|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Originally a Pigeonnier or dovecote this lovely stone East/West facing building, is now a delightful self-contained cottage with huge oak beamed and vaulted ceilings.
Enter via the large double doors into a spacious lounge & kitchen/diner with all necessary equipment and appliances including:
Dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, 37" TV, Freesat, microwave, DVD Player, cooker, hob, CD player, Ipod dock, Wifi and wood burner (Winter lets).
The two Super king/twin bedrooms are luxuriously dressed with beautiful furniture and sumptuous bedding to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Each Bedroom also has a double sofa-bed for additional children (small extra charge) en-suite bathrooms overlooking the sunny front garden and orchard beyond.
The private terrace faces west, ideal for the evening sun and can be accessed via the kitchen or the path around the outside of the property.
We are proud to announce that we have recently awarded 4* by Clevacances French tourist authority for all accommodation at Le Farat and unparalleled in this area.
This 18th century stone property was originally a working farm and vineyard but was renovated and converted to a luxury private home with outbuildings and extensive lawned parkland 30 years ago. Our two gites and B&B suite are indepentant to each other and all guest accommodation is private and peaceful. Equally, we have recently refurbished and furnished each holiday property with a mix of modern and antique furniture, providing luxury, comfort and style but maintaining original features and character of the property. Le Farat sits in its own little valley and is approached from two different directions along graveled drives through the 5 acre grounds and orchard. There are no immediate neighbours and we are situated just a few minutes walk from a fantastic and reasonably priced restaurant. For those that do not want to cook on a daily basis or use the BBQ's provided it is a treat to wander to the little stone village, take in the views and eat superb locally produced and presented food!
We are a middle aged couple that took the plunge and moved to France in 2010 with our children 3 dogs and 1 cat to live a more peaceful and relaxed lifestyle. Although not speaking fluent French, we are learning fast and have, with the help of our youngest daughter and school connections, integrated well. The locals are welcoming and friendly and the village activities/events calendar is extensive. We already feel part of French life after a relatively short time.
We live on-site in the main house and since our move have been working hard to create top class holiday accommodation at Le Farat. Look at our Trip Advisor reviews to see what our guests think so far! Our only regret is we did not do this earlier. If you have not visited this area before, I am sure you will be impressed.
Allison Feeley purchased this cottage in 2010
Our tick list was extensive when looking to relocate the family and run a business in France. After a lot of hard work we think we have found exactly what we were looking for at Le Farat. For us as a family, Auvillar has a great sense of community but add to this that it is directly on the famous walk way "Saint Jacques de Compostelle" and a "Plus Beaux Village de France" really makes life just that bit special for us and an ideal place for a get away from it all holiday for our guests. The region is renowned for fruit, wine, Sunflowers, medieval villages etc.. The community encourages tourists and involve all at the first excuse for a festival! With many large towns and Toulouse within 1 hour we are ideally placed to take both rural life and city experiences when we want them, just perfect!
On the edge of Tarn et Garonne and within miles of Gers, Haute Garonne and Lot et Garonne, there is a wealth of different countryside, sights and experiences to be had, you can even stroll to a local top class and affordable restaurant raved about by locals and tourists alike. Le Farat has the benefit of being in a quiet valley flanked on one side by a small wood and on the other open fields with no immediate neighbours. The house is frequently surrounded by sunflowers and has its own private fishing lake. A country lane that passes the house rarely sees a car and the only thing to be heard is the village clock chiming at 7am, midday and 7pm, bliss! For those wanting to discover the region Auvillar, River Garonne, Valence d'Agen, Canal des Deux Mers, Agen, Moissac, Montauban, Auch and Toulouse are all within easy reach. Hot tourist spots of the SW are just a short car drive and all can easily be done in a day to name a few: Bordeaux, Basin d'Arcachon and Dune de Pilat, St Emilion, Dordorgne and Lot valley, Rocamadour, Cahors and St Cirq lapopie, St Antonin Nobel Val, Cordes sur ciel, Albi and the Toulouse lautrec art gallery, Carcassonne, Foix, Lourdes and Pyrenees mountains etc, etc....
The accommodation is spacious and furnished to a very high standard. We have taken our holidays in France for many years now and Le Farat must be one the best gites we have stayed in.
The area has a lot to offer; Auvillar is a beautiful village only a few minutes drive away and there is a fantastic market at Valence d'Agen every Tuesday.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful with several good walks from the house and many more just a little further afield. I spent several early mornings fishing Le Farat's lake (thanks to Nick) which was simply idyllic. All in all an excellent holiday location which I have no hesitation in recommending. We are already thinking of returning next year.
If you want to really get away from it all, Le Farat is the place to go. You will not be disappointed! We are already planning our next visit!
Quotes taken from our Trip advisor reviews.