About the property
- House1200 sqft
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Charming 3-bedroom Home, Steps From Bakeries & Cafés
If you're looking to experience the feel of life in a French village, this is where you want to be. Our house is located in the Dordogne department of southwestern France, in a charming medieval village called Issigeac. The nearest airport and train station (in the town of Bergerac) are just 15-20 minutes away.
The village has a full range of shops: cafes, restaurants, bakeries, small grocery stores, an organic food shop, butchers, a wine shop.
Our house is renovated but still simple. On the ground floor, the eat-in kitchen is surrounded by warm exposed stone walls, with exposed oak beams on the ceiling. On the first floor up, there are 3 bedrooms: (two with double beds, and one with bunk beds). The entire top floor is a sitting area with a double sofa bed and single day bed.
We are open to having as many as 8 people, but we recommend no more than four adults, as there is only one bathroom.
Outdoors, relax in our grassy courtyard garden - a rarity in the village.
The village is home to a weekly market on Sunday mornings (so it's highly recommended you start your rental on a Saturday). Just steps from our front door, you can get pretty much whatever you want to eat or drink. The market spills out from the central village square into the winding streets with fruit & vegetable stands, stalls that specialize in cheese, roast chicken, fish, oysters, olives, foie gras, crèpes, paella, sausages... It's a market-lover's dream.
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 13, 2018
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A perfect home with mix of history and modern conveniences in a small but amazingly vibrant village
The home itself is wonderful. Lots of room for our family of 5; everything you could need from the fully equipped kitchen to the upper floor with amazing books and games. Mike and Joanna have taken the time to provide detailed information about the running of the house, and all that is happening and to be enjoyed in the village and area.With this information we had some of the most excellent adventures. Our first day we were thrilled with the huge market, followed that evening by a village wide music festival! Despite being a small village, there are great shops for food, wine, restaurants and local artisans. Whether you're looking for a home base for adventures or a sanctuary to simply sit in the courtyard and read a book, this home will be just what you need.
Wow, great house, wonderful village
We go to France almost every year and this was such a memorable trip. The house is great, everything you could want to cook, chill out and even all the stuff you need to make a picnic and take it with you. Beautiful lake nearby with a wonderful beach, great for kids. The village was really active with wonderful markets and other events. Sunday market is not to be missed and the food market in the week is a gem. Mike, the owner is great. Wonderful communication and nothing was a problem. Thanks for letting us stay Mike, well be back!
Wonderful stay in a fantastic village
We spent 10 days in Issigeac , a most beautiful , charming medieval village just south of Bergerac . Perfect location for exploring the surrounding area where we travelled not only locally but as far as Bordeaux , St Emilion, Duras, Domme and Toulouse . Issigeavc had al the facilities required , great local restaurants a couple of nice bars as well as a fantastic Sunday market where people came to from all over .
Our house we rented was right in the heart of the village amongst the narrow lanes , traditional stone walls but modern kitchen and bathroom and as well an outdoor walled garden area - perfect for a glass of wine ...or two!
Issigeac was perfect in every way and gave us a taste of French rural village life away from the pace of big cities ,
would recommend it to any one wanting a holiday in a wonderful French village .
Charming stone house in peaceful medieval village
I stayed in this home for the month of May and it was a marvellous escape. It is a beautiful historic home in the heart of a traditional french village. The people are friendly and everything is postcard perfect. The market on Sundays is the best I have seen in France! Many beautiful walks to take from the village on marked trails and with a car you can easily visit wineries, chateaus and the famous caves, Bordeaux and within a few hours you could even take a trip to Spain! (Lots of folks in town speak English if you don't speak French.) It was a wonderful time! Grateful for the experience!
My stay at this charming residence was over a period of a month. It was well-appointed with oh so comfy beds and good water pressure. The courtyard garden was an oasis that afforded an outlet for my spring urge to dig. I never tired of the town and chatting with its residents. My favourite bar Le Lion d'Or was a warm and friendly watering hole where the owner welcomed everyone individually and genuinely didn't mind conversing with someone who had less than fluid French. The shops were full of unique and beautiful gifts and the Sunday market was a stroll through hand-made deliciousness. But beware: if you miss the market which wraps up at 1pm, all the stores (restaurants included) are closed until Tuesday. The other days of the week it was refreshing to be able to walk everywhere to get household items and groceries. Tip: the baker near the tourist bureau sells good wine for a song. There are a few excellent eateries in town - notably La Broucelière (haute cuisine) and La P'tite treille (casual). A car is a bonus because the countryside is a knockout, especially the Dordogne Valley and its towns. (I went kayaking on the Dordogne River which I highly recommend.) Parking is handy but requires courage in the teeny tiny streets of Issigeac. There are many nearby attractions and a nicely compiled folder of those sites is available at the house - failing that there is a tourist bureau staffed by helpful folks who speak a variety of languages. On their recommendation I took the school bus to Bergerac a couple of times for two euros as opposed to paying the fifty(ish) euro cab fare which worked out well. I was truly smitten with Issigeac and my neighbours there and hope to revisit my new friends one day soon. I'm grateful to have had this wonderful opportunity.
