Every so often we come across a French property that knocks us for six. This month, Sophie Gardner-Roberts falls in love with this charming country house in Aveyron
The Aveyron department is an area of France which lies very close to my heart. For 18 years, my grandparents had a house in a hamlet up on the forestcovered hills above Figeac. We would visit every summer and I have fond memories of canoeing down the Célé river, going on walks through the sunlit woods or tasting aligot (a cheesy potato puree) at a market. Five years ago, they sadly sold the house and I haven’t returned since. Naturally, when I saw this beautiful countryside property in the Aveyron, I could not resist.
Recently renovated, the property retains bucket loads of charm with exposed stone walls and floors, exposed beams and large windows. I suppose a small part of me fancies running a chambres d’hôtes in a stunning property, which is why this one appeals. It would certainly be a comfortable affair with the five en-suite bedrooms and the large reception area, as well as the spacious dining room, cosy sitting room and the fully equipped double kitchen.
The vast grounds are breathtaking with a well-tended garden, a covered terrace and a heated pool, which I would definitely make the most of thanks to the sunny weather the region is blessed with.
The house is located near the bastide town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue, famous for its arcades lining the central square and its impressive church. I think I would thoroughly enjoy welcoming guests in this setting and I certainly hope my own friends would come and stay. I would have a very attractive, very French husband to cook delicious meals with local products from the market, while I would select the perfect wine to match from the vaulted wine cellar. maisons-et-chateaux.com
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