Rue de La Breche, Cahuzac-sur-vere, 81140
Nestled in the centre of the beautiful village of Cahuzac-sur-Vère is Les Heures Claires, an old stone house with a lovely terrace and views overlooking trees and the river Vère. “Very tranquil and quiet, this is the ideal spot for recharging your batteries,” says owner Helene Barratt. “Les Heures Claires is an ideal base from which to explore the Gaillac vineyards and the ancient fortified villages which are such a feature of the Tarn landscape. I can promise you a warm welcome, excellent home-cooked food and spacious, comfortable bedrooms.”
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Description of Les Heures Claires Bed & Breakfast:Les Heures Claires is my home in the Tarn in South-West France situated in a peaceful square in the centre of the friendly village of Cahuzac-sur-Vere. The stone village house has been lovingly restoted as now is cool, comfortable and airy. The terrace, set high on the village's ancient battlements, opverlooks trees and the river Vere and the houses' soundtrack is of birdsong, rustling leaves, crickets and wooing frogs.
Accommodation at Les Heures Claires: Les Heures Claires has two bedrooms for guests. Nepal, the larger is furnished with a choice of two single or one super king-sized bed(s) (guests request the configuration in advance) and a en-suite shower room with large power shower, handbasin, bidet and WC. The slightly smaller Kashmir bedroom has a king-sized double bed and en-suite bathroom with indulgent corner bath and shower over, handbasin and WC. Each room has its own hot drink making facilities and small frig. Both rooms are also geared up for Wi Fi, as is the entire house and the terrace. The decoration of the house in rich in fabrics and furnishings from the Orient and period furniture enhances the bedrooms, sitting and dining rooms.
Facilities at Les Heures Claires: Guests have full use of the sitting room, which has a television with a choice of British, French and international channels, at any time of the day. Meals are taken in the dining room or on the terrace. Wi-Fi is available throughout the house and there is also a telephone landline for guests’ use.
Food at Les Heures Claires: Guests at Les Heures Claires will enjoy carefully prepared home-cooked meals and all ingredients will be, as far as is possible, organic, fresh, seasonal and from local suppliers. And with food comes wine: Cahuzac-sur-Vère lies at the epicentre of the Gaillac appéllation, not well-known in the UK, but one of the oldest wine-growing areas in France. There are no less than six organic / biodynamic wine growers within a few miles of Les Heures Claires and not only can guests enjoy sampling what may be a completely new wine experience, but visits to the vineyards can easily be incorporated into the day’s activities. Straightforward dietary needs (vegetarian / diabetic / wheat intolerance / lactic intolerance) can be catered for by prior arrangement, but not severe or multiple allergies.
Actitivites at Les Heures Claires: As mentioned above, Cahuzac sur Vère is surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling country. The village is actually situated on two of the French Grande Randonnees – 36 and 46 – and there are numerous guided walks of varying length and energy requirements in the area. Other activities locally include fishing, tennis, golf, canoeing and sailing on the Tarn at the nearby Base de Loisirs d’Aigueleze. Bikes are available for hire in Gaillac, the local market town. A little pampering never goes amiss and manicures and pedicures can be arranged at the local beauty salon. Monique, the village hairdresser, wields a skilful pair of scissors.
South-West France is ancient Cathar country and the Tarn is steeped in history. The famous fortified village of Cordes-sur-Ciel with its collection of artists’ workshops is just up the road and the historic city of Albi which houses the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum and has the largest brick-built cathedral in the world is 14 miles away. Slightly further afield are the spectacular Gorges d’Aveyron, the handsome city of Toulouse and the amazingly well preserved medieval city of Carcassonne. Cahuzac-sur- Vère is also on the Circuit des Vins for those who want to study the Gaillac appéllation in depth.
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Directions to Les Heures ClairesFrom Toulouse Airport head for the Periphérique Intérieure and then take signs for the A68 to Albi. Leave the A68 at Exit 9 signposted Gaillac and Cordes and follow the signs to Cordes. The D922 Gaillac – Cordes road goes through Cahuzac. In the centre of the village turn left off the D922, taking the narrow street that goes past the Mairie and past the church. Once past the church the street opens out into a small square and Les Heures Claires is the house with blue shutters at the head of the square and the Gites de France Chambres d'Hotes sign.
From Rodez Airport, bypass Rodez and take the N88, direction Albi. If you are using a satnav it will take you an apparently complicated cross-country route but keep faith, it will finally get you back onto the D922 north of the village. In the centre of Cahuzac turn right off the D922 and follow the directions above. If you do not have satnav, keep on the N88 to bypass Albi and then take Exit 11 to Marssac sur Tarn. Pass through Marssac and after about 5½ miles take the first exit on the roundabout, the D 18 (otherwise you will end up in Gaillac) After 1½ miles you will come to another roundabout. Take the first exit on the D922 and follow the road north until it brings you into the centre of Cahuzac. Turn left and follow the directions above.
If you are coming by road the route normally brings you in on the D922 south of Cahuzac. Once in the village follow the directions above.
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