This authentically restored beautiful vintage house has two double bedroom suites and a spacious living area. With beautiful views of the Dordogne valley, a lovely peaceful local ambiance and only a minutes walk from the lively village centre with all commerces. Located in the heart of the historic section of St Cyprien with its winding lanes and alleys and magnificent houses, it's an ideal base for exploring this magnificent region as well as enjoying the Dordogne river which is only 2 km away.
The 'Designer Vintage House' is spacious and bright with fluid interconnected spaces giving a relaxed feeling of easy living.
Bedroom 2 has 'wattle and daub' ceilings and walls. The top floor is open plan with the bedroom and adjoining study partially separated by the bathroom and the laundry room on each side of the passageway.
Striking features of the accommodation include:
- An impressive and beautifully carved medieval fireplace, once forming the focal point of the monks kitchen as part of St Cyprien Abbey.
- A Roman arch
- A large carved stone window
- Original and gently worn floor boards on first and second floors, including a section of the original hand-made boards.
- A circular stone tower staircase rising from the lobby up to bedroom 2 on the top floor.
- An original stone floor on the ground floor made up of impressively large stone slabs arranged in the form of a cross and with sections of pisé flooring (long narrow stones laid vertically).
- Art Deco glass ceiling shades and other vintage posters, photographs, furniture and objects.
Right next to the accommodation and with easy access about 10m from the front door is a beautiful public square. Pretty with large containers of colorful flowers, benches for relaxing in the sun and a large plane tree which provides shade in the hot summer months.
'Designer Vintage House' was designed primarily as a relaxing base for exploring the surrounding area while being immersed in the sounds and the medieval atmosphere of St Cyprien. Somewhere, not only to relax, to connect and to resource, but also to be inspired by the immediate areas incredible natural and architectural beauty and wide range of interesting things to see and do. 'Designer Vintage House' is situated in Medieval St Cyprien in the heart of the Périgord Noir, the golden triangle of the Dordogne Valley with its five Chateaux. The Perigord Noir is home to some well-known delicacies such as black truffles and foie gras. It also has excellent cuisine with locally produced fresh products and the famous wine regions of neighbouring Bergerac, Pecharmont and Montbazillac. Also well located to sample some of the best wines in the world with Bordeaux, Saint Emilion and the Medoc all within a two hour drive.
Perfect for people who like to eat out frequently and who will enjoy the excellent range of local delicacies on offer in the village.
Its proximity to shops, local producers shop, bakeries, cafes, banks, newsagents, supermarkets, train station, restaurants, etc., and the immediately surrounding countryside and nature, also make a home for the simple and easy life. The beautiful walk from the house to the village center through Place des Oies, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful streets of the village with its elegant historic houses, built in several different styles and techniques. Both locals and second homers in the medieval district of St Cyprien are discreet, relaxed and friendly and almost always have time for a chat or a friendly word. There is very little through traffic and despite its proximity to the centre, the medieval part of St Cyprien, in the heart of which this house is situated, is very atmospheric and yet remarkably peaceful.
The area around St Cyprien has an abundance of markets, night markets, castles, museums, caves, pre-historic sites, beautiful old villages and towns, rivers and lakes for swimming, canoeing and fishing and a host of activities such as walking (a global approach and significant network of well-signed trails), climbing, hiking, ballooning, etc. With many of the best and most amazing touristic sites within easy reach (Sarlat, Les Eyzies, Beynac, Domme, Le Bugue etc.), and the Dordogne river with its beautiful, uncrowded beaches and some of the best canoeing all just 2km away at the local river beach of Le Garit.
In the heart of one of the most beautiful, and still relatively unknown, medieval villages in the Perigord Noir, St Cyprien retains its authentic and down to earth atmosphere thanks to a predominately local population. The 'Designer Vintage House' is perfectly positioned for exploring all the historical and architectural beauty of St Cyprien as well as the network of small 'ruelles', narrow alleys and lanes. Treasure hunts and evening torch lit walks around the medieval quartier with guides describing historical background and aspects of the village are frequent in the summer (info in Tourist office).
