B&B – Small Boutique Hotel near Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Gaillac

B&B-Small Boutique Hotel near Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Gaillac, the Domaine de Perches is at the heart of the ‘Golden Triangle’. In short, luxury is synonymous with space, elegance, and tranquility. For the owners, discreet attention to guests’ needs is a top priority.

A unique place
An amazing location

Luxurious Rooms and Suites in this B&B – Small Boutique Hotel near Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Gaillac

Our guest rooms and suites are light, spacious and elegant. They tastefully blend fine, antique furnishing with generous contemporary beds, ancient architectural features with state-of-the-art shower and bathrooms, Egyptian cotton sheets, warm bathrobes and luxury toiletries. Experience the calm, serenity and refinement which Domaine de Perches offers you.

Share our passion for fine food and wine

Special care is taken in finding fresh seasonal produce to create interesting combinations of flavours and textures. Preceeded by an apéritif, dinner, although a four-course set meal, remains light, healthy, and balanced. Our dishes are complemented by a variety of interesting, high-quality wines from Gaillac and the South West. Depending on the season and the weather, dinner is served in one of the inside, or outside, dining rooms.

Perches Gallery Gaillac vineyards, Tarn

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“Space, tranquility, wonderful hosts”

“Without a doubt, this stunning home is an absolute triumph and incredibly luxurious”

“All in all, the place to indulge in some of Gaillac’s best food and wines”

“A pool and terrace with a vista waiting for a contemporary Monet”

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  • tel: 05 63 56 58 24
  • email: domainedeperches@orange.fr

The art of French cuisine in the Tarn

Dîner à la table d'hôte du Domaine
The art of French cuisine in the Tarn

Pear & Goat Cheese Salad

The art of French cuisine in the Tarn is based on fresh local produce and aims to create appetising, healthy and balanced dishes. There are excellent local wines, many from the Gaillac region, to complement the food. The organic movement is gaining strength amongst the local winemakers, and is reinforcing the continuing quest for quality, and hence enhancing its reputation.

Many traditional dishes of the area, like magret de canard (duck breasts), pear and almond tart, cassoulet (duck, porc and bean stew) or foie gras (duck liver) are well-known as winter dishes, and are on offer at almost every restaurant in South West France. But the wide variety of local, seasonal, top-quality foods means that there are many other excellent, summer menus to discover, notably in the cuisine at the Domaine de Perches.

The art of French cuisine in the Tarn

The art of French cuisine in the Tarn depends on the freshness and quality of produce of local farmers. There are markets in Albi, Gaillac, Carmaux, and Castres two or three times each week, as well as direct suppliers. They offer excellent vegetables, ‘red-label’ veal from the nearby Segala, every kind of summer fruit from the Lot-et-Garonne, melons and goats cheeses from the Lot, and ewes milk cheeses from near Cordes.

Dishes and menus

All our summer menus at Perches aim to combine four dishes to offer contrasting, yet complementing, tastes in a balanced meal. All start with a chilled soup, each based on a fresh local vegetable – with fruit, herbs, and  spices to enhance the savours. The salad which follows adds a contrasting pleasure from a local cheese, fresh-water fish or local cured meat.

 

Visit the beautiful village of Puycelsi

 

Visit the beautiful village of Puycelsi, one of ‘les plus beaux villages de France’ which is draped across the top of a hill in the Tarn. It is about a 20-minute drive from le Domaine de Perches.

Visit the beautiful village of PuycelsiThe village can be seen for miles around. As you wind up the hill to the centre, you can’t help but feel you are going back in time. And as you reach the top, you are blown away by the breathtaking views across the Grèsigne Forest.

Walks

Tourists to the Tarn, visit the beautiful village of Puycelsi for its historical background. But they also for the surrounding walks in stunning countryside. A well-trodden trail is the Sentier du Patrimoine which follows the Audoulou stream through the cool forest. Crossing wooden bridges along the way, the walk reaches a little waterfall of the same name.  A circular route, you can stop and have a picnic by the stream. Or, you can make your way back to the village for lunch at one of several lovely restaurants there.Visit the beautiful village of Puycelsi

Eating

A popular village eatery is ‘Au Cabanon‘, at the entrance to the medieval village. Run by a young couple who determinedly use only local produce such as organic wine by La Vigneureuse, Marine Leys, or the local goat’s cheese Le Pic, made just up the road in Penne by the Remond family since 1977. The family also own the fabulous La Fromagerie Saint Pierre in the centre of Gaillac.

The BBC recently produced a beautiful nature film on an amorous red squirrel living in the centre of the village in their series ‘Wild Tales from the Village’. It beautifully shows off the village, albeit from the rooftops. For a more grounded experience, it is possible to have a guided tour and take in the Chapel of Saint Roch and the Church of Saint Corneille. And there is even a local orchard which runs a project to plant and protect old fruit species.

 

Albi a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Maison d'hôtes de luxe près de Cordes-sur-Ciel

 

Albi a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the episcopal city built along the River Tarn. Additionally, it is the administrative centre of the département of the same name. The city is home to the magnificent Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile and the globally-recognised Toulouse-Lautrec Museum located just next door. This photogenic city is only 20-minutes drive from le Domaine de Perches and is therefore not to be missed.

The old quarter, Saint-Salvi is over 1,000 years old and along with the Pont Vieux, the Palais de Berbie and the cathedral, has made Albi a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to UNESCO, it has a sector which “forms a coherent and homogeneous ensemble of monuments and quarters that has remained largely unchanged over the centuries.”

A stroll through the narrow streets on foot reveals the strong use of traditional red brick. This was a trend shared by its neighbouring cities of Montauban and Toulouse, with the bricks being used to construct the old city’s buildings in a colombage style.

Albi a UNESCO World Heritage SiteAlbi a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Saint-Cécile Cathedral

The gothic silhouette of the cathedral and its 78 metre tower, dominates the area for miles around and is equally striking up close. Declared the largest brick cathedral in the world, the construction of Saint-Cécile began in 1282 to demonstrate the strength of the Catholic Church. The interior is as impressive as the exterior. It is home to exquisite frescos painted by Italian Renaissance artists in the 16th century. Furthermore, the cathedral also houses one of France’s largest classical organs.

Albi a UNESCO World Heritage SiteAlbi a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Toulouse-Lautrec Museum

Most noteworthy, next door to the cathedral is the Palais de Berbie. This was formerly the Bishops’ Palace and is now home to the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. One of several post-impressionist artists of his era, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi in 1864. Although he spent much of his life in Paris, the city very much claims him as its own. The museum holds probably the largest collection of his works anywhere in the world. As a result, it welcomes some 175,000 visitors every year.

In conclusion, Albi is without a doubt, a ‘must-see’ while visiting this part of South West France.

 

 

Perches Gallery Gaillac vineyards, Tarn

The Gaillac Vineyards around Perches.

Despite Gaillac having been one of France's earliest wine-growing areas, Gaillac and its wines have been pushed into the shadows by bigger names in Bordeaux and Burgundy. It should be remembered, however, that at one time the Gaillac vineyards…

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