Set in the Golden Triangle of Tarn, in the oldest wine-producing area of France, Domaine Du Vigneron is a beautiful place for guests to gather, create memorable moments and enjoy French rural life amongst the vineyards of this idyllic region.
The domaine is a former wine-estate which has been lovingly restored to create an impressive estate full of charm and comfort, set amidst vineyards with views to the village church nearby. The Manoir itself was originally the home of a local wine maker; it was the grand ‘Maison de Maitre’ and has deep roots in the local wine- making community. Indeed, the current owners now run their own organic winery close by and guests can visit to sample the wines in a stunning setting.
The main house, the Manoir, features travertine flooring and ample living space including a lovely relaxed living area with doors opening onto the courtyard and an honesty bar so you can enjoy local wines at home. There are five pretty bedrooms including a great family suite ideal for younger guests and their parents plus a superb kitchen, perfectly equipped to create feasts using the very best local produce around. Furthermore, each morning guests will receive a breakfast basket of croissants and freshly baked loaves delivered from the excellent local boulangerie.
For larger groups of up to 24 guests, there are also three beautifully converted apartments featuring many original features such as exposed timber and stonework, as well as a studio, ideal for an accompanying nanny or a teenage wanting their own space. The apartments and main house surround an enclosed courtyard where you will also find a large air-conditioned events room and adjacent kitchen, perfect for a wedding celebration, wine-tasting evening with friends or just an intimate gathering for family and friends, all made much easier by the experienced resident cook.
Set in 5 acres of wonderfully maintained gardens and parkland, featuring lavender, roses, an orchard and vegetable garden, guests can swim in the large heated swimming pool with great views over the surrounding countryside. Enjoy lazy lunches or sunset aperitifs by the poolside covered barn with its al-fresco dining area and outdoor kitchen or the energetic can have a game of boules, practice yoga in the gym space or play tennis on the all-weather court. Younger guests are also looked after with a small enclosed children’s play area.
Just 3km away is a village with restaurants, a local bar and some small shops including a wonderful artisan business selling local meat, cheeses, bread, cakes and wine plus you can also order freshly prepared local dishes to take home.
This rural and rustic part of southern France, filled with hilltop villages and bastide towns, is known as the Golden Triangle of Tarn, including the wine town of Gaillac with its beautiful abbey, the idyllic hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel and historic Albi with its classified UNESCO World Heritage status. Gaillac is one of the oldest producing wine regions in France, dating back to Roman times, and it is said that King Henry VIII favoured some of the world-renowned wines made here. In the summer, the area is alive with apéro concerts and other local festivals linked to the wine and gastronomy of the region.
Closer to home you can go for rural walks following trails near the domaine, cycle across gentle hills or find more challenging routes (after all Le Tour de France often passes nearby!).
Further afield, if you wish to experience French city life then Toulouse is only an hour away and a great place to explore, especially for space lovers who must visit the amazing Cité de l’Espace.
Domaine Du Vigneron is set in The Tarn, part of the Occitanie region in south-west France. It’s located in a small hamlet overlooking a Pigeonnier and a tiny sleepy village with a church.
The house and grounds are surrounded by vineyards, indeed the Manoir used to be the ‘Maison de Maitre’ of the local winemaker and the house has deep roots in the local wine-making community. Guests can visit the owners’ own vineyard which can be reached in a few of minutes by car and there will be opportunities to try some of the owners’ own organic wine (red, white, rosé and sparkling varieties).
The domaine is only 3km from a more lively village with a restaurant, bakery, small store, chemist, bank and local bar. This village, a short drive away, also has a wonderful family-run shop with locally sourced artisan products such as meat, cheese, bread, pastries, cakes and wine. In the summer the shop has a rotisserie on a Sunday morning, sometimes accompanied by local wine tastings and live music. They can also produce freshly-made dishes for you to take home.
This is true rural France with a relaxed and slow-paced way of life, a region filled with hilltop and bastide towns, markets and wonderful local cuisine. This location is known as the Golden Triangle of Tarn which stretches between Gaillac (14km), Cordes-sur-Ciel (13km) and Albi (30km).
Gaillac (14km) is a beautiful town on the River Tarn where you can visit the historic Abbey Saint-Michel and also sample some wine fines made using rare grape varieties – it is said that wines made here were the favourite of King Henry VIII. Indeed, this is one of France’s oldest wine-growing areas dating back to the Roman times and there are many opportunities to sample wines in surrounding Gaillac vineyards. In the summer the area is alive with apéro concerts and other local events and festivals linked to wine and gastronomy. The annual Gaillac 'Fête des Vins' takes place over the first weekend of August and is a great way to sample everything the area’s winemakers have to offer.
To the north, Cordes-sur-Ciel (13km) is a magnificent 12th century hilltop town whilst Albi (30km), with its classified UNESCO World Heritage status, is a wonderful old city with amazing viewpoints of the medieval architecture and river, a dominant cathedral, a fantastic food-hall and charming cobbled shopping streets.
There are also many other hilltop villages, bastide towns and traditional markets to visit across the region. On a Sunday morning don’t miss the Sunday market in Saint-Antonin Noble Val (26km), a wonderful medieval town where you can also hire canoes or kayaks to explore the Averyon gorges and there are also climbing and caving opportunities near here.
There are a number of walking routes that pass by the domaine (including a path that is part of the St Jacques de Compostela pilgrims' route) and there are also two horse-riding centres nearby that offer treks and lessons. If you wish to play golf there are a couple of courses within half an hour.
Cycling is also massively popular in France and the roads here are perfect for both gentle cycle rides or more challenging routes. The Tour de France often passes close by and will be doing so again in July 2019.
Toulouse (75km/1hr), France’s fifth largest city and an international centre for all things aviation, is just one hour away with its historic centre and amazing Cité de l’Espace.
At Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the
concierge request form or contact Excellence Luxury Villas Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
Complimentary services available at this property:
- Enjoy apéro with the owners on arrival, tasting wines from their own vineyard nearby (if desired)
- Welcome pack included with essentials and a few local delicacies
- Daily delivery of a breakfast basket from the local bakery including croissants and loaves
Extras available at this property (payable locally unless stated):
- Honesty bar with local and sparkling wines available
- Catering service provided by experienced resident cook
- Additional cleaning
- Local Events Planner
- Beauty treatments
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!