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
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
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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menu item for the gîte that interests you in the
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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!