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Rives St Maury

Labastide de Lévis Gite Sleeps 1 to 2, 1 bedroom £320 to £425 per week

A warm welcome from Robert and Michèle awaits you at Rives St Maury, which nestles within the Golden Triangle, just metres from the River Tarn, at Labastide de Lévis, midway between Gaillac and Albi. The views from the appartment across the River Tarn are spectacular, as are the sunrises and sunsets. You can fish in the river for carp, sandre, watch the herons, cormorants or kingfishers (sometimes even an otter), take the pedalo on the water, play table tennis, boule or darts, or just simply sit back, relax and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the countryside.

We speak both English and French, so could help you with language problems. This very comfortable self-contained apartment is on the ground floor. There is a good, fully equipped kitchen, with hob and microwave. The spacious dining area leads into a sitting room, where there is a TV and a DVD player. The pretty double bedroom has a pleasant en suite bathroom with large shower area. All bed linen, towels, tea towels, etc. are included.

We do have some bunk beds and a single fold-up bed and it may be possible to use these if there are more than two of you. However, we are very close to the river frontage, so it is not really suitable for young children.

Bookings would usually be for a week and a deposit of 50% is payable at time of booking. The balance, plus a deposit of £100 against damages, breakages, etc. should be paid 28 days before arrival date. The 50% deposit, less £30 for administration costs, is only refundable provided we can make an alternative booking in its place. Credit cards are not accepted. It is possible to pay in euros.

Please note that the apartment is a smoke and pet free zone.

Andorra, the Pyrénees, Barcelona and even the Méditerranean are all within striking distance. Activities include fishing and boating (both just metres from the door), golf, tennis, walking, cycling, and many more.

This quiet and unspoilt region offers many culinary delights and the local Gaillac wine must not be missed. The countryside is spectacular and the following places are all well worth a visit:

Gaillac, which is a charming, peaceful town and the capital of the wine region. The Abbey of St. Michael, which towers above the Tarn is a must and a visit to the large market on Friday provides a fascinating diversion. Sometimes there are night markets in the summer months.

Albi, which has a magnificent 13th century fortress cathedral. Each Saturday there is a wonderful market and a newly restored covered market. There is also a separate flea market. Good eating places and shops to browse abound. Albi is the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec and the museum, exhibits over 200 paintings and 600 other examples of the artists' work.

Cordes sur Ciel, a 20 minutes drive and is a must to visit. It is a true delight, perched 110 metres above the valley of Cerou and rightfully designated one of the most beautiful villages in France. There are many good eating places and art and craft shops abound. The views are magnificent.

The Forest of Gresigne, which is never-ending and there are some lovely walks of varying distance. It is flanked by Puycelsi, yet another very attractive Bastide on top of a hill; a magnificent sight that fully justifies the 30 minute drive.