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Famed for its dramatic gorges, a network of narrow rifts which meander 50kms through the countryside, the Tarn is also home to some historic cities, beautiful towns, charming chateaux and rolling vineyards. So you'll find many of the great charms of France here, and the best places to stay in the Tarn vary widely from camp sites to chambres d'hotes to luxury hotels .

Come in the summer months and wonder at the sparkling waters of the River Tarn running between steep cliffs and canyons, making this a truly spectacular place to explore by kayak or canoe.

As well as the gorges, the Tarn has three major mountain ranges, which really add to the scenery - some of the peaks are above 3000ft. The rest of the countryside is fertile, with plenty of orchards and vineyards breaking up the views.

The best places to stay in the Tarn can get very busy during the peak months of July and August, especially those either in Albi or close by. So plan ahead and book early, or else come during the quieter months when you can appreciate the region without the crowds.

Best Places to Stay in the Tarn

For Albi

  • Chateau de Salettes is a quiet and comfortable rural chateau, but with a Michelin starred restaurant serving wines from the chateau's own vineyard. They also run regular art exhibitions. But despite the flashy sounding write up, the 13 rooms start from just £106 per night.
  • La Reserve in Heritage Listed Albi, is a smart, 22 room hotel set amongst picturesque gardens overlooking the river. There's fishing, sailing and tennis on offer, as well as the local sights, and the fact that this hotel was a favourite of the Queen Mother lends it additional pedigree.

For a rural escape

  • The Cuq en Terraces offers stylish rooms, beautiful walled and terraced garden, outdoor pool and delicious food.
  • Hotel Cap de Castel is surrounded by sunflowers in the summer months. Rooms are romantic and the food is french fine dining. Great for couples or romantics.
  • Domaine de Rasigous is perfectly situated for exloring Abli, Toulouse and Carcassone. Plus it offers outdoor pool, excellent restaurant and charming grounds.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Tarn, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

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  • Domaine d'en Naudet


    A beautifully restored B and B with characterful bedrooms and contemporary bathrooms. It provides the perfect idyll from which to enjoy the picturesque rolling countryside. Relax by the outdoor pool or enjoy day trips to nearby towns steeped in history.

    5 rooms from $80
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby town of Albi and explore Saint-Cecile Cathedral and the Berbie Palace.
    Views  -  Breathtaking views of the rolling countryside.
    Local markets  -  A lively steet market in Laveur.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Hotel Cap de Castel

    Puylaurens, Tarn

    A beautiful hotel in a stunning location surrounded by sunflower valleys. Romantic rooms combine charming rustic decoration with all the mod cons for luxurious effect. Lovely pool and gardens, and an excellent French fine dining restaurant. Ideal for foodies and couples.

    11 rooms from $103
    Luxury  -  Rustic, romantic, but every bit luxurious.
    Views  -  Stunning views over sunflower valleys.
    Foodies  -  A French fine dining restaurant.
    Sights nearby  -  Saint-Felix-Lauragais Castle, Church of St. Felix and Stade du Travet.
  • Domaine de Rasigous

    Saint-Affrique-les-Montagnes, Tarn

    A beautifully renovated manor house hotel just outside Albi, Carcassonne, and Toulouse. Romantic rooms and suites have creamy furnishings and all the mod cons including DVD players. Excellent restaurant, swimming pool, massages, and stunning parklands to wander through. Sophisticated luxury.

    5 rooms from $90
    Total relaxation  -  Excellent food, lovely rooms, views, massages, country air, and a pool.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Albi, Carcassonne, Toulouse are all nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Cuq En Terrasses

    Cuq Toulza, Tarn

    Discreet retreat on a sleepy hillside hamlet with beautiful panoramic views. Double rooms and two private apartments are available for couples wanting a comfortable, peaceful getaway midway between Toulouse, Albi and Carcassonne. For people who want something low-key with delicious food.

    8 rooms from $107
    Romantic Break  -  An 18th century presbytery with antiques, fresh suppers served on the terrace with views and fragrance from the herb garden
    Local markets  -  Everyday of the week nearby, notably Toulouse, flea market around St-Sernin basilica till noon
    Great walks  -  Plenty of walks around the beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside.
    Cooking classes  -  Cooking classes can be arranged on site by gourmet chef.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Le Manoir St Jean


    Le Manoir St Jean offers a comfortable homely stay in a stately French country house. Spacious suites are individually designed and have high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, and sitting areas overlooking manicured grounds. There is an outdoor pool and restaurant serving provencal food.

    10 rooms from $123
    Great walks  -  Enjoy walks in the gardens and park
    Kayaking  -  On the river Aveyron
    Local markets  -  Markets at Vaïssac
    Cooking classes  -  Run at the hotel
  • Chateau de Salettes

    Albi (Cahuzac sur Vère)

    The tranquility and comfort that this rural chateau boasts is a perfect chance to relax, even for families. But, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, wines from the vineyard, regular art exhibitions and surrounding historic cities Toulouse and Carcassonne, it never gets boring.

    13 rooms from $151
    Local exploring  -  Very close to some of France's most historic cities
    Restaurant  -  Michelin-star
    Sights nearby  -  Historic towns of Toulouse and Albi are nearby
    Great walks  -  Walks in the Gresigne forest
  • La Reserve


    A smart and charming hotel near the gorges of Tarn. Elegant rooms, spacious poolside and the picturesque garden overlooking the river. Fishing, sailing, tennis and the sights of UNSECO-listed Albi nearby. Ideal for couple on an escape to France.

    22 rooms from $303
    Learning  -  A town of history: artist Toulouse-Lautre was born here
    Historic  -  Queen Mother made this hotel her base on trips to Albi
    Sights nearby  -  UNSECO listed town of Albi
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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