The Space is ONE double en-suite bedroom (there are 4) on the ground floor, sharing a TV lounge, a fully fitted kitchen-diner and a family bathroom, allowing self-contained facilities for up to 4 couples (+ a single mattress if one child shares).
Viviez is half an hour's drive from Rodez airport in the Aveyron, only 5 minutes from the River Lot valley and ideally suited as a base to visit destinations such as Rocamadour, Conques, Millau, Toulouse, Cahors, Figeac, Aurillac, Laguiole (and neighbouring ski resorts in winter), Belcastel, Villefranche du Rouergue, Rodez, Najac, Cordes sur Ciel, etc.
The accommodation is versatile, consisting of 4 rooms which each have a double bed. We have extra mattresses which can be put on the floor. Bunk beds, a travel cot (for small babies) and a cot/bed are available to create a family room but at least 2 weeks notice would be required. Three rooms have access to a south-facing terrace and garden for sun worship with a swimming pool. We can offer b&b or self-catering facilities as you prefer. Rooms will have English satellite TV but currently only have DVD or video players. The price quoted is negotiable and based on a double room for two people, b&b. Multiple occupation, long-stay and self-catering are at lower rates.
Aveyron is a popular destination for walkers, outdoor lovers, skiers in winter and lovers of history (industrial, political, Templar and natural) and the great outdoors. Increasing numbers of English-speaking ex-Pats are buying homes in the area and we are well placed for access to estate agents if that is your reason for coming.
We have ramps for easy access and a lift to the first floor (where we live).
We love dogs and lost our Afghan hound in 2010. We now have two smaller dogs (one Jack Russell "pup", born November 2011, and one "rescue" Beagle born during 2006) plus two cats (so if you don't like cats you should keep the patio door closed) and a cockatiel (which live with us on the upper floor). There is a big garden with a number of ducks roaming about and, within reason, we would be happy to allow pets so please ask.
We have air conditioning in our own accommodation, and these facilities are available by arrangement. There is a full kitchen/dining room for self-catering visitors and a comfortable guest lounge.
If you have any questions email us on (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Regards, Penny and Tony.
We have an above-the-ground swimming pool available in the summer. We also have a sauna and a hot tub for guests who are staying more than one night!
You can share our lounge upstairs, or use the guest lounge downstairs. We have satellite television but it is an English service.
If you need a meal, please ask in time for arrangements to be made for you. Finding a restaurant nearby on a Sunday or Monday can be difficult but we are happy to advise you.
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You will be sharing our home, although your accommodation is the ground floor and we live in the apartment above.
If you are a B&B visitor, your breakfast will be served in our dining room upstairs. We have no set time for breakfast so please tell us what time you prefer.
We hope to find time to speak with you during your stay and are happy to share a meal with you. We will provide an evening meal on the night of your arrival if you let us know the day before, and advise us of any dietary special requirements.
If you are staying more than one night and the weather is nice, we will be sharing the swimming pool and the garden with you. The dogs do not normally run around the garden while there are guests, and will be kept upstairs with us, unless you invite them down to play!
As Tony lost his vocal cords following surgery to cure throat cancer, we do not smoke. We ask that guests refrain from smoking indoors and close to the house.
We are early-retirees and naturists, with an open-minded attitude. We will accept visitors of all persuasions but speak mainly English with just a little French and even less German. All we ask is common courtesy and a responsible attitude towards our home and the facilities.
Babies, elderly, disabled or other disadvantaged guests are welcome but please let us know specific requirements in advance.
We are within 10 minutes of the local hospital for A&E facilities and the local Pompiers (firemen with full medical support) can get here in under 10 minutes from our call. Anyone with medical "issues" should please let us know in case we need to obtain emergency assistance.
For those of you with ANIMALS, we expect your pet's toilet requirements to be attended to by you. As there are no carpets we do not ask for a cleaning deposit, but please leave your accommodation clean and soil-free.
My husband and I purchased a home in France in 2005. Until then we were running our own M&E engineering contracting/maintenance company, employing electricians and plumbers and working long hours. We decided to slow down, sell the business and retire early. We cannot believe how quickly time has passed!
Tony is an M&E engineer, which means he can do pretty much anything around the house although plastering is not a skill he has mastered even after a lot of practice! He likes to have several jobs on the go at any one time which can be very frustrating.
The house was built in 1965 and was in need of a lot of updating. We have installed new central heating, new plumbing and we are now on the main sewer! These activities have left us with a lot of decorating to do and this is taking longer than we anticipated. The exterior of the house will be the last job, and we hope you will be able to see what it will look like when the work is complete.
During 2014, Tony embarked on the building of a double garage. The structure is complete and now that his friend is no longer helping him he is finding the finishing rather tedious, and the re-landscaping is very hard work even with both of us doing it.
We also have a large garden which had never been tamed. I am the gardener and I am kept very busy trying to create an attractive garden on quite a steep slope. I currently have 7 ducks which help to keep the grass cut and the slugs and snails at bay.
When I'm not outside, I like to read and keep in touch with my friends by email etc. I also like sewing and my project this summer was the re-covering of all the cushions for the garden chairs and sun-loungers, but it is a long, slow process! I am also doing curtains and re-covering chairs in the various rooms, and adding to the "soft furnishings" generally.
Tony likes to play golf but has not had much time for it lately. He was a Freemason in England and was able to continue to do this in France (by joining an English-speaking Lodge under the French constitution) so he has made a large number of both English and French friends. I meet a group of friends once a week when we play mahjong and exchange gossip. Life is full and the days too short!!
Since coming to live in France our priorities have definitely changed. We do not miss the big English town where we used to live and we enjoy visiting the cinema or theatre when we are in England but have no time to miss it here! Food and friends tend to take up more of our time, when we are not working on our house and garden of course!
We have a relaxed attitude to hosting and hope that all our guests will feel as welcome as if they were members of our family. If you need something please do not hesitate to ask.
Visitors who like dogs will be immediately made welcome by our Jack Russell, Techie, who will keep everyone busy with his balls and frisbees.