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Wide steps into large 15 x 5 metre pool
Panoramic view of 'Domaine Estaviale'
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Spacious Lounge
Master Bedroom
Double Bedroom
Family Bathroom
View from dining terrace towards Castelnau
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Private fishing lake for guests at Domaine Estaviale
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Sunset over Castelnau de Montmiral from Terrace
Southerly view of Gardens and Lake at Domaine Estaviale
Hillside view of Castelnau de Montmiral
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Farmhouse -
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Tarn, Occitanie

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stevieB66
Conwy, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“simply stunning”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed as a party of 8 (4 adults and 4 children 10-12) at Estaviale between 19th July -2nd August 2014 being met by one of the congenial and welcoming owners, (Sally) on our arrival. Although we had seen various photos and read info on the websites I have to say the place is even better than the photos portray (and that is saying something as it looks fab on the website). The house is spacious and in the main generously equipped. It has ample accommodation and rustic charm via simply decorated rooms, the majority of which all have good views over the countryside.

The panoramic views across the valley towards Montmiral from the terrace and north over rolling fields and woodland from the pool are stunning. The pool is a nice size and depth and although unheated it stayed warm throughout our stay. Ther is an alarm system but we did not require it due to the age of our children The owner (Steve) periodically came to clean the pool /check on it and in between we easily kept on top of things using the skimmer or net to remove any leaves floating in the pool. There were 8 sunbeds provided and we spent many hours enjoying the pool in such fab surroundings. The house is comfortable and peaceful, being set away from the road. We BBQ'd most nights, dining alfresco and watching the sunsets (and at times wild deer foraging in the adjacent fields) all with an obligatory glass of wine. We only managed to catch two fish from the private lake during our stay but that was more due to our inexperience as plenty of fish were seen rising or alternatively as they teased us by swimming by all to regular occasions. With an abundance of wildlife and bird life you really do feel you are somewhere special.

Occasionally dined out and we had a very Nice meal at Au Faux Saisons in Gaillac - worth a visit for some nice French cuisine.

All in all Estaviale is a great base for exploring the surrounding area whether it be the vineyards that abound, or the nearby historical towns. Steve and Sally are very helpful with any advice and make you feel comfortable knowing they are on hand if needed, but otherwise they are far from intrusive. As such you do really feel you have your own little holiday home - albeit just briefly as the two weeks flew by.

The kids loved running around the garden and exploring before then cooling off in the pool.

A trip to Albi is a must if visiting and do not miss out the cathedral. We had a fabulous day canoeing down the Aveyron gorge starting at St Antonin Noble Val. Incidentally there is a great market there on a sunday with Wine, cheese and many other products. As for day to day shopping there is a very large supermarket (LeClerc) 10 mins drive away in Gaillac which caters for pretty much all your needs. There is also a useful Co-op style shop in Montmiral with Takeaway cooked chickens and a good array of food essentials.
We would hope to return one day as undoubtedly one of the best holidays we have had, and for this type of Gite type holiday you cannot go far wrong than to stay at Domaine Estaviale

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Liked best: quality of property and location
Liked least: could do with a bit more cutlery and crockery with a party of 8 (but a minor issue)
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Pierslofi
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“So good I'd rather keep it a secret”
Reviewed 28 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Absolutely brilliant rental. I will not dwell on all there is to do in the area, the great shops and restaurants as well as the beautiful scenery, because it is all wonderful. I'll concentrate on the property to help with your holiday decision.

We travelled with 4 adults, mid 30s to 60s, and 3 children. The property was perfect for all of us. Slept us all comfortably in lovely rooms. There was enough space in the house to lounge about without being on top of one another. The bathrooms were excellent with so much space.

However, the gardens are in a different league. The children had so much safe space to explore; fields, woods, the lake. They spent hours catching bugs, fishing, looking for dragonflies (loads), I caught a deer on camera. Amazing. The pool area is great. Lots of hot sun but a large oak tree to provide natural shade if you want it. The pool is one of the largest we've had at a property and its layout makes it great for small children (our smallest were 4).

The property details and photos do not do the place justice. It's a really special place. Isolated but close to everything you'll need. The owners pop in from time to time to check the pool etc and are very friendly and helpful. If you need anything they are on the end of the phone.

We certainly hope to return.

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Reviewed 6 July 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Liked best: The beautiful location and great house for a large family or group of friends.
Liked least: Heating costs in winter.
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Pam G
Preston, United Kingdom
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“A perfect location, a beautiful farmhouse, glorious views.”
Reviewed 14 September 2012 for a stay in June 2012

My family and I have stayed at Estaviale many times and look forward to returning with great enthusiasm each year. The accommodation is spacious, comfortable and Steve and Sally make us feel very welcome.
The farmhouse provides a good base from which to visit the surrounding area but is also a wonderful place to spend lazy days by the pool or fishing by the lakeside.
The surrounding countryside is beautiful and we have enjoyed exploring both on foot and by car.
Watching the sun set over the valley with uninterrupted views towards Castleneau is very relaxing at the end of a busy day and is always a highlight.

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Liked best: We love the privacy afforded at Estaviale.
Liked least: Nothing to dislike!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Imperator...
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
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“The best holiday let we have been too”
Reviewed 11 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

A beautiful property in a truly fantastic location, with great service from the owners this really takes some beating. The pool is large, the views stunning (the pictures do not do it justice), the fishing lake is a great add on.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: The tiny TV in the sitting room (not that we used it much)
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Triplehar...
Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
“Idyllic holiday location”
Reviewed 7 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

Estaviale is an idyllic holiday location. The house is very spacious and beautifully fitted out. You can walk round the extensive grounds for over an hour without leaving the property. There are beautiful panoramic views from the pool and nothing can beat sitting on the patio with a glass of local wine watching the sun go down. Perfect!

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Liked best: Swimming pool and grounds
Liked least: Road / Track down to the property is rough
Travelling group: Other
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Rachel L
Farnham, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic house, grounds and pool”
Reviewed 5 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Domaine Estaviale is the perfect holiday home for a family to relax.The views are amazing as is the complete privacy you enjoy whilst walking around the tranquil grounds.The children (and husband) loved the large pool and were rarely out of it.
Domaine Estaviale was one of those rare holidays where your expectations were exceeded .

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Liked best: The views
Liked least: There is nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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