Located in medieval Cordes-sur-Ciel, this is a unique property (160m2) which forms part of the Barbican building - the third fortifications of the cité, built between the 14th and 15th Centuries. Renovated by its previous owner, a local architect, between 2009 and 2011, it offers a perfect balance of spacious contemporary style living whilst retaining the original character of the building and many original features such as magnificient ceiling beams and exposed stonework. On the Southern side of the town, this house enjoys a lot of sunshine even in winter and boasts stunning views from every single window. Located half way up the main street, it is only a five minutes’ walk from all amenities at the base of town - bank, bakers, pharmacy, cafe, doctors etc. and is close to the shops, hotels and restaurants at the top. Cordes has a busy Saturday market throughout the year. There is a vibrant international community and a thriving theatre which stages productions in both French and English. Albi is half an hour away, Toulouse an hour (by road or train from the local station). The local high school enjoys great results, above the average for the region.
On the ground floor, with a separate entrance from street level is the current owner’s atelier / art gallery (42 m2) with efficient Stuv woodburner.+ toilet with plumbing for shower. Electric heater. Large shop windows to street, small balcony to rear. Could be let / converted to studio flat. Lockable door. Laundry room. Stairs to first floor.
First floor also accessed via an impressive wooden door from stone steps at street level. Open plan living / dining room / kitchen (5m x 11m total) Efficient Stuv woodburner. Large exposed ceiling beams. Electric heater.Large windows to both south and north sides. 17th century staircase to second floor.
Second floor. Two large bedrooms ( 20/15 m2) with large windows, exposed ceiling beams and vintage tiled flooring, electric heaters, bathroom with Italian shower, heated towel rail… Storage cupboard, plumbing for washing machine. Study. Stairs to Third floor.
Attic. Large bedroom (25 m2) with built in storage, rooflights, plumbing for shower, bathroom.
A quirky walk under the house will lead you to the private, easily managed courtyard garden (approx. 48m2), with a couple of terraces on which to have dinner or enjoy an aperitif, and a stone arch under which to store the wood. An adjacent stone arch leads to a cave (approx 30m2) under the house containing an original water source for the town (in case of siege) leading to two small pools – ideal for watering the garden or even refreshing yourself when the summer heat gets to you!
This is a beautiful and unique house. A rare opportunity to own a part of French history!
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