A perfect short stay
We enjoyed our stay at the house enormously. As it's located in the heart of Issigeac, everything you might need is in walking distance. Fabulous bakery, fantanstic market on Sunday's, friendly welcome from all. The house itself is charming, the courtyard an extra bonus, parking easy. Would definitely reserve the property again. Thank you Michel + family.
Medieval chateaux, vineyards & wineries, prehistoric cave paintings (including the world-famous Lascaux), canoeing on the Dordogne River. Several of the ''Most Beautiful Villages in France'' (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) are nearby.
The Dordogne is a part of France that is packed with chateaux from the Middle Ages, painted prehistoric caves, some of the best vineyards in the world and quaint villages built of honey-coloured stone. The region is also known as Perigord, considered the home of foie gras and truffles.
Some of the highlights to visit:
• The valley of the Dordogne River, where you can visit 800-year-old hilltop villages like Domme and Beynac or canoe past chateaux.
• The prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux.
• Castelnaud chateau, which survived the Hundred Years War and the Wars of Religion.
• St. Emilion, a gorgeous hillside town surrounded by vineyards producing famous wine.
• And the sophisticated cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse are close enough for day-trips.
The best part of the Dordogne valley (abt 1 hour east of Issigeac)
This is the absolute must-see part of the region. In a small area around a few bends in the river, there is a concentration of lovely villages and striking chateaux. La Roque Gageac, Domme and Beynac are superb, Castelnaud has an impressive chateau with an interesting museum and amazing view. Seeing all that would certainly take a day. If the weather is good, you can rent a canoe and coast down the river. Other destinations worth mentioning in this area are Sarlat (wealthy medieval town that got a facelift in the Renaissance), Belvès (hilltop medieval village) and Chateau Milandes (once owned by the late singer Josephine Baker.)
Prehistoric caves (1hr 30 mins northeast)
These are along the valley of the Vezère River, which feeds into the Dordogne and is quite scenic. Lascaux is home to world-famous cave paintings. The national museum of prehistory is at the village of Les Eyzies. There are other grottoes and cave dwellings and painted caves that help tell the tale of how our ancestors lived here.
Saint-Emilion (1 hr west)
It is famous for its red wines and the village is gorgeous, with a hilltop setting overlooking the Dordogne valley.
Bergerac (15 mins north)
Bergerac has a pleasant old town that's nice to explore on foot. It's a big town/small city, so there are things to do like the cinema, concerts. The tourist office in the centre of town is quite helpful. Some Bergerac region wines are quite good (and much cheaper than their famous Bordeaux cousins). You can taste a sample at the wine office on the Bergerac waterfront and take their map to visit vineyards. The only true chateau in the area is the solid-looking Monbazillac, on the hill overlooking the airport, and if you like sweet wine to go with your dessert or foie gras, it’s the place to go.
The Bastide towns (15 - 30 mins south)
As you go south from Issigeac, you leave the Dordogne and enter the département of Lot et Garonne. There are a few places here that were built as fortified towns (bastides) during the Middle Ages and have interesting architectural features. You could do a circuit taking in Beaumont, Monpazier, Monflanquin, Villereal and Castillonnès.
St-Cirq Lapopie (1hr 45 mins southeast)
Simply beautiful. It’s one of the dozen or so villages in our region (some have already been mentioned) in the exclusive “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” club. If you go, the city of Cahors is worth a stop on your way back … it has a great covered market and produces a powerful red wine.
Brantôme and Bourdeilles (2 hours north)
This is the furthest afield you would probably want to go in a day, but we believe these towns are worth the trip. Brantôme is set on an island in the middle of a river, Bourdeilles is lovely and dominated by a hillside chateau. You might also squeeze in a visit to nearby Chateau Puyguilhem, which some say is the most amazing chateau in the whole region.
Bordeaux (1hr 30 mins west)
If all this time in rural France gets you itchy for a taste of the big city Bordeaux is just a drive away. Its town center was recently giving UNESCO World Heritage status. If you want to visit vineyards and wineries of the Medoc (another 30 mins to an hour northwest of Bordeaux), we suggest you go overnight to be able to have enough time.
Additional pricing information
We are also willing to accept payment in UK pounds and US dollars - please contact us directly. We recommend that no more than four adults be guests at a time as two of the beds are bunk beds and there is only one bathroom. A 50 euro fee may be charged for bookings that neither start nor end on a Saturday.