Saint Cyprien also has a very popular and vibrant Market every Sunday and a smaller market on wednesday, both on the high street only a 2 minute walk from the house.
Thursday evenings during July and August there is a Marché Gourmand. This is an out-door evening food market with a good selection of meals from traditional French to Thai etc. An informal evening with tables laid out in a large tree lined village square. There is also a beer tent and a wine stand. Traditional French music or live acoustic music during dinner followed by a D.J. An informal atmosphere with a mix of locals, second homers and tourists making this a great and fun evening for all ages.
Wine markets and evening 'world' markets are frequent during the summer months and the area is well served for antique markets. Details at tourist office
'Lucco', one of the best patisserie/boulangeries in the Dordogne, is on the high street. A stunning selection of Italian and French cakes as well as delicious breads and traditional french patisserie. Lucco recently expanded and now have a cafe open all day and restaurant serving lunches.
'Sesame', a contemporary and relaxed cafe on the high street which is always booked for lunch well in advance due to their excellent cuisine, entirely home made with local, fresh ingredients including their ice cream, pesto etc.
An independent fish mongers with excellent reputation and its adjoining restaurant, 'Le Cro Marin', also popular & recommended.
The recently opened and successful Farm shop behind the town hall, where delicious locally grown and produced products can be purchased, including a selection of fine cheeses and wines and recent addition of regional Italian small producers products. Note: This region is made up almost entirely of small farms and market gardens and with the abundant woodland and rich pasture there is a wealth of high quality local fruits, veg, mushrooms, walnuts, cheeses, meats, fruit juices and wine.
There is a very good independent wine cave on the high street, 'Le Choix des Rois: Cave vins et products de terroir', with the friendly and knowledgable owners personally selecting the products on display. Independent small brewery 'Le Croix du Rat' has a selection of beers for sale on the Sunday market and in the local supermarkets.
There are also at least two michelin star restaurants within a 20 minute drive and over 10 within a 40 minute drive.
Saint Cyprien has a train station with several trains a day on the Sarlat/ Bordeaux line. For Paris the easiest is to take the Bordeaux train to Libourne from Saint Cyprien, then the TGV to Paris. Alternatively, take the train to Perigueux from Saint Cyprien (or Les Eyzies) then change for the direct train to Paris.
St Cyprien has two taxi services, one of which is based in this quarter. Bergerac and Brive are the nearest local airports. Both have a good car hire service. Bergerac airport (45 mins drive) operates direct flights to Paris, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and numerous destinations in the UK with newly opened British Airways to City airport. Brive (55 mins drive) has flights to U.K. and to City Airport, central London.
Other local places to swim:
Le Coux et Bigaroque
The beach at le coux is very popular as the river is shallow with little current next to the beach, which is great for young children, and there is a lifeguard. The river becomes deep towards the opposite shore which adults enjoy as it is good for swimming. There is an ice cream van in the holiday season and a childrens playground.
Lac de Tamniés
25 minutes by car
A beautiful lake in a valley surrounded by beautiful nature with a sandy beach, snack bar, playground and inflatables.
Local sites of interest:
Nestled between Montaud (235m) and Cap del Pech, the town of BERBIGUIERES still appears today as a place preserved and full of history. The castle and the elegantly restored houses are reserved for visitors amazement and seduction.
Château des Milandes
Not to be missed in Périgord! The visit is a wonderful dive into the life of the castle in the days of Joséphine Baker whose destiny remains uncommon. 15th century castle. The visitor walks into the world of Joséphine Baker through 15 rooms: from the large salon of the robes to the Art Deco bathrooms, through the rooms, the kitchen, the dining room and the amazing room with a 15th-century carpentry Century when the castle is happy to pay tribute to the commitment of Joséphine Baker during the Second World War.
Sarlat is the first protected area in France to have been restored according to the Malraux law of 1964. Its classification as a City of Art and History confirms its high architectural quality. Sarlat is also known to hold the highest density of historic and listed monuments.