As a recent reviewer reported, this is truly a magical place. The medieval castle with two towers and a small moat is located on half a mile of beautifully landscaped private riverfront ground nestled within the Tarn river gorge. As there are no other visible structures around and the number rooms are very small, this place is very private. We felt like guests of the castle owner rather than just hotel visitors. One morning, we took a half an hour walk by ourselves along the river. The view of the river with clouds hanging inside the gorge was simply heavenly.
While the castle is very well decorated with antiques to maintain outstanding historical ambience, the rooms are of good size, well equipped with all modern amenities expected for 4* plus hotel. We found the staff are very professional, welcoming and helpful. We had both dinner and breakfast at the hotel. The meals were very good with excellent services.
This visit was a stopover for us on our way back to Paris from Barcelona via Carcassonne. We wished we had stayed longer to canoe. It would be very scenic trip -- better than many top-rated river canoe trips in the United States (e.g. Buffalo National River).
Driving tip: The GPS directed us to a very difficult route (D998) to St Eminie. This route involved a very steep descent from the top to the bottom of the gorge on a narrow winding road. The view on this route was spectacular. However, it was a very nerve wracking experience for the driver in a rental car as the gorge was on the right hand side of the road. A better inbound route from the South would be to travel along the river from Millau via D907 to La Malene on to the castle (located between La Malene and St Eminie). The outbound trip can be on D998 as the car would be on inside with the gorge on the left for much safer driving.
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De La Caze Hotel Sainte-Enimie