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Very well equipped 3*** Gîte in Cantobre with Valley views you'll never forget

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 764 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

A Paradise For Outdoor Activities, Stunning Scenery, Wildlife and History

The gorges and valleys of southeast Aveyron make deep cuts into the wild limestone plateaux (Causses) of the Grand Causses Regional Natural Park and the better known Cévennes National Park creating an area of outstanding natural beauty and a feeling of being in a land that time forgot. Still standing are fortified villages later maintained by the Knights Hospitaller but originally built by the Knights Templar who probably also helped in the fortification of our village, Cantobre. It’s an area rich in wildlife of all sorts, from wild boar, deer, beavers, eagles and four sorts of vulture, to orchids and other wild flowers. We have seen more species of butterflies in and around Cantobre than are in the whole of the UK.

Both our Cantobre gîtes (or self-catering holiday rentals) have stunning views of the Dourbie valley from their private terraces and access to our 800 m2 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. There is also a small, terracotta tiled, north facing terrace with views that equal the stunning views from each gîte’s private terraces. The 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 is also provided.

We used to come to the area for our holidays and it’s perfectly situated for a wide variety of visits and activities. It’s now our home and we are on hand to help you with your luggage and shopping when you arrive and to make your stay more enjoyable.

You could spend a holiday here without having to use your car, hiking in the hills, walking down to the river Dourbie for a swim in the crystal clear water or a spot of sunbathing or maybe fly fishing for the local zebra trout; alternatively, just stay in our secluded garden with 360° views of the surrounding countryside or relax on your gîte’s terrace with a bowl of olives, a glass or two of wine and our bird watching telescope.

If you did want to drive somewhere, 45 minutes north takes you to the Tarn Gorge, the northern boundary of France’s Mediterranean climate. Also a favourite route for cyclists, 30 minutes west down the Dourbie Valley is Millau, a big centre for outdoor sports such as paragliding, canoeing, caving and climbing (we also have our own climbing wall at Cantobre) with an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, and it’s our nearest big town with hypermarkets and a large outdoor market, it’s also home to the Millau Viaduct, the world’s tallest bridge. 5 minutes to the south takes you up the Dourbie Valley to the 10th century village of Nant with restaurants and bars, our nearest shops and market; in summer there are free music events every week. Another 25 minutes southwards takes you out of the causses and the mountain air and into the Languedoc, France’s largest wine production region; another 45 minutes and you’re at the Mediterranean coast!

There are lots of family visits to go on, boat trips down the river Tarn, caves and caverns with stalagmites and stalactites, visiting Roquefort cheese caves, the reptilarium, wild animal parks and Micropolis, a whole centre about insects; there are even Knights and jousting tournaments; all are favourites places to visit when our young grandson comes to stay.

More Details

Lionel and Peggy Haines
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Lionel and Peggy Haines

I am English and my wife is Irish. Although we have been together since 1983 we only got married in 2009 in preparation for our new life together in France.

Lionel and Peggy Haines purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Lionel and Peggy Haines chose Nant

We used to come on holiday to the region every other year for a long time and the opportunity to live here and make enough money to survive came up. So we have been living here since December 2009 and are enjoying every minute of it. Both of us love the countryside and the wildlife here and in between looking after the gîtes we go for lots of walks. It's a fantastic place to live, come and share it with us!

What makes this cottage unique

We are surrounded by countryside, both valley scenery and the wild "causse" land above the valley. Boredom is impossible here: we never tire of the scenery from our terraces or driving down the Dourbie valley to Millau. I love to go fishing in the beautiful crystal clear Dourbie trout river if only for "a walk on the wild-side", catching a fish is secondary to watching a beaver swim past or catching a glimpse of a deer or red squirrel drinking from the river while a kingfisher darts by!

Peggy, on the other hand prefers having a coffee on dry land, meeting friends and watching village life in nearby Nant.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Nant in Aveyron

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 764 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • The bed linen is provided and the beds are all made for your arrival. A body towel and hand towel are also provided for each person in your group (for use inside the gîte). There are also mosquito/fly screens on the bedroom windows.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
We supply free WiFi Internet access, and DVDs, books, games, geocaching/hiking GPS system are available. Please note that while our accommodation and terraces are suitable for all ages (and we have had all ages here), we would recommend that very young children be supervised on or near the southern edge of our shared garden and on our rock as there is no fence. Outside: Both the gîtes have their own private south facing terraces with BBQs, sun shades, table and chairs. As well as a limited number of sun loungers, we also have a small shared north facing terrace with seating for 4 people which is ideal in the early evening or to escape the sun during the day. Our terraced garden (home to redstarts, our chickens and our veg patch too) with a boules court is also shared between the two gîtes, as is our rock from which there is a 360 degree view of the village, the two valleys and the climbing wall (bring your own ropes).


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Very well equipped 3*** Gîte in Cantobre with Valley views you'll never forget
average rating of 4.714286 based on 33 reviews

A peace of heaven on earth maybe...

  • 5 of 5

5 stars,

for the situation - I will not say more: each one need to get its own feeling there!

For the place in itself,

For the comfort.

