Established on a promontory, the Malvignol estate consists of the castle, a farmhouse built on the old square tower, a dovecote from the Languedoc region, an old tile factory and a barn. All the buildings date from between the 12th and 19th centuries, with the château dating mainly from the 16th and 17th centuries. Built on the hillside on a vaulted cellar, it ends, in the southern part, on a “barlongue” tower, representative of the castle architecture of the Albigensian region at the time of the Wars of Religion. Having long since lost its defensive function, the main dwelling of the castle is organised as a real pleasure house, open on all sides to the countryside. You will enjoy swimming in the pool and strolling in the Italian-inspired garden organised into different terraces: the 1st terrace, “hortus conclusus”, follows the layout of the medieval squares, the 2nd, the promenade, overlooks the valley and runs along the main façade of the castle, the 3rd reconstitutes an Italian-style orchard, the 4th, the parterre, will host a rose garden, and the 5th a water mirror where the castle and it’s walls will be reflected.
On the ground floor, the main entrance leads east to a large lounge-library communicating with the main dining room and its large fireplace.
On the west side of the main entrance, a gallery leads to the blue living room and the large family kitchen which opens onto the sunset terrace and Julie-Sophie’s flats.
On the first floor, you will be pleased to find yourself in the Syrian living room, of orientalist inspiration, furnished by the grandmother of the occupants of the place who had spent her youth in Alexandria.
For your receptions or your wedding, you can set up a marquee of up to 200m2 on the lawn of the chateau.
The Domaine de Malvignol can accommodate 26 people: 19 people in the 10 rooms of the château and 7 people in the 3 rooms of the farmhouse. The nicely decorated rooms will take you on a journey through the history of the illustrious people of the past who lived in this great house. On the ground floor of the château, Julie-Sophie’s room pays homage to the inspirer of the place, the Countess de la Panouse, who administered the estate at the beginning of the 19th century. An enlightened woman, Julie Sophie was passionate about nature and its “power to sculpt souls”. On the first floor, most of the rooms, which recall the Countess’s descendants, have a view over the gardens and the park. The suite of rooms ends in the eagle gallery in the barlongue tower, the former defensive heart of the castle.
The old farmhouse, which faces the castle, is called the Pastel House, in reference to the pastel culture that brought prosperity to the region in the 18th century and to which the famous “Land of Cocagne” owes its name.
Decorated in the original pastel blue tones, this house welcomes a curiosity, that of the exact replica of the furniture in the dining room of the painter Claude Monet in his house in Giverny.
Malvignol is an ideal place for holidays to share, to have fun with family or friends and to find peaceful spaces, conducive to reading, meditation and artistic activities.
The Malvignol property is always rented in its entirety to a single family. You are at home. You have at your disposal the entire château with its reception rooms and bedrooms, the “métairie du Pastel” (accommodation for up to 26 people), the park (4 ha) and the swimming pool. All running costs are included: heating, water, electricity, and maintenance of the garden and the house (initial and final cleaning). Bed linen and towels are provided. Beds are made on arrival. Only the visitor’s tax is at your expense.
Deposit required: 2,000 euros.
|Season||Stay||with reception||without reception|
|From 11 November to Easter, except Christmas and New Year's Day.||WE 3 days 2 nights||4900 €||3400 €|
|Week 7 days 7 nights||5900 €||4400 €|
|From Easter to the end of June and from 1st September to 11th November.||WE 3 days 2 nights||5300 €||3800 €|
|Week 7 days 7 nights||6500 €||5000 €|
|July, August, Christmas and New Year's Day||WE 4 days 3 nights||6500 €||5000 €|
|Week 7 days 7 nights||7500 €||6000 €|
The history of this place is very old: traces of a castle mound have been found on the promontory where the castle was established, the first human occupations dating back at least to the Merovingian period.
The Château de Malvignol dates from the 12th, 16th and 17th centuries. It was part of the ancient “forces” of the Viscounty of Lautrec (Tarn), small defensive fortresses designed to protect the countryside and the land from invasions and pillaging in the Middle Ages, then from attacks during the Wars of Religion during the Renaissance.
The building has been remodelled several times to reach its present appearance, that of a Protestant commandery, built around 1550 and completed later in the 18th and 19th centuries. Representing the architecture of Tarn’s regional defence during the Wars of Religion, the castle was partially included in the supplementary inventory of historical monuments (I.S.M.H.) in 1988.
The Château de Malvignol is ideally situated near the village of Lautrec (3 km), classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, with its medieval districts, pastel shops, restaurants and Aquaval water complex and tennis courts, and the town of Albi (35 minutes), which is a World Heritage site with its magnificent cathedral, the superb gardens of the Berbie overlooking the Tarn, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum, the museum of the navigator Lapérouse, and the town of Castres (20mn), ancient Roman city at the gates of the Black Mountain with the Goya museum and its gardens of Lenôtre, the banks of the Agoût, the park of Sidobre. Without forgetting Revel, Sorèze and the Black Mountain at 45 mn, Cordes sur ciel at 50mn, Toulouse at 1h, Carcassonne and the Cathar castles at 1h30, the sea (cap d’Agde) at 2h… To relax, many walks and bike rides are possible in the countryside from the castle; Golf at 10km; Canoeing on the Agout river, from Vabre. Windsurfing and paddle on the surrounding lakes.
GPS coordinates: 43° 42’36.35 “N, 2° 8’21.12 “E.
From Toulouse, take the A68 then at Gaillac, take the D83 towards Lautrec, then take the road to Graulhet and after 3km take the road on the right. It is indicated.
The closest train station is Vielmur-sur-Agout, with connections to Toulouse (1 train per hour).
Airports: Toulouse Blagnac 1 hour away for international flights, Castres-Mazamet 30 minutes away (2 daily flights to Paris Orly during the summer season).
Address: Château de Malvignol, 81440 Lautrec
Park: 4 hectares with swimming pool (12m x 5m)
Capacity: 13 rooms for 26 people
The castle (10 rooms – 19 people)
Julie-Sophie’s room : 18m2 – Bed 160 – boudoir and private bathroom
– Josephine’s room: 14m2 – bed 160 -boudoir and bathroom shared with Fréderic’s room
– Frédéric’s room: 16m2 – bed 120
– Alexandrine’s room : 24m2 – bed 160- with its own bathroom
– Félicité’s room : 25m2 – bed 160 with its own bathroom
– Eléonore’s room : 18m2 – bed 160 or 2 beds 80 with bathroom
– The Méris room: 15m2 – bed 90 – bathroom with shower shared with the gallery of the Eagle Tower
– The eagle tower room, with an abundant library, a living room and a desk: 60m2 – bed 160
– Two extra bedrooms: one of 15m2 with 2 beds – one of 9m2 with 2 beds (children’s beds)
La Métairie Pastel (3 bedrooms sleeping 7)
Kitchen-dining room (20m2) and living room (25m2)
– One bedroom : 20m2 – bed 160
– One bedroom: 10m2 – bed 90
– One bedroom: 30m2 – 4 beds of 90
– A bathroom
Equipment and comfort
Historic garden with trellises: garden furniture, parasols, ping-pong table
Televisions available in the lounges and gallery of the Eagle Tower
Possibility to install a marquee of up to 200m2 on the lawn of the château.