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Castel de Cantobre Gîtes - Aveyron - Self Catering Vacation / Holiday Rentals
Where The Cévennes National Park meets The Grand Causses Regional Natural Park

The gorges and valleys of southeast Aveyron make deep cuts into the wild limestone plateaux (Causses) of the Grand Causses Regional Natural Park and the better known Cévennes National Park creating an area of outstanding natural beauty and a feeling of being in a land that time forgot. Still standing are fortified villages later maintained by the Knights Hospitaller but originally built by the Knights Templar who probably also helped in the fortification of Cantobre (watch the new aerial video). It’s an area rich in wildlife of all sorts, from wild boar, deer, beavers, eagles and four sorts of vulture, to orchids and other wild flowers. We have seen more species of butterflies in and around Cantobre than are in the whole of the UK.

Our gîtes are open all year

Our two Cantobre gîtes or self-catering holiday rentals (details underneath the photo panel below) have stunning views of the gorges and valleys, and are perfectly situated for a wide variety of visits and activities. We used to come to the area for our holidays, we know it well; it’s now our home and we are on hand to help you with your luggage and shopping when you arrive and to make your stay more enjoyable.

You could spend a holiday here without having to use your car

Hiking in the hills, walking down to the river Dourbie for a swim in the crystal clear water or a spot of sunbathing or maybe fly fishing for the local zebra trout; alternatively just stay in our secluded garden with 360° views of the surrounding countryside or relax on your gîte’s terrace with a bowl of olives, a glass or two of wine and our bird watching telescope.

If you did want to drive somewhere

45 minutes north takes you to the Tarn Gorge, the northern boundary of France’s Mediterranean climate. Also a favourite route for cyclists, 30 minutes west down the Dourbie Valley is Millau, a big centre for outdoor sports such as paragliding, canoeing, caving and climbing (we also have our own climbing wall at Cantobre) with an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, and it’s our nearest big town with hypermarkets and a large outdoor market, it’s also home to the Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge. 5 minutes to the south takes you up the Dourbie Valley to the 10th century village of Nant with restaurants and bars, our nearest shops and market; in summer there are free music events every week. Another 25 minutes southwards takes you out of the causses and the mountain air and into the Languedoc, France’s largest wine production region; another 45 minutes and you’re at the Mediterranean coast!

Lots of family visits to go on

Boat trips down the river Tarn, caves and caverns with stalagmites and stalactites, visiting Roquefort cheese caves, the reptilarium, wild animal parks and Micropolis, a whole centre about insects; there are even Knights and jousting tournaments; all are favourites when our young grandson comes to visit.
Why bother camping? In the high season our biggest gîte is hundreds of Euros cheaper than a camp site mobile home.
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We also have hand held satellite GPS (Global Positioning System) devices that are programmed with local walks and cycling circuits to help you make the most of all our paths, tracks and roads. We have now published these walking and cycling routes as personal google maps and made the GPS data (GPX files) available to download to your own GPS devices. Our GPS devices contain hundreds of local Geocaches to turn your walks into treasure hunts, ideal for children!

The Gîtes

The Griffon terrace - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon terrace - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon living room - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon living room - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon kitchen - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon dining area - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon bedroom 2 Ensuite bathroom - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon bedroom 2 Ensuite bathroom - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon bedroom 1 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon bedroom 1 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon bedroom 3 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon bedroom 3 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Griffon terrace - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
Our library shared bewteen both our gîtes - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Terrace and Entrance - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Living room - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Dining Area - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Kitchen - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Bedroom 1 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Bedroom 1 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Main Bathroom - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Bedroom 2 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Bedroom 2 - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
The Egyptian Terrace - Castel de Cantobre Gîtes, Aveyron, France
Both gîtes have very well equipped kitchens, washing and drying machines and for the occasional rainy day the living rooms are equipped with Terrestrial Television which provides French channels and a Satellite receiver to watch UK Freesat channels. We share our own library with you so you can read a book or two while you stay with us, the library also contains many games and puzzles, and CDs and DVDs that you can play on the DVD player provided. Free secure WiFi internet (1Mb) is also available.
The Griffon * * * gîte sleeps up to 7 people and has 3 bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with 2 single beds and one with a double and single bed. It has 2 bathrooms and the kitchen/dining room has a large 10 person oak dining table.
The living room opens onto a south facing patio terrace with magnificent views over the river Dourbie and the valley.
On the way to the garden, the terrace wraps around the side of the gîte giving good shade in summer.
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The Egyptian * * * gîte is cosier and can sleep up to 5 people and being built against the rock face it keeps cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It has a double bedroom and a larger second bedroom with a double and single bed. Shower and washing facilities are provided by a shower room, a separate WC and sink, and a bathroom with shower, WC and sink. The kitchen opens into the dining/living room which in turn opens onto its own south facing patio terrace overlooking the river Dourbie and the valley.
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The gîtes can be booked separately or together. A 40m walk from the smaller Egyptian gîte through our cool cave brings you to the end of our garden where you’ll find a more shaded north facing terrace (shared between the gîtes) with views that equal the stunning views from each gîte’s private terraces. Up some stone steps and you’ve arrived in our 800 m2 garden that includes a pétanque/boules court, a grassed area and our own rock that probably has the best views of Cantobre and a 360° panoramic view of the Trèvezel and Dourbie valleys and the 3 limestone plateaux (Causse Bégon, Causse Noir and Causse du Larzac) that surround us. Continue down the path past our shed, home to sun-loungers for use in the garden, and you’ll find yourselves at the larger Griffon gîte.
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