A delightful weekend in the country!
Les Chataigniers was the perfect destination for a long and relaxing weekend in the delightful countryside of one of France's quietest and picturesque departements, Aveyron. We were a group of old friends looking for a short holiday of walks, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, playing field cricket, BBQing, drinking, playing petanque, looking around mediaeval towns and forgetting our city lives for a few days. We found everything we were looking for.
The house itself is charming and rustic, simply and comfortably renovated, and comfortably housed 13 gentlemen in their early 30s and of varying sizes. The kitchen is well appointed and we could all sit around the dining room table - but we mostly chose to sit outside around the table on the splendid terrace under the vines. There is a nice courtyard for petanque and a great games room with pool and table tennis. The pool is too small for laps, but great for water-games and basking in the sun - the pool decking overlooks a field in a valley, and is a great sun-trap. We also played several games of field cricket in the meadow behind the house.
A note on the superb hospitality of the hosts, Mark and Christine, who offer encyclopaedic knowledge of the local area and what it has to offer, helped to coordinate a morning of kayaking in the local river near Najak, provided transfer for all 13 of us from the airport at Rodez, cooked a welcome meal for our first evening, made breakfast for us each morning, and were even able to help us out when our beer supplies ran low. They were extremely kind and accommodating, and were happy to get involved when needed, or take a step back to allow a bit more privacy.
All things considered, a terrific and restorative break. I really couldn't fault it. I'd go back.
Owner's Response: And we would be delighted to see all or any of you again! Many thanks to your group for making one of our first bookings such fun - and thank you especially, Jonathan, for organising and for writing such a lovely review.
Helpful votes: 7/7
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