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The Farat - The House of the Sun

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Beautiful and peaceful surroundings, but close to all amenities
Pool area looking South East
A fully equipped games rooms is available

Overview
2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
Minimum stay varies 
The minimum stay for this property changes depending on the dates selected
Cottage
Situated on the route de Saint Jacques de Compostelle ("Way of Saint James" the famous pilgrims walking route to Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain) our home is a beautiful stone farmhouse with outbuildings including a stone pigeonnier full of character, which was converted into a two bedroom/bathroom gite/cottage in 2010. La Maison du Soleil has two large bedrooms with opened beamed ceilings each with ensuite and separate toilets. The main living area has a fully equipped kitchen/dining area and lounge with large flatscreen tv, free wifi and ipod dock and a wood burner for rentals during the cooler months. A private terrace to the back of the property boasts wonderful views and has a large patio set, deckchairs a parasol and a BBQ. The 6mx12m salt water pool is surrounded by a ...Situated on the route de Saint Jacques de Compostelle ("Way of Saint James" the famous pilgrims walking route to Santiago de Compostella in Northern Spain) our home is a beautiful stone farmhouse with outbuildings including a stone pigeonnier full of character, which was converted into a two bedroom/bathroom gite/cottage in 2010. La Maison du Soleil has two large bedrooms with opened beamed ceilings each with ensuite and separate toilets. The main living area has a fully equipped kitchen/dining area and lounge with large flatscreen tv, free wifi and ipod dock and a wood burner for rentals during the cooler months. A private terrace to the back of the property boasts wonderful views and has a large patio set, deckchairs a parasol and a BBQ. The 6mx12m salt water pool is surrounded by a lovely stone wall sheltering it from any wind and it is also gated for security and the safety of young children. For those who want to burn off some excess energy or escape from the midday heat we have added a games room converted from an old stone barn. It has a full size table tennis table, professional table football, large air hockey table and dartboard, as well as a fridge, stepping machine, running machine, wobble plate and a seating area. For the younger members of the family there is a large trampoline and garden games available. We also have a number of bikes to hire if you prefer to explore the area under your own steam. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn and are perfect for strolling around in the warm evening sunshine contemplating the activities for the following day, of course a glass of wine to aid in your decision making is a must! The large purpose built BBQ area adjoining the pool house has a vine covered terrace overlooking the lake with valley views beyond. Subtle lighting and lanterns adorn this little enclave. Mixed with the warm evening air and the sound of lapping water from the pool, it creates a perfect ambiance for that alfresco experience that you crave all winter for! Fishing in our private lake is a great way to introduce the children to a new sport. We have both rods and poles for hire and as the lake is teaming with lots of small and medium sized fish - on the first drop of the line you are almost guaranteed to get a nibble! FOR MORE REVIEWS LOOK AT TRIP ADVISOR AS WE ARE LISTED TWICE. WE HAD REVIEWS BEFORE WE ADVERTISED WITH HOLIDAY LETTINGS, THE REVIEWS HERE ONLY RELATE TO BOOKINGS MADE THOUGH HOLIDAY LETTINGS! THIS ACCOMMODATION SLEEPS 4 AS STANDARD AND ADDITIONAL OCCUPANCY FEES ONLY APPLY FOR MORE THAN 4 GUESTS BUT WE HAVE HAD TROUBLE AMENDING THIS ON THE TRIP ADVISOR WEBSITE. PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF ANYTHING. Click on the link below and take a look at a short slide show created to get you into the holiday spirit and check out our first reviews on Trip Advisor. We look forward to welcoming you!
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
A supplement will be charged for the use of the double sofa beds. Children under 2 are free and a travel cot and highchair can be provided. We have pets of our own and do not want to take additional pets in any circumstance, sorry. We request that you do not smoke inside the property and if smoking outside that you dispose of all waste appropriately.
Bedrooms
1 King2 Twins
Bathrooms
2 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Allison F
Hosting since April 2010
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsWe are happy to help where necessary. We are on site to ask for help or advice and can be available but are not imposing and are discrete.

