|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
In a sought after location in the Périgord Noir, considered to be the most beautiful region in France and famous for its numerous châteaux, pre-history sites and outstanding cuisine, this charming, newly restored period stone cottage with original features, has been awarded four stars, the highest rating available for self-catering accommodation.
Set within the spacious, leafy grounds of a small 17th Century manor house that was formerly the courthouse for the nearby Château de Losse, the cottage has a private 11 x 5 metre swimming pool and offers guests peace, privacy and a sense of wellbeing.
Tastefully decorated and furnished, and equipped to a high standard, the cottage offers 2 charming bedrooms, (1 double and 1 single) with oak floors and beams, ideal for couples or 2 friends travelling together. There are 2 spacious modern shower rooms, a handmade fully fitted kitchen with dining area and a charming and comfortable living area with stone fireplace fitted with wood burning stove. TV/DVD (UK channels) and WIFI are offered and for those dreaming of lounging by the pool with a book, a large selection is available. The garden offers delightful shady areas for outdoor dining and lovely views of the surrounding tree-lined hillside.
The village, which is on the Vézère river, is a few minutes away on foot and has a grocery store where fresh bread can be bought daily. For those who don't feel like cooking and don't want to drive home from eating out, there are also a pizzeria, a restaurant serving traditional regional food in its delightful shady garden and a hotel restaurant on the banks of the river.
The village is in the heart of the Vézère valley, the cradle of civilization in Europe, habitat of Neanderthal then Cro-Magnon man and world famous for its prehistoric sites and decorated caves. It lies between Montignac and Les Eyzies-de-Tayac on the Vézère river, behind which are numerous caves, their walls decorated with fabulous artistically and historically significant wall paintings. The most important is just a few minutes away in Montigac whose Lascaux caves are considered to be "the Sistine Chapel of prehistory".
A few minutes drive away you will find favourite tourist attractions such as the imposing Château de Losse and its gardens, the glorious village of St Léon (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France), with its riverbank cafés and restaurants and the prehistoric settlement of La Roque St Christophe.
The nearest towns offering all amenities are the medieval towns of Montignac (6km) and Sarlat (26km). Montignac is a small, pretty riverside town with an attractive stone bridge and lovely balconied houses along the riverfront. Sarlat is the third largest town in Périgord and boasts many splendid and beautifully restored Renaissance mansions and timber-framed buildings. Both towns are lively and dynamic, have twice-weekly markets and host festivals, art exhibitions and events from June to September. Local events include the international music and dance festival held annually in Montignac, regular flea markets and bric à brac fairs, as well as evening farmer's markets where you can sample the local cuisine and wines.
For those preferring relaxation, take a picnic to the Etangs de Fongron, 2 lakes (10 minutes on foot) in a lush setting where you can fish or walk for miles in the the surrounding woodland. Or visit the natural lake of Tamniés, (10 km) situated in quiet, verdant countryside with its 5000 square metres of fine sandy beach, offering swimming, fishing (in a secondary pond), tennis, picnic areas with tables.
Or for a more active stay, the area also offers many outdoor activities such as canoeing/Kayaking (hire station in the village, a few mins on foot), cycling (for hire in Montignac), woodland walks, horse riding and river fishing and lake fishing.
The Périgord Noir Region is full of architecturally fascinating buildings, all nestling in the hills and valleys of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, that meander through it. The village of Thonac is on the Vezère, a charming river described by the famous travel writer Johnson, as 'The Dreaming Vézère, which winds its way through ancient settlements and whose valleys are now famous prehistoric sites. From the canoe hire station within walking distance of the house, float down and experience the unique sight-seeing tour from the water, stopping at several fascinating places en route. St Léon sur Vézère (3.5 km by road) listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, is set in the curve of the river. Wander through its narrow meandering pathways with their stone houses, many still retaining their traditional stone 'lauze' roofs and see its 12th Century church and imposing château. Or relax and stop for a drink at one of the riverside cafés.
From St Léon, continue on to La Roque St Christophe, one of the largest prehistoric rock shelters in Europe which later became a troglodyte fortress and stop to take a tour of this hanging settlement that was home to hundreds of people.
