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Charming stone cottage in heart of medieval town but close to countryside

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom cottage with all amenities

This five-hundred-year-old cottage was entirely renovated in 2014, while retaining many original features such as exposed roof-beams, some stone interior walls, eviers (old kitchen sinks - not now in use!), two cellars with bread ovens (not operational). There is a small garden and a small terrace leading off the main dining-room. Downstairs there is a large open-plan dining-room/kitchen, with an island unit containing two under-counter refrigerators. The gas hob and electric oven are in a former fireplace. There is a dishwasher in the kitchen and a washing-machine and freezer in one of the cellars. The kitchen window looks out onto a countryside view to the North of the town. The countryside to the North is less than 100m from the cottage. From the kitchen there are a few steps down to a separate living-room with two comfortable sofas and a fireplace with a wood-burner. From the kitchen area stairs lead up to the main bedroom on the left, which has a double bed and a window overlooking the garden. The ceiling is angled so the wardrobe is on the landing. The main bedroom and shower-room have sliding doors. The shower-room has a walk-in shower, wash-basin, mirror and toilet, and a Velux window. Past another small landing, separated from the rest of the upstairs by a door, is the second bedroom, which has a double bed and a small window looking out over the countryside. The hot-water system is an electric cylinder. All necessary crockery, cutlery, glassware, table-linen and small appliances such as kettle, toaster, blender are provided. In winter, heating is provided by individual programmable electric storage-type heaters in each room. (There will be an extra charge for this facility, if used.)

There is road access to the cottage for unloading purposes, but no dedicated parking. There is free, safe parking nearby (100m) on the main boulevard which encircles the old part of the town. Somewhat confusingly, this road has three different names in different sections.

For weekly lets, towels and sheets are provided. For longer lets, towels and sheets are provided, but tenants are expected to do their own laundry. A weekly cleaning and laundry service is available if required, at an extra charge.

More Details

Sallie McArthur
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Sallie McArthur

The owners, Sallie and Ian, have both retired, live nearby and have been resident in Gourdon for eight years.

Sallie McArthur purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Sallie McArthur chose Gourdon

The cottage was the former bakery for the chateau which was at the top of the central hill in Gourdon. Later it was used as a holiday cottage, but the general condition had deteriorated, making renovation essential. We bought the cottage partly as a 'project' and partly to provide additional income. We settled in Gourdon because it has all the amenities which one needs, nearly all of which are within walking distance.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage has great character, while featuring modern comforts.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gourdon in Lot

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Handbasin with large mirror above
  • Walk-in shower, hand-basin and mirror, toilet, velux window. Electrical hot-water system. Heated towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 double bed; plenty of cupboard space
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , View over garden
  • Bedroom 1 has a double bed, bedside tables with lamps, large chest of drawers, mirror, wardrobe on landing, sliding door, electric heating panel, window with view of garden. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, reading lamp, many sliding-door storage units, bookshelves, electric heating panel, window with view of countryside
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Charming stone cottage in heart of medieval town but close to countryside
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Dream vacation at perfect cottage.

  • 5 of 5

The location in Gourdon was super. It was a nice central location convenient to most towns in the Dordogne Region. It also had a train station in town that connected direct to Paris so one of our daughters could travel round trip from Paris to Gourdon and back. We also took the train on another line to Lourdes via Toulouse. We put 5,000 kilometers on our Rental car seeing a dozen chateaux and 7 gorgeous Gardens and 63 villages. It was our 50th Anniversary and we enjoyed our 3 month celebration. We rented the perfect size cottage for two months. It had plenty of room for the two of us and even had a garden that we worked on with the owners permission. It had a refrigerator, stove, dish washer and microwave and all the dishes and weekly linens we needed. Sallie and Ian were so helpful in providing all the necessary information to make our stay easy and enjoyable. It certainly was a dream vacation and the best two months we could have wished for. We highly recommend this Gourdon cottage for anyone wanting to enjoy thd culture and beauty of Southwest France (the Dordogne Region).

