in Cordes-sur-Ciel, one of France’s most beautiful medieval villages
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This level has not yet been rehabilitated. Its large surface area and its ever-present original materials reveal the authenticity of the room.
The cellar spans two levels.
When entering via the carriage gate, a stairway leads to an annexe building which awaits full restoration works. It comprises two vast rooms.
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)
|Land registry surface area||40 m2|
|Main building surface area||360 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Outbuilding surface area||50 m2|
Florence Lenfant +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.