Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car advised

Advert reactivated 15 May 2014 having been offline during the winter - now available to book for the 4th year running!

"Maison La Martinié" is situated in the famed "Golden Triangle" of the Tarn and is perched at the top of a hill enjoying breathtaking views of Cordes-Sur-Ciel. While the house enjoys a rural, countryside location it is situated on a quiet lane in a small hamlet with five other houses - all detached and situated in their own large private plots.

"Maison La Martinié" is the original farmhouse of the hamlet and enjoys uninterrupted views across rolling countryside to Cordes-sur-Ciel.

While the house dates back to 1800, it was completely refurbished in the autumn of 2011 and the spring of 2012 using over 200 litres of Farrow & Ball paint! The decoration of La Martinié was researched from French country interior books, in order to maintain the feel of an authentic French farmhouse.

Every last detail has been considered to create a luxury "home from home" including: antique furniture and Persian rugs throughout, French vintage chandeliers, premium white Egyptian cotton bedding, English duvets, mattresses and pillows, and thick spa quality towels.

The lounge has a huge wood-burner, two large, squashy comfy sofas, Plasma screen TV, Freesat, DVD player and Wi-fi. There is a lap-top provided for guests to use.

The French country kitchen is the heart of this home. It has a large farmhouse table seating six and opens out onto the private terrace. All modern appliances are at your disposal in the kitchen.

There are three superbly furnished double bedrooms – equipped with two kingsize and one double bed. The master bedroom has a log-burning stove.

The bathroom has been decorated using Italian limestone tiles and has a good sized shower. There is only one loo at the property.

Outside there is a private pool, BBQ, and two bicycles are available for guests to use. There is a picnic bench and a table which seats six for outside dining. The house is set in just over three acres of fenced meadow land and the gravelled courtyard which leads off the kitchen offers the upmost in privacy for you to enjoy your meals.

At the back of the house is the impressive entrance to the property which can be recognised by it's huge stone pillars and wrought iron gates. This leads into a gravelled courtyard with an open, barn style garage and wood-store.

The fortified bastide town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, (known as "the jewel of the Tarn) is approximately 3km away and has a bustling Saturday market. It is recognised as one of France's "Plus Beaux Villages" and has stunning cobbled streets, bistros, boutiques and a medieval square from where you can see our house (with the use of the telescope!) All this five minutes drive away from Maison La Martinié.

This is your 'home from home' and for the duration of your stay we want you to enjoy the same level of comfort as you do in your own home. Please visit our website, where you will find many more photos, by scrolling to the bottom of this advert and choosing the link 'Visit Site'.

Please note: * Check out is at 11am and check in any time after 4pm to allow time for the house to be ready for new arrivals.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Toulouse or Rodez 85 km, Nearest railway: Cordes-Vindrac 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

* Large wood-burner in the lounge and in the master bedroom.

* Range Cooker.

* Large plasma HD TV and a range of English DVD's.

* UK Free Sat channels and French channels.

* 2 adult bicycles available.

* More photos and a BLOG can be found by visiting our website. You can do this by chosing 'VISIT SITE' link at the end of this advert

* Please note the bathroom has only a shower, no bath and there is only ONE loo at the property.

* PLEASE NOTE: You are renting the house on the basis of it having NO air-conditioning. There are air-conditioning units inside the house but these will blow every fuse in the house if they operated - we are waiting to have them removed. There is an electric fan in each bedroom but to re-itterate there is NO air conditioning available at the property.

Further details outdoors

* Swimming pool is above ground and measures approximately 5 meters long x 3 meters wide x 1.5 meters deep.

* One picnic bench and a table seating six for outside dining.

* Three acres of securely fenced garden and meadow.

* Undercover car parking is complete apart from the roof which will not be tiled until Autumn 2014. Until then, it will have a watertight, green felt roof in preparation for tiling. This is necessary because work will cease until after our summer guests have left.

Further details

* English owners can be contacted by telephone or email 24/7

* English friends living in the hamlet will clean the house after each letting and will check on you when you arrive.

* Pool maintenance man comes once a week to maintain the pool - he will be there for approximately 30 minutes.

* We will consider change over dates any day of the week outside of high and peak season - please enquire.

* PLEASE NOTE: You are renting the house on the basis of it having NO air-conditioning. There are air-conditioning units inside the house but these will blow every fuse in the house if they operated - we are waiting to have them removed. There is an electric fan in each bedroom but to re-itterate there is NO air conditioning available at the property.

