This wonderful old farmhouse (La Maison) consists of two large bedrooms a large salon (living room) and two full en-suite baths one with a tub shower combination and one large bathroom with a shower and a fountain in an old fireplace! The bathrooms are stocked with necessities like soap, towels and a hair dryer. There is also a large classic French kitchen. In the kitchen there are the typical basic items ….. Fridge with freezer, five burner gas stove with large oven, toaster oven, microwave oven, assorted mixers and utensils, dishes, silverware, glassware, cookware, linens and a table that can be extended to seat ten. It does not have a dish washer. It’s a bright and pleasant place to cook and dine surrounded by typical French amenities that everyone seems to love. The stove/oven and counter top are actually located inside the old enormous fireplace that used to be the only source of heat. There are two large bedrooms, one with an American king sized bed and the other has a large double bed. All linens are provided and the beds are very comfortable. All rooms except the master bedroom have shuttered windows. All rooms have safe, wall mounted, electric heat.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||The Dordogne River 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bergerac 60 km, Nearest railway: St. Cyprien 3.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
This fantastic farm house dates back to medieval times. It was built in stages, in the 13th or early 14th centuries. There is a wonderful large, gated, private courtyard and parking for 4 cars. The main part of the house consists of two large bedrooms (sleeps 4) a large salon (living room) two en-suite bathrooms one with a tub shower combination and the other very large one with a shower and a fountain, both stocked with all the necessities like hair dryer, soap, toilet paper and towels. There is a large fully equipped French kitchen perfect for preparing romantic dinners. The stove/oven and counter top are located inside the old fireplace that used to be the only source of heat. All rooms have safe, wall mounted, electric heat. All linens are provided.
Chambre Gold: This is an additional beautiful bedroom suite you can add to your booking when needed (when available). It’s private, warm, cozy and comfortable. A golden glow permeates the air here and this suite is a joy and the perfect place to have a restful stay. It has a comfortable large double bed, love seat, two padded chairs and a dining area. It’s equipped with it’s own coffee maker, electric tea kettle, microwave oven and mini fridge. It has it’s own en suite, private full WC with shower, fully stocked with towels and hair dryer. There is a private stone patio with a table and chairs if you’d like to sit privately outside. You also have full use of the laundry facilities. This room may also be linked with the loft above it, when available. The stairway you see in the picture is secured for privacy when using this suite by itself and can be opened up for use as an additional bedroom when the loft is rented simultaneously.
There is also a studio. The Studio sleeps two comfortably on a fold out couch that is very comfortable, a cook top stove, sink and small fridge. It’s fully stocked with all of the necessities needed for simple cooking as well as all linens and towels. There is a table and chairs for inside dining and if you wish, you may move these outdoors. These three choices can be rented separately or combined in a way to suit your needs. (subject to availability) A full laundry is also available for your use.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a large gated, private courtyard with parking for two to three cars with additional parking at the back of the house if needed. There is an outside table with a sun umbrella and seating for six for relaxing outdoor dining. Assorted reclining lawn chairs and large beach towels are also provided. A full laundry is also available for your use.
Please contact us for booking details.
The entire area in this part of Dordogne is so varied and beautiful it defies description. People that have visited our wonderful part of the world all have a common phrase that they use that goes something like this “I can’t even describe it! It’s just the most fantastic place I’ve ever been.” This very area was, and remains a virtual center of activity, and importance for people for fifty five thousand years. The nearby village of Les Eyzies (12km) and Le Roque Gegeac (10km) have fantastic cave dwellings that you can tour, dating back thousands of years into pre-history. You also will see numerous caves and pre-historic dwellings along many of the roads if you have an eye for it. Literally all of the castles you will see have played a significant roll in the history of this region. The long and bloody Hundred Years War 1320 – 1445 was waged right under your feet. If you listen carefully you can still hear the sounds of those perilous times in some of the castles, (the castle at Beynac is particularly alive with memories) and the overall sense of times gone by, is palpable. The odd thing is, even though this incredibly long and mostly perilous history was the norm for thousands of years, things have now changed for the better and the sensation you get is one of contentment and joy. You feel yourself smiling…a lot. The French lifestyle is a fascinating thing to behold. It’s a huge part of why people come to France. Notice it, with all of its subtleties and form and you will come away with the realization that there may be another way to live. Sarlat (15km) is a great example of these rich historical elements mixed with contemporary French life. There are charming café’s and shops everywhere. Simply walking around the village is a real joy. This village dates back to Roman times and the oldest parts were established around 650AD. There is a river that runs unseen under the village. Market days are Wednesday (small market – food only) and Saturday is the big market with food and clothing and much more.
