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Stone Built ,Country House, 4 Kms From Cordes-sur-Ciel, Tarn and 20kms from Albi

People11
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Spacious and sympathetically restored 19th Century Property in a small rural hamlet in attractive surroundings

The house faces south overlooking farmland, pasture and vines, with a large, gravelled courtyard leading to a sun terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, and down to a lovely swimming pool (12m x 6m), surrounded by a large tiled terrace, flower beds, shrubs and trees. From the terrace, there is access to grassed areas, the orchard and the meadow.The terrace around the swimming pool is south-facing and can get very hot in the afternoon, particularly in July and August.At the south-west end of the terrace , a very large and very old oak tree provides welcome shade in the afternoon, as does a pergola of vignes vierge underneath the passarelle between the courtyard and the sun terrace overlooking the swimmimg pool.

Inside, the house is spacious and well equipped, with three comfortable sitting rooms, a fully fitted kitchen and dining area and downstairs toilet. A wide staircase leads to the first floor, where there is a separate toilet and house bathroom with wash basin, shower and bath. There is a large bedroom with two single beds and two other bedrooms with double beds and en-suite showers and toilet facilities. The second floor houses two attic bedrooms, one with two single beds and one with a futon double bed; also, a shared bathroom with wash basin , bath, with shower attachment and toilet. All the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the bathrooms are modern and bright.

Just 4 kilometres away, Cordes is a 13th century bastide town, with artisans' workshops, museums,cafes, restaurants and shops. These include an excellent butcher, two excellent bakeries, one of which is also a specialist patisserie and a very good delicatessen.Also in the area, visit Castelnau de Montmiral,Bruniquel, Najac, Penne and Puycelsi; likewise, the Sunday market in St Antonin, Albi cathedral and adjacent Toulouse- Lautrec museum. Golf, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, horse riding, walking and cycling opportunities are all in easy reach. Toulouse is an hour's drive away, probably the most vibrant large town in the Midi-Pyrenees, with a wealth of attractions, old and new.

More Details

Property Manager
Stephen Jackson / Elizabeth Stocks
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Stephen Jackson / Elizabeth Stocks

I bought La Borie in February,1990 ; a property that had been uninhabited for 20 years,had no mains services but which possessed a distinct character and a lot of scope for renovation.It still has character and a certain rustic charm,which I hope that visitors will sense and appreciate.

In Spring,there are cowslips and nightingales,swallows and roses.Summer brings the sun's heat,ripening fruit and the pleasure of a cool,clean pool to swim in.Autumn sees the grapes gathered in and the swallows-as well as the tourists-fly away.Winter offers long walks,blazing log fires and many a good book.

If you like France,castles,cathedrals,fortified towns,good food,friendly people and plenty of time and space to relax and please yourselves,you will have come to the right place here.

Stephen Jackson / Elizabeth Stocks purchased this house in 1990

Why Stephen Jackson / Elizabeth Stocks chose Tarn

I have always liked south-west France : sunshine, sunflowers, vineyards, hills, forests, mountains and a choice of either the Atlantic or Mediterranean coast if you want to be beside the seaside, as well as some of the best rugby in Europe. Good food and wine, uncrowded, even in the height of summer, and friendly people with a relaxed approach to life.

The region has benefited over the past two decades from greatly improved access by both road and air, which supplements its natural attractions. The departement of the Tarn is often overlooked by travellers but it has much to offer for both young and old.Come and enjoy it.

What makes this house unique

The property was built in the 19th century and is constructed of solid stone-the walls are at least one and a half feet thick; this means that it can retain heat in winter and keep the interior cool in summer, provided that you use the shutters and doors as we advise. The property is situated about 300 metres west of the D600, which links Albi and Cordes. Albi is only about 15 minutes drive away, on a very good road, with good shops and restaurants, the UNESCO world heritage cathedral of St Cecilia and the Toulouse Lautrec museum. In the opposite direction, Cordes-sur-Ciel offers a stunning panorama from the top of the village and lots of interesting shops, alleys and a Saturday morning open market, just a 5 minute drive from the house.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful time, all of us. Both families fell in love with your house and especially the pool - whatever prompted you to remove the metal steps and replace them with the new stone steps in the shallow end and which, incidentally, proved a god-send for the 4-year old?

