Holiday gite with pool near the Tarn border - MV005827

3km from Broquies, Aveyron, Midi Pyrenees Reference: MV005827 Advertiser since: 13 November 2017
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La Cardabelle Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2 Double sofa bed for 2 people

About this property

Characterful Gite, Large Pool, Amazing Views!. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Cardabelle is a comfortable, spacious and fully equipped 3 bedroom gite sleeping 6/8.
Converted from a 19th century Aveyronnaise barn, La Cardabelle retains its original features whilst offering everything needed for a 21st century holiday, including free wi-fi. Sleep peacefully in comfy beds, take in the stunning views over the Tarn Valley from the private south facing terrace and enjoy a swim in the large heated pool.



Kitchen and dining

La Cardabelle has an open plan fully fitted and equipped kitchen with a gas hob and electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and coffee maker.
The kitchen is comprehensively equipped with cooking utensils, cutlery and crockery and all linen is provided. There is even a cool box and cool blocks for picnics in the beautiful surrounding countryside. Laundry is well catered for with a washing machine, clothes airer and steam iron and ironing board.

A large table in the adjacent dining area comfortably seats 6/8 people.

Living rooms

A large open plan beamed living room accommodates 6/8 people in comfort, with two settees, an armchair and comfortable double sofa bed sleeping +2. There is English/French satellite tv and a dvd player and dvds for all the family.


Upstairs are three bedrooms. The large master bedroom with exposed wooden beams has an antique double bed and wardrobe and an en suite shower room. The second double bedroom also has attractive beams and an antique bed. The third bedroom has bunk beds. Both double bedrooms have beautiful views over the Tarn Valley. All rooms have plenty of storage space, fans and bedside tables and lamps. Beds have luxury microfibre toppers and Egyptian cotton bedding.


There is an en suite shower room to the master bedroom. There is also a further shower room and separate toilet upstairs.

Downstairs is a cloakroom with toilet and wash basin.

Plenty of fluffy white towels are provided along with pool towels and a hairdryer.


All living rooms and bedrooms have electric wall heaters.


The gite has English/French satellite tv and a dvd player and dvds for all the family. Free wi-fi is provided. There is a large selection of books, including children's books and a variety of card and board games and jigsaws.

Garden and outside

La Cardabelle has a large furnished private south facing sun terrace with spectacular views over the Tarn Valley and a barbecue, perfect for meals or just chilling out.

A fabulous 11m x 5m heated swimming pool, with sun deck, sunbeds and parasols is shared with La Violette, our 2 bedroom gite. A paddling pool is also available for small children.

The large fenced garden perfect for outdoor games or just relaxing. There is also a petanque court and boules and a games room with table tennis table. We provide a number of outdoor games including croquet and skittles and there are 6 adult bikes and a swing.

The pool and the garden both have amazing views of about 40km across the Tarn Valley to the Monts Lacaune.

Guests have access to the remaining garden areas, with vegetables and fruits and nuts available for picking depending on the season, and a large adjacent field.

Parking and garages

Off-street parking is available adjacent to the gite.

Visitor suitability

La Cardabelle is ideal for families and couples. As there are a number of steps it is not accessible to those with limited mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

The gite is family friendly with children's books and dvds and indoor and outdoor games and toys being provided. Baby equipment, including a travel cot, is available on request.

A generous welcome pack is provided in the gite. We also offer table d'hote meals cooked by Jon, a former chef, and served in the gite.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Shared pool



Distance: 34 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Broquies
Distance: 5 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Segala Equitation, Rue de l'Ancienne Bastide, 12430 Villefranche de Panat
Distance: 11 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 28 km

Organic produce/dining



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Between Puech et Riu


About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Joanne Hargreaves

After careers in local government and the marketing and hospitality industries in London and the south east, we decided on a complete change of lifestyle and moved to France in early 2016. We now get to indulge our passions for food, wine and the outdoors whilst sharing our little bit of paradise with our guests.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? The Tarn Valley is breathtakingly beautiful and remains totally unspoilt with lots of things to see and do. We are located between the river and the Lacs de Levezou and surrounded by stunning countryside and pretty towns and villages. The only occasional traffic jams are caused by the brebis sheep on their way to milking! This is Roquefort country.
Unique benefits of property The stunning view of the Tarn Valley and all the way south to the Monts Lacaune which has to be seen to be believed! The heated swimming pool and the gites' terraces all benefit from this view. It is a perfect spot to relax and recharge, but with river and lake swimming, kayaking, cycling, walking, riding and other outdoor activities nearby it's also ideal for a more active holiday.

