Le Farat

Auvillar, Tarn-et-Garonne
Self-catering


A lake to fish, a terrace for evening sun, big softly coloured rooms in a rescued pigeonnier. The saltwater pool beckons. Year-round bliss

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

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.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4.30pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €130
Weekly price
from €900
Damage deposit
€400
Surcharges
Extra bed/sofabed available €15 per person per night.
1 House for 4
From €1302 bedrooms

Reviews

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!

Heleen

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.

Bee

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Location

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!