Elegant French

We can swap just the Gallery Barn (sleeps 4 comfortably [double / single bunks] plus sofa bed) for smaller parties. Often it is only two of us looking for a swap.

Elegant 1865 "Squires" House with barns, south facing courtyard, large heated pool, 5 acre gardens & orchard in tranquil, gorgeous area of SW France. Three individual buildings on the property can be exchanged separately or as one unit. Not available for exchanges JULY/AUGUST

1) 5 bedroom 4 bathroom luxurious house (sleeps 11) Fully equipped kitchen, dining room, sitting room, outdoor playroom, games room with TV & DVD.

2) Charming Gallery Barn with 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom, kitchen, lounge, (sleeps 4).

3) Pigeonnier- with double bed, bathroom, balcony, bbq sitting area (sleeps 2).

Region famous for Medieval "Bastide" towns, walking, eating, relaxing. Aveyron Gorge is spectacularly beautiful & offers kayaking, climbing.

About the location

Visit many medieval Bastide villages, kayaking, walking, gardens, vineyards

Kayaking along the Aveyron, experiencing breathtaking scenery
Cycling around the rolling countryside
Climbing the Aveyron Gorges
Horse riding - many places nearby
Treetop adventure at St. Antonin
Visit the caves at Grotte du Bosc – near St Antonin
Jardins de Quercy, near Verfeil – lovely gardens, walking distance from the house

Nearest is at St Antonin, has petrol

Colourful local Markets - selling authentic local produce:
St Antonin – Sunday morning – best to go around 8.30-9am
Villefranche – Thursday
Cordes – Saturday morning
Najac (hill town) – Sunday

Great local Vineyards
La Chanade

Eating Out
Segalar at Milhars – pizza, salad etc – good for families
Beffroi at St Antonin – courtyard – nice for adults on a warm evening
Moulin in Varen – by the river
Festin – near the river at St Antonin
Seye et Vous at Verfeil – walking distance from the house (changed hands 2017 – haven’t tried food)
Pizza Val at St Antonin
Takeaway pizza from the back of the corner shop in Varen
Parisot - Auberge de la Castille

Best one is 3km from the house. Open in the morning and again from about 3pm.
Closed on Weds and on Sunday afternoon.
Order croissants etc for breakfast the day before
Fantastic Cake shop at Cordes

NB Information centre at St Antonin

Further afield
Spectacular Millau Viaduct
Contemporary Art Museum at Rodez - Musée Soulages
Albi - Toulouse Lautrec art collection and Cathedral
Gouffre de Padirac – underwater lake
Pech Merle – cave with paintings and museum
Figeac – medieval town
Peyrusse-le-Roc – ruins of medieval town

Type of swap

  • Home Exchange

Conditions of exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • No pets allowed

Varen (HE26843)

Midi-Pyrenees,   France

  • 6 bed   (sleeps 10) 6 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Bahamas & Caribbean
  • Australasia
  • South America
  • British Columbia
  • Chicago
  • Vancouver
  • Belize
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Europe
  • Morocco
Europe city breaks (not London/SE), Vancouver, Morocco worldwide

Dates available

Open to offers

Swap duration: Short break (2-5 days)


Meet the member

Adults: 2     

Membership expiry date: 31 Jul 2020