Gîte des Milans | Self-catering house in Aveyron | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Gîte des Milans - Self-catering house in Aveyron

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La Lande, 12270 Bor et Bar, Aveyron
Midi - Pyrénées, France

Richard Pitkin

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+33 (0)5 65 65 60 66(landline)

Glorious airy living space in this superbly restored barn, a terrace with long views and a pool across the garden - bikes to borrow too

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In the rolling green hills of the Aveyron, the Pitkins' renovation of their barn is impressively innovative: original beams and exposed stone walls remain intact while light floods in through modern Velux windows, the staircase is constructed of wood and glass, and there are cut stone floors throughout. You'll love the roomy communal living space with its arched beams, plenty of seating, a music system, UK TV and internet. The kitchen design is clever too - a happy mix of old and new with much upcycled from the old barn and plenty of kit for a foodie group. Big, clean-lined downstairs bedrooms are light and airy with great views; bathrooms are large and swish. Outside living centres on the terrace off the dining area with another long view and seductive swimming pool beyond. There are bikes to pedal off on, good local walks, plenty of Viaur river swimming spots, fine hilltop villages, like Cordes and Najac, to explore and advice on hand for anything else you may want to do - owners Richard and Anna are in the farmhouse next door.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Richard Pitkin:

Local points of interest from
Richard Pitkin:

  • For the wine enthusiast, the house is well situated. Only 30 mins from Gaillac region and just over an hour to Cahors(the "original" Malbec). Vineyard tours and degustations abound, with recommendations available.
  • The birdwatcher, whether serious birder or interested enthusiast will have plenty to enjoy. Either from the terrace, looking down on the soaring swallows and birds of prey, or from the migration viewing station 5 mins away. Kites, Hoopoe, Oriole and more.
  • Only 5 minutes away, guests looking for a challenge can try out the Via Ferrata. A cabled climbing route in the Viaur valley, which finishes with a spectacular zip wire high up above the river. Or take a trip to Najac and kayak+picnic on the Aveyron river
  • Extensive walking right from the house. Walk down into the beautiful valley of the Viaur river on well marked footpaths, and maybe take a swim when you get there. Look out for Kingfishers, Dippers and Herons.
  • Only a few minutes drive, there are 2 restaurants popular with locals and visitors alike. La Chataigneraie sits next to the river, and serves generous crepes to the background of live jazz. Le Relais is open all year, and is a good value quality restaurant
  • With loads of local markets to choose from on most days of the week, why not try the night market in Najac? Bring your own cutlery, and choose your dinner from the stalls of local producers. Sit at long tables in a convivial atmosphere with live music.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"This place is superb. The conversion is so sympathetic to the original building and its features and it makes you feel good simply to be there. The furniture and accessories have all been chosen with flair and careful thought for the holidaymaker. The amenities are all excellent and the surrounding area peaceful and verdant. I would recommend it to anyone for a holiday and would certainly go back myself. "

Anna - Bristol, United Kingdom

September 2017

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  • 1 House for 10
Price:(i) £1200 to£2000 per week

Special Offer: Sawday's New Kid on the Block - 15% off any 2018 booking made in 2017. Still offering opening year rates for 2017.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available in low season.


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La Lande, 12270 Bor et Bar, Aveyron

Self-catering Gîte des Milans (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles, 2 triples (all en suite)
Price: (i) £ 1200 to £ 2000 per week

Richard Pitkin

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+33 (0)5 65 65 60 66(landline)