Le Farat

Auvillar, Tarn-et-Garonne
+33 (0)5 81 78 60 39
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A lake to fish, a terrace for evening sun, big softly coloured rooms in a rescued pigeonnier. The saltwater pool beckons. Year-round bliss


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

The approach is down a long gravelled drive with swathes of lawn on either side; mature trees and an orchard lead to a deep lake in which you can fish. Sitting to the side of the grand main house, this charming, open-plan, rescued pigeonnier is entered via huge barn-like doors. It’s bright and airy with stone walls, a beamed ceiling, a blue corner sofa with cream cushions and a dining area at one end; on fine days, spill out to the terrace for late sunshine and dreamy views. The kitchen is in Shaker style and has all you need. Up a couple of steps are light-filled generous bedrooms with deep feathery pillows and French antiques; the softest colours will soothe and there are large sofas for reading should you need to find peace. Outside are shady spots under trees and deckchairs for snoozing, a saltwater pool with views to the lake and a further terrace for sunbathing. Easy to stay put but there’s much to see and do in this unspoilt part of the country, one hour south of the Dordogne. Five minutes away, Auvillar, one of ‘les plus beaux villages de France,’ still has its circular, covered market.


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

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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 5pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season. For live availability please contact us by email: info@lefarat.com
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from €140
Weekly price
from €1000
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 House for 4
From €1403 beds2 bedrooms


We had the most amazing time in Maison de Soleil in July. The Gite was perfect, had everything we could ask for and also stayed really cool during a number of 39-40C days. The lovely pool was very well used! Allison and Nick could not have been more kind, considerate and helpful. We had not been to that part of France before but it was stunning with some amazing hilltop villages and lakes and rivers to swim in. We will be going back to Le Farat and can’t recommend it highly enough. Thanks Allison and Nick.

David, Bristol

We stayed in the Maison de Soleil, fabulous beamed ceilings and stone walls. Furnished to a high standard with statement bedroom furniture, comfortable beds and luxury bed linen. Every detail is carefully considered for the guest experience. The welcome pack filled with everything you would need on arrival with hams, cheeses, cake and wine! Allison and Nick are amazing hosts, a font of knowledge and always on hand. With the stunning autumnal scenery and the tinkle of Wilma's (the dog) reindeer bells this was a magical break in a beautiful location. Highly recommended.

Christine and David, London

We spent a peaceful week staying in the Pigeonnier house with our two young children. It was beautifully spacious and cool inside even when it was 39 C outside. Alison and Nick made us very welcome and had thought about all the details to make our stay comfortable, including a huge welcome pack with homemade cake and home grown fruit and veg. They'd made adaptations to keep things safe during covid, and the place was spotlessly clean. The gardens and grounds have lots of space for exploring, long views and a trampoline. and the pool is big and clean with more lovely views. Highly recommended

Alice & Tom, London

We stayed at Le Farat in the beautiful Maison de Soleil for 7 days in August 2019. Without a doubt this was the best holiday experience we have ever had in France. Alison and Nick couldn't be more welcoming and helpful. Both our kids (10 and 14 yrs) enjoyed it just as much as we did and absolutely loved the pool and games room. This is a great base from which to explore a stunning and unspoilt part of France. The gite was immaculately clean and very well provisioned - and to arrive with a selection of cheese, bread, wine and home grown produce plus a cake was very special - thanks A and N!

Kay and Damian, Derbyshire

We stayed in La Maison du soleil, an elegant luxurious farm building conversion.We loved the huge, cool spacious bedrooms furnished with fabulous antiques and the most comfortable beds with exquisite linen plus the enormous Welcome Pack, a full-sized fridge, a decent sized freezer all in a superb kitchen. Everything was spotless, the saltwater pool was wonderful. The charm and elegance of the gite is outstanding, not to forget the delightful hosts, Alison and Nick.We arrived as strangers and were made to feel like visiting friends. Over many years probably the best gite we have used in France

Joan and Michael, Christchurch, New Zealand

We visited Le Farat in August with our two children aged 9 and 4. It is in a beautiful location and the games room and swimming pool went down a storm with our kids. The gite was immaculate and really well equipped. A real home from home. Le Farat is beautifully situated near Auvillar which is a really pretty town and has a super cafe with delicious crepes! Allison and Nick were perfect hosts, helpful, kind and well informed on the area and I have to say that Allison’s lemon drizzle cake is to die for! A lovely, relaxing holiday was had by all. I highly recommend it...

