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Cozy Medieval Village House in Domme, Dordogne

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La Maison on a lovely summer day in Domme.

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Last updated: 06/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Picture yourself waking up in this two-bedroom, two-bath, 14th century house! Domme, a wonderful medieval bastide town in Southwest France, holds the honor of being voted one of France's most beautiful villages. Ideally situated on a quiet street, this charming stone house--'La Belle Petite Maison'--and streetscape appeared on the cover of Travel + Leisure magazine in 2003 for a cover story entitled “The Heart of French Country.” The house has been furnished to a high standard using a mixture of both antique and new French oak furniture. Much of the house is newly decorated.

Dine in the kitchen at the large table or enjoy outdoor dining just out the glass door which opens onto the very private garden patio. The day-bed in the second floor salon offers comfortable sleeping for a fifth guest. A glass door leads to a lovely balcony with table and chairs, providing stunning views of the village, one of the ancient gates, and the hills to the South. The balcony makes a lovely spot to relax and enjoy coffee, tea, or a digestif.

Given the location of the house within Domme, visitors can easily walk to the local museum and tourism office, the cave, gardens, wonderful restaurants and shops—as well as enjoy the village market on Thursday mornings! Fresh croissants for breakfast are only a few steps away. Stroll along the esplanade in the evening to watch the sun set over the valley below or walk the ancient ramparts around the village.

On the edge of a cliff, Domme offers a vast panorama over the Dordogne River valley. Enclosed by walls, this bastide village founded by Philip the Bold in 1283, tells of its glorious past through its fortified gates and towers, where Knights Templar were once imprisoned. The visitor will also discover the consuls’ and the goldsmiths’ houses, the old covered market and the governor’s hotel. Domme offers the green luxury of its suspended gardens above the Dordogne valley and a fascinating cave (grotte) below. Domme provides an ideal location to visit the Dordogne’s many places of interest such as the numerous chateaux, prehistoric caves, spectacular gardens, museums, churches, villages and artisan’s studios--all of which are an easy day-trip!

Additional information on the many area activities are available at the house or from our property manager.



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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    My be difficult for very small children and toddlers due to stairs....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 2 - Chambre d'Amis: 1 queen

    Separate entrance with en suite bath....moreless

  • Bedroom 1 - Top floor: 1 queen

    Slightly smaller than American queen, but larger than double...moreless

  • Convertible bed(s): 1 double

    Sleigh bed in salon...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1) In each bedroom. These are each 140cm wide so slightly larger than an American double, but smaller than an American Queen., a sleigh bed in the salon on the second level of the main house--what Americans would call 3/4 size....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - ground floor: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 2 - Chambre d'Amis: toilet, shower

    And, yes, both bathrooms have sinks!...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Beautiful village view to the south from the salon terrace, small walled garden for privacy....moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite is limited to French channels only....moreless

  • Television
  • Video Library:

    NOTE: U.S. made DVDs do NOT work on Euro DVD players--only Euro made DVDs....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    View the hills to the South of Domme from the salon terrace....moreless

  • Village:

    Easily walk to restaurants and shops as well as historical buildings in the village....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Additional table upstairs seats four; most dining is in large kitchen....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Available in the guest annex. The main house has shutters and 2-foot thick stone walls to keep it cool in the summer....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Electric heaters. Excess heating charges to be paid by cold-weather renters....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    At additional per person charge from our property manager. See rental agreement to select....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Salon with fireplace....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    At additional per person charge from our property manager. See rental agreement to select....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi from Orange.fr at the house. Bring your wireless ready laptop or netbook and stay connected!...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Huge medieval stone fireplace!...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Also hot-water pot to boil for tea....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full complement of cooking utensils, dishes and glasses supplied....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Oven is electric; built-in oven timer is inscrutable and should NOT be used. Only use the mechanical timer hanging on the wall above the stove....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    We try to leave basic spices, but they are not always replaced....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    New refrigerator with small freezer section for ice, but a larger freezer is in the lower level of the guest annex with the washer and dryer....moreless

  • Stove:

    4-burner gas cooktop with long poaching burner....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Lovely views from here, access from the second floor salon. Great for a glass of wine at sunset!...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Adjoins the guest annex and has a table and chairs for dining, plus an umbrella for shade....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Summer
Jul 5 - Aug 16
7 night min stay

$1,295
Summer-Fall
Aug 17 - Oct 3, 2015
7 night min stay

$775
Fall-Winter
Oct 4 - Dec 14, 2015
5 night min stay
$125
Winter Holiday
Dec 15 - Jan 4
4 night min stay
$100
$665
Winter-Spring
Jan 5 - Mar 29
4 night min stay
$95
$630
Spring
Mar 30 - Apr 26
5 night min stay
$100
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$150

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Domme per pers/per nite $1
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Payment is actually 30% at booking & 70% 30 days before arrival. Nightly rates depend on season and vary from US$90 to US$200 depending on Euro exchange rate. Longer or shorter stays allowed, except summer generally requires a 1-week minimum, Saturday-Saturday. Inquire with our manager if your need flexibility. Weekly rates may be charged for short stays in higher seasons.


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Location

12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Sarlat
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Cenac
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Domme

Car: Necessary

The entire village is a perfect example of a medieval bastide and provides many entertainments within easy walking distance of the house. For more photos and information, check out our Facebook page: 'La Belle Petite Maison.'

