Stone Barn in St. Julien de Lampon, Nr. Sarlat / Souillac, Dordogne, France - Walk Down The Hill To The Dordogne River!
Imagine the gently sloping rim of a shallow tea cup saucer. This 1830s renovated stone barn, an 8 minute walk to the Dordogne River, sits on the edge of that rim, oriented south/southwest, a large entry courtyard, overlooking a hidden garden, with views over its own little valley. Along the south side of the entire length of the building (72 feet), French doors and large windows flood the rooms with light throughout the day. The intimate valley, over 13 rolling acres, looks across to an abandoned farm, where sheep still graze daily. Silence, sunlight, and incredible starry nights are pretty much your only neighbors. Not a typical renovation (which often chops up the rhythm of a space to maximize the number of bedrooms), this property was designed with great care and planning to preserve its architectural authenticity, integrity and flow. The high ceiling (25+ ft) timber framed spaces naturally dictate how the room arrangements flow. Especially gorgeous during the off seasons. Heaven!
Top Traveller Review
Peaceful and lovely renovation
About the Owner
I am a very active Francophile, designer, photographer and a teacher. I try to spend as much time as possible in France, in my beloved stone barn. I renovated the barn from scratch. Dirt floors, stone walls! It was a great learning experience It firmly 'cemented' the area in my heart. I love the barn. It is my spiritual home. It is filled with light and is very calming. Nothing makes me happier than to spend time there. Everyone who enters comments on the calming quality of the place; this without any prompting from me. You can walk to the Dordogne or bike along its shores directly from the house. Two towns are within minutes to supply you with everything you need, including two weekly markets. The area close to the barn abounds in things to explore and discover. Sunsets! Come and see!
Guestbook comments from the owner
That I had been a poet, artist or musician, your home would have inspired me to leave you more than this humble note. We loved your home!
We loved the region. We will return ! Experiencing a true spring has been magnificent. All my senses have come alive
Merci for sharing your house. We have had two perfect weeks
With great appreciation and thanks.
You have exquisite taste, Leslee, perhaps summed up as 'understated elegance'.
Leaving your place was, with a feeling of having had a rare priviledge of staying in a great private and secluded mansion in the most beautiful French countryside. The house exceeded all our expectations - even if your homepage is really good. We do wish to come back some time.
BM, Trondheim Norway
4.5 based on 4 holidaymaker reviews
Peaceful and lovely renovation
Upon arrival we found the property to be spotlessly clean, comfortable and very attractive. The barn was the perfect place to explore the region - castles, gardens, markets, caves, 13th century mill built by monks...and at the end of each day a glass of wine as we discussed our outings. One week was not enough; next time we plan to spend more time "at home", walking, lounging and enjoying the serene beauty of this amazing place.
A magical place to stay, beautifully designed.
Staying in this beautiful Barn was a dream come true, I have always loved the concept of a barn conversion and to experience this well designed artistically executed property was a delight. The place was immaculate and super clean on arrival, every detail had been catered for. We stayed for a week in January and enjoyed cosy evenings around a roaring log fire. The owner is so helpful down to the last degree when organising the holiday and her staff could not have been more pleasant. This area of the Dordoigne is a firm favourite with my family, we have been visiting for the past twenty five years. Staying in the Barn just exceeded all our expectations and gave us a new level of enjoyment. Thank you.
Perfection from every aspect
There is always a special pleasure for those who travel frequently, when we find that everything we hoped we would find is as described yet well beyond our expectations. The Barn is one such place! Immaculate spacious facilities with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. Despite the excellent photographs and descriptions of the barn what can't be described is the deep satisfaction the ambience and design of this place provides your soul. So rare in this age to step back into that warm feeling of waking up in the morning as a child on a summer day new fresh and happy. Spectacular in the most simple fashion.
Originell ausgebaute Scheuer in traumhafter Umgebung
In leicht erhöhter Lage über der Dordogne liegt die ehemalige Scheuer, die als Ferienhaus umgebaut ist. in der Nähe sind 3 Ferienhäuser, Die Umgebung ist sehr ruhig, rundum Natur. Das Haus ist originell umgebaut und liebevoll ausgestattet mir ländlichen Antiquitäten. Nur ein Schlafzimmer ist mir einer Türe abgetrennt, das zweite Schlafzimmer ist galeriartig und der Zugang zum Wohnbereich durch einen Vorhang abgetrennt.
Die Platzverhältnisse sind grosszügig, es hat einen grossen offenen Kamin. Die Küche ist gut ausgestattet mit grossen Kühlschrank/Gefrierabteil, Spülmaschine, Mikrowelle etc. Sehr einfach ist das Gebrauchsmobiliar (Betten, Stühle in der Küche, Geschirr) Plastik Stühle als Gartenmobiliar, wackliger Tisch. Liegestühle sind zusammengeklappt und in einem Abstellraum so verkeilt, dass sie nur schwer brauchbar sind.
Insgesamt ist die Ausstattung liebevoll, originell aber eher einfach. Störend ist die häusliche Geräuschkulisse, zumindest wahrscheinlich im Sommer, das offene Dachgebälk knackt lautstark vor allem nachts und ist vom Hausbock befallen, was ebenfalls andauernd schabende Frassgeräusche verursacht, dies ist zumindest gewöhnungsbedürftig. Das Haus war sauber. Mit der Hausreinigung in Ferienmitte hat es nicht geklappt. Die Vermieterin lebt weit weg, war sehr bemüht uns mit Informationen und guten Hinweisen zu versorgen, der Kontakt per Mail war sehr sympathisch. Wir hatten sehr schöne Sommerferien und denken gerne daran zurück, aber ich finde das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis stimmt nicht.
