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Le Tournesol vacation rental
1 bedroom
Sleeps 2 - 3
Wifi Internet

£50 discount/week taken off all weekly Gabachou rentals during the year, if booking is made before April 30 2016

One of 4 luxury gites at 18th Century Farmhouse
with heated swimming pool on banks of Canal Du Midi


If you enjoy staying in stylish holiday accommodation, with all those extra little touches that make a Languedoc holiday really memorable and make you feel truly special as a guest, then maybe, just maybe, Le Gabachou is for you.

Choose that novel you’ve always been meaning to read from our extensive book collection (perhaps Kate Mosse’s ‘Labyrinth’?). Then carefully pour yourself a glass of chilled rose, find a sunny spot by the pool, pull up a chair and slowly unwind in the beautiful surroundings, disturbed only by the sound of canal boats as they gently glide by.

Tempted yet…………? If not, do read on.

Both gites at Le Gabachou have been renovated to a very high standard – comfortable sofas to curl up on, large cosy bedswith soft pillows to collapse into after a hard days sunbathing, and we trust the quality of the furnishings provided will ensure our guests enjoy a real ‘home from home’.

Still not tempted…………?

Le Gabachou is uniquely located on the banks of the Canal du Midi. The landscaped gardens are completely enclosed offering seclusion and privacy to guests, yet the farmhouse is less than a half hour drive to the stunning medieval cite of Carcassonnne. This is rural France at its best, where our noisiest neighbours are frogs that croak loudly on the canal bank! A short walk will take you to the Port de Bram for lunch canal side –and if you are energetic enough after a lazy lunch, hire bikesfrom there afterwards to work off all those extra calories.

But please, don’t take our word for it …………….some comments from our guest book include:

“ We have stayed in many gites in France over the years and Le Gabachou is one of the very best……..’’
‘’ Le Gabachou looked like a dream place on the website and in reality was all we hoped for and more…’’
‘’ The house and grounds are beautiful. Adrian & Sharon have been warm, ………….’’


Its own private seating area, as well as access to the 3 acre/1 hectare garden and swimming pool.

Included in the rental are:

  • Final cleaning
  • All utilities
  • Linen and towels
  • BBQs and charcoal
  • Table tennis and table football
  • Fishing rods
  • Modern bikes
  • Wifi internet
  • Golf clubs
  • Tennis and badminton rackets

A private canal boat is also available for daily rental - it is easily handled and moored on the canal just at the end of the garden.

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Tournesol - Le Gabachou

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Swimming pool

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Large garden area

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Tournesol - Living space

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Le Tournesol - Dining and Living area

Le Tournesol
One bedroom. One Shower
Sleeps 2 - 3
Wifi Internet
Shared heated swimming pool
£50 discount/week taken off all weekly Gabachou rentals during the year, if booking is made before April 30 2016


This gite, situated in the middle section of the farmhouse, is bright, modern and painted in sunny yellow to reflect its name of ‘The Sunflower.’ The tiled flooring through out is cool black and white, giving the gite a contemporary feel. All the accommodation is on one floor (54 m2).

The front door leads directly into to the spacious lounge/diner which is furnished with two comfy sofas (one folds out into a bed if needed), chairs, and at one end a circular dining table and chairs. The satellite television offers free to view channels and there is a video player with a small selection of films and a Radio/CD player.

The separate kitchen is well equipped with all the appliances you need in a ‘home from home’ including cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, toaster etc.

The bedroom is furnished with a king size bed and opposite is a separate shower room with large (double-sized) shower, WC and basin. There is wifi internet

The front of the property looks out onto the extensive gardens of Le Gabachou, which lead directly down to the banks of the Canal du Midi and a door at the back of the gite leads out to a small private terrace furnished with table and chairs.

Access to shared heated swimming pool

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Le Tournesol - Bathroom

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Le Tournesol - The Lounge Dining area

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Le Tournesol - The Bedroom

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Le Tournesol - Kitchen

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The owner has a canal boat for day rental on the Canal du Midi


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Location of Le Gabachou


The farmhouse is situated on the banks of the Canal du Midi just 4 kms from the ancient circular village of Bram. Less than 20 kms away is the medieval cite of Carcassonne and the surrounding area is famous for mysterious Cathar castles and Churches, all steeped in legend; such as the church in Rennes – Le –Chateau, which featured in Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’. Read Kate Mosse’s ‘Labyrinth’ and walk the old streets of Carcassonne following in the footsteps of the heroines of her book.

This unique part of the Aude inspired two celebrated British chefs to produce their own television series. John Burton Race recorded a year of relocating to France with his family in nearby Montferrand (TV series/book ‘French Leave’). More recently Rick Stein followed the Canal du Midi (sailing directly past the gardens of Le Gabachou en route – we even got a wave!) with his’ French Odyssey’ TV series.

Drive through sleepy hamlets, visit nearby Montolieu, the ‘village of the books’, sample the colourful, busy markets of Revel and Mirepoix, enjoy the numerous village fetes and brocantes held virtually every weekend in the summer ………..or head for the coast – Narbonne and Gruissan’s sandy beaches are less than an hour’s drive. Alternatively visit Toulouse for museums, exhibitions or just people watching in one of the numerous cafes on Place Capitole.

This is also the land of the famous Languedoc wines such as Minervois, Malpere and Cabardes, and the area is developing a real reputation for the quality of its up and coming organic wines. Nearby Castelnaudary (home to the French Foreign Legion – look out for their trademark white caps) is famous for cassoulet and Limoux produces the sparkling wine ‘Blanquette’.

For those guests who enjoy combining activities as well as chilling out – the area offers golf at Carcassonne, tennis courts in Bram, horse riding, cycling and walking along the tow path and boat hire. If you enjoy fishing, you only need to stray as far as the end of the garden, pull up your chair and fish on the canal banks for carp, bream and catfish – we can even lend you the rods!


Easy access by car from the A61-E80 Narbonne/Toulouse auto route.

Regular Ryan Air flights to Carcassonne from Stansted, Dublin, Liverpool and east Midlands – Le Gabachou is only about 20 minutes drive from the airport.

Alternatively British Airways, Easy jet, Fly be, Air France and bmibaby fly to Toulouse from London and several regional airports – Toulouse being less than an hours drive. There are also regular train services to Carcassonne, Castelnaudary and Bram which connect into the high speed TGV rail services throughout France.

The Holiday Gites at Gabachou

La Maison d'Olives
Sleeps 4
Le Tournesol
Sleeps 2-3
Le Gabachou
Sleeps 5
Sleeps 2


£50 discount/week taken off all weekly rentals during the year, if booking is made before April 30 2016


For more booking information on
Le Tournesol at Le Gabachou Languedoc France Holiday Rental
Sleeps 2. Swimming Pool. Canal du Midi village near Bram and Carcassonne.
Contact Ian Cross
Tel 00 33 468 76 92 40
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