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

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Main living and dining area 'piece de vivre' with stairs up to top floor suite.

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Last updated: 12/12/2014
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Internet:Yes
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  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Issigeac villa description

Long before Shakespeare wrote a word, or John Donne penned a sonnet, the village house on Rue St Felicien was built above a registered Gallo-Roman villa, in an ancient medieval village called ISSIGEAC, amid the vines of the Bergerac wine appellation, and just miles away from the Dordogne River. Here in a vibrant, popular market village with every possible service at your doorstep, this luxuriously-renovated ancient townhouse sits in stone as a testament to the 14th century. All around are reminders of a past where warriors wandered the streets below, yet inside the village house on Rue St Felicien offers the utmost in all modern conveniences and beautifully appointed surroundings.

With walls of limestone and ceilings of walnut, the entrance way leads through large blue carriage doors off a winding (walk-only) street, into a large stone hallway housing a magnificent, curved staircase. Down the passage is the downstairs double bedroom with queen bed and beamed walls. Next door there is a bed room, with a single twin bed. Both rooms are individually designed with beautiful curtains, linens and 'heavenly beds' ('ciel du lits'). Next to the bedrooms is a full, modern bathroom with double sinks and a separate (American-style) shower, and separate toilet. The washer and dryer are conveniently located in a nook nearby. NOTE: With 2 double (queen) bedrooms and one single room and bathrooms located on 2 separate floors, this home is ideal for 2 couples travelling together, and perhaps with a single friend or relative. 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, but rather a living and relaxing space akin to top-class hotel suites. 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 courtyard (with ancient stones) 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 as you enjoy the new day.

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. An hour by car will take you to Sarlat, Les Eyzies and Domme 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 as you take in all that the village has to offer. With its boulangeries, restaurants, butcheries, and 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 fabulous 'Fete de Bodega' will have you dancing in the streets, or enjoy the wonderful night-markets with tables and chairs set up in the square for you 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 Friday changeover so that you'll be well-settled in to take full advantage of the Sunday market.

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

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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Concierge
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Due to two staircases, and the style and furnishings of the house, it is not ideal for a group with a number of children under 9. ...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          • Downstairs Single room: 1 twin/ single

            This is opposite the bathroom...moreless

          • Downstairs Double Room: 1 queen

            This is a very quiet & cool room with a bathroom alongside...moreless

          • Top floor Master Suite: 1 queen, 1 baby crib

            ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Ensuite bathroom top floor: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Downstairs bathroom: toilet, shower

            This has double sinks and a towel heater...moreless

          • Separate toilet: toilet

            ...moreless

          • 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!...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • 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....moreless

              Entertainment

              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                Scrabble, Rummikub, Backgammon, Chess and other popular boards games and cards....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Full British satellite TV...moreless

              • Television
              • Video Library:

                DVD's including classic French titles with sub-titles...moreless

              Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Rural:

                We are in the heart of the French countryside with nothing but birds, animals and sunflowers all round....moreless

              • Village

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Spelunking
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                Antique table and cushioned chairs...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning:

                The top floor master suite is air-conditioned. Massive stone walls make the rest of the house feel air conditioned!...moreless

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Fireplace
              • Free Long Distance:

                Worldwide...moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                We have wonderful, modern central heating from radiators all through the house. In the cooler months, the heating is included in the weekly rate. ...moreless

              • Internet:

                solid high-speed internet...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Living Room:

                very comfortable, with fabulous furnishings and antiques....moreless

              • Parking:

                Always available...moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                The narrow streets of the village do not allow parking at the house, but you are able to unload the car and park just 2 steps away in the square....moreless

              • Telephone:

                The telephone is available for use - for FREE locally and internationally!...moreless

              • Towels Provided:

                White and plush...moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Washer and dryer are located together on the ground floor with easy access by all....moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Bring your own laptop or iPad...moreless

              • Wood Fireplace:

                The fire works beautifully, but is by no means the only source of heat. Wood is provided....moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Blender, food processor, hand mixer, coffee maker, kettle, toaster....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Dishes and utensils for 10...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                New in 2013...moreless

