…A Slice of Heaven, in France…
The gentle rolling hills of beautiful southwest France is the setting for La Durandie. The original 17th century Quercy-style barn - with stones thought to have come from a Medieval church - has been lovingly restored and converted into a luxury French country home. The villa combines a private upstairs apartment (unoccupied during your stay) with an extensive ground floor guest area sleeping 8 and consisting of two separate but adjoining living spaces. This is the ultimate together-but-with-privacy getaway, with each living space offering 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, separate kitchens, lounges and dining areas – but both opening up to a large shared loggia-style covered terrace for outdoor dining with woodland and valley views.
An oversized salt-water pool is set in 1 acre of carefully tended landscaped gardens that fall away to lush woodlands. It is the exceptional view that draws one in though, with the rock solid barn and fragrant gardens perched high up on the hill, overlooking the fields of sunflowers in the valley below. It is as if peace came here to rest and that is why you’ll find benches everywhere - places to relax and soak up the tranquility.
Paying homage to the area’s rich history, one of the guest areas is furnished with locally sourced French country antiques, while the other includes a number of Asian antiques collected by the owners over the years. French Limoges dinnerware and traditional Chabret chopping blocks can be found in both kitchens, added to the unique ambiance as East and West merge effortlessly in this centuries old building.
For discerning guests, we now provide a small in-house gym and a cinema, in addition to a well-stocked games room filled with table tennis, board games and all manner of ball games. We also offer our guests a full concierge service that includes excursion recommendations, arranging on-site prepared celebration dinners, wine tasting on the terrace, horse riding outings and even transfer services to night markets.
History is all around La Durandie as one drives from one ancient walled city (bastide) to the next, and one crusader-era hamlet church to the next magnificent hill-top basilica. The famous Caves of Lascaux and the ancient market town of Sarlat are both easy day-outings from our front gate, as are visits to the water lily gardens where Monet bought his lilies, ancient fortified castles and the famous black wines of Cahors. Farmer’s markets, evening soirees and live music, night markets, picnics, cycling and leisurely strolls through some of the most beautiful villages in France – these all await you.
With so much fresh air and wide open skies, there is no doubt that food tastes better here and wines hit different notes. Conversations take on philosophical proportions and days stretch just a little bit longer as time seems to slow down.
Jules Renard had once said that on earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.
He obviously hadn’t known about La Durandie…