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The village of Ambres
seen high on the top of a hill - surrounded by patchwork
fields of sunflowers, maize vines and fruit - our cottage is on high almost
opposite the church - you can just see the steeple against the sky.
Left - Ambres taken from the official village web site and - Right - seen from the fields below.
The short main street of the village finishes in a roundabout surrounded by a park with stunning views.
The park just off
the roundabout - a great place for a walk under shady trees
and an excellent area for children to play. Many people drive up here just to enjoy the high views.
This is the day of the very popular Vide Grenier - Empty your Attic Fair - or Trash & Treasure.
view to the back of the village and from our cottage - looking out
high position over the far hills and some of the richest agricultural land of France.
The tower in the valley is an ancient military Commanderie.
Standing at our front door looking down to the park end of the village.
- where everything from antique lace to spinning wheels is brought out to be sold
There are wonderful high and low walks from this cottage starting from near the
a very small village but the individual houses are most attractive
especially now that they are all being stripped off to expose the bricks which are
a feature of this region. This house near the park is one of the loveliest in the village -
the house in the middle next to the former Post Office is
the oldest house in the village
- the former Guard House for the ancient Château d'Ambres. The Château was demolished during the
Revolution - but rumour has it that stones in most of the houses here were pillaged from the ruins.
Tarn countryside around our village of Ambres - green and
hills covered in vines for the Gaillac wines and small picturesque villages.
architecture in the region is very interesting because -
as there is
little natural stone in the area - most houses are built in the ancient rose coloured bricks
laid in decorative patterns - and often with exposed dark beams.
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The village of Ambres
The cottage, together with the church, school and Mairie, is in the single main street of the village
which finishes in a shady park and viewing lookout. Many tourists drive up to look out over the sweeping
panorama below. Ambres is one of the friendliest of all our villages. Founded in the 13C
by warrior monks of the Cistercian order known as St Jean de Jerusalem, the village and its surroundings are
classified. Today it is a lively and rising little village with several young families busily restoring their
houses to expose the ancient, handmade bricks which give this region so much individual character.
The Tarn programme of regional activities - fairs, fêtes and festivals during spring, summer and autumn -
as well as music and opera during winter - gives the opportunity of mixing the best of rural life with the
cultural diversity of several larger cities, as Albi, Montauban and Toulouse are all quite close by.
The nearest shopping is 4 kms away at the historic town of Lavaur.
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