* PLEASE NOTE: Maison La Martinié was sold to friends in Spring 2014 but the rental business is still being run and managed by the previous owner Angela Sellars. The same 5 star service and standards will therefore continue as before and as the house was sold fully furnished everything remains the same!

The Midi-Pyrenees region

The Tarn region of France is in the Midi Pyrenees with Albi as its major centre and in Summer 2010 Albi was upgraded to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of the Tarn is a farming region, rich in gourmet traditions, abundant with villages built of mellow local stone, vineyards, sunflowers, orchards and forests. The gastronomic excellence of the Midi-Pyrénées is unquestionable and its wines very drinkable!

The Tarn has a unique landscape with mountains, valleys and plains making for a very agreeable climate. With short mild winters averaging 14.7 degrees (although winter temperatures of up to 20 degrees have been recorded close to Cordes) and sun soaked summers, the climate offers the best of cool green Atlantic freshness with the warmth of the Mediterranean. The Tarn has approximately 2,380 hours of sunshine annually with temperatures rising to 40 degrees. It is entirely possible that you will be eating outdoors for much of spring and in autumn. We have eaten outside as late as mid November and have sat outside in thick overcoats while our faces browned in the February sunshine. Thankfully, we also have our fair share of rain which accounts for spring and winter landscapes being lush and green before the earth is drenched in sunshine anytime from April through till November.

Cordes-sur-Ciel

Assuming you manage to drag yourself away from the house and garden, La Martinié is perfectly placed to satisfy anyone wanting to get a feel for this beautiful, historic region, being located in the famous ‘Golden Triangle’ which encompasses Cordes, Gaillac and Albi.

We are perfectly placed to drive or (for those a little more energetic) cycle the bastide route. Hundreds of charming medieval towns known as Bastides are scattered throughout the Midi-Pyrenees. Our local bastide settlements, Cordes, Castelnau de Montmiral , Puycelsi, Penne, Bruniquel and Vaor have kept watch over their surrounding countryside for centuries. Discover ancient footpaths in and around these villages and stop off to sample the local food and wine in the small bars and restaurants.

Of all the medieval fortified towns, widely considered the finest in France, is Cordes sur Ciel. Known as ‘the jewel of the Tarn’ where little has changed since its establishment in 1222.

"The traveller who looks at the summer night from the terrace at Cordes knows that if he wishes it, the beauty of this place, day after day, will banish solitude."

- said Albert Camus in 1954

(Incidentally, our house can be seen from the terrace at Cordes with the aid of the telescope positioned outside the restaurant!)

With its bustling Saturday market, stunning cobbled streets, bistros, shops and medieval square - all just 5 minutes drive from La Martinié. Cordes music festival and medieval festival are summer highlights and the Saturday market which takes place at the bottom of the town is perfect for stocking up on local supplies of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and wine.

The famous Gaillac vines begin 4km from La Martinié and with 117 celebrated vineyards within the Gaillac region this is a must for the wine enthusiast or for someone just sampling the tastes of the South of France. The bustling heart of Gaillac town centre is 23 km from the house and has large supermarkets and many lovely bars, restaurants and shops.

25 kilometres away, approximately 30 minute drive from La Martinié is the beautiful city of Albi. In July 2010 the whole area of the Cite Episcopal was granted the status of UNESCO world heritage site. Here you will find The Cathedral of Sainte Cécile, built as a statement of the Christian faith after the upheavals of the Cathar heresy. The Cathedral took two centuries to build and is one of the most visited edifices in France. It is also famed as being the largest brick building in the world.

Albi is also home to the wonderful museum of Toulouse-Lautrec with all the artists original work in the town of his birth, and in the beautiful Castle of the Berbie (old living quarters of the Bishops). There is an abundance of lovely shops, bars, restaurants, an indoor market and many shaded squares where little bistros serve local wine and food and wine.

Another ‘must visit’ is St-Antonin-Noble-Val, approximately 20 minutes drive away. St-Antonin is one of the oldest bastide towns in the region. There is a large colourful market on a Sunday and there are some lovely bistros, café’s bars and restaurants. One of our favourites is Le Festin De Babette and is right on the river as you go into the town.

It would be easy to carry on talking about the local beauty spots and attractions but this section is already turning into more of a book than a few well aimed paragraphs!