Within the dramatic department of the Tarn and its eponymous river gorges, one feels a sense of the south west meeting south east. Architectural styles meet, and the climate from west to east, and north to south, are often quite different. Roads are often winding and the pace of life is necessarily slower. Limestone and sandstone foothills, with granite peaks; this is serious rugby country: frontier-land.
The capital Albi, birthplace and museum to Toulouse Lautrec (he produced 7000 works in a 20 year career, and died aged 36) and boasting a magnificent brick cathedral on the river, as well as modern shopping facilities. Gaillac and Castres are larger towns, Castelnau-Montmiral and Cordes-sur-Ciel absolutely unmissable go-to visits.
Looking to buy a property with a view? You almost can't fail in the Tarn!
Restoring this 18th century chateau, with its 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, has been a labour of love for the current owner. Built in 1736 the chateau is very much in its original state with high ceilings, feature fireplaces and character traits. It does however benefit from recent electrics and plumbing, oiled fired central heating and recently replaced roofs throughout. As well as the main chateau there is a four-room apartment, a three floor pigeonnier to be finished and a small two room house to renovate. The 13 hectares of grounds include a swimming pool (17m x 7m), a covered summer kitchen, beautiful gardens and woodland. Majestic and stylish - must be seen. Surrounded by beautiful hilltop villages, the chateau is perfectly situated for transport just 14km to a railway station and 70 km to the nearest airport. Shopping and amenities are just 5km away