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“An utter delight”
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Chateau Cestayrols
Ranked #2 of 3 Cestayrols B&B and Inns
Australia
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“An utter delight”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at this superb bed and breakfast in October. It was an absolute highlight of our 9 weeks in Europe. Jan and Murray are the nicest people you would ever meet. Their tasteful furnishing of the fabulous chateaux is faultless. Their hospitality is relaxed and welcoming, whilst no detail is left forgotten. All is achieved with an effortless charm.

We adored our bedroom, very privately located at the top of a spiral wooden staircase, with shuttered windows looking out to the church spire. The bed was a definite 10 out of ten.

We enjoyed exploring the local region, including the delightful Cordes-sur-Ciel.

We can both highly recommend this place, whether you are just passing though, or wanting to stay a while and soak up the culture and charm of this beautiful region.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We stayed at Chateau Cestayrols last year, not long after it had opened as a B&B, and enjoyed it so much we returned for another stay this year. It is an absolutely beautiful property - the photos do not really do it justice. It is situated in a small village surrounded by vineyards and sunflowers in a particularly attractive and interesting part of France.

We were again given the most wonderful welcome by Australian hosts Jan and Murray, with drinks and snacks around the pool. They gave us plenty of helpful advice as to what to see and do during our stay. The bedrooms and the lounge are most tastefully furnished and so comfortable.

We also enjoyed having our own refrigerator (the wine is so good in this region!) and tea and coffee facilities. This is without doubt one of the best B&Bs we have ever stayed at and we cannot recommend it highly enough

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We recently stayed for two nights with Murray and Jan and so wished we had stayed longer. They are from Australia and started a new life at Chateau Cestayrols in recent years and they are quite simply the perfect hosts. They have thought of everything and you want for nothing, they can't do enough to make your stay welcome. The bed linen is of the highest quality as are the wonderful pile of fluffy towels. They serve the highest quality breads and pastries, Jan travels miles to get it along with wonderful homemade jams. We spent both evenings around the dinner table having great conversation and laughs and just didn't want to leave. Its a beautiful house in beautiful grounds and a very pretty pool area. We can highly recommend you book and stay for longer than one night, you won't want to leave.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We stayed with Murray and Jan for several days at the beginning of September 2012. We have stayed in many b&bs in France and this is right up there with the best of them.
I can only endorse the eloquent praise of previous reviewers. A beautiful area and wonderful people who will make your stay memorable.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

The moment I walked in to Chateau Cestayrols my first thought was, "how can I get myself a getaway retreat like this!" The accommodation was very comfortable and the Chateau has been kept to a lovely standard. I was especially impressed by the outdoor space, with two lovely gardens and a very inviting pool. The town itself is very small so short trips to Cordes, Albi and Saint Antonin Noble Val are a must. If you're looking for a new place to visit in southern France, head north east from Toulouse straight for Chateau Cestayrols!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

We came across Chateau Cestayrol quite by accident whlst browsing the internet, and it turned out to be the highlight of our trip. This simply beautiful Chateau in soft mellow stone with pretty arched windows certainly has the wow factor both inside and out. When we arrived at the large white gates and entered the colourful and secluded well tended and garden, we were greeted by the owners Murray Turnbull and his lovely wife Jan. As we were taken inside the house we were delighted to see, through the stone arches of another garden wall, the twinkling swimming pool which was so inviting after several hours of driving in temperatures of over 40 degrees.

The cool interior of the house does not disappoint, high ceilings, grand staircase and lovely exposed stone walls, Jan and Murray have spent years lovingly decorating and furnishing their home, with the perfect mixture of old and new, acheiving a stunning result. The rooms are calm and peaceful in neutral shades and white, with the odd splash of vibrant colour. The bedlinen and big soft snuggly towels are of superb quality, the bathrooms have been fitted out with all modern fittings and the whole place is scrupulously clean.

Within half an hour of our arrival we had settled in and were enjoying a welcome drink and yummy nibbles by the pool. We had not only a huge bedroom plus our own bathroom, but lounge and dining room too, with use of tea and coffee making facilites and a fridge which had been stocked for us with milk, water, beer, wine and even a plate of homemade chocolate brownies.

Breakfast was delicious, taken either in the dining room or by the pool as we wished. Wonderful fresh fruits, cereals, freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurts, breads jams and pastries to die for.

Jan and Murray have not been doing B&B for very long, but you would never guess it, they were charming, and experts at knowing when to fuss us and when to withdraw, and absolutely nothing was too much trouble. They have an excellent wi-fi system and lots of information and maps that we were allowed to use during our stay.

Two doors away is a fab restaurant Lou Cantoun, great food excellent wines and only 2 minutes to roll home! Cestayrols whilst being a tiny village is actually well placed for all the towns in the area and there are some wonderful places to visit and explore, our only regret is that we could not stay at Chateau Cestayrols long enough, a mistake we will not make again.

We were so sad to leave, will we return, too right we will, well done Murray and Jan 10 out of 10! Nancy and David Greenway

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Chateau Cestayrols acts as a B&B and is delightful. We stayed a week and wished it longer. Romantic, with a grand staircase, it is situated in a charming village with an excellent restaurant almost next door. In the heart of medieval France, there are many historic picturesque towns and villages close at hand to explore. I understand there are something like 150 vineyards close by! The hosts, Jan and Murray Turnbull, make one feel really at home and most welcome; they are always prepared to do that bit extra to ensure their guests get the most from their stay. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Chateau Cestayrols
Address: 1 rue du Chateau | Tarn, 81150 Cestayrols, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Tarn > Cestayrols
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Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cestayrols
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