La Garrigue is located in the delightful, spectacular Aveyron 4.5 miles and 500m up from Entraygues Sur Truyere. The rustique farmhouse offers breathtaking views over the Lot Valley and a scattering of picturesque hamlets with architectural wonders. It is less than 1 hour's drive from some of the most beautiful towns and villages in France. Amongst these are CONQUES and ESTAING. A little further away you find the viaduct of MILLAU, the tallest bridge in the world which forms the gateway to the south of France. From here you can visit the cheese caves of ROQUEFORT or drive up the TARN GORGE to some of the most famous caves and underground rivers in the world. If you would rather stay around the house, CAMPOURIEZ with it's beautiful stone church and its tabac/restaurant/hotel is only 40 minutes walk away. A jewel not to be missed is the hamlet of BEZ BEDENE situated on a knife-like ridge. The nearest town ENTRAYGUES is 15 min down the road. Here you can find a bank, shops, restaurants and the tourist office. A bit furher afield, approx 30 min away, there is a larger town ESPALION where they have a gigantic market on Fridays. On the way to Espalion, you have one of France's most beautiful villages ESTAING. In the opposite direction along the river LOT, you have CONQUES which is on UNESCO'S list of conservation areas and one of the main stopovers on the pilgrim route.
The area around the house and the pool is perfect for relaxing/sunbathing, alfresco meals or star-gazing. The property is situated at the end of a 400 m long country track which is occastionally used by local farmers to visit their cattle, so it is completely private. The nearest neighbour is approx. 400 m above the property. The field below the house is used by a local farmer for his 2 thoroughbred horses who are very sociable. There are 3 bedrooms on the 2nd floor - 1 double, 1 with two single beds and 1 with bunk beds. The main bathroom is also on this floor. On the first floor there are 2 futher bedrooms - 1 double and 1 with 2 single beds. There is also a separate WC and a bathroom. The games room with a pool table, a bed-settee and kitchen area, is located on this floor. The main kitchen/dining/snug area is located on the ground floor. The dining table can seat 16 people. There is a fire place in the snug area. The lounge is also on the ground floor. Off the kitchen and the loungs is a 30 m2 balcony with stairs leading down to the pool area. The pool is 10 m x 6 m. There is ample space for sun bathing around the pool. The former wine cellar has been converted to a summer kitchen, a bathroom and a laundrette with washing machine and tumble dryer. A fridge-freezer is also located here. Should you feel the urge to hide from the sun, there is a table tennis table in the summer kitchen. The original wine cellar is located further down. Underneath the balcony, there is a shaded area which is ideal for a game of boule. The horses can be fed from here. Above the pool towards the road there are approx. 100 lavender bushes. Beyond the pool area, there is a playground with swings. There is also a larger playground near the local hamlet. The area is a walker's paradise with numerous walks starting from the house. Mountain bikes can be hired from the local town of Entraygues. There is a beautiful lake approx 20 min drive from the house with a play area, a beach, a BBQ area and a volley ball field. Tennis can be played at a local camp site down the road. Fishing and canoeing takes place in Entraygues. Lake fishing can be arranged. There is an excellent riding center 10 min from town. Approx. 1 h away, there is a small zoo. A bit futher afield a walk in the tree tops is possible. Most of Frances most beautiful villages are located within 2 hours from La Garrigue as is the tallest viaduct in the world, the Millau bridge, crossing the entire valley of Tarn. Wine tasting takes place 15 min from the house. At this particular vinyard you can sample some of France's best natural wine without any chemicals or additives. It is possible to take part in the "vendange" the grape harvesting from mid Sep to end Oct. Here you can learn all about wine making by the local wine producer who is one of the 10 top wine producers of natural wine in France.
Every season has its charms: The summer with its long, hot summer days and plenty of activities. The autumn is the chestnut- and mushroom season. During this time, there are chestnut festivals in all the local villages. The winter season where everything dies down to come back into life in the spring. The climate here is very comfortable and doesn't have the same damp, penetrating cold as in the UK during the winter, but cold enough for the local ski resorts to stay open, the nearest being approx 1 h 30 min away