Imagine the gently sloping rim of a shallow tea cup saucer. This 1830s renovated stone barn, an 8 minute walk to the Dordogne River, sits on the edge of that rim, oriented south/southwest, a large entry courtyard, overlooking a hidden garden, with views over its own little valley. Along the south side of the entire length of the building (72 feet), French doors and large windows flood the rooms with light throughout the day. The intimate valley, over 13 rolling acres, looks across to an abandoned farm, where sheep still graze daily. Silence, sunlight, and incredible starry nights are pretty much your only neighbors. Not a typical renovation (which often chops up the rhythm of a space to maximize the number of bedrooms), this property was designed with great care and planning to preserve its architectural authenticity, integrity and flow. The high ceiling (25+ ft) timber framed spaces naturally dictate how the room arrangements flow. Especially gorgeous during the off seasons. Heaven!
Stone Barn in St. Julien de Lampon, Nr. Sarlat / Souillac, Dordogne, France - Walk Down The Hill To The Dordogne River!
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- 11 Aug 2018
I am a very active Francophile, designer, photographer and a teacher. I try to spend as much time as possible in France, in my beloved stone barn. I renovated the barn from scratch. Dirt floors, stone walls! It was a great learning experience It firmly 'cemented' the area in my heart. I love the barn. It is my spiritual home. It is filled with light and is very calming. Nothing makes me happier than to spend time there. Everyone who enters comments on the calming quality of the place; this without any prompting from me. You can walk to the Dordogne or bike along its shores directly from the house. Two towns are within minutes to supply you with everything you need, including two weekly markets. The area close to the barn abounds in things to explore and discover. Sunsets! Come and see!
Leslee purchased this House in 1997
Why Leslee chose Saint-Julien-de-Lampon
I had visited the region regularly since 1983 and was completely taken with it. The pure simplicity and natural beauty spoke to me. I have friends in the region who have been there for over 40 years, so I was immediately immersed in vrai France, one filled with the everyday lifestyle of the French. This had a big influence on me and continues to this day. I love the area because I love being outdoors. I spend most of my free time hiking with friends and punctuating the hikes with either great picnics or terrific well deserved lunches out. There is so much to see! The biking is also stellar and not too difficult. The area appears remote and has many remote qualities but has every amenity one could hope for. The markets continue to thrill me, and I never miss a visit to one.
What makes this House unique
Serenity and Respite! Hiking, biking, canoeing, markets, gardens,history, vide greniers, cooking, outings with friends, Met HD opera 20 minutes away in Sarlat! All modern conveniences within 10 minutes of the house, yet the house is a world away. The house is designed in a very open plan so that there is lots of light and privacy yet open space through out. There are fabulous gardens and incredible towns and villages to visit, all easily accessed from the house. And when one returns in the early evening, nothing satisfies like a glass of cold rose, while sitting on the terrace enjoying the private view of the hidden valley.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
This is an utterly charming property!
Our stay rates 5 stars! House is charming and charmingly idiosyncratic, beautifully furnished (but not over-furnished), clean to a T, and more than well appointed – modern, functioning stove, fridge, showers, etc. Beds comfortable, linens clean and crisp. We even had a lovely bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table to greet us! All in all, it was better than the listing description. And Souillac is only 10 minutes away.If you have the opportunity to spend a week or so there, take it: just to sit on the terrace under the walnut tree looking out over the fields as you sip a pastis in the late afternoon is worth what you'll spend... We'd go back tomorrow if we could!
Peaceful and lovely renovation
Upon arrival we found the property to be spotlessly clean, comfortable and very attractive. The barn was the perfect place to explore the region - castles, gardens, markets, caves, 13th century mill built by monks...and at the end of each day a glass of wine as we discussed our outings. One week was not enough; next time we plan to spend more time "at home", walking, lounging and enjoying the serene beauty of this amazing place.
A magical place to stay, beautifully designed.
Staying in this beautiful Barn was a dream come true, I have always loved the concept of a barn conversion and to experience this well designed artistically executed property was a delight. The place was immaculate and super clean on arrival, every detail had been catered for. We stayed for a week in January and enjoyed cosy evenings around a roaring log fire. The owner is so helpful down to the last degree when organising the holiday and her staff could not have been more pleasant. This area of the Dordoigne is a firm favourite with my family, we have been visiting for the past twenty five years. Staying in the Barn just exceeded all our expectations and gave us a new level of enjoyment. Thank you.
Thank you for this review. The Barn is my heart's home and it is a true pleasure to share it with
people who understand and feel the experience!
Perfection from every aspect
There is always a special pleasure for those who travel frequently, when we find that everything we hoped we would find is as described yet well beyond our expectations. The Barn is one such place! Immaculate spacious facilities with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. Despite the excellent photographs and descriptions of the barn what can't be described is the deep satisfaction the ambience and design of this place provides your soul. So rare in this age to step back into that warm feeling of waking up in the morning as a child on a summer day new fresh and happy. Spectacular in the most simple fashion.
Tranquillité absolue dans cette grange en pleine campagne
Une grande maison facile à vivre au milieu d'une prairie , belle cuisine et terrasse .avec vue .Chambres à la fois raffinées et rustiques . Bémol : contrairement à ce que disait l'annonce , pas d'Internet , télevision par cable seulement anglo-saxonne , televiseur très ancien , lecteur CD cassé ...mais le charme des lieux opère et la propriétaire très reactive communique plein d'informations ..
