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Dream Medieval Stone Villa in Popular Market Village, ideal for Couples & Family

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 6 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Long before Shakespeare wrote a word, or John Donne penned a sonnet, the village house on Rue St Felicien was built on a registered Gallo-Roman villa, in the ancient medieval village ISSIGEAC. This village has stood since 1317 amid fields of sunflowers, near the vines of the Bergerac wine appellation, and just miles away from the Dordogne River. Here in this vibrant, popular market village with all services at your doorstep, a luxuriously-renovated ancient townhouse sits in stone as a testament to the past, but with modern comforts. All around are reminders of a past where warriors wandered the streets, yet inside the village house on Rue St Felicien, the utmost in convenience and beautiful surroundings awaits you.

With walls of limestone and ceilings of walnut, the entrance leads through large blue carriage doors off a winding (walk-only) street, into a large hallway housing a magnificent, curved staircase. Down the passage is the downstairs double bedroom with queen-size bed and beamed walls. Next door there is a bed room, with another queen bed. Both rooms are individually designed with beautiful curtains, linens and 'heavenly beds' ('ciel du lits'). Next to the bedrooms is a modern bathroom with double sinks and a separate, large (American-style) shower, with a separate toilet next door. The washer and dryer are conveniently located in a nook nearby. NOTE: With 3 double (queen) bedrooms and bathrooms located on 2 separate floors, this home is ideal for 2 couples travelling together, and perhaps with an extra friend, relative or child. The bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor are conveniently separated from the top floor suite and bathroom, so that your common living area in the middle allows each floor total privacy.

Ascend the ancient staircase to the 'great room' which will take your breath away with it's medieval stone and heavy beams. This room is the main living area with a dining area, a salon area, and an open kitchen. There are 12 foot high ceilings, 3 sets of double windows and a set of double French doors, which open out - with light and air pouring in day and night. Attention has been paid to every detail with antiques and beautiful fabrics everywhere, reflecting a design style of French country living.

In the kitchen, the stove-top and large oven offer professional cooks tools, and is equipped with every convenience from microwave to dishwasher. Chat to your friends and family as you cook or spend long lunches at the antique table with fresh cheese or local delights you've bought nearby.

A second magnificent staircase takes you up to the spacious, private master suite on the top floor. This enormous, light-filled room has dimensions to match its history. The beams were lifted to a height above 2 meters (6 ft 8 in), and four classic windows were added for light and magnificent views over the village of Issigeac below. This is surely not the usual attic-converted space in the least.. Take long afternoon naps lulled asleep by only birds and the sound of bells from nearby St Felicien, or enjoy a quiet read by the light of an open window. The ensuite bathroom is complete with bath, toilet and basin - you'll enjoy soaking in the claw-footed bathtub while enjoying the view up high.

Back on the ground floor, you can head out through double French doors to a spacious open, tiled courtyard where you can enjoy the day as it passes by. With table and chairs for 6, it's the perfect spot to taste your best effort at French cuisine, or to barbecue under the stars. Or in the morning, indulge in coffee and fresh croissants from the bakery steps away.

The village of Issigeac is just 15 minutes south of Bergerac in the Perigord (Dordogne) region of southwestern France. It is well-known due to its very popular Sunday market, and its easy proximity to the Bergerac airport (12 minutes away) and train station (20 minutes). It is also within easy reach of all of the world-famous French wine appellations of: Monbazillac, Bergerac and Saussignac, as well as being minutes away from other popular villages like Beaumont, Monpazier and Villareal. 45 mins by car will take you to Sarlat or Les Eyzies where you can explore the Perigord Noir with its caves and ancient paleolithic history.

One of the best reasons to stay at the village house on Rue St Felicien is living in the heart of an authentic medieval village - with absolutely everything within easy walking distance. There's never a reason to get in your car. With its 3 bakeries, 4 restaurants, 2 butcheries, and 2 grocery stores, you’ll have a wide variety of choices for all your needs. If it’s a bottle of great local wine you’re after, you’re sure to find it at the local wine shop, or if you just want a quick 'cafe', that's available too. If you're visiting in the summer months, the many wonderful night-markets are a chance to soak up the local flavor - and a glass of local wine! The Sunday market will have you trying the freshest produce of the area including the best selection of the Perigord: foie gras, truffles, walnuts and goat cheese. We offer a flexible changeover schedule as well, do come when it suits you!

