Our house is comfortable and affordable without compromising on location: there is so much to see on your doorstep !
Situated just 200 metres from the centre of the village it is central to shops, restaurants and all amenities. It allows a choice of a relaxing evening on the terrace after your day sightseeing or al fresco dining in nearby restaurants.
Le Terme is furnished to a highest standard in a traditional French style. A lot of thought and care has gone into ensuring the comfort of our guests.
* Hall with storage area, coat-peg, wooden staircase to terrace
* Spacious and light fitted kitchen, newly equipped with fridge/freezer, electric plates and oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster; kettle...
* Bathroom with bath tub, toilet, washing machine.
* Cosy lounge with wooden floor and wood burner, sofa, armchairs, coffee table, flat screen satelite TV with french and foreign chanels, DVD player ; and dining area with antique wooden table and chairs.
Wooden staircase to upper floor :
* A large master bedroom containing historical elements like the original fireplace (for decorative use only) and a private balcony with views over the village. There is a queen size bed, a wooden wardrobe, a built in closet. Relax in the armchairs or on the private balcony with views to the village.
* An adjacent second double bedroom, full of charm, with a queen size bed, a fitted wardrobe and door leading to the terrace area. It benefits from a tilled ensuite shower-room with a large italian shower and toilets.
On request an extra good quality campside bed, or a cot and a highchair can be provided for a child.
* A private locked cave is available for bicycles or wine purchases
* small balcony, accessible from the master bedroom
* 10m² terrace area, eqquiped with table and chairs to dine al fresco, offering great views over the village
Saint Cyprien is situated on the hillside above the River Dordogne and makes a perfect base for visiting the fabulous caves, beautiful villages and lovely scenery that this section of the Dordogne is famous for.
Saint Cyprien has a beautiful old town which winds uphill towards the 12th century belltower and the abbey church which dominate the town.
Arriving at St Cyprien you are first greeted by the commercial area with supermarket. Head up to the town proper and you first get to the main street, the Rue Gambetta. Along here are loads of restaurants and bars and a number of boutiques - some are very nice, there is an excellent shop selling beautiful cabinets and sinks for the bathroom. If you are looking for a meal or a coffee this is the street to head for. The tourist information office is on this street and they can give you a very useful map for exploring the old town. Whilst on the Rue Gambetta look at the detail of the buildings, there are some lovely balconies and carved stone window surrounds.
*** The real treat of St Cyprien is behind the Rue Gambetta, it is here that the old town starts. Behind the Tourist Office is the Place de la Liberte. From here head up the Rue du Terme leading up towards the abbey.*** There is a stately 18th century Chartreuse (a Perigordian mansion house) here which was built for the chief officer of the French Royal Navy. There are some other wonderful buildings neighbouring the Chartreuse.
On the Rue de la Justice de Paix look out for a door with a heart carved above it. This belonged to a religious institution and parts date to the 12th century. It even has an underground passage.
Leading above the town are a number of steep narrow lanes. The houses here are squeezed together as everyone wanted to be inside the city wall. This area of town is called 'Montmartre' and has excellent views of St Cyprien and the Dordogne valley below.
The abbey of Saint Cyprien has an interesting history. Back in 620AD a hermit called St Cyprien took up residence in a cave overlooking the Dordogne Valley. Gradually a religious community grew up around him. Barbarian invasions of the 9th century led monks to build defensive walls.
In 1568 during the Religious Wars the priory was destroyed. The monastery was rebuilt in 1685 though the bell-tower and keep remain from the 12th century.
The highlight in St Cyprien is just ambling round the medieval streets admiring the wonderful architecture scattered throughout.
Market day in St Cyprien is a Sunday morning. A good place to buy the culinary highlights of the region: Foie gras, walnut cake, wines of Monbazillac, Pecharmant and Bergerac as well as fresh fruit and vegetables.
Central heating and log fire means the house remains cosy all year round. Ideal for autumn and spring stays which are equally delightful times to visit or for longer lets for house-hunters during winter.
Bed linen, bath and hand towels, bath mats and tea towels are provided.
Final day cleaning service available at an extra cost of 70€
No smoking inside cottage please. No Pet.
Suitable for young children (cot and higchair available on simple request)
Changeover day is Friday during the high season (this will avoid you the traffic jam on the busy summer saturdays!)
Other days considered during mid and low seasons.
Last minute short lets may be possible.