Dream House, Mythic Village*, Couples/Families: 'Vacation of a Lifetime'*(14 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:1-60 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Spacious, fully-equipped, beautifully-renovated house for couples, families, etc
Whether a romantic rendez-vous, a family gathering, or a reunion of friends, just imagine spending time in your own house in the heart of an enchanting and lively medieval village, surrounded by gorgeous fields, limestone cliffs, and a magnificent river, where you can take just a short walk to artist studios, gourmet restaurants, and wonderful shops, yet live in the delightful and sun-lit privacy of your own home, perfectly located for day trips or hikes or bicycling, to castles, vineyards, markets, museums and more, and perfect for cooking your fresh market goods in the spacious fully-equipped kitchen at night.
Between the Dordogne and Provence, on a cliff overlooking a magnificent river valley, lies the lively, medieval village of St. Cirq Lapopie, a place Richard the Lion-hearted once failed to conquer.
And between ancient 13th Century walls, in the heart of this charming village alive with history, lies our newly renovated, fully-equipped, five bedroom, four bathroom home: Coeur de Lion.
A once in a lifetime vacation: there is plenty of room for a family or two, or for a reunion or large group of friends, but the design of the house, with its master bedroom, bath, and study just above the open living space, makes this a cozy, intimate place for even a single couple.
As you stroll through the village's medieval gate and gaze at the ancient red-roofed houses, many garlanded with flowers, you'll imagine that time has stood still.
But when you walk through the old oak door of our home, all the contemporary trappings are there-- from the fully-applianced gourmet kitchen to the luxurious king beds to the two-person porcelain tubs.
Designated an historic site and yet alive with modern life, St. Cirq Lapopie has been a mecca for artists and writers throughout the past century. The town has unique shops, many fine restaurants, art studios, a museum, a cathedral, and more. There's a sandy beach too. You don't have to stray far.
Yet just beyond the village environs lie castles and markets, cave paintings and cathedrals, museums and vineyards, and the lush countryside. You can bicycle for traffic-free miles along the majestic Lot river. Or canoe for hours along the banks of the river from town to town. Or fish or golf. Or simply walk to the local castle or a nearby cafe or the neighboring patisserie.
Whether your prefer lazing or action, window gazing or window shopping, dining out or cooking in, day trips or just a stroll to the corner, there is no end of enticing choices in our friendly, inviting village.
*Richard the Lion-Heart (Coeur de Lion, the name of our house) was repelled by village archers from invading St. Cirq Lapopie in the 12th Century! (There's an archer's window in the house.) More recently, St. Cirq Lapopie was designated 'Premier' among 'the most beautiful villages in France.'
* Ranked 'Premier' among France's 'Most Beautiful Villages' (and under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site).
Member since: 2012
- 3000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Events Allowed
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
A lovely house and village for families (see Reviews), traffic is prohibited (except for workers and dropping off goods at the house), and because you can't really get too lost even in this maze of beautiful streets (all roads lead back on each other), children (and grown-ups) can wander freely. Our children wander up to Bar Lapopie for salted caramel ice cream. Or to the castle ruins at the top of the village....moreless
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Considered
- Wheelchair Accessible
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 2-10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- 3 1/2 bathrooms, including two luxurious vintage tubs
- Damage/Cleaning Deposit: A required $300 deposit will be returned (via your requested payment method) shortly after your stay. Since this is our house, and not a hotel, we ask that you leave it as you would wish to find it. (The cleaners will come in to finish up the wash and make the beds, etc.) Please contact us: if you have any questions, special needs, or concerns. Our goal is to help you have an absolutely wonderful vacation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (U.S.) 617 608 1404....moreless
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Monument View
- Mountain View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Dining Area
- Seating for 10 people
- Broadband Access
- Clothes Dryer
- Free Long Distance
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 14 - Mar 17, 2017
60 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- refundableDamageDeposit $600
- cleaning $200
- Taxes Not included
Varies, depending on customer's needs
Owner's cancellation policy:
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: We are a family of five, from Brookline, Massachusetts, and we came to St. Cirq Lapopie for my wife's ---th birthday, knowing only about the town from a few lines in a tourist book and an online website. It is in southwestern France, so we knew it would be wonderful. But what we came upon surprised us all, and took our breath away: a real medieval village, a step back in time, intimate and self-contained, full of life, full of restaurants and shops, friendly denizens, and amazing views. And as if that weren't enough, the village is situated in the heart of an extraordinarily beautiful river valley, full of markets, and castles, and vineyards, and caves, and more going on than we could take in during our two week stay. Coincidentally, this wonderful property, much in need of restoration, went up for sale the last days of our visit.... and, on a whim, but a thoughtful, purposeful whim, we bought it. And with the guidance of friends and the help of some extraordinary local workmen, under the leadership of the very talented builder, Ivan de Jong, we began a surprisingly smooth and successful renovation: a building centuries old, now with the trappings of contemporary living.
Why the Owner Chose Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France:
In addition to the great pleasure of having a house in such a special village, this particular house, a characteristic stone house with its familiar red-tiled roof, was built about the 13th Century and has the charm of history (for example, an archer's window from which we imagine arrows were rained down upon King Richard the Lion-hearted in his foiled attempt to conquer this little city), as well as some lovely views, architectural details, and a location just up the street from the ancient arch which draws one into the village. It is just off the main streets, so a quick walk to restaurants and shops, yet in the morning and evenings it is quiet enough on the street to pull out chairs and watch the sky with a glass of wine or hors d'oeuvres in hand. In addition it is situated just below the house of the founder of surrealism, Andre Breton, and has a lovely public garden behind it, just off the beaten path, as well as its own private garden a short walk away.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
There is nothing like living in a medieval village in a fully renovated medieval home, with beauty and history at every turn, not only within the town, but within the house as well. The light, the location, the living space, make this a very special place for a vacation with family, for a family reunion, for a couples getaway, or a gathering of friends. The layout, while designed to sleep up to 10 people, with five bedrooms and three and 1/2 bathrooms, has an openness and comfort that even a single couple or small family can enjoy.
Links to more information:
The house on a beautiful April day.
Space for a cozy soak in a vintage tub.
Come in and make yourself at home.
The fully equipped gourmet kitchen.
Prepare your coq au vin with all the accoutrements.
Gorgeous walking trails in and around the village.
The stone picnic table in the public garden out back.
Canoeing on the river below the village.
The bridge in Cahors.
One of many fine restaurants in St. Cirq Lapopie.
View from our garden: the famous village church...for stargazers.
Extraordinary village streets-- pre-cobblestone!
Comfortable beds fit for a king (or queen or prince or princess).
A place to lounge with views (or even dvds).
Beautiful views while washing at the kitchen sink (there's a dishwasher too).
A romantic dinner for two or a boisterous dinner for ten-- all with grand views.
Modern bathrooms with vintage tubs.
One of many nearby markets.
Top of the village-- and possibly the best croissants in France.
Lovely walks or bicycle rides along limestone caves.
Miles of glorious bicycling, from limestone cliffs to sunflower fields, no cars!
A stroll through the village at dusk.
Through the ancient gate, our house in the middle distance.
This listing was first published here in 2012.
Date last modified - Monday, January 30, 2017
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