Cozy Medieval Village House in Domme, Dordogne
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Domme house 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.
Keywords: House, in village, stone, historic
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
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- Outdoor Grill
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Location & View
- Rock Climbing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Winery Tours
- Botanical Garden
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
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Our family of four stayed here for five nights and had a memorable time. The house is very peaceful, well appointed and yet close to the lower square. We loved the kitchen and 1st floor family room. One of our daughters slept on the day bed the entire stay and was more than fine. Domme was the perfect location to stay - central to the Dordogne attractions, good restaurants in the village, Thursday market was excellent. Two items to keep in mind - parking in the square and on the streets is very difficult between 9am-8pm but after that, no problem to find a spot steps away from the house. Second, the door lock is tricky at first so be sure to get instructions from the management. The owners and local management are very helpful and a pleasure to work with.
- Guest Dave (Illinois, USA)
- Date of stay 07/15/12
- Review Submitted 07/23/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Manager response: We are so glad you enjoyed the house and Domme. Our normally brilliant brother-in-law has trouble with the lock--he forgets to turn the handle in the correct direction, but we will have our manager check to be sure the lock is working properly. On the parking side, July and August are the busiest tourism months in the Dordogne so all is crowded. Fortunately, as you note, most leave Domme in the evening! Other times of year, parking is easy.
CHARMING AND COMFORTABLE
CHARMING AND COMFORTABLE
We loved the Petite Maison of Domme. It was an excellent base of operations and suited our needs to a T. We wished we could have shared the experience as the house easily accomodates more than 2 but we felt so comfortable and enjoyed the evening birds wheb we had drinks on the deck and the beautiful colors of the tiled and slate roofs that surrounded us. We would go back in a minute. The town patisserie was very serviceable and everyone we met was pleasant. IT was not crowded which we really appreciated. We could see that in summer months it could be a different experience. Parking our rental was simple on the side streets and the restaurants that we visited were quite nice and very charming. I am hesitant to recommend it because I don't want to give it up! THe rental company was very helpful whenever we called. The services- internet, electricity, water, dishwasher, washer all worked well. There were many stairs, some without railings, not a problem for us. The top floor bedroom does not have a close restroom, again, not a problem for us but something to consider. We loved Domme, the area, the quiet, the beauty, the food, the foie gras, the ....
- Guest Lee (Topsham)
- Date of stay 05/12/12
- Review Submitted 05/26/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Thank you for your kind review! One of the things we like most about Domme is its convenient to so many different sight-seeing and activity opportunities. Any high summer visitors should ask our property manager about her "secret" parking places. We are both in our mid-60s and have no problem with any of the stairs, but have warned a shakey relative and some 80-year-olds before they made any decisions to stay! We enjoy sleeping in the top floor bedroom as it is such a cozy aerie and the views of the stars from the windows at night (if you get up to visit the restroom downstairs) are truly spectacular. It is so clear and without light pollution!
Stayed in Domme, Sept 24-30, 2011
Stayed in Domme, Sept 24-30, 2011
Our words can not sufficiently describe our wonderful experience here in Domme. The house was everything described on the website, and its location was terrific... just a few blocks from the main market place, but on a quiet street. The property was clean and orderly, with all of the convenience of a thoughtful layout. We would definately return to this property on our next stay in Domme. Thanks to the owners for keeping such a great property.
- Guest moose (Wildwood, Missouri)
- Date of stay 09/24/11
- Review Submitted 10/10/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Manager response: Patti and Les, delighted to hear that you enjoyed the house and Domme. We've always loved that the house is wihin the village walls and one can walk to restaurants in the evening, drink wine, and still walk safely home. Healthier, too! We would welcome your return. Bonne journee et merci beaucoup!