Keywords: village house, stone house, stone cottage on 3 floors, villa, house, cottage.

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Speaks: english, french, dutch
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Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2018

About Janice

We are the proud owners of the house of Rue St Felicien in Issigeac (that's our street above), and purchased it in 2006 from friends of ours, who had just completed a 5 year renovation - adding all new electrics, plumbing, central heating and double-paned windows. They bought it as a ruin and did an amazing job in bringing it back to life. We couldn't resist its charm when they had to sell it in order to move for their work. In fact, when we walked into the entrance way, we had already decided to buy it without seeing any further! Although our home is in California, we have traveled a great deal in western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens and towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream French village house, our philosophy hasn’t changed - and we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen in terms of personal comforts. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world. And we know you'll love it when you arrive too.

Janice purchased this villa in 2006

Why Janice chose Issigeac

Issigeac is one of the precious medieval gems of the Dordogne, with so much of its history apparent in its wonderful architecture. We used to visit the Sunday market routinely, and so fell in love with this timeless village. With only about 600 inhabitants and the village being within a 'ring road' built in the classic Roman form of its predecessor, owning a home right in the heart of the village was a dream come true. Once you're parked and unloaded, you can walk to 3 restaurants, 3 boulangeries, various cafes, 2 butcheries, 2 grocery stores, a presse, a wonderful wine shop, a lovely boutique, and antique shops, - what's not to love! This was especially wonderful for our elderly relatives as well as visiting friends who didn't have a car, since they were completely independent once we arrived. With wine-tasting and historical sites so close, it was really the perfect location to have a 3-storey village house. And all of this is within 15 minutes of Bergerac and the airport as well.

What makes this villa unique

As with our other properties, we believe that great beds, beautiful linens and decorations, and a superbly clean environment are the best benefits to a vacation home. We also love the 14th century history that comes with this home, as well as its proximity to all immediate services within a few minutes walk. With 3 floors all filled with light and sunshine, this ancient home offers a unique experience of blending the historical with the modern.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A HUGE thanks for all you did for us while we were in France! We were so

thankful to meet you and find your rental property on the web. We all enjoyed

our time in Issigeac and count the time spent there as the highlight of our


We have passed on your listing on the VRBO site along to all the friends who

ask about our trip and we will continue to recommend it. We do this with

some reluctance, of course, as we would like to keep it all to ourselves!

Susan H., Minnesota, USA
Aug 2009
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Issigeac Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Ensuite bathroom top floor - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs bathroom - toilet , shower , This has double sinks and a towel heater
    Separate toilet - toilet
  • Downstairs bathroom has double sinks and a large stand-alone shower. Toilet is separate. Upstairs bathroom has claw foot bathtub and hand shower, with single sink and toilet. Best views of the church steeple from the bathtub!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Downstairs Double Room - 1 queen , This is a very quiet & cool room with a bathroom alongside
    Downstairs small bedroom - 1 queen , This is opposite the bathroom
    Top floor Master Suite - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Within walking distance of all services - bakeries, restaurants, butchers, due it being in the heart of a historical, medieval village. Incredible popular Sunday market all-year round. Free summer night markets with music in the village.


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Dream Medieval Stone Villa in Popular Market Village, ideal for Couples & Family
average rating of 5.0 based on 41 reviews

Perfect Authentic French Experience and So Luxurious!

