Location

The properties are approximately a day's drive from the Channel Ports and just over an hour from Toulouse Airport. Rodez airport is on average 1 hour 15 mins and Carcassone 2 hours to most of the properties.

               

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For those with an interest in history, this area was at the heart of ‘The Hundred Years War’ and touched by the Cathars, Huguenots and the Knights Templar. All properties are just short drives from Medieval towns steeped in this history and still enjoy a quiet simplicity, together with friendly local people who have a warmth to match their lovely countryside. The area is unspoilt by the over-crowding of tourists experienced nowadays in many parts of France.

This area provided the beautiful location for the films 'Charlotte Grey' staring Cate Blanchett and more recently, 'The One Hundred Foot Journey' staring Helen Mirren.

 

 

WEATHER TRENDS

With an average of 2000 hours of sunshine per year, Midi-Pyrénées is one of the sunniest regions of France. Temperatures rise over 25°C on between 60 and 80 days each year throughout most of the region

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Spring comes early with April to June being popular with walkers and cyclists.

In summer an average maximum of 26-28°C are provided by more intense sunshine, but the night air is pleasantly cool.

Autumn often brings an Indian summer and in this gorgeous September light, maximum temperatures range between 21 and 25°C.

 

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Nearby are Medieval villages, Bastide towns, Chateaux, Abbeys, Churches and magnificent natural sites of outstanding beauty; whether it be wooded valleys or the meandering River Aveyron with its dramatic gorges.

 

ACTIVITIESCycling

Increasing in popularity there is cycling available for all levels. Having taken expert advice we have tried to make all our houses Cycle Friendly with space to store, clean and maintain bikes. We also provide information about local cycle repair shops and routes available in the vicinity. Cycle hire is available locally too.

Horse riding, canoeing, fishing, bird watching, rail trips, rock climbing, wine tasting, museums, pot-holing, tennis and of course walking entertain our visitors. Golf is available at Albi (18-hole delightful course), where there is also a water-park for children. An afternoon's excursion by canoe through the Aveyron Gorge is considered a 'must' by nearly all guests. With the introduction of 'High Ropes' at Najac most activities are well catered for.

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St. Antonin market place


A number of local villages and towns have interesting and colourful markets. (NB: Be sure not to miss the local market in St Antonin held on Sunday mornings and Villefranche on Thursdays).

 

EXCURSIONS BY CAR

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Within short driving distances, excursions can also be made to a number of fascinating towns and villages including Cordes, a medieval bastide town whose history includes the Cathars and Huguenots; Albi with its Toulouse Lautrec Museum; Najac, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France; Cahors, for its wines; St Antonin Noble Val fabulous in its own right and film location for ‘Charlotte Gray’ and 'The One Hundred Foot Journey'; Montricoux the Château, an old seat of the Templar Knights, Penne and Bruniquel, all of which are well worth a visit. St Cirq Lapopie, just an hour away is a special place to spend a day.

The larger towns house excellent restaurants to cater for all budgets.

 

DINING

Lascombe Gourmet MealsFor quality dining, prepared and served at your holiday home, contact our partner caterers at Lascombe Gourmet Meals. They can even have a meal waiting for you when you arrive.

 

GETTING HERE

From the French ports it is virtually motorway for the whole of your journey and should take less than a day to drive. See www.viamichelin.com for route map and estimated time for your journey.

Flying

Toulouse (1 hr) has flights from many major and regional airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, Dublin, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Rodez (1hr 15m) - Flights from Stansted
Carcassone (2 hrs) - Flights from Stansted

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