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Reviews (13)
philippe p
philippe p
3 contributions
Exceptionnel
Je ne sais pas quoi écrire tellement c'était exceptionnel! Tout a déjà été dit dans les avis précédents! sur le gîte, la région, l'accueil. Ce qui prouve que les prestations durent dans le temps. Et pour cause, Allison y met tout son coeur. C'est du jamais vu ...cette discrétion , tout en étant présente pour toujours vous apporter le meilleure. Merci encore.
Visited July 2021
Written July 30, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Jonathan van Eetvelde
Jonathan van Eetvelde
Walhain, Belgium2 contributions
Endroit magnifique et propriétaires comme on en voudrait à chaque fois!
Nous avons passé une semaine merveilleuse au Farat, dans le gite « la maison du soleil » ! Endroit calme, grands espaces, piscine agréable, un étang où les poissons mordent facilement à l’hameçon (trop chouette à faire avec les enfants !), gite spacieux et bien pensé (et bien équipe!). Nous n’avons juste pas pu profité de la salle de jeux, fermée en raison du Covid 19. Allison et Nick sont aux petits soins pour vous et par ailleurs, très sympathiques ! N’hésitez pas à leur demander conseils. A l’arrivée, vous recevrez un panier garni juste énoooorme avec plein de de délicieuses choses (fruits, vin, miel, baguette, fromage, beurre, légumes du potager,…). De quoi tenir!! En plus, ils vont même chercher le pain et les croissants pour vous si vous le demandez!!! Définitivement, nous avons adoré cette (trop courte) semaine et nous le recommandons vivement ! Vous pouvez y aller les yeux fermés. On espère revenir un jour!
Visited August 2020
Written August 28, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Barbara P
Barbara P
Chepstow, United Kingdom6 contributions
Definitely the best gite we have ever experienced.
We used to live in this area and were delighted to find a gite of the very highest standard in a superb position on the outskirts of the stunning village of Bardigues. The owners, Allison and Nick Feeley, could not be better hosts. We hired their gite with another couple and the spacious accommodation was perfect for our requirements. Allison's 'welcome pack' was amazing and far more than we have ever received elsewhere. We can't wait to return.
Visited April 2017
Written April 30, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
Thank you so much for your kind review and I am pleased the weather in Spring was so good for you. 26 degrees for Mid April was amazing! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Written May 1, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ThaitigerThailand
ThaitigerThailand
9 contributions
A great place for an autumn break.
We have just returned from a very sunny 4 day stay at Le Farat. This was a return visit for us after a long break and it was great to be back. We tried out the Go-Karting (great fun for all), sampled the local wine, ate some wonderful food and practised yoga on the lawn!
Visited October 2016 Traveled with family
Written October 9, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
Great to see you again and enjoyed your company. Come back soon!
Written October 10, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BBCol
BBCol
Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom1 contribution
Perfect in every way
We have just finished a glorious week at Le Farat where we stayed in the pretty Le Pigeonnier gite. It is full of character, space, classic furniture, a very comfortable bed and all the kitchen facilities you need for a self-catering holiday. Allison and Nick Feeley were wonderful hosts and were extremely helpful without being intrusive in any way. They let us know where the markets were, the prettiest historic towns in the area and some great restaurants to go to. They also provide tons of information to read about the area around Auvillar and Bardigues where Le Farat is situated. They keep both the interiors and exteriors beautifully maintained and the swimming pool is clean, well kept and well equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas. Le Farat was the perfect base for us - there is a great market and wonderful canal walk in Moissac, there is a wine festival in ancient Auvillar and other beautiful, ancient towns to visit such as Lauzerte and Montjoi. We feel we have found France's prettiest region and we will definitely be back. There is some stunning countryside around Le Farat and you can easily drive to pretty hilltop towns to see more incredible views. There are rivers, canals and ancient French architecture to enjoy. There is fresh produce to buy practically every day in a local market - and of course a wonderful boulangerie close by to get your morning croissants. The region is rich in traditional and fresh produce such as peaches, strawberries, apples, prunes, wine, apricots (delicious in June), fresh asparagus, cheese, foie gras and duck. If you live your life around food (like us) then this is the perfect place to be to explore the fantastic array of treats you can find. You'll always find somewhere good to eat and if you're having a night in at Le Farat you can enjoy a barbecue with the delicious meats you've picked up in the local markets. There are wonderful, warm people in this region of France and our hosts are the same. They couldn't have given us a nicer holiday and it has to be one of the best, most relaxing and enjoyable times we have ever had. Thank you so much and see you next year!
Visited June 2014 Traveled as a couple
Written June 23, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
So chuffed you loved our property and had a great time. Hope to see you back one day.
Written December 4, 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DKR1944
DKR1944
Southport, United Kingdom3 contributions
All the family together in wonderful accommodation for two weeks
This is a fabulous location with two Gites and a B&B on site. We took both Le Farat Gites for our extended family of 9. All the accommodation is beautifully presented and all the fixtures are of quality. Each of the four bedrooms had its own en suite. The hosts Allison and Nick could not have been more helpful. Although it was late May when we arrived, it was a bit chilly so we were provided with logs for the wood burning stoves. We were also offered hot water bottles which we did not need. The beds were luxurious and comfortable. Lovely location a 15 minute walk from an excellent restaurant and two and a half miles from a beautiful village with an artisan bakery, grocer shop and a number of good restaurants. A truly wonderful place to relax.
Visited May 2014 Traveled with family
Written June 16, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
Looking forward to seeing you all again in 2015. Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated.
Written December 4, 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rayslator
rayslator
Leeds, United Kingdom5 contributions
Second time even better
Returned to Le Farat for a second time and stayed in the newly converted gite. The refurbishment has been skillfully and imaginatively completed. The games room and the cycles are also a great addition. Excellent facilities and hosts in a lovely location we have booked again for next year.
Visited July 2013 Traveled with friends
Written August 19, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
We are glad you appreciate our hard work and feel very pleased we have hit the right mark for you. Hope to see you again soon.
Written December 4, 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