Jenni, Derby

We've never been disappointed with Sawday's 'finds' over many years now and Le Farat, set in a staggeringly beautiful part of SW France, is no exception. We spent a few blissful early Autumn days in this airy B and B suite and can't recommend it highly enough. Every detail has been thought of to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible-from a sumptuous bed and linens to home made jams at breakfast. Allison and Nick are welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable hosts who strike the right balance between being there if you need them and letting you enjoy your time in this lovely place.

John, Farnham

We enjoyed a fabulous holiday at Le Farat with our two children aged 6 and 8. The gite was beautifully furnished and maintained to a very high standard. We loved the pool, and the trampoline and games room were very popular with the children. The spacious grounds gave a feeling of peace and relaxation. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, and Allison and Nick were very helpful in recommending days out and restaurants, and assisting us in making reservations. In particular, I can recommend the Leisure Park at St Sardos which has activities to suit children of all ages.

Susan, Manchester

We had a very relaxing week at Le Farat. Our gite was well furnished, clean and comfortable, the salt-water pool was lovely and the kids made good use of the well-equipped games room. Allison & Nick were excellent hosts, helpful and friendly and easy to find if we needed them. Auvillar and the surrounding area was pretty and quiet, but we also drove a bit further afield for a day kayaking on the Garonne. Would recommend.

Cleo, Berkhamsted

A great place to stay! We've returned each year for the past seven and have found new reasons to enjoy staying there always. Our gite is decorated to a high specification and there is nothing that we are left wanting. Who could not adore relaxing around the swimming pool after a day of adventure in surrounding area. Auvillar is an attractive village nearby but the jewel in the crown is probably The Auberge de Bardigues, a restaurant situated in the little village on the hill top opposite Le Farat. This restaurant always produces a meal of gastronomical delight. Definitely a property to visit!

Michael, London

We have stayed in the lovely Maison dus Soleil for 2 weeks. Modern, stylish, comfortable beds, everything you could think of is there. The view from the terrace is wonderful and relaxing. We had a last minute, it was all arranged in a very short time. When we arrived late in the evening; fresh flowers on the table, welcome box, beds ready to sleep in. The owners Nick and Allison are welcoming and helpful in a very pleasant way. We all, including our dog, loved this special place. One of your best!


We had a glorious week at pretty Le Farat. It is full of character, space, classic furniture, a very comfortable bed and all the kitchen facilities you need for a self-catering holiday. Allison and Nick Feeley were wonderful hosts and were extremely helpful without being intrusive. They keep both the interiors and exteriors beautifully maintained and the salt water pool was wonderful. To us, this is one of France's prettiest regions with incredible views, great markets, historic towns, canal walks, fantastic fresh produce and friendly people. Great holiday and we'll be back next year.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Allison & Nick Feeley

  • Auvillar is a certified "Plus Beaux villages de France" . Built from Quercy Stone & Toulouse brick (unique to the area) The medieval bastide centre is focused around a rare circular grain market still used regularly for daily village life and festivals
  • Auvillar is listed as an important place to visit on the famous pilgrims walking route "St Jaques de Compostelle" which passes by and goes on to Lourdes. We are quickly becoming a favourite stop for the more discerning walker in our luxury B&B suite.
  • Just a few minutes stroll through the beautiful countryside you will find a fantastic reasonably priced restaurant. Michelin recognised and focusing on local fresh produce, the restaurant is one not to miss on a stay with us. Advanced booking essential.
  • A gastronomes delight! This region is famous for Agen prunes, wine, Armagnac, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries, melons, fois gras and much more. Fresh seasonal fruit and veg are available daily at our neighbours' farm, picked to order if required.
  • Each Pentecost weekend Auvillar springs into life with its 2 day wine festival the "St Noe" It attracts visitors from all over the region and hosts traditional dancing, communal meals, music lead processions and plenty of wine! One for your Spring Diary.
  • Local markets are a way of life here and there's sure to be one each day of the week within a few minutes drive. Vide Greniers are popular too, with many antiques to be found amongst the junk Its a great opportunity to haggle - all part of the fun!