produce every week was amazing!
Now-what were our favourite activities? Of course-the markets...the little cinema...we could sit for hours at Gaspacho just people watching...stumbling across ancient sites around the village...packing a picnic basket for lunch with fresh baguettes, pate, salami, cheeses and wine and finding a beautiful little creek just minutes away...visiting the Vide Grenier in the surrounding little villages and snaffling up all the bargains...then when it got warmer-kayaking (and falling out!)...what is there not to like about St Antonin-the prettiest friendliest little village. Improvements?..absolutely nothing-you have thought of everything....Maison Bleue is perfect...fondest regards to you both Sharyn & Kevin
We loved everything about Maison Bleue and actually intend to visit again sometime. Perfect location, perfect place to unwind and forget about the world.
It really is a little jewel!
Linda my partner makes a virtue of not returning to the same place twice when on holiday. So to have returned to St Antonin and Maison Bleue to stay on three occasions and visit on another shows the high esteem we have for Bruce and Bonnie, their special house and the attraction of St Antonin. The renovation of the house is a fascination in itself and the comfort, be it high Summer or December with snow and ice, is fitting for all seasons. As a travelling base Maison Bleue is excellently placed and equipped. Be it by foot around the town with its local history spanning centuries or further afield. From Roman to Templar history, from Medieval France to modern day France with all its upheavals of the last 100 years, all is close by. St Antonin is an excellent starting point for the rivers - Aveyron, Lot, Tarn or stunning towns further afield Albi, Castres, Figeac, Villefranche de Rouergue. St Antonin as a compact medieval town has a wide ranging assortment of restaurants, bars, food shops and local produce. The river is a wonder in its own right, with watching logs when the river is in high flood quite hypnotic. An evening stroll around the town recalling the ancient walls, medieval passages and ginnels and innumerable gardens is a joy. As is just sitting on the patio watching the world roll by. Highly recommended.
La Maison Bleue provides ideal accommodation for two, close to the centre of a lovely French town. It is comfortable, well equipped and well laid out, which would be a very cosy hide-away in winter. During the Summer months the real star is the outside space on two levels, with wonderful views over the roof tops of St Antonin towards the cliffs of the Aveyron gorge. The owners, Bruce and Bonnie could not have been more helpful during the booking process. While there are many interesting towns and villages to explore in the surrounding area, (from the Tarn, through the Quercy, to the valley of the Lot) you could equally choose to relax in the town of St Antonin itself, taking in the famous Sunday market and enjoying the many bars and cafés. For the more active, this is a beautiful walking area and there is the opportunity to canoe on the Aveyron in the Summer months. This is a great base for a holiday in beautiful South West France.
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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A deposit of 200 euros will confirm your booking, with the balance due in cash euros upon arrival.
Discounted long winter lets by special arrangement.
Negotiable. Note that Check-in time is after 4pm. Check-out time is 10am.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.
Additional days can be calculated by dividing the weekly rate by 7. Discounted long winter lets by special arrangement.