Heated swimming pool
The Château d’Esplas is situated on top of a hill in the Rougier de Camarès to the West of Rebourguil. The castle consists of four buildings linked by towers, with an inner courtyard. The north tower is a square keep over 20 metres high. The other three towers are cylindrical. The remarkable restoration has preserved the 15th century mullioned windows and the slate roofs. The swimming pool garden is reached by crossing a narrow alley in the hamlet. To relax around the pool, you have deckchairs on the large terrace, a plancha, garden tables and chairs under the fruit trees, and a pool house with shower and WC. Next to the pool is a games room with table tennis and table football. Esplas is an ideal place for a holiday in France with family or friends.
For meals, the dining room, called the lower room, allows you to gather all your guests around a large table in front of the fireplace which has the originality of having a door inside the hearth. S’il fait beau, vous pouvez aussi déjeuner ou dîner dans la cour intérieure.
The fully equipped kitchen is close to the dining room, and is extended by another small dining room more intimate.
For entertaining, several lounges are available: on the first floor, the large south lounge has been restored to its former glory, furnished with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture. In its extension, the west lounge with its 7-seater sofa is very comfortable. You can have a more intimate meeting in the boudoir. You can also isolate yourself in the library upstairs to read quietly. Finally, you can watch a good movie in the video room on the ground floor.
The real luxury of château life is space! Space to gather together for a meal or a coffee, but also space to stay in bed in the morning without being disturbed by the children, or to retire to your own 35 m2 room to read a good book, far from the bustle of the group. The ten spacious rooms at Château d’Esplas offer you this luxury.
One room, located at the entrance, is accessible to people with reduced mobility. Three rooms are located on the first floor, and 6 rooms on the second floor. All rooms have their own private bathroom. Finally, to accommodate some of your guests with even more privacy, there are two studios for two couples in the garden. Everything has been planned so that you can enjoy your holiday in great comfort.
To accommodate two couples of guests in complete privacy, two studios are available outside the castle walls. They are located a few metres from the main building in a pretty garden. They are each equipped with a 160 cm bed, bathroom facilities and a small kitchen.
Near the studios and the swimming pool, a 50 m2 room can be used as a games room with table tennis and table football, or as a reception room for about 50 people. For receptions, please ask for a personalised quote.
The Chateau d’Esplas was part of the seigneury of Camarès which existed since the 9th century, and belonged to the du Pont family. The most famous member of this family was Arnaud du Pont, a rich and powerful lord, who founded the Abbey of Sylvanès in 1132. The lordship of Esplas was given the rights of high, medium and low justice. Under Saint Louis, it became a barony. In 1349, Bernard de Martrin acquired Esplas from Brenquier de Malemort. Esplas remained in the Martrin family for five centuries.
The original building of the château d’Esplas consists of the 20-metre-high square keep and the adjacent dwelling, which probably dates back to 1261. The other buildings date from the 15th or 16th century.
During the Hundred Years’ War, the English laid siege to Esplas. The fortifications were reinforced in 1376. The keep is a symbol of power, but it also has a security function and is used as temporary accommodation in case of siege.
With the return of peace, the castle became a pleasure chateau, as evidenced by the numerous windows in the exterior facades and towers. The moat was filled in and turned into a garden with large trees.
In 2000, the current owners began a restoration. The restoration was carried out according to the rules of the art, preserving the authenticity of the place, reinforcing its structure, and providing Esplas with all the modern comfort and a heated swimming pool.
In the heart of the Occitanie region in France, the Aveyron department is home to many exceptional sites. Halfway between Millau and Albi, and at equal distance from Toulouse and Montpellier, the Chateau d’Esplas will be the starting point for beautiful hikes or exciting cultural visits.
Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is well worth a visit: its magnificent cathedral, the superb Berbie gardens overlooking the Tarn, the Toulouse-Lautrec museum, the Lapérouse navigator’s museum…
The Millau Viaduct rises majestically above the Tarn Valley. Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the viaduct every year to admire this technological feat of architecture. You can also discover the viaduct during a trip on the Tarn by canoe or boat accompanied by guides.
