|Les Moulines||Self Catering||Flexible||3||7||3|
Les Moulines is an old corps de ferme. The cottage was the grenier and bread oven and is about 300 years old.
The cottage has three double bedrooms, all ensuite, a spacious lounge opening onto a large balcony with stunning views and a large kitchen/dining room.
There are 2 large bedrooms upstairs, both with en suite bathrooms and a further bedroom and bathroom is located on the lower ground floor.
There are large gardens and a private pool.
The traditional French kitchen is well equipped with cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, juicer, electric hand mixer and microwave.
There is seating for 6 comfortably round the table, and high chairs and booster seats available. This room overlooks the garden and has far reaching views over the countryside.
There is plenty of crockery, cutlery, serving dishes and quality saucepans provided. Plastic plates, mugs and cutlery for tinies, and a steam steriliser for bottles are also included.
The lounge is comfortably furnished and has both French and English tv. There is a wood burner for chillier evenings. The room opens onto a balcony overlooking the garden and farmland. It has a table and chairs and can seat up to 8 .
Bedroom one has a double bed and vestiaire. The en suite bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, a toilet and hand basin.
Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds plus a queen bed and vestiaire. The en suite bathroom has a bath with shower attachment, a separate shower , a hand basin and a toilet.
Bedroom 3 has a double bed and vestiaire. The en suite bathroom has a shower, toilet and hand basin. This bedroom opens onto the courtyard.
There are 3 en suite bathrooms.
There is a wood burner in the lounge.
Tv with Freeview box.
The garden is nearly 2 acres in size.
There are dining areas, swings, slide, trampoline, sandpit and Wendy house.
There is a pitch for boules.
A bbq is available.
Ample parking space which is shaded in front of the cottage.
The cottage suits groups, families, couples but is not really wheelchair friendly.
We are both ex teachers who used to live in East Sussex. We decided to buy an old farmhouse near Cordes sur Ciel which had a separate cottage for guests. We have a large family - 6 children and 7 grandchildren - who visit when there’s space! We also have a friendly Portuguese Waterdog and two cats.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||
The property is situated within 5 minutes of Cordes sur Ciel - a bastide town dating back to 1222. There are plenty of mediaeval festivals, restaurants, night markets and a local market every Saturday. There is access to a butcher, 2 bakers, chemist, 3 small supermarkets and banks with cashpoints.
Come and explore this little discovered region of France! Your holiday can be as individual as you wish and Ian and Judy will be delighted to help you choose what to see and do, where to eat - or to just leave you in peace to relax by the pool or enjoy the wonderful garden.
|Unique benefits of property||Guests have exclusive use of a private pool. The extensive and secluded garden offers a range of seating for alfresco dining with play areas for small children. The cottage also has a balcony with far reaching views where you can wine and dine as you watch the spectacular sunsets. There is a wide range of equipment provided on request for families with young children. There is also a games room with table tennis and table football and plenty of games and toys for outside too. A pétanque area is available for everyone. Ian and Judy live on site and are always ready to help and offer advice on your holiday.|
Cap'Découverte, the only site of its kind in Europe, is located in a disused open-pit coalmine that's been reconverted into a gigantic leisure centre featuring a spectacular amphitheatre 1,300 meters in diameter and 230 meters deep, entirely dedicated to fun!
You could try your hand on the toboggans, Giant Zip-line, mountain bikes, Skate park, Mini kart, or simply spend time in the swimming pool, Mining Museum or Titan Park.
This water park includes a lake of 7 hectares. You can practise water sports like canoeing, and pedal boat. Swimming is supervised during the summer season and you can glide down the water slide. Visitors can play tennis, mini golf or volleyball, have a go at mountain biking, fishing and enjoy a picnic and barbecue.
Opportunities for walking are plenty in this area - amble gently in the countryside around Les Moulines or explore the many hilltop bastides and villages in the region.
Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelsi, Bruniquel, Penne, Najac and , of course, Cordes sur Ciel.
Canoe on the Tarn and the Aveyron. There are many centres where you can hire canoes and kayaks for short or long trips. Take a picnic and pull into the banks - or just enjoy the fantastic gorges.
Albi has one of the finest golf courses in France but you can also play in Marssac & Gaillac - 25 mins away.
All markets are in the morning and finish at about 12.30. In summer look out for nocturnal markets which are advertised locally.
Castelnau de Montmirail – towards Gaillac (25 minute drive)
Villefranche de Rouergue – follow signs from Cordes to Laguepie, over bridge, then straight on following signs to Villefranche. (40 mins. drive but excellent for local produce).
Carmaux – Follow signs from Cordes to Monesties and then to Carmaux. Large market in the two main squares and small streets. Truly French (25 mins)
Gaillac -large and busy market in the heart of the wine region
Cordes – Small, mostly local produce. Lovely atmosphere- very difficult to find parking space-Consider walking!
St Antonin Noble Val- Beautiful town with wonderful buildings on the River Aveyron. Great market spread throughout tiny cobbled streets... Buy a picnic and go canoeing afterwards! (35 mins)
Lisle sur Tarn - situated in a lovely arcaded square this market is less crowded than others. Easy to walk round and plenty of cafes to sit and watch the world go by as they shop. Go to the olive man - the best olives and tapenades in the world!! (35 mins)
There are a large number of vineyards within the Gaillac region - many are just a few minutes from Les Moulines. They offer generous tastings and summer activities including music and dancing in the evenings.
The first weekend in August is traditionally a wine festival where you can try wines from up to 150 vineyards, eat local specialities and enjoy a wide range of music