Château de la Garinie

The Dordogne & South West , France

  • 9
  • 5
  • 3
  • Historic 13th-century château
  • Beautiful countryside location
  • Private gated swimming pool
  • Close to charming Monbazens

Historic, romantic and absolutely authentic, this fairy-tale château dates back to the Middle Ages, an entrancing spot for would-be knights, kings and queens, in the heart of the little-known Aveyron region.

The castle was built in the 13th century and while it has been lovingly restored over the years to meet the needs of modern-day visitors, many original elements are still intact, including a stone spiral staircase and massive fireplaces in the main reception rooms. The décor is in keeping with the style of the building: oak panelling, tapestries, ancestral portraits, antique furniture and canopied beds. With two of the five bedrooms located in the castle towers, this is a delightfully unique place where children can let their imagination run wild and adults can indulge in a spot of true escapism for a week or two. The welcoming owners live in a separate house next to the château, and are very happy to share their extensive local knowledge with guests.

Château de la Garinie sits in four acres of grounds, with the closest neighbour 500 metres away. The private swimming pool is set in its own garden, surrounded by a mature hedge for privacy.

The local area

Montbazens, the nearest village, is only 1.5km away, and here you’ll find a good selection of shops, cafés and a restaurant in addition to the Wednesday market. The local area is packed with pretty villages and historic towns to visit, with Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Figeac, Conques and the regional capital Rodez particularly recommended. For a change from the pool, you can try swimming, fishing or kayaking on the Lot and Aveyron rivers or a range of watersports on the lake at Privezac. And with three national parks within a 60-90 minute drive, you’d be hard pushed to exhaust this region’s possibilities even if you stayed the entire summer.

Located on the borders of the Aveyron and the Lot, this property enjoys easy access to stunning landscapes and very different architectural styles. This part of the Aveyron is noted for its rich red soil bringing a spectacular aspect to its villages. Rodez, the capital of the Aveyron, was founded by Celtic tribes as far back as the 5th-century B.C., and has been conquered and occupied by just about everybody since, including of course the English during the Hundred Years’ War. Its fine Cathedral de Notre-Dame boasts a magnificent 87m belltower; it was here that 200 years ago the first attempt to define a metric system for distance was made. Rodez is host to the annual Estivada Festival of Occitan Language and Culture. In the Lot, the charming town of Figeac is within easy reach, and a little further is Cahors, with its 14th-century Valentré bridge, the longest fortified bridge in France.



  • 5 bedroom château (sleeps 9)

Ground floor

  • Laundry room
  • Stone spiral staircase to first floor

First floor

  • Spacious hall
  • Living room with fireplace
  • Study with fireplace
  • Dining room with fireplace
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, kettle, toaster, fridge, freezer and dishwasher

Second floor

  • 2 double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom with WC, one in each tower
  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • Single bedroom
  • Shower room with WC
  • Separate WC


  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel representative
  • Washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV, video, DVD, CD
  • Fans
  • Barbecue
  • Badminton, croquet, boules
  • Private swimming pool 16m x 5m (depth 1m – 1.9), fenced, Roman steps, open mid-June to mid-September
  • Complimentary cot and highchair available


  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Cleaning 2 hours twice a week included
  • Additional cleaning €20 per hour (2 hours minimum) 
  • Cook available for evening meals at 20€ per hour plus cost of ingredients
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports
    Rodez 35km
    Toulouse 155km
    Béziers 224km
    Montpellier 227km
    Carcassonne 242km
    Avignon 307km
  • Ferry ports
    Caen-Ouistreham 688km
    St-Malo 706km
    Le Havre 766km
    Cherbourg 825km
    Calais 893km
  • TGV stations
    Montpellier 215km
    Béziers 253km


  • Midi-Pyrénées region
  • Shops/restaurants (Monbazens) 5min drive
  • Villefranche-de-Rouergue 30min drive
  • Figeac 40min drive
  • Toulouse airport 2hr 5min drive


Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Toulouse 155km/1hr 50min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 25 Jun (Sat)
9 Sep - 28 Oct (Sat)
2 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep (Sat)
26 Mar - 3 Sep (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Manchester Flybe Sat/Sun All season

Montpellier 227km/2hr 45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Saturday 6 May - 30 Sep
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Saturday 29 Apr - 23 Sep
Leeds Bradford Ryanair Saturday All season

Customer feedback

Such a privilege to stay in such a beautiful historic château. We were thrilled with the pool and grounds and the help of the owners. Would definitely return and recommend.
Mrs McIntyre – August 2017


The château was lovely to stay in – the children loved the idea of staying in a real castle. Donald and Ian were very helpful but not intrusive. The pool was great and it was a wonderful experience staying at La Garinie.
Mrs Kate Cable – Aug 2016

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

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