Gaillac, France 

Self Catering Gaillac Holiday Homes and Cottages

Gaillac is found in the Tarn department of the Midi-Pyrenees region in southern France. The Tarn River runs along the border of Gaillac by the south, east and west. When you stay in a Gaillac holiday home – you’ll soon discover that there is plenty to see and do – for it is a town situated between the bustling midi-towns of Toulouse, Albi and Montauban.

Gaillac originally developed more than 1000 years ago after a Benedictine monastery was constructed here, but today when you stay in a Gaillac holiday cottage you’ll soon discover that it has gained worldwide recognition due to the wines that bear the town’s name.

The most important monument in Gaillac is the Abbey Saint-Michael, with its origins in the 10th century, and renovated at the end of the 20th century.

When you stay in self-catering accommodation in Gaillac, there is plenty to see and do including: the 19th century town hall, in a neo-classical style; the 15th century Hotel de Pierre de Brens, a grand townhouse built in the characteristic 'Toulouse red brick'; the 13th century Church of Saint Peter, with its ornately carved entry portal and the substantial hexagonal tower; the 17th century Chateau de Foucaud and its parkland of superbly maintained gardens is just east of Gaillac; and not forgetting several imposing townhouses from the 16th to 18th centuries such as the Hotel de Paulo, the Hotel Druilhet d'Yversen and the Hotel Fos de Laborde.

When you rent a holiday home in Gaillac be sure to visit the Maisons des Vins. The wine house is a great introduction to the Gaillac wines and there is a very wide range of local wines for sale. The Chateau de Mauriac is also close by and has been fully renovated by an artist called Bernard Bistes

The nearest airport to Gaillac is Toulouse, at just 53 kilometres away. Toulouse welcomes flights with British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, bmi, bmi baby, Flybe and Air France.  If you prefer to drive, allow at least ten hours (excluding breaks) from Frances’s northern ferry ports. Toulouse also has a regular train service to and from Paris Austerlitz station – there is a good local service too.

Gaillac has distinct seasonal variations; the summer climate is hot, with temperatures in July and August regularly exceeding 30°C / 86°F. Winters tend to be fairly mild, with only average levels of precipitation and plenty of sunny weather, although the evenings and nights do feel chilly at this time of the year.