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 22, 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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Well-equipped, comfortable gite on a perfect spot
La Violette is one of two gites adjoining each other, with the owner's house nearby. The gite has thick walls and small windows and has been nicely renovated by the owner. It is comfortable and well-equipped, everything you need is there. On arrival the fridge appeared to be filled with more food than we could consume in a week, never seen that before. John and Joanne are extremely hospitable and John is an excellent cook. The spot is perfect: Millau, Rodez, Lodève, and other interesting places can be reached in an hour. And Aveyron is beautiful, unspoilt and undiscovered yet by tourists. We very much enjoyed our stay.
Thanks very much for your lovely review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites and were able to enjoy many of the places of interest in the area. Yes, the Aveyron is beautiful and unspoilt and perfect for a relaxing holiday at any time of year. Thanks for your comments regarding the welcome pack and Jon's cooking. We aim to ensure that, by providing the welcome pack, our guests are able to have something to eat and drink whatever time they arrive, and we also find that the table d'hote meals help guests to settle into their holiday quickly particularly after a long journey. It would be great to welcome you back to La Caze for another holiday in the future.
Fantastic gite in a very unspoilt stunning part of France
We would thoroughly recommend La Caze Gites. The hosts Jon and Joanne made us feel very welcome. Their food was fantastic and would thoroughly recommend booking a meal. The gite was very comfortable and views stunning. A very relaxing holiday. Will definitely return.
Thanks for your lovely review Ann. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites and were able to relax and recharge your batteries. We love cooking for guests and it's great to receive such positive feedback. It would be great to welcome you both back to La Caze for another holiday in the future.
We had a fantastic week staying at La Violette - a great place from which to explore the area.
La Violette is located in a beautiful area of France and the views from the pool are stunning. It's a great base for exploring the area. We had fabulous weather and combined day trips with lazy days by the pool. Although very rural, it's a short drive to the bakery in Broquies for fresh bread in the morning and my husband cycled it. The gite is well equipped with lots of personal and practical touches which make family holidays just that bit easier - proper washing machine and steam iron, plentiful beach/pool towels, books and games, a properly equipped kitchen and a sympathetic conversion. Outside as well as the pool, the children (GGB aged 14, 12 and 9) enjoyed the swing, ping pong and boules as well as the pool. The welcome pack is inspired - especially after a long journey, and the practical information on supermarkets etc is very helpful too. Jo and Jon gave lots of suggestions for places to go/things to do based on their experiences - as well as there being lots of information in the Gite and a weekly 'Whats On' list. We loved the canoeing/kayaking trip from Broquies (chute is great fun) visiting Millau - the viaduct,and nearby troglodyte church at one of the many 'Beaux Villages de France' and taking the Velo Rail as well as experiencing the Coupiac night market and Ambialet's Son et Lumiere. There were many more things we could have done/visited/seen, had we stayed for longer. Jo and Jon are great hosts and go above and beyond to help make your stay a great one.
Thanks for your fabulous review Emma. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Violette and were able to pack so much into your week. We want guests to be able to relax as soon as they arrive, so it's good to hear that the welcome pack and facilities we offer help to achieve that. It would be great to welcome you all back to La Caze Gites for another holiday in the future.
Lovely well-equipped gite with great views
Lovely gite in pleasant grounds with lots to keep the kids entertained. Views from the pool were great! Joanne and Jon are great hosts and we certainly recommend the home-cooked dining-in option that they offer.
Thanks for your lovely review Adele. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites despite the extremely unseasonable weather for a couple of days! It was great to see the boys really enjoying the pool and other facilities and it was a pleasure to cook for you all during your week here. It would be great to see you back at La Caze for another holiday in the future.
If you are looking for a really relaxing break with really friendly hosts in the most beautiful location then look no further!! We went there as a family with young kids but it's equally great for couples. Can't wait to go back!!
Thanks for your lovely review Sue. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites and were able to relax by the pool in the sunshine and also discover some of the beautiful surrounding area. Would be great to see you back here soon!
Lovely Gites in a Beautiful Location with excellent hosts
We have just returned from a fabulous week in La Violette. The gites are beautiful with all modern conveniences in an authentic farmhouse. The views from the garden are stunning and the pool and gardens are an absolute suntrap if you want to spend the day relaxing in between all the activities and sightseeing on offer. Jo and Jon do everything they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible and provide information about all the activities available in the area.
We highly recommend the meals they offer - a fabulous service.
All in all an excellent week. Thank you Jo and Jon.
Thanks very much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your week in La Violette and were able to see some of the beautiful surrounding area as well as relaxing by the pool. We really enjoyed cooking for you and love it when guests come back for more! It would be great to welcome you back to La Caze for another holiday.
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.
Additional information about rental rates
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 3pm until 10.30am 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.