Gîte des Milans

Bor et Bar, Aveyron

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


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


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.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dogs welcome
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Please get in touch for smaller parties, mid/low season.
Restaurants 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €114
Weekly price
from €1200
Reduced rates for smaller groups
1 House for 10
From €1146 beds4 bedrooms


We spent a wonderful week at the Gite des Milans. The conversion is beautiful and in a very peaceful setting. There are a wealth of activities for all types of holidays. During the day, we relaxed by the lavender-lined pool, went walking, kayaking and rock climbing (the latter with our hosts). Highlights from our evenings were enjoying the terrace, the night market at Najac and a charming local creperie with live jazz. The house is packed full of board games and an excellent collection of books, as well as a guitar and even a didgeridoo! Richard and Anna were very generous and helpful hosts.

Miriam, London

We stayed at the Gîte des Milans for a few well earned rest days during a long distance cycle ride across France. After varying quality of chambre d'hôtes and hotels on our route, the Gîte offered us welcome luxury and comfort. The showers are cavernous, and the thick walls and huge beds provided welcome peace and respite from cycling companion’s snoring. It's also the amazing location - beautiful views and sensational sunsets with plenty of space to unwind. Nice swimming pool too. Overall it definitely felt more like a holiday than just a few rest days. Thanks Richard and Anna

Tony, Farnham

It's hard to describe just how wonderful Gîte des Milans is. Richard and Anna have created a very special place, peaceful and uplifting. The restoration was done with generosity and integrity, creating somewhere which makes you feel good to be alive. Just being there is a joy and the area around it is full of treasures - great hikes around the Viaur gorge, the fortress at Najac, the square at Villefranche de Rouergue and the Soulanges museum at Rodez. A week was not enough!

Huw, Bristol, uk

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

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The neighbourhood

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.