  • 5 of 5

Where to start? We knew nothing about the Dordogne region but saw the photos of Janice's place, did some research on the area, and included it in our trip. We've had two weeks in France, starting with the French Riveria, then to Provence, and next the Dordogne, to Janice's adorable home in Issigeac. First, Janice. All her responses during the booking process were prompt and helpful. When we arrived, we were fortunate that she was there to greet us and get us settled and to our good fortune, we saw her again during our stay. The house is even better than the photos. It's not just charming, it's amazingly gorgeous, authentically French, cozy, and truly luxurious. No detail has been overlooked as Janice's main objective is assuring the comfort and satisfaction of her guests, and it shows. Along these lines, the house is well stocked, with everything you will need for a comfortable stay. There are spices and other staples as well as a supply of coffee and a lovely bottle of wine from the immediate region. The beds are super comfortable with top-end linens and the bedrooms and bathrooms, like the rest of the house, are gorgeous. The water from the tap is delicious, there is great water pressure for showers, and the hot water works terrifically. We also appreciated the washer and dryer! As for the location, Issigeac is a storybook village of breathtaking nature and Janice's house is right in the center of it. The medieval architecture and warren of alley ways and lanes that make up the town are stunning. We loved having three patisseries, restaurants, a wine shop and other shops, and a pub within steps. Issigeac was also a great base for exploring the Dordogne. Each day we set off in a different direction. We saw countless castles and chateaus, villages, towns, and wineries. Grapevines are everywhere and every road is a picturesque country road with so much to discover. This part of France may well be the most beautiful in the country and not surprisingly lays claim to the majority of "The Most Beautiful Villages" in France. We visited several while staying at Janice's home and like Issigeac, they are mouth-dropping stunning. Thank you Jance for a terrific and unforgettable experience!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best holiday home ever! Perfect restoration of villa and spacious!

  • 5 of 5

Issigeac is a charming little village. We felt like we stepped back in time and far from the cares of the world. The owners of this villa obviously put their heart into its restoration. BTW the bakery about 20 paces from the villa - toward the bank is fabulous! The cosy villa is super quiet and Issigeac offers a great home base for visiting châteaus and medieval villages throughout the area. We stayed 10 days and ran out of time to see all of the region's historical delights!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Utterly Charming! Perfectly Comfortable! Lovely Village! Most Gracious Hosts! THE BEST!

  • 5 of 5

We could go on and on to praise this property, the location, the townspeople, and the owner Janice. We highly recommend staying in this beautifully-appointed stone villa in the fairy-tale village of Issigeac. We are a middle-aged married couple who has been to France 7 times and the experience here was fantastic. The people in this community were the most friendly in all of our experiences (and all of our experiences have been wonderful.) And like our other experiences in different parts of France, we marvel at how there are no bugs. You can keep windows open without worry about mosquitos.

The house covers all the basics and then some, such as great water pressure and plenty of hot water, super comfortable beds, high quality linens, fully fitted kitchen. Even the washer and dryer, tucked in a nook out of sight, are two separate appliances and they work perfectly. Also, the thick stone walls keep a very comfortable temperature even during the hot summer.

The town is small enough to be able to walk everywhere easily, but large enough to have all you need in the way of restaurants, shops, parking, bakery, etc. We found the local restaurants to be DIVINE, but not expensive as in some other parts of France. But if it is Michelin-starred gastronomy you hanker for, you can find this 15 minutes away.

Issigeac is strategically located to easily drive from Bordeaux airport (Driving in South Western France is about as easy as it gets.) with many charming towns to visit and sites to see in a short drive away.

Janice was so gracious, friendly, kind, and helpful before and during our stay. The house has loads of reference and travel books, all you could ever need, and she provides a written guide advising about the house, the area, and which village markets occur on what days, etc. The best market was definitely right in Issigeac on Sunday.

Tip: If you like sweet desert wine...partake of some Monbazillac with your cheese (MUST get the Brillat-Savarin at the market) and baguette...then visit the Monbazillac chateau 15 minutes away for a great view over the vineyards. Paris, the French Alps, Provence, and the Loire Valley are certainly wonderful destinations to see, but the Dordogne is our most favorite part of France--it's truly a place to enjoy life.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Montreal, Québec, Canada

Absolutely beautiful-unparalleled vacation

  • 5 of 5

Even better than described, our experience in the village was great, the property is a absolute jewel. The owner and the manager made us feel at home. Ideally situated, we were able to combine leasure at home and activities during the entire stay. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The jewel in the medieval town

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic villa in an enchanting town. We don’t tend to holiday in the same location twice, preferring instead to explore new places. However, there is something special about this villa and Issigeac that keeps drawing us back. We’ve now been twice in two years and wouldn’t hesitate to return again in the near future.

