Charming villa in Ambeyrac, South West France
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
|Living space||176 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Adventure, Historic, Romantic, Rural, Village|
Description from the owner
Maison Dyson is a beautiful 19th Century French villa originally built as a straw factory with living accommodation, in the lovely Lot Valley. (The straws were processed on the property and sent to Paris to be used in the cafes, yes straws were straws!) The property has been lovingly renovated over a period of years to provide a comfortable and beautiful home complete with large garden and swimming pool. It has everything you need for a wonderful holiday, tastefully decorated and with quality linen and towels. Fabulous views and the peace and tranquility of deep, rural France.
Charming villa in Ambeyrac, South West France
Ambeyrac, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Additional Location Information
Maison Dyson is in the pretty little village of Ambeyrac in the department of the Aveyron. The village is in the Lot Valley, an area of great beauty with limestone cliffs bordering the rivers, rolling hills limestone plateau and fortified villages. It is truly beautiful. The summers are long and hot. Spring and autumn are delightful. There are many village festivals, fairs and markets. Jazz, rock and classical music events all have their place. The area is well known for its fabulous food with many excellent local restaurants. There is much to see and to do or you can laze by the pool and soak in the sun and the peace.
Location Type Rural, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$0||$1,990||$0||7 nights|
|Jul. 2 2012 - Sep. 3 2012||-||$1,990||-||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Long winter lets by arrangement. L'apartement alone can be let throughout the year with the exception of July and August.
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: March 22, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
A perfect stress fee and extremely relaxing holiday
Maison Dyson is a lovely large period house, which oozes charm and character in an area of unrivalled beauty and a perfect location for exploring the river Lot valley and surrounding medieval villages.
We stayed in the main house with our 2 young children in the October half term week.
The grounds were well kept and there are many marvellous walks in the surrounding hills and forests starting from the bottom of the very large beautiful garden.
The house was very clean and organised in a way for making guests feel at home.
Our accommodation was the apartment on the top floor of the Maison Dyson, which was very spacious, light and elegantly furnished with a large sitting area surrounded by books and exposed timber beams.
Although when booking anne did say as it was late in the year the pool would be closed, she did in fact keep it open, which delighted the children – although unfortunately the water was too cold for all of us to really enjoy it.
Anne was very friendly and the perfect host, and genuinely made us and the children feel very welcome.
She even treated our daughters to a cooking lesson, which they loved.
The house, the area and ann’s hospitality made for a perfect stress fee and extremely relaxing holiday and we would definitely recommend staying at Maison Dyson.
It was also a really wonderful way for our children to experience France for the first time, especially the food!
Response from Anne Dyson - 01/13/2012
I loved having you here Simon and the children were absolutely delightful. I am so pleased you enjoyed Maison Dyson and hope you will come again soon.
stunning holiday in idyllic countryside
We stayed at Maison Dyson over the May/June half term 2010. We had a brilliant time. Sun and 28 degrees every day of the six days we stayed. The pool had just been opened for the season and at 20 degrees it was a bit perky but ideal for cooling off after lying in the sun.
The house is a beautiful old converted drinking straw making factory. Rooms are big and comfy with en suite bathrooms. Kitchen was well equipped and everything as good as could have been expected.
The area and the grounds are idyllic. We went walking and running in the local forests and along the Lot. Our daughter went horse riding at a nearby stables and we all went kayaking on the Cele. The owner is very pleasant and has loads of information about things to do in the local area.
Definitely have a car as it is a bit isolated and the nearest decent supermarket is 15Km away.
Prague, Czech Republic
very negleted holiday house, be prepared to clean
This family is incredibly disappointed about what we have been offered at a high price tag in this holiday let from the very friendly Anne, who apparently is completely out of touch with what you can decently offer people when you take their money.
The house was dirty and for a start we had to clean all the cutlery, glass ware and china in the kitchen as well as clean bird droppings from the outdoor seating. All surfaces in the house were in bad need of a proper dusting and cleaning and the cupboards in the kitchen badly need a clean. The carpets were filthy and hadn’t been vacuum cleaned for a very long time. The whole house was filled with cobwebs another indication of a poor cleaning. Anne claimed they would appear half an hour after cleaning..
2nd day we were handed over a new vacuum cleaner and told ‘the old one was broken’ (yes, we had noticed!). We had to vacuum clean the whole house ourselves.
