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About Tarn

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. The best places to stay in the Tarn vary widely from camp sites to chambres d'hotes to luxury hotels.

Capital of the region is Albi, a colourful town full of historic charm and notable as the birthplace of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. It's a good base for exploring the wider region if you prefer to be in a town, with some evening action.

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.

What not to miss:

  • Kayak or canoe along the picturesque River Tarn.
  • Explore the historic city of Albi.
  • Marvel at the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral.
  • Sample the cheeses of the Black Mountain.
  • Climb the steps to the windmill of Lautrec.

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.

The Best places to stay in Tarn

For Albi

  • Chateau de Salettes is a quiet and comfortable rural chateau with a Michelin starred restaurant serving wines from the chateau's own vineyard. They also run regular art exhibitions. 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. 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 exploring Abli, Toulouse and Carcassone. Plus it offers outdoor pool, excellent restaurant and charming grounds.
  • Set in a beautiful early 20th century house, La Villa de Mazamet carries the class and comfort of that era into its hotel service. The elegant rooms are decorated with warm colour schemes and tasteful furniture.

For a B&B

  • Domaine d'en Naudet is 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.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • Fly to Blagnac Airport which has services across France and internationally. Le Sequestre Airport, Montvale Airport and Mazamet Airport are all under 30km from Tarn and have flights regionally.
  • Tarn is a year-round destination but for those in search of the sun travel between the months of May - September when temperatures range between 21°C - 30°C.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Tarn

  • Domaine d'en Naudet 5 rooms from $81


    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby town of Albi and explore Saint-Cecile Cathedral and the Berbie Palace.
    Traditional  -  Original features including wooden beams, stone fireplaces and teracotta tiles.
    Views  -  Breathtaking views of the rolling countryside.
    Local markets  -  A lively steet market in Laveur.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Hotel Cap de Castel 11 rooms from $104

    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.

    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.
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  • Domaine de Rasigous 5 rooms from $91

    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.

    Total relaxation  -  Excellent food, lovely rooms, views, massages, country air, and a pool.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Albi, Carcassonne, Toulouse are all nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Cuq En Terrasses 8 rooms from $109

    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.

    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
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  • Olinda B&B 3 rooms from $133


    A charming owner-managed B&B in a quaint village of southwest France. Beautifully restored throughout. Find exposed beams, stone walls, parquet flooring and cast iron beds. With boundless activities from wine tasting to cycling in the surrounding area this is the perfect French getaway.

    Local exploring  -  An authentic and intimate stay in a pretty medieval village. The ideal base to explore southwest France.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO heritage sites of Albi’s cathedral and the Canal du Midi.
    Great walks  -  Find miles of scenic walking trails starting from Puylaurens.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • La Villa de Mazamet 5 rooms from $126

    Mazamet, Tarn

    Set in a beautiful early 20th century house, La Villa de Mazamet carries the class and comfort of that era into it's hotel service. The elegant rooms are decorated with warm colour schemes and tasteful furniture. Recline poolside in the landscaped garden or indulge in some spa therapy.

    Total relaxation  -  With plush rooms and a luxury spa as well as delicious food and a welcoming homely atmosphere.
    Local exploring  -  An ideal base for exploring, Carcassonne, Albi, Mazamet and the surrounding Regional Park.
    Sights nearby  -  History buffs will be glad to hear the magnificent Lastours Castle is just twelve miles from the hotel.
    Local markets  -  Browse the local market at Mazamet and pick up a few treats to bring home with you.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Chateau de Salettes 18 rooms from $166

    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.

    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
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  • La Reserve, Albi 22 rooms from $307


    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.

    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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