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Dream house, mythic village* – Home 249939 Gite

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Dream house, mythic village* – Home 249939

Excellent Excellent – based on 1 review

  • Gite
  • 5 bedrooms
  • 10 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Gite / 5 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner


"Staying in your home in St-Cirq-Lapopie was the highlight of our vacation......."
Sandy B., Oklahoma (2014)

"For our family-- kids and grown-ups-- truly the vacation of a lifetime: beautiful house, incredible village....."
ECL, Vermont (2013)

"I wished I never had to leave. I can't imagine a more fantastic vacation....."
AML, Washington (2013)


"Staying in your home in St-Cirq-Lapopie was the highlight of our vacation......."
Sandy B., Oklahoma (2014)

"For our family-- kids and grown-ups-- truly the vacation of a lifetime: beautiful house, incredible village....."
ECL, Vermont (2013)

"I wished I never had to leave. I can't imagine a more fantastic vacation....."
AML, Washington (2013)


For just a moment, imagine spending a week or two in a fully-equipped house in the heart of an enchanting and lively medieval village, surrounded by gorgeous fields, limestone cliffs, and a magnificent river, where you can take just a short walk to artist studios, gourmet restaurants, and wonderful shops, yet live in the delightful and sun-lit privacy of your own home, perfectly located for day trips or hikes or bicycling, to castles, vineyards, markets, museums and more.

Between the Dordogne and Provence, on a cliff overlooking a magnificent river valley, lies the lively, medieval village of St. Cirq Lapopie, a place Richard the Lion-hearted once failed to conquer.

And between 13th Century walls, in the heart of this charming village that time has left untarnished, lies this beautiful five bedroom, three bathroom house, currently undergoing a complete renovation to be completed by winter 2012 (the designer/builder is Ivan De Jong, see his work at ivandejongdesign). Reservations for May through October of 2013 only, please.

This is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, a gathering of friends, a family reunion, for anyone wanting the intimacy of a great French village, the privacy of a spacious, cozy home, and a launching pad for incomparable day trips.

As you stroll through its medieval gate and gaze at the ancient red-roofed village houses, many garlanded with flowers, you'll imagine that time has stood still. But when you walk through the old oak door of our home, you'll find all the contemporary trappings are there--from the complete gourmet kitchen to the luxurious king beds to the two-person porcelain tubs.

There is plenty of room for a family or two, or for a reunion or large group of friends, but the design of the house, with its master bedroom, bath, and study just above the open living space, makes this a cozy, intimate place for even a single couple.

Designated an historic site and (in 2012) "the most beautiful village in France," St. Cirq Lapopie has been a mecca for artists and writers throughout the past century. The town is alive with small shops and fine restaurants, art studios, a museum, a cathedral, and more. There's a sandy beach too. You don't have to stray far.

Yet just beyond the village environs lie castles and markets, cave paintings and cathedrals, museums and vineyards, and the lush countryside. You can bicycle for traffic-free miles along the majestic Lot river. Or canoe for hours along the banks of the river from town to town. Or simply walk to the local castle or a nearby patisserie or cafe.

Whether your prefer lazing or action, window gazing or window shopping,dining out or cooking in, day trips or just a stroll to the corner, there is no end of enticing choices in our friendly, inviting village.

*Richard the Lion-Heart (Coeur de Lion, the name of our house) was repelled by village archers from invading St. Cirq Lapopie in the 12th Century! (There's an archer's window in the house.) More recently, St. Cirq Lapopie was designated 'Premier" among "the 100 most beautiful villages in France."

Further details

Our weekly rate (between April and October) is: $2250 USD/1725 Euros. $500 discount for 2nd week

The house is typically rented from Saturday to Saturday. (Check-in 4PM to 6PM, check-out by 10AM)

It is also available off season for monthly or longer-term rentals at very reasonable rates. The village is VERY quiet off season--ideal for writing, painting, contemplating, relaxing.

We accept payment by PayPal, bank transfer, or check. Note: we can only offer refunds if the house is re-rented. You are responsible for bank transfer fees (if any) and PayPal fees (usually around 3%).

There is a surcharge of 0.15 Euro/KWH for electricity beyond 100KWH allowance, but average use is most typically below 100KWH.

Rates are subject to change without notice.

Please contact us if you have any questions, special needs, or concerns. Our goal is to help you have an absolutely wonderful vacation. or 617 608-1404 (USA)

Further details indoors

With lots of light and wonderful views from its many windows, this beautiful stone house, with its red terra cotta roof, was built in the 13th Century, now being fully renovated for the 21st Century. It has been designed to provide all the conveniences of a modern home yet retains the charm of its ancient history.