When we told Anne about the state of her property we were met with kind understanding if mild surprise (and she agreed when I presented her to things but defended herself with things like: ‘but the vacuum cleaner was broken’ and 'I can't do these things anymore'. She said it was the cleaners fault but she admitted she should have picked it up at the check she'd performed. She never offered to do something about these things raised even she admitted to them when she saw it with her own eyes.
The kitchen sink kept blocking so finally a plummer was sent in, but we were accused of causing the problem ourselves. The dishwasher was not functioning properly and after informing Anne that it needed both a clean, rinse and salt we got all (but the needed clean) but it still washed poorly. The dustbin was disgusting and seemed not to have been cleaned for several lets. (who want to start a holiday with cleaning a dirty dishwasher and a dirty dustbin ?). If any of your electrical appliances are in operation at the same time Anne is cooking the electricity goes in the whole house. Cooking must be coordinated! If you can cook at all , because the pots and pans are so uneven in the bottom that it is difficult to use them on the hob (probably hand-downs from a previous life on a gas hob?).
Almost all the upholstered furniture (as well as cushions for kitchen chairs and outdoor seating) desperately need a professional cleaning. It’s covered in stains from other peoples use. As the upstair room has white furniture the stains are very noticeable and it is very unappealing.
In the 2 weeks we weren't able to lock the entrance door as it was broken, The ancient lock could not be locked from the outside so every time we left the property we had to leave the door unlocked. We were told that ‘it didn’t matter’ but Anne also volunteered that she suffered a break in herself some time back but now the property was secured downstairs (happy to know that, but what about us?). The door was also very difficult to lock from inside, 5 minutes of nuisance every evening before it succeeded.
If you by now still thinks this represents charming French holiday let, maybe you’d be discouraged by being met by 2 sheets of toilet paper on every roll in every bathroom (depressing to check in a Saturday evening 20km from a supermarket and you have to ask the family not to use any toilet paper). And if not then check the toilet brushes which are revolting. Both examples of something which cost absolutely nothing to keep proper but it is not done and it strikes you as very petty.
That’s also the conclusion: Anne is a very friendly and lovely lady always with time for a friendly chat with us or the children and it pains me to having to write all this, but what she is charging and offering is completely disproportionate. She is a master marketeer, that I got to admit. What she writes and how the pictures she is using on her website completely lures you into thinking that you are going to get a piece of heaven. You are definitely not. I hope with this if nothing else that Anne will make some needed changes so other people are not going to suffer this unfairness as badly as we have.
Response from Anne Dyson - 11/06/2011
I am very sorry this guest had such a negative experience at my home. I felt very sorry for her during the time she was here as the weather, usually so good in July was frightful, her husband had left her with two very argumentative children whilst he went back to work so it is no wonder that all the negative comments were grossly over exaggerated.
The family had obviously never stayed in a gite before and thought they were in a hotel. They did not read the information for guests which was very accessible, this asks that the beds are stripped before guests leave and that rubbish etc. is disposed of, none of this was done. It also explains the electric system, she was inconvenienced once when the trip switch, a safety measure, cut out but I was very careful that it did not happen again. She says I accused her of blocking the sink - in fact it was her children who blocked the sink by putting a large number of plum stones in the sink which of course blocked it and I had to call out a plumber, at a high cost, which I did not pass on, who showed me the 10 plum stones blocking the sink. She greatly exaggerates the toilet paper situation as I had checked there were rolls in each bathroom, again this is a gite not a hotel. She says the pots and pans are uneven, this is completely untrue, they are good quality pots and pans, both Pentole and Le Crueset, not hand me downs. She neglects to say that there are good quality throws on the furniture which are laundered afresh for each guest. I do feel hurt by this lady's comments, particularly as I went out of my way to be friendly, giving her fruit and vegetables from my garden. She has slandered my property and my reputation. I do hope no other gite owner has to suffer the lies and exaggeration of this lady. I hope that staying in other gites will inform her of the gite system and that she will realise my property is nowhere near as bad as she writes.
Fantastic, accommodation and food in a truly beautiful part of F
Anne, our host was lovely. Very welcoming and friendly, not to mention her culinary skills!
The food we experienced was just mind-blowing at times.
Our accommodation was lovely, practical with many authentic touches and very clean.
Staying here really had a Truly French feel to it. The grounds were absolutely beautiful, gardens lovely and it even had a maze which the kids loved!
The house is in a great area if you want to do some touring around to neighboring villages.
I can honestly say staying at the Greedy Gooose was one of the most relaxing holidays we have ever had! Would reccomend to anyone to go, stay and experience anne's hospitality.