La Tourette

Tarn & Tarn-et-Garonne

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At a glance

  1. Sleeps 14
  2. 6 Bedrooms
  3. 4 Bathrooms
  4. WiFi
  5. Heated Pool
  6. Table Tennis
  7. Small Party Rate (up to 8 people)
  • Ground floor: Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Laundry area (washing machine). Cloakroom. Living room. Sitting room (TV, DVD, iPod dock). WiFi. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Double room with anteroom for toddler and en suite shower room (no WC). Principal double bedroom with roll-top bath. Double bedroom. Bathroom. Double bedroom.
  • Second floor: Landing with drinks making facilities. Shower room. Dormitory style bedroom with four single beds. Double bedroom with en suite shower room (access is via dormitory style bedroom).
  • Outside: Summer kitchen (dishwasher, second fridge, barbecue/plancha flat top grill) with covered dining terrace. Open terraces. Table tennis. Garden. Parking.
  • Private heated swimming pool (12m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Set within a sleepy hamlet bordering the peaceful village of Mirandol-Bourgnounac, this lovingly restored mid-19th century manor house enjoys sweeping views across the hills and meadows of the verdant Tarn region.

The owners have taken great care to retain the architectural integrity of the building, maintaining original features such as the intricately tiled floors of the ground floor, and the painted beams of the upper floors. The cool, bright interiors and comfortable yet stylish furniture throughout ensure a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. No stone has been left unturned in the owner’s quest to make your stay a most comfortable one, from the drinks-making facilities on the second floor, to the fully equipped summer kitchen bordering the swimming pool, encouraging the greatest enjoyment of both the local cuisine and outdoor living.

On the first and second floors, traditional features are again teamed with elegant finishing touches, including a roll-top bath in the principal bedroom. A further three bedrooms on this floor are all individually furnished and decorated, with one benefitting from an en suite shower room and toddler’s ante room. On the second floor a dormitory style bedroom leading to a further double bedroom, each with their own private en suite shower room, provides an excellent option for a family wishing to share this suite-style space.

Leading out from the ground floor, ample terraces surround the heated swimming pool providing comfortable space from which to contemplate the valley alongside the property. Beyond the swimming pool, a wisteria and honeysuckle draped corridor borders a slender garden and chefs will love the excellently appointed summer kitchen complete with shaded terrace area, making al fresco dining a true delight.

Just a short distance from the house you will find the village of Mirandol-Bourgnounac (3km), home to a small range of shops for essentials as well as a couple of restaurants. Carmaux (12km) provides further shopping options including a lively traditional Friday market and slightly further afield the unique regional capital Albi (30km), a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to not only a wide range of shops and restaurants, but also a magnificent cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec museum: a must for art lovers.

  • Parties paying the small party rate do not have access to the second floor.
  • Please note that in addition to the property rental there is a local tourist tax to pay. We collect this tax prior to your departure and remit it on your behalf. €2.53 (£2.20) per night for adults only aged 18 or over.

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Great Things to Do Near La Tourette

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

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

Cap'Découverte for thrill seekers

At le Garric, just below Carmaux (about 23km from the house), discover 250 acres of wilderness with a multitude of sports and leisure activities: skate-park, giant zip line, paintball, karting, water sports, as well as more gentle activities such as crazy golf, pétanque and a swimming pool with water games.


was a major town for mining and glass blowing between the 18th & 20th century. You There are two museums in Carmaux dedicated to these industries.

Explore the medieval village of Najac

A stunning example of the famous Bastides of the south-west and awarded 'one of the most beautiful villages of France' status. Lunch on one of a number of sunny terraces looking deep into the valley of the Aveyron from this defensive ridge.


This part of France is famous for its castles and there are certainly plenty of them all within easy reach of La Tourette, including Villefranche de Rouergue, the Château des Graves, Château du Bosc, the Château de Bournazel, the fortress of Aubin and the royal fortress of Najac.

Cordes Sur Ciel

22km. A must visit bastide town! It is possible to ride in the Petit Train from the lower square to the old town at the top of the hill - it is a climb of 78 metres so the train is recommended! There is a wealth of 13th century buildings within the five lines of fortification. Many are now the workshops of artisans so there is an element of tourism. Stop for a coffee at the restaurant in the Place de Bride with superb views over the valley.

Albi, UNESCO World heritage

On the banks of the Tarn river, the old city of Albi reflects the culmination of a medieval architectural and urban ensemble. Today the Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), the Saint-Salvi quarter and its church are testimony to its initial development (10th - 11th centuries). Following the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar heretics (13th century) it became a powerful episcopal city. Built in a unique southern French Gothic style from local brick in characteristic red and orange colours, the lofty fortified Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile (late 13th century) dominates the city, demonstrating the power regained by the Roman Catholic clergy. Alongside the cathedral is the vast bishop’s Palais de la Berbie, overlooking the river and surrounded by residential quarters that date back to the Middle Ages. The Episcopal City of Albi forms a coherent and homogeneous ensemble of monuments and quarters that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries.

Local Markets

Take a visit to a local French market and choose from a selection of tasty French cheeses, meats, fresh fruit and vegetables to take back to the house for a leisurely lunch. Try Carmaux (10km) on Friday, Naucelle (16km) on Saturday and Najac (17km) on Sunday.

Remarkable Gardens

There are several beautiful gardens to enjoy in the area; Les Jardins des Paradis in Cordes sur Ciel (19km), created by Eric Ossart and Arnaud Maurieres both well known landscape designers in France. Close to Albi (23km) there are two to discover, the more formal Jardin du Palais de la Berbie and the Parc Rochegude, created in the late eighteenth century and designed around a classic French park. Les Jardins de Quercy (24km) is an English inspired garden, ornate throughout the season. Jardin d'Eden du château du Colombier (52km) invites you to explore the lush landscapes and a wide variety of plants, trees and flowers in five different medieval gardens.

Gaillac wines

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!

Why not spend a day in Toulouse

Easily accessible by the motorway in just 1hour 30 minutes, 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. Don't forget to visit the 'Cité de l'Espace' - Space City.

Spend the day at Aigueleze

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

The town of Gaillac

dates back to the 7th century, when an abbey was founded there by Benedictine monks. It prospered for many years as a trading point for river traffic. These days it boasts a park, Parc de Foucaud, with terraced gardens designed by the French landscape gardener Andre Le Notre, whose principal claim to fame was the layout of the garden at the Palace of Versailles. There are also three museums to visit: the Fine Arts Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Abbey Museum.

The picturesque village of Monestiés

One of the 'most beautiful villages in France’, Monestiés nestles in the Cérou valley, its streets wind up and around in the shape of a snail’s shell. Stop awhile in the Musée Bajen, a museum of modern art featuring paintings by Francisco Bajen and Martine Véga, two Spanish artists who had fled the regime of General Franco. Enjoy a stroll along the river bank and follow the route ‘Secrets of the River’, a botanical walk set up on the banks of the Cérou.

Canoeing and rafting

are popular on the Aveyron river; you can be wafted downstream by the current and get picked up and returned to Najac by road (Najac 30 min drive). Also possible at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (45 min drive).



Mirandol-Bourgnounac 5 mins
Carmaux 20 mins
Monestiés 20 mins
Albi 30 mins
Gaillac 50 mins
Villefranche-de-Rouergue 50 mins
Rodez 50 mins


Rodez 60 mins
Toulouse 85 mins
Carcassonne 135 mins
Brive 140 mins
Times are approximate

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