For anyone who desires peace and quiet in rural France, comfort, an ideal swimming pool, delicious local French wines, starry nights viewed from the sun terrace and a trip to the nearby medieval village of Cordes-sur- Ciel, the this is the place for you. My partner and I have been for consecutive years and will probably return in the future. I cannot speak too highly of the south- facing pool which allows for day long sun bathing but also provides some shady corners. In short , this wonderful, carefully renovated and spacious property comes highly recommended.
Jul 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Livers-Cazelles in Tarn

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1- on first floor - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Toilet next door. Separate shower and bath.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large wet area
  • Bathroom 1: Toilet, large wet area (bedroom 1) Bathroom 2: Toilet, bidet and shower (bedroom 2) Bathroom 3: House bathroom with shower and bath Bathroom 4: Toilet Bathroom 5: Toilet, bath with shower attachment
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , bedroom and en-suite only available on request
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, en suite bathroom Bedroom 2: Double bed, en suite bathroom Bedroom 3: 2 single beds (also cot and folding bed, if needed) Bedroom 4: 2 single beds Bedroom 5: Double futon bed All bedrooms have electric fans for summer use.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • swimming
Notes:
There are two properties which form the west and north sides of the courtyard and which are occupied by French tenants on a permanent basis; they are accessed from outside the main house and courtyard. The one on the north side is let to Mme. Joah Maillard, a very nice lady, who is a Reiki practitioner. She uses the old wine caves in the corner of the courtyard as her treatment rooms, July and August excepted. The old stable block on the west is let to Mr. Metcalfe, his partner, Pelagie and their young daughter . They have a balcony which overlooks the shallow end of the pool and the courtyard but they value their privacy as much as you value yours. The meadow below the house belongs to me down to a ridge which runs across it, level with an old concrete hut .Mr Metcalfe and his family have the use of the grassed area under the oak tree by the back gates but this should not interfere with you. Children can play in the orchard, in front of the hangar (open barn) and in the grassed area behind the barn, also in the meadow below the swimming pool. If you and/or your children are adventurous, there is a track which runs past the dustbins, over the road from the back of the house ,down into a little valley. If you turn left at the bottom of the track ,it will take you back up to the road below the house ; if you go right , you can walk down for a further mile or even further if you want.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Stone Built ,Country House, 4 Kms From Cordes-sur-Ciel, Tarn and 20kms from Albi
average rating of 4.857143 based on 10 reviews
5

Charming, rural and idyllic

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a wonderful week at La Borie. This is one of the best houses we've rented in ten years of visiting France. Superbly appointed throughout in a classic style, the mansion house is set in a cluster of other houses, and yet manages to remain private, quiet and idyllic. The houses are away from the main road, so there is virtually no traffic, making it safe for children to walk around and explore.

The pool is excellent and larger than most, and is cleaned at least 3 times per week. There is an elevated outdoor terrace with a large table which enabled our large group (5 adults and 6 children), to eat outside every evening and watch the sun go down.

The house is located around 3km form Cordes-Sur-Ciel, a charming bastille town which has a number of boulangerie, cafés and restaurants, plus a very helpful tourism office. The surrounding countryside is quite hilly, and a mixture of forest and agriculture. It's a perfect setting for those who like to walk, mountain bike or run - though you can also just laze by the pool soaking up the sun in perfect peace!

There are many attractions nearby too; the city of Albi is only 20 minutes away, and Toulouse is only an hour to the west, with links to airport and rail.

