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Enchanting Home Medieval Village Ideal for Families & Couples

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Last updated: 11/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

St-Cirq-Lapopie house description

You will believe you have walked back in time. And you will enjoy the exquisite pleasures of gourmet food, wine, foie gras and truffles. Set at the lower end of a beautiful artists' village, just inside the medieval village gate, Maison d'Etre welcomes and invites you, your family and friends to stay a while. Originally built in the 14th century, the home now has everything you need to make it your base of operations while exploring this remarkable part of France. Located on the enchanting River Lot, one will find much to do in and around St Cirq Lapopie. There are very few signs of anything more recent than the 18th century. In a national contest in 2012 the French voted St Cirq Lapopie their #1 favorite village. It is ranked Premiere among France's 'Most Beautiful Villages.' It is under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Considered the most beautiful 100 km in France, the road along the banks of the River Lot will delight at every turn. Tour nearby chateaux and dine on wonderful gourmet meals. Kayak, canoe or swim in the river. Shop in thriving markets in one of the many other nearby beautiful villages. See cave paintings at Pech Merle. Located 15 minutes away, these caves are one of the last real caves open for public visiting. The local museums show everything from current art to the history of local farming practices. Enjoy tasting the acclaimed regional wines (Malbec) of the Cahors appellation. A visit to the wonderful and award winning wineries is a great day trip. The world-famous wineries of Bordeaux and St. Emilion are a half-day’s drive from the village. The famous Tour de France climbs of the Pyrenees are similarly less than a half-day away. There is great hiking and magnificent biking in the region. It is a slice of heaven for those interested in spelunking.

Finally, return each evening to relax in your own private home. With your fresh market purchases, you may make your own coq au vin in the fully-equipped, gourmet kitchen. Or walk to one of the many restaurants (including one gourmet) within the village to enjoy the local cuisine. In the evening it is a delight to simply wander the cobbled streets and take in the views. For a panormaic view of the Lot River valley, climb up to the top of the 300 foot outcrop on which the village is built.

GROUND FLOOR: Dining room (seats up to 8), fully equipped kitchen that goes through to the luxurious bathroom with heated towel rack, laundry room with washer/dryer. Lots of clean towels.

MIDDLE LEVEL: Wood burning fireplace, antique French 'sleigh' bed, TV, DVD, books & music. Comfortable second sofa can also be twin bed for extra guest. Master Bedroom with bath on this level.

THIRD LEVEL: 3 bedrooms. One with King bed convertible to two twins. One with two twins. One with double bed, en-suite WC and airconditioning. Sofa and coffee table in lounge area for privacy and quiet.

Weekly rental from Saturday to Saturday. Possibile discount for more than than one week stay. Longer-term winter rental available at very low rate (e.g 4 to 6-month winter sabbatical for writers, artisits etc).

What is Self Catering?

A Self catering Gite is a European method of holiday home rental. It allows several important differences from the usual hotel.

•First, the rates are usually less than a full service hotel. In a gite there is no maid service. Before you arrive, the home is thoroughly cleaned, fresh and stocked with initial necessities (coffee, tea, milk, paper products, soap).
•Second, daily cleaning staff will not bother you. Lounge around as long as you like with the assurance that no one will want to come into your home.
•Third, the absence of cleaning people coming in and out gives you more of a feeling that you live here rather than being just another overpaying customer. It’s slightly participatory in nature. Most guests find it preferable to the more commercial feel of hotels. You’re in someone’s home, and you’ll feel a part of it in a very special way.

Keywords: Exquisite, charming, Medieval home in PREMIER beautiful village, 3 stories, ideal for families and 1 to 4 couples

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Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

                  • Private Chef

                  Suitability

                  • Children Welcome:

                    This rental would work well for one to four couples or for a family....moreless

                  • Non Smoking Only:

                    This is our home. Please do NOT smoke inside....moreless

                  • Pets Not Allowed:

                    We are so sorry, there is also no land associated with the house for the dogs to use...moreless

                  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

                  Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

                  • Convertible bed(s)

                    ...moreless

                  • Bedroom 2: 1 king

                    convertible to twins...moreless

                  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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                  • Bedroom 4: 1 double

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                  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

                    convertible to twins...moreless

                  • 2 King size beds each can be converted to 2 twin beds; 1 Double Bed; 2 Twin or Single Beds. All king beds can be converted to twins to total 6 twins. There is also a small antiqueday bed on the second floor in the lounge and a sofa which can each serve as a twin when the back cushions are removed, and two fold-out, foam, twin-sized mattresses suitable for children and may be places anywhere. Baby Crib Available on request...moreless

