About the property
- Apartment538 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Romantic, self catering loft apartment with lots of character & roof top views
Step back in time & relax in our beautiful studio/loft apartment which is set in the heart of the Medieval Historical centre of Sarlat. Our apartment is set at the top of a stone spiral staircase in a 15th century townhouse overlooking the old roof tops of Sarlat. The apartment is L shaped with a high, light and airy oak beamed ceiling & stone walls. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need for those romantic dinners for 2 (if you can tear yourselves away from those gourmet restaurants) comprising of : small oven, microwave, fridge and large 3 drawer freezer, small dish washer, 2 ring electric hob, kettle, electric coffee machine, plenty of plates, cutlery, saucepans, cups , glasses and some pantry items.The washing machine is housed in the bathroom. The bathroom is perfect for that relaxing bubble bath soak after all the sightseeing the shower is incorporated in the bath . The lounge has a dining table which can comfortaby seat 4 a 2 seater sofa an armchair, coffee table, TV/DVD plus UK satelite tv and a selection of dvd's and the wonderful roof top view. The cosy beamed bedroom is set in an alcove off the lounge area with double bed , small set of drawers and 2 bedside tables. We have a travel cot and also a very comfortable air mattress that can be used in the lounge or up in the mezzanine.
There is a small wardrobe in the lounge area.. The oak stairs lead up to the mezzanine among the beams where you can relax and plan your days ahead with maps, books and chill out listening to your favourite music on a docking system. On leaving the building you step right into the heart of Sarlat, surrounded by Shops, Restaurants, Cafes, Markets, art galleries and the Cathederal of St Sacredos.
SARLAT : Sarlat dates back to around the 9th Century and some say before , but it was probably at the beginning of the 9th Century, with the founding of a Benedictine abbey that the real history of the city began. As time went on Sarlat evolved even coming under English rule for 10 years in 1360.! following repeated episodes of plague, famine & flooding and local uprising - Sarlat remained unchanged - indeed forgotten and slowly fell into dis-repair, totally unsuited to modern day living with narrow streets & lack of sanitation. But this handicap was to become an asset when the city was one of the first to benefit from the Malrux law of 4th August 1962. This law on protected areas quickly led to extensive renovation work. Today, this restoration work carries on an architectural heritage that remains the main treasure of Sarlat, indeed Sarlat is often used as a backdrop for Films such as Les Miserables and holds 'The Sarlat Film Festival' each November.
SURROUNDING AREA: Once outside Sarlat you are surrounded by some beautiful countryside and stunning views. Take a trip along the Dordogne river on a gabarres, or if you fancy a bit of exercise the canoes are worth a trip, bring a picnic and spend a day on the river. Explore the many caves and grottes in the area, and the cave paintings of Lascaux 2, not the original but worth a visit , for original paintings there is Font de Gaume which is in Les Eyzies and the caves of Rouffignac. See the sights from above by taking a balloon ride or a trip in a plane ! The rock formations of Les Eyzies are well worth a visit and the beautiful Chateaux/gardens of Les Milandes,( the home of Josephine Baker) Marqueyssac, Castelnaud,Fenlon and D'Eyrignac. Step back in time(100 years) and take a trip to Le Bournat, enjoy the fairground rides and workshops, visit the aquarium, or the new zoo reserve. Rocamadour about an hour away is well worth a visit, - a monkey park ,falconry, zoo, caves, fantastic views, and the pilgrim walking route, with beautiful churches. And for RELAXATION - the lakeside beach of Tamnies is ten minutes away from Sarlat.
Restaurants, cafes and markets are a speciality and In this region if you like Duck you will be in heaven along with Sarladais potatoes as well as other local produce.
The superb markets have an array of fresh mouth watering produce such as:
Truffles, foie gras, wild mushrooms like cepes, girolles and morels, also walnuts, chestnuts, strawberries, confits (meats preserved in fat) Cheeses, bread, sausages, wines and local liquors.
The Dordogne enjoys a more settled weather pattern than UK or Ireland, it does have rain, enriching the region with green fields and can be cold in the winter months. In the Spring and Autumn it has a varied temperature, starting off cool in the mornings and heating up as the day goes along…layers are the best clothing to bring. In the Summer June ,July and August the average temperature can be around 30 ‘C.. so shorts, T- shirts are a must, not forgetting sun hats, sun glasses and sun cream.
Nearest Airports : Bergerac - Ryan air, Flybe, KLM City Airport. (just over 1 hour drive to Sarlat)
Brive - London city -City Jet - and Ryanair - Stansted ( Just over 1 hour drive to Sarlat)
Toulouse, Bordeaux,Limoges & Rodez are all within 2 to 3 hours drive to Sarlat .
Train : Train services run from - Paris - Bordeaux - Sarlat or Paris - Souillac and then shuttle bus to Sarlat.
If you arrive by train we can meet you at Sarlat station and take you to the apartment.
In Sarlat there are car hire services such as Europcar, which is in walking distance from Sarlat train station and the apartment.
Our sole interest is for us to help you have a holiday that you won't forget from the first time that you contact us to your arrival, any questions or queries you have we are on hand to help. We will meet you on your day of arrival and help you settle in and then leave you to discover the wonders of medieval Sarlat and the region.
We hope you enjoy your visit in this beautiful historic town and you go home with not only fantastic photos but many happy memories to put into your album.
Paula & Barry Grainger
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- within a few hours
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Paula & Barry Grainger
We arrived from Ireland in 2005 and fell in love with the region and wanted to enrich our lives with a new culture, language and of course take in the local food and wine...
