Long before Shakespeare wrote a word, or John Donne penned a sonnet, the village house on Rue St Felicien was built above a registered Gallo-Roman villa, in an ancient medieval village called ISSIGEAC, amid the vines of the Bergerac wine appellation, and just miles away from the Dordogne River. Here in a vibrant, popular market village with every possible service at your doorstep, this luxuriously-renovated ancient townhouse sits in stone as a testament to the 14th century. All around are reminders of a past where warriors wandered the streets below, yet inside the village house on Rue St Felicien offers the utmost in all modern conveniences and beautifully appointed surroundings.
With walls of limestone and ceilings of walnut, the entrance way leads through large blue carriage doors off a winding (walk-only) street, into a large stone hallway housing a magnificent, curved staircase. Down the passage is the downstairs double bedroom with queen bed and beamed walls. Next door there is a bed room, with a single twin bed. Both rooms are individually designed with beautiful curtains, linens and 'heavenly beds' ('ciel du lits'). Next to the bedrooms is a full, modern bathroom with double sinks and a separate (American-style) shower, and separate toilet. The washer and dryer are conveniently located in a nook nearby. NOTE: With 2 double (queen) bedrooms and one single room and bathrooms located on 2 separate floors, this home is ideal for 2 couples travelling together, and perhaps with a single friend or relative. The bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor are conveniently separated from the top floor suite and bathroom, so that your common living area in the middle allows each floor total privacy.
Ascend the ancient staircase to the 'great room' which will take your breath away with it's medieval stone and heavy beams. This room is the main living area with a dining area, a salon area, and an open kitchen. There are 12 foot high ceilings, 3 sets of double windows and a set of double French doors, which open out - with light and air pouring in day and night. Attention has been paid to every detail with antiques and beautiful fabrics everywhere, reflecting a design style of French country living.
In the kitchen, the stove-top and large oven offer professional cooks tools, and is equipped with every convenience from microwave to dishwasher. Chat to your friends and family as you cook or spend long lunches at the antique table with fresh cheese or local delights you've bought nearby.
A second magnificent staircase takes you up to the spacious, private master suite on the top floor. This enormous, light-filled room has dimensions to match its history. The beams were lifted to a height above 2 meters (6 ft 8 in), and four classic windows were added for light and magnificent views over the village of Issigeac below. This is surely not the usual attic-converted space in the least, but rather a living and relaxing space akin to top-class hotel suites. Take long afternoon naps lulled asleep by only birds and the sound of bells from nearby St Felicien, or enjoy a quiet read by the light of an open window. The ensuite bathroom is complete with bath, toilet and basin - you'll enjoy soaking in the claw-footed bathtub while enjoying the view up high.
Back on the ground floor, you can head out through double French doors to a spacious open, tiled courtyard where you can enjoy the day as it passes by. With table and chairs for 6, it's the perfect spot to taste your best effort at French cuisine, or to barbecue under the stars. Or in the morning, indulge in coffee and fresh croissants from the bakery steps away.
The village of Issigeac is just 15 minutes south of Bergerac in the Perigord (Dordogne) region of southwestern France. It is well-known due to its very popular Sunday market, and its easy proximity to the Bergerac airport (12 minutes away) and train station (20 minutes). It is also within easy reach of all of the world-famous French wine appellations of: Monbazillac, Bergerac and Saussignac, as well as being minutes away from other popular villages like Beaumont, Monpazier and Villareal. 45 mins by car will take you to Sarlat or Les Eyzies where you can explore the Perigord Noir with its caves and ancient paleolithic history.
One of the best reasons to stay at the village house on Rue St Felicien is living in the heart of an authentic medieval village - with absolutely everything within easy walking distance. There's never a reason to get in your car. With its 3 bakeries, 4 restaurants, 2 butcheries, and 2 grocery stores, you’ll have a wide variety of choices for all your needs. If it’s a bottle of great local wine you’re after, you’re sure to find it at the local wine shop, or if you just want a quick 'cafe', that's available too. If you're visiting in the summer months, the many wonderful night-markets are a chance to soak up the local flavor - and a glass of local wine! The Sunday market will have you trying the freshest produce of the area including the best selection of the Perigord: foie gras, truffles, walnuts and goat cheese. We offer a flexible changeover schedule as well, do come when it suits you!
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We are the proud owners of the house of Rue St Felicien in Issigeac (that's our street above), and purchased it in 2006 from friends of ours, who had just completed a 5 year renovation - adding all new electrics, plumbing, central heating and double-paned windows. They bought it as a ruin and did an amazing job in bringing it back to life. We couldn't resist its charm when they had to sell it in order to move for their work. In fact, when we walked into the entrance way, we had already decided to buy it without seeing any further! Although our home is in California, we have traveled a great deal in western Europe and have rented many properties – some great, and some less than spectacular! We always appreciated cleanliness, comfort, good beds, furniture you could actually sit on, great linens and towels, appliances that really worked, and nice big wine glasses! After buying our dream French village house, our philosophy hasn’t changed - and we have upgraded the standard of the house to meet or exceed the best we’ve seen in terms of personal comforts. Basically, we have designed it to be the way we’d like it if we arrived tired and hungry from across the world. And we know you'll love it when you arrive too.
