Try Before You Buy This Summer

 

If you are thinking of buying a home in France and are not sure whether to take the plunge, we have the perfect solution. In July and August this year we have some of our villas available to rent.

 

We have one to four bedroom villas available from €100 to €238 per night, with better rates given for weekly rentals. The two, three and four bedroom villas have private pools, a garden, covered terrace patio courtyard and deck terrace by the pool.

 

 

Our 4 bedroom Brugnac is perfect for families and groups, With two bedrooms on the ground floor, both with ensuites, and a further two bedrooms upstairs including a grand master, there is plenty of space. The double height living room leads out to a terrace with swimming pool and decking looking into landscaped areas, woodland and stream.

 

One of the pleasures of staying with us is enjoying a crisp glass of white wine, from our own vineyard. The wine is available to purchase at preferential rates to guests.

 

 

All villas come with a concierge service to help you make the most of your stay.

 

The special rental rate is offered for this summer only. Should you decide to purchase a villa the rental costs will be deducted from your purchase price.

 

Book early to reserve the villa of your choice.

 

In July and August there are many events that take place in the region. Read on to discover our favourites.

For more information on rates see http://durantie.com/holiday-at-durantie or  contact Jeanne Boden,  Tel +33 (0)58 1026106, Email enquiries@durantie.com


Festival Fun in The Tarn This Summer

We have a thriving cultural and festival scene in the Tarn from spring throughout the summer that gives visitors to the region a fascinating insight into the traditions, history and way of life here.

 

Here are a few of our favourites…

 

 

Grand Falconers Medieval FestivalJuly 14th

 

Every Bastille Day the village of Cordes-sur-Ciel turns the clock back to the Middle Ages with the Grand Falconers Medieval Festival. The whole town gets involved with locals and visitors dressing up, whilst the streets are lined with jugglers, musicians, knights and even fire-eaters. For 2 days, there is a vast selection of shows and concerts taking place. With the sounds of tambourines, bagpipes and lutes, along with many other medieval instruments, the festival is a feast of sight and sound.

 

 

 

 

Castelnau de Montmiral Music Festival – 21-23 July

 

Just a walk or short drive from Durantie to our local village of Castlenau de Montmiral, this three-day concert in the main square rocks the village in July.  The acts cover several genres of music with bands last year playing Latin, North American and Irish Music.

 

The concert starts at 4pm each day and continues late into the evening. Visit the website to find out who is playing this year at https://www.estivalesdemontmiral.com

 

 

 

 

Apéro Concerts & Gaillac Wine Festivalearly August

 

Throughout the summer many of the wine domains promote their wines with an apéro concert. Fun and casual, visitors can soak up the stunning vineyard views whilst sampling wine around a barrel, and enjoy some live music.

 

 

The concerts lead up to the Gaillac Wine Festival. This is a 48-hour wine party taking over the entire town of Gaillac.  It’s a great way to test out the full range of the Gaillac wines within the confines of a weekend and find out about the area’s unique grape varieties: l’Ondenc, le Mauzac, le Loin d’Oeil, le Braucol, le Duras, Le Prunelard. There are also circus performers, fireworks, strolling players and face painting for the children. The Gourmand Village serves up local delicacies such foie gras, cassoulet, smoked ham from Lacaune, goat’s cheeses and apple pie. There is also a procession with the Messe des Vignerons. resplendent in robes, tricorns and white gloves.

 

 

 

 

Pink Garlic Festival – August 4th

 

 

The village of Lautrec is proud of its local pink garlic (l’ail rose) and celebrates this every year with a festival, market, competitions and music. Some fun events within the festival include free tasting of the Lautrec Pink Garlic soup and a competition for the longest woven string of garlic- the current record being over 21 metres!

 

For more information see www.tourism-tarn.com


Spring has Sprung in The Tarn

 

The weather is warming up already and the countryside is bursting to life once again with spring flowers appearing and wild life getting active.  As La Durantie is in an environmentally protected area called Natura 2000 it means our area, in particular, benefits from many wild and rare fauna and flora. Coming to life now are wild, bee and pyramid orchids, which we get in abundance in May, and rare green frogs (Pelodytes ponctatus).

 

Further afield the area is home to a dramatic and varied landscape including expansive vineyards, rolling sunflower fields (which come alive in the summer), beautiful hilltop villages, the winding Tarn River and the Aveyron gorges.

 

Visitors can enjoy the region on foot using the 800km of hiking trails, or take to two wheels on the many traffic free cycle paths, making it easy for families or less confident riders to safely explore the area.  The ‘Droits de l’Homme’ greenway spans for 48km across gentle terrain, taking cyclists on a leisurely ride through some of the Tarn’s best countryside.

 

Cyclists can ride through the town of Castres, also known as ‘Little Venice’, a reference to its pastel coloured houses sitting on the banks of the Argout River. Other places of interest en route include Lautrec, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France featuring a charming 17th century windmill, and the city of Albi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

 

If cycling is not for you, north of the Montagne Noire in the Haut Languedoc Regional Park lies a mysterious forested area called Sidobre. The area is home to strange rock formations caused by a stream of molten magma three hundred years ago. The area is a natural playground with miles of clearly signposted trails, making it easy to walk amid the trees and fascinating stones. Visitors can take photos hanging off the ‘Peyro Clabado’, a 780 ton rock of massive granite perfectly balanced on a rock of only 1 m² , or cool off from the spring sun at the ‘Blackbird Lake’ (Le Lac du Merle).

 

For more information see www.tourism-tarn.com


Toulouse Airport Benefits from New Routes

 

Getting to your holiday home in the Tarn has just become easier with several new flights to Toulouse.  Easyjet, which already flies from London Gatwick, has now started a flight from Luton. Flybe has a flight from Birmingham and Ryanair is now flying from Stansted. This is in addition to British Airways flights that depart four times a day during summer months and three times a day during the rest of the year.

 

For those that like the train to take the strain, you can reach the region by taking a Eurostar train from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, then take a train to Toulouse Matabiau station.


Finishing Touches

Construction moves forward in the construction of our first three hamlets.

 

 

Plot 3 Corduries Model – Decking groin going in.  2 bedroom, 2 bathroom – Available at €330,000

 

 

Plot 9 Brugnac Model. Outstanding views from this 4 bed, 4 bathroom home. Available at €629,000

 

 

New quartz kitchen going into plot 5

 

 

Fiber optic cables connecting the villas and concierge service at the Chateau.