The location of the villa is great. Tucked away down a side street, it’s very peaceful but takes less than a minute to walk to the town square. Set over three floors, the villa itself is full of medieval character and has been beautifully updated with high quality and modern furnishings and amenities. From the moment you open the front door you will not be disappointed. On the ground floor there are two bedrooms (that would comfortably sleep three) with a shower room and WC. There is also a washer and dryer under the winding stair case. On the first floor is the spacious living area with gallery kitchen, large dining table, soft seating area and open fire. The third floor provides views over the roof tops of Issigeac and has a further large bedroom and bathroom. We stayed as a couple but the villa would also be ideal for two couples.

Issigeac is a wonderful town with boutique shops, restaurants, bakeries, grocery shops and a couple of friendly pubs (can recommend both!). It’s narrow winding streets, lined with fascinating ancient buildings, are great for exploring. The Sunday market has something for everyone and is a must do for any visitors. During the summer months, there are also evening markets where locals and visitors sit down to enjoy local produce. We spent many a warm summers evening sitting in the town square soaking up the atmosphere.

The villa is also ideally located to explore the wider area. There is lots of information/ guide books in the villa with ideas and recommendations covering a range of interests.

If we could give this villa more than 5 stars we would!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just Lovely!

  • 5 of 5

Issigeac is a magical step back in centuries, and this little villa, tucked down a narrow side street just steps from the village square, is the perfect base from which to explore the bastide-filled countryside. It is medieval out and in, but comfortably updated with modern amenities and quality furnishings. Orientation from the property manager was cheerful and thorough, even though we arrived hours late. Follow up from owner mid-trip continued the attention. We even found firewood on our doorstep when the first cold front of the season breezed in! On the ground level beyond the entry foyer is a good sized queen bedroom and a small twin bedroom (perfect for a child) that share a double sink shower room. The WC is separate. The shower is US-sized with good pressure. Access to the small, walled patio is through the single bedroom and is outfitted with a gas BBQ. A winding staircase takes you up to the living area. The first floor living area, with fireplace and comfy sofas, is open to the galley kitchen and dining area, giving a sense of spaciousness.Up another staircase, the second large bedroom in the converted attic (with raised ceiling) is perched high enough to provide roof top views over the village. There is ample room to accommodate a loveseat, tea table, daybed and additional seating. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a freestanding tub and pedestal sink. Beds were comfortable and linens of a high quality. Because the two bedrooms are separated by the living area, the layout would be perfect for two couples. The stairs are necessarily steep, but well lit (as is the entire villa—a welcome departure from the French norm!) WiFi was stable and international phone service gratis. The legendary Sunday market does not fail to live up to its hype, and there is a day’s worth of strolling around the village that is interesting. The two “fine dining” establishments are just that (do reserve) and the tea room serves much beyond tea! A butcher, 3 bakers, 2 convenience stores and an excellent wine shop are one street removed. Randonee paths vary in length, but most are gentle, and the surrounding area includes as much history and vistas as you chose to include. The Dordogne valley is an easy day trip. Be sure to avail yourself of the copious sightseeing recommendations and area guide books provided by the owner and know that when you return at the end of the day, you can count on a quiet, restful evening punctuated only by church bells.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Few steps from house
Nearest Ferry
680 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Chateau des Merles
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
58 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
244 Kilometres
Le Lioran, Super-Besse
Nearest Beach
197 Kilometres
Arcachon (Coast)
Car: recommended

There's a FABULOUS and popular Sunday market on your doorstep in the village. There is a popular 'boules' court (also called 'petanque' or 'bocce') which hosts many matches and spontaneous challenges every week and weekend. An ancient French tradition in the village. There are festivals and summer markets many nights a week from June through August.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.