                  Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

                  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower

                    ...moreless

                  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

                    ...moreless

                  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

                    ...moreless

                  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

                    ...moreless

                  • Bathroom 5: toilet

                    and sink...moreless

                  • 4.5 There is a full bathroom on the ground floor that is used by the occupant of the attic bedroom, which has a bathroom ensuite that is only a sink and toilet. All other bedrooms are ensuite....moreless

                  Other Amenities

                      • exquisite view of protected medieval village, church and castle foundation; swimming in the River Lot. We have a 'French library' with a few hundred books in English ranging from mystery to history, Tour de France for Dummies, Guide books, cook books, how to speak off color French. It goes on and on. It is a fun collection, Ask me and I can send you a book list....moreless

                      Entertainment

                      • Books:

                        an amazing library of books about everything from French cooking, mysteries, history, guide books, cheeses, champagne, very eclectic and fun....moreless

                      • DVD Player
                      • Games:

                        puzzles, cards, and board games...moreless

                      • Television:

                        We have yet to watch TV while there, as there is so much else to do!...moreless

                      Theme

                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Historic
                      • Romantic
                      • Tourist Attractions

                      Attractions

                      • Churches
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Ruins
                      • Winery Tours
                      • Zoo

                      Local Services & Businesses

                          • ATM/Bank

                          Leisure Activities

                          • Antiquing
                          • Bird Watching
                          • Boating
                          • Eco Tourism
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Scenic Drives
                          • Shopping
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Walking
                          • Wildlife Viewing

                          Location Type

                          • Monument View:

                            Everywhere one looks could be a postcard. Across the street is a lovely 17th century residence. The church at the top of the hill and the remaining stones of the Medieval castle are visible from our home. The village is under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...moreless

                          • Mountain View:

                            From our front door and second story windows, one can look up to the village and church on the outcrop, 300 feet above the river valley It is a stunning view....moreless

                          • Village:

                            Almost a perfectly preserved medieval village...moreless

                          • Water View:

                            From the master bedroom, the Lot River is visible as it winds lazily through the valley...moreless

                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                          • Cycling
                          • Fishing
                          • Golf
                          • Hiking
                          • Hot Air Ballooning
                          • Kayaking
                          • Mountain Biking
                          • Rock Climbing
                          • Spelunking
                          • Swimming
                          • Tennis

                          Dining

                          • Dining:

                            there is a large formal dining table that seats 8 easily and a smaller informal one in the kitchen area that seats 4...moreless

                          • Dining Area
                          • Seating for 8 people

                          General

                          • Air Conditioning:

                            in bedroom on top floor. Note: thick stone walls also keep home very cool in hot weather. Ceiling Fans in two bedrooms....moreless

                          • Clothes Dryer:

                            Plus there is a clothesline for the eco minded!...moreless

                          • Free Long Distance:

                            free international calling...moreless

                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating:

                            electric heaters in all rooms...moreless

                          • Iron & Board
                          • Linens Provided:

                            Antique French linens on many beds...moreless

                          • Living Room:

                            with TV and some DVDs...moreless

                          • Parking:

                            within about 2 blocks...moreless

                          • Parking Off Street:

                            One may drive to the front door to unload luggage; we provide a parking pass to an assigned parking area for renters which is within a block, just outside the Medieval Gate...moreless

                          • Telephone:

                            free...moreless

                          • Towels Provided
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Wireless Internet:

                            Wifi in the home. There is also free wifi in the village at the restuarant at the top (Bar LaPopie), and we are able to make arrangements with one of the residents to use their wifi if for any reason it is needed...moreless

                          • Wood Fireplace:

                            Please provide your own wood, available at Brico Marche...moreless

                          Kitchen

                          • Catering Available:

                            you may choose to have a gourmet meal await you upon arrival, or to have dinner provided on any evening ~ lovely menu selections, including dessert and wine!...moreless

                          • Coffee Maker:

                            espresso machine and French press...moreless

                          • Cooking Utensils:

                            includes a pressure cooker...moreless

                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen:

                            a fully-equipped, gourmet kitchen with everything you need to prepare your own coq au vin!...moreless

                          • Microwave
                          • Oven:

                            gas...moreless

                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove:

                            gas...moreless

                          • Toaster

                          Outside

                          • Boat:

                            Boat rides on the river...moreless

                          • Deck / Patio:

                            Behind an antique gate and ancient stone wall awaits a beautiful garden with mature arbor and large table for al fresco dining for up to 12...moreless

                          • Outdoor Grill
                          • Tennis:

                            a public court in Tour de Faure...moreless

                           

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                          7 night min stay

                          $2,400

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
                          • Cleaning deposit $200
                          • Damage deposit $300
                          • Taxes Not included

                          Notes:

