La Vielle Ferme is a place to relax and unwind in a traditional stone farmhouse situated in a small hamlet surrounded by open countryside.
Open the kitchen doors and enjoy breakfast in the enclosed courtyard after getting fresh croissants from the local boulangerie.
Then you could visit a local market and stock up on local produce, cheese and wine, have a swim, sunbathe, read a book, a game of table tennis, go for a walk, visit a historic bastide town, hire a kayak, visit Grotte de Bosc or Cap de Couverte both ideal for the children, fish in the river Aveyron or just stay put and enjoy a lazy day.
At lunchtime you will be spoilt for choice, Do you prepare food yourself and sit under the open sided barn and open a bottle of local Gaillac wine or go out to eat at one of the many restaurants offering great value home cooked food?
The afternoon is often hot, great for sun bathing and swimming but cool in the house. Look out for the flock of sheep being walked down the road to pastures new. Stroll down the footpaths to the river in Varen and explore the medieval village with it’s large church and chateau, then a cold beer in the village bar.
Evenings are beautiful especially as the sun sets. Watch the sky turn to crimson and capture the moment on your camera. Light the BBQ, set the table in the barn, turn on the swimming pool lights and enjoy the peace and tranquility as the darkness closes in. The evening skies are normally clear with almost no light pollution, lie back on a lounger and look at the stars. Seventeen shooting stars spotted in an evening is our record.
Take time out for a family game of cards or chess but don’t forget to stop and listen for a moment because you are unlikely to hear a single man made sound, just the crickets rubbing their legs and an owl in the distance. Watch the bats in the light of the moon and lanterns acrobatically catching their evening meal.