Castelnau de Montmiral from the foret de Sivens – Extra Info
Between la forêt de la Grésigne and la forêt de la Sivens.
This village dominates the valley of the River Verre.
If you want to know what happened to the Middle Ages, well it was alive and well here 10 years ago.
This bastide town, rated one of the ‘Un des plus beaux villages de France’ in 1991 has been visited by the artist about every 3 years since 1989, originally to study at the once famous painting school of Montmiral which alas is now mostly closed.
The village of Castelnau de Montmiral is an excellent base.
Besides touring, for walking, painting, hunting and fishing in la forêt de la Grésigne and la forêt de la Sivens.
CdM perches at docile ease on its hill top, with ramparts descending not to dramatically into the valleys below, the town’s position is unique in that there are magnificent uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape from every aspect of the village, fantastic opportunities for artists and lovers of the French countryside.
I know of no better place to paint in the entire region.
Many of the buildings are medieval, built in the Gaillac white rock, blending harmoniously with the ochre half-timbered houses, with the florally decorated streets of summer.
The 16 and 17th c houses surround the covered square and the old well.
There are few places more quietly restful even if it does still have a working cow barn in the centre of the village!.
For further informantion contact the Castelnau-de-Montmiral Tourist Office.