|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
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Castelnau de Montmiral is a magnificent 13th century bastide (fortified town) perched on a hilltop with views over the fields and vineyards of the Vere valley, in the Tarn region. Castelnau was chosen by the government in 1991 as one of the most beautiful villages in all of France, and it was among the villages on the route of the Tour de France in 2011.
Our three-story stone house has four bedrooms (two with queen beds, two with two twin beds each) and two baths, as well as a living/dining room, full kitchen and a balcony overlooking the village esplanade, with sweeping views of the countryside. The house is fully furnished, with a well stocked kitchen, linens, towels, wireless internet access and a small collection of CDs and books, including local guidebooks and maps.
There is also a newly renovated, fully furnished studio flat with one queen bed, ensuite bathroom and kitchen and private patio suitable for 1-2 people available for rent either together with the main house or separately. The flat is below the main house and opens onto the village esplanade. See photos and rate sections for details.
The house is on Rue de la Porte Neuve within the village walls, a short walk from a boulangerie, a patisserie, two small hotels with good restaurants, a cafe and and a pizzeria. There is a market every Tuesday morning offering fresh local produce, meats and cheeses, as well as local handicrafts. Castelnau de Montmiral also has a pharmacy, post office, hairdresser, and doctor's surgery. Two painting schools are based in the village, as the architecture and countryside offer ample inspiration for artists. The village is also home to a beautiful church, Notre-Dame-de-L’Assomption, which is home to the 14th century Cross of the Counts of Armangac, studded with 310 jewels.
The area surrounding Castelnau de Montmiral is rich in cultural, gastronomic, and outdoors offerings. The village is in the heart of the Gaillac wine region, which has been producing excellent wines for more than 1000 years. There are dozens of wineries in the nearby countryside offering degustation (tastings).
The town of Gaillac is just 13 kilometers (eight miles) away, with its Musee des Beaux Arts, natural history museum, and tenth-century Abbaye St. Michel on the banks of the Tarn River. Gaillac hosts a large, colorful market every Friday morning. The city of Albi is less than half an hour away, with its elegant squares, many cafes, the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum and the impressive Cathedrale de Ste. Cecile, the world's largest brick cathedral.
The village of St. Antonin Noble-Val is half an hour north of Castelnau, overlooking a gorge with the Aveyron river below. This is home to a popular Sunday morning market, as well as hiking, canoeing and kayaking trips and good fishing opportunities.
There is also a lively performing arts scene in Gaillac, Castlenau and the surrounding bastide towns, with theater performances, jazz, and classical music festivals throughout the spring and summer months.
The area offers many outdoor diversions as well - hiking in the adjacent Gresigne forest, and swimming, boating and fishing in the lake at the Base de Loisirs, just two kilometers from Castelnau. The country roads around the village are excellent for cycling and running (bicycles can be rented in Gaillac) and there are facilities for golf, tennis and horseback riding nearby.
Keywords: House, Gite, Village, Vineyards, Tarn, Languedoc
Two families based in New York and Northern California
James purchased this house in 2005
Our mother spent many happy summers in this village. When a house within the village became available we were thrilled to be able to carry on the family tradition. It is a charming place off the beaten tourist path and we are delighted to be able to introduce it to others.
Castelnau de Montmiral is a quiet village, yet one with some of the conveniences of a more urban environment - shops and restaurants within walking distance, wireless internet access. The house is a serene environment from which to explore the surrounding countryside, but the amenities of Toulouse are less than an hour away. There are dozens of expatriates who have moved to Castelnau and its environs - both retirees and younger families - and the attractions are clear.
My husband and I spent a wonderful week at this beautiful house. The view from the balcony truly must be seen to be believed. The house is large and comfy and the kitchen is very well stocked. We cooked dinner at home nearly every night and had all the implements we needed. The town is small but beautiful and we really enjoyed wandering its quaint streets. Do not miss a visit to Cote à Côté in nearby Cahuzac - they carry amazing cheeses, meats and local wines. We really hope to return to this wonderful house again someday!!
We arrived in Castelnau after a five day, exhausting time in Paris. As much as we love Paris this is the perfect anecdote to tired feet and minds. I would return here absolutely. Our 8 year old grandson said when we were leaving, "I just love this house!" He couldn't have said it better. Jan M.
This was our second stay in this lovely home in Castelnau du Montmiral. It was two weeks of pure bliss. The house is beautifully located and comfortably furnished and has all the modern conveniences including lightening fast wi-fi.
