La Croix du Sud

Situated between Gaillac and Cordes , this holiday destination is perfect for exploring the Bastide towns and the beautiful small villages of the Tarn.

Close to the historic town of Albi with its historic cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec museum, it is also well situated for the fine food and fine wine of Gaillac.

Catherine and  Guillaume  fell in love with this little corner of paradise, a stone built house sitting on a hillside with a fabulous view of the Bastide town of Castelnau de Montmiral.

The old farmhouse is believed to have been a resting point for pilgrins on the route to St Jacques de Compostelle.

Hospitability in relaxing surroundings is our aim, making this a perfect escape for both couples and families.

B and B with the added option for evening meal at the "table d'hotes".

A communal lounge "La Case Créole", exclusively for BandB guests to relax in, meet others and discover information about the region.

The House

A charming B and B in the Tarn.

An ideal place to stay, in a beautiful ancient farmhouse, in the sunny south-west of France, with the unspoilt landscapes and the charming medievad villages and fortified bastides north of Toulouse. 

You will find us on the « Route des Bastides Albigeoises » just outside the village ( down the school - 1km ) of Castelnau de Montmiral : one of the 149 most beautiful villages of France. 

Albi, Cordes and Gaillac are some of the other famous cities and villages in our neighbourhood. We are located in the midst of the Gaillac vineyards, and near the forest of Grésigne. The area is excellent for walking and cycling. 

Welcome in our 15th century farmhouse. Catherine and Guillaume, the owners, have completely renovated the house and tastefully decorated the 4 guest rooms. 

La Croix du Sud is a 4 stars bed and breakfast, marrying the charm of a beautiful old farm to modern comfort, a large swimming pool, a lounge/kitchenette « la Case Créole », terrace from which you can admire views on the bastide of Castelnau de Montmiral and the nearby forêt de la Grésigne ( a 2000ha oak forest - the largest in the south-west of France ), a lovely garden, 5 ha of land around, WIFI ......... 

For those who are fond of history : Discovery of the Bastides, History of the Albigensian crusades (Cordes sur ciel, Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelsi, Penne, Vaour, Bruniquel, St Antonin Noble Val .........).... 

For Gourmet, the wine of Gaillac and local specialities; confits, foie gras, charcuterie, cheese ..... 

You can combine all these ingredients, as well as « farniente by the pool » !


« La Case Créole » a comfortable guest lounge with local information , a well equipped kitchenette with fridge , microwave , electric kettle etc......

Hot drinks facilities to make your stay more enjoyable, ( a fridge is available for you to keep your picnic cool ).

You will have the opportunity to meet other guests, have a drink alltogether, discuss about the Tarn region, or have a quiet moment to read or relax.
A large space outside the building, with a magnificent view to the village of Castelnau de Montmiral, a wide terrace with outside garden furniture and parasols, for our guests only.

B and B rooms

We have 4 B and B rooms (2 persons) all ensuite, listed 4 stars.

These spacious 4 b and b rooms are all with private shower rooms facilities. They are very cosy, each one with a different style. Furniture from antique shops or secondhand markets ; spices, honey, blue, violet, anise green, are the colours we used...

All windows open to the country or to the village ; and birds wake you up on the morning for breakfast... Available : folding single beds and cots (for our guests : babies, children and adults) "Cannelle", "Vanille" and "Family Room"


A spacious B and B room 30 m2 with a king size bed, shower room and separate toilet.
An antique ambiance for this guest room with old tiles, an antique stone sink kept as a decoration, as well as what we call "a potager" in this region !!!!!, an old fireplace and original beams.
Poppies on the curtains and the bed head, bouquet near the window, red material for the bed cover : a very sophisticated guest room.





A spacious B and B room 30 m2 with a king size bed, shower room and separate toilet.
A very light room with high ceiling (exposed skeleton and old beams), a canopy for a romantic ambiance. Violet, anise green and white colours for this very comfortable guest room.



