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Overview of Mas De Beauce

What Oliver loves…

  • Friendly donkeys Paco and Rabanne are residents at this villa in Midi-Pyrénées - you’ll love getting to know them.
  • Every inch of this villa feels historic - especially the cosy kitchen, cut from stone.
  • The walls surrounding this property hold a modern surprise - the private pool overlooking wildflowers.

What you should know…

  • This is the deep countryside - you’ll need a car rental to get around!
  • Because of the stone and brick, this home tends to be chilly in the winter.

History lives and breathes at this 14th century villa in Midi-Pyrénées. A winding lane through a dairy farm delivers you to this manor house, an achingly beautiful retreat to simpler times in Aveyron. The original stone walls aren’t just a facade; inside, the rough-hewn kitchen and stairs in the tower testify to the years that have passed. Climb up past the tiny chapel to the lookout tower, where the rolling hills unfurl beneath you.

Nods to the past are everywhere, from the medieval-style art on the walls to the antique sewing machine in one of the bedrooms. Even the modernized bathrooms have walls of rough stone. The formal dining room recalls a moodier time, with stone walls and floors, heavy wooden doors, and intricate textiles. For some time in the sun, head out to the stone patio shaded by the trees.

The nearest village is Auzits (1 km), but you'll want to head to Firmi (7 km) for supplies. Natural beauty is everywhere - if you're up for an hour's drive, consider the caverns at Peche-Merle. The nearest city of note is Rodez (30 km), where the local airport lies. Try the fouace (a sweet bread) for breakfast!

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Interior & Grounds

Interior

The manoir can sleep up to 8 guests in its 4 double bedrooms 3 of which have en-suite bathrooms.

- Ground Floor

The ground floor has a fantastic high ceilinged entrance hall, comprising of a large dining area at one end and the main sitting room at the other. There are some lovely examples of exposed stone walls and beautiful old wood beams. Intriguingly there is a walk in fireplace which you actually have to walk through to reach the modern kitchen, pantry and utility room! The sitting room end of the main hall leads into a comfortable study/single bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

Just off the hall is the beautifully crafted spiral staircase that leads to the master bedroom on a mezzanine level decked out with beautifully crafted wood floors, two single beds, and an en-suite bathroom with its own stone fireplace.

- First Floor

Continue up the spiral staircase, to the first floor you will find 2 further bedrooms, one double and one twin and another cosy study. Attached to the study is a charming consecrated chapel (ideal for intimate wedding ceremonies) and another bathroom.

Take one more flight of stairs and you will reach the old watch tower. Nowadays this is a small room with a window boasting breathtaking views.

Outside Grounds

Access to the chateau is via a working dairy farm. The herd are taken to pastures nearby out of sight to graze by day. There are, however, two donkeys who call the property home. Their names are Paco and Rabanne, a mother and son who are both very friendly and gregarious! The sunset terrace overlooks the private swimming pool (10mx5m) and valley beyond.

Map, Location & Local Information

Rodez/Marcillac or Toulouse Airports are all nearby. There are farmer's markets that sell produce and outdoor markets where you will find provençal fabric and gifts, herbs and spices, baskets, small pieces of furniture, pottery etc.

Boulangeries are found in Firmi, Cransac, St. Cyprien and St. Christophe le Vallon. Strangely, there are no shops in Auzits! Fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, meat, cheeses, other basics and flowers are all available in Firmi.

The nearest large supermarket is Geant in Decazeville. Marcillac is the nearest wine-producing region. However, you can find wine everywhere.

The nearest shopping is approximately 4 km away - about 7 minutes by car.

There are many, many options around the area, from village markets and shops to a supermarket just 15 minutes away - but it all has to be done by car.

Two well known tourist attractions are the village of Belcastel, beautifully situated above the river, and Conques, which is also very picturesque, perched on a hill above the river Dourdou, grouped around the magnificent Romanesque church of Ste Foy.

Figeac, less than an hour away, is at the confluence of the Lot and Célé rivers and a pleasant old town to walk around.