I would definitely recommend La Borie as a fine place for a family holiday. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there. 10/10.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very grateful to Tom Redfern for his kind comments regarding his stay at La Borie. Because we enjoy our time at the property, we try to ensure that the house and its grounds are of a standard that provides guests with a warm and welcoming feeling and all the facilities that enable them to relax and enjoy their holiday as soon as they walk inside the house and close the door behind them. At the end of every summer season we review the comments that guests have made and endeavour to make improvements wherever these have been suggested, so that next year's guests will benefit accordingly. Next year(2018) will be our 28th as owners and we look forward to welcoming more guests to our holiday place in the sun, surrounded by attractive countryside , interesting towns and villages ,populated by friendly people. Stephen Jackson
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Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
5

La Borie Holiday Have

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four who travel to France on a regular basis for our summer holiday. This is the first time that we have stayed in this region and it did not disappoint. The house is spacious and light, very clean, and tastefully decorated with lovely artwork throughout, and the bathrooms and bedrooms are modern and well-appointed with lovely views. It was very hot when we were there, but the house remained nice and cool. The pool is huge, big enough for serious swimming, with a lovely surrounding garden and seating area. The location is ideal for exploring the region - we particularly enjoyed visits to Cordes, Albi, Toulouse, Penne, and Castelnau de Montmiral. We like road biking and the surrounding area was challenging with all the hills but it was fantastic to cycle on quiet roads through the local villages. It was easy to get to the supermarket in Albi and down to the local shops in Cordes and Les Cabannes for provisions, we even saw a mobile shop in La Borie one morning that had everything you may need, including fresh bread, cheese and French sausage! Overall we would strongly recommend this property - communications with the owner were excellent right from the initial enquiry through to our return to the UK.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will look to ensure that the property continues to offer a comfortable, clean and interesting holiday home and base for exploring what is a very pleasant part of France.
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5

Lovely large house in a beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 10 and found the house very spacious and comfortable. The pool area is very pretty and secluded with lovely plants around it and views across the valley. The house is large with several bathrooms and 3 separate living rooms to enable a large group to spread out. It is also well equipped with no shortage of crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils etc and there were also more than enough sun loungers and umbrellas for the pool. The surrounding villages and towns are very beautiful with plenty to see and many places to shop and eat. We particularly enjoyed the canoeing on the river Aveyron from Saint Antonin.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cardiff
5

Fab pool

  • 5 of 5

We (two families of four) had a fantastic time at Stephen's house. The pool is a great size with good filtration to prevent the suntan cream problems we have had at other places. The house is stunning, much bigger than the pictures portray. It has been renovated very sympathetically, still feels old and full of character but has very modern bathrooms and a luxurious feel. Cordes and Albi are lovely, canoeing very good and some great local markets. Its a very quiet hamlet, but lots to do if you can drag yourself away from the pool!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

We found La Borie to be an excellent holiday rental. The house was exceptionally clean and had all that you could need for a holiday. The house is spacious and has been thoughtfully renovated. The pool and garden were by far the best we have had in many years of visiting France. A holiday home which we will return to.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very grateful to Mr Collins for his kind comments and pleased that he enjoyed his stay at La Borie ; I hope that he will come again. At the end of every holiday season I review any comments and suggestions that guests have made about the property, with the object of improving both the quality and range of the facilities for guests.More improvements are planned for 2014. Stephen Jackson
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4

Great time in a great house

  • 4 of 5

We spend some wonderful times in La Borie. The house is spacious and full of spacious rooms, a real plus for large families (or group of friends). You will find everything you need in the kitchen too and make some good bbq outside and the whole region is gorgeous (especially for cycling).

The only downsides are the internet connection which is kinda slow and weak and the tv set is a bit small for such a huge living room but on the other hand you do not want to spend your holidays watching screens do you ?!

It was a bit of a heartbreaking to leave this place after just one week ! It feels rightaway like home whenever you spend some times at La Borie !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that Mr. Causse enjoyed his stay, despite the poor internet connection and the small screen TV. The internet connection is via satellite and we have had problems with it this year, particularly when the weather is poor. We are going to reset the satellite dish in the autumn and hope that will improve matters. Unfortunately, we are apparently 389 metres outside the area that is served by cable, although this may change in the future. The TV will also be replaced with a significantly larger screen model. Constructive comment such as made by Mr. Causse is always appreciated and we will act to make the necessary improvements within the next month. Stephen Jackson
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Location

Nearest Airport
76 Kilometres
Toulouse Blagnac
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Livers Cazelles
Nearest Ferry
800 Kilometres
Ouistreham, Caen
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Albi
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Vindrac
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Gaillac
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Livers Cazelles
Nearest Ski
180 Kilometres
Pyrenees
Nearest Beach
160 Kilometres
Agde
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Mediterranean, 2 ½ hours drive, near Narbonne, Agde and Sete.