St. Cyprien (4km) is a nearby village that has it’s market day on Sundays. It’s a great market in it’s own right. A lot of locals like it even better than the Sarlat markets. It is especially convenient if you miss the Saturday market in Sarlat. St. Cyprien also has a large super market as well as smaller shops and restaurants.
THINGS TO DO: There are so many things to do here it may be helpful to categorize them.
Photography: This, is a true photographers dream. Literally everywhere you look you’ll find a target you simply can’t miss. The abundance of majestic castle’s and ruins with all of their mystery and historical significance, medieval towns and small villages glowing in the magic light that seems to permeate the air just for you. A simple drive on the scenic back roads can provide hours of opportunities you may never find elsewhere. A must have item, is a good camera, with lots of memory. You won’t be sorry.
Castle Tours: They call this area “The Land of a Thousand Castles”. It’s not a misnomer. There are castles around every corner. Some of them have been in movie productions like the castle at Beynac just 5.5km from the house. With movies like “Joan of Arc” and “Chocolate” to it’s credit the tour becomes even more fun trying to find the places that appear in the films as you roam the majestic edifice that can tell a thousand tales.
Market Days: At market days you get to live like a local for a bit. Market days are not staged events for the benefit of the tourists. The markets are where most of the local inhabitants go for the freshest produce, duck (canard) and all of the associated products that formerly were quacking, like foie gras, duck and goose (oie) liver pate’s in countless variations, rabbit (lapin), mushrooms (champignons), exotic and expensive truffels, pork (porc), nuts, spices, sweets and on Saturdays a huge selection of clothing and even antiques….I think you’re getting the picture. It’s fun and colorful. Don’t miss it.
The Café Scene: One of the unique things about French life is the amount of time you could spend in a café without being called a obsessive. It’s almost the national pastime. Even in a weeks time, you may find yourself getting to know some of the regulars whether they are tourists or locals. I gives you a chance to relax (you’re supposed to be doing this right?) and observe the world as it constantly changes before your eyes. So pick one….any one and become French for an afternoon.
Boating: With one of the most scenic rivers in France at your feet it’s no wonder that activities of an aquatic nature flourish. Guided boat tours, canoe and small boat rentals are a great way to spend some time. Do not forget your camera. The view from a boat is quite different and you’re sure to get some great shots.
Hiking and Walks: Get out of the village! This is where things can really get interesting. There are several ways to do this. Honestly you can’t miss. You can just randomly take a walk near the house and come away totally happy….. or …. Find some of the marked trails that abound. You won’t find these trails sterilized like in some places. They’re often rough, unimproved and unchanged for a thousand years or so! You’ll run into old ruins that haven’t been destroyed or molested. There are some very amazing ruins and things to ponder in the wood. Get out there and explore.
Golf: Yes, there is golf here! We have several beautiful golf courses in the area.
Bicycling: Outstanding cycling opportunities await you in our area. From easy flat terrain for the cruisers, on super scenic back roads that all seem to be made for you, to the hilly more demanding roads for the hard core Lance Armstrong types. This is a cyclist’s heaven.
In the Air: Small plane rides, parasailing and hot air ballooning are all available within a short distance from the house. Not only is it a blast to see the castles, villages and valley from the air …. but up there, high over this wonderland, in the early morning or early evening, you will get some of the most incredible photographs imaginable. The light at those times is perfect. When you get home your friends will accuse you of swiping your photos from post cards! The best part is you’ll also be storing them in that special part of your memory that will stay with you, forever.
Local Events: Visit the Chamber of Commerce in the town of Sarlat. It’s both centrally located in the old town and very friendly and informative. Here you will be able to get assistance finding a host of things to do and places to go from the English speaking staff. Loads of books and pamphlets in both English and French are available both for purchase and free.
SHOPPING: Sarlat is the primary shopping area in these parts. There you will find a wide array of shops that you could find virtually anything. From gift items to bring back home to clothing and shoes to some of the areas unique food items and pharmacies and banks, you’ll likely find it in Sarlat. For the more adventurous souls the town of Periguex, forty minutes driving time away has many discount outlets and stores to explore.
RESTURANTS: France is notorious for its food. The French have a way with their preparation and presentation of a meal so as to translate it into an art form. The second your plate is set before you, the senses start to give you the message. This, is going to be great. Artfully presented and perfectly prepared is the French norm. It seems that here in France most meals are far more than just a way to satisfy hunger. They become a multi faceted sensory excursion into paradise. Sidewalk cafes can even serve up some of the tastiest dishes in typical French style. Explore on you own or use our favorites list to guide you.