About This Listing
Live the French life. Make yourselves at home in our comfortable, stylish, renovated Tower house in the ancient quarter of this old town in Quercy.
High speed wifi and all mod cons complement the historic architecture, ensuring a memorable visit.
Renovated with taste and care, the Tower house offers chic accommodation.
The Tower House is located a few steps from the 12th century abbey and just around the corner from the market square in the Souillac old town centre. Restaurants, bakery, shops and supermarket are all within easy walking distance.
Our spacious and luminous, recently renovated house on 4 levels will enchant you. Its unique architecture ensures light pours in to the house. A mix of antique and modern furnishings complement the ancient beams and wooden floors.
Unusually for French holiday rentals, all linen is included in the price, as is Fast Wifi, electricity and gas.
The fully fitted cook's kitchen includes dishwasher, microwave and manual cappuccino machine.
2 full, spacious bathrooms provide modern amenities. The second floor bathroom has a washer/dryer.
The Tower House boasts 3 bedrooms (a queen, on the second floor and twin and single bedrooms on the first floor) as well as an attic with a day bed, suitable for a child.
Lamps are located by each bed and in the attic for ease of reading.
It comfortably sleeps 5 but the attic can accommodate an extra 2 guests on either the day bed or a mattress on the floor.
The gas central heating, double glazed windows and shutters with the 55 cm thick walls ensure year- round comfort.
Free parking is available in the streets around the house.
Souillac has around 2500 residents and is located on the Dordogne river, 20 minutes from the Dordogne valley airport at Brive la Gaillarde. You can even catch the train from Paris in just over 4 hours for a car-free holiday.
The South West of France is famous for its gastronomy. The beautiful villages of Sarlat la Caneda, and Rocamadour are within 20 minutes. Cycling holidays are very popular along the banks of the river.
Our hostess is bilingual in English and French.
The entire house is available to our guests, including the fully equipped kitchen, 2 massive bathrooms, 3 bedrooms, an office with wireless printer, washer and drier and a huge attic with BBC and other satellite TV channels.
We have even left 2 folding bicycles for easy access to supermarket and the wonderful (email hidden) boulangerie, or for travelling the veloroute to Sarlat.
I live in Australia so have a local manager and do not interact with guests when they are in the house.
It is wonderful to be situated in a living village, within walking distance from shops and restaurants. We are a few steps from the 12th century abbey and the market place and a wonderful butcher. It is amazing to walk around the narrow streets and pedestrian areas with the old houses.
Souillac is on a direct train line to Paris and Toulouse. The town itself is small enough to walk around or cycle if you don't have a car. There are new Giant and Lombardo folding bicycles available for our guests to use.
There is a bus to Sarlat several times a day. But for exploring further afield renting a car is recommended. There is a good selection of rental cars at the Brive train station or a limited selection at the Total garage.
The local area is justly famous for its gastronomy. The lycée hotelier (hotel school) takes students from a wide area. The school has a great restaurant, for which bookings are essential.
Guests have the entire 4 floors of the house for their own use.
Guests can use the 2 folding bicycles free of additional charge.
Interaction with Guests
We live in Australia most of the time but have a bilingual manager who loves nearby
We love being right in the old part of town- a few paces from the market and a short walk from the most sensational butcher. Our guests comment on how quiet and peaceful the area is. Our Parisian friend can't believe the size of the bathrooms and living area
There are folding Giant and Lombardo bikes provided for our guests to use to explore the area.
A number of walking trails are available in the local area.
Souillac is served by a train line between Paris and Toulouse and a bus to Sarlat but excursions further afield are best with a car.
The Tower House is a 20 minute walk from the station, or you can call a taxi from the station. Free parking is available just outside the house or in the local streets.
Other Things to Note
With large bathrooms on both the first and second floors, the Tower House works really well for 2 couples or larger families.
Strictly no smoking inside the house. No pets. We ask that you respect the property. Guests are expected to leave the house in the same condition as when they arrived. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE SATELLITE SETTINGS.
Très belle maison de ville, refaite avec goût et disposant de tout l'équipement nécessaire à un séjour réussi, en famille ou entre amis !
La région est superbe: ne manquez pas d'explorer Sarlat, le gouffre de Padirac et Rocamadour, entre autres lieux exceptionnels des environs.
