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.


See us at the French Property Exhibition

 

We will be exhibiting our luxury development at the French Property Exhibition on the 17-18th March 2017 at Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, UK.

 

Come and talk to us about the completion of our first three hamlets, the next phase of new villas, hassle-free ownership, our country club facilities and the relaxed lifestyle you can enjoy at La Durantie.

 

The exhibition has useful seminars giving practical, legal and financial advice on buying a home in France, plus a variety of service companies who can help facilitate a purchase, should you decide to buy.

 

Admission is free. For more details see http://www.fpenewbury.com

 

Please get in touch if you’d like to make an appointment. Contact Jeanne Boden  Tel +33 (0)58 1026106, Email enquiries@durantie.com


First Three Hamlets Ready by Summer 2017

 

We are delighted to announce that the first three hamlets consisting of 17 homes in phase one are nearing completion and will be ready and available by the end of June for sale or rent.

 

The homes in this phase benefit from being the closest to our beautiful belle époque Chateau with its Country Club facilities, which will be completed in 2018/9. It is here that residents, guests and local ‘members’ will come together during the day and into the evening to drink, dine and enjoy everything from courses and events to concerts.  Facilities will include a library, bistro-bar, barbecue terrace and gardens, 20 metre indoor swimming pool, state of the art spa, tennis courts and croquet lawn.

 

Completed homes include one and two-storey, detached, luxury homes with private gardens and integrated pools, set within the estate’s landscaped gardens in clusters with shared courtyards. Each hamlet contains a mix of house styles to provide a diverse and authentic French village feel. The homes are built using local materials and traditional design cues of this part of south western France. Some are faced in warm stone, some rendered in earthy tones of traditional render.

 

The homes in this phase are built on a gentle south facing slope, and many enjoy a stunning view of rolling vineyards and dense oak forests for miles around. Residents can relax on their own terrace or alternatively spend time socialising with neighbours in their own courtyard.

 

The interiors of the homes are designed to make the most of the region’s fresh air and light, with high ceilings of oak beams, open-plan living rooms that open out onto spacious verandas and terraces via floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors.

 

Pools are integrated into the design of each home, and so can be seen and accessed directly from your living space. These design features provide a connection with nature, offering views across water and through verdant private gardens to the undulating woodlands of the estate beyond.

 

Inbuilt fireplaces or wood burners, soft coloured limestone floors and exposed wood beams help to make the homes feel cosy, especially in winter. The country homes have the latest in modern comforts with cleverly designed kitchens brimming with the latest appliances and cool quartz worktops;  bathrooms with cool, clean lines, and room-by-room temperature-controlled reversible air conditioning.

 

Owners can use their property privately or opt for a combination of both investment and private use.  La Durantie provides a safe buy-to-rent option which can be tailored to meet individuals’ lifestyle requirements through the French Leaseback system, with the opportunity to reclaim 20% VAT from the French Government backed scheme on the purchase price and receive a guaranteed rental income.

 

Homes are maintained in the owner’s absence ensuring this is a truly hassle-free holiday home.

 

Homes range from 1-5 bed and priced from €275,000 (approx. £237,000) to €777, 530 (approx. £661,761).  *All prices are nett (after VAT refund).

 

To arrange a viewing please contact Jeanne Boden,  Tel +33 (0)58 1026106,
Email enquiries@durantie.com


Cultural & Historical Highlights of the Tarn, Now More Accessible with New Flights

 

The Tarn department in south-west France, encompasses some of France’s most fascinating history and rich culture. With quaint bastide villages, picture-perfect views and a host of museums, this unspoiled region makes it a unique destination for lovers of history and culture.

 

Additionally, a new daily direct flight to Toulouse from Stansted with Ryanair from 1st November 2016 now makes The Tarn even more accessible to UK tourists.

 

Cordes sur Ciel, Puycelsi and Castelnau-de-Montmiral are just a few of many adored bastide villages of the Tarn.Labelled amongst 50 of the most beautiful villages in France.  Taking a walk through these charming villages is like strolling through time. The well-preserved gothic archways and timber framed shops perched upon hill tops, sets the scene of south-west France in the 13th century, which was caught up in the crusade lead by Pope Innocent III and his Catholic followers to rid the area of Catharism. The war has played a fundamental role in shaping these villages that are greatly treasured today for their spectacular views, handsome medieval architecture and are also now classified among the most beautiful villages in France.

 

The region’s stunning capital of Albi, today a UNESCO world heritage site, holds some of the area’s finest architecture. Bustling with life and well preserved, it resonates in historical allure with its medieval heritage. Street signs can be found written in both the old Occitan language and French, and there are several distinct sites that date back to the Cathar period. Highlights include The Bishop of Albi’s fortress, where visitors can enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the gardens of The Berbie Palace and the largest brick built cathedral in the world – the Sainte Cécile Cathedral – which were both built to symbolise the strength and power of the Catholics after the Cathar crusade.

 

 

Visitors can be inspired when exploring the galleries exhibiting the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Beside the cathedral, in the bishop’s palace, the Lautrec’s museum holds a fabulous collection of his youthful works, drawings, portraits and posters. Donated, by his mother, Countess Adele de Toulouse-Lautrec in 1922, his artwork tells a fascinating story of his childhood and growing up with his disability. Rooms in the museum also contain a large collection of paintings by Gauguin, Matisse, Degas, Vlaminck and Bonnard.

 

Now thanks to a new daily direct flight route with Ryanair to Toulouse Blagnac from Stansted, this undiscovered area of South-West France is now even more accessible for UK tourists. Already served by easyJet and British Airways, visitors are now provided with further opportunity to explore the cultural and historical adventures of the Tarn with flexibility and ease with a choice of three airlines from three London Airports.

 


Luxury country villas to rent this summer

 

We are pleased to offer villas to rent for the first time this summer with our first phase complete, we are now taking bookings for stays in July and August.

 

We have one to four bedroom homes, that can accommodate from two to eight people. Newly built with the latest modern fixtures and fittings, the luxury homes are spacious, comfortable and light throughout. All have a garden or terrace, private pool or a Jacuzzi, and all come with a concierge service to help guests get the most from their stay.

 

La Durantie offers a tranquil location, set in the grounds and vineyards of Chateau La Durantie, to enjoy a slower pace of life, good food and the superb Gaillac wines of the region. It is also the perfect base from which to discover the beautiful local villages such Castelnau de Montmiral, and further afield Gaillac, Cordes and Albi.  For the more active, and those with children, there is river canoeing, water-parks, bike trails, go-karting, horse riding, aquariums and zoos, all within the region.

 

Rental rates start at just €100/night. For further details visit durantie.com/holiday-at-durantie

 

To book contact reservations@durantie.com or phone +33(0)581 026106


Visit Our Show Homes

 

We now have two show homes that are fully furnished and ready to view. As you can see from the photos the homes are spacious and light, blending the best of local materials such as stone, terracotta, limestone and wood with all the modern conveniences and features of a luxury home.

 

 

 

 

Photos by Stephen Foote of Blue Water Films.

Please contact us at enquiries@durantie.com  if you’d like to arrange a viewing.