Tarn is a beautiful unspoilt area to the east of Toulouse in the south west of France. The farmhouse is on the edge of the hilltop village of Itzac between the bastide towns of Cordes-sur-Ciel and Castelneau de Montmiral and the vineyards of Gaillac. To see a map of the area click Map
Cordes, perched on a steep hill, is one of the most visited villages in France and has breathtaking views from the top of the village where there are numerous craft shops, galleries and restaurants. Saturday is market day.
Castelneau de Montmiral, another hilltop village, has an ancient square surrounded by timbered buildings and arcaded walkways where there are 2 lovely restaurants and a tea room with terrace overlooking the Gresigne Forest.
Gaillac is 20 km south west and has a large Friday market and a great hypermarket and station for Toulouse. It is surrounded by vineyards where visitors are welcome throughout the year to taste the wine that has been made since roman times.
The medieval city of Albi, with its famous red brick cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec museum is only 25 kilometres south. There are lots of good shops and places to eat.
The river Tarn meanders from Albi to Gaillac to the south and the river Averyon with its spectacular gorge is to the north. St Antonin-noble-val, where Charlotte Gray was filmed, sits on the River Averyon 15 minutes away through the beautiful Gresigne forrest and has a fantastic Sunday market and river kayaking.