Paula & Barry Grainger purchased this Apartment in 2009
Why Paula & Barry Grainger chose Sarlat-la-Canéda
We loved this apartment as soon as we saw it's high beamed roof and position looking over the other roofs of Sarlat. We could not wait to experience this property ourselves and we have spent a week or two enjoying the apartment, knowing that we were in the heart of history , a location for film sets and a superb market and ambiance.... We love the area as there are always suprises around the corner and Sarlat is a great base to explore other areas and villages. We love both the fact you can have a quiet relaxing visit wandering through villages and relaxing by or on the river/ lakes or enjoying the summer fetes... or delving into history and art and of course the food and wine and trips to vineyards.... something for every one.
What makes this Apartment unique
So many benefits.... Location,Location,Location.... being in the heart of the medieval a perfect base for visiting the sites knowing that when you return to Le Grenier you are only seconds away from the shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and tourist office to plan your next visits ...... Le Grenier itself is self contained and set in a 15 century building with original stone spiral staircase taking you to the apartment full of original oak beams and stonework, perfect to whip up some great meals from the fresh produce from the Wednesday and Saturday Markets which are right on your door step.... along with the restaurants and cafes, and in the Summer the street entertainment...
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
In the middle of everything!
Very private, very central and full of character. We enjoyed a nice quiet week in the garret. The stairs kept us challenging our fitbits. You couldn't ask for more accommodating or friendly hosts! Thanks for everything Paula & Barry!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at le Grenier and Sarlat and hope you had a safe journey back home.. Hopefully one day you will return to explore more of the région. Thank you so much for looking after le Grenier.. Paula et Barry
Just Perfect in Sarlat
Both Paula and Barry were the perfect hosts. Friendly, helpful, nothing was a problem. The station pick-up and drop off was a great addition to their service. The apartment was great...metres to the centre of all that Sarlat has to offer, yet quite and cosy and idea to spend a raining day reading and relaxing. I love a loft and this one is exceptional. One of our best stays after being on the road for ten weeks. We will be back next year.
In the heart of a medieval town.
First I must say that Paula and Barry were the perfect hosts. They met us at the train station so we could follow them in our car to a free parking lot. There are no cars permitted in the heart of the town but it is only a 10 minute walk to the apartment. They helped us with our baggage including going up the 74 step spiral staircase to the apartment. It is well worth the climb as the apartment is charming and full of character. The stairs are a good way to wear off some of the great food and wine you will find in the many restaurants at your doorstep. We would highly recommend this rental.
Great atmospheric location
This is the most perfect location. - right in the centre of town. All the stairs are well worth it. The apartment is attractive, clean and comfortably furnished, also it is well equipped with all that is needed for a holiday. The owners, Paul and Barrie gave us an enthusiastic welcome and carried our heave hold case up the stairs for us ( I am 82). They were also a phone call away if we had a problem which we did not. It will be even better when the expected Wi-Fi is operational. We used the close at hand free service at the information office.
Perfect home, perfect hosts!
I am a little late in writing this review as I stayed in May of 2013, but since I am headed back to stay in this charming little apartment again I had to share how wonderful it is! The apartment is as charming and full of character as the photos show. The location absolutely can't be beat. It is right in the middle of the old center of town, but quiet and private at the same time. The only problem I had with the apartment is that it was so comfortable that I ended up sleeping late every morning! Paula and Barry are amazing hosts and make the experience even better. Wonderful communication from the very first, and then personal attention when you arrive. They picked me up at the train station, purchased some groceries so that I had something to munch on after my long trip, left me a bottle of wine, and even helped me get to my next destination when I left. When I decided to head back to Sarlat this September there was no question on where to stay! Can't wait to get back!!!
I wanted to stay forever!
I originally booked for 3 weeks but then extended to 5 ... and totally loved my stay in beautiful Le Grenier in the centre of lovely Sarlat. The apartment was just dreamy and had everything I needed. I cooked every day with the local treats I bought at the Wednesday and Saturday markets and enjoyed every pink sunset from that lovely window. Paula and Barry were excellent hosts, collecting me from the train station and carrying my bags up the stairs....even offering to do a little pre-arrival grocery shop! The kitchen was even stocked with a few essentials which was great! I totally enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to anyone. You'll love waking to the church bells and chit chatter of your feathery roof top friends. I'll definitely be back. Thanks Paula and Barry
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us. We are really happy that you enjoyed your stay and had lovey expériences to share with us... We hope that in the future you will stay with us again and enjoy more delights of the area.
Sarlat the capital of the Perigord Noir a living museum dating back to the 9th century, full of history & cobbled streets, art galleries and stunning architecture. Surrounding Sarlat you will find yourself in stunning oak tree countryside. The history in this area dates back to pre-historic man, with caves(Lascaux 2 cave paintings & Font de Gaume) & fairytale castles. The villages of La Roque Gageac & Beynac, nestled into the rock sides and beautiful gardens to explore,followed by the Bastides one of which is Domme with stunning views overlooking the meandering Dordogne river is not to be missed. Not forgetting the markets full of tempting fresh fruit/veg and cheeses, wine tasting - foie gras, truffles and walnuts, - and after all the exploring ,canoeing & ballooning! you can relax at an inland beach 10 minutes away and re-charge in readiness to taste the flavours and enjoy the much loved street entertainment of the Perigord and wine & dine in the many gourmet restaurants in Sarlat.
Other Activities: Ballooning, Flying, canoeing, walking
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Our changeover dates are mainly Saturday to Saturday but out of the mid/high season we can be more flexible. The bed linen, towels, taxes and electricity are included in the price. There is a small charge for heating in the cooler months, We do not charge for a clean, but just ask guests to leave the apartment as much as they found it on arrival.