PRIVATE RETREAT FOR 2 IN THE HEART OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY

Julie Bacon

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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PRIVATE RETREAT FOR 2 IN THE HEART OF THE DORDOGNE VALLEY

Sarlat la Caneda Studio Rental Photos and Description

Studio, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Beautiful apartment in lower level of medieval home in St. Cyprien, heart of the Perigord Noir. Very comfortable little private getaway for 2 in the upper, or Montmartre section of the town. St. Cyprien is very well located in the valley, situated between Sarlat-la-Canada to the east, and Bergerac to the west.

Although this unit is located on one level, the little streets leading down/up to it are quite steep and therefore probably not suitable for anyone with serious mobility problems.

The Dordogne Valley area of France is truly one of the semi-hidden gems of the country. Most tourists don't make their way here until their 4th or 5th trip to the country, having first visited Paris, Normandy, the Loire, Provence, etc. before hearing about the Dordogne. It is very much small town France, full of ancient towns, villages, hamlets and farms. Many of the best producers of local, boutique type products still flourish here.

Situated just north of the Dordogne river, this is still very much an authentic French town, with all the amenities that these little gems have to offer. Everything you need on a daily basis is easily available within walking distance. The town hosts great little restaurants where you can sip coffee and watch the world go by, one of the best pastry shops in the Dordogne, and numerous small restaurants and other businesses. The town is essentially built into a hill, with the most ancient areas being around the church and the upper section referred to as Montmartre or Haut de la Ville (top of the town), where the streets are steep and narrow.

The town has an interesting history, having occupied a border position between Eleanor's Aquitaine and the French armies and was thus under attack during both the Hundred Year's War and the Wars of Religion. It is said that Richard the Lionhearted passed through here.

Views from the Montmartre section, where the house is located, are superb. The town is just below and one has a horizontal view of the valley and the hills ascending the south side of it. The ancient church is one of the largest in the area and was formerly a training center for priests and nuns.

The town hosts the principal day market in the area each Sunday. Numerous venders sell everything you could possibly need to satisfy every possible taste. There are numerous other day and night markets throughout the area.

Numerous historic sites are within easy driving distance. Font-de-Gaume, one of the original caves still accessible to the public is 7 ks away, in the historic town of Les Eyzies, home of the Museum of Pre-History. The very charming town of Beynac is only 8 ks away, and is home to the famous Chateau de Beynac, which overlooks the town from it's elegant position high on the hill behind the town. It is said that cannon balls were frequently fired between this Chateau and the Chateau de Castelnaud, which sits almost directly across the river. During the Hundred Year War it is said that the British occupied the south side of the Dordogne and the French the north side.

You can easily visit the Chateau des Milandes, home of Josephine Baker, the famous American Jazz singer, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Tremolat and numerous other medieval and Bastide towns (walled villages).

A less than one hour drive can take you to the famous villages of Montignac (home of Lascaux II, the most famous cave in France), Monpazier, or Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere. In fact, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Activities abound. The Dordogne and Vezere Rivers are available for all water activities. Local day and night markets are full of amazing local products, each with it's own character. Local small farm producteurs still make their own goat cheese, honey, soaps, fois gras, etc.

Hiking and biking are available virtually 'outside the door'. Bikes can be easily rented and I don't think you can find better biking in the world. Everywhere there is a big road in France, there are smaller roads nearby with almost no traffic. But, yes, there are hills!

This apartment is the lower level of my house. It has a southern exposure with nice sized windows in the living and kitchen areas and a door leading directly onto the stone-walled patio. There is a separate kitchen which is partially walled off from the living/sleeping area. The living/bedroom area is essentially one room. The bed is king size and has two separate mattresses. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink and a clothes washer. A drying rack is available and my dryer is available upon request. Parking is available very close to the unit, (less than a 2 minute walk), but not directly on site.

It is, all in all, a very comfortably furnished and private little getaway, in town but yet far enough up the hill to have a very tranquil experience. Evenings spent on the private patio are magical, especially with a bottle of excellent French wine, some bread and cheese, and a few nice candles. My terrasse is available with permission. ENJOY!

Keywords: apartment, gite, pied-a-terre

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Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Julie Bacon

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I originally visited this part of France in 2003, via bicycle with 2 friends, on a month long trip of the area. I had heard so much about the Dordogne but didn't really know what it was. I was totally amazed and blown away by the area.

I totally fell in love with the area, but it was very much sort of an Act of Fate that I ended up buying a house here. I had no intention of doing so when I arrived. But one day it was raining and we didn't bike and ended up in a small town with a real estate office, and, as they say in France, Voila! I found a house I couldn't resist. It was, however, VERY small, and when I realized that I wanted to spend a fair amount of time here, I sold it in 2008 and bought this one. Now I spend around 5-6 months a year here in the Dordogne, which is full of interesting ex-pats and colorful French characters. I think that it is truly The Good Life.

