Spacious house right in the village-- restaurants, shops, swimming, views, etc
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About Charles Morgan
We are a family of five, from Brookline, Massachusetts, and we came to St. Cirq Lapopie for my wife's ---th birthday, knowing only about the town from a few lines in a tourist book and an online website. It is in southwestern France, so we knew it would be wonderful. But what we came upon surprised us all, and took our breath away: a real medieval village, a step back in time, intimate and self-contained, full of life, full of restaurants and shops, friendly denizens, and amazing views. And as if that weren't enough, the village is situated in the heart of an extraordinarily beautiful river valley, full of markets, and castles, and vineyards, and caves, and more going on than we could take in during our two week stay. Coincidentally, this wonderful property, much in need of restoration, went up for sale the last days of our visit.... and, on a whim, but a thoughtful, purposeful whim, we bought it. And with the guidance of friends and the help of some extraordinary local workmen, under the leadership of the very talented builder, Ivan de Jong, we began a surprisingly smooth and successful renovation: a building centuries old, now with the trappings of contemporary living.
Charles Morgan purchased this House in 2011
Why Charles Morgan chose Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
In addition to the great pleasure of having a house in such a special village, this particular house, a characteristic stone house with its familiar red-tiled roof, was built about the 13th Century and has the charm of history (for example, an archer's window from which we imagine arrows were rained down upon King Richard the Lion-hearted in his foiled attempt to conquer this little city), as well as some lovely views, architectural details, and a location just up the street from the ancient arch which draws one into the village. It is just off the main streets, so a quick walk to restaurants and shops, yet in the morning and evenings it is quiet enough on the street to pull out chairs and watch the sky with a glass of wine or hors d'oeuvres in hand. In addition it is situated just below the house of the founder of surrealism, Andre Breton, and has a lovely public garden behind it, just off the beaten path, as well as its own private garden a short walk away.
What makes this House unique
There is nothing like living in a medieval village in a fully renovated medieval home, with beauty and history at every turn, not only within the town, but within the house as well. The light, the location, the living space, make this a very special place for a vacation with family, for a family reunion, for a couples getaway, or a gathering of friends. The layout, while designed to sleep up to 8 people, with fiour bedrooms and three and 1/2 bathrooms, has an openness and comfort that even a single couple or small family can enjoy.
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - A great village for children-- safe, friendly, etcA great village for children-- safe, friendly, etc
No smoking - Plenty of open space to smoke outdoors.Plenty of open space to smoke outdoors.
Max guests: 9
- 1) Since this is our house, not a hotel, before you leave you will need to take your recycling to the nearby bins, remove all trash and garbage.
- 2) Our cleaners do the wash and change linens, but it is your job to sweep clean the house, do any remaining dishes, and wipe down all the counters.
- 3) If there is a spill you can't clean, or an item that gets broken, or any problem at all, just leave a note for the cleaners. Thank you.
Our family had a great experience. The town and house are beautiful. The property is amazing and right in the middle of town makes for an easy starting point to visit the city. There are many restaurants and shops within walking distance. The views are out of this world. The property was very clean and well kept. The owner was very friendly and provided us with great instructions. We highly recommend to all!!!!!
Live like a local in the most beautiful village in France!
My husband and I have been renting vacation homes for years and this is the most incredible home by far! Charlie, the host and homeowner has managed at create an experience of staying in a historic home with the finest bathrooms, kitchens and furnishings. No expense was spared in the house, our combined group of seven had room to spare. Not only is the house amazing but the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie is breathtaking. I found myself taking photos of the village constantly! Just steps out the door are amazing restaurants, cute shops and art exhibitions. In the village nearby we rented mountain bikes for the teenagers and took a family kayak journey at the host’s recommendation. This host goes above and beyond and ensuring the guests are comfortable and happy. Every day he sent recommendations for dinners out, markets and fun things to do.
One thing future renters should know, this is truly a medieval village, built with a castle on the top of a hill. If you have any problems in walking up relatively steep inclines, you should not book in this village. There is a steep walk up from the car park, and the walk into the village is uphill. If you are ok with the inclines, you will be treated to amazing views across the village and valley below. You can also walk down to the beach and enjoy a cooling swim in the river. Saint Cirq Gormande is worth the walk up for the amazing apple tart, all the restaurants we tried served amazing dishes with duck as the regional specialty. There is nothing we would trade out from the vacation including the incline. I can say enough times how amazing the views are from every window of the house and every location in the village.
This house offers everything you can ask for in an immersive experience. Our two family’s with three teens had more than enough to do for everyone. Truly incredible, highest recommendation.
This place is magical.
Thank you so much for a fantastic time. Fantastic village. So much to do around there. Loved the river. Tres bien!!!
Perfect French Village
We had a wonderful time. We loved how we could relax and enjoy the place, not feeling like we had to GO GO GO. We took a wonderful day-long horse ride. We absolutely loved the Gouffre de Padirac. That was a highlight for sure. In Cahors, the hotel we stayed in was the Hotel Jean XXII. It was wonderful. I loved buying food at the market and coming home and drinking wine while cooking and then playing cards after dinner. It was so fun to buy a French chicken, roast it and then make stock. Then I made potato leek soup that was to die for. We enjoyed meeting some of your neighbors. Thank you again so much for the experience!! We had a great time.
3 weeks, 3 generations! A fabulous trip!
We just spent three weeks in this wonderful house, and loved every minute! Seven of us -- three generations -- including two children ages five and 2 1/2. (It's important that young children be stair-safe in this house, since there are quite a few stairs.) The 13th-century house itself is beautifully-restored and very comfortable. There's a great kitchen stocked with absolutely everything our two master-chefs needed; the beds are comfortable; there are several bathrooms with good showers and a couple of soaking tubs as well; two "living rooms" where evening hang-outs happened. The windows, the views....I could go on and on.....
St-Cirq-Lapopie is a medieval cliff-village quite beyond description. Your first view just kind of takes your breath away! It was a delightful village to wander, and we ate at most of the restaurants that Charlie recommended. (Ice cream at Bar LaPopie is indeed special!)
Also had a couple of wonderful meals in nearby towns: La Roue in Cabrerets, and the fabulous trout at a restaurant in Vers called La Truite Doree (located at the old hotel). We also enjoyed an evening at l'Olio just across the river in Tour de Faure -- very good pizza, great views of St Cirq up on the cliff, and a nice spot for the kids to run around while we enjoyed the cool evening!
We loved the Sunday morning market in Limogne, and of course the market in Cahors.
Great day-trip was a drive up to Figeac, taking the Lot River route on the way up, and the Cele River route on the way back -- such beautiful countryside, small beautiful stone villages, etc. And on the Cele River road, there's a wonderful quirky art installation a few minutes outside of Cabrerets just beyond the tunnel. The artist has spent 40 years creating wonderful art constructions in his house at the base of the cliff, and calls it something like the "Museum of the Unusual" (in French, of course). He's an unusual guy -- kind of hermit-like -- and very particular about "no photos" unless you pay the 2 or 3 Euro entrance fee. (So I wouldn't advise a quick roadside photo-snap!)
We rented our own 7-person boat for a few hours in Bouzies and cruised the Lot River and navigated one of the locks.
We visited the Chateau de Ceneviere nearby -- a real highlight.
One special treat: a full day in the Dordogne region (around Les Eyzies) with a guide, visiting pre-historic cave art with a woman who wrote the book (literally) Christine Desdemaines. Eng.-speaking. Not cheap but worth it.