|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
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
What a fantastic villa in an enchanting town. We don’t tend to holiday in the same location twice, preferring instead to explore new places. However, there is something special about this villa and Issigeac that keeps drawing us back. We’ve now been twice in two years and wouldn’t hesitate to return again in the near future.
The location of the villa is great. Tucked away down a side street, it’s very peaceful but takes less than a minute to walk to the town square. Set over three floors, the villa itself is full of medieval character and has been beautifully updated with high quality and modern furnishings and amenities. From the moment you open the front door you will not be disappointed. On the ground floor there are two bedrooms (that would comfortably sleep three) with a shower room and WC. There is also a washer and dryer under the winding stair case. On the first floor is the spacious living area with gallery kitchen, large dining table, soft seating area and open fire. The third floor provides views over the roof tops of Issigeac and has a further large bedroom and bathroom. We stayed as a couple but the villa would also be ideal for two couples.
Issigeac is a wonderful town with boutique shops, restaurants, bakeries, grocery shops and a couple of friendly pubs (can recommend both!). It’s narrow winding streets, lined with fascinating ancient buildings, are great for exploring. The Sunday market has something for everyone and is a must do for any visitors. During the summer months, there are also evening markets where locals and visitors sit down to enjoy local produce. We spent many a warm summers evening sitting in the town square soaking up the atmosphere.
The villa is also ideally located to explore the wider area. There is lots of information/ guide books in the villa with ideas and recommendations covering a range of interests.
If we could give this villa more than 5 stars we would!
Issigeac is a magical step back in centuries, and this little villa, tucked down a narrow side street just steps from the village square, is the perfect base from which to explore the bastide-filled countryside. It is medieval out and in, but comfortably updated with modern amenities and quality furnishings. Orientation from the property manager was cheerful and thorough, even though we arrived hours late. Follow up from owner mid-trip continued the attention. We even found firewood on our doorstep when the first cold front of the season breezed in! On the ground level beyond the entry foyer is a good sized queen bedroom and a small twin bedroom (perfect for a child) that share a double sink shower room. The WC is separate. The shower is US-sized with good pressure. Access to the small, walled patio is through the single bedroom and is outfitted with a gas BBQ. A winding staircase takes you up to the living area. The first floor living area, with fireplace and comfy sofas, is open to the galley kitchen and dining area, giving a sense of spaciousness.Up another staircase, the second large bedroom in the converted attic (with raised ceiling) is perched high enough to provide roof top views over the village. There is ample room to accommodate a loveseat, tea table, daybed and additional seating. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a freestanding tub and pedestal sink. Beds were comfortable and linens of a high quality. Because the two bedrooms are separated by the living area, the layout would be perfect for two couples. The stairs are necessarily steep, but well lit (as is the entire villa—a welcome departure from the French norm!) WiFi was stable and international phone service gratis. The legendary Sunday market does not fail to live up to its hype, and there is a day’s worth of strolling around the village that is interesting. The two “fine dining” establishments are just that (do reserve) and the tea room serves much beyond tea! A butcher, 3 bakers, 2 convenience stores and an excellent wine shop are one street removed. Randonee paths vary in length, but most are gentle, and the surrounding area includes as much history and vistas as you chose to include. The Dordogne valley is an easy day trip. Be sure to avail yourself of the copious sightseeing recommendations and area guide books provided by the owner and know that when you return at the end of the day, you can count on a quiet, restful evening punctuated only by church bells.
Issigeac is a magical step back in centuries, and this little villa, tucked down a narrow side street just steps from the village square, is the perfect base from which to explore the bastide-filled countryside. It is medieval out and in, but comfortably updated with modern amenities and quality furnishings. Orientation from the property manager was cheerful and thorough, even though we arrived hours late. Follow up from owner mid-trip continued the attentiveness. We even found firewood on our doorstep when the first cold front of the season breezed in! On the ground level beyond the entry foyer is a good sized Q bedroom and a small TW bedroom (perfect for a child) that share a double sink shower room. Both stay cool during the day. The WC is separately housed. The shower is American-sized with good pressure. Access to the walled patio is through the single bedroom and is outfitted with a gas BBQ and seating. A winding staircase takes you up to the living area. The first floor, with fireplace and comfy sofas, is open to the galley kitchen and dining area, giving a sense of spaciousness. The second large bedroom is up a second flight of stairs in the converted attic (with raised ceiling) and commands a roof top view over the village. There is ample room for the loveseat, tea table, daybed and additional seating. The ensuite bathroom is fitted with a freestanding tub and pedestal sink. Beds were comfortable and linens of a high quality. Because the two bedrooms are separated by the living area, the layout would be perfect for two couples. The stairs are necessarily steep, but well lit (as is the entire villa—a welcome departure from the French norm!) WiFi was stable and international phone service gratis. The legendary Sunday market does not fail to live up to its hype, and there is a day’s worth of strolling around the village that is interesting. The two “fine dining” establishments are just that (do reserve) and the tea room serves much beyond tea! A butcher, 3 bakers, 2 convenience stores and an excellent wine shop are one street removed. Randonee paths vary in length, but most are gentle, and the surrounding area includes as much history and vistas as you chose to include. The Dordogne valley is an easy day trip. Be sure to avail yourself of the copious sightseeing recommendations and area guide books provided by the owner and know that when you return at the end of the day you can count on a quiet, restful evening punctuated only by church bells.
My stay in Issigeac was everything I'd hoped for and then some. The house is wonderful with its historical features and is well-appointed, tastefully decorated, and very comfortable and cozy. We enjoyed the house and its location so much that we regretted in some ways having such a packed schedule. It would have been nice to stay another week and just spend the days there. The village of Issigeac is quite special with the evening farmers markets, which included communal dinners and musical entertainment and dancing --so fun. Janice, the owner, is a wonderful and warm host. We so enjoyed talking with her. She introduced us to the property and surroundings and gave us a great feel for the area, including introducing us to neighbors in Issigeac. She also left a very organized and instructive binder of information about the area in the house and was available for us if we needed anything. Staying in her home in Issigeac was a real treat. I highly recommend this experience!!! Thank you, Janice
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!!!!
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.