Unspoilt Region Of The Tarn
The Sidobre plateau was sculpted by the action of water as it slowly eroded the granite rock that had been pushed up to the earth’s surface at the end of the primary era. Overlooking the plain of Castres, the natural landscape is dominated by monumental shapes of granite blocks. The Sidobre enjoys an international reputation for its granite production. For a long time, its only use was the fabrication of monuments and gravestones, but modern urban architecture has provided a new outlet. It is also used for kitchen worktops and floors. In Paris, the decoration of the Arche de la Défense and the paving of the Champs Elysées are both made of this stone.
In the small town of Lacrouzette, there are many interesting monuments and museums celebrating this stone. Nestling in a green setting at the foot of “Mont Paradis”, Burlats is a welcoming village, with narrow and picturesque lanes, that offers large open space and many outdoor activities. There are many stone properties for sale, including some featuring granite stone. It is close to the lively city of Castres with its airport with flights to Paris (Airlinair).
East of the Sidobre plateau are the hills of Lacaune which boasts many beautiful lakes. Because, it is away from main roads, it is the perfect hide away for nature and mountain lovers. In the autumn it is apparently an excellent place to pick mushrooms. Because of the altitude the climate tends to be cooler than the rest of Tarn in the summer and quite cold in the winter. There are even some places where you can practice cross- country skiing!.
If you are seeking a real bargain in a lovely and unspoilt region of the south, you really should take a close look at Lacaune. There may be cheaper areas, but the prices here are still very reasonable, especially when compared with the rest of the south of France. Lacaune is fairly rural, which helps to keep prices down further, and also means that the likelihood of finding that dream farmhouse, with land, to renovate is quite high.