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Cantobre Castel Griffon Gite


Excellent 5/5 Score from 3 reviews

Cantobre from the East and climbing wall on right (Autumn early morning mists just clearing)

Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7

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 larger Griffon gite that can be rented with 3 or 1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (for each of these options refer to the pricing for 7 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...


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.


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.


Like their owners, pets must be well behaved.

No smoking inside the gite.

For additional terms and conditions, see our Castel de Cantobre website.

Size Sleeps up to 7, 3 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 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ

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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16 Jan 2014


"Fantastic Gite and Hosts"

We had a fantastic family holiday in this lovely location. The Gite is located in the lovely village of Cantobre with fabulous views over the Dourbie Valley and is a great location for exploring the l… More

17 Sep 2013


"Griffon was Great"

Griffon is a great place for a family holiday in a beautiful part of France. It's well equipped, very well maintained and a clever adaptation of an ancient building. There's loads of space, … More

25 Aug 2013


"A home away from home!"

We had a fantastic family holiday in this lovely location. The Gite is located in the lovely village of Cantobre with fabulous views over the Dourbie Valley and is a great location for exploring the l… More

Thank you for your nice review, we are looking forward to your stay next year. I hope by then we will have had opportunity to record more walks onto our Garmin GPS devices. Maybe even a few cycle trips recorded by some of our cycling enthusiasts from this year will be available too. See you next year, Peggy & Lionel.

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Lionel and Peggy H.

  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:14 Nov 2014

Based in France

Languages spoken
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  • French

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