Hotel Cordes sur Ciel – La Bastide de Cordes


Vindrac, a small “village” full of history is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Midi Pyrenees, confirmed by the realization of more than 7 years of excavations. Indeed, were discovered several objects coming from a “villa Gallo Roman” of the II century.

During the works carried out in 1977 by Abbé Bessou, a complete necropolis was discovered, used for four centuries, from the Roman Empire to the end of the Merovingian period (V-VII centuries), discovering more than one hundred Sarcophagi and fifteen tombs.

These archaeological works also prove the existence in the Middle Ages, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, the construction of a “Fortin” around the 1220s dedicated to the surveillance and protection of Cordes, at the time of its foundation.

Witness to the life of this era, several pottery, coins, costume jewelry and materials used in the construction as well as the objects that accompanied the medieval tombs are partly exhibited in the Charles Portal Museum of Cordes. There are also the treasures of the time “Galo Roman” and Merovingian.

The church of Saint Martin, built in the 15th century in the style of “gothic flamboyant southern”, on the remains of an old Romanesque church is part of this history. Its imposing tower octagonal “bell tower” is square base, crowned with a double row of open windows. “Saint Martin’s Church” was declared a historical monument in 1927.

From the Middle Ages, noble families such as Vindrac, La Prune, Saint Felixet, Clary, Imbert du Bosc, D’Ales Boscaud, Toulouse Lautrec and Tapie de Celeyran lived in the region and maintained relations with the rest Of the nobility of the Albigensian region.

From these roots and its medieval origins, La Bastide, still holds treasures waiting to be restored.

The most recent past, after the middle of the 20th century, the former property of Viscount D’Ales Boscaud lived the glorious era of the “Museum of Old Trades and Traditions”, where Monsieur and Madame Rouillard made known to his thousands of Visitors over 5000 pieces and objects that faithfully represent the “know-how” of yesteryear and that they have collected with passion for many years of research.

After almost 800 years of history, today La Bastide de Cordes, receives guests in its Bed and Breakfast, from all nationalities, who want to share an old charm and contemporary comfort.