La Maison de Pan de Bois

A restored 15th century three-storey townhouse, formerly the home of a wealthy medieval merchant, in the riverside village of Carennac on the banks of the Dordogne.

Penelope Stenning
+33 5 65 27 12 45

About the Holiday Home

La Maison de Pan de Bois was built towards the end of the 15th century, and was once one of the main shops in the ancient village of Carennac, as shown by its large arched window on the ground floor. Today, it is a finely restored three-storey townhouse with exposed stone walls, high ceilings and wooden beams, surrounded by other medieval properties.

The house is thoughtfully furnished and decorated with antiques and paintings, giving it a good balance of elegance and relaxation. Three bedrooms – two doubles and a single – mean that the house can sleep up to five, but it is ideal for a couple, or two couples.

The walled terrace
The walled terrace

The house is located in the heart of the village of Carennac, and is less than 200 metres from the Dordogne river. Officially, the house is one of the dozen most significant houses in Carennac, and is noted for its rare corbelled middle floor, which projects out over the street. Beside the house is a private walled terrace with a barbecue, which is a perfect place to dine outdoors, with a shaded wooden dining table and seating for six. As a new service for guests, chefs who once ran a renowned English restaurant can visit to cook and serve a meal for up to eight to the highest standard.

Arched stone-framed doors lead into a large kitchen-dining area which occupies the whole ground floor. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with all new appliances, including a cooker, a fridge/freezer, a microwave and a dishwasher, with a washing machine in the utility room. Everything is provided that visitors might need. The wood-panelled dining area can easily seat six or more and stays cool through hot summer days.

The double bedroom on the top floor
The double bedroom on the top floor

Stairs lead upstairs to the living room on the middle floor, where a sofa and armchairs surround the original fireplace. Wood is supplied, and a fan system warms the upstairs bedrooms, keeping the house very cosy in the cooler months. Medieval stone seats are built into the nook of the casement window, overlooking the street outside. Modern features include a combined TV and DVD player, and a new stereo system with CD and MP3 player. At the top of the stairs, the medieval toilet is still in place – a stone cubicle with a round hole over the gutter outside. Thankfully, it’s kept just for show! The first of the double bedrooms is also on this floor, and has a modern ensuite bathroom with a shower, basin, and toilet. An external stone staircase also leads up to this floor from outside the house.

From the living room, open wooden steps go to the top floor, where there are two more bedrooms under the eaves. One has a double bed, and the other has a single bed. These bedrooms share a new bathroom with a bath, basin and toilet. The owners live only 20 minutes away and offer services such as leaving breakfast prepared for the first day, or bringing in basic supplies to await guests.

Location

Region
Midi-Pyrénées
Village
Carennac
Setting
Village
Nearest large town
Martel
Other towns nearby
Brive-la-Gaillarde
Rocamadour
Sarlat
bretenoux
Département
Lot (46)
Rental information

La Maison de Pan de Bois

Accommodates
6 guests
Bedrooms
Three bedrooms: two, each with a double bed, and one with a single bed. A cot can be provided and will easily fit into the single room with the bed or there is room for two beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in Pounds sterling. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
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January 1, 2015 until January 3, 2015 £ 900
January 3, 2015 until July 4, 2015 £ 665
July 4, 2015 until August 29, 2015 £ 800
August 29, 2015 until December 19, 2016 £ 550
December 19, 2016 until December 31, 2016 £ 900

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Rental Conditions

A 30 % deposit is required to secure a rental, with the balance required two months before arrival. A refundable security deposit of €300 is required with the final payment. Rental period is from Sunday to Sunday, from 4pm to 10 am. Linen and towels are provided free of charge. A cot and high chair can be provided for young children. Rates include electricity (in summer) and water. Electric heating is paid for by Kw/h, but gas and firewood are provided free. A pre-paid card is provided for the phone. Payments by Paypal, bankers cheque, draft or transfer are accepted in both sterling and euros. Changeover day is Saturday.

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Contact

Penelope Stenning at La Maison de Pan de Bois.

About the Area

The village of Carennac
The village of Carennac

Carennac is an excellent place for a holiday: the village is officially classified as one of the most beautiful in France, and it has earned its designation. Dating back to Roman times, the streets are wide enough for a horse and cart, and its tightly packed houses offer an endless variation on medieval architecture ranging from typical to the unique and extraordinary. Carennac’s château rises high above the Dordogne, and the priory features some magnificent 12th century stone carvings. Annual summer exhibitions attract some of the region's finest sculptors and artists, while the village itself is an inspiration to many amateur artists.

