With average October temperatures reaching 20°C and an array of outdoor activities in the nearby area, La Durantie is perfect for those looking to reconnect with nature year after year. Autumn sees the Tarn’s beautiful landscape come alive with colour as both the vines and leaves transform into brilliant shades of orange, red and yellow.
The end of September signals the start of the grape harvest, also commonly known as ‘la vendange’, and brings with it a range of exciting opportunities for wine lovers. Homeowners can take part in local wine harvest celebrations including one hosted by the town of Cestyarols on the 10th October, just 20 minutes from La Durantie, which includes an apéro concert and an evening meal accompanied by delicious local wine.
The vineyard at La Durantie is managed by Alain Gayrel and son, members of the development team. With vines situated on-site, homeowners at La Durantie can look forward to drinking their own Gaillac wine whilst sitting on the terrace of their holiday home. Owners will even be given a bottle of La Durantie wine upon purchase.
Home to a diverse and dramatic landscape, the nearby area offers a wealth of outdoor autumn activities, designed to help you recharge your batteries whilst exploring nature along the way. Traffic-free cycle paths for example make it easy to safely explore the area by bike. The ‘Droits de l’Homme’ greenway spans for 48km across gentle terrain, taking cyclists on a leisurely ride through some of the Tarn’s best unspoilt countryside. The route passes through the town of Castres, also known as ‘little Venice’, a reference to its pastel coloured houses sitting on the banks of the Argout River. Other places of interest en route include Lautrec, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France featuring a charming 17th century windmill, and the city of Albi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
The forested area of Sidobre, situated two hours from La Durantie in the Haut Languedoc Regional Park, is the ideal day trip for nature lovers. It is home to strange rock formations caused by a stream of molten magma three hundred years ago. The area offers miles of clearly signposted trails, making it easy to walk amid the autumn coloured trees and fascinating stones. Take photos hanging off the ‘Peyro Clabado’, a 780 ton rock of massive granite perfectly balanced on a rock of only 1 m² or cool off from the Autumn sun at the ‘blackbird lake’ (Le Lac du Merle).
Other popular outdoor pursuits include horse riding through the Grésigne forest which sits adjacent to La Durantie, or taking in the bird’s eye view of the Tarn on a hot air balloon ride. Keep checking our blog for news on The Tarn and exciting developments at La Durantie or follow us on Twitter @ChateauDurantie and like our Facebook page La Durantie.