HOW TO GET HERE : (PLEASE SEE MAP IN GALLERY)
La Payrastrie is located just over an hour away from both Toulouse and Carcassonne airports. Rodez airport (slightly further away) is another option during certain months of the year.
By car from the port at Calais the journey takes about 12 hours including minor stops. In theory you can do it in 10 hours if you skip having a bite to eat. We have done it both ways in single days and although it’s a long journey the roads are great. There is usually a bit of congestion around Paris but I guess you’d expect that.
By train the nearest TGV and autorail station is Toulouse. We haven’t tried that yet.
(Road numbers may alter as the French are currently reviewing all road numbering!)
The key indicators that you have arrived at the property on the main road (D89) are two white bollards with red strips towards the top either side of our lane and a small sign saying La Payrastrie. Of course, there are lots of other bollards like this elsewhere on the route so you have to keep alert!
You will find if you use a sat navigation system like ours with the postcode entered, it will lead you to a tiny country lane somewhere to the back of Montredon-Labessonnie, so we recommend sticking to the main road!
La Payrastrie is located just outside the village of Montredon-Labessonnie on the D89.
DIRECTIONS FROM THE AIRPORTS
FROM CARCASSONNE: Over the mountain route. (This route is a bit bendy and inclined but not too extreme). Follow the signs for Mazamet (D118). From Mazamet head for Castres. Castres is the major town, you are then about 20-25 minutes away. We found Castres very difficult to navigate through the first few times because of the one-way system. Basically you want to head for Roquecourbe (D89). If you are going around the one-way system look for the sign saying Brassac and Lacaune. When you reach the roundabout there is a sign for Roquecourbe. In the village of Roquecourbe the main road bends sharply to the left – follow this road up the hill and out of the village. You stay on this road for approx. 7 miles – seeing lots of white bollards with red strips around them. Look out for a sign on the right to a property called Sercourt advertising horse riding, we are shortly after that on the right – two bollards, as above. If you carry on up the road you start to enter the village of Montredon-Labessonnie, which means you’ve gone too far.
FROM CARCASSONNE: Non- mountain route. This is an alternative route (which we have not tried) that is slightly longer but on straighter, faster roads apparently. Head out of Carcassonne towards Toulouse (D6113), turn off right at Castelnaudary and head for Revel (D624), go through Revel towards Soual (D622) and then on to Castres. From Castres follow route as outlined above.
FROM TOULOUSE: Follow main route out of Toulouse towards Albi (A68). Turn off right at Junction 7 and follow the D12 / D631 towards Briatexte – Graulhet and then to Realmont. At Realmont take the D86 and then the D63 towards Montredon-Labessonnie.
This is about a 20-30min. journey. When you reach Montredon-Labessonnie turn right in the middle of the village, onto the ‘Avenue Des Pyrenees’ and follow the D89 towards Roquecourbe. The buildings run out – I think the last one is an ironmongers on the left hand side of the road - keep going for about 1000 metres and then on the left you will see the two white bollards with red strips around them (towards the top) each side of our lane with a small sign saying La Payrastrie. You have arrived.
FROM RODEZ: Head towards Albi (mainly on the N88). From Albi head for Realmont on the D612. At Realmont take the D86 and then the D63 towards Montredon-Labessonnie.
From Realmont it takes 20-30min. journey to get to Montredon-Labessonnie. When you reach Montredon-Labessonnie turn right in the middle of the village, onto the ‘Avenue Des Pyrenees’ and follow the D89 towards Roquecourbe. The buildings run out - keep going for about 1000 metres and then on the left you will see the two white bollards with red strips around them, (towards the top) located on each side of our lane with a small sign saying La Payrastrie. You have arrived.