|La Longere||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2|
NEW FOR 2019: 12m x 5m swimming pool. Completion April 2019.
A delightful pet-friendly cottage set in 9 acres of land, in an outstanding location between Beynac and St Cyprien, right at the heart of Perigord Noir. La Longere sits 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!
A PARADISE FOR WALKERS
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.
WORLD FAMOUS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Within a 20 minute drive you have some of the most famous and most visited tourist attractions in the whole of 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!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
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 Perigordian 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) Indonesian 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.
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 quite 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.
Fun in a french Country farmhouse
Date of stay: October 2017
A quick trip back to the Uk from Australia was made magical by a 4 days stay at La Longere with 4 of my dearest girlfriends. Can't wait to catch up again & hopefully stay again- the chilled champagne on the front Porch overlooking the orchard views was divine!
Review by: Mandy
Relaxing and peaceful location
Date of stay: October 2017
What a beautiful place to stay. Excellent facilities within the house with all utensils and equipment you could ever need and my favourite being the huge open fire in the kitchen – great space to congregate with the whole family. Short walk (10/15 leisurely pace) through the ‘walnut grove’ and you’re at the river itself where you will find the canoeing bases and other activites and more wonderful walks. There is so much to see and do in the area.
Review by: Fiona R
What a fabulous cottage in a beautiful setting
Date of stay: August 2017
We had the most fantastic family holiday at this gem of a cottage, in this stunning region of France. It was ideally placed to visit the lovely little towns, all within a short distance…as well as enjoying fun days out playing along the river (which is pretty much on your doorstep). There are activities for everyone. The cottage is charming and kitted out very well. The owners and management company were so helpful…we can’t wait to visit again soon!!
Review by: Family “C”
It’s lovely to find a house and location that exceeds expectations.
Date of stay: July 2017
The house ticked every box. The bedrooms were spacious, the kitchen/dining room was a great space and the covered front veranda finished the package. The children had lots of garden space to escape into. The river is within walking distance, a very nice Boulangerie is two minutes drive towards St Cyprien (which has nice restaurants and a supermarket) This part of the Dourdogne has lots to offer for children and adults. We will be coming back.
Review by: Andy F
Perfect way to spend 2 weeks with kids & family
Date of stay: July 2017
Fantastic location with all amenities close by in St Cyprien. The house was comfortable, spacious & well equipped, everything you could possibly need had been provided. Beautifully decorated and well presented, a traditional french house with the most perfect outdoor space offering endless fun & adventure for kids & adults. We spent many days on the river, just a short walk away & was pleasantly surprised to find a great little bar. Endless places to visit. Looking forward to a return visit.
Review by: Tim B
An idyllic cottage in lovely setting yet close to many sites
Date of stay: June 2017
We spent two weeks here in June during a mini-heatwave but the cottage offered many places to escape the heat, including the cool interior and a lovely verandah where there were two tables for eating, so that you could eat in the shade at any time of day. The cottage itself has recently been renovated and everything has been done with taste. All the bedrooms were very comfortable and the kitchen was well stocked with essentials. The setting was peaceful but close to several places of interest.
Review by: Carol
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.
La Longere is set in 9 acres of land. The cottage, barn and enclosed garden sit in a plot of around 1/2 an acre. Behind the house, stretching up the hillside is the "wild garden" which amounts to 3.7 acres. You and your four-legged friends are free to wander through the wild garden at you leisure. From here the views across the valley are spectacular there's an abundance of 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 a 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 really the huge-south-facing front verandah, which adjoins the kitchen diner, has a purpose-built barbecue with chimney, and enjoys sweeping views across the Dordogne 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.
What a super place to stay!
The location is superb and the house is so comfortable and welcoming. We loved exploring the nearby villages and towns and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking . It has it all!
We look forward to visiting again soon.
A memorable stay in a beautiful home. Stunning views, open fire and brilliantly equipped.
This was our first trip back to the Dordogne in 20 yrs. The area was almost unchanged, just as picturesque as we remembered. La longere is a gorgeous property with stunning views all round and was in the perfect spot for us to explore and rediscover the region. The large farmhouse style kitchen diner was cool during the heat of the day and on our last night we lit a fire in the huge fireplace which was amazing, the real heart of this home from home. The bedrooms are simple but stylish and the beds were really comfy. We didn't have time to watch it much (too busy, eating, drinking and exploring) but there was the added bonus of sky tv which we weren't expecting! The weather was glorious, we ate outside most days under the huge verandah. We had a delicious meal out locally at the beautiful riverside restaurant Le Gabarrier and also ate out a couple of nights in Saint Cyprien where there are a number of lovely little typical French restaurants including a great seafood restaurant next to the fishmonger. The rest of the time we self catered (mostly barbecues), the produce at the local markets in Saint Cyprien was excellent. We visited a couple of vide greniers and a brocante where we picked some great french keepsakes. We walked to the nearest town Bezenac on a public footpath straight from the house, there are loads of gorgeous mapped walks in the area, into the hills or along the river.