The area

The hamlet of Champagnol, which comprises eight dwellings and a dairy farm, is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside, with its mix of woods and arable and livestock farming, including substantial flocks of sheep yielding milk for the famous Roquefort cheese.

It is situated 11 km from the small but thriving market town of Réalmont, which offers not only a wide range of services and shops, and a Wednesday market, but which also hosts several festivals and events throughout the year.

Pool and garden

Oriole from the garden

18km to the North of Champagnol lies Albi, with its magnificent cathedral overlooking the Tarn and the famous Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Take time to wander through the narrow streets with its attractive half-timbered buildings, visiting the shops and street cafes.

Castres to the south has the Goya Museum and impressive waterfront.

Within a few km to the west begins the Parc Naturel Régional des Grandes Causses which stretches to the Parc Régional du Haut Languedoc and then to the Montagne Noire in the south. This is one of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in southern France with its wealth of flora and fauna, prehistoric sites and historic villages.

Looking towards the pool and house

The pool

Forty minutes to the west lie the Circuit des Bastides Albigeoises, ancient fortified hilltop towns, and the vineyards of Gaillac.

Toulouse, la ville rose, is easily accessible for a day visit, and is famed for its rose-red buildings, elegant centre, museums and galleries, and lively cultural life.