The Town House
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Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse (Easyjet), Carcassonne & Rodez (Ryana, Nearest railway: Toulouse (Matabiau) - Albi (ville)|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|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||Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
About this location
The Midi-Pyrénées region
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.
About the owner
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20 Sep 2014
"What a wonderful place"
Thoroughly enjoyed out stay in this lovely townhouse in the centre of one of the most beautiful regions of France. So much to do, including a gorgeous lake to sunbathe by and swim in just a few minute… More
21 Apr 2014
"Una casa cercana a tus necesidades"
Hemos estado muy a gusto, tiene todo cuanto se necesita para una estancia cómoda, el recibimiento de John & Sonia muy agradables.Gozamos de un miércoles de mercado, Realmont tiene de todo para sumin… More
We were very happy to meet Ignacio Aguirre Ruiz and family who were not only charming guests but left the house beautifully clean. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to other hosts.
2 Dec 2013
"A delightful house in a charming rural French town"
Having spent many enjoyable holidays in John and Sonia's "little house" we thought we'd try the town house this time.Realmont , the town in which the house is situated is perfect f… More
Thank you for your kind review. It's always been great to have you at 'the little house'. We are really pleased that 'the town house has given you a different but equally enjoyable experience. The 'singing wine man awaits you,and we both look forward to seeing you again very soon.
2 Dec 2013
"Very comfortable accommodation in real France"
The Townhouse is the perfect location to give you the experience staying in a 'living' French town. All you need is within less than 5 minutes - butchers, bakers, cheeseshop, greengrocer, wine merchant and the larger supermarket is within walking distance. The town house is attractively decorated, comfortable, and very well equipped and furnished.
Realmont is ideally situated for travel throughout the region and public transport links are excellent - but for those who wish to stay closer to base the area is criss crossed with footpaths which take you through gentle beautiful countryside.
John and Sonia are super hosts and do all they can to make your stay as good as it gets.
Thank you for your kind review. We're very happy that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Realmont and it's surrounding countryside. We very much enjoyed the 'chats' and we look forward to seeing you again.