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Ancient, fully restored, 13th century medieval village house with garden & patio

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, historic village house with romantic, sunny patio garden

Maison de la Paix, Issigeac, Bergerac, Perigord Poupre, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION….!

Situated in the very HEART of 100 YEAR WAR country, bastides, medieval villages, troglodyte caves, chateaux, huge winding rivers, vignerons par excellence, truffles, village markets, the home of foie gras and to cap it all – the most beautiful countryside imaginable!

Day outings to Bordeaux, St Emilion, Limoges - famous for its fine pottery, Cahors – the seat of fierce resistance to the German Occupation in WW2, to name but a few.

Few European areas are richer in history than this. Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man bivouacked here, Richard the Lionheart was killed here, the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453) ended here and French resistance to World War II, occupation by Nazi Germany and the Vichy government began here.

There is so much to see and do in this greater area that one could, literally, spend a lifetime immersed in its exploration.

What better place to do it from, than one of the most authentic and well preserved medieval villages, with roots dating back to the 3rd Century – ISSIGEAC !

MAISON DE LA PAIX – FRANCE a Medieval Village house par excellence.

Maison de la Paix - France is all about living and the ‘joie de vivre’ of everything that makes life in rural France so special.

This historic house, with original features and materials dating back to the early twelve to mid thirteen hundreds, was selected and featured as ‘The Mystery Property’ in the popular BBC documentary ‘Escape to the Continent’ – the first airing of which was on 28 May 2015!

Having been sympathetically restored in the early 2000s, Maison de la Paix has an interior that, whilst retaining and embellishing authentic period features - has all the mod cons and flow necessary to make it a really comfortable and easy living space to be in and accommodate up to eight guests, in true French style.

Entering through a stone gateway, leaving the slow hustle and bustle of 'medieval' village life behind you, one finds a magical, sunny and very private, South facing garden, unique to only a few houses in our village and Maison de la Paix is one of the best.

To your right, a shaded garden dining pavilion, set in a semi-formal French garden, which is just perfect for you to enjoy alfresco, suitably long and typically French lunches, or dinners by candlelight.

To your left, a romantic terrace with comfortable sun loungers for that lazy afternoon snooze under the Maple tree.

Enter Maison de la Paix’s doorway - hewn in later years through the 13th century outer limestone wall of the village - into a cool, stone floored living area - that can only be described as 'incredibly special'.

That unique ‘French’ country sunlight streams into this South facing living area, and tracks back to it’s source, through the French doors and windows that open through the immense rampart wall, to the beautiful, sunny and private court garden, from which you have just entered.

The warmth of the strikingly beautiful French stone fireplace.

The immense rough ancient wooden beams supporting the high ceilings, with lighting options to cater for every mood.

The inch thick, natural stone floors hewn from the hills of the South of France - so perfectly functional - cooling the interior in the heat of summer and then oozing warmth underfoot in the cooler months of winter.

This living area flows seamlessly through to the kitchen bar area and onwards deeper into a kitchen, so well equipped, it would satisfy the most demanding gourmet chef in you.

Through an ancient doorway - the fun medieval dining ‘hall’, decorated in French period finishes and equipped with a wine sommelier for storing and chilling up to 120 bottles of your wines.

The décor - a combination of French antique and period styled medieval fittings, coupled with stylish current furnishings necessary for your absolute comfort.

A true marriage of stone, steel and timber if ever there was one!

A variety of seating and dining options - so comfortable, adaptable and accommodating – catering for all sizes of guest groups - from single to eight - allowing as much privacy, or not, as your mood dictates.

Follow the ancient, hand crafted wooden staircase, which gently meanders upwards to the sleeping quarters, where sumptuous beds await contented bodies and souls.

A reading and IT area on the landing, opening out to a romantic Juliet balcony. A perfect spot to catch up on emails back home, or print that important information for tomorrow's outing and - oh yes – uncapped FREE wifi is provided throughout the house as are telephone calls back home!

