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Maison D'Artiste is a place where you can enjoy simple living...


On the edge of a tiny hamlet, five minutes drive from medieval St Antonin Noble Val, set on the heights of the spectacular Gorge D'Aveyron. There are wonderful walks in every direction and magnificent views of the sunrise and valleys below. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this special place.

The house is renovated with rustic style, combining authentic charm with comfort. A peaceful place for adults and children alike, to escape form the humdrum of everyday lives and spend time surrounded by nature. The Rustic Retreat is set in 9 hectares of woodland, fields and gardens so there's plenty of space for everyone.

The house is a rustic, lived-in, peaceful place. The first floor and ground floor have been restored to make a light and comfortable space to be in, keeping all the original character and adding some things we've come across on our travels around Asia and other places.

There are extensive grounds, garden, fields and wooded valleys surrounding the house, and walking routes abound in all directions. There are tree swings for the children (and adults!) a bbq and hammocks, board games and cards, books and binoculars.



Adjoining the main house it a large, deep, ancient stone hangar, now the perfect terrace, a shady place to sit or play when the heat of the sun makes it too hot to run about outside.
You'll find plenty of books on travel, art and other subjects to read, there are paintings on the walls and rugs on the floor. We have an eclectic mix of crockery in a well equipped kitchen with a big family table.
The house can accommodate four to five people and a cot is available for a baby if you need one.

On the first floor, here is a double bedroom leading through to a dressing room/bathroom with a roll top bath, and downstairs, a large second bedroom has two beds and beautiful ensuite bathroom with a good sized shower. All bed linen and towels are provided (but please bring your own river/beach towels).


The house is tucked away in a private and peaceful location on the very edge of a tiny hamlet, five minutes from the medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val. There are endless walks to go on, and ancient stone villages with crumbling castles to explore.
Children will love the closeness to nature where they can let their hair down and run wild outside, discovering lizards and cicadas and collecting eggs from our chickens.


Our friendly cats Blackberry and Cloudy and their numerous kittens will probably visit you for a stroke, they like to laze about on the terrace and do a great job of keeping the mice at bay.
You may also be visited by our beautiful dog, the gentle giant Gwen, she is an ancient French breed used during the war to send messages between troops and renowned for their sweet nature. She's quite puppyish being only three, so she'll be happy to accompany you on walks and play ball if you want her to!


For some of the time, in between taking off on other adventures, we will be based nearby in our house which is situated behind Maison D' Artiste. Neither house overlooks each other so there is plenty of privacy for all. We have a caretaker on call should you need help with anything if we are not available.


BE WARNED THOUGH! This is not your average French holiday house with matching utilitarian white plates and T.V. We don't have a swimming pool either, (although there is a great swimming river and two outdoor pools in St Antonin, 5 minutes from the house). There is a washing machine and there are plenty of plugs if you want to bring your own gadgets! You'll need to bring your mobile too.