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(Please Note: we love vacation rentals out in the country with pools--Europe has thousands of them. But living in your own spacious, private home in this fairytale village in this extraordinary region of France is a vacation you won't experience anywhere else in the world. And p.s., you won't miss the pool--there's a great sandy beach on the river.)
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Whether a romantic rendez-vous, a family gathering, or a reunion of friends, just imagine spending time in your own house in the heart of an enchanting and lively medieval village, surrounded by gorgeous fields, limestone cliffs, and a magnificent river, where you can take just a short walk to artist studios, gourmet restaurants, and wonderful shops, yet live in the delightful and sun-lit privacy of your own home, perfectly located for day trips or hikes or bicycling, to castles, vineyards, markets, museums and more, and perfect for cooking your fresh market goods in the spacious fully-equipped kitchen at night.
Between the Dordogne and Provence, on a cliff overlooking a magnificent river valley, lies the lively, medieval village of St. Cirq Lapopie, a place Richard the Lion-hearted once failed to conquer.
And between ancient 13th Century walls, in the heart of this charming village that time has left untarnished, lies our newly renovated, fully-equipped, five bedroom, four bathroom home: Coeur de Lion.
A once in a lifetime vacation: there is plenty of room for a family or two, or for a reunion or large group of friends, but the design of the house, with its master bedroom, bath, and study just above the open living space, makes this a cozy, intimate place for even a single couple.
As you stroll through the village's medieval gate and gaze at the ancient red-roofed houses, many garlanded with flowers, you'll imagine that time has stood still.
But when you walk through the old oak door of our home, all the contemporary trappings are there-- from the fully-applianced gourmet kitchen to the luxurious king beds to the two-person porcelain tubs.
Designated an historic site and yet alive with modern life, St. Cirq Lapopie has been a mecca for artists and writers throughout the past century. The town has unique shops, many fine restaurants, art studios, a museum, a cathedral, and more. There's a sandy beach too. You don't have to stray far.
Yet just beyond the village environs lie castles and markets, cave paintings and cathedrals, museums and vineyards, and the lush countryside. You can bicycle for traffic-free miles along the majestic Lot river. Or canoe for hours along the banks of the river from town to town. Or fish or golf. Or simply walk to the local castle or a nearby cafe or the neighboring patisserie.
Whether your prefer lazing or action, window gazing or window shopping, dining out or cooking in, day trips or just a stroll to the corner, there is no end of enticing choices in our friendly, inviting village.
*Richard the Lion-Heart (Coeur de Lion, the name of our house) was repelled by village archers from invading St. Cirq Lapopie in the 12th Century! (There's an archer's window in the house.) More recently, St. Cirq Lapopie was designated 'Premier' among 'the most beautiful villages in France.'
* Ranked 'Premier' among France's 'Most Beautiful Villages' (and under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
3 1/2 bathrooms, including two luxurious vintage tubs
Damage/Cleaning Deposit: A required $300 deposit will be returned (via your requested payment method) shortly after your stay. Since this is our house, and not a hotel, we ask that you leave it as you would wish to find it. (The cleaners will come in to finish up the wash and make the beds, etc.)
Please contact us: if you have any questions, special needs, or concerns. Our goal is to help you have an absolutely wonderful vacation.
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A growing library of good reads, including books on the local culture, etc....moreless
Away From It All
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Cross Country Skiing
Golf Privileges Optional
Hot Air Ballooning
Wonderful open dining area with classic, comfortable French table that seats up to 10 people....moreless
Seating for 10 people
Beautiful wood-burning fireplace-- provides excellent heat on cool mornings or late evenings....moreless
Free Long Distance
Iron & Board
Free parking is just a short walk past the village gate. There is no parking on the narrow streets, but we do have spot close to the house....moreless
Parking Off Street
Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
This lovely fireplace is great for enjoying a nice wood fire, but it has also been designed to provide efficient heating throughout the house....moreless
We have a wonderful local cook who can deliver gourmet meals to your door, with just a little advance notice....moreless
Actually, there is a sandy beach at the river (an 8 minute walk down the hill), cordoned off for safety, often with a lifeguard, but you can swim way beyond the cords-- nice, clean, refreshing water....moreless
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About the owner: 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 (ivandejongdesign.com), we began a surprisingly smooth and successful renovation: a building centuries old, now with the trappings of contemporary living.
Why the Owner Chose St-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.
The Unique Benefits at this House: 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 10 people, with five bedrooms and three and 1/2 bathrooms, has an openness and comfort that even a single couple or small family can enjoy.
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