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Enjoy life at a slower pace in the beautiful South West France countryside

Escape to Domaine La Castagne, a tranquil rural retreat that gives you a chance to escape busy lives, only a short journey from Toulouse. Live life at a slower pace in the beautiful Lauragais countryside at our hidden gem in the South West of France. Take time to enjoy the simpler pleasures or explore the countryside. Make the most of the many local attractions for great days out. At the end of the day, sit down and enjoy a meal together and sample the wonderful food and wine this region has to offer.


As a result of the Coronavirus we have taken steps to ensure the safety of our guests and our family (we live on site).

We are reducing the number of people on site by closing down 2 of our gites.

In June we are available for weekend or short stays so that we have enough time to deep clean and ventilate each gite between bookings. We have availability for longer stays in July and August, we will only have 1 big gite available each week to give us the time to deep clean and ventilate the other gite between holidays.

We have changed our availability so that we have enough time to deep clean and ventilate each gite between bookings.

We have written a cleaning protocol using guidelines provided by the WHO and local tourism authorities and using products which have proved effective against the virus. We will be using alcohol based cleaners as effective but also more sustainable.

We will supply all bedlinen, towels and pool towels. The bedlinen will be provided for your gite in a separate plastic cover direct from the laundry.

At this point we are continually reviewing the position with the pool and will ensure access when available is safe based on the guidelines issued to us by the government and our local tourism authorities.

Step inside our gîtes

4 beautiful stone cottages, equipped with everything you need


Stay in our stylish tents to be closer to nature, with comfort and privacy

Au temps de la nature…

We bought our home, Domaine La Castagne, in April 2019. It gave us the opportunity to create Nature’s Pace Holidays to help people to share in the beauty and tranquility of Domaine La Castagne and the beautiful Lauragais countryside. We felt that ‘au temps de la nature’ perfectly describes what we are trying to achieve to do, we want to give people time.

Time to connect to nature
Time to connect with the region
Time to connect with each other

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Sophie August 2019

Le gîte est superbe, grand, très bien équipé et parfaitement propre. L’accueil de Liz et Peter est génial, ils sont charmants, et très attentionnés. Le domaine est propice à des vacances calmes et tranquilles. Mais très bien aménagé aussi pour que les enfants s’amusent et jouent ! Nous y retournerons certainement.

Sophie August 2019

Ruth, July 2019

Our welcome was warm, friendly and the local produce and wine waiting for us was a lovely and very welcome surprise. Liz and Peter were perfect hosts and can’t be faulted. They have continued the tradition of the best hospitality and the warmest welcome in a beautiful place.

Ruth, July 2019

Catherine, July 2019

Excellent Gite accommodation, perfectly positioned between Carcassonne, Toulouse and the Canal du Midi. The hosts, Peter and Liz couldn’t have been more welcoming. We had a wonderful time and are planning to come back soon.

Catherine, July 2019

Meri August 2019

El lugar es fantástico, Peter y familia son estupendos, grandes anfitriones. Si lo que buscas es tranquilidad, naturaleza, noches estrelladas… aquí lo encontrarás. Nosotros seguro repetimos.

The place is fantastic, Peter and family are great, great hosts. If what you are looking for is tranquility, nature, starry nights… here you will find it. We will surely repeat.

Meri, August 2019

And a more positive impact on the world around us …

We are working to make a holiday at Domaine La Castagne a more environmentally and socially sustainable holiday. We believe in working alongside the environment and trying to ensure that we and our guests have as minimal impact as is practicable, working to support local producers, encourage use of environmentally friendly travel and alternative products and approaches that support our environment (and all of us too!)