|La Longere||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2|
A delightful cottage in an outstanding location between Beynac and St Cyprien, right at the heart of Perigord Noir. Set in an elevated position with stunning views southwards across the Dordogne valley. A stone’s throw from world-famous towns and villages, including Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme and Sarlat. A 400km network of circular walks and trails can be accessed from the back door and there's also a similar network of cycle routes. The nearest kayak station is just 1 mile away, as is an award-winning bakery/patisserie!
La Longere is a delightful cottage adjoining limestone barn on the edge of the village of St Vincent-de-Cosse. The cottage has four bedrooms, one of which is downstairs – ideal for anyone with mobility issues. There’s also a downstairs bathroom with a separate toilet. The other 3 bedrooms are upstairs. Bedroom 2 is a lovely double, south-facing, which is next to the family bathroom (again the toilet is separate). Bedroom 3 (twin) and bedroom 4 (double) are adjoining.
There is wi-fi throughout the house. The lawned garden is fully enclosed by wire fencing and amounts to about ½ an acre. Beyond the lawned garden is an unenclosed wild garden which sweeps up and around the hill behind the house, and affords magnificent views over the walnut trees and across the Dordogne valley. Guests are free to wander through the wild garden, although it can be steep in places so adults may want to take a look for themselves before allowing children to roam free.
At the rear of the house there is another huge verandah, similar in size and design to the one at the front. On the very hottest days the rear (north-facing) verandah can provide much welcome respite from the blazing summer sun.
They say it’s all about the location and we truly believe there isn’t a better location in the Dordogne, at first glance a quiet and secluded spot just 750 metres from the river and with extraordinary views across the valley. And yet, within 2 minutes drive there’s an award-winning bakery, a butchers, 2 restaurants, a hotel, a wine shop, a snack bar by the river, 2 kayak stations, and a take-away pizza joint. Within 5 minutes drive there’s the exquisite village of Beynac, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, with its imposing Chateau, quaint and cobbled streets, delightful boutique hotels and shops, and a number of Perigourdian restaurants, with one right on the riverside. And within 7 minutes there’s the fabulous and functional town of St Cyprien, with its Carrefour supermarket, bustling shops and restaurants and the legendary, not-to-be-missed, Sunday market. It's quite a big market, and on market day the buzz around the town is something else, with delightful aromas of roasting chickens, slow cooked pork and (more recently) Indonesion and Thai street food filling the air. Needless to say, there's an abundance of fresh produce including fruit and veg, wild mushrooms, fresh meat, cheese, charcuterie and, of course, foie gras.
And that’s not all. Within a 20 minute drive you have some of the most famous and most visited tourist attractions in France. The medieval town of Sarlat, the delightful riverside town of La Roque Gageac, the hilltop bastide of Domme, the amazing box gardens of Marqueyssac, the fortified Chateau de Castelnaud, the fairytale Chateau des Milandes (formerly home to the American icon and actress Josephine Baker) and, of course, dozens and dozens of fabulous restaurants serving some of the most gastronomic dishes to be found in France!
Keen walkers will be in seventh heaven at La Longere. A footpath starts literally at the back door, and within a few short paces you have access to over 400km of documented walks, many of which are circular in nature. There are 2 local booklets which provide details of all the different walks, one covering the area around St Cyprien and one covering Sarlat. La Longere is situated where the two maps meet – so guests can enjoy the best of both worlds! Some of the walks take you into the forested hills, thick with wildlife, fauna and flora. From some vantage points there are spectacular views across the valleys and on a clear day you can see for 20+miles. Or you can choose to meander down to the Dordogne Valley itself, where quiet riverside roads and unmade tracks can take you all the way into St Cyprien, or across the river to Allas-Les-Mines (fabulous riverside restaurant) and the Chateau des Milandes.
