La Chartreuse de Marcousin was founded in the 13th Century, but the main building is an entirely refurbished 17th century Chartreusestyle mansion, which has been granted the "Bâtiments de France" label - a distinction reserved for the finest buildings in the country. Eight guests can sleep in one house and four in the other, with room for a party of up to 12 renting both houses together.
La Chartreuse de Marcousin is located on a hill in a peaceful and picturesque 20 hectares (50 acres) estate with a 13 x 5m swimming pool. With no automobile traffic around, the only sound to be heard is birds singing.
Each house has a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with sofas and open fireplace. The houses are full of traditional features, with exposed stone walls, wooden beams in the ceilings, and chestnut or tiled flooring.
La Chartreuse de Marcousin is located in the heart of sunny Périgord in the neighbourhood of Belvès, which is classified officially as "one of the most beautiful villages in France". Grocery stores and all sorts of services are available within a ten minute drive. There are open markets almost every day in one of the surrounding villages. The region offers some of the best food in France, with plenty of romantic and famous restaurants. It is about one hour drive away from Bergerac and UNESCO Lascaux caves and two hours drive to Saint-Emilion, one of the most famous Bordeaux vineyards.
There is a golf course five minutes away, with special arrangements for our guests. Visitors can also ride horses, or paddle down the Dordogne river starting from the foot of a beautiful medieval castle (Beynac). There are many music festivals in the summer. La Chartreuse de Marcousin is close to the main attractions of the area. Sarlat, a picturesque medieval town, is 25 minutes away. You can reach some of the most famous tourist sites, such as Rocamadour, in less than two hours.
Dordogne is one of the most beautiful places in France and a perfect holiday location. It is a land of tradition, with a rich historical past, including a great legacy from the Hundred Years War in the 13th century.
The medieval heritage is everywhere, with an incredible number of castles, old villages and Romanesque churches throughout the region.
It has also been one of the world's most important areas for prehistoric archaeology. Lascaux, with its breathtaking cave paintings, is about an hour away by car.
It is a place of excellent food and wines, with romantic restaurants and colourful open markets almost every day.
“Heel de familie heeft echt genoten van een fantastisch verblijf in L’Orient. Adembenemd uitzicht, zalige stilte, autentiek huisje.”
P.B. - Antwerpen, Belgium
“A beautiful house, a welcoming and helpful host, an extraordinary view... who can ask for more? I've had a great time and am very sad to go. Thank you for making our stay memorable.”
Deb G. - Auckland, New Zealand
“This is a truly magical spot. So tranquil and beautiful. Thank you for making it so special. We hope to return.”
Sue M. - London, Uinted Kingdom
“We have had a wonderful holiday in a magical region of France. We will return many times to recharge our batteries. Thank you for looking after us so well. You have created a 'wonderful paradise'. We wish you many success.”
John and Kate S. - Cheshire, United Kingdom
“Your lovely accommodation made our first venture into the Dordogne so comfortable and enjoyable. Thank you beaucoup for your hospitality! We'd love to return some day.”
Sally R. - Denver, Colorado, USA
“It has been a wonderful home away from home and a good base from which to explore the countryside. Thank you for your warm welcome and continued help.”
Alfred and Renée F. - Lexington, Massachussetts, USA