About the property
- House38750 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Sleeps 8 In Four Double Bedrooms
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.
James and Aude
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- Response time:
- within one day
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 11, 2018
About James and Aude
James Oxford the owner and your host, is an art director and conceptual artist from Los Angeles.
James and Aude purchased this House in 2013
Why James and Aude chose Cénac-et-Saint-Julien
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.
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Perfect holiday home!
We had a magnificent week with friends. The weather was hot, so I don't know what we would have done without the pool. The house cools down nicely at night and we had a daily spectacle of balloons overhead- morning and evening. We would definitely recommend this as an excellent spot for 6-8 people. The house is well equipped so we ate at home most evenings. The walk to the town and to the river is lovely....a perfect holiday!
Great place for two families on holiday together
Lovely house and barn in quiet, charming area. Short drive to restaurants and sights.
Great place if both houses are rented by combined party, if one had been rented by strangers, it would have felt a bit cramped in the outside area.
Both houses were beautiful inside and outside. Could have been better equipped with extra towels, sheets, china and glasses. Big minus is lack of air conditioning, it was difficult to sleep in the heat, and with all windows open to try to get a draft, the mosquitos got in. Would definitely have installed AC if it was my house. Good with washer/dryer/dishwasher though.
Owner was very friendly when he came around and had good tips for things to do and see. Minus again for losing the wifi (because of lack of payment) when we had 5 days left in the house, and were unable to get hold of both the owner and the manager until we were on our way home.
All in all a lovely stay on a beautiful property in great area, but with a few drawbacks and hiccups.
superb gite in a great location
We (two couples) stayed in the main house and it was lovely. It was comfortable, immaculately clean, and well-equipped. The bedrooms were roomy and the bathrooms had great showers with reliable hot water. We ate meals out but also cooked and grilled, eating most of our in-house lunches and dinners sitting in the open grange behind the house There we were treated to the view of cliffs across the river as well as the view of the house itself with its beautiful stonework and wisteria.
The location is perfect with the hamlet of St. Julien in a meander of the Dordogne with a single road coming into it. That meant no tourist hordes and pleasant walking right from the house. But, the gite is also ideally located for reaching Domme (don’t miss this village), Sarlat. Les Eyzies, numerous chateaux and gardens (Marqueyssac, especially), and not bad for Rocamadour and Le Gouffre de Padirac. We did not partake of water sports but innumerable canoes, kayaks and cruise boats could be seen on the river.
Good restaurants abound with le Petite Tonnelle across the river in Beynac, and Quatre Saisons and le Grand Bleu in Sarlat for a bit upscale great experiences. For your own cooking, there is a huge new LeClerc in Sarlat and good open markets in St. Cyprien and even Cenac.
The area is super for a visit and we cannot recommend the gite highly enough.
Coast/Beach 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. Golf 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 Calais: 830kms Paris: 550kms Train: Paris to Perigueux 4hr Train: Bordeaux to Sarlat 2hr30m Use of a car is essential. Car rental companies at train stations and airports. Distances 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). Further details 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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.