CORDES-sur-CIEL - B&B + gite for sale
4 storey townhouse: 6 guest rooms + flat +
independent 2 bedroom gite + pool
Heart of mediaeval village of Cordes - in Tarn's 'golden triangle'
€595,000* ref: 203
Cordes-sur-Ciel is one of those impossibly pretty and romantic hill-top villages that have attracted tourists and historians, art-lovers and artists from all over the world since the Middle Ages. It lies at the apex of the so-called "Golden Triangle" - a region of vineyards, rolling hills and medieval villages - with Albi and Gaillac as the other two points. Along with Albi, Carcassonne and Sarlat it is one of the few tourist attractions that thrives all year round.
The property is a 19th century townhouse set in terraced gardens over-looking the surrounding countryside. As well as the immense 4-storey house there is an independent gite with two bedrooms, a number of secluded gardens, terraces, patios and, of course, a sublime 12 metre pool. For buyers wanting to make their mark on the place there are any amount of cellars and unexplored tunnels under the various buildings to open up and exploit.
Main house (19th century) on four levels:
ground floor - independent flat comprising lounge, ensuite bedroom, bathroom and kitchen (yet to be completed)
first floor (ground floor entrance - the property is on a slope) - big lounge, dining room, study, spacious farm kitchen, pantry
second floor - three ensuite guest rooms - patio
third floor - three ensuite bedrooms
Oil-fired central heating throughout. Mains drainage.
The gite: a two storey house with kitchen and lounge on the ground floor and two bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper floor. Private terrace.
The pool: a 12x4 metre pool set below the houses on a secluded terrace. Views over the countryside.
The gardens: falling away from the buildings are a series of terraces and slopes which have been planted with a bewildering variety of plants: unusual flowers, shrubs and vegetables.
Under some of these terraces one finds ancient cellars and mediaeval tunnels bearing witness to a much older period. Some of these are used for storage ... others are as yet unexplored and unexploited.
Garage and car-port: off-road parking for owners and guests
In the recent past the property was used as an upmarket guest house (the main house) with the independent gite let on a weekly basis. The sheer volume of the house and the number of bedrooms (at least six ensuite) means that a number of options are available to buyers:
- run it as it is today: large family home plus one gite bringing in enough to cover basic running costs
- run the main house as a traditional B&B with 5 ensuite guest rooms. The owners could live in the lower floor with its independent entrance, ensuite bedroom, lounge and kitchen (to be finished). The gite would continue to be exploited as such.
- run the main house as a vast 6/7 bedroomed luxury gite with private pool. The owners could live in the gite.
This property is a former hotel. It's that big. The obvious use for it today is as an upmarket guest house. The location is ideal: a five minute stroll through mediaeval streets to the centre of France's most picturesque village. The demand is there: even though no longer active the current owners are inundated with accommodation requests all year round. The ensuite guest bedrooms are there. the pool is there. It just needs a modern website and a bit of marketing nous to get it running again. With a 5 bedroom B&B and a 2-bed gite it should be turning over €100k plus within two seasons. Lovely property - great value ... go for it!
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 203
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The Tarn is a fairly big département stretching from the rugged heights of the Massif Central at Lacaune in the north-east to the balmy flood plain of the Tarn river green with vines in the south-east.
The major towns are all completely different. Albi is the administrative centre and was the seat of the church's power in the region since the 11th century. It is home to the region's largest fortified cathedral (and the world's biggest brick building) and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.
Castres and Mazamet are more industrial: Castres had a weaving industry and Mazamet a thriving tanning and leather goods industry right up to the end of the 20th century. Both used the abundant timber and water resources from the nearby hills. There is also an important outcrop of granite in the hills above Castres in the Sidobre area: this is a tourist attraction as well as a source of raw materials for the building industry.
Gaillac, on the River Tarn, is a wine centre ... and has been since the Romans first planted vines here over two thousand years ago.
The "Golden Triangle" is an area of vineyards, rolling hills and pretty mediaeval villages between Albi, Gaillac and Cordes-sur-Ciel.
- 6 ensuite guest rooms
- owners' apt
- 800m² living surface
- separate 2-bedroomed gite
- cellars and patios galore
- 2 gardens
- perfect location in heart of mediaeval village
- 2 minutes shops, services, doctor etc
- views over the valley and vineyards
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