Magical & Medieval Maison d'Etre

House - Entire home/apt · D, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Midi-Pyrénées 46330, France
Your host, Ann
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You will think you have walked back in time! Ideal for families or couples. Located in SW France less than 2 hours N of Toulouse, the village is ranked Premier among France's "Most Beautiful Villages." Our 4 BR 4 Ba home has gourmet kitchen and a beautiful, private garden for al fresco dining. Enjoy the exquisite pleasures of gourmet food, wine, foie gras and truffles.

Set at the lower end of a beautiful artists' village, just inside the medieval village gate, Maison d'Etre welcomes and invites you, your family and friends to stay a while. Originally built in the 14th century, the home now has everything you need to make it your base of operations while exploring this remarkable part of France. Located on the enchanting River Lot, one will find much to do in and around St Cirq LaPopie. There are very few signs in the village of anything more recent than the 18th century. It is under consideration as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Considered the most beautiful 100 km in France, the road along the banks of the River Lot will delight at every turn. Tour nearby chateaux and dine on wonderful gourmet meals. Kayak, canoe or swim in the river. Shop in thriving markets in one of the many other nearby beautiful villages. See cave paintings at Pech Merle. Located 15 minutes away, these caves are one of the last real caves open for public visiting. The local museums show everything from current art to the history of local farming practices. Enjoy tasting the acclaimed regional wines (Malbec) of the Cahors appellation. A visit to twonderful and award winning wineries is a great day trip. The world-famous wineries of Bourdeaux and St. Emilion are a half-day’s drive from the village. The famous Tour de France climbs of the Pyrenees are similarly less than a half-day away. There is great hiking and magnificent biking in the region. It is a slice of heaven for those interested in spelunking.

Finally, return each evening to relax in your own private home. With your fresh market purchases, you may make your own coq au vin in the fully-equipped, gourmet kitchen. Or walk to one of the 10 great restaurants within the village to enjoy the local cuisine. In the evening, it is a delight to simply wander the cobbled streets and take in the views. For a panormaic view of the Lot River valley, climb up to the top of the castle ruins on 300 foot outcrop.

GROUND FLOOR: Dining room (seats up to 8), with door to garden. Fully equipped kitchen that goes through to luxurious bathroom with heated towel rack, washer/dryer. Lots of clean towels.

MIDDLE LEVEL: Wood burning fireplace and two lounge areas. One with flat screen TV, DVD, books & music. Comfortable sofa can also be twin bed for extra guest. Second lounge area has two two-seater leather sofas and antique French "sleigh" bed. Perfect area for reading. Master Bedroom with king bed (also convertible to twins) and large luxury master bath with shower and tub on this level. A view up to the Medieval church from the tub and the pillow! ;-)

THIRD LEVEL: 3 bedrooms. One BR with double bed, en-suite WC, air conditioning and sofa and coffee table. Two additional fold out twin foam beds located here. Two other BRs one with two twin beds and the other with King bed (convertible to two twins); each with toilet, sink and shower.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 8
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 7 nights
Weekly Price: $2400 /week
Monthly Price: $9000 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
  • Maison d'Etre is truely magical and enchanting. Perfectly located in a medieval village, we were surrounded by cobbled streets full of charming little artisan galleries and restaurants. The river is a short walk away for swimming, kayaking, or lazing around. The house has an incredible view over the valley, is rustic (authentically old!) but beautiful furnishings and linens make you feel very comfortable. The house comfortably fits 4 couples, each having their own privacy, space and bathroom. Kitchen/house is very well equipped (although why would you cook in France?!). Breakfast in the garden was a treat each morning, with passerbys looking enviously through the gate! Ann was the ultimate host, providing us with loads of info about the area over email before we left, and during our stay.
    We couldn't recommend Maison d'Etre, or Ann more highly.

    August 2011
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I live on Mercer Island WA with my 4 kids, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 1 husband. I love to hula hoop, walk and practice yoga. I love France, the food, the countryside, the weather, the markets and the people. I could go on. My husband loves to cycle when we are there and has files he can provide on many of his favorite routes. We want everyone to have an experience at Maison d'Etre that exceeds their expectations.
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