Live the French life in this old town in Quercy on the Dordogne river. Our guests say they feel right at home in our quirky Tower House in the ancient quarter of Souillac. The house dates from 1833 but does have mod cons including dishwasher, washer/dryer and TV with English channels to complement the historic architecture. Unusually for France, all linen is supplied. To top it off, the house has high speed wifi throughout. Whip up gourmet meals with produce from the local market.
Renovated with taste and care, the Tower house offers chic, if quirky, accommodation, 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, when the shutters are open. 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 Wifi, electricity and gas. The house is centrally heated.
The fully fitted cook's kitchen includes gas cooktop, electric oven, Miele dishwasher, microwave and manual cappuccino machine.
2 full, spacious bathrooms provide modern amenities for guests. The first floor bathroom has a walk in shower as well as a full bath. The second floor bathroom has a bath with shower over and the washer/dryer.
The Tower House has 3 bedrooms (a queen, on the second floor and twin and single bedrooms on the first floor) as well as a large (42m2) attic with a day bed, suitable for a child.
For ease of reading, lamps are located by each bed and in the attic.
The house comfortably sleeps 5 but the attic can accommodate an extra 2 guests on the day bed and a single mattress on the floor.
The 55 cm thick walls, central heating and double glazed windows ensure year- round comfort. There is a fan for extra hot days.
Free parking is available nearby in the streets around the house.
Souillac has around 3000 residents and is located on the Dordogne river, 20 minutes from the Dordogne valley airport at Brive la Gaillarde. You can travel to the Tower House by train from Paris (just over 4 hours) for a car-free holiday. It is possible to explore the local area on foot, bicycle, train or bus.
The South West of France is famous for its gastronomy and prehistoric caves. 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 2 separate living areas, a 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.
I live in Australia so have a local manager (bilingual in French and English) and do not interact with guests when they are in the house.
We love our time in the town, within walking distance from shops and restaurants. We are a few steps from the 12th century abbey, the market place and a boulangerie. It is an enjoyable walk around the narrow streets and pedestrian areas to admire the old houses. The Dordogne river is a 15 to 20 minute stroll away.
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 is a bus to Sarlat or Martel 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 in Souillac.
The local area is justly famous for its gastronomy. The lycée hotelier (hotel school) takes students from a wide area around Souillac. The school restaurant, for which bookings are essential, is open in term times and offers great value meals for lunch and dinner.
There are a number of prehistoric caves in the local area. Our favourites are the less well known caves of font de gaume, pech-merle, the gouffre de padirac. Lascaux II is within an hour's drive.
Guests have the entire 4 floors of the house for their own use.
Interaction with guests
We live in Australia most of the time but have a brilliant bilingual local manager who lives in a nearby village.
Other things to note
With large bathrooms on both the first and second floors, and 2 living areas, the Tower House works really well for 2 couples or families with older children.
Strictly no smoking inside the house. No pets. We ask that you respect the property and the residential neighbourhood. Guests are expected to leave the house in the same condition as when they arrived. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE SATELLITE SETTINGS.
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 wander around the old town, visit the local markets, explore new caves, keep up our golf at the Souillac golf and country club and we always travel to the Vieux Logis at Tremolat and Chateau de la Treyne at Lacave for another memorable meal.