Enchanting Home Medieval Village Ideal for Families & Couples(10 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
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
Member since: 2009
- Max. occupancy 10
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Limited Accessibility
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- 2 King size beds each can be converted to 2 twin beds; 1 Double Bed; 2 Twin or Single Beds. All king beds can be converted to twins to total 6 twins. There is also a small antiqueday bed on the second floor in the lounge and a sofa which can each serve as a twin when the back cushions are removed, and two fold-out, foam, twin-sized mattresses suitable for children and may be places anywhere. Baby Crib Available on request...moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- exquisite view of protected medieval village, church and castle foundation; swimming in the River Lot. We have a 'French library' with a few hundred books in English ranging from mystery to history, Tour de France for Dummies, Guide books, cook books, how to speak off color French. It goes on and on. It is a fun collection, Ask me and I can send you a book list....moreless
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Everywhere one looks could be a postcard. Across the street is a lovely 17th century residence. The church at the top of the hill and the remaining stones of the Medieval castle are visible from our home. The village is under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site...moreless
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Seating for 8 people
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $300
- Cleaning deposit $200
- Damage deposit $300
- Taxes Not included
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
Owner's cancellation policy:
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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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.
Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: 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.
Why the Owner Chose Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France:
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 Unique Benefits at this House:
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?
Links to more information:
Maison d'Etre welcomes you!
The lower end of the village. Our house is in the center.
The view from the master bath...
Entrance to our private garden
Garden and Terrace for al fresco dining
The garden is a place you will have wonderful memories of laughing out loud!
The view from our front door
The village is ranked #1 favorite village by the French
The sunsets are remarkable. The light is so varied.
Medieval gate at entrance to village. Our house is the next one just beyond view
Maison d'Etre is 2 medieval houses which we combined. Oldest on the R is 14th c.
Open plan, fully equipped kitchen
Main Floor bath/shower
View from antique French daybed on middle floor
Wisteria in bloom in garden
Al Fresco dining in the private garden
a carving along the road in St Cirq Lapopie
In the middle of the village...
The village of St Cirq Lapopie viewed from across the River Lot
The view at night
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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