Ref: AV10, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France, £2634 to £3440 pw
Located in a stunning and unspoilt part of the southwest, this beautifully-preserved three-towered château will take you back to the middle-ages – it was built in the 13th century.
Living room, study, dining room, kitchen, 1 bathroom with wc, 2 shower rooms with wc, 2 separate wcs, 2 double bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, 1 single bedroom, additional child’s bed available
Washing machine, dishwasher, cot (linen supplied), highchair, telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, video, DVD, CD, fans, barbecue, badminton, croquet, boules
Bed linen, bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, as well as a weekly change for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning 2 hours twice per week included, additional cleaning (2 hours minimum) 20 € per hour. Services payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The property enjoys three hectares of grounds in a secluded position on a plateau with the closest neighbour 500m away. There are panoramic views of rolling farmland and woods, and the setting is very peaceful. There is an outdoor shower by the swimming pool which is set in an attractive garden and enclosed by a mature hedge.
The owners occupy a house next to the château.
The ground floor (with a separate wc and a laundry room) serves as access to the first floor via a beautiful stone spiral staircase. The furnishings are very comfortable, and the decor is in keeping with the style of the building: oak panelling, tapestries, ancestral portraits, antique furniture, rugs over wooden floors. The first floor consists of four large rooms served by a spacious hall and each with a fireplace: a living room, a study, a dining room with a beautiful oak table and a kitchen with a dining table.
On the second floor are a double bedroom (150cm bed) with an en suite bathroom (with a wc) in one of the towers, a double bedroom (160cm bed) with an en suite shower room (with a wc) in another tower, a single bedroom (140cm bed), two twin bedrooms (90cm beds), a shower room with a wc, and a separate wc.
Changeover day: Saturday
Open mid-Jun to mid-Sep
9 hole 28km
18 hole 41km
This floor plan was prepared in good faith and may not be exactly to scale.
Located on the borders of the Aveyron and the Lot, this property enjoys easy access to their stunning landscapes and very different architectural styles. This part of the Aveyron is noted for its rich red soil bringing a spectacular aspects to its villages. Rodez, the capital of the Aveyron, was founded by Celtic tribes as far back as the 5th century B.C., and has been conquered and occupied by just about everybody since, including of course the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Its fine Cathedral de Notre-Dame boasts a magnificent 87m belltower; it was here that 200 years ago the first attempt to define a metric system for distance was made. Rodez is host to the annual Estivada Festival of Occitan Language and Culture. In the Lot, the charming town of Figeac is within easy reach, and a little further is Cahor, with its 14th century Valentré Bridge, the longest fortified bridge in France.
Montbazens (1.5km) good selection of shops and services, cafés and restaurants. The nearest supermarket is 2km
Figeac and Villefranche-de-Rouergue (both 28km) all shops and services are available
Montbazens (1.5km) Wednesday
Many night markets
Italian restaurant at Montbazens (1.5km)
Le Vieux Pont at Belcastel (20km)
These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated by us as often as possible. Their ownership and quality may have changed since the list was last updated.
Villefranche-de-Rouergue (28km) – very picturesque town with great market.
Figeac (28km) – beautiful town to discover.
Conques (32km) – classified historical monument, beautiful village in wild gorge.
Belcastel (20km) – stunning village on Aveyron River with castle.
Château de Bosc at Camjac (53km) – childhood home of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue (42km) – one of the ‘Plus beaux villages de France’.
Upper Lot Valley: Cordes-sur-Ciel (73km), Najac (50km) and many other lovely villages.
Good charcuterie – saucisson, hams.
River fish. ‘Aligot’ – mix of potatoes and cheese.
Desserts: Gâteau à la broche (around since 1790), Fouace (traditional cake).
A.O.C. Gorges et côtes de Millau
A.O.C. Vins d’Entraygnes-Le-Fel et d’Estaing A.O.C. Marcillac
Tennis court: Montbazens (1.5km)
Horse riding: Asprières (8km)
Swimming, fishing canoeing and kayaking: Lot River (20km) and Aveyron River (12km)
Leisure lakes for swimming and water sports: Privezac (10km) and Pareloup (69km)
9-hole golf course: Villefranche-de-Rouergue (28km)
18-hole golf course: Ouet-le-Château (41km)
It was fantastic. Great house, great assistance from Don and Ian. Only positives!
An abundance of space, very easy to get in and pleasant even with quick weather changes.
We thoroughly enjoyed our second visit to Château de la Garinie. The owners were extremely welcoming and the accommodation wonderful. We loved the elegant furnishings and perfect pool and gardens.
A wonderful property with every possible facility and equipment and a kitchen particularly well equipped. Fascinating pictures and perfect pool. Loved by everyone from 10 yr old to 80 yr old.
The tranquil location combined with the unique historic property and the wonderful hosts (always on hand to provide help and advice) made this a truly memorable vacation.
The children loved doing lengths in the pool. Beautifully equipped château and interesting selection of books.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the château which was ideal for our family celebrations. We also enjoyed various facilities in the surrounding countryside, including my first canoe trip down a river at the age of 70. Much to the enjoyment of my son in law I got drenched!! We had considerable fun together and we shall remember this holiday for a long time.
Thank you for the best holiday ever!!
We are slowly recovering from our holiday at the Château with the same happy memories as last year, and as many photographs!
What a marvellous holiday we had at the beautiful and grand Château (or castle as the children called it!). The owners were excellent hosts and every last thing was thought about and exceptionally well done.
The Château is truly fantastic, well equipped, spacious and furnished with superb antiques. The size of the swimming pool was more than adequate for our two families and extremely well maintained. The surrounding area was a huge surprise - so many beautiful medieval towns in the lesser known part of South West France.
Even though it was our third visit to la Garinie we still enjoyed our stay. The pool, the countryside, the barbecues on the back terrace, the comfort in the château and the owner's kind hospitality all combined to make our family reunion such a happy time.
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.
Go back in time in this fairy-tale château while making the most of the larger than average pool and the modern facilities. You will be struck by the dramatic beauty of the surrounding countryside. A little known area well-worth discovering.