About the property
- Cottage645 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Gite and B&B in Cordes Sur Ciel, Tarn, Midi Pyrenees, France - In Picturesque Medieval Bastide Hill-top Village, voted No.1 preferred village in France 2014
2 bedroom cottage style Gite plus B&B availability. The Gite has been renovated by the owners who were keen to retain the feel and look of an old French cottage, giving it a genuine home-from-home atmosphere. Outside there is a small herb and fruit garden area and two separate paved courtyards with garden furniture. There is a stunning large swimming pool for the use of all guests. The Gite is in the grounds of our main house, Le Chevalier Noir. The property is situated on the north side of the village hill so has some lovely views of the countryside and valley below. It is within 5 minutes walking distance of the top of the village (haut ville) and a similar short stroll down to the Bas Ville where there are shops and amenities for self-catering requirements. The B&B comprises three double ensuite bedrooms in the main house, one with bath and two with showers. All have been refurbished by the owners. Breakfast is usually taken in the sunshine on the top terrace, overlooking the valley.
- Response time:
- within a few days
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Nigel Baillie
Hi, we are Nigel and Lyn, a married couple in our late fifties, now living in southern France on a permanent basis since 2009. We are cheerful and sociable and enjoy chatting with friends and guests. we are happy to share a bottle of wine with our clients and chew the fat. We aim to ensure that your stay with us is comfortable, memorable and enjoyable. We love this part of France; very rural with an easy relaxed pace of life, good food and wine and very friendly locals.
Nigel Baillie purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Nigel Baillie chose Cordes-sur-Ciel
We bought the house on impulse. We fell in love with the area, the history and charm of the village, the friendly local people and the quaint rural feel to the place. It feels like rural Britain of 50 years ago. In Summer the village is visited by many tourists but there is never a feeling of crowds or excessive traffic, and the souvenir shops are eclectic and charming, never tacky. There is a gentle buzz to the village particularly in July and August when there are several festivals in the Haut Ville. The main annual event is the 2-day Medieval Festival around 14th July, where everyone is encouraged to dress up in medieval costume (which can be hired locally). Great fun. Overall the area is peaceful and tranquil and facilitates a restful stay in which to recharge the batteries!
What makes this Cottage unique
Most other gites around here are a drive away from the village and its facilities. Our property is located halfway up the main village hill, within easy walking distance of both the daily shops in the Bas Ville, the lower village and the attractions of the medieval Haut Ville at the top of the hill, with its bars and restaurants, museums and souvenir shops and all the little artists' studios. The pool is large and in a lovely setting overlooking the valley. There is secure parking available for Gite guests, something of a luxury in Cordes. There is free on-road parking available for B&B guests. Tickets are supplied by us. We have some stunning views of the valley and the hills opposite from the various terraces. Everyone who sees the house is enchanted by it. Our visitors' book is full of generous compliments.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
pure relaxation with a little culture thrown in
Fabulous area, beautiful views at every turn, gite simple but adequate. Lovely hosts
perfect family holiday
We stayed in the Gite for a week at the end of July for a week and found it a lovely holiday home in a perfect location with views over the country side, very quiet but still very close walking distance to the centre of town with lots of shops, cafes and restaurants. The gite itself was charming, had everything needed and very clean. We spent most of our time swimming, either in the lovely big pool or in local rivers and lakes. Even sightseeing with our normally uninterested 13 and 10 year olds was good fun as lots of local towns/villages are worth a visit and in the whole area everything was was well sign posted, parking easy and never overcrowded.
We very much enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you again in the future. It was good to hear you had such a lovely holiday with us that you were moved to give this encouraging review. Many thanks.
Lovely home away from home
The gite is truly stunning with exquisite furnishings throughout. It felt light and airy and very spacious. The master bedroom is very romantic and the modern bathroom luxurious. The kitchen is well equipped making preparing a meal (when you can't be bothered to go out) easy. Outdoors there is a lovely terraced area where we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner. The swimming pool is well fenced making the gite an ideal holiday venue for families of all ages.
Cordes sur Ciel is a beautiful village thronged with tourists but never feeling over-crowded. We walked down the hill to the village bakery each morning to purchase fresh pastries for breakfast then returned the long way via the steep winding streets of the old town. Although we could have returned by a shorter route the exercise allowed us to indulge in the delights of the patisserie! And the early morning stroll allowed us to enjoy the town before the heat and the tourists arrived. Tucked away behind the gates of the gite you can remain blissfully unaware of other holiday makers but equally there are endless possibilites to venture out if you feel the need to leave the beauty and tranquility behind for a few hours.
There are good restaurants and bars nearby and both the day, but especially the night market are worth a visit. The area is filled with artisans shops and we returned with some very special and reasonably priced momentos.
Lyn and Nigel were attentive hosts making us feel welcome without being overly intrusive. This is one of the most stunning areas of the world and I would love to return there - and I would definitely stay at Le Chevalier Noir again.
Thank you, Lezlie, for the very kind words.
We are blessed with having a lovely location for the gite and B&B.
Like you say, it is a very tranquil spot and we do get a lot of complimentary comments.
We try hard to give our guests a fine relaxing stay with us.
Through comments like yours, we can ascertain that we may just be getting something right!
Feedback is so important, all the more so if it is pleasant to read!
We look forward to seeing you again one day.
Special interest holidays:
We are in an area renowned for providing inspiration to artists and sculptors. We can supply several easels if required, although budding artists should bring their own working materials etc. We have NO potters wheel (yes we have been asked!) although several can be found within the haut ville.
The Mediterranean coastline with some stunning beaches is about 3 hours drive away. This includes Sete with its 11km beach which is beautiful and uncrowded, even in the height of Summer.
Alternatively, Biarritz on the Atlantic coast is about 4 hours drive away.
Airport: Toulouse and Rodez airports are both about a 1 hr drive from Cordes. Rodez is served by Ryanair from Stansted. Toulouse has flights from several UK airports with British Airways, Easyjet, BMI and others. Driving down from Calais takes about 10-11 hours in one hit, a distance of about 600 miles. A stop-off halfway down makes a nice journey and introduces additional sights and pleasures.
We are half-way up the hill of Cordes village, equidistant from the top, the Haut Ville, and the bottom, the Bas Ville. Each are about 300 yards away. Albi is the nearest town/city, about 20km away by road. Other towns include Gaillac (20km) and St Antonin (22km). Toulouse is about an hour away by car, around 80km (or 1hr by local train too!).
In the Bas Ville there are a couple of everyday supermarkets, three banks, two bakers, a butchers a bar and a couple of restaurants. There are plenty of things to do around Cordes, including canoeing and rock climbing, walking, visiting vineyards, cafes and bars and sampling the local delicacies: foie gras, cassoulet, preserved duck and goose, pink garlic, the local wines! Further afield are the Tarn Gorges, the deepest gorges in Europe with some stunning caves, also the caves of Roquefort Cheese, the Cathar villages of Carcassonne and Mont Segur.
That all said, we have found that most guests want to simply chill out for much of their stay by the swimming pool. We have an enviable climate here and the general atmosphere is relaxed and informal, simply the best way to let the stresses and strains of daily living fall away. One week may not be enough (as our guests keep telling us). We have had several repeat bookings so we must be doing something right!