A truly magical and tranquil retreat with family and friends

Steve, July 2019

Our three week stay at Gite des Milans was absolutely, 100% incredible! Filled with simple luxuries and numerous small adventures, our family stay ( a group of 7, including four teenage children and friends) was highlighted by the elegant, spacious accommodations of the Gite, the incredible friendliness of our hosts, and the allure of the astounding French countryside, filled with small villages and hidden gems which our hosts, Richard and Anna helped us uncover. As many before us have said, 'the pictures, while stunning, don't even begin to capture the Gite's beauty and charm! We visited a nearby creperie on the River Viaur after swimming in said river, a local pub in St. Andre de Najac, attended local markets and festivals and basked in the incredible sunshine on our private terrace overlooking miles and miles of hayfields and rural countryside. Daily, we swam in the Gite's pool and enjoyed the cool, refreshing water. We loved cooking in the extremely well-equipped kitchen and sampling the local wines carefully selected by our hosts. We were so taken by our experience that we have already booked three weeks for next year. It was truly one of the most, if not the most, relaxing and purely enjoyable vacations we have ever had! Kudos to Richard and Anna! The Gite des Milans is one of the most amazing places we have every stayed.! Thank you and get in line!

Biking for croissants

Kath, June 2019

Had the most amazing and relaxing time at Gite des Milans. The accommodation is outstanding. It's so tastefully decorated and very spacious. Everything you need is provided. We started everyday with hopping on the provided bikes to cycle to the nearby village to buy croissant and baguette. The nearby river is beautiful and great for swimming in or sitting by watching the wildlife. Richard was very kind and sorted out where we could canoe. There's plenty to do and see in the area, while also being quiet and peaceful The hosts are very helpful if you need anything but not intrusive.

Early Summer Holiday

Dave, May 2019

Gite des Milans is an exceptional property which has been very tastefully renovated to a very high standard. The property is spacious, extremely well equipped, and is ideally situated to take full advantage of the peace and quiet of its rural location, but close enough to nearby villages and towns. The area is full of places to see, and there's plenty of choice for dining out. Richard and Anna are the perfect hosts, always on hand to provide help and advice when (or if) needed. We would not hesitate to recommend Gite des Milans, and hope to return at some point in the future.

Kiddies spring half term break

Victoria C, May 2019

Gite des Milans is in an absolutely stunning setting and the gite itself is absolutely beautiful. The photos make it look fantastic but it really is even more impressive first hand. We were two families spending a week at the gite with small children and it was perfect place to stay. Luxurious and restful for the adults and a very safe environment for the children. Richard ensured the gite was childproofed before we arrived with stair gates, cots etc as well as a great box of toys. There is also a fantastic play area outside and a large garden for running around as well as a pond with plenty of frogs to see! The weather unfortunately wasn't as good as we had hoped but it didn't actually make our stay any less enjoyable. We went on lots of lovely local walks, visited the nearby towns and vineyards as well as just hanging out in the wonderful gite. When the sun shone we had long lunches and evening meals on the terrace soaking up the view. Richard was a wonderful host and left us a fantastic home made carrot cake for the week as well as dropping off other home made goodies during our stay. Highly recommend a stay here and would love to come back again. 

Amazing Gite, Fantastic Hosts

Alison R. August 2018

This gite is even better than the pictures! It’s absolutely beautiful and fully equipped with everything you could need. It sits on the top of a hill with fantastic views and beautiful sunsets. It’s in a great location for exploring the area and there’s a good Intermarche plus bakeries, butchers etc close by. The hosts, Richard and Anna, are lovely and have thought of every little detail. They even provide a wine rack filled with a selection of excellent local wines (all around €5) - much better than some of the ones we tried from the Intermarche. Although they live next door they are helpful without ever being intrusive and had lots of excellent suggestions for eating out and things to do. We went canoeing and swimming in the Viaur, had dinner at the night market at Najac and visited Cordes-sur-Ciel and Albi. On the days we didn’t want to go anywhere, we were very happy relaxing by the pool and eating long lunches on the rooftop terrace. Huge thanks to Richard and Anna for making our week in the gite so enjoyable. I hope we come back again in the future!

Rest, play and rejuvenate in beautiful surroundings

Alexandra P. August 2018

We spent a wonderful week here this summer - two families with 3 teenagers and two children aged 7 and 11. As mentioned in other reviews, the pictures online really don't capture just how impressive this place is. Upstairs, the open plan living/dining/lounge is a beautifully designed double height room that takes full advantage of the amazing views. Downstairs, all the bedrooms have their own large bathrooms and are linked by a large hallway lined with bookcases and antique chairs. There is also a huge utility room where you can wash and dry clothes, and has useful things like a hairdryer and iron. The pool is set into the hillside. With ample loungers set around the patio and looking out over the valley, it is difficult to drag yourself away. The pool is slightly smaller than the standard size and it doesn't have a shallow end - a consideration if you have small children. There is a clever pool alarm in place for peace of mind. There is also a small play area with swings and slides for the little ones. Our youngest loved ambling around the field, finding bugs and lizards. The Gites layout is perfect for a large group - big airy spaces with long tables and comfy sofas when you want to spend time together, but also enough rooms and terraces to spend quieter time apart. For me, a number of things set this place apart. Firstly, the thoughtful and stylish finishing touches. From the vases of wild flowers and local antiques dotted around - to the musical instruments (complete with songbooks) and the rack of tried and tested wines from local vineyards, this Gite has the feel of a much loved home rather than a holiday rental. Then there are the views. Whether you are sitting by the pool, in the garden, or on the lovely rooftop terrace - all you can see (and hear) are the hills rolling down into the valley, wildflowers, forests and swooping swallows. By night, sitting on the candlelit terrace, the stars seem to curve around you. It really is impossible not to relax here, you can literally feel yourself unwind. And lastly there is Richard and Anna, who were the perfect hosts. Always responsive and helpful prior to the holiday, once we arrived they shared their local knowledge over a bottle of wine, recommended cycle routes, lent their bikes, and booked restaurants - while managing to maintain an impressive level of invisibility when not needed! They are wholly deserving of their rave reviews, and we wish them every success in the future.