The Célé flows from there between narrow limestone cliffs dotted with mills and little waterfalls and on through a lovely valley.

Further afield you’ll find Najac, which has a truly romantic setting high on a cliff that plummets straight down to the Aveyron river, where a single street of medieval houses leads to the keep of the great fortress castle.

Villefranche-de-Rouergue, a delightful 13th century bastide with a central square, which, unusually, has a huge church tower built into the square itself.

Beyond Villefranche de Rouergue, you can visit the Abbey of Loc-Dieu, near Martiel, in a region with many dolmens.  The small city of Millau is the site for the world's tallest bridge, the viaduc de Millau, opened by President Chirac in December 2004. Between Entraygues and Estaing are some of the loveliest river stretches in France.

There are numerous places to walk or cycle through quiet country lanes and wild, unspoiled countryside. You can water ski on the Lot river at Cajarc or hire canoe/kayaks at bases on either the Lot or the beautiful Célé river and find places to swim and picnic. For those who like to fish, there is a small lake within a short drive and lots of other places on both rivers.

The Peche-Merle cave is a beautiful grotto near Cabaretes with marvellous cave paintings. Further west is St Cirq-la-Popie, an old village high above the left bank of the Lot with narrow streets that climb up to the ancient château and church, where the view is dizzying.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Rodez

(22 km)

Nearest Village Auzits

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Rodez

(30 km)

Nearest Restaurant Auzits/St Cyprien

(1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub St Christophe

(2 km)

Nearest Beach N/A

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Golf Rodez

(15 km)

The Region

A relatively new addition to France, the Midi-Pyrénées was created to surround the cultural capital of Toulouse in the late 1970s. You might think that its relative youth would mean the Midi-Pyrénées is short on character or identity, but remember, this is France we’re talking about – the whole country is steeped in history and tradition. Encompassing parts of Gascony, Languedoc, the Gers and several others, you’ll get a varied slice of the whole French experience here, not least if you stay at one of our beautiful chateaux in the Midi-Pyrénées! And if you want to discover the best of what the region has to offer, our Midi-Pyrénées travel guide is here to show you where to go, what to eat and how you can make the best of your break with some amazing activities.

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Catering & Services

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests.  If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:

- Cook/catering
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit €500. The security deposit is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection. Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00 Energy costs included? Included in the rental price. There may be a charge for the low seasons.
Linen & towels included? All linen and towels are included in the rental price. Pets welcome? No
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price. Please leave the property in the state you found it. Changeover day Saturday
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property. Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property
Other Ts and Cs The pool is not heated and is usually opened June to September. Children under 16 should be supervised by the pool

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Child-safe Pool
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Gated/fenced grounds
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages

Event information

This traditional styled French rural farmhouse is an ideal venue for any small celebration, wedding or event. The rolling hills surrounding the villa provide the perfect setting for a panoramic view of the sunset and endless skies for evening stargazing.

The Mas can host an indoor reception for 30 guests, whilst the gardens can easily host up to 100 guests for an al fresco event on the terraces. A caterer and party planner can be arranged to assist in creating the perfect occasion that you and all your guests will remember. There is also a small chapel on site to host a more traditional ceremony.

There is also additional accommodation in the neighbouring villages.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about rates and availability. The property is available for events during the warmer seasons (Spring, Summer & Autumn) only.

Reviews for Mas De Beauce

Mas De Beauce Reviews


  • Family tranquility

    Created on 11/10/2016

    Loved feeding the donkeys and listening to them braying. Family boules matches and barbecues on the terrace, watching the stars and the putting the world to rights. Watching the swallows skim the water, the quiet, the tranquility, the beautiful surroundings.

  • Most memorable holiday

    Posted by Sarah on 01/09/2016

    We arrived Saturday afternoon - the latest stop on our ventures through France. We already had immeasurable memories but then we came to Mas de Beauce and had two of the most memorable weeks ever. We had the warmest of welcomes from John and Jilly who showed us around the house and garden and since then the house held us in its spell. The laughter and sounds of happy children have filled the rooms and their swimming improved beyond measure. Coming back after days out felt like coming home! A cool retreat from a blazing hot sun, we had just one grey day. We enjoyed the still and the quiet, a must amidst the humdrum of working lives. We sat, we talked, we cooked, we dined and reminisced.

