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Private Retreat for 2 in the Heart of the Dordogne Valley

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Studio, Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Rural France awaits you. Small towns, quiet roads, open air markets, castles and of course fabulous restaurants.

Beautiful apartment in lower level of medieval home in St. Cyprien, heart of the Perigord Noir. Very comfortable little private getaway for 2 in the upper, or Montmartre section of the town. St. Cyprien is very well located in the valley, situated between Sarlat-la-Canada to the east, and Bergerac to the west.

Although this unit is located on one level, the little streets leading down/up to it are quite steep and therefore probably not suitable for anyone with serious mobility problems. It is always possible, however, to drive down to town, approximately 2-3 minutes away.

The Dordogne Valley area of France is truly one of the semi-hidden gems of the country. Most tourists don't make their way here until their 4th or 5th trip to the country, having first visited Paris, Normandy, the Loire, Provence, etc. before hearing about the Dordogne. It is very much small town France, full of ancient towns, villages, hamlets and farms. Many of the best producers of local, boutique type products still flourish here.

Situated just north of the Dordogne river, this is still very much an authentic French town, with all the amenities that these little gems have to offer. Everything you need on a daily basis is easily available within walking distance. The town hosts great little restaurants where you can sip coffee and watch the world go by, one of the best pastry shops in the Dordogne, and numerous small restaurants and other businesses. The town is essentially built into a hill, with the most ancient areas being around the church and the upper section referred to as Montmartre or Haut de la Ville (top of the town), where the streets are steep and narrow.

The town has an interesting history, having occupied a border position between Eleanor's Aquitaine and the French armies and was thus under attack during both the Hundred Year's War and the Wars of Religion. It is said that Richard the Lionhearted passed through here.

Views from the Montmartre section, where the house is located, are superb. The town is just below and one has a horizontal view of the valley and the hills ascending the south side of it. The ancient church is one of the largest in the area and was formerly a training center for priests and nuns.

The town hosts the principal day market in the area each Sunday. Numerous venders sell everything you could possibly need to satisfy every possible taste. There are numerous other day and night markets throughout the area.

Numerous historic sites are within easy driving distance. Font-de-Gaume, one of the original caves still accessible to the public is 7 ks away, in the historic town of Les Eyzies, home of the Museum of Pre-History. The very charming town of Beynac is only 8 ks away, and is home to the famous Chateau de Beynac, which overlooks the town from it's elegant position high on the hill behind the town. It is said that cannon balls were frequently fired between this Chateau and the Chateau de Castelnaud, which sits almost directly across the river. During the Hundred Year War it is said that the British occupied the south side of the Dordogne and the French the north side.

You can easily visit the Chateau des Milandes, home of Josephine Baker, the famous American Jazz singer, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Tremolat and numerous other medieval and Bastide towns (walled villages).

A less than one hour drive can take you to the famous villages of Montignac (home of Lascaux II, the most famous cave in France), Monpazier, or Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere. In fact, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Activities abound. The Dordogne and Vezere Rivers are available for all water activities. Local day and night markets are full of amazing local products, each with it's own character. Local small farm producteurs still make their own goat cheese, honey, soaps, fois gras, etc.

Hiking and biking are available virtually 'outside the door'. Bikes can be easily rented and I don't think you can find better biking in the world. Everywhere there is a big road in France, there are smaller roads nearby with almost no traffic. But, yes, there are hills!

This apartment is the lower level of my house. It has a southern exposure with nice sized windows in the living and kitchen areas and a door leading directly onto the stone-walled patio. There is a separate kitchen which is partially walled off from the living/sleeping area. The living/bedroom area is essentially one room. The bed is king size and has two separate mattresses. The bathroom has a shower, toilet, sink and a clothes washer. A drying rack is available and my dryer is available upon request. Parking is available very close to the unit, (less than a 2 minute walk), but not directly on site.

It is, all in all, a very comfortably furnished and private little getaway, in town but yet far enough up the hill to have a very tranquil experience. Evenings spent on the private patio are magical, especially with a bottle of excellent French wine, some bread and cheese, and a few nice candles. My terrasse is available with permission. ENJOY!

Keywords: apartment, gite, pied-a-terre

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Julie Bacon
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Julie Bacon

I originally visited this part of France in 2003, via bicycle with 2 friends, on a month long trip of the area. I had heard so much about the Dordogne but didn't really know what it was. I was totally amazed and blown away by the area.