Julie Bacon purchased this studio in 2008

When here in 2003 I just found that this area of the country just resonated with me. I loved the ancient aspects of it -- the villages, hamlets, farms, caves, chateaux, etc. I didn't originally buy the house to create a rental, but the lower area is really lovely and I thought why not create an environment where others can enjoy this fabulous part of the country??

I love being right in town, yet out of the main hustle and bustle of the main street. It is usually quite tranquil in this upper part of the town.

At the same time, everything is easily accessible in a 5 to 8 minute walk down the hill. Maybe 15 coming back up!

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Living here I feel that I have somewhat stepped back in time to my childhood. Things move at a slower pace. Neighbors still hang out their windows to talk to each other, and cars sometimes block the small streets while the drivers chat. A good thing but somewhat annoying at the same time! The French, in general, still take great pride in their food, and that is displayed on a daily basis by the food sold and served in the local shops and restaurants.

The town is very well located in terms of sightseeing. The Bordeaux region of the country, known for it's excellent wines, is a couple of hours away. The area is full of small towns, some of them bastide towns (walled) original caves, small local producers of wonderful products. It's difficult to get too lost, as there are villages and hamlets everywhere and the roads are very well marked.

Wonderful hiking and biking are available right out the door.

There is truly something for everyone here!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Private Retreat for 2 in the Heart of the Dordogne Valley
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Sarlat la Caneda Perigord Noir
Chevy Chase MD
4

BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE, LOVELY APARTMENT

  • 4 of 5
We loved our stay in this apartment, or gite--very comfortable, lovely furnishings, and a charming and helpful host. The village of St. Cyprien is wonderful--also very charming, great shops. The Sunday market in the village is a great experience: delicious food, good variety, and at good prices. We were also very well-located for the many sights in the area: the Lascaux cave, canoeing on the Dordogne River, visiting the many local chateaux and castles. All that said, this is not a good place for people with physical limitations. The apartment is perched on a steep hillside above the village, and while it's a short walk down to the village, it's a hard climb back up. Not a problem for the generally physically fit but may be an issue for others. Also, within the apartment, the bed is on a 6-inch or so raised floor, and while it looks great, could be a hazard if you're not mindful--my husband stumbled a couple of times while getting up during the night. But other than that, which accounts for the 4-star rather than 5-star rating, the place was wonderful.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bernice is absolutely right when she says that this gite is not for those with any kind of mobility issues. I mention that in the description but it's always nice to have additional reminders. It is fairly steep downhill to the town and a steep climb back up the hill. I love it, but it's not for everyone!

Regarding the bed, it is on a raised platform. Unfortunately it was that way when I bought the house and I was unable to change it. I installed two different colors of floor tiles, but it can still be difficult to see at night. I will provide a couple of night lights which can be plugged in if the renters wish to use them.
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Sarlat la Caneda Perigord Noir
Toronto, Ontario
5

DORDOGNE DELIGHT

  • 5 of 5
We absolutely fell in love with the Dordogne Valley, St. Cyprien and our perfect little gite. The king bed was very comfortable with wonderful pillows and high quality crisp ironed cotton sheets Ahhh....
My husband and I enjoyed many delicious meals on our own terrace as the kitchen is very well equipped. We also enjoyed regional gastronomic gems and picnics by the Dordogne. The kitchen has cooler, mats, everything needed for a picnic.
We kayaked the river, did our own Tour do France on bicycle from Castelnaud la Chappelle to Daglan where there is a wonderful tea room. We visited castles, caves and got up close and personal with Cro Magnum man.
The green lusheness of the area and abundance of roses was surprising to me. It would make Ireland blush. Combine that with Medieval limestone cottages and you have a photographer's dream.
Last note , dont miss the Sunday Market in St. Cyprien. It is the perfect size, then stop by Le Chat for a glass of wine and people watch.
The castles, villages, caves, food and the people, especially our warm, inviting, exceptional hostess Julie make the Dordogne Valley and this gite the perfect vacation. Seriously, if you dont have a good time... it's your fault.
  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: This couple has to win the award for not wasting a minute in this wonderful part of France. Off they were each morning, picnic basket in hand, to some new adventure, meeting locals, visiting caves, chateaux, etc. etc., and coming back to report the amazing ventures they had that day.
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Sarlat la Caneda Perigord Noir
5

WHAT A LOVELY PLACE TO STAY!