Choix réussi !

Eric S. aout 2018

Rénovation de grande qualité, spacieuse et bien agencée, confort assuré pour nous huit, cadre et exposition solaire très agréable. Propriétaires très sympathiques. Région offrant de multiples visites de petites villes pittoresques. Rivières pour se baigner et pratiquer kayak. Nous avons vraiment passé une très bonne semaine dans cette location dont le prix me semble adapté. Avons même préféré profiter de cette maison le dernier soir plutôt que d'aller au restaurant. Sans doute, le beau temps a renforcé mon appréciation positive.

Magnifique lieu, au calme, très bien situé pour découvrir l'Aveyron et ses jolis villages alentours. Nous avons passé une très agréable semaine dans cette belle grange fin juillet avec des amis et nos jeunes enfants. La rénovation de cette grange par Richard et Anna est très réussie, réalisée avec des matériaux de qualité, tout en conservant le charme du lieu. Tout y est très confortable : literie, salles de bains, volumes des pièces, (Seule une des 4 chambres est sans fenêtre, adaptée pour des enfants, moins bien pour des adultes). La piscine au calme et la terrasse plein ouest permettent de profiter de fins d'après-midi avec des couchers de soleil somptueux. Richard et Anna sont des hôtes vraiment très gentils et serviables, pleins de petites attentions pour leurs locataires. On se souviendra longtemps de cette belle semaine passée au Gîte des Milans. On y retournerait dès demain !

Fantastique séjour avec famille et amis!

Etienne V. juillet 2018

The conversion is beautiful and in a very peaceful setting. There are a wealth of activities for all types of holidays. During the day, we relaxed by the lavender-lined pool, went walking, kayaking and rock climbing (the latter with our hosts). Highlights from our evenings were enjoying the terrace, the night market at Najac and a charming local creperie with live jazz. The house is packed full of board games and an excellent collection of books, as well as a guitar and even a didgeridoo! Richard and Anna were very generous and helpful.

We spent a wonderful week at the Gite des Milans.

Miriam July 2018

There is a feeling of space, inside and out. The house is comfortable and peaceful with beautiful views; and if you don't want to hang out by the pool there are loads of things to do in the area. There were leaflets and a file of suggestions and Richard and Anna were on hand (but not intrusive) to offer advice. 

We were a family group of 7 adults some young, some older. Sometimes we hung out by the pool, but, in various combinations, we also visited markets, swam in the nearby river, went for local walks and went rock climbing - and we were only there for a week

Everything we could have wanted from a Gîte holiday in France

Leonie July 2018

Our stay in this immaculate accommodation was made effortless and comfortable by our fantastic hosts Richard and Anna. From our first contact they were welcoming and helpful and this was our experience throughout our stay. The recently renovated property is finished to a very high standard and tastefully and sympathetically decorated. It was a privilege to stay there. The spacious accommodation looks out over the rolling hills and the only background noise is of the local farmers going about their days work in the distance and the laughter from users of the lovely swimming pool. The generosity of the hosts is evident in all provided from linen, towels and furnishings to supplies to get us going including a very large bottle of rose! The surrounding area has lots of activities and is interesting to explore with many pretty villages and château however a word of caution.- check places are open for business as the hours of some restaurants were restricted. We thoroughly enjoyed our week and would highly recommend the property and Richard and Anna as superb hosts. We wish them well with their amazing place.

Beautifully presented rural retreat

Helene M June 2018

We stayed at the Gîte des Milans for a few well earned rest days during a long distance cycle ride across France. After varying quality of chambre d'hôtes and hotels on our route, the Gîte offered us welcome luxury and comfort. The showers are cavernous, and the thick walls and huge beds provided welcome peace and respite from cycling companion’s snoring. It's also the amazing location - beautiful views and sensational sunsets with plenty of space to unwind. Nice swimming pool too. Overall it definitely felt more like a holiday than just a few rest days. Thanks Richard and Anna

Rest Days

Tony June 2018

It's hard to describe just how wonderful Gîte des Milans is. Richard and Anna have created a very special place, peaceful and uplifting. The restoration was done with generosity and integrity, creating somewhere which makes you feel good to be alive. Just being there is a joy and the area around it is full of treasures - great hikes around the Viaur gorge, the fortress at Najac, the square at Villefranche de Rouergue and the Soulanges museum at Rodez. A week was not enough!


A wonderful place and fantastic hosts

Huw September 2017

This place is superb. The conversion is so sympathetic to the original building and its features and it makes you feel good simply to be there. The furniture and accessories have all been chosen with flair and careful thought for the holidaymaker. The amenities are all excellent and the surrounding area peaceful and verdant. I would recommend it to anyone for a holiday and would certainly go back myself. – Anna

Book immediately! Superb

Anna September 2017

Merci Anna et Richard pour tout le soin et le chaleureux de votre accueil. Nous avons passé en famille un bel été grâce à vous !!! Plein de jolis souvenirs d'une maison si ravissante, spatieuse et confortable, de paysages dignes de tableaux, de soirées sous les arbres et autour de la piscine, et de tant de beaux sites à visiter aux alentours. Nous pensons revenir très vite, petits et grands. Merci encore pour tout !

Lovely Summer

Battistini S. July 2017