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