Nature's Pace

Europe France Languedoc-Roussillon Aude

  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Groups welcome
  • Laundry
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Pool-side chilling, big country views and dazzling starry nights in the south of France

Peter and Liz first moved to Toulouse in the summer of 2018 and stumbled across the pretty village of Montmaur — narrow roads, quaint stone houses, an old château and hilltop chapel — the following winter. Finding a home where their children could connect with nature was the couple’s main priority. But fortunately the kiddy bliss of freedom, space and sunshine are equally appealing to holidaymakers heading south for summer.

On the northern edge of the village, a 45-minute drive from Toulouse, Nature’s Pace is an aptly named smallholding where you can’t help but take a step back from the everyday rush and soak, slowly, into the surroundings. Spectacular views over the Lauragais countryside certainly help, as does the smattering of hammocks, sun loungers and quiet picnic spots that Liz and Peter have conscientiously scattered around the site. Throw in a beautiful swimming pool, sheltered in a sun trap by hedges and a small willow tree, and you can see why the couple chose to settle here.

Nature’s Pace is home to a handful of gîtes and just two glamping dome tents in total, kitted out with real beds, sofas and soft furnishings. A transparent panel in the ceiling lets you admire the stars that this rural part of France affords, while each tent also has its own private bathroom and a kitchen alongside. A small shop stocks some of the best local produce; French cheese, regional wine and olive oil from a local farm. In fact, food was one of the main things that drew Liz and Peter to this area of France. Having first bonded over their love of food in London and then run a country pub in Berkshire, “France was the obvious next step in our foodie journey”, Liz merrily tells us. They’ve particularly embraced the most local dish, cassoulet. “We’ve even incorporated it into our Christmas — goose for Christmas Day and cassoulet made with the leftovers to see us through to the New Year!”

It takes less than 20 minutes to drive to the local town of Castelnaudary, the historic home of cassoulet and appropriately stocked with good restaurants. On the banks of the Canal du Midi, it’s also a great place to go for a waterside walk or cycle, while boats are available to hire if you want to get on the water. Local lakes – Lac de La Ganguise, Lac de la Thesaque, Lac de Saint-Ferréol – are better still for aquatic activities, including canoeing, swimming and wind-surfing, while Peter and Liz are more than happy to offer advice on local walks or where to hire bikes for a leisurely ride in the sun. Days out in Toulouse, Carcassonne and on the Mediterranean coast are all eminently achievable, of course, but you might just find, when nature's pace takes over, that chilling by the pool is all you want to do.

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Facilities

Each tent has two bedrooms and a separate sitting/dining area. One bedroom is furnished with a king-sized bed, the other with bunk or twin beds, all made up with organic cotton linens and both feature blackout curtains. The dining area has a table and chairs and comfy seating and, outside, there's outdoor furniture on a shaded wooden deck. Each tent has a timber facilities building a few steps away with a private, shower room and toilet with underfloor heating and a small equipped kitchen with a combi microwave oven, gas hob, coffee machine and fridge. Shared facilities on-site include a heated pool, a games area and a small shop.

Suitable For

Glampers – yes. Campers, caravans, motorhomes, dogs – no

Nearby

The site is in the small village of Montmaur in Aude and you can walk or cycle in beautiful countryside from the site. It's not far from site to the cycle path La Rigole du canal du Midi which stretches from the Canal du Midi (five miles away) to the medieval fortified town of Revel and on to Lac St Ferreol (12 miles away) where you can swim, walk or sail. You could also follow the cycle path along the Canal du Midi itself to reach Castelnaudary (about nine miles away). Both Toulouse and Carcasonne are about 30 miles away and a drive of less than an hour.

Food & Drink

Nature’s Pace has a small shop selling essential items and local produce, including wine, beer, jam and olive oil. The famous dish of the area is cassoulet, with its origins claimed by the nearest town, Castelnaudary (15 minutes by car). There are plenty of restaurants in Castelnaudary in which to try it (or buy a ready-made version) or discover an excellent local variation at Relais de Riquet (+33 4 68 60 16 87), on the Canal du Midi. Le Pas de Narouze (+33 4 68 23 31 15) is also on the Canal du Midi (by the Bassin de Naurouze) offering very reasonably priced set menus and modern French food. A little closer to home (a 10-minute drive), the pretty village of Saint-Félix-Lauragais has both a Michelin Guide-recommended spot — L’ Auberge du Poids Public (+33 5 62 18 85 00) – with fabulous views across the Pleine de Lauragais and outstanding food, as well as the more informal, Le Cocagne (+33 6 42 03 94 75), on the village square. For a family meal, try the restaurant at Lac d’Enclas, with easy parking, a lovely walk around the lake by the restaurant and a children’s playground.

Open

All year.

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The Owner Says

Our stylish tents sit in a wild flower meadow in the beautiful countryside of the Lauragais, an undiscovered corner of France between Toulouse and Carcassonne offering a truly unique holiday. Bringing together space, modern style and the tranquility of nature, the tents feature amazing panoramic windows that provide natural light and roof windows to gaze at the stars at night. There is also a  private shower room and fully fitted kitchen right next to your tent. You can have all the fun of the outdoors with all the comfort of the indoors.

The tents have a very private setting, but also access to the other facilities we have. Our heated pool, play area, plenty of space to sit in our grounds or under the shaded barn with games areas and a small shop. This is glamping, not a campsite.

Accommodation

Two dome-style glamping tents, plus four gîtes.

"Pastel" Panoramic Tent i

"Pastel" Panoramic Tent

Dome Sleeps 4
Modern Panoramic dome tent with stunning interiors and beautiful views

"Orchidée" Panoramic Tent i

"Orchidée" Panoramic Tent

Dome Sleeps 4
Modern Panoramic dome tent with stunning interiors and beautiful views

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Location

Contact Nature's Pace, Domaine La Castagne, 11320 Montmaur, Aude, France

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Getting There

The site is 45 minutes from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports and accessible from the A61 toll motorway between Toulouse and Narbonne. About 13 miles south of Toulouse, leave the A61 at exit 20-Villefranche towards Revel. After about a mile, at the roundabout, take the first exit onto Bordé Blanche/D622B. Follow the D622 for a couple of miles until it becomes the D813. After another three miles, turn left onto the D43. After three miles turn right and after another mile turn right on to La Castagne to find Nature's Pace.

You can reach Nature's Pace by car, bike or train. Liz and Peter are happy to pick you and your luggage up from the nearest train station at Villefranche-de-Lauragais (on the Toulouse to Narbonne mainline) or from the closest point on the Canal du Midi cycle path. Nature's Pace is only half an hour from Toulouse by train and you can put your bike on the train free of charge. There are direct buses from Toulouse to Villefranche-de-Lauragais. If you wish to see this pick-up service, please let them know at the time of booking so that they can arrange times accordingly.

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