The Owner Recommends

Kayaking on the Tarn

Just a few minutes drive from La Caze is Les Chemins de Traverse, a small and friendly locally run kayaking business which organises trips of either 7 or 14 kilometres on the beautiful Tarn. Setting off from the bridge below Broquies, you kayak (in single or double kayaks) through stunning scenery, negotiating mini rapids and, on the 14km trip, an exciting slide over the weir at Brousse le Chateau. You can take it at your own pace, stopping to picnic or swim en route, and are collected by Robert or one of his team at the finish point. A fantastic day out for all the family!

Lac de Villefranche de Panat and Lac de Pareloup

The beautiful lakes, 12 and 35 minutes respectively from La Caze, are perfect for swimming, a variety of water sports, boat trips or just relaxing on the many beaches. Lac de Villefranche de Panat also has a 10km walkway around it, great for running, walking and cycling.

The Gorges des Raspes du Tarn

Literally on the doorstep, including part of the stunning Tarn Valley with its pretty and historic villages, such as Broquies, Le Truel, Asseyne, St Rome de Tarn and Brousse le Chateau and Peyre, two of France's plus beaux villages. Take in the fabulous views whilst driving the whole route or pick one area and explore further.

Millau Viaduct

The iconic Millau Viaduct striding across the Tarn Valley is an incredible sight. There are numerous viewpoints in the area which allow the viaduct to be viewed from both above and below. The visitors' centre by the viaduct is well worth a visit with great interactive features as well as providing an opportunity for a guided tour.

Weekly markets at St Affrique and Millau

Bustling weekly markets held on Saturday and Friday packed with delicious local produce and crafts. Choose from wonderful fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, meat, charcuterie, oysters and mussels fresh from the Mediterranean coast, local honey, bread and patisserie, beer, wine, olives, etc.

Cheese tasting at Roquefort

Visit the caves where all the cheese is matured and taste some delicious Roquefort, the famous sheep's milk cheese made exclusively in the area. The milk from the farm next to La Caze goes to make Papillon, but there are lots of other producers in Roquefort, so lots of opportunities for tastings!

Summer Night Markets

What summer evenings in the south of France should be! Eat and drink delicious locally produced food and wine under the stars in fabulous settings, whilst listening to music and maybe even trying a little traditional dancing. Weekly night markets are held in the shadow of the chateau at Coupiac in July and August. Other local night markets can be found at St Affrique, Trebas and Villefranche de Panat.

Firework Displays

From beautiful displays over the castle at Brousse le Chateau and the Abbey at Vabres, to the spectacular fireworks over the River Tarn at Le Truel, the skies around La Caze are filled with colour and light all summer.

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.8
10 / 10 the Mileham Family 10 October, 2019

My husband and I stayed with our 3yr old, 15 month baby and my mother in law. Cardabelle had everything we needed. we had planty of space and modern comforts with all the charm of a Gite. The veiws are breathtaking. The weather was mixed, which we expected going last week in September and first week in October. The swimming pool and area to play boules and table tennis was a great plus. Jon and Joanne were always available either in person or by phone/email, nothing was treated as too trivial, when contacting them. We would love to go back again next year and definatley recommend the place to our friends and family. The location comes with one drawback, but only if you disslike driving, steep ravines and heights! as many things required a drive down off the mountains. non of this was a problem for us, the veiws and scenery more than made up for it. we visited Millau viaduct/road bridge, and went to a couple of markets. A fantastic place is the roman viaduct at Pont de Gaurd, it was a long drive but well worth it. We would suggest setting off nice and early.