But most of all, the very heartfull feeling the owners give.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place, nice people.

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed relaxing at the gite with friends.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A tranquil escape from the hectic world!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the Egyptian Gite for two weeks over Christmas was exceedingly peaceful and just what we needed. Lionel and Peggy were excellent hosts, welcoming us into their home like old friends! The gite was exactly as described and was very clean, well equipt and cosy. We were met upon arrival and shown around. Peggy supplied us with, a very welcomed, home-made loaf of bread! Throughout our stay, both Lionel and Peggy were on hand to give us directions and suggest places to visit. The views of the gorge were wonderful and we experienced warm and sunny weather over the Christmas break. The drive to Millau was spectacular, as it followed the gorge with all its twists and turns. The location was well placed for many walks, as well as visiting different attractions. We even drove to the Mediterranean, one day! Montpellier le Vieux was spectacular, as was the walk up to it; though you can also drive to the entrance! Gorge Du Tarn, Roquefort and Mont Aigoual are all must visits too! It was super to see vultures soaring overhead and we even got to see two wild boar. A wonderful location, with excellent hosts! We would definitely recommend this gite.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: December 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Haus am Fels

  • 4 of 5

Haus in einer spektakulär schönen Lage. Gut ausgestattet, sehr freundliche und hilfsbereite Gastgeber. Ideale Lage als Ausgangspunkt zum Wandern und Radfahren.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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très bien

  • 5 of 5

gite très bien équipé cadre magnifique ,calme ,reposant ,très belle randonnées aux abords ,

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Clean and peacefull

  • 5 of 5

Merci de votre accueil.

Votre logement était calme propre et paisible

Avec Tout le nécessaire disponible pour passer un bon séjour.


  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour votre avis. Nous espérons vous revoir pour le Festival des Templiers de l'année prochaine. Notre autre gîte est déjà réservé. Lionel et Peggy.
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Nearest Airport
105 Kilometres
Rodez, Béziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nîmes...
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Le Café des Halles
Nearest Ferry
850 Kilometres
Caen, Le Havre
Nearest Golf
80 Kilometres
La Canourgue, Maleville
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Chez Yves (Summer only), otherwise Nant at 6kms
Nearest Ski
33 Kilometres
Prat Peyrot
Nearest Beach
105 Kilometres
Farinette Plage
Car: recommended


A 10 minute walk from our gîtes gets you to a pebble beach on the Dourbie river. Canoeing is possible on the river but canoe hire is at Millau. For Inland water sports the Lac du Salagou is a about an hour's drive to the south and driving a little further south takes you to the beaches of the Mediterranean.


There are several airports which serve the region, the ones that we have used are Rodez, Béziers, Montpellier, Nimes and Carcassonne, car hire is essential.

Driving time from Calais is around 10-11 hours (via Rouen or Paris) including stops and the Eurostar takes you to Paris or Lille and then you take the TGV (same station in Lille but you have to change stations in Paris) to get to Montpellier. We have a web page that shows how to get here, we can send you the link after you make your reservation.


The village of Nant is 6 km up the Dourbie valley, the vibrant market town of Millau with its world renowned viaduct is 27 kms down the valley, both are worth the drive in themselves.

Knights Templar villages are within 25 kms from us and Roquefort (cheese) is about 40 kms away. The Jonte and Tarn Gorges to the north are about 30 - 50 kms away and Mont Aigoual (the tallest mountain around) with magnificent views and a weather station open to the public is 35 kms away.

Further Details:

Our Castel de Cantobre website has lots of information, 60 pages of photos of wildlife and the area, activities, local information, wine trips, places to visit and webcams for the valley etc.

To find the link to our website, click on the "Facilities" button and then scroll down to just above the "Notes" section; alternatively put "Castel Cantobre" into an internet search.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Nant, Midi-Pyrenees

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Start of 2018
6 Jan 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early High Season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very High Season reduced 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late High Season 2018
11 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End of 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Start of 2019
5 Jan 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early High Season 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very High Season 2019
13 Jul 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late High Season 2019
24 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
End of 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £12.27
Refundable Damage Deposit £175.29
Stay tax £0.44 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Notes on prices:
The booking system for Owners direct (HomeAway) is not capable of correctly calculating our prices for less than a week. Outside the high season of July to August (where the minimum stay is 7 nights), the prices would be...
2 Nights: 252 €
3 Nights: 304 €
4 Nights: 356 €
5 Nights: 408 €
6 Nights: 460 €

Discounts are also often available (usually 10%) for couples who choose to use just one bedroom and for long stays of 3 weeks or more.

Booking Notes:
Please note that you can either make a reservation via this advert which gives you lots of protection against us being fraudulent, or go direct to our own Castel de Cantobre website and save the booking fee (of approximately 9%), the choice is yours. If you choose to make a reservation through HomeAway's booking system, tell us your dates and your details (number of adults, children, pets...) and we will send a quote back to you with any relevant adjustments and discounts applied.

Changeover Day:
July and August changeover day is Saturday and the minimum rental period is a week. Outside of this we are flexible and minimum rental period is 2 days.
To allow us to prepare for other customers please arrive after 4pm and leave before 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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