Le Douluch is a converted seventeenth century stone barn with metre thick walls and exposed beams situated in a quiet spot overlooking the village of le Monastere. It is located in the Aveyron, a rural area of the Midi Pyrenees region close to the village of Estaing, one of Frances “beau villages”, in a largely rural area in the south-west of France. The area is not part of the usual tourist trail which is one of its great attractions to the independent traveller and those who want to experience real French life. While it is remote enough for a lazy holiday or for a restful break on a longer trip, it also offers many sights and activities.
Le Douluch sits high on the shoulder of a ridge and enjoys spectacular views into the adjoining valley. On clear days, you can see as far as Rodez, the departmental capital nearly 40 kilometres away. The barn is surrounded by fields and woodlands, and is located on a quiet country lane, making it the perfect tranquil setting for your holiday. The barn is comfortable, fully furnished and equipped with electric convector heaters in every room.
On the ground floor, beneath the original massive oak beams, is a large carpeted living area, with two comfortable sofas, one of which is a sofa bed, an armchair, a television receiving local and English channels, and DVD player. There is a wood fired stove for the colder nights.
Adjacent is a fitted kitchen with fridge, gas cooker, dishwasher, microwave and drip coffee machine, and a range of equipment for you to prepare produce purchased at the local markets. A laundry/utility room with washer and dryer, a bathroom and separate toilet complete this floor.
The dining area contains an extendible table seating max 8 people. There are also double doors opening to a terrace with table and chairs for outdoor dining.
There are 3 roomy bedrooms on the upper level of Le Douluch. The main bedroom is particularly spacious with a queen size bed, large wardrobe, armchair and desk. Its double windows open onto a spectacular view of the valley.
The other 2 bedrooms both have twin beds, as well as wardrobes and a chest of drawers. Both bedrooms have access to the swimming pool terrace area.
A large shower room with toilet is located off a landing between the upstairs bedrooms.
Outside the main door is a paved area, with table and chairs - perfect for summer lunches. Beneath the canopy of an ancient oak tree is a stand-alone BBQ.
The swimming pool is located on the upper terrace, accessible from the garden or the twin bedrooms. Several sun loungers are available for lazing by the pool, while taking in the expansive country views.
There is on-site parking for 2 cars.
Bed linen, bath and tea towels are supplied but you need to bring your own swimming towels
The house is equipped with cds, radio, dvds, books and board games, as well as a picnic set, rug and market baskets.