Domme in the Dordogne
Domme in the Dordogne
Our visit to the Dordogne this past May (2010) was our first to this part of France. This property was everything it was promised to be... and more. The unit was very clean upon our arrival and the village offered everything you'd want to experience in the Dordogne region. It's central location was very convenint for hitting many of the local markets, one of our favorite activites in France. The market in Domme itself, of course, was very convenient, but the other markets we visited in Cenac and, especially, Sarlat also did not disappoint. You will need a car to get around the Dordogne from Domme but with that flexibility, you can visit any number of the numerous nearby cave sites, canoe the Dordogne River (a must !) and even sample some of the inexpensive (but way under publicized) great wines of the Bergerac wine district. We also enjoyed hiking to any one of the dozens of castles along the Dordogne that are within easy driving distance (Beynac, La Roque and Castelnaud). And finally, our days were capped each night with a walk up to the ramparts with bottle of wine in hand to watch spectacular sunsets over the Dordogne River valley. These sunsets even rival the ones we have here in our home in Colorado ! If you truly want to know what the Dordogne region is all about, Domme will NOT disappoint !
- Guest Bill and Katy (Golden, Colorado)
- Date of stay 05/17/10
- Review Submitted 06/28/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+.
Dordogne in the Fall
Dordogne in the Fall
This lovely house is a tastefully decorated tri-level that is well represented in the pictures plus it has a fully equipped kitchen and comfortable couches to sink into after a full day excursion. Domme is a small, centrally located bastide that is unique to itself with many shops, a cave, central square and several restaurants within its hilly terrain as well as beautiful views of the valleys below. Day trip adventures are easily accomodated in all directions to nearby open markets, pre-historic caves, several medieval castles overlooking the Dordogne, quaint and unique hilltop villages, grottos, through beautiful rolling hills with dramatic river views and picnic spots, and a large selection of restaurants (La Belle Etoile in La Roque Gageac beside the river, and Hotel Belvedere in Rocamodour at sunset). The Office of Tourism in Domme was also very helpful and friendly and suggested several visits off the main tourist maps (Coremonte, Museum of Man, Monpazier). Don't miss taking a gelato stroll in the park at the top of Domme under the chestnut trees at sunset.
- Guest Jon & Catherine (Orlando, Florida)
- Date of stay 10/02/09
- Review Submitted 06/22/10
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+.
I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the house in Domme. It was more lovely than I expected and all too short. Much as I tried not to do too much, we did do a lot. How could we not visit the Lascaux caves or canoe up the Dordogne (an interesting experience in family relationships). Our last night was at L'Esplanade restaurant, overlooking a beautiful sunset. My husband had the truffle menu and thought he was in heaven. I enjoyed going to Mass in French. Oh, and we attended a very nice evening of classical music in the church. --H.M.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 08/29/09
- Review Submitted 08/29/09
Jan-Apr 01 & Oct-Dec ......... €450 - €550/week Apr School Holidays .......... €500 - €650/week Early May to Late June, Sep .. €650 - €750/week Jul-Aug ...................... €850 - €950/week (Peak Season)
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- Nearest Train: Sarlat at 12 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Cenac at 2 Kilometres
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 and historical sights throughout the region! And there are several wonderful, huge gardens to visit nearby.
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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La Maison on a lovely summer day in Domme.
The salon terrace view--great for some wine at sunset!
Enjoy dining 'chez maison' or walk to one of the wonderful village restaurants!
The chambre d'amis with its own en suite bathroom and air-conditioning.
The top floor bedroom sleeps two!
The flowers in Domme (and in front of the house) are lovely in spring and summer
Enjoy fresh produce, crafts, clothing and more at the Domme market on Thursday.
View of the Cenac bridge looking West from the esplanade in Domme.
Summer flowers in the gardens on the Esplanade.
Ride one of the tourist trains in Domme. Your kids will love it!
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 medieval fireplace in the salon is so cozy for the cooler months.
The sleigh bed in the salon: for a 5th guest or just to relax and read.
Our Florida neighbors photographed the kitchen when they stayed at the house.
View of the bathroom in the chambre d'amis.
Great sunrise view from the top floor bedroom!
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.
A favorite purveyor of food and wine near the house on the Grand Rue.
The Porte de la Tour, where the Templars were imprisoned.
Ooooh la la! See a fabulous antique or flea market in nearby Sarlat.
View from the Domme Winery.
A gabare at Le Roc Gagneac and a great place to canoe....
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