ACCOMMODATION

Boasting four genuine double bedrooms – all on the first floor - three of which are ensuite, Maison de la Paix is equipped to accommodate up to eight guests in style and comfort.

Each bedroom features luxurious, high quality, brand new, XL King size beds furnished with 100% Percale cotton bed linen and huge high quality fluffy white towels for bathing.

All with rose coloured wooden floors, high volume beamed ceilings and period features, the accommodation compliments the living area below by providing such an authentic French feel. (See full detail under facilities.)

THE FRENCH WAY

For us, as a family, sharing the joys of freshly cooked meals and working and experimenting with the incredible ingredients to be ‘sniffed’ out at the numerous village markets, has always been a feature of our special holiday time together.

It's no secret - we love our food - and our kitchen at Maison de la Paix caters for this passion being excellently laid out and thoughtfully equipped.

At Maison de la Paix, cooking is definitely part of the daily entertainment ritual and conversation and inspiration flow seamlessly from the living and dining areas through to this well equipped kitchen, allowing those not involved in the day’s culinary art, to share a glass of wine and a chat with those that are.

VILLAGE LIFE AT ITS VERY BEST

Just thirty paces from your garden gate at Maison de la Paix, will find you at our favourite Boulanger - one of three in the village - where you can pick up that morning’s freshly baked bread, croissants or pastries.

What better way to start your day, than with a flakey croissant with cheese and preserves picked up from the fromage specialists, at the numerous open markets, you are sure to visit?

One hundred paces in towards the centre of the village, will find you at the door of the boucherie, charcuterie and traiteur in the Grand Rue, where Cyril LE MINDU will butcher your meat cuts to your personal specifications.

Regional delicacies are available from specialist shops dotted around the village and treats such as magret (duck breast), foie gras (goose liver), lapin (rabbit), regional wines and armagnac (local version of cognac) to name but a few, are all to be had just a short stroll away.

Pick up a flower arrangement for that special moment from the fleuriste Davide or have a treatment or massage by Sylvie at Centre Zen Shiatsu. There’s even a health food shop!

Just a short walk around the Tour de Ville will lead you past 3 restaurants with the furthest at 300 metres!

All special in their own way, from really good pizza and specialist regional salads with walnut and gesiers (duck gizzards) at Casa Del Seyrat, to really excellent traditional French a la carte or the menu de jour (daily menu) at La Bruciliere and Chez Alain / El Borini. Also, don’t forget Le Relais de l’Ancienne Gare about 600 metres along the Eymet road – a really excellent family run restaurant.

Other businesses to be found a short stroll from Maison de la Paix include: various art studios, pottery studio, glass blower, basket weaver, unique clothing boutiques, hair dressers, pharmacists, doctors, dentist, brocantes, cafés, bistrots, antiques, interior decorator, two well stocked, small franchise grocery stores, a Presse / Tabac and even a taxi operator.

On the other hand though, a short stroll in the other direction could easily find you on one of the unsurpassed, tranquil and comfortable country walks and cycling trails (boucles). France is famous for these boucles and Issigeac has some of the best that we have experienced.

These clearly marked routes meander through lush French forests, farmlands and vineyards, past churches and through surrounding ancient hamlets, past ancient windmills, across babbling brooks, past numerous view sites and historic features and countryside abundant with wildlife.

One can safely say that - everything that you will need for an unforgettable stay at Maison de la Paix - is available just a short stroll from your door.

Issigeac is a small intimate and secure little village, inhabited by many local French people, but is also a bit of a commercial hub of the immediately surrounding farming community.

What this means is that, even though it is so small and peaceful, it has just that right mix of activity and tranquility, that truly let’s one experience French country village life in the flesh and at it’s best - and the Sunday Market....?

NOT TO BE MISSED AT ANY COST- OUR SUNDAY MARKET

By far the most festive in the region – our village market is so popular and so much fun that people drive from all over the region for the experience!