Owner response

Thanks for your great review Sarah. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday at La Caze and were able to enjoy the heated pool and other facilities. The area is stunning and the views definitely make it worthwhile getting out and about, although you don't need to move from La Caze for a fantastic view! We would love to welcome you back to La Caze for another holiday in the future.

10 / 10 Ruth,Winchester 26 August, 2019

Our fourth trip to this wonderful gite and we’ve booked for next year already.
Difficult to know where to start.. the gite is spotless and fantastically equipped with all those touches that move a place from fine to wonderful.
Pure cotton sheets, fluffy towels for indoors and out, tea towels and dishcloths all come as standard, as well as a welcome pack of essential food items including bread beer and wine!
The pool is a decent size, cleaned every day and heated to a comfortable 28 degrees.
For teenagers there is WiFi and sky TV, but also bikes, pétanque croquet and board games for some alternative gaming.
For sporty types the surrounding countryside provides off road trails for walking, running and MTB or quiet rolling hills for road bikes. There’s a 25m pool 10k down the road and a lake with SUP and open water swimming a similar distance away. Kayak trips on the river Tarn run from Broquies.
Medieval Bastide towns, the Roquefort cheese caves and local day and night markets are amongst a few local places to visit .
The village of Broquies hosts an amazing butcher and epicerie with fresh local produce and a boulangerie for daily bread and croissants.
Best of all are the hosts Joanne and Jon who will arrange a delicious meal for your arrival or during your stay catering for whatever dietary needs you may have and who go over and above to ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
We love this place.

Owner response

Thanks for your fantastic review Ruth! We are so pleased you had another great holiday at La Caze and are looking forward to welcoming you back for your fifth stay next year!

10 / 10 C Tucker 12 September, 2018

A well equipped gite in a lovely, picturesque setting with wonderful views.
The property is comfortable with everything we needed and the owners could not have made us feel more welcome. The welcome pack was generous and included all the essentials you would need. The ‘Table d’hote’was delicious, we recommend you take advantage of this.
The owners help and advice about things to see and do in the locality was very helpful both before we arrived and whilst we were there.
The heated pool was thoroughly enjoyed by all of our party.
We would definitely recommend this property to others.

Owner response

Thanks for your fabulous review Chris. We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at La Caze Gites and managed to see something of the beautiful area as well as relaxing by and in the pool with your giant flamingo!! Thanks also for your comments on the welcome pack and table d'hote meal - we aim to ensure that guests feel at home as soon as they arrive. We would love to welcome you back to La Caze for another holiday in the future.

10 / 10 Ruth,Winchester 3 September, 2018

Having booked a fourth return visit for next year its safe to share our review of this lovely gite.
Take stressed out working parents with 4 teenage kids drive the length of France and arrive to find a fridge with cold beer, a bottle of wine and a delicious dinner cooked by Jon, then relax!!
The village of Broquies is 5 mins drive or about 20min walk with everything you need, or there are big supermarkets about half an hour away.
You can do nothing, you can visit the beautiful scenery and bastide villages, the Roquefort caves and small town night markets or you can do nothing but sit by the pool admiring the view and breathing in the fresh air!! Its pretty dark at night and you can see the Milky Way, or by arrangement have a night swim.
It’s a triathletes dream with great quiet but hilly roads and superb running trails. Theres a beautiful lake and a spotless 25m heated open air pool 10k away if you want to do some serious training.
There is WIFI and SKY TV plus table tennis, croquet and boules for hilarious family 'comptetitions' plus the heated pool with its stunning views for chilling out.
Jo and Jon are the most amazing hosts, warm and friendly, available but never intrusive and immensely helpful.
They take pride in ensuring that their gite is well equipped with decent knives, can openers and if you need anything not there, they will lend it. 2018 was the year of the rolling pin..should you need one in 2019 it will be in your gite.
We love this place xx

Owner response

Thanks so much for your fabulous review Ruth! It was great to welcome you back for a 3rd time and we're so pleased you had another relaxing family holiday and enjoyed La Caze and the surrounding area. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back again in 2019!