AUTHENTIC ROCAMADOUR HOME HEART OF DORDORGNE

Frankrike - Dordogne - Rocamadour

Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Our home
Our home
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Shaded terrace
Shaded terrace
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Village, combining calm with proximity to key site
Village, combining calm with proximity to key site
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Garden
Garden
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Front of 18th-century stone house, lilacs in bloom
Front of 18th-century stone house, lilacs in bloom
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Library in new glass-and-wood wing
Library in new glass-and-wood wing
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Art works and books
Art works and books
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Cathedral ceiling, lots of light
Cathedral ceiling, lots of light
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Couch in library folds out to queen-sized bed
Couch in library folds out to queen-sized bed
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,View from library over the Quercynoise countryside
View from library over the Quercynoise countryside
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Downstairs bathroom in new wing
Downstairs bathroom in new wing
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Bathroom features very large walk-in shower
Bathroom features very large walk-in shower
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Oversized bathtub in light-filled bathroom
Oversized bathtub in light-filled bathroom
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Bedroom with king-sized bed
Bedroom with king-sized bed
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Bedrooms feature original 18th-century wood beams
Bedrooms feature original 18th-century wood beams
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Bedroom with queen-sized bed
Bedroom with queen-sized bed
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Bedroom with double bed
Bedroom with double bed
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Bedroom with double bed
Bedroom with double bed
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Dining room
Dining room
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Original, renovated 18th-century house
Original, renovated 18th-century house
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Rocamadour, a UNESCO site
Rocamadour, a UNESCO site
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Padirac, the most magnificent grotto in Europe
Padirac, the most magnificent grotto in Europe
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Canoeing on the Dordogne
Canoeing on the Dordogne
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Countless lovely villages such as St Cirq Lapopie
Countless lovely villages such as St Cirq Lapopie
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,The troglodyte town of La Roque-Gageac
The troglodyte town of La Roque-Gageac
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Extensive hiking trails with spectacular views
Extensive hiking trails with spectacular views
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Beynac
Beynac
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Good cycling
Good cycling
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Collonges-le-Rouge
Collonges-le-Rouge
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,The beautiful gardens of Eyrignac
The beautiful gardens of Eyrignac
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Nice swimming spots
Nice swimming spots
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Lascaux IV:  neolithic art and interactive studio
Lascaux IV: neolithic art and interactive studio
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Montal chateau and golf course
Montal chateau and golf course
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Peche-Merle stone-age art
Peche-Merle stone-age art
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Fortress of Castelnau-Bretenoux
Fortress of Castelnau-Bretenoux
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Sarlat, intact, walled Renaissance town
Sarlat, intact, walled Renaissance town
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Farmers' markets virtually daily in the area
Farmers' markets virtually daily in the area
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Turenne
Turenne
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,Gastronomy of the French Southwest
Gastronomy of the French Southwest
Bostadsbyte i,France,Rocamadour,14th-century towered bridge at Cahors
14th-century towered bridge at Cahors
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Our home of approximately 250 square meters seamlessly weds the traditional look of Quercy architecture to a modern, ecological extension in Siberian oak.

The original dwelling is a fully-renovated 18th-century farmhouse in local light stone with ancient roof tiles. We have stripped out all walls, to create a combined salon, dining room and kitchen of about 75 square meters, in order to maximize the light and airiness of the place. The living room features a fireplace with hand-carved woodwork on the mantel and surrounding bookcases, and a very large-screen télévision with numerous cable channels including original-language films. We have numerous DVDs and over 4,000 books, most in English, some in French. The kitchen has all conveniences. On the first floor of this part of the house there are three bedrooms offering a double bed, a queen size bed, a king size bed and of course a large bathroom with tub. This original structure is joined via a veranda all in glass and metal to the newer wing which doubles the overall size of the house. This new wing, entirely in wood, is of a contemporary design with very high windows to maximize the light. It features a large room with cathédral ceiling topped by dramatic wood carpentry, which can be used as another bedroom plus a large mezzanine accessed by a large iron work stair. This wing (which can accomodate wheel chair) includes a large bathroom with an Italian walk-in shower and a large bathtube. The floor of the entire structure is made of ardoise. With four double beds, it is capable of sleeping four couples.

The house sits on 2 acres with unimpeded visibility all the way to Auvergne in certain day. The neighbors are quiet, and the garden abuts land on which the sheep of a nearby farmer often graze. Both houses are surrounded by a large wooden terrace shaded by a pergola covered with climbing wisteria. A very pleasant place to relax on lounge chairs or barbeque in nice weather.