    I am sure we all left this special place with our own individual memories. It is intriguing, fascinating and envelops you in its past - we would love to return.

  • Amazing house, wonderful area

    Posted by Toby and Jenny on 30/07/2016

    A magical week with great company and two excited children. We gorged ourselves on blackberries, apples, damsons and stewed pears from the garden... and some failed elderberry jam! (which ended up as cordial).

    We enjoyed the huge sky and the wildlife, the grass snake in the greenhouse is over 1m long! We saw hedgehogs, humming birds and a bat in the living room.

    Ollie (7) bonded with Rabanne the donkey and wanted to take him home, not sure the promise of a stick insect was enough to console him.

    Amazing house, wonderful area...we all absolutely loved it!.

  • Honoured Guests

    Posted by Pat and Richard R on 07/07/2016

    We have dined like Kings and felt privileged to be part of the Mas de Beauce, Thank You.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 26th 2017 - May 20th 2017 £708.08 £857.43 £1,416.17
May 20th 2017 - August 26th 2017 £1,049.92 £1,271.37 £2,099.85
August 26th 2017 - September 23rd 2017 £708.08 £857.43 £1,416.17
September 23rd 2017 - March 17th 2018 £561.58 £680.03 £1,123.17
March 17th 2018 - May 19th 2018 £708.08 £857.43 £1,416.17
May 19th 2018 - August 25th 2018 £1,049.92 £1,271.37 £2,099.85
August 25th 2018 - September 22nd 2018 £708.08 £857.43 £1,416.17
September 22nd 2018 - September 27th 2018 £561.58 £680.03 £1,123.17

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 26th 2017 - May 20th 2017 €786.04 €935.39 €1,572.09
May 20th 2017 - August 26th 2017 €1,165.51 €1,386.96 €2,331.04
August 26th 2017 - September 23rd 2017 €786.04 €935.39 €1,572.09
September 23rd 2017 - March 17th 2018 €623.41 €741.86 €1,246.83
March 17th 2018 - May 19th 2018 €786.04 €935.39 €1,572.09
May 19th 2018 - August 25th 2018 €1,165.51 €1,386.96 €2,331.04
August 25th 2018 - September 22nd 2018 €786.04 €935.39 €1,572.09
September 22nd 2018 - September 27th 2018 €623.41 €741.86 €1,246.83

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
March 26th 2017 - May 20th 2017 $849.35 $998.70 $1,698.72
May 20th 2017 - August 26th 2017 $1,259.40 $1,480.85 $2,518.81
August 26th 2017 - September 23rd 2017 $849.35 $998.70 $1,698.72
September 23rd 2017 - March 17th 2018 $673.63 $792.08 $1,347.27
March 17th 2018 - May 19th 2018 $849.35 $998.70 $1,698.72
May 19th 2018 - August 25th 2018 $1,259.40 $1,480.85 $2,518.81
August 25th 2018 - September 22nd 2018 $849.35 $998.70 $1,698.72
September 22nd 2018 - September 27th 2018 $673.63 $792.08 $1,347.27

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Since  2006

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It’s a very old building from the 14th century, and has been left almost intact (apart from installing modern plumbing, electricity, a proper kitchen etc.). The views are spectacular, it’s very quiet and rural and there are lovely villages all around. And it’s a lesser-known corner of France.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
In the tower, there are many ancient papers and documents pertaining to the history of the building and above the fireplace is an ancient, sculpted coat of arms which belonged to the family that first built it.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything they should really do?
There are numerous places to walk or cycle through quiet country lanes and wild, unspoilt countryside. You can water-ski on the Lot river at Cajarc or hire canoe/kayaks at bases on either the Lot or the beautiful Célé river and find places to swim and picnic. For those who like to fish, there is a small lake within a short drive and lots of other places on both rivers.


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