  • 5 of 5
This quiet retreat in the heart of the Dordogne Valley was terrific! It is so well situated and has many attractions near by. It is very clean, comfortable and well-equipped. We used it as our home base to tour around this area. There is so much to see and do! Our only regret was that we did not have more time with Julie, who is a gracious fun-loving host!
  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Well, what can I say? I've had absolutely fabulous clients all summer, and they all add to the "energy" of the gite. It really is a perfect base from which to venture and see all the wonderful sites in the heart of the Dordogne.
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Sarlat la Caneda Perigord Noir
Harbor Springs, MI
5

MT FROM MICHIGAN

  • 5 of 5
I was charmed by the place! The space has everything you need including a lovely view! The owner was very helpful with suggesting places to see and where to eat. Super clean and nicely decorated! It even has a small patio to enjoy a glass of wine and a bit of sunshine. I would highly recommend staying here.
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Sarlat la Caneda Perigord Noir
5

EXCELLENT SITUATION

  • 5 of 5
It was a wonderful two weeks! the place was perfect for a couple and we were central to all events we wanted to be; caves,food/wine,castles, etc.Owner is fabulous host with lots of good info and extremely helpful.
  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Sarlat la Caneda Perigord Noir
WESTFIELD, NJ USA
5

CHARMING ST-CYPRIEN

  • 5 of 5
My wife Debbie and I spent 4 wonderful days at this charming studio property and wished it could have been a month! Other than the church bells it is so quiet & peaceful; you just want to sit and read or stare out at the countryside. But you'll still get your exercise walking up and down the hill to the bakery and restaurants. It's a perfect location to tour all the other Dordogne towns, but allows you to retreat back to a town that is not "overrun" with tourists.

Unfortunately, the owner Julie had to return to the USA before we arrived, because we had looked forward to actually meeting her after all her lovely and informative e-mails. But everything went smoothly as she is so organized and her friend Megan filled in to meet us at the property. Can't say enough about her studio layout and decor. It is more charming than the photos!

We just hope that the next time we are able to come back to this section of France Julie has an opening in the studio's bookings.

Rob & Debbie M
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Rob and Debbie, Thanks so much for your great review. I'm sorry we did not get to meet, as one of the very special and most rewarding things about having my gite in France is the clients who book it! Being a smaller unit it attracts couples/singles who are fabulous, well traveled and so interesting. I'm sorry that a medical issue (which turned out fine) pulled me away from France earlier than usual this year. I hope to met you in the future when you return to fabulous St. Cyprien and the Dordogne area! Julie
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Bordeaux
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
St. Cyprien
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
D-703
Nearest Beach
125 Miles
Bordeaux
Car: recommended

Summer in the Dordogne Valley is full of wonderful musical and food events. Both day and night markets are available and full of local gastronomique delicacies such as duck, fois gras, walnuts, honey, wine, etc. The Dordogne and nearby Vezere Rivers offer wonderful canoeing and kyaking experiences. And of course the most famous caves are all close-by, the most famous being Laxcaux II,approximately 25 miles away. Wine tasting available in the nearby Bordeaux area, small bastide towns (walled) towns abound. All is available in this wonderful, still a little bit hidden (which is a good thing) corner of France! Those interesting in trying out their biking or hiking legs, you can't find a better place in all the world. For those looking for an activity a little more relaxing and who dream of floating over this historic area in a hot air balloon, it's also readily available. ENJOY!!

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Sarlat la Caneda Studio Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
July
Jul 1 - Jul 31
7 night minimum stay
$695
 
 
August
Aug 1 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
$695
 
 
September
Sep 1 - Sep 30
7 night minimum stay
$645
 
 
October
Oct 1 - Oct 31
7 night minimum stay
$590
 
 
May
May 1 - May 31
7 night minimum stay
$590
 
 
June
Jun 1 - Jun 30
7 night minimum stay
$645
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$695
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $49.00
Notes Minimum weekly rental, Saturday arrivals and departures. Shorter stays and different arrival and departure dates may be possible depending on availability. 50% deposit required at time of booking and 50% balance required 2 months before date of initial occupancy. Inquire about discounts for stays of more than 1 week!!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Sarlat la Caneda Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Downtown
  • River
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Living Area
  • Internet ...
  • Heating ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Mini Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom is equipped with glass door shower, sink, toilet, and clothes washing machine. Clients are able to use my dryer upon request.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • King size bed. (1) King Size bed with two separate mattresses
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Patio
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • museums
  • live theater
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • ruins
  • forests
  • library
  • winery tours
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • mountain biking
  • golf
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • hot air ballooning
Notes:
St. Cyprien, still very much a 'French' town, is located in the heart of the fabulous Dordogne Valley, one of the gastronomic centers of France, within 20 minutes of Sarlat la Canada, Beynac, Domme ancient caves and all the best of the Perigord Noir. The gite is located in the higher, i.e.Montmartre section of this town, with small streets and ancient houses of stone and wood. All amenities in town available in a 5-8 minute walk down the hill to the main street of town. Amazing boulangerie, patisserie et boucherie (bread, pastry and meat shops) within easy walking distance. Great views of Dordogne Valley from upper terrasse, available for use with owners permission.
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