The Town House in Realmont is a restored stone house - in a street where saddles were once made. The house is well equipped and the terrace is a peaceful, private extension of the living area.
Realmont 'la charmante' is a thriving market town with any number of shops, including 4 boulangeries and a supermarket. The Town House is 70 paces from the central cafe on the square and 90 from the nearest boulangerie and from the cave à vins (where the singing wine man turns a melodic euro).
There is an organic food shop, several bars, restaurants and take away pizzerias.
It has a large market every Wednesday morning and a smaller one on Saturday mornings.
There are plenty of amenities nearby. The Lac de la Bancalie, a particularly rich resource on hot summer days, is only 10 minutes by car: here you can enjoy swimming, pedaloes, fishing, picnics and long walks by the water's edge. Delightfully spacious even on busy days.
Albi, the capital city of the Tarn, is only 20 minutes away, as is the picturesque town of Castres with the river Agout at its centre.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse (Easyjet), Carcassonne & Rodez (Ryana, Nearest railway: Toulouse (Matabiau) - Albi (ville)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Tarn is a varied region which supports a wide range of plants and bird-life. From where we are: to the west lie the Gaillac vineyards, to the east the Sidobre national park with its granite resources and La Montagne Noire, to the north the Tarn Gorge (and the spectacular road-bridge at Millau), and to the south the foothills of the Pyrenees and many of the Cathar castles.
There are many sites in the Tarn which figure prominently in Cathar history (Albi, Castres, Lombers, Ste Juliane near Roquecourbe to name but a few) and there are many royal bastides, such as Realmont, which were established to revive the area after the devastating suppression of the Cathars and their supporters.
Other bastides are hill-top villages of interest and beauty such as Cordes-sur-Ciel, Penne and Puycelsi.
The latin-based Occitan language developed in the South of France and is still spoken in the Tarn in a variety of dialects.
The land around Albi and Lautrec suited the cultivation of pastel - a plant from which the blue dye known as woad was derived - and this temporarily brought great wealth to the area in the C15th and C16th.
Lautrec is a few minutes drive from Realmont and and is a beautiful medieval village. Each year it has a pink garlic festival and bread festival. The cafe Plum has local organic beer and regular music and poetry evenings.Enjoy it's walled courtyard with a salade composé or a coffee in its cafe/bookshop.
Castres has an extensive Saturday morning market
Goya museum: 3 of his paintings including his biggest, prints from 4 great series
Jean Jaures museum
Albi has a market on Saturday, the indoor market is extensive.
Albi Cathedral has highest brick-built tower in N. Europe
Toulouse-Lautrec museum, recently renovated.