La Caze Gites are located in a small hamlet above the very picturesque Tarn Valley, just 2 minutes away from the pretty village of Broquies in the Parc Naturel Regional des Grands Causses. Broquies has all amenities, including a bakers, mini market and hairdressers, a tennis court and a lively fete in the summer. The larger, bustling town of St Affrique, with its fabulous Saturday market full of regional products, is only 25 minutes away through yet another pretty valley, that of the Dourdou. Views from La Caze Gites are simply breath taking. Our gites are authentically restored from a 19th century Aveyron barn with many original features, but at the same time havng all the comforts of home and facilities such as wifi, satellite TV and DVD player, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. Beds have luxury microfibre toppers and we use Egyptian cotton bed linen. Both gites have their own private south-facing sun terrace over looking the garden and heated swimming pool (guests enjoy exclusive use of both) with views of approx 40km across the Tarn Valley to the Lacaune mountains. Whilst with us you can choose to simply relax and unwind in beautiful, peaceful, rural surroundings or spend some time sightseeing around the small nearby villages or larger historic towns, such as Albi, Rodez and Millau (home to the now famous viaduct). The stunning Gorge des Raspes du Tarn is literally on the doorstep and there are numerous fortified villages and chateaux to explore in the area. If you are feeling more energetic the area is ideal for walking and other activities such as river and lake swimming, canoeing, cycling, horse riding, parascending and fishing can be enjoyed. La Caze Gites are also a perfect base for special interest holidays, for example photography, bird watching, mountain biking and hiking.
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Joanne Hargreaves and Jon Clements
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 21, 2018
About Joanne Hargreaves and Jon Clements
Having had busy careers in hospitality and the public sector in the South East of England we finally realised our dream of living and running a gite business in the south of France in early 2016. We love the relaxed French lifestyle and the slower pace of life. Jon is a trained chef and loves preparing meals using local produce. Having spent several holidays with her French pen friend, Joanne is now happily rekindling her love of the French language. We both enjoy meeting new people and sharing our passion for this stunning area. Every day we marvel at the breath taking views from our property and can't quite believe how lucky we are! We are on hand to give information on the local area and to be of help to ensure that our guests enjoy their holiday to the max - but equally if we are not needed we don't intrude. We love it here at La Caze and we hope you will too!
Joanne Hargreaves and Jon Clements purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Joanne Hargreaves and Jon Clements chose Lestrade-et-Thouels
The Aveyron is a hidden gem, full of stunning countryside and pretty towns and villages. It feels off the beaten track but is easily accessible and perfectly placed for a varied holiday with a wonderful climate. The view from La Caze blew us away and we love the old stone buildings and homely feel of the place. Whilst being peaceful and rural La Caze is minutes away from Broquies, a village with numerous facilities, and is situated on a decent 'D' road that takes you along the beautiful Tarn Valley and into larger towns and cities.
What makes this Cottage unique
Being just outside of the thriving village of Broquies and with others close by, we are able to enjoy the peacefulness and slower pace of country life but not feel isolated. Just 12 minutes to the north is the village of Villefranche de Panat which, like Broquies, has all the daily amenities you will need and more. There is a weekly market, choice of restaurants and large lake where you can swim, sunbathe and hire boats. The nearby villages of Brousse Le Chateau and St Izaire have restaurants and of course each have a chateau to explore. Brousse Le Chateau Is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France and is indeed a favourite with guests. Then there is always the large swimming pool with the amazing view to come home to!
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Our family (four of us including two 6 and 8 year old girls) stayed in Cardabelle for 2 weeks. We had a super time which was due to the well appointed accommodation; interaction with Joanne and Jon and the setting/places to visit.
The gite provides everything a family could require and unlike many we’ve stayed was well equipped with a comfortable sofa and excellent oven/dishwasher/washing machine etc. An added bonus is the fact that the windows are fitted throughout with insect mesh so we were able to sleep with the windows open without fear of being eaten alive! If we did have any questions on anything Jon and Joanne were available and more than willing to discuss with us whether it be gite related or advice on days out.
The views from the gite are absolutely breathtaking. The pool, which is exceptionally well maintained by Jon, is one of the best places to enjoy this view. The area of Aveyron is one that we weren’t familiar with but there were plenty of places to visit and entertain young children. The hilly terrain does mean that it can take a while to drive around; if you aren’t one for twisty roads/hairpin bends then think twice!
All in all a fab stay – thank you both Joanne and Jon!
Thanks for your lovely review Geoff. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze and were able to relax at the Gites as well as exploring the beautiful local area. Whilst the landscape does make for winding roads they do benefit from being very quiet with a distinct lack of traffic jams! It would be great to welcome you back for another holiday at La Caze Gites in the future.
We love this place!
Return visitors from last year, La Caze has everything we need for a holiday for our family of 4 kids 11-19. Peace and quiet, space to lounge around, WIFI, SKY TV. A pool to cool off and down the road a fabulous one in which to train. Fantastic but challenging running and cycling plus country walks with the chance to forage from the hedgerows.
Jon and Joanne are warm and friendly hosts and their table d'hote meals are fabulous. The gites are immaculately clean and fantastically well equipped. There are beautiful towns and villages to explore with day and night markets, or you can just sit back and relax.
We're already booked for another dose of R&R next year.
Thanks so much for your great review! It was fabulous to welcome you all back to La Caze and we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves just as much this year. We try to ensure that all our guests have a great holiday at La Caze and find the things to see and do that interest them. Looking forward to welcoming you back again next August!
A wonderful family holiday!
