We are situated in the Midi Pyrenees region which is often claimed to be the region that has the best life-style. It is the largest region in France, running from the Pyrenees south of Toulouse, bordering Languedoc-Rousillon to the East, the Limousin & Auvergne to the north and the Poitou-Charente & Aquitaine to the west.

With a sunny climate and its diverse and spectacular landscapes the Midi-Pyrenees is a great place to explore the different friendly cultures of France. It has spectacular rocky gorges, clean rivers, mountainous ranges, high plateaus, natural forests and parks, numerous exhilarating cities and is steeped in history with its Bastide towns and medieval castles. There is so much in this region to see, do and experience.

St. Dalmaze, the quiet hamlet where La Chataigne gite is situated, is in the 'Tarn' Department within the region of the Midi Pyrenees. The hamlet is set within the beautiful and unspoit river Valley of the Viaur - which is one of the cleanest rivers in south west France.

The nearest town with Amenities is Laguepie, which is 6 km away. Laguepie is ‘The Town of Two rivers' as it is where the Viaur river meets the Averyron river. It is a typical French working village with two small supermarkets, a chemist, a newsagents, a cash dispenser, 2 bars, a couple of restaurants and an Office de Tourisme where you can find out more about the local area. You can also hire bicycles from a shop in the square.

Laguepie also has a train station that has links to Paris and Toulouse. So if you didn’t want to hire a car – this could be an option (we can give you instructions and the appropriate websites, and arrange a pick up if this is what you choose to do). However due to the amount of local areas of interest and the fact that we are situated in the countryside we highly recommend that you have your own transport.

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How to get there

By Air

Nearest airports are Toulouse and Rodez.

From Toulouse Airport: (Easyjet; Flybe; BA; AirFance)
  • Follow signs for TOULOUSE (to get you out of the airport)
  • Then follow the BLUE (not the green signs) for Albi - this will take you on the correct motorway – the A68.
  • Stay on this motorway, heading towards ALBI until you reach junction 9 – sign posted GAILLAC and CORDES.
  • Keep following signs for Cordes (very easy!) You can take either the first sign for Cordes which prohibits trucks to go through the town. (if you don't want to go to the supermarket this is the best one to take) You will get to a t-junction where you need to turn left.  However if you want to go to a supermerket - ignore this turning and continue straight on until you get to a BIG roundabout with a BIG supermarket on your right.  Turn right at this roundabout (entrance for supermarket is the next right at the next roundabout).  
  • Then when you leave the supermarket - turn right (heading into town).  Continue down this rod until you get to another roundabout.  Then take the 2nd exit (not sure what it is signposted - possibly Cordes?) It's more like 'straight over'  this will take you pass a hotel on the right.  Then you will come to a strange juntion where you go Left/straight on ish over train tracks.  
  • Follow this road until you reach a t-juntion with a (boulangerie - baker's) on your left. Turn Left. (Train crossing is on your right.
  • Keep following signs for CORDES. You will eventutally get to Cordes (about 20 km from Gaillac) It's a beautiful drive and a stunning town (on a hill). (well worth a visit during your stay)
  • You will get to a VERY SMALL roundabout (ish) it’s the first REAL junction in the town (town square on the right and there are lots of shops), where straight on is St. Antonin but you want to take a RIGHT towards St. Martin LAGUEPIE. Keep following this road (initially down a hill) for about 15 mins.
  • You will go down a VERY STEEP hill and round some extremely sharp corners - start looking for a RIGHT turn (after a long hill downwards and all the signs about an escape lane). Take this RIGHT turn down a steep hill to a T- junction - go RIGHT! You are now on the road that leads to the gite (D9 towards St. Christophe).
  • Follow this road (10 mins) until you come to a fork in the road (there are some bins on the left) – take the right fork towards St. Christophe. (On your right there is an organic farm with plastic poly tunnels)
  • LOOK right now – you will see a great view of 'La Chtaigne' complex.
  • Take the FIRST RIGHT at the water hydrant approx 500 metres along this road. (If you go up a steep hill you have gone too far).
  • Follow the road through the Hamlet (passing approx 4 houses) until you reach the grey and brown gates.
  • Park either in front of the gates or on the right or left just before the gates.
  • WELCOME. La Chataigne gite is the building on the right as you enter the gates.
From Rodez Airport: (Ryan air)
  • Follow signs for Rodez on the N140.
  • When nearer to Rodez follow the signs for Baraqueville or Albi (N88). (This road goes around the edge of Rodez). You will go on a small bit of a motorway.
  • When you reach Baraqueville stay on the N88 heading towards Albi.
  • About 15 mins down this road take a RIGHT turn towards Naucelle.
  • Before you reach Naucelle take a LEFT (D58) towards Crespin or Mirandol.
  • Follow this road through lots of little hamlets including Crespin and Lespinassole.
  • When you reach a T-junction turn RIGHT (this is very sharp!)
  • Continue on this road for a very short while.
  • Take a LEFT onto the D53 towards Najac or La Fouillade.
  • Almost immediately take a LEFT onto the D9 towards St. Christophe.
  • Follow this road through St. Christophe (enjoy the stunning scenery).
  • Stay on road – it will descend quite steeply at times with hairpins.
  • At the bottom of the hill – take a LEFT turning that is sign posted St. Dalmaze. (this is VERY sharp!) (There is a red water hydrant).
  • Follow this small road through the hamlet (passing approx 4 houses) until you reach the grey and brown gates.
  • Park either in front of the gates or on the right or left just before the gates.
  • WELCOME. La chataigne gite is the building on the right as you enter the gates.

 

Renting a Car

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By Road

From North (Calais)
  • Turn off A16 onto A26 Paris.
  • Take A1 to Paris.
  • Take A3 turning off A1 (this takes you further round the ring road)
  • Take the Perifique EST (East) which leads to the perifique SUD (south)
  • Come off the perifique at Porte D'Italie (A6b)
  • Take the A10 to Orleans this turns into the A71.
  • Take the A20 towards Limoges
  • Take Junction 59 towards St. Antonin and Cassaude.
  • Go through Caussade and Septfonds.
  • Just out of Septfonds, take the right turn towards St. Antonin.
  • When in St. Antonin take the first right turning towards Laguepie
  • Go over the river. At the T-junction take the left turn towards Laguepie.
  • Laguepie is about 30 mins along this road.
  • When in Laguepie, you go over a bridge (L'Aveyron river) and pass the post office on your right. Take the Right turn at the T-junction.
  • Follow the road around to the left – over the second bridge (Le Viaur river)
  • Follow the sharp left bend after the bridge. After approx 30 meters take the FIRST left turn signposted St. Christophe (D9) (this is BEFORE you go up a very steep hill).
  • Follow this very bendy road (10 mins) until you come to a fork in the road – take the right fork towards St. Christophe. (On your right there is an organic farm with plastic poly tunnels)
  • LOOK right now – you will see a great view of La Chataigne complex.
  • Take the FIRST RIGHT at the red water hydrant approx 500 metres along this road. (If you go up a steep hill you have gone too far).
  • Follow the road through the Hamlet, passing approx 4 houses until you reach the grey and brown gates.
  • Park either in front of the gates or on the right or left just before the gates.
  • WELCOME. 'La Chataigne' gite is on the right as you go through the gates.
From the North West (Le Harve etc)
  • You should aim to get on the A20 then follow the directions (above) from the A20 onwards.