With stalls lining the winding medieval streets and alleyways - in and out- the ambiance - the colours, smells, textures, sounds, cultures and of course the food!

Fresh Bordeaux oysters, rotisseried pintade (guinea fowl), cailles (quail), farm chicken, roti de porc (rolled pork), chèvre (goats cheese), pâté de foie gras, duck confit, saucisson, café, cassoulet, paella, wine, art, music, clothing, stone cutting, fresh flowers, artisanal breads….the list goes on.

What better way to enjoy it than from your own village house, just a few steps away from all the activity and then to retire to your OWN quiet cool sanctuary – Maison de la Paix.

For us there was no choice - it just had to be Issigeac.

More Details

Owner
John & Louise
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Afrikaans - Dutch, French, German & other by email
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About John & Louise

We are a South African couple with two adult 'children' who, together as a family, have been incredibly fortunate to travel extensively, both in our own beautiful country, as well as Europe.

Being fortunate to live and bring up our family in what must be one of the most beautiful places on earth - the little seaside village of Hermanus, in the Western Cape region of South Africa - the seed for owning a second home in another country and culture was firmly planted in our brains in the early 2000s.

Our passion for property is unbounded and after a hard working career in retail building materials supply, we decided to indulge our passion.

The two of us once enjoyed a romantic barging trip in the Burgundy region of France and using our bicycles to explore the little villages along the way down the Canal du Nivernais, we were struck by the beauty of the French countryside and the textures and colour palettes of the ancient and often crumbling village houses – many of which were deserted and for sale!

Always being on the lookout for property for sale, our interest was sparked and the internet research began in earnest.

Initially, our thoughts turned to Italy and the beautiful Tuscany in particular, but having explored it on the three different occasions, we decide to revisit the French countryside again.

Obviously the French countryside is huge and the time and resources to travel limited, so we read everything we could about France and where the ideal spot would be to indulge our fantasy.

Having narrowed it down to the Dordogne, our first family holiday in France was booked and…….the rest is history.....we were HOOKED!

John & Louise purchased this house in 2014

Why John & Louise chose Issigeac

On our first family holiday in this region, we spotted an idyllic little water mill and although our initial interest in purchasing it did not produce results, a few years later, we became the proud owners of that beautiful spot.

The problem was that we had completely underestimated the enormity and cost of turning it into what we dreamed of, especially from the Southern tip of Africa.

After another two years of dilly dallying, we also came to the conclusion that, from a vacation point of view anyway, life in one of the little villages would be really enjoyable – provided we could find something that looked after our needs of privacy, peace and tranquillity.

In August 2014 we visited the area again, and having always been attracted to more remote country properties, this time we decided to try the little medieval village of Issigeac which we had fallen in love with on our first visit to the region.

As they say in the classics…we were hooked and hopelessly in love with this little village and having done the critical LOCATION, LOCATION and LOCATION test Issigeac it was and we proceeded to look at everything that was available – but alas – returned to South Africa empty handed.

Late last year, it was back to Issigeac again, this time armed with our kids who joined us for our annual get together.

Having rationalised our thoughts and having had the benefit of some less emotional input from the kids, we decided to raise our sights and look at a property that had been so tempting to look at on our earlier visit, but seemingly out of our reach.

Well from the moment we crossed the threshold, on that cold and rainy mid-winters day, we were smitten – every one of us!

In the process of buying this property, the ownership of which became ours officially, just a month or two ago, we not only found ourselves with a spiritual home in Fance, but made our first good friends in Issigeac, in the lovely couple from whom we bought it.

This was just meant to be

What makes this house unique

WHY ARE WE SO KEEN TO SHARE MAISON DE LA PAIX IN ISSIGEAC?

Issigeac - surely one of the most interesting little villages in the Perigord?