Originell ausgebaute Scheuer in traumhafter Umgebung
In leicht erhöhter Lage über der Dordogne liegt die ehemalige Scheuer, die als Ferienhaus umgebaut ist. in der Nähe sind 3 Ferienhäuser, Die Umgebung ist sehr ruhig, rundum Natur. Das Haus ist originell umgebaut und liebevoll ausgestattet mir ländlichen Antiquitäten. Nur ein Schlafzimmer ist mir einer Türe abgetrennt, das zweite Schlafzimmer ist galeriartig und der Zugang zum Wohnbereich durch einen Vorhang abgetrennt.
Die Platzverhältnisse sind grosszügig, es hat einen grossen offenen Kamin. Die Küche ist gut ausgestattet mit grossen Kühlschrank/Gefrierabteil, Spülmaschine, Mikrowelle etc. Sehr einfach ist das Gebrauchsmobiliar (Betten, Stühle in der Küche, Geschirr) Plastik Stühle als Gartenmobiliar, wackliger Tisch. Liegestühle sind zusammengeklappt und in einem Abstellraum so verkeilt, dass sie nur schwer brauchbar sind.
Insgesamt ist die Ausstattung liebevoll, originell aber eher einfach. Störend ist die häusliche Geräuschkulisse, zumindest wahrscheinlich im Sommer, das offene Dachgebälk knackt lautstark vor allem nachts und ist vom Hausbock befallen, was ebenfalls andauernd schabende Frassgeräusche verursacht, dies ist zumindest gewöhnungsbedürftig. Das Haus war sauber. Mit der Hausreinigung in Ferienmitte hat es nicht geklappt. Die Vermieterin lebt weit weg, war sehr bemüht uns mit Informationen und guten Hinweisen zu versorgen, der Kontakt per Mail war sehr sympathisch. Wir hatten sehr schöne Sommerferien und denken gerne daran zurück, aber ich finde das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis stimmt nicht.
This is the first mediocre review of the property I have ever received. Please feel free to check other reviews, both on this site and other rental sites, as well as the Barn's own website. I pride myself on providing much behind the scenes information as I can to help a client make the most of their vacation. Given I know this area since the late 1970s, I have many ideas I can offer my clients. This all takes time but I enjoy and am happy to do it. This, and the fact that I employ 3 people to make their stay enjoyable all contribute to a value added experience. I remain in constant contact with my staff and I am always available for clients before, during and after their visits. The house is meticulously maintained and any issues that arise during a season are dealt with once the season ends.
Special interest holidays:
We also run specialized vacation packages - contact us for details. New programs coming shortly. Contact us if you want a customized week or 5 day package.
Airports include, Brive La Gaillarde, Limoges, Bergerac, Rodez all within 25-70 minutes of the house. Toulouse and Bordeaux are also options, within 1.5-2 hours from the house.You can take the TGV from CDG Airport to Bordeaux.From there, rent a car and over, tasting wines en route Brive has flights from London City and Manchester. Accessible by Ryan Air, Flybe, and Virgin with special low cost fares all the time. Car rental available in Souillac at Renault or in Brive by the train station.
St. Julien de Lampon,7 minutes by car:Thursday market, a bakery, butcher, pharmacy, post office. bank and small grocery store. Souillac, more variety of grocery stores, bakeries, as well as a great Friday market,Souillac can supply you with anything you need. It is 12 minutes away. Sarlat, Martel, Gourdon all 20-25 mins. away
There are other larger (Souillac size) towns in the surrounding areas, each with its own market, restaurants, etc. They include Martel, Sarlat, Gourdon Brive la Gaillard
Two towns are within easy reach by car or by bicycle. Both are stellar rides, along the river either by car or bicycle. In fact, in the fall, one can often encounter the Butterfield and Robinson or Back Roads cyclists enjoying the view.
There are amazing things to do and see in the area, known as the Perigord Noir. Please ask us for website links for special interest holidays and a listing of books and sites of interest. We also have a website (recently featured in the New York Times) which gives an armchair photo tour of the area.
Hiking, biking, canoeing, antiquing, markets, cooking, horseback riding, golf, not to mention visiting historic sites, gorgeous gardens, and wonderful restaurants, all await and are there for the asking. The beautiful Dordogne countryside beckons.
Please visit our website link at the bottom of this page for further information.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: The house is priced by the number of people..Please contact owner for the pricing for larger groups. HEATING CHARGE TO BE DETERMINED AS NEEDED, BY INDIVIDUAL CASE 22E/DAY Please book early for the upcoming 2014 season. The house is very popular, with return clients. The house has been fully rented every season. One can book via pay pal, with a small exchange rate sur charge, with a credit card, or with a bank draft cashier's check in Euros. See owner's site below or contact the owner directly for mailing address. Changeover Day: Saturday arrival at 4:30. Saturday departure at 10:00. Other times may be arranged with owner as needed, depending on bookings before and afterwards. Notes on prices: The pricing of the house is based on the number of people. Please visit the house website for the complete breakdown of pricing. Please contact owner for pricing. Pricing listed here is for 6, 4/5 or 2 people.