|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
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El Palomar (the dovecote) is a very special and romantic little cottage that sits on three acres of land. You feel as if you were in the countryside, but you are really walking distance from Les Cabannes and a four minute drive from beautiful Cordes-sur Ciel.
The house is compact and charming. Once a train waypoint, it has been beautifully restored and has a charming country kitchen that opens out to a 'terrasse' with stone walls that has a large table for dining 'al fresco' and a small table and chairs for just sitting and sipping drinks during the pleasant afternoons and evenings. The kitchen has a refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and a clothes washer/dryer. It is completely equipped with dishes, flatware and cooking utensils. It also has a small toilet for guests.
From the kitchen, you go up to the main living area that has a sofa and love-seat, and comfortable chairs. Then up to the garret sleeping area, with a heavenly iron framed bed and a full bathroom. There are linens and towels and feather duvets. The house has electric heating and there is also an air conditioning unit in the bedroom for when the summer nights get too warm.
I am a Chopra Center certified meditation, ayurveda and yoga instructor. I live in Puerto Rico but spend months at a time at 'El Palomar', my cottage in France. I purchased this cottage as a complete ruin and lovingly restored it to the vision I had when I first saw it. It is my refuge. The area is beautiful and the people are wonderful.
Camille Carrion purchased this cottage in 2005
I went to this area in France to take a painting course. The beauty of the area and the wonderful friends I made there made me start looking for a home I could buy. When I saw 'El Palomar' I knew I had found it. It was just four stone walls and a crumbling roof but from the moment I saw it I knew what it could be. It took me two years but my dream has come true and it is exactly as I imagined it.
I love just staying there and 'living the French life'. I go to the Cordes market every Saturday and the sit at the café at the 'place' chatting with friends who stop by the table to say hello... There are so many beautiful little towns around, it's nice to go for day trips once in a while. There is a lake nearby where my friends and I have picnics. Every other Wednesday night during the Summers, Les Cabannes (the town where it is located) has a dance on the main road. Everyone sits on long tables that are set up on the sidewalks, there is music and food and dancing! Alternate Wednesdays the mayor gives open-air movies at the square. There are Summer concerts, festivals... so much to do!!
My husband and I spent a very enjoyable week at the cottage, which is very close to the beautiful town of Cordes-sur-Ciel and not far from many other lovely places to visit. The cottage is very homely with all the facilities we expected, except for the fact that there was no TV although this was listed as being available. However, the lack of TV didn't spoil our holiday at all; in fact when we spent the occasional evening at home, rather than eating out, we thoroughly enjoyed listening to our music and reading our books, which we hadn't done for quite a long time! We would recommend this cottage for any couple or single person who wants a cosy and homely break.
Loved my stay at El Palomar!!!!
Actually I'm considering returning,this time with my honey!
It's a beautiful place,with everything you could possibly need...
"El Palomar" (The Dove) was certainly one of the highlights of our European holiday. Like most of our overseas experiences, it exceeded our expectations. The cottage is a delightful combination of Provencal rustic and French chic (we coined the term "Frenchic"!). It is beautifully appointed, is tastefully and thoughtfully decorated and is, frankly, a class act. It was spotlessly clean and immaculately presented. Quite simply, we love the Dove! Dealing directly with the owner was an absolute breeze and pleasure. The information we received prior to travelling was informative and extensive, not only for the cottage itself but also in relation to sightseeing , restaurants, shopping, markets, etc - even detailed to the extent that we given the name of the local butcher! Contemporary elements (such as Wi-Fi) have been incorporated without the cottage losing its charm and, importantly, everything in the cottage worked to perfection. And, as a special bonus, the local manager was the epitome of service - welcoming, warm, friendly, hospitable, caring and with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the region.
Being centrally located, the cottage is within easy reach (by car, bus or train) of all the so-called - and officially recognised - "Great Tourist Sites" of the Midi-Pyrenees.
We would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending "El Palomar" to discerning tourists who desire something quite special and unique. As we see it, the only down-side to the cottage, is that most will regret not having spent more time there! Certainly, we would hope to return.
El Palomar is a beautiful and quaint place to stay next to a charming and mysterious medieval city surrounded by a peaceful and breathtaking countryside. It is perfect for a couple looking for a slow but enjoyable vacation. There are a few places to eat and visit within walking distance or a short drive, and there are many towns and places nearby worth exploring (between 30 to 60 minutes) driving. The cottage itself is delightful; it is quaint but still comfortable. If you stay here, Your biggest problem will be deciding whether to go out and explore beautiful towns or stay in and relax in a provincial paradise. We stayed for 1 week. It felt like enough time, but we easily could have spend 2 weeks there without getting bored. We did not speak French. There were some people who spoke English, but most of the time we got by with about 5 phrases we learned from our Lonely Planet French Phrase Book. As long as you're adventuresome, language shouldn't be a major problem.
After one week near Cordes, my wife and I were planning how we could move there. What better review can be there than that!
We spent two weeks in this wonderful cottage and it was everything the listing said and more. It is oozing with charm and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. Bed was so comfortable, it was the best sleep I had experienced in a long time. Enjoyed waking up in the morning and walking to the bakery in the village for our morning croissants and then back to the cottage to have them in the courtyard or the cozy kitchen.
Enjoyed roaming the beautiful countryside each day and exploring some of the charming villages and towns. Went to Albi twice and the market in Sainte Antoine which was huge and had everything you could possibly need to cook a great meal. We usually ate at the same restaurant at the top of Cordes , the medieval city just a few minutes away. Truly a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the French Countryside in comfort. We felt right at home and could have stayed much longer.
My husband and I spent a week in "El Palomar" this month. Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate but our accomodation more than made up for the cloudy skies. The "gite" is beautifully and carefully decorated and fully equipped. I particularly loved cooking in the Provencal kitchen, and on sunny days we dined El Fresco outside the front door. We were within easy walking distance to Cordes Sur Ciel and enjoyed a taste of French life in a mediaeval city. I recommend this "gite" highly.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning and Linen||$100|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.