Classical music tuition from renowned teachers, set in a secluded mill in the heart of the Albi region in southern France

Moulin de Cajarc Location

The Moulin de Cajarc is located on the river Cerou, just outside the beautiful medieval fortified hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, in the Tarn "department" (county) of the Midi-Pyrenees region.

The mill enjoys the perfect situation - retaining the quiet privacy of its river setting, but benefiting from a location only half a kilometre away from the thriving village of Les Cabannes, and a kilometer from Cordes itself.

Local Towns and Villages

Les Cabannes comes alive during the Summer months to host open-air cinema screenings, weekly street music and a busy market selling local produce. There is even a gem of a little theatre, owned by the Swiss actor, Pierre Nicole, presenting concerts and plays throughout the year.

The same distance again and covering the top of the hill, lies the dramatic medieval town of Cordes, lovingly restored by local artisans using traditional techniques and materials. Here you can find artists' studios, museums and galleries, bookshops and quaint restaurants and cafés.

Albi is the nearest large town to Cordes: a vibrant and artistic city built in rose brick with the magnificent landmark of the Cathedral of Saint-Cecile. It spreads out either side of the river Tarn, located 50 miles northeast of Toulouse. Albi houses the extensive museum of Toulouse-Lautrec and hosts music and theatre festivals throughout July and August.

The nearby town of Gaillac is the centre for wine-tasting but the whole region is peppered with vineyards and chateaux which can be visited for dégustations.

Stunning medieval villages and towns abound - these have been lovingly restored but at the same time they remain totally unspoilt. Their cobbled streets and hidden staircases open out to market squares, castles and towers. They can be visited easily from the base at Cordes and a day out can be extended to incorporate lunch followed by one of the local hikes (this includes part of the Chemin de St. Jacques).

Local Festivals and Activities

In mid-July, the Fetes Medievales du Grand Fauconnier take place, to mark the visit to Cordes in 1439, by the Dauphin and future King Louis XI of France. The people of Cordes (and visitors) hire the collection of some five hundred hand-stitched authentic costumes and pour out onto the streets with pipes and drums, dogs and donkeys, swords and shields. There are dancers, fire-throwers, jugglers and bedraggled, blood-stained foot soldiers!

There is also ample opportunity for course participants to enjoy the other activities available in the area:

• Wine-tasting
• Fine Dining
• Cycling
• Golf
• Fishing

• Cheese-tasting
• Walking
• Kayaking
• Riding
• Swimming

 

For full details of course content, approximate standard required, accommodation and more detailed pricing information - please contact Jane Ebel on:

UK tel: (01722) 333272    UK mobile: 07515 822479    E-mail: penski@btinternet.com

 

Porte de Horloge in the medieval town of Cordes Sur Ciel