Janice purchased this villa in 2006
Issigeac is one of the precious medieval gems of the Dordogne, with so much of its history apparent in its wonderful architecture. We used to visit the Sunday market routinely, and so fell in love with this timeless village. With only about 600 inhabitants and the village being within a 'ring road' built in the classic Roman form of its predecessor, owning a home right in the heart of the village was a dream come true. Once you're parked and unloaded, you can walk to 3 restaurants, 3 boulangeries, various cafes, 2 butcheries, 2 grocery stores, a presse, a wonderful wine shop, a lovely boutique, and antique shops, - what's not to love! This was especially wonderful for our elderly relatives as well as visiting friends who didn't have a car, since they were completely independent once we arrived. With wine-tasting and historical sites so close, it was really the perfect location to have a 3-storey village house. And all of this is within 15 minutes of Bergerac and the airport as well.
As with our other properties, we believe that great beds, beautiful linens and decorations, and a superbly clean environment are the best benefits to a vacation home. We also love the 14th century history that comes with this home, as well as its proximity to all immediate services within a few minutes walk. With 3 floors all filled with light and sunshine, this ancient home offers a unique experience of blending the historical with the modern.
A HUGE thanks for all you did for us while we were in France! We were so
thankful to meet you and find your rental property on the web. We all enjoyed
our time in Issigeac and count the time spent there as the highlight of our
We have passed on your listing on the VRBO site along to all the friends who
ask about our trip and we will continue to recommend it. We do this with
some reluctance, of course, as we would like to keep it all to ourselves!
Susan H., Minnesota, USA
We've stayed in many vacation rentals over the past year and several during this trip, but this is absolutely the finest place possible. Everything that was described is exactly as you'll find it. The house is fantastic in and of itself, but Janice made it feel like it was our home. The rooms are spacious and the beds are comfortable. The living room/kitchen was a great spot to relax in the evening and enjoy the family.....of course the Apple TV was great too. Great wifi. Lots of information was made available for activities in the area, didn't need our own guide book. The town is a wonderful throwback to the mid-ages, a few great restaurants within walking distance, close to wine tasting and canoeing. The Thursday night market was my most favorite. THIS is the place to stay if you want a nice relaxing, enjoyable vacation.
We had a wonderful stay in this fabulous home. Everything was as described-no disappointments at all. We had a gracious helpful welcome and it was made clear that anything we needed would be provided. The village was interesting and had a comfortable feel as well as several very good restaurants and shops. This is a great home base for exploring the whole area-which is lovely and home to many good vineyards. Janice has a full stock of information on the area, books, maps, etc. In fact she contributed to "The Rough Guide France, 2016" She has a lot of information about activities, eating and sights in the area. She is friends with most of the village and people always seemed glad to meet us. This is a true gem!!!!
We were a party of two couples - house was perfect for us! The owner and her manager could not have been more helpful! We arrived late on a Sunday afternoon - forgetting most everything is closed. The manager found and made reservations for us at one of the very few places open. The Dordogne region is beautiful and so much to explore. Staying in Issigeac worked perfectly! Thanks to Janice for sharing this wonderful property with us!
We can't express how much fun we had during our 9 day stay in the village of Issigeac at this wonderful home. Having never been to the region prior to our trip, we were blown away by the beauty and charm of the area. The house we stayed at in Issigeac was extremely clean, comfortable, well decorated and also had every amenity we could have wanted! The small village had wonderful food and much history and was a fabulous launching point to explore the region. All these elements made for an easy and memorable adventure, made even better by our incredible and gracious hostess. I couldn't give this rental any higher praise!
Our hostess did over and above what was expected. We got lost on the way. She not only fetched us in the neighboring town but also bought us provisions for dinner because it was late at night. The house is beautifully decorated with all the conveniences of home. Nothing was wanting.
What a little gem in an intriguing mediaeval village. After a very warm and friendly welcome by our hostess, we settled into the perfectly appointed villa. Everything was as described and we were certainly not disappointed. It's location makes it possible to visit many tourist attractions nearby, without having to travel for hours at a time, and just far enough to enjoy coming home to a welcoming rest with a glass of wine in a perfect setting. The night markets are a must for everyone visiting in the summer. The villagers are a friendly and interesting bunch of people. Janice thanks for the loan of your villa ... it was a most enjoyable stay.
There is a popular 'boules' court (also called 'petanque' or 'bocce') which hosts many matches and spontaneous challenges every week and weekend. An ancient French tradition in the village.
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4 Sep 2016 - 22 Oct 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights