I recently discovered a must-visit medieval village for our next adventure in France. Just an hour north of Toulouse, Saint-Antonin Noble Val enjoys a spectacular setting and abundant activities at the confluence of the Aveyron and Bonnette rivers in Southwest France.
And I’ve found an ideal chambre d’hôte from which to explore – the very appealing La Résidence. In a comfortable blend of elegant antiques, charming architecture and contemporary convenience; the hosts offer an enticing atmosphere in which to enjoy their hospitality. The deluxe room not only includes breakfast but a private roof terrace overlooking the garden and terracotta rooftops of the ancient village at a reasonable 80 to 110 Euros per night.
Beyond exploring the marketplace and artisan shops of the village, the scenic, gorge-laced countryside begs to be discovered in casual walks, by bicycle, kayak or canoe. La Résidence looks so relaxing, I would almost be tempted to simply while away time and stroll through the village.
Many of the streets and buildings of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val date to the 12th century and include the medieval market hall and the belfry-adorned Town Hall that is said to be the oldest of all French civil buildings. Not surprisingly, the extraordinary historic town was one of many stopping points along the renowned pilgrimage path to Santiago de Compostela. If you’ve seen the Cate Blanchett film – Charlotte Gray – you already will have some familiarity with the village, where the movie was shot.
Steeped as we are right now in the blazing heat of Florida, I can’t imagine a more enticing escape – equally restful, stimulating and filled with charm, history and astounding natural beauty.