Les petits + :
-les deux grandes salles de bain avec WC
-la souplesse des horaires de check-in/out grâce à la boite à clés,
-les deux vélos pliants, pratique pour rayonner rapidement
Le petit bémol qui n'a rien avoir avec la maison: la ville de Souillac se meurt doucement, peu de commerces subsistent malheureusement.
This was a fantastic experience based in Souillac at the Tower House. The abode had everything one could wish for; comfortable beds, a great location and extremely well provisioned. The instructions we found helpful, and as a result we enjoyed many lovely experiences. E.G. The recommended boulangerie and magnificent Chateau de la Treyne and the Friday local food market.
For us five cousins it was the highlight of our trip and we would recommend the Tower House as a wonderful base from which to explore the surrounding environs of the spectacular Dordogne.
Nous avons passé 3 jours dans cette belle maison ancienne restaurée avec goût. A notre arrivée la maison était tout prête, les lits nous attendaient.
La maison est vraiment agréable à vivre et tout est très propre et equipé, de la cuisine aux salles de bain. Il faut juste ne pas avoir peur des escaliers, c'est quand même une tour :-)
Souillac est idéalement placé pour rayonner dans les magnifiques sites historique de la région : Lascaux, Padirac, Commarque...
Nous reviendrons avec grand plaisir.
Nous avons adoré notre séjour à la tour. C'était parfait pour notre famille!! Les lits sont très confortables!
What a joy it was to stay in Janice's lovely Tower House in Souillac. We were a party of 5 - mum, dad, adult son, daughter-in-law and daughter. Our children's birthdays are only a day apart so this was to be a special birthday treat and it certainly was.
The house is very spacious, although over 4 floors so if you can't manage creaky old wooden staircases this probably isn't the house for you. The living, dining kitchen are open plan on the ground floor and the kitchen is especially well set up. Our son is a chef and he had no trouble feeding us gourmet meals using the kitchen and local produce from the Friday market and the excellent butcher just around the corner. There is also a patisserie around the corner which we used most days. We found the one a 10 minute walk away towards the end of our stay and it is certainly worth the walk.
All our communications with Janice and Kim were handled really quickly and the information provided is excellent. The new safe-key system is great. We were travelling all day the day we arrived so knowing we just had to use a combination to get in and not to have to worry about a deadline was very freeing.
Souillac was a great base - the abbey is splendid and there's enough old town to make it interesting.
It's a very convenient location to go to lots of places - the Saturday market at Salat La Caneda is a must - the market is huge and the town is very beautiful. There are also lots of wineries, restuarants, and beautiful natural scenery in the area.
We'd love to come back!
We are a retired couple from Colorado visiting the Dordogne area for one week. We enjoyed our wonderful stay at the tower house in the village of Souillac. She has done a professional job in remembering every detail to make a traveler feel at home. The kitchen is well supplied with all the equipment to prepare a gourmet meal if this is what you want to do. One could entertain with dining area living space on the main floor of 4 levels & open kitchen.
Lots of space with bedrooms & bathrooms on each upper level. The bathrooms are spacious & well supplied Down to every detail, even the bath salts. The linens are first class. We especially enjoyed our beds with feather comforts & pillows.
She has supplied the guest with a Pinter, telephone, games, books, music, & television. Plenty of proper lighting for reading.
Also to start the stay everyone is supplied for coffee, tea, spices & staples. Laundry supplies with all the English directions & the places to eat & sight see.
Parking is convenient & free. A great area to spend more then a week or more. Also an excellent Friday market. So many villages around this area such as Sarlat to explore.
We would certainly recommend a stay in her wonderful well decorated tower house & it has been kept with its authentic wood beam ceilings & special stairs....we loved everything about this place....we were only wished we had more days to stay here.
About the Host, Janice
We are unashamed francophiles who live in Australia and can't wait to retire and spend more time in France. After visiting many different French regions we chose the beautiful Dordogne valley for our second home. We want to share this beautiful, unspoilt part of France and its wonderful gastronomy with others. When in Souillac we keep up out golf at the Souillac golf and country club. And we always travel to the Vieux Logis at Tremolat for another memorable meal.
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