A visit to the Caves de Roquefort is an amazing experience: some of the caves were built in the Middle Ages and are still in use today for the maturing of Roquefort PDO cheese.
The picturesque village of Saint Affrique, in the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses, will seduce you.
The Abbey of Sylvanès, which was founded by the owner of Esplas in 1132, Arnaud du Pont, is a jewel of Cistercian art: admire its stained-glass windows, its organ, plunge into the time of the monks with a multimedia fun trail, and vibrate during the summer festival concerts!
The castle is in Esplas, 12400.
From Toulouse, take the A 68 motorway towards Albi. Leave the motorway to take the N88 around Albi. Then the D999, Route de Millau, towards Millau. Go through Villefranche-d’Albigeois, then Le Fraysse, Alban, and Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance still on the D999. Continue on the D999 to La Trivalle. In La Trivalle, turn left onto the D90 towards Esplas. The castle is in the middle of the small village of Esplas.
From Montpellier, take the A75 motorway towards Millau. Once past La Cavalerie, leave the A75 and take the D999 towards Saint-Affrique. Drive through Saint Affrique. Stay on the D999. Go past Rebourguil to La Trivalle. Turn right onto the D90 towards Esplas.
Distribution of the rooms in the castle:
Reception rooms on the ground floor:
-Dining room of about 40 m2 with a large fireplace.
– WC with washbasin
-Fully equipped kitchen: 5-burner gas cooker, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher…
-Small dining room of about 15 m2 with a fireplace.
-Video room equipped with a 4K screen of 190 cm and a HIFI system.
-A toilet with washbasin located behind the video room.
-Laundry room with washing machine.
Reception rooms on the 1st floor:
– Large South lounge: superb room of about 50m2 with two large windows, facing South.
– Large West lounge: large room facing East/West with a monumental gothic fireplace and a large 7-seater sofa.
-North-West facing boudoir with a fireplace.
A baluster staircase leads from the video room to this boudoir, then from this living room to the second floor.
They all have their own private bathroom and can accommodate 21 people:
– 9 rooms in the main body of the castle for 15 people,
– 1 room under the porch for 2 people
– 2 studios outside the castle for 4 people.
-Porch room on the ground floor: a double bed (160 cm) for 2 people, room located under the entrance porch, facing south with a large fireplace and a bathroom with shower, washbasin and toilet in the adjacent tower. This room can be occupied by a person with reduced mobility.
On the 1st floor of the castle: 3 bedrooms:
-Chambre “aux Chinois”: 1 bed in 160 cm for 2 persons. South-facing room with separate dressing room and a shower room with washbasin and WC in the adjacent tower.
-Chambre Bleue: 2 x 100 cm beds for 2 people, facing east with a shower room with washbasin and WC.
-Small library accessible either from the Blue Room or from the staircase leading to the first floor of the dungeon.
-Green Room: 1 x 100 cm bed for 1 person, facing south. A bathroom with shower, WC and washbasin is located in the adjacent tower.
On the 2nd floor: 6 bedrooms:
-Brown room: 1 bed in 160 cm for 2 persons, room with exposed beams. A private bathroom with bathtub and separate toilet is located next to the room.
-Pastel room: 2 beds in 100 cm for 2 persons. Bathroom with bath and washbasin. Separate WC.
-Chambre Indiens roses : 2 single beds 100 cm for 2 persons, room with exposed beams overlooking the courtyard. Bathroom with bath, washbasin and separate WC.
-Paintings room: 1 bed in 120 for 1 person. Possibility of installing children’s beds. A baby cot is available.
-Chambre d’en Haut : 2 single beds for 2 people.
-Black and White Room: 2 single beds for 2 people. South facing room. A bath with washbasin and WC are located in the adjacent tower.
Guest house outside the castle: 2 studios with 1 double bed each, for a total of 4 people. Each studio has its own shower room, WC and kitchenette.
Opposite the château, in a large enclosed garden:
– a heated swimming pool of 8m x 4m, a pool house with WC and shower
-A large room of 50 m2 which can be used as a games room with table tennis and table football, or as a reception room.