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An outstanding property in a charming location.

  • 5 of 5

Having " Gited " in France for many years this must be one of the best! The quality of the building fabric and decoration is outstanding with all the equipment you could wish for. It was like being allowed to use a much loved and cared for home. The owners live locally and met us on arrival and were charming and very helpful.We found it easy to drive up to to unload but some might find the 2M wide road a challenge! That said there is plenty of free parking within 150m .The views are a treat and it was wonderful to see the countryside in different guises each day. It sits within the charming town and therefore it is easy to walk around without traffic problems. Gourdon is a very pleasant town , with plenty of resturants and shops but not overburdened with tourists, no Sarlat here! It's very easy to get around the area with plenty to see and do. There is a train station which will wisk you away to Toulouse ,Brieve, Cahors etc or even bring you in to holiday without a car. It was so enjoyable that we are going to try and visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We loved the cottage and we loved Gourdon

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything you need to make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one.

The position is great and there are loads of wonderful places to visit within a short drive.

The views from the property are wonderful and we also loved just walking around Gourdon itself.

There were all sorts of little touches that made our stay just that little bit nicer (like a selection of toiletries, basic groceries and things like salt and sugar already in the cottage).

Sally and Ian were lovely and very helpful.

I dont think anyone would be disappointed to stay here.

One word of warning (and its only because not everyone is OK on hills and steps) its on a very small lane with no parking, which would be very difficult to drive up. So its a short steep slope and steps from where you park the car. But its worth the little climb because its lovely.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic holiday.

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic cottage, perfect for the four of us. It is so ideally located in the gorgeous Gourdon and just what we needed. Within walking distance to a lovely selection of restaurants or BBQ's in the garden, what ever we wanted. We also took advantage of the train station, which was only a ten minute walk from the cottage and travelled to Cahors. A must see on market day. We enjoyed a stunning breakfast in the square, pastries from the boulangerie whilst enjoying our coffee's and watching the market come to life. The market itself is full of everything you could ever need and so exciting for us to experience.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and well equipped gite

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to our hosts Ian and Sallie for their lovely welcome and for providing some much needed provisions on our late arrival. The gite is beautifully restored, very comfortable and well equipped. We loved sitting in the little garden reading our books and enjoying a glass of local wine. The gite has a very comfortable bed and super shower. It's location is fabulous with wonderful views from the kitchen and bathroom. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words and we're very glad you enjoyed your stay in Gourdon
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Location conforme à la description

  • 5 of 5

Charmante petite maison. Tout le confort. Pleins de petites attentions de la part des propriétaires. Le séjour prévu était court et c'est avec regret que nous sommes parties. Je recommande vraiment cette location, très bien située au coeur de la vieille ville.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci, c'est tres gentil
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Brive-La Gaillarde
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
600 Metres
SNCF Gourdon
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Seven plus
Car: recommended

Gourdon is centrally placed for many Tourist destinations: Rocamadour; La Roque-Gageac; Beynac-Cazenac; Castelnaud military museum; Marqueyssac Gardens, Eyrignac Gardens; Sarlat-la-Caneda; Les Eyzies etc. It is on the SNCF train line from Paris to Toulouse, and has frequent trains to Brive, Cahors and Toulouse. Cahors is the main town in the Lot and has an interesting old section, the Pont Valentre, which is an old fortified bridge. There is kayaking on the nearby Dordogne river, and Hire of motor launches on a navigable stretch of the Lot river, from the hilltop village of St Cirq-Lapopie to Puy l'Eveque, which is in the wine-growing region of Cahors. Cahors and Gourdon have bustling weekly markets. Hot-air balloon trips over the Dordogne river valley are available in summer. Other airports used by local people are the Air France hub Toulouse-Blagnac (167km), as well as Bergerac and Rodez. Gourdon has a bathing lake and a fishing lake.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Long term renters welcome during winter months, price on application

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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