              • Kitchen:

                Well-equipped with all modern conveniences such as blender, food processor, coffee maker, hand mixer....moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                Gas stove and oven...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper and selection of common spices, sugar....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Tall, full-size fridge with small freezer....moreless

              • Stove:

                Professional 110cm stove with 6 cooking rings...moreless

              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Balcony
              • Bicycles:

                available for rental from specialist who drops them off and picks them up after initial fitting....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                With umbrella and 6 chairs...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Many canoe optons on the Dordogne - 10% off with ours recommended....moreless

               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Winter 2014
              Oct 19 - Feb 28, 2015
              6 night min stay
              $210
              $1,470
              Spring 2015
              Mar 20 - Jun 6, 2015
              6 night min stay
              $257
              $1,800
              Summer 2015
              Jun 7 - Sep 5, 2015
              6 night min stay
              $319
              $2,240
              Fall 2015
              Sep 6 - Nov 6, 2015
              6 night min stay
              $265
              $1,850

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


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              Last updated: 12/12/2014
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              Location

              16 Kilometres
              Nearest Airport
              Bergerac
              30 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              Few steps from house
              680 Kilometres
              Nearest Ferry
              Le Havre
              18 Kilometres
              Nearest Golf
              Chateau des Merles
              18 Kilometres
              Nearest Train
              Bergerac
              58 Kilometres
              Nearest Motorway
              A89
              244 Kilometres
              Nearest Ski
              Le Lioran, Super-Besse
              197 Kilometres
              Nearest Beach
              Arcachon (Coast)

              Car: Recommended

              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.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 2006

              About the owner: 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.

              Why the Owner 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.

              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
              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.


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              Speaks: english, french

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              Photos

              • Main living and dining area 'piece de vivre' with stairs up to top floor suite.

                Main living and dining area 'piece de vivre' with stairs up to top floor suite.

              • Entrance way with carriage doors and old "ratelier" discovered during renovation

                Entrance way with carriage doors and old "ratelier" discovered during renovation

              • Living room & fireplace towards kitchen

                Living room & fireplace towards kitchen

              • Corner of large living room with light all round from the windows

                Corner of large living room with light all round from the windows

              • Top floor Master Suite (very large - can add single beds)

                Top floor Master Suite (very large - can add single beds)

              • Downstairs double bedroom with bathroom, shower & double sinks next door.

                Downstairs double bedroom with bathroom, shower & double sinks next door.

              • Double sinks and stand-alone American=style shower

                Double sinks and stand-alone American=style shower

              • Living room with modern comforts in a 14th century space.

                Living room with modern comforts in a 14th century space.

              • Welcome Home!

                Welcome Home!

              • House on the village street (only for walking)

                House on the village street (only for walking)

              • Issigeac village with its medieval style

                Issigeac village with its medieval style

              • Beautiful lazy Dordogne river nearby

                Beautiful lazy Dordogne river nearby

              • Bienvenue! Welcome to your home in the village

                Bienvenue! Welcome to your home in the village

              • Main entrance way with stairs up to living area (middle floor).

                Main entrance way with stairs up to living area (middle floor).

              • Kitchen & breakfast area (with fridge in armoire)

                Kitchen & breakfast area (with fridge in armoire)

              • Dining area with space at the antique table for eight.

                Dining area with space at the antique table for eight.

              • Top suite bathroom

                Top suite bathroom

              • Quiet and cool downstairs queen bed room

                Quiet and cool downstairs queen bed room

              • Single bed room with light pouring in.

                Single bed room with light pouring in.

              • Enjoy dinner in your 14th century home

                Enjoy dinner in your 14th century home

              • Outdoor courtyard with barbecue and seating for 6

                Outdoor courtyard with barbecue and seating for 6

              • Take a step back in time...

                Take a step back in time...

              • Vineyards and wineries on your doorstep

                Vineyards and wineries on your doorstep

              • The Issigeac Village house on an ancient street in a medieval village.

                The Issigeac Village house on an ancient street in a medieval village.

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              3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
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              Speaks: english, french
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