12th Century Stone Home in French Village with Pool and Garden
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We searched for three years for the perfect home in the Perigord Noir, which is an area of the Dordogne that is steeped in history.
When we walked in the front door of the house, we knew this was it. There's something magical about the old stones of this medieval house, even though it has been completely updated with all modern conveniences. We knew we had found the perfect spot when we saw the medieval stone fireplace in the living room, large enough to hold a small car! Then we gazed at the view from the balcony window. First we saw the flower filled garden with its inviting swimming pool; next, ancient stone houses; then the rolling hills of the Dordogne. We have never seen so many different shades of green.
We love the kitchen, which is completely equipped. It's in a large room with an old wooden farm table for dining, and a sitting area next to the second stone fireplace and the recently uncovered Roman stone arched doorway which dates from the time of the 12th Century village stone church.
The master bedroom, located on the main level, is very spacious, with a queen sized bed, air conditioning and three windows for plenty of light. The second bedroom, also on the main level, has a full size bed and is smaller but with a beautiful view of the garden and the hills. There's an antique daybed in the living room that can sleep another person. There is a full size bathroom with a tub/shower combination on the main floor as well as a separate 1/2 bath on this level as well.
There is a large stone walled bedroom on the lower level with french doors to an outdoor courtyard. The lower level bedroom has a king bed, two twin beds and its own bathroom with a walk in shower. Heating has recently been added downstairs to keep this bedroom warm in the winter season.
All the rooms are very quiet at night. The only sound you hear is the distant chimes of the church, and the birds that will gently waken you in the morning.
All the systems of the house are up-to-date, especially the furnace, which provides unlimited hot water at constant pressure.
The house is built into the side of a hill. The lower level stone bedroom features narrow rectangular windows, which once provided a secure spot from which to shoot arrows at approaching foes. Off this room is also a walled courtyard with an outdoor table, which is cool in the afternoon. A BBQ pit is also available for outdoor cooking.
The garden is walled, private and beautiful. There is plenty of garden furniture and umbrellas, so you can lounge at poolside and listen to the birds. The swimming pool has recently been converted to salt water. A new liner and pool heater have been also recently installed.
Our village is medieval, picturesque, and very friendly. You will be greeted by everyone you see and they will be curious to see new faces in the winding streets. There is a local bakery, one minute from the house on foot. It also sells simple grocery items. There's a friendly bar with a lively social life (be sure to introduce yourself to Dominique, the proprietor). We have a post office in the village and on the edge of town is an organic food store with a great selection of items.
There is a market town six minute drive from our village, which has two bakeries, a supermarket and several cafes. It has a Sunday morning market filled with local produce.
Also nearby is Montignac which has an Intermarche supermarket, antiques, medieval streets, bars, cafes, restaurants, a bookstore/newsstand and a canoe facility. Near Montignac are the historic caves of Lascaux containing amazing cave paintings. The Plazac hills are laced with walking trails.
The preserved medieval city of Sarlat-la-Caneda is 30 minutes by car, as is the Dordogne valley with its dozens of castles and chateaux. Be sure to see the Valley of the Five Chateaux near Beynac. Castle Beynac and Castelnaud (across the river) are well worth a visit. Ten minutes from Plazac is Les Eyzies, which features stone cliffs dotted with ancient cave dwellings. (On the way you might want to visit the Prehistory park which is fun for the whole family.)
The Perigord Noir was the site of the Hundred Years War between the French and the English, which explains the hundreds of castles and guard towers dotting the hills. Every village is worth a visit, since they're all medieval and the residents have respected the unique historical qualities of the place where they live.
Here is a testimonial from a guest:
'Just wanted to say thanks for the use of your wonderful home. We had such a good time! We loved the vistas, the town and the markets. We spent a couple of days just hanging out, fixing slow meals of the local foods and relaxing. We found Montignac to be a charming town. It was near enough to go a couple of times for walking around, having one great lunch (we left the card at the house) and enjoying the mid-week market. We also wanted to tell you that Ineke and Theo, who greeted us with the keys, were very kind, helpful and sweet to us. What great neighbors you have!'
Another guest loved the view from the house so much he posted a 10 minute video of just the view on You Tube. The exciting climax comes when the church bells toll seven.
Keywords: Medieval house with huge stone rooms and a large garden
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The house, with the exception of the laundry room, third bedroom and second full bathroom, is all on one main level. There are three steps up from the street outside the front door. There are small (one step) changes of level between several of the rooms. Access to the garden is down 7 steps or via a sloped walking street....moreless
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- King size bed (1), Queen size Bed (1) The bed in the main bedroom is queen sized. For the adventurous and the young-at-heart there is a king size bed and two twins beds in the stone walled lower level bedroom. This bedroom has an full size bathroom with shower. There is a double Bed (1) in the second bedroom. There is a smaller (120 cm wide) day bed in the living room for overflow guests. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
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- DVD Player
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- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Computer Available:
Free Long Distance:
Calls are free to all phones in the USA and Canada. Calls are free to all fixed lines in Europe. (You will need a calling card to reach European cell phones and to call elsewhere in the world....moreless
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- Iron & Board
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- Outdoor Grill
We are flexible about arrival dates, although we prefer a Saturday to Saturday stay. You will be welcomed by our next door neighbor. Daily rate $250 USD or $235 for 7 nights or more (works out to $1,645 per week). We accept stays of less than one week. Minimum stay 4 nights. Cleaning charge $195 US per stay. Special rates for longer stays, and for stays outside High Season. NOTE:You will be required to pay a deposit at the time of booking. If you decide to cancel this deposit may be retained if we cannot find a new client in time.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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The house is located in the center of a prehistoric area in Southwest France. There are countless museums, castles, hiking trails, villages and cave dwellings to explore. There are many huge caves in the area. Market towns in all directions. Two rivers nearby for canoeing. Wonderful restaurants and culinary experiences. Beautiful drives in the pristine countryside.
Year Purchased: 2013
About the owner: We are a family of four 'Cajuns' originally from Southwest Louisiana now dividing our time between Louisiana; Santa Fe, New Mexico; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Europe. We have traveled extensively throughout the world and appreciate beautiful scenery, architecture and culture. We discovered this special area after extensive research and visits beginning in 2010 and made the decision to incorporate this area and historic home into our lives.
Why the Owner Chose Plazac, France:
The Dordogne is beautiful, especially our area, called the Perigord Noir. The rolling hills are always green and peppered with chateaux. This is the heart of gastronomic France. The village is unique to the area, as there are expats from around the globe living here. The village and home are historic and very well preserved.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
There are hundreds of chateaux and castles to visit. There are caves everywhere including the famous caves at Lascaux. A branch of Napoleon's family lives in the region and there home is a museum. Our village is very friendly. There are hiking trails all over our hills. Our garden is beautiful and has a heated salt water pool. There are many family friendly, wholesome activities in the area. The markets are a treat to visit. It is a wonderful place to make memories with family and friends.
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Plazac is a medieval village nestled in the hills of the Dordogne
The kitchen is fully equiped.
The walled garden with the pool is behind the house
The main bedroom has a queen sized bed, three windows and AC
The living room has a medieval fireplace, antiques and a great view.
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016
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- Response time Within a few days
- Response rate 80%
- Calendar last updated 09/17/2014
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