The Dordogne river
The Dordogne river

The region is renowned for its distinctive rich food, from foie gras to cassoulet. Carennac is amply served by restaurants and bars, from excellent formal dining at the Hotel Fenelon to the relaxed feel of the Bodega, a Columbian tapis bar, or the crêperie and bar next door. The 200-metre stroll from the house to the Dordogne river passes both, as well as the medieval boulangerie where the bread is still baked as it was in the middle ages. A village shop supplies all the essentials, and the market every Tuesday evening features the excellent regional produce.

About the Region

The medieval town of Rocamadour
The medieval town of Rocamadour

Carennac is within easy reach of some of the major attractions of the Dordogne valley, such as the medieval pilgrimage town of Rocamadour, where penitents including Henry II have climbed the hundreds of steps to the summit on their knees. The magnificently preserved medieval town of Sarlat is around an hour to the west, while the smaller medieval town of Martel is closer at hand. Also well worth a visit are the town of Curement and Collonges-la-Rouge, where all the buildings are constructed of red stone. The high hilltop village of Turenne dominates the countryside for miles around, and the village’s medieval lords once ruled the region. The Souillac/Brive airport is now open at Cressensac, only a 30 minutesdrive away.

The fortified mill at Counaget on the Dordogne
The fortified mill at Counaget on the Dordogne

The area abounds in ancient history, with the world famous cave paintings at Lascaux and the huge cavern at Padirac where tourist boats cross the underground lakes. The Hundred Years War also left its mark on the region, and the fortresses at Castelnaud and Beynac offer exhibitions of their past. Among the outdoor activities, canoes are available to hire at many points on the river, and for cyclists willing to take on some steep climbs, the roads are a treat. Marked walking trails wind throughout the region. There is an excellent water park just a few kilometres from the house; the Dordogne itself is also safe for a swim, and a large lake nearby offers sailing and rowing. The region is famous for its weekly markets and summer fêtes, so there is always something going on in the surrounding towns and villages.

Photo Album

The living area
The living area
The kitchen - dining area
The kitchen - dining area
The kitchen-dining area
The kitchen-dining area
The terrace
The terrace
The double bedroom on the middle floor
The double bedroom on the middle floor
The single bedroom
The single bedroom
The middle floor bathroom
The middle floor bathroom
The hilltop village of Turenne
The hilltop village of Turenne
The exterior of the house
The exterior of the house
The medieval abbey in Carennac
The medieval abbey in Carennac
The 16th century Tour d'escalier in Carennac
The 16th century Tour d'escalier in Carennac
Collonges-la-Rouge
Collonges-la-Rouge

Guest Opinions

“We have had a wonderful week in this delightful quaint house in a stunning village. On all our travels we have not come across a place as pretty as Carrenac. ”
K.L. - Cheshire, UK

“Christmas week; Can’t think of a better way to spend a cold winters evening than relaxing by a roaring log fire enjoying a glass or two of the local wine. Carennac is an amazing village and a delight to explore.”
Susan and Bill B. - Coventry, UK

“We feel fortunate to have come across your home on the gite website. We had the opportunity to explore a different region in France and always felt comfortable when returning to your home at the end of the day.”
Guy H. - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“This wonderful trip has been a succession of fabulous meals interrupted by sight seeing not to believed. Almost every where you go, there is something new, different, and interesting to see. Carennac appears to be the ultimate base camp for exploring the southern part of France. ”
Mary Ann S. - Maryland, USA

“We had a delightful week in your comfortable house. We felt right at home as soon as we arrived. We fell in love with the area and would someday like to return for a more permanent stay. ”
Steven H. - Naples, Italy

“Congratulations on a beautiful restoration. We loved the intrigue of this medieval place and the beauty of the area. We can recommend canoeing from Roque Gageac (no effort and the best view of the chateaux), the musée prehistoire at Les Eyzies, Sarlat and the butcher of Bretenoux! Many thanks for your hospitality and warm welcome.”
Lesley S. - Lynton, Australia

“Thank you for this lovely spot - surely the prettiest in the region. We loved every minute, for things like the winding road under the cliffs at Gluges, the hike along the river to Mezels, the crepes at the corner cafe here in Carennac and the pain anciene just up the street. We cant wait to come back. ”
Penny J. - San Francisco, California, USA

“What a wonderful two weeks in Carennac. We adored the medieval townhouse - three levels of luxury. You have thought of all the things which make a stay so comfortable and easy. The interior design is superb - very French and true to the history of the home but with all the modern conveniences which we have come to expect!”
Fiona M. - Australia