St Cyprien Cottage Rental Photos and Description
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps a maximum of 5. Children over 12 years only.
A charming house for the discerning guests seeking extra quality and comfort. Antique furnished sitting room, gourmet cook's kitchen/diner, ensuite shower rooms, cosy wood burning stove and satellite TV. 'La Coyenne' is in the small hamlet of Le Bousquet, Allas Les Mines. Set on the South side of the Dordogne river, an idyllic rural retreat for nature lovers, in 4 acres of wooded garden with stunning views across the valley to Beynac. This is a perfect place to just relax, sunbathe, sip your aperitifs on the terrace, make a barbecue, read a book, listen to the birds singing. The terrace can be shaded from the hot sun by a striped patio awning when dining al fresco or you can eat out under the veranda we have just had constructed. If you can bear to leave the house and garden, it is only 5km to shops, restaurants and a river beach. La Coyenne is within easy reach of the Renaissance town of Sarlat, prehistoric sites like the Lascaux Caves, the Vezere Valley, chateaux and vineyards. And good restaurants serving Perigord cuisine and regional wine!
Sarlat, a beautiful Renaissance town (15 kms) is a famous centre for art exhibitions, drama and music festivals in the summer season. Open air concerts take place in the chateaux and churches throughout the Summer and there is an international folklore festival at Montignac. This region is also famous for its fine food and lively markets where you can sample the local fish, pates, fois gras, truffles, mushrooms, fruits and game in season. There are lots of good restaurants serving Perigord cuisine and, of course wines, from local vineyards in Bergerac, Cahors and Bordeaux. Our English-speaking managers, who live nearby, will do all they can to help you enjoy your stay.
Nearest river beach is 'Capette' at St Cyprien, 5 km. away and there are a few nearby golf courses and riding establishments. The area is great for walking and the river provides oportunities for boating and fishing.
The cottage is strictly a no smoking area and we ask that you respect the request not to smoke indoors.
Testimonials:: 'We had a very enjoyable holiday at La Coyenne.......the place gets better every year' 14.7.2008 Bill & Diane Barltrop.
'Third visit to La Coyenne and every bit as enjoyable as the previous two' 9.8.2008 Jacqui and Mal King. (Guest Book)
'Our sixth visit to La Coyenne and it gets better every time. We had a wonderful relaxing time, enjoying the walks around the country-side and some lovely meals on the patio' 19.8.2008 Alan and Gerry Mawdsley. (Guest Book)
'La Coyenne is in a lovely quiet rural setting with a wonderful garden.' 23.6.2009 Keith and Juliet Grover. (Guest Book)
'We have enjoyed the comfort and warmth of your cottage. Sorry to leave and will keep fond memories of the place and the area.' 1.10.2009 Conrad and Maryelle Gonthier-Ontario Canada (Guest Book)
'It felt like home' 7.10.2009 John and Claudette Voet-Canada (Guest Book)
'This was our first stay at La Coyenne, hopefully we will return soon' 6.8.2011 Tony and Linda D'Aquila, Florida. (Guest Book).
Flights are available from Ryanair flying from Stansted or from Flybe from Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Exeter to Bergerac Airport (50 km). CityJet are now providing a service from London City airport to Brive (1.5 hours drive). Alternatively, flights are available to Toulouse (3 hours drive) or Bordeaux (3 hours drive). Car rental from all airports is available.
There are lots of books about the caves and pre-history which place the whole area in perspective. There is also a new series of quite light-hearted crime novels set in Le Bugue (St Denis in the books) written by Martin Walker and you can find more about them on www.brunochiefofpolice.com - worth a look.
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
About Graham Carter
My wife and I purchased La Coyenne as a ruin in 1982 and have renovated it over the years. We were both civil servants in the UK and spent our holidays working on the cottage. Now semi-retired we still spend a lot of time working on minor aspects of the cottage and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the area.
Graham Carter purchased this cottage in 1982
Why Graham Carter chose St Cyprien
We found La Coyenne through a local agent and our friend,Steven, who still helps look after the cottage, recommended it for the views from the front overlooking Beynac. We have spent years getting it into a position where we are comfortable with living there and have furnished it to the same standard as our house in London. It is a holiday home that you will be happy to 'live in' not just 'stay in'
What makes this cottage unique
The garden with lots of wildlife and the views make La Coyenne a wonderful place for a peaceful holiday.
Guestbook comments from the owner
From Sonsbeck, Germany.
Thank you fpr letting us use your wonderful house. We enjoyed the silence, the furnishing and the books. We missed nothing. Sorry for our bad English.