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La Caze Gites,Tarn Valley, stunning views, nearby villages with all amenities. - La Cardabelle (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6/8)

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



La Cardabelle (3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6/8)

Bedrooms: 1 large double bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and en-suite shower room. Further double bedroom with double bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. 3rd bedroom with bunk beds, wardrobe and chest of drawers. Beds have luxury microfibre toppers and Egyptian cotton bedding. Bathrooms: (Upstairs) En-suite shower room to bedroom 1. Further shower room. Separate toilet. (Downstairs) Toilet and wash basin. All towels and linen and hairdryers provided.

Kitchen: Open plan kitchen onto living/dining area. Gas hob; electric oven; dishwasher; microwave; fridge/freezer and all utensils, cutlery, crockery and linen. Washing machine, clothes airer and iron/ironing board. Living room/dining area: Spacious area well able to accommodate 6/8 people in comfort. Dining table and chairs. Satellite TV; DVD player; two and three seater settees, armchair and sofa bed. Free Wifi available. Electric heating for winter lets.

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About the property


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 shops, 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 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.

Joanne Hargreaves and Jon Clements
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2017

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 Aveyron

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 15 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

La Violette was delightful, beautifully decorated and very comfortable, with sunflowers peeping in our bedroom window.The Pool was exceptionaly well maintained, larger than expected, with outstanding views across the open countryside. We spent much of our week just relaxing around the Gite, not able to tear ourselves away from the beautiful location. Mary and Steve were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this property.Joanne Fell Aug 2012

The location is fantastic; views spectacular and the gite had everything we needed for a brilliant holiday! The kids thoroughly enjoyed the pool, boule and table tennis. Cookson & Dawson families, Essex August 2007

The gîte is a pleasure, so well and thoughtfully equipped, and the

position is sensational, in the near-silence of the hamlet, with the

spectacular views over the garden and onto the panorama of the great

hill ridges to the south. And away from La Caze there is so much to

visit in the area. D&F Pevsner May 2013
Sep 2006
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Booking Notes:
A non-refundable* deposit of 25% of total rental is required to secure your booking with the balance payable 6 weeks prior to your holiday. Payment can be made in either euros or GBP. For booking and further information contact Joanne Hargreaves or Jon Clements. *In the event of a cancellation we will try to re-let the gite and if successful will refund any payment minus any costs incurred.

Changeover Day:
During the summer, rentals are per week from Saturday 4.00pm until 10.00am on Saturday of departure. During less busy periods arrangments can be more flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
All prices include electricity, gas and heating. Bedding and all laundry is provided including beach/pool towels. Normal rental periods are per week, Saturday to Saturday but shorter stays and flexibility in arrival/departure dates available in off peak season. Discounts available for longer winter lets by arrangement.


Broquiès Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Toilet 2 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Views to the south reaching some 40kms
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , This bedroom has an en-suite shower room. Panoramic view.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All bed linen (Egyptian cotton) and towels (including pool/beach towels) are provided. Beds will made up on arrival. Each gite has a linen cupboard where further supplies of linen can be found. Each gite has a washing machine located in the downstairs cloakroom for use during your stay. Cot, high-chair and baby bath available upon request. Hair dryers provided. Electric heating for winter lets. We live full-time in the house next door and are available if guests need help or information. Wifi access available in the gites. Outside: Solar-heated pool 5m x 10m exclusively for guests only. Security fenced for the safety of young children. Sun loungers and garden tables and chairs. BBQ; Sun-terraces - Petanque piste (boules provided), Table Tennis and large lawned area with wonderful views. Bikes available for guests. Meals available on day of arrival if pre-booked. We also offer weekly pizza evenings using our stone bread oven.


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average rating of 4.590909 based on 23 reviews

A wonderful family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Everything is perfect, the house is lovely, the swimmingpool is nice and the view spectaculair.

  • 4 of 5

The view is spectacular but the location is very remote. Going to the nearest village Broquiès is only possible by car.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Fabulous place to stay in a beautiful area - didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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A little piece of calm and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Wonderful Holiday - amazing views & scenery, well equipped cottage with all home comforts

  • 5 of 5

Firstly we do not normally write reviews, but La Caze exceeded our expectations & Jon & Jo the owners are such lovely people that we had to put into words (as best we could) how wonderful this place is. Holidays are precious time spent with the family, time to relax and re charge. When looking for a place to stay searching online we have found that even though the location & venue can look superb on Owner Direct when you arrive it can be somewhat of a let down and not meet your expectations. This is not the case at La Caze - the cottage is superb, clean, well furnished, and the views = wow. The surrounding area offers so much to do, there are so many historic villages & beautiful towns, great places to stroll around absorb the atmosphere & culture. To speak with the friendly locals; even if your French is like mine and very minimal you can easily communicate and enjoy a coffee whilst watching the world go by. Then there are the activities; with an 18 & 16 year old to keep entertained this might have been a challenge, but not here with river swimming, a brilliant kayak venue 5 mins down the road from la Caze, walks, paddle boarding, speed boats, lake swimming and running trails. If we had enough energy left then a dip in the pool outside the cottage or a game of boule or table tennis meant we had two very happy & tired kids (and adults) at the end of each day. Then there are Jon & Jo the owners, they have a great way of being there when you need them or when you want to chat but never interfering or intruding. We booked a meal for our first night at La Caze which was cooked by Jon & Jo; served to us in the cottage. Excellent, wonderful. fantastic were the words that we used to desrcibe the 4 courses that were provided.My wife is Gluten intolerant so we always have to be careful when dining out, but again Jon made sure that she was catered for and the lemon meringue that he made was the best that we have ever tasted and it was GF. Well there you go that is our opinion of La Caze, the loacl area and the lovley Jon & Jo, We will be back again next year so I hope not too many people read this and fully book the place!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you had a great holiday, managing to pack so much into your week and really make the most of all the area has to offer. We agree the kayaking from Broquies is fantastic! It is also good to get positive feedback on the meals, particularly when cooking for guests with special dietary requirements. We are working hard to ensure that all our guests have a great holiday experience at La Caze and guests wanting to return is the ultimate compliment. It would be great to welcome you back to La Caze next year.
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Fabulous Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Now we have confirmed our booking for next year it's safe to write the review.

La Caze is a great place for a family holiday and Jo and Jon are wonderful hosts. There were so many little touches which made this better than the average gite stay.

Arriving to find cold beer in the fridge, red wine on the counter and food to make a snack was just the start.

The gite itself was spotless with comfy beds and beautiful linen. There was a huge cupboard with spares and endless towels both for inside and for the pool. Our teenage kids enjoyed the excellent wifi and Sky TV whilst the younger ones played boules ping pong and croquet between dips in the lovely pool. Night swimming was a real highlight as was stargazing the Milky Way.

There is a weekly list of what is on for those who enjoy night markets, local festivals and visiting the locality. It's a triathletes dream with great running cycling and lake swimming.

Jon is a trained chef and we had two delicious meals which catered for our diverse tastes and more than replaced the energy burned.

This is Jo and Jon's first season; they are wonderful warm and friendly hosts who manage the balance of being available and letting you get on with your holiday.we can't wait to go back next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your fabulous review! We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites. As you say, it is our first season here and we are working hard to ensure all our guests have a great holiday experience at La Caze. It is good to know that we are doing the right things, with the ultimate compliment being guests booking again for next year! Looking forward to welcoming you back in 2017.
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
St Izaire, Villefranche de Panat, Brousse le C
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
St Izaire, Brousse le Chateau, Le Truel, V de P
Car: necessary

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 15 minutes and Lac Parleloup 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 15 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 15 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 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.