This tiny village is situated in a very remote part of the Aveyron region of France, somewhere I had never been before. My partner and two other friends rented one of the gites which have been refurbished by the wonderful Carlos and David. The gite itself was beautifully refurbished, with a very comfortable sitting room with a wood-burning stove and the kitchen was large and well-equipped. The bedrooms were both large with very comfortable beds. There is a limitless supply of firewood to burn and keep the house warm, and there are lots of books to read and useful guides to walks and other visits to do in the area.
Carlos and David are both a font of knowledge and stories about the area and about the history of Blanc and were constantly available to give advice or to lend the odd kitchen utensil if one needed something outside the ordinary.
We visited in the autumn when the weather was somewhat variable (several very wet days, but also some glorious sunny days) and the colours of the leaves turning we're stunning. I imagine that in the summer the place is very different with lots of outdoor activities and spending most of the time outdoors, but we were very cosy sitting in our gite on wet days, reading, talking and keeping warm and dry by the fire. We also had a couple of gorgeous walks and some lovely drives - and there is a wealth to see in the area. We only scratched the surface so will definitely be back to visit again to experience this heavenly place and the wonderful hospitality of Carlos and David.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The medieval village of Blanc is built around the remains of a 10th century château, and includes five houses available for rental, comfortably furnished and equipped with modern conveniences. Hidden deep in a wooded valley, 6km from the nearest town, it's an ideal spot for walkers, nature lovers or anyone looking to get away from it all. ... more less