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La Maison de Pan de Bois


Excellent 5/5 Score from 15 reviews

La Maison de Pan de Bois

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

La Maison de Pan de Bois is a 15th century three-storey stone mansion originally a wealthy merchant's house and shop. Now it has modern luxury and French style to go with its hundreds of years of history. Carennac can claim to be the most attractive village in the whole region and the house is in the heart of Carennac two minutes walk from the beautiful Dordogne. It's also the perfect base for experiencing one of France's most popular tourist areas.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lac de Causse 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 400 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Brive/Dordogne Valley 35 km, Nearest railway: Souillac 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

La Maison de Pan de Bois was state of the art luxury accommodation in the 15th century and you can still see why, with all the original features like the original stone sink and medieval stone toilet built out overhanging the outside. Now the house is beautifully and tastfully furnished as well as recently totally modernised. On the ground floor is the fully equipped kitchen, with everything from microwave to dishwasher, next to a large dining area which can easily seat eight. You can even have chefs who ran a renowned English restaurant come in and cook for up to eight guests. The lounge with open fire and exposed stone features and timbers is next to the first double bedroom with its own en suite bathroom. Upstairs are two further bedrooms, one double and one with two single beds, along with the main bathroom.

Further details outdoors

Outside is a private walled terrace with table, chairs, sun umbrella and BBQ. It provides a perfect place to sit and relax or pleine air.

Further details

Welcome pack is provided. English/ French speaking owners are only 15 minutes away.

On request food shopping can be bought to make the start of your holiday more relaxed.

Change over day is a Saturday

The Midi-Pyrenees region

Carennac is perfectly placed to experience the popular tourist region of the Dordogne valley . Here there's an unrivalled combination of ancient civilisation (like the world famous caves and paintings at Lascaux, with medieval history. It was here that the Hundred Years War was fought out and there are the spectacular castles on the banks of the Dordogne (like Beynac and Castlenau) to remind you, along with fortified medieval towns perfectly preserved to bring that to life. There a staggering array of places to see but the countryside itself is just as big an attraction. There's an incredible variety of terrain within just a few miles, from the lush valley to stark rocky landscape a few miles north to densely wooded hills close by. The twisty roads are a delight to drive. The climate ranges from cold crisp and beautiful in the winter to a very early warm spring and a summer which lasts and lasts with spells which can reach into the 40s but are usually in the 30s. Carennac itself has a microclimate which means it never seems as cold as some other nearby places in the winter. The season is now stretching further into the autumn which is still warm and a perfect time to visit.


Delightful as Carennac is, it is also perfectly placed to visit all the major attractions of the region. Chief of these is the medieval town of Sarlat to the west which is almost a timewarp, its medieval old town large, busy and truly impressive. One of France's most famous sites, the shrine of Rocamadour perched high on an enormous cliff is only minutes away to the south. Not only is Carennac itself officially one of the most beautiful villages in France it's close to many others, like Curemonte, Collonges La Rouge, the hilltop village of Turenne and the incredible Autoire just along the river from Carennac itself. Every small town and village has local markets in an area world renowned for its food like foie gras and canard. The countryside itself provides most of the activities ; it's a paradise for horse riders, cyclists, walkers (and if you're feeling lazy, drivers) while the Dordogne just has to be canoed. Canoes can be hired all along the river (Carennac included) with a bus service to return you to your start point. Areas of the river are safe enough to swim in, as is the huge Lac de Cause to the north while rather closer is a superb water park at Betaille only minutes away.

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27 Jul 2014


"Beautifully restored ancient house in lovely old village"

The house in Carennac has been beautifully restored and has been tastefully furnished to reflect the style of the house. It has a very large well equipped kitchen / dining area on the first level whic… More

1 Jul 2014


"Quaintness at its best"

What an unique property, wonderful nostalgic ambience. In the narrowest of roads, accessible by car although you must park in the parking lot some 80 metres away. Quaintness all around, just metres to… More

5 May 2014


"A French Mediaeval Experience"

We loved our week at La Maison de Pan de Bois. We marveled at the age of the maison and the village - yet despite the antiquity of the building, we were totally comfortable. (As visitors from Australia, we very much appreciated the excellent wifi reception which enabled us to keep in contact with friends and family at home.)

The owner made contact soon after our arrival and was available for any problems we might have, but there weren't any. We loved experiencing the village restaurants and trying out our limited French with the staff there and at the shop.

Carrenac was an excellent location for exploring the Dodogne region and we loved the peaceful rural atmosphere.

4 May 2014


"Ideallic French village experience"

Had a wonderful week at La Maison de Pan de Bois. Authentic village life experience in a comfortable & welcoming environment. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to take a step back in time, while enjoying the mod cons.

12 Sep 2013


"Beautifully restored cottage in an idyllic village"

My wife, our two grown-up children and I had a memorable week in this charming property. La Maison de Pan de Bois is comfortable and well appointed. Penny Stenning has put a great deal of care and love into the house, and her guests benefit greatly from it. Flowers and wine welcomed us in and and set us up for a memorable week.

1 Sep 2013


"Very comfortable house in a stunning medieval village"

Penelope Stenning has provided such a home from home here at La Maison de Pan de Bois, only it is better than being at home! The house looks so small from outside but is spacious, well furnished and … More

18 Aug 2013


"Magical village, very comfortable house"

Carennac is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages
in the region, and although the Dordogne Valley is well known on the
tourist circuit, Carennac and its neighboring villages suffer none of the
crowds endured by the more popular towns.

The village is built just above the southern bank of the Dordogne and is a
minor medieval masterpiece. Village houses are built of warm, honey
colored stone and crowned with crusty red tiles with most roofs seemingly
held together by hundreds of years of accumulated moss.
The house was very comfortable and well equipt with two bathrooms, three bedrooms, dishwasher and washing machine. Although the village was small there was a local shop and several restaurants.

7 Jul 2013


"Memorable stay in a magical house"

My sister and I stayed here for a week when I celebrated my 60th birthday. Penny is really friendly and I felt that I knew her even before we got there! It was lovely to find wine, flowers and a birth… More

7 Oct 2012


"A comfortable, charming pied a terre for exploring the Lot and Dordogne"

This was our second stay (testimony in itself) at the Maison in Carennac, one of France's "most picturesque villages." The house blends charming old and convenient new features. If you like to shop the open air markets and do some home-cooking, the well-equipped eat-in kitchen will delight you. Good restaurants are, of course, nearby, as are many other picturesque villages. (A car is essential, unless you intend to just soak in the wonderful peace and quiet of Carennac.)

Penelope Stenning, the proprietaire, lives close by and is always on-call to answer questions and make recommendations.

The lovely memoir, At Home in France, by Ann Barry, is a perfect introduction to Carennac and the Lot.

4 Jul 2012


"Absolutely amazing to stay in a pristine medieval village."

We loved staying in a home centuries old creaks and all. The village was fascinating and we had wonderful dinners at the Bodega and the Hotel Feneral. The fact that there was no gas station or supermarket was not an issue as they were available close by and would have spoiled the integrity of the village. I can not recommend this gite more highly.

Review 1-10 of 15

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Changeover day Sat


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  • 7 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:30 Jul 2014

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