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)|
|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|
|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||Double beds (2), Single 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|
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.
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
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.