Lionel and Peggy Haines

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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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THE GRIFFON

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Two 2 and 3 bedroom Aveyron gîtes with fantastic views up the Dourbie valley

Our Castel (French for a big house) incorporates two recently converted self contained holiday rentals (gîtes), both of which have magnificent views and are named after the local (Griffon and Egyptian) vultures that often fly overhead.

We are situated in the Aveyron department at the south-west corner of the Cevennes National Park just 80 minutes from the Mediterranean. A 30 minute drive down the beautiful, Dourbie valley brings you to the historic town of Millau where the crystal clear Dourbie (ideal for fishing) meets the river Tarn that then winds through the town and passes under the world renowned Millau Viaduct. More locally, a 10 minute drive up the Dourbie valley takes you to the 10th century village of Nant equipped with a variety of shops and restaurants. From our rock we have a 360 degrees view looking up and down the Dourbie valley and also up the Trevezel valley.

The area is a paradise for people with a wide variety of interests including walking, geocaching, bird watching, fly fishing, cycling, canoeing, geocaching, butterflies, paragliding, the Tarn and Jonte gorges, orchids, stunning scenery, Roquefort cheese, Knights Templar fortified villages and more...

This property is suitable for a variety of holiday styles:

Quiet and relaxing: in our shared garden with 360 degree views of the valleys and hills around us.

Romantic: having a quiet drink on our sheltered north facing terrace.

Cultural: visiting Knights Templar villages and museums in the area.

Family: treasure hunting or just walking in the hill guided by our hand held GPS (Sat Nav) devices.

Active: canoeing, via ferrata, canyoning, swimming in the Dourbie, paragliding...

Please refer to our CastelDeCantobre website for more detailed information and to view our many photos of the local wildlife and scenery.

More Details

Details for The Griffon 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 2 Bathrooms

“The Griffon” gîte can sleep up to 7 people and has 3 bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with 2 single beds and one with a double and single bed. It has 2 bathrooms and the kitchen/dining room has a large oak dining table. The living room opens onto a south facing patio terrace with magnificent views over the river Dourbie and the valley. “The Egyptian” gîte sleeping up to 5 people is built against the rock face so it keeps cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It has a double bedroom and a larger second bedroom with a double and single bed. Shower and washing facilities are provided by a shower room, a separate WC and sink, and a bathroom with shower, WC and sink. The kitchen opens into the dining/living room which in turn opens onto its own south facing patio terrace overlooking the river and valley.
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Lionel and Peggy Haines (Owner)
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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.

Please refer to our CastelDeCantobre website for more detailed information and to view our many photos of the local wildlife and scenery.

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 5 traveler reviews

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The Griffon
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
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The Griffon
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p965050a
+33 0565628570
Nant Aveyron
5

Fantastic accommodation and hosts

  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic family holiday in this lovely location. The Gite is located in the lovely village of Cantobre with fabulous views over the Dourbie Valley and is a great location for exploring the local area. The gite itself is very modern with all mod cons including wi-fi, satellite T.V etc and is very well maintained and is very clean throughout. Peggy and Lionel are most helpful and pleasant couple you could wish for, both will do whatever they can do to assist you in making your stay the best you could have, even going as far as bringing up the luggage in his car to save us carrying it through the village and up to the house.
I would say it feels like you are staying with friends rather than being a visitor.
Cantobre village itself is lovely and peaceful, and an ideal area for lazy walks or hard hikes or just to sit around and laze.
Millau is only a short drive away and has plenty to offer, supermarkets, restaurants and good coffee. we would certainly recommend it to friends and family and have already returned with elderly parents who also loved the place.
We have already booked for our fourth visit in April 2014 and I know that this will not be our last visit to Lionel & Peggy's home
we have stayed in both Gites and can recommend them 100%
  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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The Griffon
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p965050a
+33 0565628570
Nant Aveyron
Harpenden
4

Fantastic view & good value for money

Fantastic view & good value for money
  • 4 of 5
We received a very warm and friendly welcome from the owners, who helped to get our luggage to the gîte as it is a short distance from the parking area. The little hamlet is charming and the location affords wonderful views, particularly from the terrace of the gîte itself. The accommodation is pleasant and the gîte is very well equipped. The area has dramatic scenery and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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The Griffon
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p965050a
+33 0565628570
Nant Aveyron
London
5

Perfection, a real paradise, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5
We chose Castel de Cantobre for our honeymoon. After researching for a very long time on lots and lots of websites Castel de Cantobre was the clear favourite and an easy choice. It had the ideal mix of requirements we were looking for and the very comprehensive website made our choice that much easier.

Located in a stunning part of France, Castel de Cantobre met all of our needs - quiet, wonderful views, pretty location, local walks and easy access (via a short drive) to the nearest town.

On arrival we were instantly made to feel very welcome by the simply superb owners Peggy and Lionel, the accommodation was excellent, extremely clean, fitted out to a very high standard, spacious and comfortable.

Anything we needed, be it GPS devices, recommendations/advice on local activities/places of interest or simply making us feel welcome, our hosts were always on hand to help and were a joy to speak to. Even though located in the heart of Cantobre, the location felt very private with exclusive views over the valley.

We didn't want to leave, and would definitely recommend this to others, in fact we have already on several occasions.