The kitchen diner is the focal point of the house with its magnificent fireplace and a huge farmhouse table (made from an old barn door!) which can seat up to 10 people in comfort. The galley kitchen is fully equipped, with a gas hob, electric oven, large Samsung fridge-freezer and 2 small dishwashers.
The kitchen/diner opens out onto the huge, south-facing front verandah. If the weather is fine there is no doubt this will be where you spend the majority of your time. There’s a large stone bbq (with chimney) and the adjoining front garden is fully enclosed, with sweeping views across the fields to the Dordogne valley.
The cosy and compact living room contains 2 huge comfy sofas, English Satellite tv and French terrestrial tv.
The cottage itself has 4 bedrooms: 3 doubles (1 downstairs double bedroom) and 1 twin. One of the doubles is accessed through the twin so these two bedrooms are best suited to 3-4 children or possibly a couple with one or two babies. Of course 4 adults could easily occupy these 2 bedrooms if they know each other well!
There are 2 bathrooms (one upstairs with a shower/bath and one downstairs with an enclosed shower and separate bath) and there are 2 separate toilets (one upstairs, one downstairs).
There is a huge open fire in the kitchen/diner, and some logs will be provided in the shoulder seasons for those chillier nights. The house also has oil-fired central heating, which is available off-season at a charge of €10 per day.
Restaurant lovers are spoilt for choice in the Perigord Noir, regarded by many as the gastronomic capital of the world. At the time of writing we counted 29 restaurants within a 5 mile radius with 4 stars or more on Tripadvisor. If 5 miles is too far for you, there’s a great restaurant just 1 mile away (Le Pavillon at the Chateau de Monrecour) and another two within 2 miles. There’s also a really good snack bar down by the river next to the kayak station.
There are 2 or 3 nice bars in Saint Cyprien and another couple in Beynac, but for a much wider selection head to Sarlat where you'll be spoilt for choice. Or just head out to La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud, Domme, Ceynac or Siorac, all of which have a selection of bars and restaurants.
A large, enclosed garden extends around the rear and side of the property. And beyond that there is a huge, unenclosed wild garden extending up the hillside. Guests are free to roam up the hillside to enjoy the spectacular views and the wildlife (look out for all the butterflies in spring and summer and the various birds of prey, including eagles, circling on the thermals). At the rear of the house (north side) there’s another huge, covered verandah which looks out onto the hillside, perfect for escaping the blazing sun on the very hottest days, and ideal for spotting wildlife from the comfort of a chair!
But the star of the show is the huge-south-facing front verandah, which adjoins the kitchen diner, has a purpose-built barbecue with chimney, and enjoys sweeping views across the valley to the south.
There is plenty of private parking at La Longere, enough for up to 6 cars.
La Longere is great for families (so much to do!) but also for couples and groups of adults who enjoy walking, cycling, kayaking - or just eating and drinking. It is especially suitable for dog lovers, since we have a large enclosed garden and access to hundreds of kilometers of walking trails from the back door.
James & Cheryl Wright
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||We fell in love with this area whilst on holiday in 2014 and 2015|
|Unique benefits of property||It is so tranquil, with views across the Dordogne valley, and yet you are just a stone's throw from some of the world's most famous tourist destinations.|
Famous and magnificent chateau just 3.5km from La Longere
Just 6km (6 mins) from La Longere, market day in Saint Cyprien is simply fabulous.
The famous market in the medieval regional capital of Sarlat is not to be missed.
Just 1.5km from La Longere, a 3 minute drive or a 20 minute walk. Decent snack bar also on site, and a good spot for a swim in the river
A stunning, riverside village with plenty of shops and restaurants, boat trips on the river and kayaking.
The fairytale, medieval, hilltop town of Domme, with its extraordinary views across the Dordogne valley, is just a 15 minute drive from La Longere
The stunningly beautiful Chateau Des Milandes, former home of the famous American actress Josephine Baker, is viewable from the grounds of La Longere, and is just a 10 minute drive away.