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The location of Combe
Nègre in the Tarn offers many opportunities to explore and enjoy.
The region is located in southwest France and derives its name from
the river Tarn and is on the cusp of the Mediterranean and Atlantic
weather systems. Steeped in history the region has a wealth of historic
towns, good wines and fine cuisine. For more on the history, places
to visit, markets, outdoor activities see for further information:
Local sites of interest include:
The local town of Cordes Sur-Ciel is only a 10 minute drive. This historic "bastide" of Cordes Sur-Ciel is noted as being one of the 50 most beautiful villages of France. Cordes with its many ramparts was built as a defensive town, is now a popular tourist destination with many restaurants, a wonderful butcher, two small convenience stores, fantastic bakeries, several banks and a number of interesting antiques shops, art galleries, museums and the Jardin des Paradis. Cordes also has a Saturday market which is ideal for all your local produce.
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Albi is steeped in history and dates back to the Bronze Age. Currently the capital of the Tarn, Albi has long been the seat of bishops and is infamous for its 13th century Cathar heresy resulting in the Albigensian Crusade. The warm ochre and orange bricks and crimson glow in the setting sun make it somewhat similar in appearance to many large Tuscan towns. Whilst in Albi, a site visit to the Cathedral of Sainte Cécile, the Palais de le Berbie (Bishops Palace) housing the Toulouse Lautrec Museum, Pont-Vieux and visits to the old town are a must.
Monestiès is also circa a 15 minutes drive is also designated one of the most beautiful villages in France. Whilst small, it is worth stopping to walk through the old town to get a flavour of bygone times.
Salles is a small local village circa 10 minute drive with a good local restaurant which is worth trying if you want a convenient leisurely night out:
Najac is a circa 30 minute drive north of the property and like Cordes is a magnificent medieval fortified town located on a bluff which rises out of the valley below. Najac has many interesting restaurants and shops and is well worth a visit.
St Antonin Noble Val is some 30 minutes drive and is recommended for its Sunday market which is one of the largest in the region. With its origins dating to the 8th century, it is one of the oldest surviving medieval towns in the region. Located at the confluence of the Aveyron and Bonette rivers and within the Gorges de L'Aveyron the scenic local environs are also worth exploring (white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking).
Gaillac is constructed from the same red brick as Albi and Toulouse. The town which dates to the 10th century also lends its name to the local wine region which is fast gaining international recognition. Whilst in Gaillac take time out to visit the Abbey Sainte Michael. Famous for its wines the local growers still use traditional grape varieties such as Ondenc, Len de l'el and Mauzac in white, Fer, Duras and Braucol in red wines. They also use typical grapes from Bordeaux such as Cabernet, Merlot and Sauvignon, and from the south such as Syrah and Muscadelle. The large variety of grapes explains the diversity of Gaillac wines.
Red wines are rustic. White wines are usually dry and aromatic. Sweet wines from Premières Cotes de Gaillac are rich and suave. Sparkling wines are fruity. Rosé wines are light and easy to drink. www.vins-gaillac.com Markets: The principal markets within close proximity to Combe Nègre are:
|Saturday||Cordes sur-Ciel, Gaillac & Albi|
|Sunday||St Antonin Noble Val|
|Tuesday||Gaillac & Albi|
|Thursday||Gaillac & St-Juéry|
For full details of all markets in the Tarn refer to the link below.
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Flights: The two nearest airports are Toulouse and Rodez both of which are circa an hour drive from the property and rental cars are available at either airport.
Rodez is served by:
Ryanair - Rodez to London Stanstead www.ryanair.com
Toulouse is served by:
|Easy Jet||Toulouse to London Gatwick, Bristol, Madrid and Paris Orly. www.easyjet.com|
|BA||Toulouse to London Gatwick and London Heathrow. www.britishairways.com|
|Air France||Toulouse to London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow. and Paris. www.airfrance.com|
|Air Lingus||Toulouse to Dublin. www.airlingus.com|
|Jet2||Toulouse to Edinburgh and Belfast. www.jet2.com|
Car Hire: Most of the large car rental firms operate out of Toulouse. Rodez has fewer providers but including Hertz, Avis, and Europcar Listed below are the websites for most of the main providers. Car hires / rentals can also be arranged through Expedia www.expedia.co.uk.