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After visiting Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux, we were very excited to spend some time in the country - this wonderful home was just what we were looking for. Perched above the Lot river and overlooking the almost surreal village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, we could have been satisfied if we never left the house!
However, we found great restaurants for both lunch and dinner in Saint Cirq (at what we thought were very reasonable prices) and had a great outing to nearby Limogne for a farmers' market where we picked up a huge ribeye (entrecote), haricot verts, chanterelle mushrooms, garlic and shallots for an at-home meal.
Loved that there was a BBQ grill so we could easily cook at home one night. The large deck was a perfect spot for breakfast, dinner and aperitifs.
The vineyards of Cahors were a little trek at about 45 minutes, but the winding country roads were beautiful with a pretty village every couple of miles to look at. Google Maps worked like a charm to get us here, and when we weren't using the strong wifi signal at the house, there was good cell coverage.
Looking at the pictures before we arrived, I was worried that it seemed too good to be true. After spending our last 3 nights in France at this wonderful refuge, I can assure you it's even better and more beautiful than it looks on the screen!
Nicole and Alex were great hosts, though keep in mind that they don't speak a lot of English if you don't speak much French. My high school French education, dusted off after 20+ years, was more than adequate and Nicole filled in where my French left off. We made sure to request bed linens (included with stays of 3 nights ore more) and a bath towel. Guests are required to clean the house before leaving or chose a E40 cleaning fee. We're pretty tidy folks so we were happy to save the money and leave the place as clean as when we arrived.
We hope to visit again with friends and enjoy another wonderful early autumn in the country - Merci Nicole et Alex!
Jesse and Warren
Christine met us on arrival, helped us unload the car and gave us a tour of the property. She provided the essentials for our first breakfast as well as a bottle of wine to help us relax after a long ride from the Loire. She was available throughout our visit in her shop in the same building and was consistently helpful and friendly. The property is beautifully decorated with all the amenities a traveller could need including access to two great restaurants literally feet from the door.
Saint Cirq Lapopie is very popular with tourists for good reason so be prepared for a constant but not intrusive traffic flow by the rental. Also be prepared for the climbs. Fortunately there are benches at strategic spots to catch one's breath and the distances aren't too long. A thoroughly enjoyable experience that we would highly recommend.