New holiday homes on the southern route of the Tour De France include Chateau De La Durantie – the historical belle époque chateau and 15 hectare estate in The Tarn.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the famed Tour de France and there is heightened British interest in the race thanks to the heroic efforts of last year’s winner Sir Bradley Wiggins. The 7th stage in early July climaxes in a sprint through the historic and beautiful city of Albi, voted ‘the most sporting town in France, 2012’, which is also home to the UNESCO listed Sainte-Cecile Cathedral. The new properties at Chateau de la Durantie, just 30 minutes from the centre of Albi, present an opportunity for Francophiles to own an authentic Tarn-styled home ‘en route’ in rural France. Other stages on the southern route also include the cities of Marseilles and Montpellier.
On 1st – 21st July massive international TV audiences as well as the French public and visitors to France for the occasion will line the route and watch in awe and admiration at the riders who push themselves to the very pinnacle of physical ability and endurance to claim the famed Yellow Jersey. Taking in all types of terrain, the tour will introduce viewers to many vibrant towns and regions and will showcase the relatively unknown rugged beauty of The Tarn in the Midi-Pyrenees of South West France. The Tarn is often referred to as the Tuscany of France and compared with The Cotswolds of the mid-20th century with its many historical hillside towns, rolling plains and dramatic hillsides.
A rare permit has been gained to develop in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the belle-époque Chateau de la Durante is being sympathetically renovated and developed by Environ Communities (www.environcommunities.com). With scarce opportunities to enjoy a chateau lifestyle, Durantie offers the best of both worlds; 21st century living combined with the use of the sympathetically restored château building, facilities and club entertainment.
Durantie boasts an enviable location which is highly accessible by plane, train and car from the UK and is well serviced by direct flights and budget airlines such as Flybe, Easyjet and Ryanair to nearby Toulouse. The location is a haven for cycle enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts – located on the doorstep of The Gresigne forest and home to 3,500km of cycling and walking trails.
The Tarn has proved to be a popular destination for British expats, particularly in the region’s famed ‘Golden Triangle’, the area between the cultural city of Albi, the wine soaked vineyards of Gaillac and the majestic Bastide village of Cordes-sur-Ciel. Property owners at Durantie have exclusive access to the chateau’s own Country Club and Spa, which houses a gourmet bistro and is to be a hub of cultural and sporting events and outings.
Nearby cycle routes can be found at: www.tourisme-tarn.com