Some of our highlights were long walks in the gorgeous surrounding countryside, sitting on our own private balcony under the rock face eating local produce bought from the town market or watching the sunset from the shared terrace.

All in all we couldn't have picked a better place for our honeymoon. Peggy and Lionel were wonderful and made our stay even more perfect. We will remember Castel de Cantobre for the rest of our lifes.
  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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The Griffon
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p965050a
+33 0565628570
Nant Aveyron
5

An excellent holiday location

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful location. Fantastic setting, lovely views, great walks, attentive and generous hosts, very comfy and well-appointed gite. Can't recommend it too highly.
  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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The Griffon
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p965050a
+33 0565628570
Nant Aveyron
5

Fantastic gite in a fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic family holiday in this lovely location. The Gite is located in the lovely village of Cantobre with fabulous views over the Dourbie Valley and is a great location for exploring the local area. The gite itself is very modern with all mod cons including wi-fi, satellite T.V etc and is very well maintained and is very clean throughout. Peggy and Lionel were most helpful throughout our stay and answered our many questions and shared their local knowledge with us! I particularly found the enjoyed using the Garmin E-Trex as it comes pre loaded with some of the best local walks and took us on a couple of great hikes from the Gite. Cantobre village itself is lovely and peaceful and we would certainly recommend it to friends and family (in fact several have stayed following our advice!). We have already booked up for out third stay next year!
  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are looking forward to your stay next year. I hope by then we will have had opportunity to record more walks onto our Garmin GPS devices. Maybe even a few cycle trips recorded by some of our cycling enthusiasts from this year will be available too. See you next year.
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Rodez, Béziers & Montpellier
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Millau
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A75
Nearest Beach
105 Kilometres
Farinette Plage
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Le Café des Halles
Nearest Ski
33 Kilometres
Prat Peyrot
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
La Canourgue, Maleville
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Chez Yves (Summer only)
Car: recommended

Cantobre is a medieval hamlet perched on limestone rock face in the Aveyron department at the south-west corner of the Cevennes National Park just 80 minutes from the Mediterranean. A 30 minute drive down the beautiful Dourbie valley brings you to the historic town of Millau where the crystal clear Dourbie (ideal for fishing) meets the river Tarn that then winds through the town and passes under the world renowned Millau Viaduct. More locally, a 10 minute drive up the Dourbie valley takes you to the 10th century village of Nant equipped with a variety of shops and restaurants. From our rock we have a 360 degrees view looking up and down the Dourbie valley and also up the Trevezel valley. The area is a paradise for people with a wide variety of interests including walking, geocaching, bird watching, fly fishing, cycling, canoeing, butterflies, paragliding, the Tarn and Jonte gorges, orchids, fantastic scenery, Roquefort cheese, Knights Templar fortified villages and more...

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Availability & Rates

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Nant Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Automne
Sep 20 2014 - Oct 24 2014
2 night minimum stay
€48
From
€95
Fri,Sat,Sun
€475
 
 
Hiver
Oct 25 2014 - May 1 2015
2 night minimum stay
€59
From
€118
Fri,Sat,Sun
€590
 
 
Fin du printemps
May 2 2015 - May 29 2015
2 night minimum stay
€49
From
€98
Fri,Sat,Sun
€490
 
 
Debut de l'éte
May 30 2015 - Jul 3 2015
2 night minimum stay
€59
From
€118
Fri,Sat,Sun
€590
 
 
Haut
Jul 4 2015 - Jul 10 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€790
 
 
Très haute
Jul 11 2015 - Aug 21 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€990
 
 
Haut
Aug 22 2015 - Aug 28 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€790
 
 
Fin de l'été
Aug 29 2015 - Sep 18 2015
2 night minimum stay
€60
From
€120
Fri,Sat,Sun
€600
 
 
Automne
Sep 19 2015 - Oct 23 2015
2 night minimum stay
€50
From
€100
Fri,Sat,Sun
€500
 
 
Hiver
Oct 24 2015 - Apr 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
€60
From
€120
Fri,Sat,Sun
€600
 
 
Fin du printemps
Apr 30 2016 - Jun 3 2016
2 night minimum stay
€50
From
€100
Fri,Sat,Sun
€500
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
€475
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €200
Pet Fee €12
Stay tax €0.35 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 11 years.
Notes Nous offrons remises jusqu'a 20% pour des groupes réduits et des locations prolongées. Rendez-vous sur notre site personnel 'Castel de Cantobre' pour les tarifs précis, les disponibilités et les modalités de réservations.
Le chauffage est inclus ainsi que d'autres extras.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Nant Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • French "chèque vacances"
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 97 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • River
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Living Room
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , 2 travel cots are available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bed linen is provided (beds will be made up for your arrival), as well as towels and tea towels (for use inside the gîte only).
Entertainment:
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Pétanque Court
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 7 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • water sports
  • bowling center
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • equestrian events
Notes:
The garden, our small north facing terrace (beautiful in the evening and sheltered during the day) and the 7 garden recliners are shared between both our gites. Internet access is 2Mb and is shared between the 2 gites and us so is not fast enough to download videos and play internet games, it is provided for communication and information researching purposes. Being a very small fortified village built on a limestone outcropping with a no through road the village is relatively child friendly although there are some elevated areas, so children who have not yet learnt what is and is not dangerous should be supervised. Parking is available 100m from our gites at the village entrance.
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