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Bekvämligheter

  • Handikappanpassat
  • Anpassat för handikappade
  • Badrum / toalett rullstolsanpassat
  • Balkong / galleri
  • Diskmaskin
  • Tvättmaskin
  • Torktumlare
  • Mikrovågsugn
  • Säkerhetsvakt
  • Stor plats utomhus
  • Lugna omgivningar
  • Utsikt
  • Eldstad
  • Privat område
  • Antikviteter
  • Utrustad för barn
  • Trädgård
  • Centralvärme
  • Parkering
  • Terrass

Underhållning

  • Tillgång till dator
  • DVD
  • Tillgång till internet
  • TV
  • Trådlöst internet (WiFi)
  • Familjerum / lekrum

Extra

  • Cyklar

Plats

  • Lantlig

Grannskap

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Our house is located four kilometers from Rocamadour. Rocamadour, classed by UNESCO as a monument to humanity and one of the most visited places in France, rises from a medieval village along a dramatic canyon face into which have been integrated through the centuries magnificent basilica and ancient chapels, to a towering chateau crowning the whole. A place of veneration and religious pilgrimage for over 1,000 years, it sits in a magical locale which, as attested by local stone-age paintings, has been considered holy by human beings for millennia. As a major tourist destination, Rocamadour is home, in season, to countless cultural, gastronomic and touristic events, so you’ll always find something to do here. However, as our house is located at the edge of a village on a tiny back road rarely taken by anyone but locales, it combines proximity to this unforgettable site with great calm.

For outdoor activities, you’ll find, just a few kilometers from our home, engaging beaches on the Dordogne River, a great place for swimming but also for canoeing beneath sheer cliffs with troglodyte dwellings and towering castles. The area, preserved as a regional natural park, features a wide number of well-signposted paths for hiking or bicycling. One of our favorites takes you to the still-functioning medieval watermill of Cougnaguet nestle in its absolutely stunning valley.

Utomhusaktiviteter

  • Strand
  • Cyklar
  • Kulturevenemang
  • Kanot / Kajak
  • Fiske
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Vandring
  • Ridning
  • Flod

Fritid

  • Park / lekplats
  • Caféer
  • Restauranger
  • Shopping
  • Park / lekplats

Kulturella aktiviteter

  • Konserter
  • Opera
  • Populära monument
  • Teater

Transport i närheten

  • Järnvägsstation
  • Bil nödvändig

Närliggande serviceerbjudanden

  • Bageri
  • Närbutik
  • Apotek
  • Stormarknad

Attraktioner

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In addition to Rocamadour, there are, in the area, a vast number of other interesting things to visit, such as: Padirac, the most impressive grotto in Europe, with its limpid underground lake you’ll cross in a boat and its corridors of stalactites and stalagmites; Sarlat, the magnificent Renaissance walled city; Lascaux, with its just-opened high-tech Lascaux 4 facility near the equally-fascinating museum of the stone age at Les Eyzies; even closer is Pech Merle, a grotto less renowned than Lascaux but one wherein you can visit the actual cave with its 20,000-year-old Prehistoric paintings, situated near St-Cirq-Lapopie, one of the most beautiful villages in France, and Cahors with its magnificent 13th-century towered bridge; also close are the splendid gardens of Eyrignac, the breathtaking towns of la Roque-Gageac, Domme, Collonges-la-Rouge, Turenne, Carennac and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and the fabulous chateaux of Bretenoux, Castelnaud and Montal. As you travel to these places in the Quercy, justly famous for its untouched architecture of houses in local stone with red-tile roofs and dovecots, you’ll traverse less known but equally-lovely villages such as Autoire, Loubressac and Martel. In season, the area comes alive with cultural events, including a jazz festival at Souillac, a theatre festival at Figeac, music and opera under the stars in the courtyards of chateaux at St Ceres, a literary festival at Brive and a world-famous multi-cultural event at Rocamadour. There is a famous spring and casino at Alvignac, and nearby golf and tennis.

For more information on what to do in the area:
http://www.vallee-dordogne.com/rocamadour
http://www.gouffre-de-padirac.com/
http://www.sarlat-tourisme.com/en
http://www.lascaux.culture.fr/?lng=en
http://leseyzies-tourist.info/
http://www.saint-cirqlapopie.co.uk/prehistory/pech-merle-grotto
http://www.tourism-midi-pyrenees.co.uk/home/things-to-see-and-do/sightseeing-and-exploring/great-tourist-sites-in-midi-pyrenees/towns-and-cities/cahors
http://www.eyrignac.com/en
http://www.northofthedordogne.com/laroquegageac.php
http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr/domme-0
http://www.vallee-dordogne.com/pratique/trouver-un-office-de-tourisme/collonges-la-rouge
http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr/turenne-0
http://www.castelnau-bretenoux.fr/en/
http://www.castelnau-bretenoux.fr/en/
www.chateau-montal.fr/en/
http://www.vallee-dordogne.com/la-vallee-de-la-dordogne/les-villages/beaulieu-sur-dordogne
http://www.cougnaguet.com/
http://uk.france.fr/en/dordogne
http://www.tourisme-lot.com/en

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We are a French-American couple, retired, Dominique an author and professor, Shawn a sales director. We are very, very experienced home-exchangers, having exchanged 50+ times both in Europe and, previously, in the United States, all successfully. We exchanged our Paris apartment many times, but now have relocated full-time to the Dordogne.

As a retired couple, we are not necessarily limited to school-holiday periods. In other words, we are open to exchanges both during and outside the school-holiday periods.

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