Carry further on down the river and you will come to the dramatic village of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac (18km by road), a world heritage site and world centre for prehistory. The highest concentration of prehistory sites is here and this is also home to the National Museum of prehistory, where one of the largest collections of fascinating prehistoric relics can be seen.
The cottage and the manor are constructed in the local golden limestone with traditional stoned-tiles 'lauze' roofs and stone window surrounds, typical of the old local architecture. It is set in 1.5 hectares of land with trees and flowering shrubs and has lovely views to the surrounding wooded hillside. A real feast for the eyes.
The cottage is exactly as described. It oozes charm, character and good taste. It was spotlessly clean.The large swimming pool and patio area is beautiful, private and well maintained.
The cottage is very conveniently located,
being a pleasant walk or a very short drive to Thonac village. There one will find a good pizza restaurant/bar, a hotel with both a garden and indoor restaurant and a small supermarket. Two large supermarkets, pharmacy and petrol station are just five minutes drive away at Montignac. This is a very nice small town to visit and where one buys tickets for Lascaux.
The cottage is perfectly situated to visit the numerous places of interest in the area, and the owners have provided an information brochure of local markets, events and places to visit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 week stay and found the owners discreet, charming and helpful. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending the property to couples who want a completely relaxing and comfortable holiday.
The cottage is a lovely place to stay in a beautiful area. It is newly refurbished and has a very classic country feel inside. Gorgeous furnishings and all the facilities that you need for a self-catering stay. The bathrooms are great. The mattresses are firm but the bedrooms are comfortable. Kitchen has everything you need, we never felt the need for anything that wasn't to hand. The hosts are very welcoming and have the right balance of checking in and leaving you to it (they live next door). They were able to tell us about local restaurants and must-visit places which was really handy. The pool is very nice, clean and very large for the size of the property. The village is lovely and Montignac is only a few minutes by car, this is a good-sized town with banks and a supermarket. Would recommend!
The Périgord Noir region, situated in the south east of the Dordogne, is an area of France whose old-world charm is in marked contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life. The Dordogne and Vézère rivers meander through an alluring, undulating landscape with deep valleys and densely wooded hillsides sheltering old villages, bastides and farms, built in the glowing, honey-coloured stone typical of the region. Along the riverbanks loom numerous ethereal castles and fortresses, steeped in medieval legend and history, witness to centuries of conflicts, conquests and shifting cultures. This timeless, pastoral scene is still profoundly rural and conjures up a bucolic image of country life at a slower pace.
The region is also renown for its culinary heritage and abounds with gourmet delights, notably paté de foie gras, black truffles, ceps, walnuts and preserved duck and goose, as well as goat's cheese, honey and chestnuts. All of which can be washed down with a bottle Bergerac, a lesser known but delicious alternative to Bordeaux, a wine produced in the Périgord Pourpre, on the hilly banks either side of the Dordogne river.
Opportunities to sample all these gastronomic specialities can be found at the markets of Montignac, Sarlat or St Cyprien (28 km) a lovely village with narrow streets winding up to the 12th-century bell tower, attractive old architecture, a selection of good restaurants and a lively market held each Sunday morning through the summer months.
Other famous tourist attractions, including the historic medieval town of Sarlat and the bastide town of Domme, the cliff side villages of Beynac and La Roque-Gageac and the medieval war museum of the château de Castelnaud are within easy reach. For garden lovers, there are the glorious topiary gardens of Les Jardins d’Eyrignac and Les jardins de Marqueyssac and the stunning modern gardens Les jardins de l’imaginaire at Terrasson.
So whether you are looking for a relaxing stay in a lovely natural setting, with all modern comforts, or dream of experiencing the fascinating culture of former times, or would like to take advantage of all that the river has to offer, La Maison du Gardien is the perfect place to do all that and more.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$318|
All taxes, including daily holiday tax plus electricity, water included in weekly rate.
Check-in time: not before 17.00
check-out time: not after 10.00 am
Please bring small suitcases due to the narrow staircase
Please leave the cottage as you found it