Suite Familiale

This Family room (for 4 persons) is made of 2 double rooms with a shower room and toilet.
We can rent each room separetely as a double b and b room (with private facilities).

Fleur de sel

A large B and B room 30 m2 has 2 single beds, shower room and toilet.
A seaside ambiance for this guest room with blue and white materials, a seagull on the windowsill, a lifebelt above the beds with net curtains on each side.
But we kept the original stone and half-timbered walls, and exposed beams.





A large B and B room 20 m2 with a king size bed, shower room and toilet.
A mexican decoration with warm colours, a draped net curtain tied with a circlet of corn ears.
A very comfortable guest room with separate entrance from stone steps.


Arrivals are from 17h and we ask you to vacate the rooms by 12pm.


On certain evenings, table d'hotes is available, but by prior arrangement.


If you want to have dinner in a restaurant, we can suggest good places.
There is a lot of choice around : high quality as well as standard cuisine.
There is a restaurant in the village of Castelnau de Montmiral (1 km from home), Puycelsi, Gaillac, Cordes, Albi, etc...
We can arrange a reservation for you, at your own convenience.

  • Price meals dinner: 29,50 euros per person (all inclusive)
  • Price child from 5 to 10 years: 15 euros
  • Price children 2 to 5 years: 7 euros

What a wonderful way to start the day with our breakfast. We serve breakfast in the dining room with a magnificent wiew to the valley and countryside.

Around the big table, it is a marvellous opportunity to meet the other guests.




Swimming pool (11m x 5.50m depth of 1.10m to 1.70m),boules court, swings, garden and patio

The secure swimming pool is for your use, at your own risk.
Using the pool, children are to be accompanied by their parents at all times.
Only residents of La Croix du Sud are allowed to use the pool, etc...
You can spend your day relaxing by the pool with a magnificent view to the village and the countryside around.


There is a lot of pedestrian walks around our guest house, Gr 46 is 300 meters from home, as well as other country paths.
There is the most beautiful walks of the Tour des Bastides Albigeoises and the Gorges of the river Aveyron. You can walk them at your own rhythm with a detailed description and maps.
Follow the ancient footpaths between attractive bastides (Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Puycelci, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Bruniquel,...) and peaceful villages of the Gaillac vineyards (Vieux, Andillac, Cahuzac,...). The open countryside provides panoramic views of rolling vineyards and fields of cereals and sunflowers. The route is dotted with ancient fortified manor houses and typical 'pigeonniers' (dovecotes).
In and around the 'Forêt de Grésigne' you will find along your path many signs of its rich history: prehistoric caves, a dolmen, a roman road, the Louis XIV-wall.


Castelnau de Montmiral : with a petit market square with weekly market , place des Arcades , the famous cross inside the church ,  the Base de Loisirs is 3 mn drive from us , and offers a huge leisure lake , ideal for a change from the swimming pool .There are many activities on offer including boating , fishing , crazy golf , water slides, tennis courts and pic nic area .

Puycelsi, Larroque : the old village, Bruniquel  , Penne

St Antonin Noble Val : Gorges de L’Aveyron ,famous for its kayaking and canoeing trials . Throughout the summer you can hire a boat and enjoy the trip from the village of St Antonin Noble Val through to Cazals , then stop and have a picnic .

Cordes : The old village ( at the top ), place de la Halle . It is the oldest and most impressive .

