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Cantobre Castel Egyptian Gite


Excellent 5/5 Score from 4 reviews

Looking up at Cantobre from the path in the valley below

Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Our Castel incorporates two recently converted self contained holiday rentals (gîtes), both have magnificent views and are named after the local (Griffon and Egyptian) vultures that often fly overhead. The one referred to here is the smaller Egyptian gite that can be rented with 2 or 1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (for each of these options refer to the pricing for 5 and 2 guests).

We are situated in the Aveyron department at the south-west corner of the Cévennes National Park just 80 minutes from the Mediterranean. A 30 minute drive down the beautiful Dourbie valley brings you to the historic town of Millau where the crystal clear Dourbie (ideal for fishing) meets the river Tarn that then winds through the town and passes under the world renowned Millau Viaduct. More locally, a 10 minute drive up the Dourbie valley takes you to the 10th century village of Nant equipped with a variety of shops and restaurants. From our rock we have a 360 degrees view looking up and down the Dourbie valley and also up the Trevezel valley. The views from our garden are stunning, especially with the evening light in the valley winding into the distance.

The area is a paradise for people with a variety of interests including walking, bird watching, fly fishing, cycling, paragliding, canoeing, geocaching, butterflies, orchids, the Tarn & Jonte gorges, fantastic scenery, Roquefort cheese, Knights Templar fortified villages...

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach River Dourbie 1 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Beziers, Rodez, Montpellier 110 km, Nearest railway: Millau 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Further details indoors

Satellite TV gives you access to all the UK FreeSat channels.

The TV gives you access to French Terrestrial Digital Channels.

We make available all our Books, Games, Puzzles, CDs and DVDs in our shared library.

Music CDs can be played on the DVD player.

Further details outdoors

Another terrace shared between our gites is available for use with access via our garden or bat cave!

Our 800 square metre shared garden with its "mushroom" shaped rock and petanque (boules) court is also available for you to relax in.

Swimming is possible in the river which is a short walk from the gite.

Trout fishing (by any means) is available in the river (permits about 30 Euros).

Being a very small fortified village with no through road, parking is available 100m from our gites at the village entrance.

Help is given on arrival to get your things to the gite.

We provide you with binoculars and a telecope for bird watching.

We also make available a hand held GPS device (SAT-NAV) programmed with the local walks. It can also be used to hunt for one of the 470 local (34 km radius) geocaches.

Further details

We live on site so are available for advice and problem solving.

We also provide lots of things you would normally have to bring with you, such as:

Toilet paper, kitchen towel, cleaning materials, matches etc.

See our Castel de Cantobre website for full details.

The Midi-Pyrenees region

Our gites are situated in the department of Aveyron at the North Eastern corner of the Midi-Pyrenees, the South Western corner of the Cévennes National Park and is in the most southerly 20kms of the Massif Central before you descend into the wine growing region of Languedoc.

This gives it a climate similar to the South of France but generally about 5 degrees lower which makes it much more comfortable (people from Montpellier on the south coast frequently rent our gite to get away from the heat).


Millau (27kms away at the confluence of Dourbie and the Tarn rivers) is a small vibrant town with enough shops and hyper-markets for most people's needs. Market days are Wednesdays and Fridays while the villages more local to us have markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It is known for its Viaduct built in 2004, outdoor sports activities and Haute Couture leather industry.

More locally, the village of Nant 6 kms away provides us with butchers, bakers, restaurants, bars, convenience stores, a newsagent, post office, swimming pool in high season and an excellent tourist office.

Places to visit include the historic Knights Templar fortified villages, giant limestone caverns big enough to put cathedrals in and Roquefort for its cheese. For me, the main reason to come here is the beauty of the valleys and gorges cut down into the high limestone plateau (The Causses), the wildlife and the peace and quiet of the unspoiled countryside.

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Review 1-4 of 4

19 May 2014


"Stunning location - a little piece of heaven"

It was all we were hoping for and more. We got remote but not too remote. The bed was comfortable and the gite had everything we needed with our own terrace overlooking the valley. The garden simp… More

12 Jan 2014


"Tranquil, peaceful retreat with views!"

Our stay over the Christmas/New Year period was exceedingly peaceful and relaxing. Lionel and Peggy were fantastic hosts from the very warm and friendly welcome we received, to the farewell parting, a… More

2 Oct 2013


"Fantastic view and excellent value for money"

We received a very warm and friendly welcome from the owners, who helped to get our luggage to the gîte as it is a short distance from the parking area. The little hamlet is charming and the locatio… More

19 Aug 2013


"Peace and quiet with stunning views"

This was one of our best holidays ever. The scenery is out of this world and there are many interesting places to visit.Our accommodation was first class with everything you need for self catering(exc… More

Thank you for your nice comments, we try to give all our clients a holiday to remember. We are lucky to have a property that gives stunning views in all directions with the gîte's private terrace looking one way and a shared terrace looking another while from our garden and high rock, which is easily the biggest in Cantobre occupying about 10% of the village, you can see the views in all directions.
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Lionel and Peggy H.

  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:23 Nov 2014

Based in France

Languages spoken
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  • French

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