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La Roque-Gageac Cliff House

Southwest France

3-bdrms, 2.5-baths, sleeps up to 6
Ancient house in picturesque village


La Roque-Gageac, 24250

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Built into the cliff face of the village La Roque-Gageac is this carefully restored  medieval house with stunning views across the Dordogne river valley of green fields and cliff-perched châteaux.  The house is situated in a slightly elevated position and features a garden and large patio area that captures the sun from dawn till dusk, providing warmer temperatures throughout the year.  Featuring interesting architectural details that seamlessly blend ancient with modern, this is nothing less than an enchanting home in which to spend your vacation in one of the loveliest parts of France. 

Following a winding street from the village, one enters the house by way of the kitchen.  Newly tiled, the kitchen is equipped with an electric oven, gas range, dishwasher and plenty of extra amenities to please the cook.  The dining room  just beyond the kitchen is set for six and there is a small adjacent seating area for taking aperitifs or afternoon tea; one may also choose to dine outdoors on the lovely garden terrace, in sight of the river and village. 

A staircase to the second floor winds through a troglodytic rock wall at the rear of the house to a livingroom that features a cavernous fireplace recently inset with a clean-burning electric stove.  A comfortable leather sofa, chairs and television with DVD player make this room an easy place for gathering and lounging.
A hallway from the living room leads to two bedrooms: one with a queen-sized bed with memory foam mattress, one with two twin beds that may be combined to form a king.  In between them is a spacious, newly refinished bathroom with a bathtub, shower cabin and toilet.  Up one more flight of stairs is another double bedroom with a queen-sized bed.  Large windows in the room open out to beautiful views of the valley.  The second bathroom was carefully renovated with a clean, modern design to complement the impressive beams and rock walls supporting the house.  This bathroom has a toilet and an enclosed shower cabin with spotlights.   Additional WC on the ground floor near the entrance.
  • High-Speed Cable Internet Connection; guests will need to bring laptop if computer access is desired (no wi-fi)
  • I-Pod Docking Stereo
  • Satellite TV with widescreen LCD TV
  • Multi-region DVD player
  • Washing machine, dishwasher, microwave
  • Check in/check out on Friday

Perched on the banks of the Dordogne River, La Roque-Gageac has been officially classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France".  Originally a pre-historic dwelling, as evinced by the troglodytic forts above the village, people began to build settlements here during the first to fourth centuries. The threat of Vikings from around the ninth century forced the villagers to seek shelter and build fortifications on the safer, northern side of the river from which most of the ancient settlements still stand today. This virtually impregnable village also served as a military stronghold during the 100 years war in the 14th and 15th centuries.

There is much to see and do in the Dordogne region, extraordinarily rich in history, culture and natural beauty.  In La Roque-Gageac itself one may visit the enormous grotto embedded high in the cliffside that once served as a lookout point, stroll through the exotic gardens, or embark on a canoe ride  down the Dordogne River to glimpse the numerous chateaux that grace the valley.  Among the myriad beautiful nearby towns are Sarlat, with its lovely medieval architecture and sprawling Saturday market, the fortified village of Domme, and the villages of Beynac and Castelnaud, each home to spectacular castles that are open to the public. 
Other local sites not to be missed include the hanging gardens of Marqueyssac, illuminated by candlelight on summer evenings, and the spectacular ruins of the Chateau de Commarque.  In Les Eyzies-de-Tayac there is a fine museum of pre-history and exceptionally well-preserved cave paintings over 15,000 years old.  Additionally, the region is famed for its delectable cuisine centered around duck confit, foie gras, truffles and walnuts.  There is an abundance of excellent and reasonably-priced restaurants and shops where such delicacies can be found.


July & August $2,290
April thru October $2,090
November thru March $1,690
Property has been sold and will become unavailable for rental as of October 2010.
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