Gite Solterre provides a faboulous escape from hectic city’s life without comproming on luxury and modern living comfort — solid wood furniture, comfortable sofas & beds, underfloor heating throughout, heated plunge pool with jets, outdoor furniture, BBQ kiosque, British FreeSat, DVD/Plasma TV, iPod docking stations, selection of board games, books and music.
Walking, cycling, hiking and riding
Beautiful walks through vinyards in all directions from the house. Nearby is located Forest of Gresigne, one of the biggest oak forests in Europe — it offers fantastic views and walking opportunities. This area of France is loved by cyclists – Tarn region offers more than 20 tours with 4 difficulty levels — from family outing to experienced cyclists course.
Wine tasting, presentations and tours can be arranged in many local domains and «cave cooperative». One of our nearest neighbour M Plageolle (?) is the most famous wine maker in the region who over the years put Gaillac wines back on the map and now many local vineyards rank among the foremost producers in South-West France.
Nearby villages and towns:
Castelnau de Montmiral
Distance from Gite Solterre — 7 minutes drive
This «bastide» or fortified village overlooks the Vère valley and is now listed as «one of most beautiful villages of France». It was founded in 1222 by Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse. The centre of Castelnau de Montmiral has not been altered much troughout the centuries, the oldest buildings are from the XVI & XVII centuries. It has a trully charming market place (La Place des Arcades) with the town hall, couple of restaurants, some shops and a hotel. Just behind there is a Notre-Dame de l’Assomption church that is the home to the reliquary cross of the Counts of Armagnac, adorned with 310 precious stones.
Distance from Gite Solterre — 10 minutes drive
Gaillac is the nearest to us proper town with numerous shops, restaurants, bars, cinema, supermarkets and banks. It is the capital of local wine making region.The old town has some charming squares with fountains and narrow streets lined with old houses that are a happy combination of timber and brick work. The XI-XIV centuary Abbey St-Michel stands on the bank of river Tarn that gives the name to the whole department.
Distance from Gite Solterre — 15 minutes drive
A quintessential medival hilltop village that was built in 1222. It became a favourite haunt of heretics and a major Cathar fortified town — at some point the entire village was excommunicated. Devastating epidemics of plaque later sent it into decline and Cordes was in an advanced state of decay at the begining of XX centuary. Restauration work began in the 1940s. The winding, steeply sloping, stone streets of the «upper town» are now home to «medieval» crafts, galleries, museums, small individual shops and numerous bars and restaurants, including the . In the «lower town» there is a number of shops, banks, pharmacy and a small but good Saturday market.
Distance from Gite Solterre — 25 minutes drive
Albi is the capital of Tarn department, it lies on the banks of the river Tarn and is dominated by an enormous catherdral-cum-fortress Cathedrale Ste-Cecile said to be the biggest red brick building in the world. The construction began in 1282 and was intended to symbolise the Church’s newly found grandeur and power in the aftermath of the crusade against the Cathars (also known as Albigensians). Next to the Cathedrale is the Toulouse-Lautrec museum that contains the most complete permanent collection of artist’s work. Albi isoften referred to as La Ville Rose because of its red-brick buildings which glow pink under the setting sun. It is a very charming and friendly town — it has a fantastic choice of individual shops, quality restaurants and tea-salons.