From the Owner
“I had visited the region regularly since 1983 and was completely taken with it. The pure simplicity and natural beauty spoke to me. I have friends in the region who have been there for over 40 years, so I was immediately immersed in vrai France, one filled with the everyday lifestyle of the French. This had a big influence on me and continues to this day. I love the area because I love being outdoors. I spend most of my free time hiking with friends and punctuating the hikes with either great picnics or terrific well deserved lunches out. There is so much to see! The biking is also stellar and not too difficult. The area appears remote and has many remote qualities but has every amenity one could hope for. The markets continue to thrill me, and I never miss a visit to one.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
We also run specialized vacation packages - contact us for details. New programs coming shortly. Contact us if you want a customized week or 5 day package.
Airports include, Brive La Gaillarde, Limoges, Bergerac, Rodez all within 25-70 minutes of the house. Toulouse and Bordeaux are also options, within 1.5-2 hours from the house.You can take the TGV from CDG Airport to Bordeaux.From there, rent a car and over, tasting wines en route Brive has flights from London City and Manchester. Accessible by Ryan Air, Flybe, and Virgin with special low cost fares all the time. Car rental available in Souillac at Renault or in Brive by the train station.
St. Julien de Lampon,7 minutes by car:Thursday market, a bakery, butcher, pharmacy, post office. bank and small grocery store. Souillac, more variety of grocery stores, bakeries, as well as a great Friday market,Souillac can supply you with anything you need. It is 12 minutes away. Sarlat, Martel, Gourdon all 20-25 mins. away
There are other larger (Souillac size) towns in the surrounding areas, each with its own market, restaurants, etc. They include Martel, Sarlat, Gourdon Brive la Gaillard
Two towns are within easy reach by car or by bicycle. Both are stellar rides, along the river either by car or bicycle. In fact, in the fall, one can often encounter the Butterfield and Robinson or Back Roads cyclists enjoying the view.
There are amazing things to do and see in the area, known as the Perigord Noir. Please ask us for website links for special interest holidays and a listing of books and sites of interest. We also have a website (recently featured in the New York Times) which gives an armchair photo tour of the area.
Hiking, biking, canoeing, antiquing, markets, cooking, horseback riding, golf, not to mention visiting historic sites, gorgeous gardens, and wonderful restaurants, all await and are there for the asking. The beautiful Dordogne countryside beckons.
Please visit our website link at the bottom of this page for further information.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£296|
The house is priced by the number of people..Please contact owner for the pricing for larger groups. To
The prices listed here is for 6/4/2
Please book early for the upcoming 2014 season. The house is very
popular, with return clients. The house has been fully rented every season.
One can book via pay pal, with a small exchange rate sur charge, with a credit card, or with a bank draft cashier's check in Euros. See owner's site below or contact the owner directly for mailing address.
Saturday arrival at 4:30. Saturday departure at 10:00. Other times may be arranged with owner as needed, depending on bookings before and afterwards.
Notes on prices:
The pricing of the house is based on the number of people.
Please visit the house website for the complete breakdown of pricing.
Please contact owner for pricing. Pricing listed here is for 6, 4/5 or 2 people.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Serenity and Respite! Hiking, biking, canoeing, markets, gardens,history, vide greniers, cooking, outings with friends, Met HD opera 20 minutes away in Sarlat! All modern conveniences within 10 minutes of the house, yet the house is a world away. The house is designed in a very open plan so that there is lots of light and privacy yet open space through out. There are fabulous gardens and incredible towns and villages to visit, all easily accessed from the house. And when one returns in the early evening, nothing satisfies like a glass of cold rose, while sitting on the terrace enjoying the private view of the hidden valley.”
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- live theatre
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water tubing
- 160 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- En-suite East bedroom with large bathtub/shower combination. En-suite West bedroom with walk-in shower with skylight view of the valley. Separate guest WC on ground level near TV area
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) + pull out couches in tv rm Notes on bedrooms: East bedroom with double bed. West bedroom with 2 single beds. Single beds can be made up into a king double bed. Roll- away best for available for 5th person. Sleep well under the A frames of an 1830's barn. Total peace and quiet. Complete privacy.
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Tennis ...
- 6 bicycles
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Internet works thru phones and ipads, etc. The bedrooms are very private at opposite ends of the house, one at the East end, and one at the West end. Therefore couples or individuals traveling together can have plenty of solo time in the two spacious bedrooms. The house is light filled all day long, spacious, quiet and open. Plenty of wood available for roaring fires, come sun down. With 4 plus hectares above the Dordogne River valley, the house affords lots of breathing room and privacy on all sides. Outside: The property is surrounded by open countryside and breathtaking views of fields and woods. There are fruit trees on the property, with bounty, just ripe for the taking and marked French randonee (walking) trails just outside the door. There is a stone terrace off the kitchen and a hidden garden, perfect for lounging on hot summer afternoons. There are other shady areas for relaxing outside as well. Follow the sun or shade as is your whim. Sit in the front garden, the terrace or the hidden garden in perfect silent contentment. You can walk down the hill to the Dordogne River and from there, bicycle in either direction for lovely views, or head over to the river to walk along the chemins des services, especially lovely in the early evening, before or after dinner. Enjoy complete privacy, yet with amenities nearby. Utility Room: French and English Satellite TV, DVD player, stereo with cassette and CD combination and radio, barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linens are included. Maid service during visit can be arranged. Personal concierge service can be arranged. Other: Floor to ceiling wood burning fireplace in main lounge. Small private sitting area for TV viewing, large cook's kitchen with ample preparation space, stone terrace facing west off kitchen, French doors and light through out the house. Very quiet/private