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The Egyptian gîte (holiday rental) at Castel de Cantobre Gîtes

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.

Both our 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 (250+ Mbit) is also available.
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 1250m2 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.


We have 2 seasons, the high season (from July 13th to August 23rd in 2024) and then the rest of the year. In 2024 the weekly high season price is 799 € and the rest of the year price is 591 €, in 2025 it’s 1036 € and 624 €. We offer a few discounts such as only using one bedroom (for couples), not paying with PayPal, staying for 3 weeks, and a few more... See our Prices & Booking form for an exact price and our Pricing page for more information on discounts and paying.
We also advertise on Aveyron Tourism, HomeAway and VRBO, TripAdvisor and GreenGo but it’s cheaper for you if you book direct with us. You can also find us on ANCV’s Le Guide (Chèques-Vacances).

31 Reviews

June 2024 - G & C from Scotland ★★★★★
This is our 5th (yes fifth!) holiday in the Egyptian gite. We have never been disappointed (even if the Scottish football team under perform!!) Another excellent and relaxing three weeks with Lionel and Peggy. It is hard to find words that adequately say how good our hosts have been. This area of France is undoubtedly our favourite with the Cevennes granite and schist and the Causses Limestone, dolomites and marls. Will we come back for a sixth sojourn? If we can, then almost certainly!! A huge thanks to Lionel and Peggy for an excellent holiday, during which we celebrated our 48th wedding anniversary.
And visited on our last day on the terrace by swallowtail, marbled white admiral and brimstone butterflies - A lovely send off!!
May 2024 - L&E from Les Vosges, France ★★★★★
Un grand merci pour ce beau séjour sur le roc caussard ! Au milieu des hirondelles - Accueil sympathique de Lionel et Peggy mais aussi du petit rouge queue noir qui veillait chaque soir au bon déroulement de l’apéro ! Belles découvertes d’orchidées, de papillons, d’oiseaux. Jolis moments dans le petit jardin suspendu... Vues magnifiques et inspirantes. Best Regards !
September 2023 - R&I from Coniston, England ★★★★★
Our fourth visit to Cantobre but our first time in this particular gîte. Very comfortable and so well equipped. Peggy and Lionel are lovely people and kind and generous hosts. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal at the local restaurant. Excellent food and wine and even better company. The weather has been very mixed but that has not been an issue.
August 2023 - C&R from West Sussex, England ★★★★★
Dear Lionel and Peggy, thank you for your delightful hospitality and warm welcome. We particularly appreciated joining in the village fête on our first night - a memorable event! The Gite has been great- so comfortable and well equipped. And of course the view from the terrace is magnificent! It has been a wonderful holiday despite the heat - we kept cool in the Gite, Best wishes.
August 2022 - L,N,H,X D from Issy les Moulineaux, France ★★★★★
Merci à tous les deux pour cet accueil si chaleureux et l’aménagement de ce gîte, la mise à disposition des terrasses aux vues merveilleuses! Nous regrettons que le temps soit passé si vite et que nous n’ayons pas pu profiter autant que nous le souhaitons de votre hospitalité! Nous reviendrons... la sécheresse et les incendies nous ont empêché de profiter d’une partie de la région. Ce sera un bon prétexte! À bientôt .
July 2022 - B,P,M,L C from Rennes, France ★★★★★
Nous avons beaucoup apprécié ce séjour à Cantobre, la vue extraordinaire, le calme et le confort, le bon équipement de la cuisine et nous avons découvert les merveilleuses balades alentour incroyable! Merci pour ce moment de repos. Bonne continuation à vous.
November 2021 - R, R & K from Apremont, France ★★★★★
Dear Lionel, Peggy and Midge,thank you for your amazing hospitality, wonderful company and awesomeness. Lots of love and big squidges.
