The Aveyron of the Mid-Pyrenees in southwest France is known for its medieval architecture set against bucolic hills, forested gorges, and rolling pastures for miles and miles. This 14th-century villa located deep in the countryside offers views of the picture-perfect scene from its lookout tower. And that's just the beginning of the property's spate of charming features, from the resident donkeys to the stone-cut kitchen.
The ground floor, for starters, features a high-ceilinged entrance hall with exposed-stone walls and dark-wood beams. A heavy antique chandelier hangs over a narrow wooden dining table lined with brocade-backed chairs. Here, you can sit and dine with guests while gazing into the kitchen through a charming stone archway. And it's not an ordinary kitchen: shelves are lined with country-style pottery, floral-painted dishes, and antique flatware, all arranged meticulously. Another unusual feature of the ground floor is the walk-in fireplace—yes, you actually walk through it to reach the pantry and utility room.
Up to eight guests can stay in the manor, which features four double bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms. Each of these spaces oozes medieval-meets-modern atmosphere. There are matte-wood floors and beds, textured stone walls, and a surprising amount of daylight. And the spaces tout antique and new decor, from an iron sewing machine table to a spherical paper lantern. The compact chapel, with stained-glass windows and velvet-cushioned stools, could also host an intimate wedding ceremony.
And the property is equally compelling outdoors. A terrace surrounds the private swimming pool that overlooks the valley and offers sunset views. After a swim, fire up the outdoor gas griddle—if weather doesn't permit, use the wood/charcoal indoor barbecue in the kitchen. Then, stroll across the grass for a visit with the friendly donkeys, Paco and Rabanne. It's also worth noting that the chateau is accessed via a working dairy farm, but the grazing pastures are out of sight. Farmers markets are easy to find in this area, and the village of Belcastel is a short drive away.
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