A 13th century village house, with an inner courtyard,
in Cordes-sur-Ciel, one of France’s most beautiful medieval villages
Albi, TARN midi-pyrenees 81000 FR

Location

Cordes-sur-Ciel, less than 1½ hours from Toulouse and 20 minutes from Albi, is one of the biggest tourist attractions as regards European Heritage. Constructed in the 13th century, it has a wealth of sumptuous houses and narrow, paved streets. This timeless little town, in the midst of the Tarn department, is set in totally unspoilt countryside, dotted with numerous medieval villages harbouring architectural gems.

Description

This house stands on the main, central street in Cordes-sur-Ciel. Characteristic of the town, the paved street comes into view once through the robust medieval gates. The listed covered market place is very near to the house. A large medieval gateway provides access to the inner courtyard preceding the main entrance. Built in the 13th century, the more modest-looking, dressed stone facade has undergone works on more than one occasion, notably on the second floor where there is a large, partially sealed, casement window.

The house

Although this house spans three levels, its living space is contained on the first and second floors. Some works have been carried out, but only full rehabilitation works will breathe new life into this home. The third floor, with its very high roofing framework, is yet another superb area awaiting conversion.


Ground floor
A large, studded door provides access to a corridor. On one side, a stairway leads to a cellar which extends under the full surface area of the house; on the other, the radiating steps of a spiral stairway, bearing witness to the 13th century, go up to the first floor.
First floor
A corridor provides access, on one side, to a kitchen and a laundry room as well as to a large living room which has been partially restored. The two main rooms look out over the valley. The large lounge opens on to a dining room. Floors are covered with wide stone tiles contrasting with the ceiling joists and the fireplaces. The rooms, steeped in light, look out over the Tarn Valley.
Second floor
The stairway continues up: its robust steps and the dressed stone walls bear witness to the age of the building. The landing gives access to a medieval door, opening on to a corridor. A first door opens into two large bedrooms and a bathroom. The rooms are spacious and the ceilings high: on one side a large bedroom and its shower room. This level is enhanced by its ceremonial room, where everything has been preserved: dressed stone walls, a monumental fireplace and ogive windows, only the floor awaits restoration.
Third floor
This level has not yet been rehabilitated. Its large surface area and its ever-present original materials reveal the authenticity of the room.
Cellar
The cellar spans two levels.
Cottage
When entering via the carriage gate, a stairway leads to an annexe building which awaits full restoration works. It comprises two vast rooms.

Our opinion

Living in Cordes-sur-Ciel, is like becoming an integral part of 800 years of history. After a few renovation works, this house will convey all of the authenticity and the pleasant way of life of its medieval setting. The size of the rooms offers great conversion potential. “The traveller who observes the summer night from the terrace of Cordes knows that he has no need to go further and that, if he wants, the beauty here, day after day, will remove all sense of solitude.” (Albert Camus)

550 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 297563

Land registry surface area 40 m2
Main building surface area 360 m2
Number of bedrooms 3
Outbuilding surface area 50 m2

Consultant


Florence Lenfant +33 1 42 84 80 85

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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