Ideal for a family or two couples, 3 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half bath, sleeps 6
Julia Matthews and David Bellinger; local French contacts: Hélène & Patrick
- english, french, Our French contact, Hélène is best for French!
Why Julia Matthews and David Bellinger; local French contacts: Hélène & Patrick chose St-Cirq-Lapopie
We stayed in Maison Panoramique for two weeks and fell in love with the house and the village. We had the uncanny feeling of having come "home." By good fortune, the owners were willing to sell the home and we had no hesitation.
What makes this Cottage unique
Among all the properties for rental in the village, this one alone sits above the river. The house has a large private terrace for outdoor dining, having coffee or wine with family and friends, or simply taking in the spectacular views. The large stone terrace covered by grape vines and overlooking the river with table for dining that seats up to 8 is a wonderful place to sit, socialize, read, and simply enjoy the tranquility and fabulous views. The house offers full amenities including unlimited phone international calls, internet, DVD/CD player, French TV, built in barbecue on terrace, full kitchen. St Cirq Lapopie is a true Medieval village that has survived into the present and offers a taste of the past. It is a great pleasure to stroll through the charming streets, explore small shops, have a meal in one of several good restaurants, shop at the weekly market, picnic at the nearby beach, or canoe or kayak on the river. St Cirq Lapopie is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France and the road along the Lot River is said to be the most beautiful 100 km in France. Tour a nearby chateau, go wine tasting at a local vineyard (appellation Cahors), drive through the countryside or visit markets in nearby villages - the possibilities for fun and exploration are seemingly endless.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely quiet house with breathtaking views.
Six of us stayed in this lovely house for a week. We arrived on the Bastille day and we’re greeted with a fireworks display over the church that first night. The village is very popular with tourists but within moments of going through the gate into the property you feel very cut off from the rest of the world. It feels a real privilege to step into the quiet lavender path from the shops and restaurants (all excellent incidentally). It’s very convenient for all of the castles and caves you could ever want to visit and the Lot valley itself is beautiful and much less touristy than the Dordogne.
Lovely rustic getaway in a picturesque region
My wife and I came to France on our honeymoon, and we spent the bulk of our trip at in Saint-Cirq Lapopie. The property was beautiful, quaint, and true to the photographs we saw of the location. Maison Panoramique proved to be a welcome and cozy retreat, as well as a good home base for our leisurely explorations of the Lot valley and environs. We had a truly lovely time!
David and Julia communicated with us well in advance of the trip, providing very useful information and directions. When we arrived, we were met by the local caretaker, Patrick, who was kind and got us oriented right away.
Saint-Cirq Lapopie is almost absurdly quaint; it looks like it's out of the opening to Beauty and the Beast! We visited in early June, and although a number of tour groups came and went through town, we didn't find the tourists overwhelming at all. However, I might be more wary of visiting during the peak high season, as I could see how too many tourists might detract from the experience.
It's important to note, too, that this is a relatively rustic getaway. Although many modern luxuries are available to visitors (cell reception and wifi connection were surprisingly good!), it's still the countryside, and you can expect to find yourself sweeping away cobwebs, stepping past snails after the rains, and so on.
The nearby restaurants were all magnificent, and the proprietors were all friendly and recognized us upon our second visits. If you're hoping to greet the day with a coffee and croissant in the morning, however, do plan to bring your own groceries. Note: pretty much every town in the area shuts down on Sunday, so make sure you do all your shopping before the weekend. We could have easily anticipated this, but I'm mentioning it here on the off-chance that it saves some other travelers a little trouble :-)
Thanks for helping make our honeymoon a memory we'll cherish for years to come!
Uniquely Spectacular Place to Stay
We had a wonderful time at Maison Pano. It is sited on the edge of a cliff with spectacular views of the beautiful Lot River valley. The terrace is an amazing place to sit for any meal, but especially in the evening. The house has all of the necessary amenities -- full kitchen, TV with French cable, and Julia and David seemingly have thought of everything. I can highly recommend it.
Thank you so much for the kind words. We are so glad you had a great stay!
A Gem Perched Over the Lot Valley
Our family of 4 adults stayed in this gem for most of a week. The setting is exquisite, the home is comfy and clean with everything you need, and the terraces are spectacular for eating, lounging, and watching the sunrise and sunset. The views from each room are magical.
We can't say enough about the beauty, charm, and adventure of this part of the Lot Valley and the nearby Cele Valley. Maison Panoramique is a perfect spot to get to know the area and enjoy the charm of the home and village.
Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad you had a great visit.
I do want to note that the house and the village cannot be recommended for people with physical disabilities (which is, I think, what you meant to write).
NOT TO BE MISSED
Five friends shared this very unique property for a week in what is truly a beautiful village. I can only reiterate everything that has been already said. The views are breathtaking, to sit on the terrace at dusk and watch the swallows play right at your eye level is astounding, this is because you are truly up so high. Beds are comfortable, Linens are good quality, kitchen is well stocked with everything you need. Patrick was very helpful with any questions we had, and is easy to get hold of if needed. It was wonderful to eat on the terrace and watch the view, you are right in town but so private, it is like your own little secret. We used the outdoor grill and enjoyed cooking one night. There are so many wonderful restaurants in town our favorite was La Cantou. No grocery store so stock up on your way to town and sit back and relax. Lots of lovely little shops. Bring flat shoes the hills in town are steep. Highlight of one of our day trips was a visit to the caves at Pech Merle, very impressive. If you have time on a Sunday have lunch at Restaurant La Terrasse in Grezels. menu of the day and very reasonable but make a reservation. The entire visit was a treat and to stay in such a lovely unique house as Maison Panoramique made it that much more special. I would recommend this to others.
So glad you enjoyed the house. We are sorry you had rain some days that dampened the holiday. But even with that, we see that you are the kind of people who can appreciate the wonderful experience of the village. Thanks for staying in and loving our home as we do.
Once in a lifetime experience!
We (2 couples) traveled to St. Cirq during the 3rd week in September, and can't say enough great things about the Maison Panoramique. Its views are unparalleled, and it was wonderful to have our own kitchen (and outdoor grill) to eat some meals in. We loved St. Cirq, and had a great time exploring the surrounding area by car, bike, and even canoe. Great place for folks who are active, or who want a relaxing getaway. This is not an area of France we would have chosen--we won this stay at an auction--but it was wonderful. Great wine, unbelievable food. LOVED IT. I will be recommending to others.
Yes this is a wonderful region - rural France, totally delightful ! I always feel mixed about having it be discovered for fear it will be somehow spoiled. Glad you enjoyed it.
Very near caves with fascinating prehistoric paintings. The nearest cave is Pech Merle, about 7 km away, which has tours of the caves and a lovely museum about the art from 25,000 years ago.
Local chef can provide catered gourmet meal for guests if desired.