Many of our guests ask how far it is to the nearest beach, well if you don`t want to be driving for 3 hours to get to the Mediterranean coastline, or the Atlantic coast, then the big surprise is that the nearest beach is actually only 10 minutes away. Yes here in the heart of rural SW France we have a wonderful Beach on the banks of the Lac de Roucarie.

Lac de Roucarie

The lake is man made, a large area of grasslands and agricultural land was flooded to make a large reservoir to supply water to the Carmaux region. It has become a very popular spot to spend a day lazing on the beach and swimming in the beautiful clear waters.

The beach area is on one side of the lake, and offers safe swimming, which is monitored during the main season. It also has plenty of BBQ areas so you can spend the whole day relaxing in the Summer sunshine and enjoy plenty of picnic food.

On the other side of the lake is a large sailing club which offers all sorts of water sports, from sailing dingy`s, windsurfing, canoes and many other non-motorised crafts. 

There is a well maintained road / footpath that encompasses the whole lake, it is a wonderful walk that takes around 1 hour 30, and is  just over 7km, but is mainly on level ground with just a few small inclines, so is relatively easy for all ages. For the more fitness driven there is also a fitness trail that contains many exercise equipment and adventure type climbing frames.

Facts and figures for the Lac. Total volume of water is around 6 million cubic metres, it has a maximum depth of 28 metres and a surface area of 0.64 km².

Aerial shot

Aerial shot

So just because you are in the heart of the countryside, it does not mean you have to miss out on a day at the beach.

Need to know more then take a look at our pages on this and many other things to do and see while on a relaxing holiday here in the stunning SW France.



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So the New Year and  January is upon us and 2014 is now in full swing. Time to start thinking about that Summer Holiday you have been working so hard to reward yourself with!

Here at we are selling the main peak weeks very quickly, so you need to act fast to get the dates you may want. 



August is now nearly sold out, we only have the last week in Maison Sans Tourelle left for August. July is also selling quickly in both houses.

Can you holiday out of the main season? This part of South West France offers so much to do, and often it is better to see those places out of the main season, it is much quieter and gives you the chance to explore these areas even more. The weather can be just as good, in fact it often gets too hot during August, so walking the steep cobbled medieval streets of the local Bastides can be easier in June.

Belcastel SW France, Aveyron


As an additional incentive, we are also offering a January Special Deal, where if you book your 2014 summer holiday before the end of January then we are giving you 10% off the total cost of your holiday. Not including dates from July 5th to the end of August.

So what are you waiting for get your holiday booked with us now and start looking forward to your well deserved rest and relaxation in the sun.


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