A Paradise For Outdoor Activities, Stunning Scenery, Wildlife and History
Lionel and Peggy Haines
- english, french
About Lionel and Peggy Haines
I am English and my wife is Irish. Although we have been together since 1983 we only got married in 2009 in preparation for our new life together in France.
Lionel and Peggy Haines purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Lionel and Peggy Haines chose Nant
We used to come on holiday to the region every other year for a long time and the opportunity to live here and make enough money to survive came up. So we have been living here since December 2009 and are enjoying every minute of it. Both of us love the countryside and the wildlife here and in between looking after the gîtes we go for lots of walks. It's a fantastic place to live, come and share it with us!
What makes this Cottage unique
We are surrounded by countryside, both valley scenery and the wild "causse" land above the valley. Boredom is impossible here: we never tire of the scenery from our terraces or driving down the Dourbie valley to Millau. I love to go fishing in the beautiful crystal clear Dourbie trout river if only for "a walk on the wild-side", catching a fish is secondary to watching a beaver swim past or catching a glimpse of a deer or red squirrel drinking from the river while a kingfisher darts by! Peggy, on the other hand prefers having a coffee on dry land, meeting friends and watching village life in nearby Nant.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Smoking allowed outside
We make a small charge of 15 € per week for pets.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Gréât gîte and very helpful owners who went out of their way by taking me to the hospital on one occ
The views are truly amazing and all the stars at night are an extra bonus. Sadly it’s still a fair walk on an uneven path and then a stair without a handrail up to the gîte. Taking shopping up is also quite a challenge.
Comfortable, well equipped - and lovely hosts!!
Our second stay in The Egyptian Gite. It is an absolutely wonderful Gite, well equipped and very comfortable where you can sleep with the windows wide open and, benefiting from the fly screens, enjoy the mountain air as you sleep.
Of course you take a chance with the weather - we had torrential rain almost every day. It did not spoil our enjoyment one bit.
Thanks for your review. HomeAway says in its guidelines to address the issues already fixed, so I just have to say it's never going to rain again ;-).
See you again later in the year.
A peace of heaven on earth maybe...
for the situation - I will not say more: each one need to get its own feeling there!
For the place in itself,
For the comfort.
But most of all, the very heartfull feeling the owners give.
Lovely place, nice people.
Really enjoyed relaxing at the gite with friends.
A tranquil escape from the hectic world!
Our stay in the Egyptian Gite for two weeks over Christmas was exceedingly peaceful and just what we needed. Lionel and Peggy were excellent hosts, welcoming us into their home like old friends! The gite was exactly as described and was very clean, well equipt and cosy. We were met upon arrival and shown around. Peggy supplied us with, a very welcomed, home-made loaf of bread! Throughout our stay, both Lionel and Peggy were on hand to give us directions and suggest places to visit. The views of the gorge were wonderful and we experienced warm and sunny weather over the Christmas break. The drive to Millau was spectacular, as it followed the gorge with all its twists and turns. The location was well placed for many walks, as well as visiting different attractions. We even drove to the Mediterranean, one day! Montpellier le Vieux was spectacular, as was the walk up to it; though you can also drive to the entrance! Gorge Du Tarn, Roquefort and Mont Aigoual are all must visits too! It was super to see vultures soaring overhead and we even got to see two wild boar. A wonderful location, with excellent hosts! We would definitely recommend this gite.
Nous avons vraiment apprécié notre séjour. Endroit magnifique, accueil chaleureux, tout était parfait! Merci Lionel et Peggy
A 10 minute walk from our gîtes gets you to a pebble beach on the Dourbie river. Canoeing is possible on the river but canoe hire is at Millau. For Inland water sports the Lac du Salagou is a about an hour's drive to the south and driving a little further south takes you to the beaches of the Mediterranean.
There are several airports which serve the region, the ones that we have used are Rodez, Béziers, Montpellier, Nimes and Carcassonne, car hire is essential.
Driving time from Calais is around 10-11 hours (via Rouen or Paris) including stops and the Eurostar takes you to Paris or Lille and then you take the TGV (same station in Lille but you have to change stations in Paris) to get to Montpellier. We have a web page that shows how to get here, we can send you the link after you make your reservation.
The village of Nant is 6 km up the Dourbie valley, the vibrant market town of Millau with its world renowned viaduct is 27 kms down the valley, both are worth the drive in themselves.
Knights Templar villages are within 25 kms from us and Roquefort (cheese) is about 40 kms away. The Jonte and Tarn Gorges to the north are about 30 - 50 kms away and Mont Aigoual (the tallest mountain around) with magnificent views and a weather station open to the public is 35 kms away.
Our Castel de Cantobre website has lots of information, 60 pages of photos of wildlife and the area, activities, local information, wine trips, places to visit and webcams for the valley etc.
To find the link to our website, click on the "Facilities" button and then scroll down to just above the "Notes" section; alternatively put "Castel Cantobre" into an internet search.