Aveyron is generally regarded as the best kept secret of France.
On the edge of the Cathar and Templar regions, and crossed by the Le Puy branch of the Compostela Way, the Aveyron area is steeped in history. Even though it has an area almost half that of Wales, almost all of the department can be reached from the mill within an hour. Bastide towns, cathedral cities, castles, art galleries, museums aplenty. The childhood home of Touluse Lautrec can be visited 15 minutes away, and just 45 minutes away at Albi, in the neighbouring department of Tarn the famous cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec museum (www.museetoulouselautrec.net) make the UNESCO Heritage site a must. A little further is the Gaillac wine region. All sporting facilities, water based and land based, are locally available, even the occasional theme park. For the lovers of modern engineering, the stunning Millau bridge is an hour away and the makeover of the delightful 120 year old Viaur railway bridge, 20 minutes away, is just finishing. In high season each village has its fete and there are numerous night markets and open air theatre and music spectacles.
The Mill and its valley is a very magical spot, a wonderful and calming place in which to relax or explore the surrounding countryside, test the local fare, maybe treat yourself to a therapy session, reflexology or Reiki, to help you relax even more. With luck you might be here for one of our summer concerts in the new salon above the Mill, where local artists display their talents.
The tastefully restored gite sleeps eight in four ensuite bedrooms, three doubles and one twin. All have very comfortable mattresses, cotton bedding and towels provided, with a mixture of antique and modern furniture creating old French charm.
The large lounge with leather sofas, chairs and a wood burner for those chilly spring and autumn evenings (TV, DVD, books and games complete the picture).
All rooms have electric radiators for the chilly evenings of spring and late autumn, and cooling fans and fly screens for the summer nights. Well equipped modern kitchen and dining area.
The double doors to the kitchen lead out to the patio areas, barbecue and herb garden. Small bridge across the millrace leads to additional seating area. The large swimming pool (10m x 5m) is close at hand.
Hello, my name is Phoebe and I live in the owners' part of their house. I am a rescue dog, my first owner abandoned me and David thought it would be a good idea to take me home, thankfully Barbara agreed. I am a very friendly dog and like my walks and treats. I have very strict instructions that my place is in the owners part of the garden, unless you wish to meet me and give me a bit of petting, but please don’t feed me treats as I really don’t want to get too fat, as I love to run in the woods and explore the hills.
Hello there, we are Nemo and Webster we are the resident owners; the humans think they are but they are much disillusioned, we are rescue cats like our friend Phoebe and we just love the place. We will come and see you, but if you don’t like cats then just shoo us away and we will leave you alone. We are not allowed in the gite or the apartment. Mostly during the day, we sleep on our nice comfortable chair in the owners' house, and we go out hunting in the evenings into the woods. Hey you two don’t forget me Lauren the old lady of our group, I may be a sweet old dear but I can hunt as well as you two, and I can sleep longer during the day than you two. Besides, I was born here before the end of the 20th century!