House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
L'Auditoire is a three-storey stone mansion from the 15th century, a superb combination of ancient history and modern luxury coupled with tasteful French style. It's located right at the summit of a village unique in France, once so powerful it ruled for miles and coined its own money. Now it's a traffic free oasis of calm with a spectacular view for miles.
Not only is Turenne itself a major attraction but the house provides the perfect base for experiencing one of France's most popular tourist areas.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Cause 8 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brive/Dordogne valley 20 km, Nearest railway: Brive La Gaillarde 12 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, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, 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||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), 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|
|Further details indoors|
A combination of L'Auditoire's history and unusual layout has given the house a charm which touches everyone who stays there. But it's practical too; the kitchen has every single appliance necessary. You can even have chefs who ran a renowned English restaurant come and cook for up to eight guests.
The lounge is large with extremely high beamed ceiling and cantou fireplace and also has a comfortable sofa bed for an extra guest .
It's a house which has style, tradition and comfort and that's shown by the very large master bedroom (overlooking an ancient chapel) with its own en suite bathroom.It also has it's own wood burning insert fire with warm air piped to the bathroom. Also on the first floor is the second large double bedroom and the second bathroom.
Circular stairs take you to the second floor where there are two single beds and a traditional French day bed which can also be used if required.
|Further details outdoors|
A private screened terrace runs alongside the house and provides a perfect area for eating outside in the summer. Table chairs and sun umbrella are provided, as is a barbecue. If you want to cheat, there's also a bbq facility on the main cooker.
There is a wood store to the other side of the house and wood is provided for the two wood burning fires for winter lets.
The chapel opposite provides an ideal area for car parking with the car just yards from the house and perfectly safe. As only resident's and guest's cars are permitted at the top of Turenne it's a peaceful location.
A few yards from the house is a picnic area with tables and a panoramic view towards the Dordogne.
A 30% deposit is required on booking with the balance of payment due 8 weeks before the visit. A booking form will be sent with the booking conditions in full. A £200 security deposit is required but it's refundable on departure. VISA is accepted.
The Limousin/Auvergne region
Turenne is right at the very southern most tip of the Limousin and is more relevant to the far more popular tourist areas of the Dordogne valley. They offer an unrivalled combination of ancient civilisation (like the world famous Lascaux caves and prehistoric paintings) and medieval history. It was here that the Hundred Years War was fought in the Middle Ages and there are spectacular castles and fortified towns perfectly preserved to bring that to life. There's an incredible array of places to see but the countryside itself is a just as big an attraction. There's an immense variety of terrain within just a few miles, from stark rocky landscape to endless thickly wooded hills with twisty roads which 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 normally in the 30s. The season is beginning to stretch further into the autumn which is still warm and a perfect time to visit.
Turenne itself is a major attraction but it's within easy reach of the must-see town of Sarlat, a medieval time warp, and one of France's most popular sights, the spectacular cliff top shrine at Rocamadour. There are more of the officially listed 'most beautiful villages in France' in this area than any other, such as Carennac, Collonges La Rouge, and Curemonte. Every small town and village has weekly markets in an area world renowned for its food, like foie gras and duck. The problem is not in finding enough things to see and do but finding enough time to be able to. The countryside itself provides most of the activities; it's a paradise for cyclists, walkers (and if you're feeling lazy, drivers), there are horses to hire and the Dordogne has to be canoed with rental canoes available all along the river (with buses to return you to your start point. . .). There's a superb water park at Betaille half an hour away.
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18 Oct 2013
"Picturesque stone house in medieval hilltop village of Turenne"
This restored stone house is welcoming and comfortable. The views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular from its hilltop location. We found it conviently located for day trips to local markets and sights. The house is on four levels connected by circular staircases which might be challenging for the very young or the very old. The kitchen is well equiped for cooking at home. In all we were satisfied with our stay in this house on top of the hill.
4 Oct 2013
"A unique experience in a unique village."
An amazing historic house with all modern amenities provided. Kitchen is well equipped and two bathrooms make for easy access for everyone. The history of this village, its castle and surroundings is intriguing and it is easy to imagine that L'Auditoire was a vital cog in the past. Local restaurants are limited but we ate at the restaurant and the creperie in the square both of which served very tasty fare. Operating hours are a little unpredictable. Although there is no local big supermarket in Turenne there is a local store which can supply basic necessities including lovely fresh bread and there is a tourist office which has heaps of local information. There is a very useful folder in the house including many recommendations from past visitors. Penny, the very welcoming owner, lives nearby so can help out if needed. There are amazing views from many places in the village and the castle itself is certainly worth a visit. This is a very beautiful area of France.
4 Nov 2011
"Modern convenience in a charming medieval setting."
We rented L'Auditoire for 1 week and it was terrific in every way. We loved the accommodation, the village, and the surrounding area. I don't think we would have changed anything. The service was great and we'd certainly consider going back if the opportunity arises.
17 Aug 2011
"Breathtaking views, beautiful village"
We stayed in L'Auditoire for one week on May 2011. My husband and I travelled with our one year old daughter. The driving instructions we were provided with were a little intimidatining but we found the house with no problems. We were very pleased with the vacation rental. The house was clean and well maintained. It was well equipped and had everything we needed. The Village of Turenne is very pretty and quaint. We were a little disappointed with the availability of restuarants and cafes in the village. We ate in both of the restaurants on alternate nights but were a little confused as to when they would open and which day each was open on. They never seemed to be open at the same time and when they were open it was a very late opening. This was not suitable for our daughter and we ended up eating in most nights. Also, there is a creperie in the village which only opened on the last day of our stay. We were not able to have lunch at all in the village as the two restaurants only opened for dinner. There is a pub at the end of the road, however, he does not serve any food, only alcohol. We were told that there are more options during the peak tourist times.
We also read that the road leading up to the cottage was very long and steep especially when pushing a stroller. This is true. That hill exhausted us. Good thing there was always a nice glass of wine as a reward when we got to the top.
The owner, Penny, was very helpful and called to check in on us a few times. We also paid close attention to her restaurant reviews found in her information binder. We found her recommendations to be accurate and very much enjoyed the restaurants she recommended.
We also rented some baby equipment from a French company. When the pick up did not go as planned, Penny was very helpful in coordinating the return of our package for us as we had returned home.
The views from Turenne as spectacular, make sure you climb the tower to take it all in.
11 Jun 2011
"Absolutely gorgeous gite in an absolutely gorgeous location"
3 couples (family members) stayed together in L'Auditoire. The town of Turenne is so picturesque it is almost hard to believe it is real. The gite is located at the top of the small town overlookiing the surrounding valley and hillsides. The gite has been beautifully decorated and has all the modern comforts whilst retaining a beautiful and authentic charm. The town of Turenne is situated in an area that allowed us easy access to many of the sites in the region - one week was not nearly long enough to see it all.
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