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16th Century House Plus Studio Flat in Gorgeous French Village

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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-4 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:4
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Village House with Balcony, (4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths) plus 1 bedroom, 1 bath flat

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 and direct contact info.

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
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Children Welcome:

    House has stairs and unscreened windows but is generally suitable for kids - we have stayed here with kids aged 3 to 18. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking permitted on outside balcony but not inside house...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Queen size Beds (2) two queen beds, Twin or Single Beds (4) four twin beds (two each in two rooms). There is also a separate studio apartment with 1 queen bed downstairs which can be rented together with main house or separately, please email owner for details...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • 2 (plus one bathroom with shower downstairs in the studio apartment)


  • Books:

    Collection of local guidebooks, maps and (mostly) English language fiction...moreless

  • CD Player
  • Games:

    There is a set of balls in the house to play boules (also known as petanque or bocce) down on the esplanade....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Small collection of classical/jazz/pop CDs...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Sweeping views across the Vere Valley...moreless

  • Village:

    House is within the 13th century village of Castelnau de Montmiral, an easy walk to shops, cafes and restaurants....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance:

    Internet phone, free to Europe, North America, Australia...moreless

  • Internet:

    High-speed cable modem with WiFi (no computer available, please bring your own)...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Ample linens and towels for 8 guests. Linens changed and cleaned in between rentals....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    4-5 free off street parking spots at the back of the house on the esplanade (about 50 meters from the front door). It is possible to drive directly to front door to drop off luggage....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    4-5 free off street parking spots at the back of the house on the esplanade (about 50 meters from the front door). It is possible to drive directly to front door to drop off luggage....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free local and international calls....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    washing machine and clothes drying rack - no electric dryer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    House is not centrally heated. It has a fireplace in living room and electric space heaters for each room....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    We cook often when we stay at the house....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Full set for 8-10 people...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped kitchen with microwave, blender, coffee maker, etc....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Spices, cooking oil, paper products...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Balcony with lovely views over the valley. Has umbrella, chairs and table - big enough for a meal for 6 people...moreless



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from 31 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
Jun 1 - Sep 15, 2017
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee (per stay) $100
  • Taxes Not included


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/write 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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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70 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Toulouse (TLS)
150 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Les Arcades
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
100 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Hotel des Consuls

Car: Recommended

Wine Tasting - dozens of vineyards in the Gaillac region are within a few minutes drive. There is a painting school in the village.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Two families based in New York and Northern California

Why the Owner Chose Castelnau-de-Montmiral, France:
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. Feel free to contact us directly with questions: farleyjt -at g-mail dot com.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

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  • The house

    The house

  • Castelnau's Main Square and two restaurants

    Castelnau's Main Square and two restaurants

  • Living room looking onto balcony

    Living room looking onto balcony

  • Kitchen


  • Top front bedroom

    Top front bedroom

  • Top rear bedroom

    Top rear bedroom

  • Guest enjoying balcony

    Guest enjoying balcony

  • Village church in Castelnau

    Village church in Castelnau

  • Aerial view of Castelnau

    Aerial view of Castelnau

  • New studio flat (looking toward entrance)

    New studio flat (looking toward entrance)

  • New studio kitchen (looking towards entrance)

    New studio kitchen (looking towards entrance)

  • Front Door

    Front Door

  • View from Balcony

    View from Balcony

  • Dining table

    Dining table

  • Middle floor rear bedroom

    Middle floor rear bedroom

  • Middle floor front bedroom

    Middle floor front bedroom

  • View from top bedroom

    View from top bedroom

  • Game of boules (petanque) on esplanade below balcony

    Game of boules (petanque) on esplanade below balcony

  • Road in village of Castelnau

    Road in village of Castelnau

  • Castelnau from road below village

    Castelnau from road below village

  • New studio flat entrance

    New studio flat entrance

  • New studio flat bedroom (looking toward kitchen)

    New studio flat bedroom (looking toward kitchen)

  • New studio flat kitchen

    New studio flat kitchen

VRBO #108240

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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