In 1636, a feeling of apprehension and expectancy prevailed in the La Caze castle. The master of the house, David de MALIAN, had gone to Paris with his wife Marguerite de GARCEVAL to pay court to King Louis 13 th and to Cardinal Richelieu, who ruled France with a rod of iron.
In recent years, the kingdom had been spasmodically shaken by the urge to get rid of the terrible prime minister. Heads and castles had fallen in the attempt.
Hadn’t they just finished dismantling the extraordinary Peyrelade fortress, perched like an eagle’s eyrie 6 or 7 leagues downstream, and believed to be impregnable?
The sight of the half-demolished walls had checked many hotheads and David de MALIAN, Lord of LA CAZE, had no desire to be counted in the rebel’s camp. He left his feoff in the capable hands of Anne des ONDES, his father’s second wife.
In his castle protected by towering cliffs, moats filled with running water and the Tarn River, the elderly dowager kept watch over a little world of men-at-arms, menservants and peasants.
She also watched over David and Marguerite’s children, for whom she acted as grandmother, and was especially attentive to Martha, whose health was delicate.
One winter evening when gusts of wind made the stained glass windows creak in their leaden frames and the crows caw in the machicolations, she went to visit Marthe in her room, before she went to bed. She found the child pale and trembling in her feather bed, her lashes glistening with tears.
The little girl confessed that she was frightened by the storm and that with her parents away the castle made her gloomy. She dreamed that an army of crows had torn away the roofs and ceilings and left her all alone in a bare room, at the mercy of all weathers.
Moved by the child’s fears and wanting to instil in Marthe a sense of the dignity of her ancestors, Anne des ONDES told her story of the ladies of LA CAZE.
Soubeyrane – Suite Royale
Apartment, composed of a living room with a view on the river, a main room with a French queen size canopied bed (150/195cm), a smaller room for kids with two single beds. Two bathrooms, one in a tower with an old fashion tub and the other with a shower. (1st floor)
Jeanne – Suite Junior
A junior suite which has a living room with a view on the valley, a room with a French queen size bed (160/200cm)located in a square tower with a view on the river, a bathroom with an old ashion tub and view on the river (1st floor)
The Château invites you to come and relax in its bar/lounge area after one of your kayak outings or your hikes. Come and enjoy a wide selection of soft drinks, whisky, beer and wine in front of the fireplace. Here, take advantage of our Wifi connection to share your emotions with your friends.
Visit and discover our cellar during a tasting and an initiation organized by our Sommelier accompanied by dishes prepared by our Chef.
Explore France Travel to the four corners of France through our best selection of wines: Languedoc, Rhône, Burgundy, Bordeaux These themed tastings are organized on request for a maximum of 15 people.
Your wedding reception
You are looking for a place to organize your wedding, the Château de la Caze offers to welcome you in its authentic setting with its park and gardens, its swimming pool and its 16 rooms.
The Château de la Caze located in the Gorges du Tarn has been restored with the aim of preserving the authenticity of the place and will offer you an unforgettable setting to organize your wedding. In order to make you feel at home and respect the tranquility of our customers, we offer you a privatization of the Château.
Thanks to this, you will be able to fully enjoy this unique moment with your guests. This formula will accommodate some of your guests on site. You will also have access to all the spaces of the Château according to your desires, both outside and inside.
In the exceptional setting of the Château de la Caze (15th century), all the conditions are met to create this type of event. Our establishment offers you meeting spaces in a unique setting, in harmony with an environment made of nature and calm, thus allowing you greater productivity.
Our seminar rooms are accompanied by high-performance technical equipment. From your arrival until your departure, our teams will be available and will respond to your requests as best and as soon as possible.
Nothing better, after a hot summer day or a long hike in the Gorges du Tarn, than to relax by the heated swimming pool (27°C) and take advantage of the jacuzzi (34°C) to relax.
For bad weather days and for the more sporty, a fitness room is at your disposal to keep in shape. Treadmill, weight bench, elliptical trainer and rowing machine are at your disposal and freely accessible throughout the season.
In addition, to take care of both body and mind, our temporary masseur will receive you by appointment for sessions of 30 to 90 minutes, in duo or solo (reservations are taken 24 hours in advance).
At the castle
Going on holiday in the Gorges du Tarn also means being close to nature. Stroll through the castle grounds and discover our vegetable garden, our beaches and a 1.5km hiking trail along the Tarn. Explore and follow the wild animal trail.
Take advantage of a departure from the Château de la Caze by canoe to stop in the hamlet of Haute Rives, the village of La Malène, in the Cirque des Baumes or Pas de Soucy.
All under the watchful eye of egrets, beavers and even Cévennes vultures. Kayak, canoe, paddle, everything is possible at Moulins de la Malène. For more information contact our partner Des Canoë Blanc de La Malène.
For a family outing, we can only recommend Les Bateliers de La Malène. A real guide to the bottom of the gorges, let yourself be embarked on a one-hour boat trip on the blue waters of the Tarn.
For those who love strong sensations, let yourself be taken to the center of the earth by La maison du plein air. Canyoning, Caving, Via Ferrata, Climbing, nothing stops them and neither can you.