Sitting on the banks of the River Aveyron as it meanders its way through the gorgeous scenery of the Tarn-et-Garonne region, is the medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.
It has long been a favourite destination of the French but is less well-known to foreign holiday makers though it’s position as one of the top 3 villages the French love in 2016 has put it firmly on the tourist map.
Magnificent, medieval and magical
Nestled in a hollow of the Gorges of Aveyron with a majestic backdrop of the steep cliffs of the Roc d’Anglars, the 2000-year-old village is probably more familiar to most people than they realise. It was the location for the film “The hundred-foot journey” with Helen Mirren and the town’s star quality is evident.
This town is home to the oldest civil building in France, the Maison des Consuls which dates back to 1120. A place of winding streets lined with medieval houses, art galleries and quirky shops. Sitting in the central square, Place de la Halle, enjoying coffee or wine and watching the world go by is one of life’s priceless pleasurable moments. There’s a fabulous Sunday morning market and plenty of restaurants where local products and especially cheeses, and seasonal dishes are a source of exquisite indulgence.
Get out of town and enjoy excellent activities such as horse riding, paragliding, canoeing-kayaking, rock climbing and hiking.
Where to stay in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val
For the most amazing views: Just 4km from Saint-Antonin in the little hamlet of Le Bosc de la Cam, Le Bosc is a gorgeous villa that sleeps up to 7. It has a beautiful swimming pool and gardens with fruit trees that you’re encouraged to eat from – paradise indeed. This lovely holiday home is located above Saint Antonin and offers amazing views over the Aveyron Valley. You’re guaranteed relaxation here and yet you’re within easy cycling distance of all the facilities of Saint Antonin.
Luxurious and spectacular: The exquisite Moulin de Bordes watermill holiday home sleeps 9 and is the sort of home from home that the best memories are made of. The luxuriously renovated (and air conditioned) mill home is in the sunniest part of the Bonnette Valley. You’ll fall in love with the beautiful salt-system infinity pool which looks as though its flowing into the river that passes by the garden. This area is famous for its watermills, there are more in this area than any other in Europe, some of them dating back to the middle ages. Spectacular countryside, just 15 minutes from Saint-Antonin and a true get away from it all location plus deluxe living make this a truly fantastic holiday home.
Open space and outdoor activities: Gorgeous Woodland Retreat gite in Loze, 18 minutes’ drive from Saint-Antonin. Sleeping up to 5, with a swimming pool and beautifully decorated living space, it’s perfect for those who love the open space and gorgeous countryside not far from the facilities of town. Just minutes to the medieval Caylus and offering loads of outdoor activities.