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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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 sofa and loveseat and an armchair. 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 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
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 Double beds (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
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.d

Further details outdoors

The house is on a large property (2 acres) with a long driveway bordered by lavender.

Further details

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!

Cordes-sur-Ciel

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 ...!

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4 Sep 2012

5/5

"A true gem!"

El Palomar is a beautiful and quaint place to stay next to a charming and mysterious medieval city surrounded by a peaceful and breathtaking countryside. It is perfect for a couple looking for a slow but enjoyable vacation. There are a few places to eat and visit within walking distance or a short drive, and there are many towns and places nearby worth exploring (between 30 to 60 minutes driving). The cottage itself is delightful; it is quaint but still comfortable. If you stay here, your biggest problem will be deciding whether to go out and explore beautiful towns or stay in and relax in a provincial paradise. We stayed for 1 week. It felt like enough time, but we easily could have spent 2 weeks there without getting bored. We did not speak French. There were some people who spoke English, but most of the time we got by with about 5 phrases we learned from our Lonely Planet French Phrase Book. As long as you're adventuresome, language shouldn't be a major problem. After one week near Cordes, my wife and I were planning how we could move there. What better review can be there than that!

4 Sep 2012

5/5

"We love the Dove!"

"El Palomar" (The Dove) was certainly one of the highlights of our European holiday. Like most of our overseas experiences, it exceeded our expectations. The cottage is a delightful combination of Provencal rustic and French chic (we coined the term "Frenchic"!). It is beautifully appointed, is tastefully and thoughtfully decorated and is, frankly, a class act. It was spotlessly clean and immaculately presented. Quite simply, we love the Dove! Dealing directly with the owner was an absolute breeze and pleasure. The information we received prior to travelling was informative and extensive, not only for the cottage itself but also in relation to sightseeing , restaurants, shopping, markets, etc - even detailed to the extent that we given the name of the local butcher! Contemporary elements (such as Wi-Fi) have been incorporated without the cottage losing its charm and, importantly, everything in the cottage worked to perfection. And, as a special bonus, the local manager was the epitome of service - welcoming, warm, friendly, hospitable, caring and with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the region.
Being centrally located, the cottage is within easy reach (by car, bus or train) of all the so-called - and officially recognised - "Great Tourist Sites" of the Midi-Pyrenees.
We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending "El Palomar" to discerning tourists who desire something quite special and unique. As we see it, the only down-side to the cottage, is that most will regret not having spent more time there! Certainly, we would hope to return.

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Calendar last updated:14 May 2014

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