Two beautiful gites in a fabulous location, amazing pool, wonderful hosts and perfect views. Delicious welcome meal provided by Jon and Joanne to start off a fantastic holiday. Beautifully kept, clean and comfortable gites - home from home. Its difficult to decide whether to stay and lounge around the wonderful pool and gardens or explore the local area with its endless adventures. The local rivers and lakes are not to be missed. Would definitely recommend this as a holiday destination. This was our second visit to La Caze and we will definitely be back.
Thanks for your lovely review Mark. It was great to see you back at La Caze and we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday. I agree that it is difficult to fit in everything in a week, especially when the weather is so good and it is so tempting just to relax by the pool! We would love to welcome you back for another holiday at La Caze in the future.
Everything is perfect, the house is lovely, the swimmingpool is nice and the view spectaculair.
The view is spectacular but the location is very remote. Going to the nearest village Broquiès is only possible by car.
Thanks for your lovely review Esther. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites. The location of the Gites is rural with peace and quiet perfect for a relaxing holiday and yes, with spectacular views! However, it is only a 20 minute walk to Broquies and previous guests have also cycled to the village for their morning bread using the bikes we provide. There are also a number of villages within a 15 minute drive with a choice of restaurants and a fabulous swimming lake with all facilities again less than 15 minutes drive away and the beautiful Tarn River with great kayaking facilities only 5 minutes away.
Fabulous place to stay in a beautiful area - didn't want to leave
Having visited La Caze already last year, we decided to bring the offspring this time and it certainly didn't disappoint. We had 5 adults staying in Cardabelle (the larger of the 2 gites) and it was perfect. The gites are well maintained, very comfortable and homely and have everything you need for your stay plus more. Jo & Jon (the owners) provide you with a welcome pack and did everything they could to ensure our stay was a good one.
The area has plenty to offer, we could only stay for 5 days this time but we managed to go canoeing in the river, had a relaxing day sunning ourselves at a beautiful lake, visited the picturesque Brousse with it's lovely chateau and did a trip round the area taking in the breath-taking view point at Asseynes. Oh and we also managed some relaxing afternoons round the pool too!!
The 'kids' (youngest is 18 so not really kids anymore) were blown away by the location - I think the word 'awesome' was used on more than one occasion!
I would most definitely recommend staying at La Caze to anyone, we'll most definitely be back
Thanks so much for your lovely review. It was great to welcome you back to La Caze for a return stay and lovely that the whole family were able to come this time. We are so pleased that you were able to make the most of the area and the things to do here as well as having some relaxation at La Caze, particularly in the heat! It would be great to see you back here again at some point.
A little piece of calm and tranquility
From the moment we arrived we properly felt as though we were on holiday. The gite was gorgeous, clean, bright and airy, full of home comforts, stocked with everything you need plus some little extras like a bottle of wine, eggs, butter, milk, tea, coffee - fantastic!
Jo & Jon who own the gites are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. We didn't brave the pool this time but we'll be back next year and will rectify that. There's bikes, table tennis plus much more. So much to do without even going out and yet it's an oasis of calm.
We did a little sight seeing - so many beautiful villages and chateauxs in the area and the scerney is breath taking.
All 4 of us left (reluctantly) feeling like our batteries had been properly recharged. Just wish we'd been there for longer.
I would definitely recommend the gites for a holiday for everyone from friends, families with young children (or old children), couples. There's something for everyone.
Thank you so much to Jo and Jon for making our break away so lovely. We all look forward to seeing you again very soon.
So pleased you all enjoyed your break at La Caze Gites and made the most of this wonderful area whilst the sun still shone brightly in October. We aim to ensure that all our guests, whether here for a short out of season break like you, or for a fortnight in the summer, are able to relax and feel at home as soon as they arrive. We look forward to welcoming you back to La Caze in 2017.
We are situated in an area of outstanding, scenic countryside which our guests can enjoy from their terrace, pool and the garden. Driving short distances around the locality will provide you with even more stunning views, historical sites to visit, picnic sites, river and lake beaches and swimming and picturesque villages to explore. During the summer season there are many fetes, firework displays and events to enjoy as we do! Should you want to dip your toes in the Med this is accessible for a day trip with Mediteranean beaches under 2 hours by car. However, beaches and swimming are available at nearby lakes, Villefranche de Panat 12 minutes and Lac Pareloup 35 minutes drive. Travel: We are located 1 hour by road from Rodez airport and 2 hours from Toulouse, Beziers and Montpellier airports. If driving from Dover, using the motorway, your total driving time will be approx 12 hours. Use of a car is essential in reaching us and enabling you to enjoy the scenery and places of interest surrounding La Caze. Distances: Nearest village of Broquies is 2 minutes. Broquies is a very pretty and has all amenities. Villefranche de Panat is 12 minutes, again all amenities and large lake. Brousse Le Chateau 10 minutes. St Affrique 25 minutes. Albi 1 hour. Millau and famous Millau bridge 45 minutes. River Tarn 5 minutes. Carcassonne 2 hours 30 minutes. Roquefort 40 minutes. Gorges du Tarn just over an hour. Lakes 12 minutes and 35 minutes. Further Details: In Broquies there is a butcher, baker, mini-market, hairdresser and local wine cave. There is also a post office with a cash machine. There are restaurants serving evening and lunchtime meals from 10 minutes away in villages of St Izaire, Le Truel, Brousse le Chateau and Villefranche de Panat. St Affrique has many varied shops and 4 large supermarkets. For those who enjoy delving back into history there are many fortified villages in the area. Canoeing is available from the bridge below Broquies and other nearby activities include tennis, horse-riding, go-karting, fishing, boating and parascending. We are happy to help with information that will ensure you get what you want from your stay at La Caze Gites.