Le Bouyssou | Self-catering barn in Aveyron | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Le Bouyssou - Self-catering barn in Aveyron

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Loupiac, 12700 Causse & Diege, Aveyron
Midi - Pyrénées, France

Sarah Jones

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+33 (0)5 65 43 05 86(landline)

Swooping vistas, children's pirate ship, unspoilt France, plus wonderful owners - luxury to boot, eggs for fresh breakfasts and a super pool

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A creative combination of reclaimed materials and traditional skills has brought the old stone bergerie to its present glory. This is the labour of love of a warm, open and wonderfully down-to-earth English family, living their dream in an unspoilt corner of France. They live on the edge of the small farm and can tailor your entire holiday for you (shop, cook, entertain the kids) if that's what you like; or you can lap up the luxury alone. Spacious, stylish and full of light, this house has three-seater sofas and huge French windows, antique beds and a claw-foot bath, luxurious sheets and super-deep pillows. There are a range-style cooker and a wood-burning stove, beautiful colours and every techie treat (DVDs, satellite channels). Outside: a big covered terrace with deep rattan chairs, a saltwater pool with stacks of loungers, a potager and hens whose produce you may plunder, and a pirate ship for children with slide, sandpit and climbing frame. The picturesque village of Loupiac is up the road, lovely Figeac is a short hop, views sweep in every direction. Only wild horses will drag you away.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
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.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
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 Sarah Jones:

Local points of interest from
Sarah Jones:

  • The tranquil setting of Le Bouyssou means that it is the perfect place to 'decompress' from the rigors of life - surrounded by valleys, woods and fields, step out of the door and set off in any direction for an enchanting walk or invigorating cycle ride.
  • Our department has ten of 'The Most Beautiful Villages' in France - the highest concentration of any department in the country. At every turn, you will encounter the most stunning architecture, medieval 'bastide' towns and villages and charming chateaux.
  • We are handy for St Cirq Lapopie and Conques, both voted as 'France's Favourite Village' in recent years: quaint, bursting with charm and totally unspoilt. Figeac (heralded as 'the best small town in France' by the press) is 15 mins.
  • The region's cuisine is famous (and very hearty!). This is 'duck' country and you will find it on the menu of the fabulous wealth of restaurants from just minutes away. Enviably, there are at least 3 Michelin star'd restaurants within easy reach!
  • Set in between the Cele and Lot rivers there are many, many canoe and kayak stations, some of the best river swimming in France (top 5 location), 'tree top' adventure courses (from age 3!) and a highly regarded equestrian centre at the bottom of the hill!
  • Weekly markets are a must with the one held in Villefranche de Rouergue being the 'second largest in France' and bursting with vibrancy in a our 'bastide' town. St Antonin Noble Val is the setting for both a splendid market and a recent Spielberg film!
Points of interest

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"We were lucky enough to be able to book Le Bouyssou thanks to a late cancellation. The house is charming, very comfortable and fantastically well equipped. The owners and their family were so welcoming, providing all sorts of hidden extras through our stay making it that bit more special. The beautiful salt water pool was faultlessly clean and of a perfect size, not often found in rental properties. The Aveyron was not a region of France with which we were over familiar. It is very charming with many pretty and interesting villages. It would be lovely to visit in the different seasons."

Ian - Bath, United Kingdom

August 2017
"A rare treat that you want to tell your friends about, but also want to keep secret, just so that it will be available again for you! As we have already booked for next year I am happy to "spill the beans". Sawday's description and photos are very accurate. What they do not show or describe (obviously)are the family owners whose discreet company added even more pleasure to our stay. We never book more than 4 weeks in advance and have never been back to the same place. We booked Le Bouyssou for next year within 2 weeks of our return to the UK - it was so nice. It had everything we needed for a relaxing and extremely comfortable holiday in France. If we could have stayed on we would have!"
September 2010

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  • 1 Barn for 6
Price:(i) 995 to3550 per week

Special Offer: Early Summer offers for smaller families/couples - Book any remaining April, May or June 2018 weeks and take advantage of up to 40% reduced occupancy rate! Possible flexible start/end days in April/May according to availability, special treats too.

Booking info:

Short breaks available.


11 November - 6 April.


Loupiac, 12700 Causse & Diege, Aveyron

Self-catering Le Bouyssou (self-catering)
Barn ~ 2 doubles, 1 twin. Child's bed and cot available
Price: (i) 995 to 3550 per week

Sarah Jones

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+33 (0)5 65 43 05 86(landline)