3 bedroom gite with pool on shared grounds with rural hill views
- english, french
About Julie Butters
I was a teacher in the UK running a special needs department. Here in France I live with my husband and twin daughters. I look after a number of gites in the area as well as my own, teach English occasionally in Toulouse and host french students for immersion English courses. Andy my husband renovates property in the area and the girls are at Uni in UK having finished their school education at a french Lycée in Albi.
Julie Butters purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why Julie Butters chose Pampelonne
We chose this run down old farm because of its flexibility and the fantastic views it has over the Viaur Gorge. The layout works perfectly for us allowing us privacy when needed as well as privacy for the guests - but where we can socialise too when we wish to. We love the area as we believe it gives a true reflection of rural France .
What makes this Cottage unique
Peace, calm, tranquility - but then a peak into rural french life which comes alive in the summer months - an area steeped in culture, tradition and folklore.
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Lovely traditional country gite
Thoroughly enjoyed our out of season short stay in this traditional gite. Lovely warm welcome on arrival. Very quite and peaceful location but within easy reach of the A68 and fast access to Rodez, Albi and Toulouse. Plenty to see and do in the area and beautiful countryside to explore. Great day spent at Cordes- sur - Ciel and Najac. Also enjoyed seeing the amazing cathedral in Albi. The log burner was a great feature and kept us really warm during a very cold spell! Will definitely be back as there is so much to see and do in the area.
We would love to see you again in the future - maybe when the sun is shining. Happy Christymas and Happy New Year.
Julie and Andy xxx
Being situated on the border of the Tarn and the Aveyron departments we are fortunate to have easy access to all the key tourist attractions in both areas. There is plenty to see and do, for all ages and interests, but here are just a few we thought were worth highlighting.
Rodez is the departmental capital of the Aveyron and is well worth a visit. Perched high on the landscape it has a majestic cathedral and bishops quarters set in what was originally the stone city wall. It is quite the ‘provincial’ town and has some interesting sites to visit such as the museum which houses the ancient menhir stones. It is particularly good for shopping with lots of classy boutiques and little backstreets to explore. There are too many restaurants to mention, but they cover all tastes and budgets. Markets are held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings.
Albi is the departmental capital of the Tarn and a superb place to visit. It’s historical core is steeped in character and a delight to wander around. You can amuse yourself for hours just ambling through the back streets soaking in the history, or sitting at a bar in the central square while the children run in and out of the dancing fountain. The tourist office is a mine of information and has some excellent guided walks to follow, so you can get the most out of this beautiful settlement. The dominating cathedral may look somewhat dour from the outside but walk through the doors and your eyes are dazzled by the colourful paintings that stretch from the floor up to, and including, the ceiling. Take time out to catch one of the many choral works here and it will truly be a treat to remember. You are spoilt for choice regarding restaurants and cafés and you will find something that caters for most tastes and pockets. Many events are held here throughout the season and it is often used as a stage in the Tour de France. For those who enjoy their cultural pursuits the Toulouse Lautrec Museum is well worth a visit. Markets are on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Cordes-sur-Ciel is an absolute must to visit. This ancient citadel provides a great day out for the whole family. The best way to visit is to park in the new sector at the bottom of the citadel and jump on the little electric train which takes you up to the very top. From there you wander through the tiny cobbled streets, where dozens of artists and artisans have small, bijou shops selling their unique goods. There is also a local history museum and a sugar museum. If shopping is a must make sure you arrive in time for a good lunch and shop in the afternoon, as many of the little shops do not open in the mornings. When you’ve explored enough you can either catch the train back down or wander back through the steeply descending streets. Make sure you have good solid shoes for this trip (no high heels) and be careful if you want to splash out as quite a few of the smaller shops don’t take credit cards - there is an ATM available on the main street below. If you are around in July, then try to catch the medieval festival which runs for 3 days. The local market is held on SaturdaSaturday mornings.
If you like your wine then it may be a good idea to conclude your day trip by heading off into the Gaillac wine region just to the south of Cordes. This is one of France's oldest wine growing areas and there are dozens of wine tasting vineyards to visit, some of which will arrange meals as well as tasting sessions. They also happen to be located in and around some of the prettiest villages in the country.
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is our local bastide town. This beautiful little town and has the classic central square with covered arches. There are various seasonal events throughout the year, from fêtes and concerts to markets selling local produce. The Festival of Lights every summer is one not to be missed, as is the Autumn Chestnut Fair and the Medieval Fête. In July and August there are nocturnal markets every Friday Night where you can select a meal and some wine from the local stalls and then join the locals to eat your supper, while being entertained by dancers or singers in the square.
Villefranche-de-Rouergue is larger bastide with one of the best markets in the area, held every Thursday morning. Certainly well worth a trip if you enjoy French markets, this is an excellent example of how a quintessential provincial town used to be.
Toulouse is the Midi-Pyrenees capital and a very cosmopolitan city. It is a must for shopaholics with plenty of designer shops to keep you happy, and there are dozens of great little pavement cafés to see and be seen in. However, it also makes a great place to visit for the children who can while away the time at attractions like Cité de l’Espace or one of many good museums in the city centre. The Château de Merville with it's amazing Labyrinth is also a good family-orientated destination, just north of the city. Toulouse is only 70 minutes by car from us, and is an easy drive.