|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
The living room in the main house has doors opening onto the garden and the courtyard which must be shared if the units are separately occupied. There is a sofa and comfortable easy chairs, television with international channels and a woodburner in the large stone fireplace.
The second floor bedrooms have good sized double beds and each their own ensuite with generously sized shower cabinet, basin and toilet. All have electric wall heaters. There is a separate toilet with wash basin on the ground floor.
The cottage kitchen has dining table and chairs. All the usual kitchen utensils are supplied, crockery, glassware, tea towels etc. There is an electric oven and hob, upright fridge freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle and microwave.
Iron, ironing board, washing machine and separate dryer are in the utility room.
The property in two parts, the original house and the stone former barn nestles amongst a charming cluster of honey-coloured stone houses, surrounded by walnut groves, at the end of a no through road. The two building set up is attractive to those people who wish to holiday in company with friends or family but maintain their own space.
This property would perfectly suit two families or couples, or a multi-generational family reunion, who can be together yet have independent facilities, or a couple on their own who wish to get away from it all and enjoy the space, peace and calm of this delightful place.
In high season it is expected that the property be rented as a whole unit, however, in mid and low season it is possible to rent only one of the units if that is preferred.
With a 5 minute stroll, you reach the banks of the Dordogne. This river is recognised as one of the 15 cleanest rivers in Europe. The nearest swimming beach is at Cenac-et-St-Julien.
Whether you're planning for lazy days at the house with relaxing walks to enjoy the stunning surroundings, or wish for a more active holiday, St.Julien is an excellent place in which to base yourself.
The property does require a fair level of mobility from its visitors as due to its age there are stone and wood stairs throughout the two buildings although the main bedroom of the stone barn is on the ground floor.
We prefer any family with young children stay in the main house where there is space for cot, high chair etc. and safe access to the garden.
From the living room in the main house doors open onto the pretty, enclosed garden on one side and onto the courtyard on the other. Stone Barn has doors onto the courtyard and a private terrace with table and chairs accessed from the mezzanine bedroom.
Both charcoal and gas barbecues are provided on the property and there is an open barn in the garden that can serve as an outdoor bar for night time or al fresco dining in the shade in the day time.
James Oxford the owner and your host, is an art director and conceptual artist from Los Angeles.
James and Aude purchased this chateau / country house in 2013
Your host simply couldn't resist the film set like backdrop to this charming property and on returning to LA he missed no longer having castles in his backyard. He returned to buy this place! As he has found and confidently expects you will too, his house offers the perfect base for discovering the stunning and dramatic scenery of the surrounding area with its chateau, caves, restaurants, riding stables, golf links, river trips and so on and on.
Changeover day is Saturday. Please arrive after 4pm. Depart by 10am.
A 50% payment secures the booking + 200euro security deposit against damage which is returned following a property check after your departure. The final payment is due 1 month before your arrival date. Payment by Secure Payment system or bank transfer.
Linen is included in the rent. Nov to April 50euros charge for heating.
We had a wonderful stay at Jame's home in St-Julien Dordogne. The house being situated at a private and extremely quiet site with a beautiful view.
The house was clean, with much space.
Thank you James.
We stayed in the Stone Barn for 7 nights. It is a beautiful conversion that manages to feel both spacious and cosy. It is very well appointed, though being in a more remote location, not surprisingly, it suffers from occasional variations in water pressure. The garden with pool and courtyard are shared with the main house but our sun terrace on the first floor was private to the Barn. The main house was occupied during our stay by two American couples. This turned out to be a very enjoyable additional dimension to our stay as we had an evening of absorbing, pleasurable conversation in their company. The village is tiny and quiet. The buildings are a wonderful rich colour of the local stone. All around are rolling fields of lush orchards, and yellow harvested fields scattered with hay rolls. It is an exquisite unspoilt setting. There are many attractive places to visit, towns such as Domme, Beynac and Sarlat. gardens such as the extraordinary Parc du Château de Marqueyssac and the serene gardens of the Manor of Eyrignac. There is also the huge array of fascinating caves around Les Eyzies. The combination of driving or walking through beautiful countryside to such places in the area and returning to the peaceful, comfortable Stone Barn gave us a blissfully wonderful week.
The Dordogne river (rated as one of the 15 cleanest in Europe and classified as a Unesco World Heritage Biosphere Reserve), offers water sports and safe for swimming river beaches along its length.
The sea coast is the Arcachon Bay, near Bordeaux, approximately 2.5 hours drive away.
A google search will bring up the names and locations of several golf courses around Saint Julien. The nearest one is La Lolivarie, a 9 hole course at Siorac on the road to Bergerac. Chateau de Vigiers, near Bergerac is an 18 hole course.
How to get there
Bordeaux airport(international flights with big carriers): 205kms
Nearest airport Bergerac(all the 'budget' airlines): 70kms
Airport at Perigueux(flights from Paris): 75kms
Train: Paris to Perigueux 4hr
Train: Bordeaux to Sarlat 2hr30m
Use of a car is essential. Car rental companies at train stations and airports.
Local shops in Cenac(4kms) for basics. Domme(5.5kms) other shops and Casino supermarket. The nearest big supermarkets are in Sarlat(15kms) where there is a Casino, Leclerc and Carrefour. There is also a big Carrefour at St. Cyprien (20kms).
The best produce market in the region is held in St. Cyprien every Sunday morning. Other markets, Domme - Thursday, Le Bugue - Tuesday, Sarlat - Wednesday and Saturday.
Credit Agricole have an outlet in Cenac otherwise banks can be found at Daglan, St.Cyprien and of course, Sarlat. The Post Offices often have ATM's and the nearest is at Beynac-et-Cazenac.