moniO12
moniO12
Newbury, United Kingdom43 contributions
An amazing stop over and would definitley stay longer
Booked by a mutual friend on route to the Midi Pyranees. Recommended by 2 people a wonderful residence and B&B beautiful room, bed was amazing and the scenery spectacular. Pool was great for a swim in the morning.
Visited July 2013
Written July 27, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
Looking forward to your next stay which we hope will be longer for you to ensure you discover this lovely area.
Written December 4, 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mand0linman
Mand0linman
9 contributions
Rest relaxation in comfort
Nick and Allison along with their delightful daughter have done everything to make your stay memorable; nothing is too much trouble for them thinking of your comfort. They are knowledgable of the area and give you any info you need. There is a beautiful pool which, sadly, due to inclement weather we weren't able to use; we were hoping for a lazy holiday in the sun sitting round the pool. If you are a walker there are a number of walks of varying lengths. The property is set in beautiful peaceful countryside so if it's peace and quiet you're looking for this is the place for you.
Visited June 2013 Traveled as a couple
Written July 1, 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
Thank you so much for your kind words, we appreciate it and makes it all worthwhile.
Written December 4, 2014. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WendyWyker
WendyWyker
Bordeaux, France2 contributions
A fantastic place to base yourself to see the mid Pyrenesse
Le Farat is located in an ideal position between Bordeaux and Toulouse very near to the small village of Auvillar. The Gite is spacious and very well appointed with all that we needed. The pool is sensational and the games room has plenty to keep the kids (and adults) occupied. The grounds are well looked after and it is a pleasure sitting on the balcony just taking in the view and enjoying the fine produce that can be bought from the local markets and the wine that is produced at the vineyards close by. Our hosts Allison and Nick looked after our every need and made us feel very welcome. They imparted their local knowledge which enabled us to visit some sites a bit off the beaten track that are not necessarily well known. The church at the small village of La Chappelle was a highlight. This is an ideal location for families wanting to spend a few days...
Visited May 2012 Traveled with family
Written May 16, 2012. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
LeFarat
LeFarat
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and hope the rest of your European tour goes well. Perhaps we will see you back here one day.
Written June 12, 2012. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Outdoor amenities
  • Deck
  • Playground
  • Private yard
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Swingset
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Living spaces
  • Highchair
Bathroom and laundry
  • Dryer
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Game Room
  • Ping Pong table
  • Stereo system
  • Television
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Property features
  • Staff on property
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Scenic views
  • Waterfront views
Additional amenities
  • Trampoline
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi

