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This delightful cottage sits on a quiet corner of a no-through lane in beautiful Carennac, a truly stunning 11th century village built on the banks of the Dordogne river and officially designated "Un des Plus Beaux Villages de France". The cottage overlooks meadows and rooftops and is just a gentle 2 minute stroll to any one of 5 charming restaurants/bars, the beautiful abbey and cloisters and bustling tourist office.
Furnished with charm, well equipped and with a sunny vine-shaded terrace for al fresco dining, this is the ideal French “home from home” for 2-4 people, from which to explore the many beautiful and ancient towns, hill top villages and chateaux of the Dordogne Valley – many of which are within a 15 minute drive of the property.
Carennac is an architectural jewel, where ancient houses snuggle round a fabled Clunisien abbey situated on the banks of the Dordogne River. In summer, the narrow streets are festooned with colourful window boxes, and every turn reveals thrilling glimpses of courtyards, terraces, balconies and rose gardens. It never fails to captivate even the most wordly of travellers.
For those who enjoy an active holiday, local attractions within a 15 minute drive include: tennis; walking, canoeing (accessible on foot from the village); horse riding; 2 pretty waterparks (5 minutes by car) and a picture perfect 9-hole golf course surrounding the beautiful Chateau de Montal and overlooking the Dordogne Valley.
The kitchen is situated on the mezzanine level overlooking the main salon. It has spacious work surfaces and is fully equipped for all your culinary needs, with a modern fan-assisted oven, electric hob, dishwasher and large fridge-freezer. It also has a washing machine.
The sunny salon is comfortably furnished in an eclectic country style. It opens onto the west facing terrace, and overlooks the meadows and hillside above the village. It has cd and video players, a selection of books, videos and boardgames, and a wood burning stove for cooler months.
There are 2 prettily-furnished bedrooms (one double and one twin) with views over the rooftops of Carennac. The double bedroom has a built-in wardrobe.
The spacious bathroom is newly fitted with attractive, stone-tiled walls and electric towel rail; bath with excellent shower, hand basin and wc.
The cottage is incredibly well-insulated, cool in summer and warm in winter. It has electric radiators in every room and a wonderfully efficient wood burning stove for the winter months.
Broadband/wi-fi, cd player, video player with large selection of videos, books and boardgames.
The Cottage has a sunny, west facing terrace at the front of the property, with a vine canopy. In summer it is the perfect place for dining al fresco. Garden table, 4 chairs, cushions and parasol.
There is a shady parking space (not designated but almost always available) under a tree immediately opposite the cottage.
The cottage is ideally suited to 2 - 4 persons, looking for a comfortable and beautifully situated base from which to explore this wonderful region of France.
Bretenoux (10 minutes by car) this charming, bustling bastide town has a vibrant market twice-weekly, and 2 municipal en tout cas tennis courts in the centre of the town. Courts may be booked at the Cafe de la Poste (opposite) which is the perfect meeting place after the market, or following a tennis match for a cooling beer, coffees or ice cream. Bring your own racquets.
Loubressac (10 minutes by car) is probably the most beautiful of the hill-top villages in the Dordogne Valley and is well worth a visit. There is a delightful auberge in the heart of the village with a little terrace and restaurant where you can halt a while and enjoy a glass of wine or a meal. The Creperie de Py en route to Loubressac commands wonderful views, and offers patrons use of their pool when eating there.
Martel (15 minutes by car) is a true gem; a beautiful little mediaeval town of “sept tours” (seven towers), well worth visiting just for the joy of sitting in the main square and soaking up the beautiful surroundings over a coffee/beer or lunch on market days.
The Chateau de Castelnau (7 minutes by car) is an amazing sight. It’s strategic location commands breathtaking vistas over the Dordogne Valley, and its vast ramparts of red stone are visible for miles. With its 100 Year War history, it is well worth a visit – as is the very reasonably-priced restaurant “Les Remparts”, one of the nicest places imaginable to sit with an aperitif on a hot, sunny evening to soak up a little late sunshine and enjoy the amazing view.
We had a lovely holiday in this cosy and very comfortable gite. The cottage was as described in the advert, clean and well equipped. Booking was simple and straightforward. It was in fact an ideal rental for us, a retired couple, in September, just out of the high season. It is very handily placed for the wonderful village of Carennac and within 25 km there are many beautiful places to visit, including Rocamadour, Martel, Turenne and Autoire. We are very fond of serious walking and there are routes from the doorstep, as well as within easy reach of the village, with superb views and breath-taking scenery. There are excellent restaurants in the vicinity including a lovely creperie in Vayrac. A visit to the abbey in Carennac is a must and we loved Rocamadour. Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne should be on a list of must see places.
The owners were present during our stay and were helpful without being in any way obtrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the cottage and would recommend it to others as an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful and charming part of France.