A tall glass arch offers day-long southern exposure, and its entry door, fashioned from an oak wine vat found on the property, delivers you into the open-style main floor, with its gourmet kitchen, dining area, and living room.

The house has been designed to provide all the typical modern amenities-- dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, internet, telephone, dvd player, and a kitchen fully stocked with pots, pans, and the other necessities for gourmet cooking and fine dining.

There is a fireplace to warm the house on cool Spring mornings or cool Fall evenings, or anytime one wants the crackle and radiance of a real fire. And there is a library of good books, dvds, and stacks of games to play.

There are five bedrooms in the house, with a flexible combination of king beds, double beds, and twins. On the top floor there is also a separate study, a place to read or to watch a dvd movie on television, leaving the living room free for other activities.

All bedding and linens are provided. Windows bring in warm light to the rooms, some with views across the valley or towards the ancient cathedral that crowns St. Cirq Lapopie.

There are three full bathrooms, some rooms with their own added wash basins too. In two of the main bathrooms you'll find a large vintage porcelain tub, both designed for easy luxuriating after a day of seeing sights, one bathtub situated to provide expansive views through an upper window without compromising privacy.

More specifically: this is a beautiful characteristic stone house, with many sunlit windows, comprising three main floors, with a stairway up to a large, fully-finished attic.

The house design includes a large bedroom and a full bathroom with separate shower and tub on the top floor, as well as a separate study. And in the attic room above, there are two good-sized bedrooms, with a bathroom, and with expansive views from several windows. The layout makes it a comfortable stay for a couple or small family, but it has been designed to provide plenty of room for as many as four couples, or two families, or a small reunion or other gathering.

Each floor, including the finished attic, is more than 600 square feet (approximately 15 x 44 feet, in medieval style), totaling more than 2400 feet of living space, with 9 and 10 foot ceilings. The main floor comprises an open kitchen/dining and living area: the kitchen designed for home and gourmet cooking, a large table for dining with family and friends, and a cozy living room with amazing light from the huge arch window, and a fireplace for extra warmth on cool fall evenings.

The garden level floor (with its own door for exiting to the public garden and stone picnic table out back) has two comfortable bedrooms and a full bathroom. On the same floor there is also a washer/dryer and extra storage for bikes, barbecue and other necessities!

There are books and games, a television, telephone, and internet service. Towels, bedding, all the basic necessities are provided. There are local stores nearby for any other requirements.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Bed & bathroom

  • 5 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 4 Single Beds
  • 4 Family bathrooms


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property

About the owner

Charles M
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Calendar updated::
18 Nov 2013
Years listed:
Based in:
United States
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Languages spoken: English

This Gite has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 10. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 24 Jul 2012. Located in Lot, it has 1 review with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £0.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 18 Nov 2013.


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“This might be the best vacation you'll ever have.”

Reviewed 28 Oct 2013

I had the great fortune to stay in Coeur de Lion in October 2013. The house is magnificent and the location is unparalleled for beauty and medieval charm. The owner has brought it back from a ruin to a beautiful, tasteful home with a lot of “wow.” Coeur de Lion shows thoughtful attention to the details of its ancient heritage while embedding all the modern comforts. I am particular about vacation houses. I want to feel at home, I want to feel I've discovered something very special, and I want to feel like the owner cares about my comfort and enjoyment. I found sleeping in the bed with antique French linen sheets to be a dream. The bathrooms are a welcome luxury for the weary traveler – lovely bath salts and heated towel racks! The Nespresso machine in the kitchen provides a lovely crema to top off a delicious cup of coffee. The kitchen provides the most sophisticated cooks with all the tools and features needed for gourmet cooking. I would love to come back for the cooking classes they plan to offer (please let me know!). The location in the village is excellent. With a simple walk to the top of the village through 15th c. France, you can find morning croissants or go out for dinner. There are many wonderful restaurants within a few blocks. The regional food abounds with rich flavors of duck, foie gras, truffles, walnuts and local cheeses. Local markets are a shopper’s paradise for anything from regional Malbec wines to local, fresh organic produce to cook a stellar meal at home. Charles and Cathy are hosts who know how to exceed expectations. Many guests want support for planning logistics, as well as access to information and advice on activities and experiences that only an insider knows. They provide all that and more. I cannot think of any improvements to suggest. Coeur de Lion is definitely a home I would want to stay in again. I wished I never had to leave.

What a wonderful review. We are so glad you had such a great time. It is a fantastic village, and now that the renovations are completed, it is a fantastic house. Next time, come for two or three weeks-- we'll show you all the stuff to do that is impossible to squeeze into one week, much of it stuff you don't have to leave the village to discover. We really do look forward to seeing you again. Thank you.

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