September 2021 - S&T A from Cambridge, England ★★★★★
Can’t think of why we haven’t stayed here before! Oh wait, didn’t we have a house along the valley? Wonderful to be back and to stay in the Egyptian - a real home from home. Beautifully equipped and views that are breath-taking. Thank you so much Lionel and Peggy, your hospitality has been outstanding.
July 2021 - C,J,MA from Vaurel, France ★★★★★
Très bon accueil des propriétaires Peggy et Lionel. Vue magnifique de la terrasse, location parfaite. Il ne manque rien. Village très sympathique par les occupants. Des excursions qui valent le déplacement - gorges de la Jonte, gorges du Tarn - Aven Armand, Grotte de Dargilan - Abîme de Bramabau - Pont de Millau etc... Merveilleux paysages sauvages et des grottes féeriques.
July 2021 - S,TP from Magny-lès-Villers, France ★★★★★
Le gîte, la vue magnifique, nous avons pu découvrir une superbe région et le soleil était au rendez-vous. Merci pour votre accueil.
March 2021 - JB from Villerest, France ★★★★★
Un beau village entouré de 2 rivières la Dourbie et le Trevezel qui ont chacun leurs gorges. Dépaysement total dans un lieu reposant avec des hôtes à notre écoute et les logements spacieux et confortables. Il reste beaucoup de choses à découvrir dans cette région. On y reviendra. Merci pour ces bons moments passés.
September 2019 - J&Y B from Plechatel, France ★★★★★
8 ans que nous revenons toujours avec le même bonheurs. Merci Peggy et Lionel de nous recevoir dans ce Gite avec votre gentillesse et votre bienveillance. Milles bisous à vous deux et à Midge. À l’année prochaine
May 2018 - V & C O from Emsworth England ★★★★★
After a few days here I no longer know the date! Time stands still even as the precious days speed by. How we have enjoyed the continual thunder storms and all the torrential rain. It has been wonderfully cool and we have been able to do such unusually strenuous things. This really is like nowhere else on earth - and we hope, yet again, to be back .
April 2018 - G, A & O T from Widmer End, UK ★★★★★
Our second stay here and we enjoyed it even more than the first. Thank you Lionel and Peggy for your hospitality. The gîte is fantastic - very well equipped and in such a beautiful location we have enjoyed our walks around the village with Oscar. The surrounding are has such amazing scenery and history and there is so much to see and do. The caves (Aven Armand, Dargilan, Demoiselles) are some of the best we have seen anywhere. Thank you so much once again, Lionel and Peggy - you have such a great home here and have made it an unforgettable place to stay. We will no doubt return in the future, Best wishes.
October 2017 - G & K R from Colorado, USA ★★★★★
Lionel and Peggy, What a great time we had exploring the area. Thank you for some recommendations on what was worth going to see. Your gîte and your hospitality were outstanding! After canceling our trip two years back, we are so glad we decided to stay with you this year. You have a gorgeous little village here. The views are breath-taking. Our stay has provided us with the getaway we needed. Hope to return some day!
October 2017 - S & A H from Willow Spring, USA ★★★★★
Everything has been wonderful - a perfect visit. The views from the terrace are amazing, and thanks for providing the full moon just for us! Thank you so much for welcoming us into your beautiful gîte. We love it here and appreciate your hospitality so much!
September 2017 - P & J B from Abington, Cambridge, England ★★★★★
Glad to see you again Lionel! And very good to see your new abode! We had some great walks and enjoyed all the views. The gîte is amazing and well equipped and we enjoyed our brief stay. I hope to return some time.
July 2017 - J & G from Devon, England ★★★★★
Thank you Peggy and Lionel for your warm welcom and quite the best equipped gîte we have ever encountered. Fabulous situation, amazing area. Boulangerie patisserie in Nant terrific, beautiful town, so well kept and cared for. Bird life very interesting, no need to go further than the terrace it all comes to you! Thanks again for a great holiday.
