Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
El Palomar (the dovecote) is a very special and romantic little cottage that sits on three acres of land. You feel as if you were in the countryside, but you are really walking distance from Les Cabannes and a four minute drive from beautiful Cordes-sur Ciel.
The house is compact and charming. Once a train waypoint, it has been beautifully restored and has a charming country kitchen that opens out to a "terrasse" with stone walls that has a large table for dining "al fresco" and a small table and chairs for just sitting and sipping drinks during the pleasant afternoons and evenings. The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and a clothes washer/dryer. It is completely equipped with dishes, flatware and cooking utensils. It also has a small toilet for guests.
From the kitchen, you go up to the main living area that has a sofabed for two people, and comfortable chairs. Then up to the garret sleeping area, with a heavenly iron framed bed and a full bathroom. There are linens and towels and feather duvets. The house has electric heating and there is also an air conditioning unit in the bedroom for when the summer nights get too warm.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse or Rodez, Nearest railway: Vindrac|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There is one large bathroom with tub and hand held shower off the bedroom. There is an additional toilet and sink on the first floor right next to the kitchen.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is on a large property (2 acres) with a long driveway bordered by lavender.
There is a public pool nearby and access to lovely lakes and rivers.
The Midi-Pyrenees region
I love just staying there and "living the French life". I go to the Cordes market every Saturday and the sit at the café at the "place" chatting with friends who stop by the table to say hello... There are so many beautiful little towns around, it's nice to go for day trips once in a while. There is a lake nearby where my friends and I have picnics.
Every other Wednesday night during the Summers, Les Cabannes (the town where it is located) has a dance on the main road. Everyone sits on long tables that are set up on the sidewalks, there is music and food and dancing! Alternate Wednesdays the mayor gives open-air movies at the square. There are Summer concerts, festivals... so much to do!! This Summer I discovered the fun of canoeing down the Aveyron river!
By using Cordes sur Ciel as a base to discover the surrounding region, it is possible to make exciting new discoveries in every direction , :
- To the south, the sun glows on the red brick towns and the vineyards of Gaillac.
- To the east is the Segala and Carmausin, wild and rugged country of miners, ranchers, and rich in reminders of Jaurès.
- From the north, carried by the wind all the way from the Massif Central, comes the influence of the nearby Aveyron.
- The West, inhabited since prehistoric times, offers villages proud of their past.
The most famous festival of Cordes sur Ciel is the medieval festival of the Grand Fauconnier ! Every July, they transform the city back to the time of the Middle Ages : falconry, music and dance, taverns, animate the city; the population dress appropriately for the occasion, the city is decked out!
But Cordes is also a city of culture, and for 40 years, the highly regarded music festival has attracted the greatest musicians and is complemented by a gathering of European violin makers and bow makers.
And for gourmets, there is also a cause for celebration, as the Committee of the four seasons undertakes to delight and amaze your taste buds ...!