Maison des Oiseaux

Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn
Bed & Breakfast

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


1 room


Rooms sleep 2


Your own little apartment in a medieval village house with a garden at the back and miles of views. The Australian owner has transformed two stone barns into an elegant bolthole for two: one your living space, the other… your library! It’s a haven of comfort and peace, with cool terracotta floors, a kitchenette in a cupboard, a fine sleigh bed and French windows opening to those spectacular views. Shutters give privacy from the street, and Ruth lives discreetly upstairs. She brings you a continental breakfast and has created a great info pack too. After a day of spectacular gorges and historic places (don’t miss Albi) take a drink and book to the lower garden: enchanting, with nooks and exotic planting. Car-free Cordes is car-free and beautiful; boutiques, restaurants and market lie down the steep cobbled hill.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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. Please contact Ruth directly for availability.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Continental breakfast left by owner on arrival. Restaurants 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €120
1 Double
From €120


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.