|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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
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.
Ann Lokey purchased this house in 2009
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 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?
This home is extremely beautiful and comfortable with everything you could want. It's charmingly French in style, in a great location for touring not only this village but the environs which is a very special part of France. Ann provides a large assortment of tourist information and the home is well-stocked with necessities and luxuries. This is one of the nicest places in which we have stayed in all our travels. I am more than happy to recommend it.
We were very comfortable and felt very welcome in your house. You have furnished your home beautifully and I often read in the early morning on the antique daybed with the view of the church.We were there during the town's festival so had music and fireworks! The neighbors were friendly and it was nice to feel at home in the village and to know that we had many people to call on if need be. The bathrooms pictured on your website are just as luxurious as they appear.
We did lots of touring, but balanced with swimming most every day and long meals in the cool evening in the walled garden. Your notes on what to do were very helpful. We visited Pech Merle, Rocamadore, the Guiffre Padirac, Figeac, walked to Bouzies along the canal ...Cahors markets, nice lunches and dinners out balanced by simple meals that we cooked ourselves. The strawberries were in season and we had our fill of duck. The lavendar was in full bloom and had an amazing aroma in the walled garden. The first two floors stayed very cool with the system of closing shutters and windows during the day but it was good that you had the fans and AC for the third levels. The second week was warmer than the first but the weather was beautiful. Even though there was often a steady stream of tourists walking up the hill to the shops and historic sites we had privacy behind the gate of the garden and also in the house with your beautiful lace curtains.
I think what I miss most are the limestone cliffs. I highly recommend your home away from home!
In 1975, Andre Breton's first wife, Simone, said to me "The best dreams are those that come true." Since then I have dreamed of visiting St.-Cirq-Lapopie, where Breton had a home. The magical experience in this gorgeous village was made even more special by staying in La Maison d'Etre. Perfectly located at the entrance to the village, this spacious, well-appointed, welcoming home was both comfortable and beautiful. The rooms are large and lovingly furnished in the style of Southwest France, and taking our meals in the charming garden was delightful. The owner supplied us with in-depth information to make our stay easy to navigate. Thanks to Ann and her home, our visit to St. Cirq was more than I dreamed. I trust that this will be the first of many visits.
This will be relatively brief, because we concur with all the praise from the earlier postings. From contacting Ann, to booking the house, to arriving, and, best of all, to living there for two full weeks, this was an exceptionally pleasing experience. Ten of us (two families, each with three school-age children) descended on Maison D'Etre in the village of St. Cirq Lapopie with our rental car, our luggage, and all the excitement and expectation that this, a celebration (in part) of my wife's 50th birthday, evoked. The experience turned out to be even better than we had imagined. Not only one of the most beautiful villages (and regions) in the world, but we got to live right in the thick of it! This was not one of those vacations, although very nice, out in the beautiful countryside somewhere with a nice swimming pool, etc.-- this was in the heart of the heart of southern France. We were surrounded by culture, by restaurants, by ancient buildings, by a swimmable river and beach-- we were in an exceptionally comfortable home, we had restaurants and shops we could stroll to, and we could take the most extraordinary days trips, from bicycling along the river to exploring local markets, from trips to the vineyards to visiting the local castle. The place, the experience, was so perfect, we were so captivated, that we actually bought a 'ruin' in town (a 14th Century stone house) and are in the process of renovating it. I guess we couldn't bear to leave. If you only have a week to spend at Ann's place in St. Cirq Lapopie, you will be blessed with a fantastic vacation--but if you can manage to give yourself at least two weeks in town, you will have the vacation of a lifetime. Thank you, Ann, for making this possible.
This was an extraordinary vacation for our family of four. The house was immaculate and utterly lovely, with a pretty yard for sun bathing. The village feels like we were in the 15th century, but the house was completely up to date while keeping its old world charm. We lounged by the fire, we hiked every day, we rode bikes, we visited open air markets, we feasted on the local foods, we explored the charming villages, we visited the cave paintings, we soaked in hot baths, we drew, we read, we wrote....It was magical!
Our 2 week adventure (May 28-June 11, 2011) in SW France was preceeded by high expectations of making "a dream come true". Upon arrival at Maison d'Etre in St Cirq Lapopie we were greeted warmly by Natalie and Jesse, Ann's two cheerful caretakers who showed us the home. We happily found everything and more than we had anticipated. Shortly afterwards, Penni came by with our pre-arranged gourmet meal of Boeuf en Vin Rouge, a delicious lifesaver before we settled in for the night.
The master suite is large and private with an awe-inspiring view up above of the Gothic Church of Saint-Cirq and out across the equally amazing Lot River valley. Pictures of this tucked-away paradise do not do it justice-you must experience it for yourself. Literally, everywhere you look is a sight to behold.
Not to mention the fascinating medieval village with its warm and friendly people! You may not speak French, and they may not speak English, but somehow you both happily make it happen! Up and down the cobbled stone lanes there are shops of various shapes and sizes full of unique contents, and restaurants offering everything from rustic to gourmet French fare abound (Restaurant l'Atelier, Le Cantou and La Tonnelle, to name a few). On days when you drive to other nearby villages to explore and attend their open-air markets (such as Limogne) or need to find some basic staples at the shop in Tour de Faure, you'll come "home" with your treasures and enjoy all the comforts of your own gourmet kitchen. Dining outside at the picnic table in the private garden, while the sun was setting and the birds were chirping, was an absolute joy!
This charming, completely renovated maison exceeded our expectations on all counts. We are sure you will find the same, as soon as you can get there! Bon voyage!
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.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
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