Issigeac - an unspoiled authentic French medieval village - survivor of the trials and tribulations of a troubled, violent, sometimes peaceful, but always colorful evolution and history.

Built, plundered, burned, sacked, rebuilt, again and again throughout it and France’s fascinating history, the modern day Issigeac has survived as a beautiful and unspoiled example of a classic medieval French village.

Issigeac’s roots in the modern history of mankind are literally set amongst and on top of ruins from various periods dating right back to Gallo Roman times - when the Roman villa of Sedius was first built here in the 4th century.

Some of these high or low lights, depending on one’s view, include:

During the Frank Period, the early 6th century monastery of Sediacum gives root to the name – “Issigeac” – to which it eventually evolved.

The 12th century monks of the Benedictine Order coming under the protection of the Abbey at Sarlat during the Capetian Period in 1153.

The sacking and destruction by the Lord of Bergerac - Renaud 4th de Pons and 600 of his men in 1300 and the subsequent order of compensation that he was compelled to pay.

The 100 Years War with the eventual ‘taking’ of the town from the English in 1437. Infamously known as ‘The Prince of Ruffians’ - the Spaniard Alexandro de Villadrando a Lieutenant of King Charles 7th, King of France – and 10,000 of his toughest soldiers, virtually destroying the town, once again, in the process.

The building of the late Gothic church 1449 - 1527 during the Renaissance Period and the rebuilding of the Chateau on the remains of the old one during the Sun King Period around 1660.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello John,

We truly enjoyed the lovely house in Issigeac. It was perfect for us. It was very difficult for us to leave such a beautiful place. Thank you so very much for letting us stay there. We hope we can stay again, and we will recommend this house to our friends. We will also type up a glowing recommendation on TripAdvisor.

We are home safely in our town of (removed) near Seattle, but we are already missing the town of Issigeac. We certainly understand how charming this village is and what brought you to purchase this beautiful home. If you ever find yourselves in the Seattle area, please consider contacting us.

Best wishes
Aug 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
FR Bergerac-Roumanière Airport (EGC)
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Choice of 3 all within walking distance
Nearest Ferry
679 Kilometres
le Havre
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Bergerac
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A89
Nearest Restaurant
60 Metres
Choice of 4 all within walking distance
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres
Lac de Lanquais, Lanquais, 24150
Car: recommended

Amenities

Issigeac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Gris - toilet , shower , Ensuite, towel warmer / heater, hair dryer & shaver socket.
    Bleu - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite - towel warmer / heater, hairdryer & shaver socket.
    Rosé - toilet , combination tub/shower , Ensuite - towel warmer / heater, hairdryer & shaver socket.
  • Best quality, huge, white and fluffy bath towels with complete changeover every Saturday. Chambre Rosé - Victorian bathroom ensuite, with bath, overhead shower and glass screen, hair dryer, razor socket and towel warmer - heating radiator for the chilly months. Chambre Bleu - Victorian bathroom ensuite, with a bath with overhead shower and glass screen, a hair dryer, razor socket and towel warmer – heating radiator for the chilly months. Chambre Gris - Victorian shower ensuite, with glass shower enclosure, hair dryer, razor socket and towel warmer – heating for the chilly months. NOTE: Guests staying in Chambre Ivoire will need to share one of the other ensuites but have full access to the Victorian cloakroom as well.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Chambre Gris - 1 king , Stone walls, light, airy, views & shower room ensuite.
    Chambre Ivoire - 2 twin/ single , 2 large singles, stone wall. NB - share another ensuite bath
    Chambre Rosé - 1 king , Stunning master with bath & shower ensuite. Pvt. access too.
    Chambre Bleu - 1 king , Feature french fireplace and bath & shower ensuite.
  • HUGE BEDS - QUALITY, FRENCH, 100% Pacale Cotton bedding with complete changeover every Saturday. CHAMBRE Rosé +/- 42m2 Spacious, sumptuous, private, romantic and characterful Master Suite – period décor, private access staircase from external entrance or accessed from bedroom landing – full Victorian Bathroom ensuite. Perfect place for adults to shut themselves off from those rowdy teenage bedrooms, or to travel with elderly parents in tow. CHAMBRE Bleu +/- 25m2 Large, bright and airy suite - gentle blue décor, ancient feature fireplace, exposed limestone walls and full Victorian bathroom ensuite. CHAMBRE Gris +/- 21m2 Generous size, bright and airy - gentle grey décor with exposed limestone feature walls, period armoire and Victorian shower bathroom ensuite. CHAMBRE Ivoire +/- 18m2 Generous size, bright and airy - gentle beige and ivory décor with exposed limestone feature walls, period armoire. NOTE: Shares a bathroom with one of the other ensuites, full access to cloakroom too.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis

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Ancient, fully restored, 13th century medieval village house with garden & patio
average rating of 4.888889 based on 20 reviews
Washington Crossing PA
5

Better then we expected

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived we were thrilled to find out that the home was perfect. Well appointed, well located, spotless clean, awesome space and decor. Whether you love to cook, or just using the home as sleeping area, you will be happy. John and Louise and their caretaker Brenda went the extra yards to communicate, and be warm and helpful. Don't hesitate

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington DC
5

outstanding

  • 5 of 5

This house is truly outstanding. For a 13th century house, it is incredibly comfortable and provides all the amenities that 21st century travelers could want. The wifi for example was the fastest that we encountered in France. The village itself is absolutely charming an offers shops that can easily provide all basic needs (except on Mondays); you'll have to go to the Supermarche in Bergerac.

Location is ideal for visiting most of the tourist venues in the Perigord. For us , a great vacation and leisurely respite from the insanity of DC.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. So glad that the six of you enjoyed your cruise and subsequent stay at Maison de la Paix so much. No doubt a truly memorable vacation.....! All the best, John & Louise
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5

Absolutely spectacular! Historic and luxurious home in a delightful medieval village

  • 5 of 5

Maison de la Paix is a spectacular property in an astonishing and convenient village setting. The tiny medieval village of Issigeac is charming, welcoming and friendly. The village market day is so much fun, so make sure not to miss out! The beautiful vistas and countryside, medieval and bastide villages and of course the multitude of chateaux and family run wineries, make day drives along winding country roads, unforgettable.This is the perfect base from which to explore the Dordogne and Vezere river valleys, St Emilion, Roman ruins and so many unforgettable places, I could go on forever. Also the prehistoric dwelling caves at Lascaux, Font de Gaume and Rouffignac will forever be with me. In summary Maison de la Paix (a play on the owners surname) is a historic, luxurious, spotlessly clean but homely base in a delightful village, with a history dating back to the 5th century. Thank you John & Louise and of course the delightful caretaker Brenda, for making this special place available to us. Can't wait to return next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the helpful review. So glad you enjoyed yourselves and looking forward to having you back again next year. All the best John & Louise
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5

Maison de la Paix is probably the loveliest

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have rented many top - of - the - line homes over the years and Maison de la Paix is probably the loveliest. My husband and I, our nephew and his wife and their two children enjoyed a wonderful, memory filled six nights at Maison de la Paix. All of the four bedrooms are elegant; three have en suite baths. The kitchen is modern and has every amenity. The dining room is elegant but comfortable. John, the owner, put together a booklet which he will provide to all renters. The booklet tells you everything you need to know about the house, the village, the neighboring villages, the nearby chateaux and everything you need to know for day trips. The village is like something out of Disney, especially when it is lit up at night. Rather, Disney must have copied Issigeac to create the French village for Beauty and the Beast.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi praise indeed - thank you! Maison de la Paix would love to have you stay should you return.
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Stunning Medieval House !!

  • 5 of 5

Maison de la Paix is a wonderful village house in a great location in Issigeac. Beautifully restored with open plan living and well equipped kitchen as well as lovely garden with gas BBQ.