I totally fell in love with the area, but it was very much sort of an Act of Fate that I ended up buying a house here. I had no intention of doing so when I arrived. But one day it was raining and we didn't bike and ended up in a small town with a real estate office, and, as they say in France, Voila! I found a house I couldn't resist. It was, however, VERY small, and when I realized that I wanted to spend a fair amount of time here, I sold it in 2008 and bought this one. Now I spend around 5-6 months a year here in the Dordogne, which is full of interesting ex-pats and colorful French characters. I think that it is truly The Good Life.

Julie Bacon purchased this studio in 2008

Why Julie Bacon chose Saint-Cyprien

When here in 2003 I just found that this area of the country just resonated with me. I loved the ancient aspects of it -- the villages, hamlets, farms, caves, chateaux, etc. I didn't originally buy the house to create a rental, but the lower area is really lovely and I thought why not create an environment where others can enjoy this fabulous part of the country??

What makes this studio unique

I love being right in town, yet out of the main hustle and bustle of the main street. It is usually quite tranquil in this upper part of the town.

At the same time, everything is easily accessible in a 5 to 8 minute walk down the hill. Maybe 15 coming back up!


Living here I feel that I have somewhat stepped back in time to my childhood. Things move at a slower pace. Neighbors still hang out their windows to talk to each other, and cars sometimes block the small streets while the drivers chat. A good thing but somewhat annoying at the same time! The French, in general, still take great pride in their food, and that is displayed on a daily basis by the food sold and served in the local shops and restaurants.

The town is very well located in terms of sightseeing. The Bordeaux region of the country, known for it's excellent wines, is a couple of hours away. The area is full of small towns, some of them bastide towns (walled) original caves, small local producers of wonderful products. It's difficult to get too lost, as there are villages and hamlets everywhere and the roads are very well marked.

Wonderful hiking and biking are available right out the door.

There is truly something for everyone here!


Saint-Cyprien Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom is equipped with glass door shower, sink, toilet, and clothes washing machine. Clients are able to use my dryer upon request.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , large king size bed available with 2 separate mattresses.
  • Books ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
St. Cyprien, still very much a 'French' town, is located in the heart of the fabulous Dordogne Valley, one of the gastronomic centers of France, within 20 minutes of Sarlat la Canada, Beynac, Domme ancient caves and all the best of the Perigord Noir. The gite is located in the higher, i.e.Montmartre section of this town, with small streets and ancient houses of stone and wood. All amenities in town available in a 5-8 minute walk down the hill to the main street of town. Amazing boulangerie, patisserie et boucherie (bread, pastry and meat shops) within easy walking distance. Great views of Dordogne Valley from upper terrasse, available for use with owners permission.


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Private Retreat for 2 in the Heart of the Dordogne Valley
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews
Auburn, California

Absolutely charming

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this 400-year-old stone building atop a high hill in the Dordogne region. Julie is a most lively, interesting, and helpful landlady. The gite had everything we needed including a washing machine, hot shower, and solid internet connection. Saint-Cyprien has a good Carrefour supermarket on the new end of town in addition to numerous restaurants in the original town. My husband happily loped down the steep hill to the local patisserie each a.m. to bring back the goodies. While it is a steep (though short) road to the gite, it is well worth it to be staying on top of the world with a lovely view. And sooo peaceful at night! The entire Dordogne/Black Perigord area is delightful. We visited three original caves (Font du Gaume, Les Combarelles and Ruffignac) in addition to the new Lascaux IV replica, which is fabulous and a "must" see. We very much enjoyed the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies (be sure to check out the terrace at the top). And the food! The area is known for fois gras and black truffles. The big Saturday market in Sarlat features local food products plus just about everything else. We visited in October, after prime tourist season, so things were slow and traffic very light. In warmer weather the canoeing would be lovely on the Vezere or Dordogne Rivers.

We feel privileged to have spent a week in the land where Homo sapiens staked his claim 40,000 years ago.

P.S. One reviewer mentioned concern with the bed being on a raised platform. I solved the safety issue (I am a klutz) by nightly placing a small kitchen stool where I had to move it in order to step down to the floor level.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm thrilled to provide a wonderful retreat for those coming to the Dordogne area. St. Cyprien is so well located and yet is still a very French town with all those wonderful amenities that make French towns what they are, with truly wonderful breads, pastries, and meats and fish available. Running my gite has truly been a memorable experience as I continue to meet all kinds of very interesting, well traveled people.
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New York, NY

Beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Julie's beautiful home. St. Cyprien is the perfect jumping off place to explore the region and Julie's home is so peaceful and beautiful - the pictures don't do it justice. Julie herself was so friendly and provided great tips for places to visit. Would definitely recommend and come back another time if we ever find ourselves there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was wonderful to have both of you and thank you so much for the wonderful review. St. Cyprien is, indeed a lovely little town and the perfect jumping off place for viewing all the wonderful sites of the Dordogne Valley, which is still a somewhat hidden corner of this fabulous country. Would love to have you back any time!
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Cosy rustic cottage

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful week in St Cyprien , Dordogne region. Great location in town and as a base to explore

the surrounding towns. The cottage had everything we needed and is a short walk to the centre of

the village.

