Maison des Oiseaux

Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn

A rare treat for lovers of history and architecture (and lovers!)… close your eyes and imagine yourself in 14th-century France


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


Imagine your own little apartment in a medieval house in the walls of Cordes sur Ciel, with a garden at the back and miles and miles of view. The Australian owners have transformed two stone barns below into an elegant bolthole for two: one your living space, the other… your library! Drop off the bags, park the car, enter a haven of comfort and peace. There are cool terracotta floors, Empire style furnishings, a kitchenette in a cupboard (you can throw together a simple meal), a fine sleigh bed, and French windows opening to spectacular views. Shutters and curtains allow privacy from the street, and when the owners are in town they live discreetly upstairs. Generous with ideas on where to go and what to do, they’ve created a great info pack and leave you a ‘welcome’ breakfast too. After a day’s discovery of spectacular gorges and historic places (don’t miss Albi) take a drink and a book to the lower garden: it is high-walled and enchanting, with nooks, steps and exotic planting. Car-free Cordes is one of the most beautiful villages in France; boutiques, restaurants and market lie down the steep cobbled hill.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Children over 17 welcome. Short breaks available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Continental breakfast left by owner on arrival. Restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €97
Weekly price
from €680
1 Apartment for 2
From €971 bedroom


We loved our stay here! The chambre is very romantic and although the 'kitchen' is indeed in a cupboard, it is still possible to throw together a delicious meal of cold cuts, salad and fruit and sit out on the terrace or the stepped oasis of a garden sipping a delicious Gaillac wine. The library is for guests too--a wondrous place!Ruth was an amazing host--going above and beyond with her hospitality and lots of local tips. Cordes is a delightful, characterful medievil town and there are more villages to explore in the surrounding countryside. I would thoroughly recommend Ruth's special place!

Mairi, Aberdeen

Owners welcomed us by phone & local host was very accommodating & cheerful. A beautiful and spacious room with a load of character. As lovers of geography, history, food & wine the location was perfect. Loved the walled garden & views to the east. Iconic food at shops & Saturday market in Cordes (Sunday market in nearby St Antonin). House was our base for day trips to Albi, Conques, tiny villages & even Millau Viaduct. But leave a day for exploring Cordes and having pastries, meeting the wine merchant and having coffee on the village terrace. We had a car for our week-long adventure. Perfect!

Robyn, Pie creek

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ruth Bird

  • Cordes was established as a bastide town in 1222, and grew so quickly that 5 sets of walls were created to house the people. Our house is set in the second set of walls.
  • Cordes sur Ciel was voted the Village Préféré of France in 2014
  • Every Saturday morning there is a bustling market in the Place de la Boutillierie, a 15 minute stroll down the hill, full of fresh produce, great cheeses fresh fish and meats. It is well supported by the locals, so you know it's great quality.
  • Festivals include: The Grand Fauconnier on Bastille Day celebrates the medieval past; Others to note are the Musique sur Ciel festival in summer; Feast of Responchons in April, the Croquantes Day in June, and the the Feast of The Good Life in September.
  • The Tarn abounds with undiscovered gems - Albi, just 25km away, is a UNESCO World Heritage site; Najac castle hosted King Richard the Lionhearted; ten other bastide towns are within a 50km radius, and wonderful walks recreate part of the pilgrims' routes.
  • The Gaillac vineyards date back to Roman times, and wonderful inexpensive wines can be sampled at many of the local wineries. Gaillac has a great wine centre based in the ancient abbey on the banks of the Tarn.