La Maison des Deux Arbres is an early 17th Century Grand L-Shaped farmhouse in the heart of the Marcillac and Gaillac wine regions of south west France located just outside the celebrated and picturesque bastide town of Villefranche de Rouergue. This idyllic independent property is situated in its’ own spectacular and unspoilt 11 acre estate with a private, well stocked lake (containing Carp, Perch and Tench) and a fruit orchard (including Figs, Peaches, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, various Plums and Mirabelle). It also boasts breath-taking panoramic views across the stunning Aveyron countryside whilst remaining within easy reach of all the amenities necessary to make your stay in the region as comfortable as possible.
After a short 90 minute flight from Stansted Airport and a 40 minute drive from Rodez Airport you can be enjoying Aperitifs under the shade of the fruit trees or playing Boules in the stone walled courtyard easing you in to your holiday and away from the stresses of life in one of the last secret areas of France.
Once through the wrought iron gates of the large stone-walled courtyard the newly renovated living accommodation respectfully preserves the original character of the property whilst successfully enhancing it with luxurious contemporary design. All the living accommodation is on one level making life at Le Maison de Deux Arbres easy for families of all ages.
The house sleeps eight in four large well appointed double bedrooms, with master and ensuite bathroom facilities. Two of the bedrooms can be arranged comfortably to become family rooms with the addition of single beds or cots. There is a fifth double bedroom also within the main living accommodation available for greater comfort in a busier household of up to 14 people.
The house is designed for large family gatherings with an impressive 50sq metre lounge with imported leather sofas, contemporary log burning fire, large flat screen TV, DVD player and Wii games console ideal for those lazy afternoons or an evening entertaining throughout the year. The formal dining room also enjoys its own contemporary log burning oven and comfortable seating for 10 with additional seating and space for up to 14 people allowing you the benefit to eat in style the endless seasonal produce the region has to offer. From the dining room through the original Souillade archway there is a well equipped professional kitchen including two large ovens, 5 ring multi function halogen hob, American fridge with ice and water dispenser, dishwasher, washing machine and a variety of labour-saving devices (juicer/coffee machine/ice-cream maker, blender) making cooking, dining and living in Le Maison de Deux Arbres not only a joy but easier, especially for the chef, than you could imagine.
The summers are long in the Aveyron and as you step out of the large oak double doors of the house you can enjoy the courtyard with its variety of private ancient barns and bread-oven to explore or simply relax as the courtyard basques in the sun all day long and well into the evening, but not without its lazy shady areas. You can relax in the hammocks provided or choose to dine al fresco or maybe even successfully top up that tan well into the autumn with the variety of comfortable garden furniture supplied with the property.
You are also welcome to pick and collect any of the fruit and nuts in season during your visit and search through the well-stocked cookery library at the house for ways to use the produce or simply take the produce home as a memory and extension of your stay at La Maison de Deux Arbres with our compliments.
Once you have chosen when to visit there are a whole range of activities to cater for all tastes on offer in the region. For the more active they including fantastic fishing (coarse and predatory), skiing, cycling, rambling, hiking, Golf, horse riding and other outdoor pursuits.
For those looking for a taste of French living there are restaurants with tasty 5 course meals including local wine starting from €11 up to superb, reasonably priced (unlike some elsewhere) Michelin star restaurants, fantastic vineyards, endless fetes and daily markets where you will find a whole host of local meats, wines and other great produce.
The region also celebrates having the most of the “l’un des plus beaux villages de France than any other region. 10 of which are all within close proximity of the house. A little further afield you have the fantastic Millau viaduct and the large city of Toulouse. Both are well worth a visit.
Everything you need to know is detailed in your complimentary welcome pack along with a variety of local produce and necessities to make your arrival at La Maison des Deux Arbres as memorable as possible.
Take a stroll and enjoy the many acres of views
The stone walled orchard
One of the Aveyron's many beautiful villages
Market day in the local village only minutes from home
Remember to pack your crafting!