La Cour

Tarn & Tarn-et-Garonne

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom (WC). Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave) with door to covered veranda. Dining room (CD) with patio doors to terrace. Living room with bar area. Cloakroom (WC). Washing machine. Central heating (payable locally).
  • First floor: Stairs lead from dining room to Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with en suite shower room.
  • Stairs lead from entrance hall to Double bedroom (ceiling fan) with open en suite facilities (bath, sink). Living room with French door to balcony. Double bedroom with open en suite facilities (shower, sink), cloakroom (WC) and door to balcony and upper level covered terrace. 
  • Second floor: Double bedroom with additional single bed. Shower room (WC separate). Single bedroom.  
  • Outside: Rear courtyard with terrace and stairs to upper level. Table tennis. Barbecue.
  • Private swimming pool (5m x 4m).

Surrounded by vineyards, the town of Gaillac has forever been intertwined with wine, from the Romans, who planted one of the first vineyards here, to the Benedictine monks who produced and transported the wine from the Abbey on the banks of the River Tarn.  Today, people travel from afar to sample the quality wines in this bustling town with its warm red brick buildings now home to shops, restaurants and museums.

In the heart of this lovely town we discovered La Cour, a townhouse with its own private swimming pool.  Ideally located in one of the side streets radiating from the centre, it is a short walk (300m) to a tree lined square with cafés and restaurants and a further 400m through the old town to the Abbey St Michel in all its glory on the banks of the river.  Even closer, there is a restaurant at the end of the street! 

Its façade hides surprisingly spacious accommodation over three floors.  A contemporary kitchen leads through to a dining room with a traditional fireplace and warm red walls.  There are quirky features throughout from a telephone box and bar in the living room to the artwork on the walls.  Doors open out onto the rear courtyard, where there is space for a swimming pool and terrace, as well as table tennis on the upper level. 

With amenities, museums and markets on the doorstep, a week could pass by without use of the car, especially as there are regular trains to Albi (20mins) and Toulouse (40mins).  But take a day to explore the bastide towns of the area and, of course, at least a day along one of the many wine routes to discover the Gaillac wines.

  • There is free parking in the street (subject to space) and a car park nearby (350m).
  • Please note maximum capacity is for six people.

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Great Things to Do Near La Cour

With Albi being so close,

you will have ample opportunity to spend some time wandering its streets. There is plenty to do in the town for quite a few trips so don't cram everything into one morning. It is a beautiful town, dominated by its red brick cathedral which is of course the first thing you should visit. Some facts- it took 200 yrs to build, is 113m in length, 35m wide, 40 m high and has a tower that is 78m high! Open all day until 18.30 between June & September. The rest of the year, it closes for lunch!

Albi was also home to the famous French painter, Toulouse Lautrec.

A museum dedicated to his works and his life is in the Palais de la Berbie, it has the largest collection of his paintings in the world. Afterwards, have a wander through the French gardens at the back of the Palais, bordering on the River Tarn.

Gaillac is famous...

for the wine produced from the vineyards in the area. The rows of vines stretch as far as the eye can see, and the area is one of the oldest wine producing regions in France, dating back to the 10th century. Visit the tourist office in Gaillac to pick up more information about the wine and the map for the Route de Vin. And finally, don't forget to buy some of the local produce!

Visit a local market to really appreciate why

the French take their food so seriously - Friday morning in Gaillac, every morning except Monday in Albi (place Lapérouse)...

Cordes-sur-Ciel, a beautiful bastide town

perched proudly on top of a hill, is about 25km away, perfect for a leisurely visit. Classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, you will understand why when you approach it. However, it does get very busy so go early or late to miss the crowds. A truly unique place.

Spend the day at Aigueleze (about 10km away from Gaillac)

a large leisure complex where you can waterski, sail, jetski, canoe, play tennis or golf, go horse riding...

Why not spend a day in Toulouse (58km),

easily accessible by the motorway, and wander through its streets, stop for a coffee and watch the world go by&. This beautiful 'ville rose' or 'pink city' so called because of the warm coloured bricks used for many of the buildings is a lively and bustling place. Not forget to visit the 'Cité de l'Espace' - Space City.

Art Lovers...

... should not miss the gallery Les Abbatoirs in Toulouse which houses more than 2,000 examples of modern and contemporary art from World War II to the present day (www.lesabbatoirs.org)

On your bike!

Find your way around Toulouse by bike. Cycles can be hired next to the tourist office at Place Charles de Gaulle. Rental is 2 euros per day or 1 euro for half a day. A 260 euro deposit is required.

About 50km in the Castres direction,

you will come across a completely different landscape - an area that retains a sense of mystery - the Sidobre plateau overlooking the Castres plain. Here you will find huge granite bolders shaped by the weather into weird and strange forms - find the one called Roc de l'Oie (Goose Rock) or Les Trois Fromages (the Three Cheeses). Underground rivers and grottos complete the picture. Difficult to describe but worth the visit.

Go buy some pink garlic in Lautrec, to the south.

The area around the town is famous for its production of garlic, with over 380 producers and at least 4000 tonnes being produced a year.

Jardins de Martel

South of Rabastens on the D12, this is something for all garden lovers. Nine acres of garden containing over 2500 varieties of plants from all over the world.

Visit the Château de Mauriac just outside Gaillac.

This is a stunning château to visit where the owner displays his sculptures and works of art.

Nearby

Towns

Gaillac 3 mins
Lisle-sur-Tarn 15 mins
Marssac-sur-Tarn 15 mins
Albi 20 mins
Cordes-sur-Ciel 25 mins
Toulouse 40 mins

Airports

Toulouse 50 mins
Rodez 90 mins
Carcassonne 90 mins
Times are approximate

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