The Location

Belle Serre

Set in five acres of gardens and woodland, with magnificent views of the Montagne Noire, Belle Serre offers an idyllic environment for cello holidays in south-west France.

The chateau has a music room and salon with space for a dozen cellists, and a separate cottage (we call it the disco, you’ll see why in the photos) for additional rehearsals and teaching. Belle Serre’s woods offer not only shady walks but also an unusual extra practice space for residents. When the sun is shining (and it usually is!), meals are served out on the terrace by our wonderful cooks and helpers. Any spare moments are spent in the pool or playing ping pong, or simply chilling out on the terrace with a well-earned glass of wine at the end of a day’s music-making.

Places to visit nearby


Just a few minutes drive away, Castres is an attractive town with a rich cultural heritage to explore. Visit the Musée Goya,  stroll along the riverside with its pictoresque historic weavers’ houses, or simply relax over a petit café in the Place Jean Jaurès and watch the world go by.


Belle Serre is minutes away from the astonishing ‘rochers tremblants’, or ‘trembling rocks’. These giant blocks of granite were deposited millions of years ago in the Sidobre, our very own national park, north-east of Castres.