Spot­light on­haute- Garonne Sweet dreams

A peace­ful night’s sleep awaits in th­ese stun­ning French bed­rooms

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Crossed by the up­per course of the River Garonne – hence its name – Haute-garonne of­fers a won­der­fully di­verse land­scape in­cor­po­rat­ing the lively city of Toulouse and a chunk of the Pyrénées moun­tain range bor­der­ing Spain. The depart­ment is dot­ted with pleas­ant spa towns and buzzing ski re­sorts and is great for walk­ers who’ll find plenty of hik­ing routes in the moun­tains in the warmer months to ex­plore too.

Cap­i­tal: Toulouse Toulouse is known as la Ville Rose be­cause of its pink brick ar­chi­tec­ture. The cen­tre is framed by the Canal du Midi, a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site, and the Garonne river. The im­pres­sive St-sernin cathe­dral is con­sid­ered to be one of the finest Ro­manesque build­ings in the world. It’s a vi­brant city with a large stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and a strong avi­a­tion in­dus­try which at­tracts in­ter­na­tional work­ers.

High­lights The south­ern part of Haute-garonne is sit­u­ated in the Pyrénées, whose win­ter ski re­sorts of­fer a qui­eter and cheaper al­ter­na­tive to those of the Alps. The moun­tains are also pop­u­lar in sum­mer with hik­ers who are at­tracted to the GR10 foot­path which fol­lows the Pyrénées from

coast to coast and crosses the depart­ment. The spa town of Bag­nères-de-lu­chon at the foot of the Pyrénées is cel­e­brated for its ther­mal springs and has be­come a fash­ion­able re­sort. The Canal du Midi also passes through the depart­ment and its banks are a lovely place to cy­cle, un­der the shade of cen­te­nary plane trees.

Lo­cal spe­cial­i­ties Meat eaters will al­ready know the tasty saucisse de Toulouse and cas­soulet, of course. Duck is also cooked and en­joyed in var­i­ous forms and there are sev­eral cheeses to sam­ple too. On the sweet side, the vi­o­lette de Toulouse is un­miss­able, in its orig­i­nal crys­tallised flower form or in the sug­ary sweets.

Ac­cess • By air: UK flights to Toulouse • By train: Eurostar to Paris, TGV to Toulouse • By road: Toulouse is 963km from Calais

Cli­mate (Toulouse) • Av­er­age an­nual tem­per­a­ture: 9.1°/18.5° • Av­er­age an­nual rain­fall: 638 mm • Av­er­age an­nual sun­shine hours: 2,031

Av­er­age house price €236,000

I just love the beamed ceil­ing in this loft bed­room; it’s re­ally unique. There are a to­tal of six bed­rooms and five bath­rooms in this Quercy farm­house and con­verted barn, set in a tran­quil lo­ca­tion with stun­ning views. The prop­erty has been thought­fully ren­o­vated, of­fer­ing an am­ple kitchen-break­fast room and huge lounge with wood pan­elling. Out­side there are stone ter­races, a swim­ming pool and ma­ture gar­den. The bastide vil­lage of Beauville is just five min­utes away, while Berg­erac and Toulouse air­ports are a 75-minute drive. Ref: 444106 Karen Tait, Edi­tor I love how huge this bed­room is! There’s space for a lit­tle sofa against the wall, and those steps lead to a big en­suite bath­room – I’d add a big mir­ror and war­dobe I think. The beams are stun­ning too and it gets plenty of light. There are five other bed­rooms in the house, as well as a one-bed­room cot­tage. Two swim­ming pools and lots of land in a lovely coun­try­side set­ting 20 min­utes from Berg­erac make this pretty stone prop­erty a per­fect B&B and gîte busi­ness. Ref: 492379 So­phie Gard­ner-roberts, Staff Writer

€285,000 A tra­di­tional ren­o­vated five-bed vil­lage house with gar­den in Aurignac (Ref: 422226)

€320,000 Ex­cep­tional rwo-bed apart­ment with sep­a­rate stu­dio and river views in Albi (Ref: 485291)

€76,000 A ren­o­vated three-bed prop­erty with a barn and lots of char­ac­ter in Fi­garol (Ref: 480377)

€132,000 A pretty three-bed vil­lage house near Bag­nèresde-lu­chon and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties (Ref: 475099)

€487,600, Dor­dogne

€477,000: Lot-et-garonne

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