things to do
....culture, history, cycling, walking, lazing on the beach at the lake or simply relaxing in our garden....
base de loisirs
We are completely blessed to have the fantastic Base de Loisirs Vère Grésigne virtually at the bottom of our road, a 5 minute drive away. A communal space with a beach and beautiful fresh-water swimming lake including water slide, a separate boating lake, tennis courts, petanque piste and football pitch. Ice-creams and hot and cold drinks are available too
This place is brilliant and brings a little slice of the coast to the heart of the Tarn. Perfect for couples and families.
The Foret de la Gresigne is one of the largest oak forests in Europe at 3600 hectares. It is rich in flora, fauna and wildlife, boasting over one hundred different species of birds, including many birds of prey. Numerous animals inhabit the forest due to lack of human presence through much of it, including deer, wild boar, wild cats, marmot just to name a few.
The end of the summer sees the rutting season when beautiful stags attract mates with their cries and the clashing of antlers can be heard from the farmhouse. Wild orchids can be found in abundance at the edges of the forest alongside many species of rare and indigenous plants.
In the past La Foret de la Gresigne was often frequented by those convalescing as it was thought that the air was clean and clear and perfect for a healthy recovery.
the surrounding area
The Tarn valley is steeped in history since the Cathar movement which thrived here between the 12th and 14th centuries, notably symbolised by the Occitan cross which you'll often see locally, through to more recent times when the area was recognised as the birthplace of late 19th Century artist and painter, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Albi hosts the fantastic gallery dedicated to the artist and his works from a young age through to his last and most famous pieces of work.
Puycelsi, Castelnau de Montmiral and Cordes-sur-Ciel are three beautiful, medieval, hill-top villages (bastides) and each feature on the list of Plus Beaux Villages de France, all a short drive from Pech Long.
Albi is the breathtaking capital of the Tarn about 25 minutes drive away. A breath-taking city built predominantly of red clay, and on the River Tarn itself the cathedral and central part of Albi were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites in 2010