Bedrooms were immaculate with most comfy beds and crispy linen. And all with en-suites.

As I booked the house I got to choose the main bedroom with its charming sitting area and own staircase.

My sisters and I (and partners of course) all had a most enjoyable holiday and joined in the festivities of local producers market and Marche Nocturne - and not forgetting the Firemans Disco!

Thank you John & Louise for allowing us into your home and many thanks to Brenda for taking the time to show us about and fill us in on the local sights and surrounding areas.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Kay. Thank you for the review. It gives us great pleasure to hear that you, your sisters and partners enjoyed your stay at Maison de la Paix, Issigeac so much and of course that you got to sleep in Chambre' Rose'. No doubt you will become frequent visitors to the region in future. Must check out the Fireman's Disco!
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For our family, disappointing

  • 3 of 5

My husband and three children stayed at this property in August 2017. We were greeted by the caretaker for the house and she was absent-minded, rude and clearly could not wait to get back to whatever she was doing. When we arrived and asked for the book manual on house/ guide to the area, she said it was in the house but it was not. She asked me to meet her the next day (15 minutes away from the house) to get the book. She also told me to that I should call her if I had any questions but hoped that I would not. What a welcome! Although the house was beautiful in itself, it was not private enough. It is in the center of town and people literally peer into your windows as they walk by. From the pictures, we thought we'd be in the countryside or at least removed enough from the the center to have our privacy. The town people were fairly provincial and did not really engage with us-- much less friendly that other part of France. There was little to nothing to do unless you wanted to drive 20 plus minutes. If you like mountain-biking, this place is great. We got very good bikes from a local rental agency and enjoyed the rolling country side. We were not warned that restaurants would be booked by the time we got there and we had to really dig to find a bike to rent as most were taken. We neither felt stimulated by the place, nor did we feel recharged having been in center of town with little greenery and privacy.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that your experience was disappointing, but the opinions that you have expressed here are so totally contrary to those of anyone who has ever explored the Perigord from our piece of French heaven, that they are misleading and that it is of great concern, as they may unjustly put off future visitors to the area and indeed our house. Dealing objectively with your issues: The manual with suggested trips, e-mail contact details of the restaurants and so much other information, was e-mailed to you long before you even left home on your travels and it was later found in the living area as confirmed with you, besides which it was again e-mailed to you within half an hour of your 6 time changed 1.5 day late, night time arrival. Perhaps you misinterpreted the House Manager's fluster as being rude, but this was probably brought about by your continuous changing of the meeting time, the fuss about the manual and trying to find you a restaurant late on a Sunday night in a tiny medieval French village? The 700 plus year old house is not in the "center of town", as you claim, but is actually built into the outer fortified defensive walls of the medieval village, with the beauty of being able to walk into the countryside within 50 paces of your front door. It is not possible for passers by to "literally peer into your windows". It is a village house in one of the most unspoiled and authentic medieval villages in the region (less than 500 residents). Everything in the description and photographs describe it as such! You do concede that the house is lovely and thank you for that. It is sunny, south facing and with a beautiful private garden - such a rarity in a village setting. As for what to do? The area is one of the richest historical regions in the world, jam packed with so many attractions from troglodyte cave dwellings, chateaux, fortified bastide and medieval villages, wineries village markets, night markets, communal meals, medieval fares, huge winding rivers etc. etc. One does have to travel the beautiful winding country roads to explore and visit them, but his is what a holiday exploring the Perigord is all about. Sadly you seem to have missed out on all of this, or perhaps it is not of interest, but I really do not think that you researched your apparent needs versus the chosen destination. In summary it really saddens us that you were disappointed and not able to rave about your time in the Perigord and Issigeac, as all our other guests have.
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $355.49

Cancellation Policy - 100% refund (less any banking and exchange costs) if cancelled more than 60 days before commencement of rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.