                          Damage deposit and cleaning deposit will both be returned in full if there is no damage and the place is left as clean as it was upon arrival

                          Full payment owing at time of booking


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                          Last updated: 11/22/2014
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                          Location

                          129 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Toulouse
                          0.2 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Bar Lapopie
                          15 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Cahors
                          0.1 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Le Cantou

                          Visit ancient original cave paintings at Peche Merle, one of the few original caves remaining which one may see. There are various festivals in and near the village throughout the season. Wine tasting at the many outstanding wineries is a wonderful day trip. The world-famous wineries of Bourdeaux and St. Emilion are a half-day’s drive from the village, The famous Tour de France climbs of the Pyrenees are similarly less than a half-day away, There is a guided boat tour up the River which is also fun. World class spelunking and biking. Canoeing down the lazy River Cele is fun with the family. Take a picnic! The area is rural with verdant fields and lush countryside. Located right on the River Lot.

                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2009

                          About the owner: My husband and I live in Mercer Island, WA, USA. He loves to bicycle. I teach yoga and hula hoop. We have been to France many times, and my husband has cycled extensively there. It is a divine place with four star food, wine, scenery and people.

                          Why the Owner Chose St-Cirq-Lapopie:
                          The first time I visited the village of St Cirq Lapopie 20 years ago, it took my breath away. Seven years later, I went back with my husband. We loved our time there, and I always wanted to return. I visited again in Fall of 2008. We stayed in a gite in the village and became friends with the owners. They showed us their petite maison for sale. We are very excited that we could make it ours in 2009. In 2010, we bought the house next door and combined it with our first house, knocking out walls between. We gained a fabulous garden for BBQ's and al fresco dining, 3 more bedrooms and 3 more baths, as well as a proper laundry room.

                          The Unique Benefits at this House:
                          The village of St Cirq Lapopie is magical. It is premier among the Most Beautiful Villages of France. In 2012 it was voted by the French in a national contest as their #1 Favorite Village. It is an artists' village perched on a 300 foot outcrop above the River Lot. There are many things to do while in the area. Eating gourmet food is always tops for us. One may also visit the cave paintings at Pech Merle. Chateaux abound, as do the many markets in other beautiful villages nearby. There is swimming and boating on the river. It is the land of Foie Gras and Truffles. The local community is very warm and welcoming, including a great ex pat group. What is not to like about this slice of heaven?


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                          Speaks: english, french

                           

                          Photos

                          • Maison d'Etre Front Door

                            Maison d'Etre Front Door

                          • Maison d'Etre is 2 15th c. 12 inches apart and combined in 2011

                            Maison d'Etre is 2 15th c. 12 inches apart and combined in 2011

                          • Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge and microwave

                            Kitchen with dishwasher, fridge and microwave

                          • Master Bedroom

                            Master Bedroom

                          • Master Bath

                            Master Bath

                          • Antique French Daybed - perfect place to read a book

                            Antique French Daybed - perfect place to read a book

                          • dining room with door in to garden

                            dining room with door in to garden

                          • Al Fresco dining in the private garden

                            Al Fresco dining in the private garden

                          • Pont Valentre in Cahors

                            Pont Valentre in Cahors

                          • View from our house at Sunset

                            View from our house at Sunset

                          • The village is ranked #1 favorite among the villages preferred by the French

                            The village is ranked #1 favorite among the villages preferred by the French

                          • The view at night

                            The view at night

                          • Medieval gate. Maison d'Etre is the next house, just out of sight down the road

                            Medieval gate. Maison d'Etre is the next house, just out of sight down the road

                          • kitchen table with view in to kitchen and bath

                            kitchen table with view in to kitchen and bath

                          • Main Floor bath/shower

                            Main Floor bath/shower

                          • Master Bedroom

                            Master Bedroom

                          • View from antique French daybed on middle floor

                            View from antique French daybed on middle floor

                          • King bedroom with ensuite bath - convertible to twins

                            King bedroom with ensuite bath - convertible to twins

                          • Garden and Terrace for al fresco dining

                            Garden and Terrace for al fresco dining

                          • The garden is a place you will have wonderful memories of laughing out loud!

                            The garden is a place you will have wonderful memories of laughing out loud!

                          • The village of St Cirq Lapopie viewed from across the River Lot

                            The village of St Cirq Lapopie viewed from across the River Lot

                          • The region is known for its large number of wild orchid species.

                            The region is known for its large number of wild orchid species.

                          • a carving along the road in St Cirq Lapopie

                            a carving along the road in St Cirq Lapopie

                          • Storm clouds rising in the NE

                            Storm clouds rising in the NE

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                          4 Bedroom / 4.5 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 10

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                          Speaks: english, french
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