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

Bedrooms 6
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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:
28 June, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Livers-Cazelles in Midi-Pyrenees

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • 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
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.


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(4 traveller reviews)

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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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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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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 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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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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