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About the neighborhood
Auvillar, listed as one of the prettiest villages in France, has both Mediaeval and Roman origins with cobbled streets, an unusual covered circular corn exchange and stunning views. The market is still used today as a focal point for village life and a weekly farmers market. The village has a butcher, a baker a corner shop, gift shops, tea shops, restaurants, a museum and tourist office, all the amenities you will need for your holiday. Nestled in its own little valley, Le Farat is Minutes from Auvillar in the Tarn et Garonne (dept 82), as yet a relatively un-discovered corner of Midi Pyrenees in South West France. It is renowned for its beautiful villages, stunning scenery, châteaux, fresh fruit, wine, Armagnac, foie gras, Agen prunes and much more. Just two hours South East of Bordeaux, under an hour from Toulouse and 7 hours from St Malo. It has easy road, rail and air access and is an area full of great things to explore and enjoy. Apart from the obvious tourist attractions there are lots of other things to keep you occupied, for example fishing (on site as well as in the river Garonne), golf, horse riding, sailing and windsurfing, walking, shopping, theme park if you want one! wine tasting at a local vineyard and many restaurants within 10 mins. We offer weekly afternoon wine tours to two local wine caves where we do the driving so you can do the drinking! ask for details. For those looking for a more modern approach to their holiday there is a large shopping town, a theme park with roller-coasters and a great go-karting track within half an hour! What more could you want.........oh yes the weather, guess what, you've got that too!
Getting around
A car is necessary here as local public transport is unavailable. You are able to take the train from the local station at Valance d'Agen to Toulouse and Bordeaux. The A62 motorway is just 10 minutes away giving easy access to the whole of the SW region and beyond.
Access
Car required
How to get there
Toulouse and 50 minute drive up A62 to Valence d'Agen J8. Airlines that fly to Toulouse are Easyjet, Jet2, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, KLM and Ryan Air. Easy Jet and Ryan Air also fly to other local airports including Bordeaux, Carcassonne and Bergerac. For car hire chose a comparison site, however National Citier always seem to be the cheapest. 7 hours by car from St Malo or 9.5 hours from Calais.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 PM Check out by 11 AM
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount

Notes from owner
400€ refundable breakage deposit payable with final payment and will be returned within 14 days of the end of the holiday, providing all is in order. Payment of local taxes must be settled on departure (0.70c per person over 12 yrs per night.) Payment by bank transfer preferred, cheques accepted with a small administration fee. Cleaning will be charged at a fee of 50€ per booking. PLEASE NOTE THE REFUNDABLE BREAKEAGE DEPOSIT DOES NOT APPLY TO B&B BOOKINGS ONLY WEEKLY GITE RENTAL BOOKINGS. PLEASE CONTACT ME ABOUT SEPARATE PRICING FOR THIS. PLEASE NOTE OVER 4 GUESTS WILL BE CHARGED THE SUPPLEMENT NOT LESS. WE ARE UNABLE TO CHANGE THIS ON THE TRIP ADVISOR WEBSITE. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OR HAVE QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT US.

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