House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
- english, french
About Stephany Madsen
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, museums and historical sights throughout the region! Not to mention hiking, biking and canoeing in this beautiful area.
Stephany Madsen purchased this House in 2005
Why Stephany Madsen chose Domme
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.
What makes this House unique
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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Magnificent facility and location to explare Dordogne Valley
We were two couples who spent a week here. The facility is charming, well furnished and perfect for us Being right in the middle of the bastide town we were able thoroughly enjoy just walking around the town at different times of the day (especially enjoyable were the evenings after all the day tourists had left). We had several meals on the patio. The town is ideally located to explore the Dordogne Valley from Bergerac to all points east. What was especially appreciated and most impressive was the property manager's instant response to making a small but important repair in the bathroom. We have nothing but wonderful memories. We laughed a lot, drank and ate a lot, and thoroughly absorbed the Dordogne Valley from this wonderful house. Two couples could not ask for a better place.
So thrilled you enjoyed the house and all the delights Domme has to offer! And happy to hear our manager was able to fix the little problem in the bathroom right away. There should be no worries on vacation! Please come again!
Great house, great stay!
La Belle Petite Maison is a charming house in a pretty perfect location! My husband and I have been to Domme several times, but this was our first stay in this house. We will go back! The house is just as described, only better. We were surprised at the size - it's not so petite! It's very comfortably furnished and pretty, with everything you could need - including full size washer and dryer, and WIFI! (Not every place has that). The house also has a wonderful feeling of privacy, with a locking courtyard gate.
We were there in the middle of July, and were a bit worried about parking, but the local management lady, Melanie, showed us her "secret" parking spots. So not a problem.
This house gets a total thumbs up from us!
La Belle Petite Maison
A lovely cottage, perfect for two couples, although we were only one. The kitchen has everything you need to cook up a storm and all the rooms are nicely furnished and comfortable. Lovely to sit on the terrace at the end of the day and watch the hot-air balloons rise over the valley. Domme is a perfect bastide village with several good restaurants and bars. It has a small grocery store with the basics, but Cenac at the foot of the hill has a Carrefour with everything you need. Great spot for checking out all that the region has to offer. We would definitely recommend it. The only (minor) drawback was that there were no English-speaking channels on the TV. However, there was a good supply of DVDs and, after all, we didn't go there to watch TV.
Thanks so much Jo. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the French only TV channels--we use them to practice our French! Glad you enjoyed the DVDs. We hope you accessed any local or world news in English via the internet using the house Wifi.
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.
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
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 ....
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
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.
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!
The entire village is a perfect example of a medieval bastide and provides many entertainments within easy walking distance of the house.