Charming pied-à-terre nestled amongst the historic winding lanes of Excideuil village centre.
Chez Claire is situated on a quiet lane in the heart of the historical town of Excideuil. The town centre is a matter of minutes away but you would never know it as it's surrounded by peace and tranquility and lush gardens. No traffic will pass your door as Rue Claire is for pedestrians only but parking can be found close-by and is free, you cannot take cars to the front door to unload your luggage due to the historic nature of the lane, but on the plus side there is no passing traffic to disturb the peace.
The house has been recently renovated but has not lost its charm and some traditional features have been retained to combine with more modern facilities such as the kitchen and en-suite shower-room. You enter into a bright open plan living room/kitchen/dining room on the ground level with electric wood burning stove. This area also leads to a small enclosed courtyard seating area out back and a WC/utility room. Lovingly presented, everything that you need from a holiday home.
From the living room area the original staircase takes you up to the spacious double bedroom on the first floor. This dual aspect room is bathed in sunlight and offers a lovely view of the 15th century church. It also includes a modern, stylish en-suite with WC and shower.
The town of Excideuil is steeped in history and has been a significant market town in the area for centuries. The castle dates back to the 10th century and successfully repelled multiple attacks from Richard The Lionheart during its long history. One of the oldest buildings in the Dordogne department is in Excideuil. This is the Hospital and probably dates from the 12th century when the building was a convent, the Couvent des Cordeliers. It can definitely be traced back to the 14th century.
The weekly (Thursday) market is popular and attracts customers all year round but the town also offers a variety of restaurants and cafe's from where you can watch the world go by. For those who enjoy more energetic pursuits follow the bike route Lawrence of Arabia took when he went cycling in the Dordogne (and in the fringes of the Gironde and Limousin) in the tracks of Richard the Lionheart. It passes through Excideuil and beyond - more details can be found at the tourist information office.
The surrounding area also has a lot to offer, enough to tempt visitors back year after year. Hautefort Chateau is a UNESCO world heritage site with gardens that are not to be missed. In Tourtoirac you will find the remains of an attractive abbey and also some caves which have opened to the public fairly recently - in 2010. The village of Montignac and it's Lascaux Caves can be reached in 40mins by car and is a picturesque village on the banks of the River Vézère.
Interior layout Recently renovated open plan living, dining, kitchen area on ground level with WC/utility room and a small enclosed courtyard to the rear, perfect for safe storage of bikes! On the first floor via the original staircase there is a good sized double bedroom with beautiful views and modern en-suite shower room.
Exterior Charming home with cheerful blue shutters set over two floors with private entrance.
Sleeping arrangements 1x Double Bedroom and 1 x Sofa Bed (clic clac) in living room
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Excideuil is a charming town with an attractive town square, and a castle dating back to the 12th century. It is in the northern part of the Dordogne department, about 30 kilometres south of Jumilhac and 15 kilometres from Hautefort.
The town square has a fountain and is surrounded by lovely houses and a scattering of cafe's and shops can be found in amongst the winding streets and lanes. Wandering around the streets leading from the square are a large number of imposing houses dating back to a period of wealth particularly in the 17 and 18th centuries. There is a good weekly market every Thursday throughout the year.
Travelling By Car (And Ferry)
For those driving from the Eurotunnel you can expect to be in Dordogne within 9 hours or so. There is a choice of routes - via Paris or via Rouen tend to be the most popular, depending on where you want to visit. The same applies to those arriving in France via the channel ferries (DFDS and Brittany offer the widest range of times and vessels). There is also an overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to Santander. Perigueux is around six hours drive from there.
Planes and Trains
Until March 2020 the Dordogne region was fairly well serviced by provincial airports and regional railway lines as well as links to the high speed TGV network. We are confident these links will open again once our respective governments learn how to control the Covid19 virus and curb the pandemic. Ryanair, Easyjet and British Airways have offered flights from the UK, historically, to Bordeaux, Bergerac, Toulouse and Brive (Vallee de la Dordogne) from departure points across the UK and Ireland. KLM and Air France also offer options from mainland Europe.
If the French leg of your journey begins in Paris there are a range of connecting flights to the airports mentioned above and also some options to travel onwards by train. The high-speed TGV drops you in Bordeaux in an impressive two hours (you could stop off in Saint Emilion for lunch..) or Brive La Gaillarde in around four hours or so.
The Voila Villas team have tried all of the above so please do get in touch if you would like to explore your options, we'll be happy to offer our advice from personal experience. We would heartily recommend having access to a car in order to make the most of your Dordogne experience, there are good hire car options at all airports and train stations.
There is no designated parking space but on-street parking is free and close-by.