Some of the nearby towns are extremely busy and it was great to return to St Cyprien which

is still a lively town but probably not suffering from tourist overload . The main street has plenty of options

with plenty bars and restaurants and shops. 2 markets per week are great for food etc.

Julie was terrific and offered as much help as we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Dordogne Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed a week in May at Julie's beautiful, well appointed gite in St. Cyprien. As mentioned in the other reviews, the gite is very comfortable, very clean and check-in is trouble-free. The kindness and helpfulness of Julie, our host, cannot be over-stated. She gave us many excellent suggestions about sites to visit suited to our tastes and interests. We were very happy with our decision to stay in St. Cyprien rather than Sarlat because we strongly prefer quaint villages such as St. Cyprien that are centrally located to area attractions, over the busier touristy towns, like Sarlat, which can easily be visited with a short drive. We would definitely stay here again and highly recommend it to others. Thanks again for your kind hospitality Julie.

Frank & Joan - Toronto, Canada

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Frank and Joan were a delight to have in my gite. I am constantly thrilled by the quality of the people who come my way and are interested in exploring this still-a-little-hidden corner of this fabulous country. Thanks so much for your kind words. You are both welcome any time!
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Fabulous French Gite, just as i imagined.

  • 5 of 5

We have fallen in love with France all over again. This was a second visit to France particularly to tour the Dordogne . We are so glad we did , we hired a car and covered many destinations, including Sarlat ,(markets),Lascaux caves, St Cirq la popie, Roccamadour and much more. Our little gite was everything we wanted,it very definitely filled my want to stay in a stone cottage in a smaller French village while being comfortable and well appointed. The local supermarket and bakeries have everything you could want and it was a joy to return each evening and share a drink or simple meal in our private courtyard.Julie was a great communicator and everything was as described. The bed was very comfortable and the washing machine a great help. We would return again ,and have great memories of our time.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's been my great pleasure to host clients like Carollyn and Mark, who are seasoned travelers and love quaint and authentic places like this little corner of France. I have to agree that the Dordogne is a very special place!
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Cosy, comfortable apartment in Saint Cyprien.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is well located for your vacation in the Dordogne, and is exactly as described. It is within easy driving distance to good markets, medieval villages, castles and caves. Central shopping in Saint Cyprien is a ten minute walk down the hill, and shopkeepers are welcoming. The kitchen is well equipped and easy to work in. The washing machine is well appreciated. Overall, the apartment is spacious, comfortable and a welcome retreat at the end of the day. Our landlord was helpful and considerate throughout the process and a joy to work with. We could not ask for more. The church bells ringing during the day, were a delight. We truly felt we were staying in a French village.

Liked best: The apartment is very homey and comfortable.

Liked least: Driving to nearby sites.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner

Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend? Yes.

Recommended for:

Friends getaway

•The property was "as advertised".

•I recommend the location.

•The property was a good value for the price paid.

•The property provided wifi/internet access.

•The deposit was returned on time.

An automobile is a necessity in this location.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your wonderful comments. I have tried to create the kind of place I would love to stay in, and am thrilled that you loved the gite and this little somewhat hidden corner of France.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Train
0.25 Miles
St. Cyprien
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
Nearest Beach
125 Miles
Car: recommended

Summer in the Dordogne Valley is full of wonderful musical and food events. Both day and night markets are available and full of local gastronomique delicacies such as duck, fois gras, walnuts, honey, wine, etc. The Dordogne and nearby Vezere Rivers offer wonderful canoeing and kyaking experiences. And of course the most famous caves are all close-by, the most famous being Laxcaux II,approximately 25 miles away. Wine tasting available in the nearby Bordeaux area, small bastide towns (walled) towns abound. All is available in this wonderful, still a little bit hidden (which is a good thing) corner of France! Those interesting in trying out their biking or hiking legs, you can't find a better place in all the world. For those looking for an activity a little more relaxing and who dream of floating over this historic area in a hot air balloon, it's also readily available. ENJOY!!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Minimum weekly rental, Saturday arrivals and departures. Shorter stays and different arrival and departure dates may be possible depending on availability. 50% deposit required at time of booking and 50% balance required 2 months before date of initial occupancy. Inquire about discounts for stays of more than 1 week!!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.