|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
For 2-5 adults as well as 3 children. Bedroom 1 has a 140 cm bed & 2 90 cm beds. Bedroom 2 is 15 sq.m & has a 140 cm bed. There is also a 90 cm sofa bed in the lounge. A cot can be made available. Large 20 sq.m fully equipped kitchen in the ancient forge (which is where the gîte's name comes from), a lounge a bathroom & 2 toilets.
The farm courtyard (900 sq.m) is shared but you will also have 2 stunning private terraces. Barbecue in the courtyard.
The temperatures is controlled year-round by a Canadian well together with a twin piped CMV.
The woods, meadows, the whole 45 hectare property will be in your hands.
Heat in winter is provided by a wood-burning stove, voluntarily & for the pleasure it provides, but it requires effort & maybe some prior knowledge (kindling it, maintaining & controlling the fire, transporting the wood, sweeping with a broom, getting rid of the ashes, even if there is still a few embers, getting up in the middle of the night to keep the fire alight).
A few steps from Cordes-sur-Ciel, La Penchenarié is a farm house surrounded by farm land still in use (vineyards, meadows, woods and mixed cereal farming) although the premises lost these functions at the beginning of the 2000s.
Its stunning location, less than 1 km from the Cordes-Vindrac railway station, giving unbeatable views over the medieval town of Cordes-sur-ciel; a peaceful haven.
The questions was raised over the future of the site and after the long restoration of the buildings two gîtes are available for holiday rental:
- ´La bouda´ for 2 people (and 1 baby)
- ´La Forge´ for 4-5 adults and 2-3 children
Each in a separate building, around the large 900 sq.m common courtyard.
A third accommodation, an ancient farming house in another building, is available for us to use when we are in Tarn.
My husband and I retired after having worked in healthcare and education; we have three children and four granddaughters. When we are not visiting our children, we split our time between Alayrac and Arcachon - two beautiful regions one with the pleasures of sailing and the other the delights of Tarn. La Penchenarié has been in our family for over 150 years. On the Alayrac coast (4 km west of Cordes-sur-Ceil with a view directly over the medieval town), we have respectfully restored the property as tastefully as we could.
Marie-Hélène Boyer purchased this cottage in 1826
A family property:we have restored the farm buildings and their outhouses. When we are in Tarn, we only stay in one of the accommodations when we visit, which is only occasionally. These holiday rentals on this property, too big for just one family, bring it to live instead of rotting away. It also allows us to earn a bit on the side to aid our retirement fund and to maintain the place in good shape, of course.
The ideal location: in the middle of our land, next to the forest and on the coast with views over Cordes and the Cérou valley, as well as La Mouline valley and above the village of Alayrac. Flowers, naturally, we have 5 varieties of orchids that were found by an English friend at the beginning of 2013.
There are an infinite variety of landscapes, old villages, local markets, many historical sites close by, bathing spots and canoe trips on the Aveyron (in St Antonin).
We offer you the possibility to hire out the second gîte and find a space in a spacious guest lodging in a beautiful guest house next door, allowing you to get together 4 couples for a group holiday to hike, bike and so on.
You can do all your shopping in Cabanne or in Cordes in grocers, butchers amongst others which favour local producers, in the markets (Cordes on Saturday, St Antonin on Sunday, then Les Cabannes, Gaillac, Albi etc.). Tarn is not a costly department of France and the produce, often typical of south-western French cuisine, is extremely delicious.
La caution est demandée à l'arrivée. Elle n'est pas encaissée et est rendue en fin de séjour.
Visit Albi (the entire city centre is classified as UNESCO World Heritage), the St Cécile Cathedral which is graceful and constructed with vibrantly coloured bricks, the episcopal palace of La Berbi with its French-style garden overlooking the Tarn and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum.
There are many local markets in St Antonin, Cordes, Les Cabannes, Gaillac and Albi, and gourmet restaurants.
Visit Cordes, Saint Antonin Noble Val, Bruniquel, Penne, Gaillac amongst others. Do the tour of the Bastides (fortified towns) and get a feel for the medieval villages within a distance of 20 km.
Many wine producers are nearby (the closest being château Bouguet 500 m away by foot) to visit, taste and buy wine from one of the oldest vineyards in France with a unique grape varieties, scents and flavours to discover.
Discover the natural surrounding (birds, flowers - orchids - wild animals - from hares to stags) by foot, on horseback, or by bike (watch out: the roads go up and down!) or mountain bikes, crossing vineyards and forests on marked routes and paths in the wild.
Bathe, canoe or kayak in the Aveyron (St Antonin).
Relax or play with your kids on the 45 hectare property containing woods, meadows, vineyards and prairies.