Gaillac : is the main town in the area , offering supermarkets and all major outlets . The old part of Gaillac , St Michel Abbey , La Maison des Vins by the Tarn river .  With 117 celebrated vineyards within the Gaillac region this is a must for the wine enthusiast or for someone just sampling the tastes of the South of France .  ( )

Albi : only 25 mn east is our prefecture capital city of Le Tarn , Albi . A beautiful city boasting the most spectacular cathedral Ste Cecile . Cloître St Salvy , place du Vigan . You can sample the many delicious bistros or wander through the ancient cobbled alleyways that guide you around the city , pr visit the Toulouse – Lautrec Museum , as this was his birth place .  (  )

Toulouse : is 45 mn drive and is the capital of the Midi-Pyrenees. It’s the fastestgrowing city in France , and offers like other European cities something for all – great restaurants, markets ans shops . And there is also : Place du Capitole –huge classical town hall in the heart of Toulouse ‘s medieval quarter , Donjon du Capitole – 16th C.fortified tower , now the tourist office , Basilique St Cernin –largest Romanesque basilica in France , exceptional 11th C.marble reliefs , magnificent 13th C. octagonal tower . The Cite de L’espace – space museum and planetarium , great interactive displays , replicas of MIR space ctation and Ariane 5 . Hotel Assezat –Ornate Toulousan pink brick mansion housing works by Monet , Matisse and Picasso .  Pont Neuf – Beautiful arched bridge over the Garonne river .  Musee des Augustins – Outstanding collections of paintings , Romanesque and Gothic sculpture in Augustinian priory . Eglise des Jacobins – Huge fortress – like Gothic church .  ( )

The Millau Viaduct  : completed January 2005 , which has the highest bridge piers in world , thus the title of the Highest Bridge in the World , the tallest will be 240 meters   ( )


All facilities , restaurants and several shops are 1/2 mile away at Castelnau de Montmiral.

Aéroport :  Toulouse : 60 km  - Blagnac : 55mn - Rodez et Carcassonne : 90 mn

Train : Gaillac : 10mn

Taxi at Castelnau de Montmiral (Phil Bowe - 05 63 33 33 33)

Local markets:

  • Tuesday morning : Castelnau de Montmiral
  • Wednesday morning : Salvagnac, Cahuzac s/Vére
  • Friday morning : Gaillac
  • Saturday morning : Cordes, Rabastens
  • Sunday morning : St Antonin Noble Val, Laguépie, Ambialet
  • Every morning : Albi

Sports and activities :

  • Golf : Florentin, Albi, Aiguelèze
  • Tennis : Castelnau de Montmiral, Aiguelèze
  • Horse riding : St Beauzile
  • Canoe Kayak : St Antonin Noble Val, Laguépie, Ambialet
  • Cycling , fishing : Everywhere ! ^_^
  • Rambling : GR (ramblers trail ) 800m axay , starting point for several marked trails
  • Forests , bastide tours, visits to Gaillac vineyards
  • Courses on painting and cookery ( available on request ), displays of local products

Rates / Contact

1 pers. 2 pers. Pers. suppl.
Chambre : Canelle 80 € 90 € 21 €
Chambre : Vanille 80 € 90 € 21 €
Chambre : Fleur de Sel 80 € 90 €
Chambre : Piment 80 € 90 €

Bottle and food warming facilities available.
Arrivals are from 5 pm and rooms are to be vacated by 12 am
All La Croix du Sud is "no smoking"
Sorry we do not allow pets.
Payment and cancellation :
We ask for a 50% deposit. This amount can not get refund.
If you cancel your reservation less than 8 days prior to arrival, you will have to pay for the entire stay.
The balance of the rent is payable at your arrival.
After your arrival ; If you change your mind and reduce your stay here, the full payment is due.

The owners : Catherine et Guillaume SORDOILLET

Tel : (+33) [0]5 63 33 18 46 - (+33) [0]6 80 27 63 20

Email :

Address :

Where are we ?

La Croix du Sud : La Croix du Sud - Mazars 81140 Castelnau-de-Montmiral.

  • latitude : N 43,970108
  • longitude : E 1,833831
Arriving by D964 :
  • Turn right after the petrol station
  • Drive for about 200m toward "Vieux-Le Verdier"
  • Turn right at the first intersection (the school)
  • Drive 800m then follow the direction of Mazars at the fork, for about 100/200m
  • We are the third drive on your left : La Croix du Sud sign post