June 2017 - A & M from Valais, Suisse ★★★★★
Tout pour passer de bonnes vacances: soleil, région magnifique, lieu très calme et cela dans un gîte très agréable et bien agencé. Un grand merci aux propriétaires pour leur aimable accueil ! Nous espérons pouvoir revenir l’année prochaine.
June 2017 - K, T, M & T from Devon, England ★★★★★
A wonderful stay, a beautiful area and your hospitality very warm. The gîte had everything we needed. Warmest of wishes to you.
May 2016 - M, R & D from Yorkshire, England ★★★★★
Thank you so much for your hospitality - a beautifully equipped gîte in a spectacular location. We will miss the nightingales + vultures, and the incredible landscapes + wild flowers. We kept hoping to see the wild boar again, but hopes she brings up her 5 little hogs successfully. Sad to leave... With best wishes...
April 2016 - Famille A from Var, France ★★★★★
Agréable séjour sur un magnifique nid de vautour (Égyptien). Merci pour votre accueil et votre gentillesse. Bien que le temps n’ait pas été très propice aux promenades, nous avons tout de même visiter les environs et pu ainsi découvrir les charmes de ce parc naturel. Encore merci et peut-être à une autre fois.
September 2015 - J&JP R, N&Y D from Orne, France ★★★★★
Une semaine bien remplie: La Couvertoirade -- Roquefort -- Peyre -- Rodez -- Millau -- Sylvanes -- Musée des Arts Buissonniers -- Cirque de Navacelles --
Très beau gîte situé dans un village de caractère avec superbe vue sur la Dourbie Merci bien pour votre accueil chaleureux
July 2015 - R, H, A & S from County Durham, England ★★★★★
Thank you both for a great week in a fantastic location. The gîte was everything we had expected and we will always remember the fabulous views at breakfast & dinner. Kayaking downstream from Les Vignes in the Gorge du Tarn highly recommended!
June 2015 - C & J from Cawood, Yorkshire, England ★★★★★
Thanks Peggy and Lionel for your warm welcome. We have had a great week at your stunning gîte. Great walks with beautiful flowers and butterflies.
April 2015 - G, A & O from High Wycombe, England ★★★★★
Thank you, Peggy & Lionel, for a fantastic week. The accommodation is just perfect and Cantobre is a unique and picturesque village. We have loved looking at the 360° views on our walks around the village. Thank you for arranging the vet appointment for us and for being such welcoming and informative hosts. We have done a lot of travelling around this week - and a lot of walking - mostly uphill! We will certainly be going back home fitter! We will definitely return to Cantobre again.
December 2014 - F from Toulouse, France ★★★★★
Merci c’etait beau et très confortable. Bonne Année.
September 2014 - M & M from Stockport, England ★★★★★
Thank you Lionel & Peggy for a wonderful stay & making us so welcome on our 2nd trip this year! We love this place and your hospitality. Thank you again. See you in 2015.
July 2014 - K & M, T, C & E from Limerick, Ireland ★★★★★
Cantobre Tales
In the village of Cantobre was a Gîte,
That could only be accessed by feet,
Quite superb were the views,
Great activities to amuse,
And the nicest owners that you’ll meet.

A Limerick from the M. family of Limerick, Ireland
April 2014 - J & S from Cumbria, England ★★★★★
We have had the most splendid break at Cantobre. Scenery, wildlife, food and accommodation unsurpassed. Peggy and Lionel are wonderful hosts. Many grateful thanks for introducing us to l’Aveyron.
June 2013 - G & C from Scotland ★★★★★
Superb!! This has been a truly wonderful 3 weeks holiday. What more could you ask for in a location, scenery and wildlife. And Lionel and Peggy’s hospitality and friendly approach could not be bettered. We were made to feel very much at home. It would be difficult to discover a gîte with a view as outstanding as that from the terrace looking over the Dourbie Valley. Many many thanks L&P for sharing your Castel. P.S. J. thanks you for introducing her to Aligot and B. now has a touch of flamboyancy with his red hat!!