The kitchen is a joy for any cook with cookware, dinnerware,servingware and wine glasses galore. The views over the valley from the windows and balcony are an everchanging source of delight. The colors of the fields and the surrounding vineyards are a photographer's (or painter's) dream.
Yvonne, the charming house manager, lives a few steps away and is always ready with suggestions as to what to see and where to find. She also keeps the house in tip-top shape.
If you have not been to this part of the world, you should go and definitely stay at this wonderful home. We will, no doubt, be coming back again next year.
I stayed in the flat in the basement level of this charming house. While I had family members renting the main house and was able to enjoy both my apartment and the house, I can say that the apartment was perfect for what I needed. Exceptionally clean, well appointed with good lighting, nice linens, a small kitchenette, hair dryer, etc . When we experienced a particularly hot July, the apt manager kindly brought over a fan. The village is absolutely lovely and feels like you have gone back in time. I look forward to returning to this beautiful part of France.
My spouse and I stayed in this wonderful house in what is (officially) one of the most beautiful villages in France for a week in early May, 2015. We are already making plans to return there, probably with friends.
We endorse all the positive comments in reviews here about the cleanliness of the house, the helpfulness of the manager Yvonne, and the splendid views of the lush countryside.
There is parking behind the house, shared with one two other vehicles. We had no problems with the parking. The small grocery store near the entrance to the town is open Tuesday through Saturday, late morning and late afternoon. It’s a good place for sandwich ingredients: I bought some tomme de Savoie cheese that was as good as any I’ve had, and the baguettes are good. For more serious shopping, there is an E. Leclerc “hypermarket” about 10 miles away in Gaillac.
(Tip: to get a shopping cart, you need to go to the reception desk in the store and ask for a token to unlock the cart.)
Don’t miss the nearby village of Puycelci, even more charming than Castelnau-de-Montmiral. It was there that I decided that the countryside in this area is as pretty as any spot I’ve been in France. Yvonne told us about the Sunday morning market in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (about 40 minutes away), so we went. We first came into the flea-market part of the market. After wandering around for twenty minutes, I asked a guy where the food was. He showed me the way, and told me about a small side street which specializes in regional products. We found our way there, bumping into Yvonne and her husband, who introduced us to some of the vendors. The largest outdoor market I’ve ever been to in France.
I think most of the other tourists we encountered were French. This was definitely the case on our last day, when the town was mobbed. May 14 is Ascension Day; it is a national holiday in France and is always on a Thursday. It thus creates a nice opportunity for a four-day weekend, if the school cooperates, as many do. What do you do when you have a couple of days off and good weather in May? Pack the kids in the car and drive off to visit one of les plus beaux villages de France, of course!
Seven adult members of our family stayed there. We used both the house and the flat below. The house and village have a lot of charm and good amenities. There was lots of space and places for us to have space to ourselves as well as good communal spaces. The views are stunning. There are many things to do visiting other places in the area and we enjoyed doing that in the seven days we spent there. It was good to have help at hand for advice etc from the manager living in the next street. We had two stunning family dinners at Chez Niko in the village square. The dinner on the night we arrived was a great way to start our time there. We hired a large van at Toulouse airport and using a tom tom managed to find our way to the house easily and get to all the places we wanted to visit in the area. Google searches produced a lot of information on well developed web sites about places to visit and things to do that were all enjoyable. The castle at Mauriac was one of many highlights. It is a shame the local Gaillac (Gai-ac) wines are not available at home. It was a great experience and a most enjoyable family holiday. The cost of living there for accommodation and food, visits etc was relatively low. You need to plan around services being shut over longish lunch periods and there being little open on Sundays and public holidays but there are still some cafes open and things to do. This was a great place to stay, it exceeded our expectations.
Wine Tasting - dozens of vineyards in the Gaillac region are within a few minutes drive. There is a painting school in the village.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Cleaning Fee (per stay)||$100|
Short stays available (3 night min): $170/night low season, $200/night high + $100 cleaning fee per stay. Extra discounts for stays over 4 weeks, please call/email owner: farleyjt -at- gmail dot com.
Fully equipped, renovated studio flat with kitchen, bath and private patio for 1-2 people rentable with main house for extra $350/week. Studio flat can also be rented separately for $400/week + $100 cleaning fee per stay. Please email owner for details. Availability calendar on VRBO only covers main house, not studio flat.