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: Buzz Madsen choosing from a delectable array of strawberries in one of the local markets near the house. Buzz and his wife Stephany not only enjoy the markets in France, but also the wonderful gardens, caves, castles, museums and historical sights throughout the region! Not to mention hiking, biking and canoeing in this beautiful area.

Why Domme:
In May of 2005, my husband and I finally returned to Europe after an absence of nearly 20 years. Neither of us would have imagined 20 years ago that our return would be to Southwest France—we would have been certain that it would be to Cornwall or Denmark (both homes of our ancestors). In the fall of 2004, I received a travel brochure from one of the universities I attended which invited me to join a tour of village life in France. I was stunned by the beauty of the photos. I was compelled. I was also sure that we did not want to be loaded on to buses morning and evening to be trotted about the countryside. But I was sure that we must see Southwest France, the Dordogne, Perigord Noir—all quite unfamiliar to us. With an adventurous spirit and the Internet at our fingertips, we booked ourselves nearly three weeks in France, ending in Paris, of course! But we spent two weeks in Sarlat-la-Caneda near Domme. Each day was more awesome and beautiful than the last. It took our breath away. The history! The food! The French people! The wine! The extraordinary natural beauty…. The place had utterly captured us. Most of all, the Dordogne Region made me recall D. H. Lawrence and my scattered readings of his works in college. While I cannot quote the source from so many years ago, I have never forgotten that Lawrence first told me about 'a sense of place.' A location where one felt a sense of comfort and homecoming, of wonder and joy. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to find two such places, one is the Dordogne River Valley in Southwest France--and Domme.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Great local restaurants and shops within walking distance of the house. Excellent wine recommendations from the local merchants. Fresh bread, elegant pastries and croissants every day. (Please say 'bonjour' or 'bonsoir' when you enter any village--or any French--business!) The local market in the Place de la Halle on Thursdays, plus large markets in Sarlat (Wednesdays and Saturdays) and St. Cyprien on Sunday morning. Fresh fish at the market in Cenac on Tuesday mornings! My husband says the oysters are the best in the world. A huge selection of places to visit and things to do within easy day trips from Domme. Relaxing on the terrace at sunset with a fine glass of local wine. Ahhhhh....


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Speaks: english, french, spanish

 

Photos

  • La Maison on a lovely summer day in Domme.

    La Maison on a lovely summer day in Domme.

  • The sleigh bed in the salon: for a 5th guest or just to relax and read.

    The sleigh bed in the salon: for a 5th guest or just to relax and read.

  • Enjoy dining 'chez maison' or walk to one of the wonderful village restaurants!

    Enjoy dining 'chez maison' or walk to one of the wonderful village restaurants!

  • Enjoy a sunny lunch on the garden terrace outside the kitchen and chambre d'amis

    Enjoy a sunny lunch on the garden terrace outside the kitchen and chambre d'amis

  • View of the bathroom in the chambre d'amis.

    View of the bathroom in the chambre d'amis.

  • The flowers in Domme (and in front of the house) are lovely in spring and summer

    The flowers in Domme (and in front of the house) are lovely in spring and summer

  • The old market has been beautifully restored at Place de la Halle.

    The old market has been beautifully restored at Place de la Halle.

  • Enjoy the wonderful view on your walk up to the Place de la Halle.

    Enjoy the wonderful view on your walk up to the Place de la Halle.

  • A favorite purveyor of food and wine near the house on the Grand Rue.

    A favorite purveyor of food and wine near the house on the Grand Rue.

  • Ooooh la la! See a fabulous antique or flea market in nearby Sarlat.

    Ooooh la la! See a fabulous antique or flea market in nearby Sarlat.

  • View from the Domme Winery.

    View from the Domme Winery.

  • A gabare at Le Roc Gagneac provides beautiful views of the village.

    A gabare at Le Roc Gagneac provides beautiful views of the village.

  • The salon terrace view--great for some wine at sunset!

    The salon terrace view--great for some wine at sunset!

  • The medieval fireplace in the salon is so cozy for the cooler months.

    The medieval fireplace in the salon is so cozy for the cooler months.

  • The cheerful kitchen features all that you'll need to enjoy cooking.

    The cheerful kitchen features all that you'll need to enjoy cooking.

  • The chambre d'amis with its own en suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

    The chambre d'amis with its own en suite bathroom and air-conditioning.

  • The top floor bedroom sleeps two!

    The top floor bedroom sleeps two!

  • Summer flowers in the gardens on the Esplanade.

    Summer flowers in the gardens on the Esplanade.

  • Enjoy fresh produce, crafts, clothing and more at the Domme market on Thursday.

    Enjoy fresh produce, crafts, clothing and more at the Domme market on Thursday.

  • View of the Dordogne River looking west from the Domme esplanade.

    View of the Dordogne River looking west from the Domme esplanade.

  • The Porte de la Tour is where the Knights Templar were imprisoned in Domme!

    The Porte de la Tour is where the Knights Templar were imprisoned in Domme!

  • Taste at the nearby Domme Winery--we are particularly fond of their rose.

    Taste at the nearby Domme Winery--we are particularly fond of their rose.

  • The Sunday market in St. Cyprien--visit the Saturday market in Sarlat, too. Wow!

    The Sunday market in St. Cyprien--visit the Saturday market in Sarlat, too. Wow!

  • Be sure to visit the spectacular Chateau de Beynac about 30 min. away.

    Be sure to visit the spectacular Chateau de Beynac about 30 min. away.

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