Travel:

Toulouse Blagnac airport is 60 minutes drive; Rodez airport 90 minutes.Carcassonne about 105 minutes. Ouistreham ferry (Caen) is about 9 hours drive; Calais (Channel tunnel) about 10½ hours drive, allowing for 2/3 stops en route.Car hire or use of a car is essential.

Distances:

La Borie is situated 300 metres south of the D600, less than 5 minutes drive from Cordes-sur Ciel and about 15 minutes drive from Albi. Gaillac, the centre of the wine growing region whose appellation it bears, is 20 minutes drive to the west. Toulouse,the largest town in the Midi-Pyrenees,is an hour's drive away. Allow about 2 hours to Millau, the Pont du Tarn and the Gorges du Tarn, as the roads are mostly two-way traffic.

Further Details:

Most of the local towns and larger villages have markets, with Wednesday(Lisle sur Tarn), Friday(Carmaux,), Saturday and Sunday the usual market days. Likewise, there are many fetes, festivals of music, film and theatre, together with son et lumiere spectacles, throughout the region in summer.Albi in particular stages lot of the above in the summer months ; also, look out for the local village fetes- plenty of good food, drink , music and dancing.

Sports and Leisure Facilities:

Golf: 18 hole course at Albi Lasbordes, 15 minutes drive (follow signs for the hospital) said to be one of the top 20 golf courses in France and Golf de Florentin Gaillac, Le Bosc, Marssac-sur-Tarn.

Canoeing and Kayaking: St Antonin, 25 minutes drive.

Cycling: Numerous itineraries on local D roads, preferably for experienced cyclists. The surrounding area regularly hosts a Tour de France stage.Even in peak holiday periods,most of the minor roads in the vicinity carry very little traffic but younger children should be accompanied by adults.

Tennis: Municipal courts at Cordes and Cahuzac-sur-Vere, respectively 5 and 10 minutes away.

Horse Riding: Roussayrolles, 15 minutes drive.

Leisure Centres:

Albi, Espace Nautique - modern indoor and outdoor swimming centre, suitable for children who can swim.

Castelnau de Montmiral - lake with beach, supervised swimming with slides, whirlpools etc., sailing, and windsurfing and tennis.

Souel - fishing lake.

Cap Découvert, Le Garric - is a major new leisure centre with dry slope skiing, skateboarding, zip wire, paintball etc. just 15 minutes away. Visit Google for more information.

Fishing: The Tarn and Aveyron are class 2 rivers (mixed fishing), while the Viaur is a class 1 river for fly fishermen (trout and grayling).

Beaches: Mediterranean, 2 ½ hours drive, near Narbonne, Agde and Sete.

Walking: Pleasant walks locally and in the Forêt de Grésigne, 20 minutes drive away. Walking guides are in the house.

Shopping : Cordes has most of the amenities required by visitors,along with Les Cabannes,just one kilometre further along the D600,including a bank and post office. Cordes is really a village of two halves- top and bottom. The latter is where most of the everyday business is conducted- the butcher, bakers(two),builders merchant,vet,filling station, fire station, glassblower, hairdressers (male and female), bank, chemist, newspaper shop,bar, delicatessen, doctor and dentist, two alimentations,antique shops,gendarmerie , two restaurants and Saturday morning

market.

The walk to the top is for the fit only; otherwise, take the little train from the central car park to halfway up the hill and then struggle up the remaining 200 metres. This is where most of the restaurants and bars are located, as well as the tourist shops, some of which are well worth the visit.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Livers-Cazelles, Midi-Pyrenees

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £2.00 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
£300 deposit required: Balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Damage deposit £500 at time of balance payment, refundable 2 weeks after end of holiday.



Changeover Day:
Changeover day: Saturday; departure by 10am, arrival after 4pm

Notes on prices:
Prices include heating (all forms). Longer term rentals are also available (more than two weeks) on request.

A 10% discount is available on all bookings made before 31st January, 2015.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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