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Ideally located near the St Front Cathedral and brilliantly central for all of Perigueux, this 2-bedroom apartment has been decorated with loving care throughout : the perfect place filled with emotion to enjoy a truly prodigious stay in Castel Saint Front and to get the full taste of its French charm in authentic and peaceful surroundings. Come enjoy this ''charming place'', a restful place to stay several days and discover the Perigord !
B&B Description:Perfect place in the historic heart, a top-notch vacation rental steeped in romantic charm, elegance… Sunny terrace.
''LE CASTEL SAINT FRONT'' will enchant you with its charm and its ideal location in the heart of the beautifully preserved Medieval and Renaissance District, and the whole city within easy reach.
Yards from the Saint Front Cathedral and a range of markets, shops, cafés, restaurants..., this 14th-century handsome building looks out over a quiet little square.
Inside, a characterful staircase takes you up to a beautiful charming apartment on the second floor. Painstakingly renovated and decorated with lots of taste, it is flooded with light and immaculately furnished with period pieces.
Its spacious volume, high ceilings, oak parquet, and authentic charm give a feeling of wellbeing and comfort.
The beautiful Reception room with chintz curtains proudly displays a magnificent stone chimney. The romantic Master bedroom, light and airy in its matching Jouy walls and curtains, has an elegant chimney with its original overmantel.
After a day walking or doing some sight-seeing, the lovely, sheltered and covered south-facing terrace is perfect for relaxing, having a drink or dining.
Thick ancient stone walls ensure peace and the setting – two minutes from the twice-weekly market and the river – is stunning : the perfect place to enjoy the delights of the historic old town and the gentle lifestyle of Perigord.
An unforgettable holiday in the heart of this area known worldwide for its sites of interest and, most particularly, for its world-famous gastronomy.
Come enjoy this ''charming place'', a restful place to stay several days and discover the Perigord !
Don’t miss the most amazing : Lascaux, Sarlat, Brantôme, Domme.
A very bright and spacious apartment, equipped with all of the modern facilities :
Reception room with its magnificent stone chimney, convertible canapé, flatscreen TV, DVD player (English DVDs), Dining room with a bookcase (multilingual books and tourist guides), the sleek well-fitted kitchen comes with generous basics (which houses an induction cooktop, pyrolyse oven, microwave oven, dishwasher and a fridge-freezer), the romantic Master bedroom in style ''Toile de Jouy'' (the comfortable bed can be one king size -180 cm- or two singles. NEW bedding) with the elegant Louis XVI marble chimney and its original overmantel, a second bedroom, the full bathroom is perfectly functional : gleaming bath, shower 90 x 90 cm with a ''rain'' showerhead and washing machine, separate WC with handbasin.
There are independent A/C units in each room.
165 TV channels including 26 HD channels.
High levels of comfort.
Various car parks close to the apartment.
Small communal-use bike park facing the living room.
River at 300 m.
Alongside the river, the 17-km Green Route, accessible on foot, on rollerblades or by bike, which crosses Greater Perigueux from East to West, offers you space and freedom to explore and to stroll or ride, in a calm country atmosphere, never leaving the banks of the river. Very soon a whole network of rambling ways will be linked. You will also be able to discover the natural and architectural richness of Greater Perigueux. Voies Vertes are a network of ''green routes'' crisscrossing the Dordogne.
The ''green routes'' are therefore safe and ideal for use by families and those with young children.
A bike rental service is proposed 7 days a week, at a time to suit you, of any duration, with FREE delivery and collection direct to the accommodation.
The rented package include accessories, helmets, locks and a complete public liability insurance.
Different types of quality bikes for adults and children are available.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to receive further information.
With us, discover another Perigord than the one on the holiday brochures. Our passion and local knowledge will allow you an intimate, authentic and unforgettable taste of the real Perigord.
We, Marianne and Jean-Pierre, live permanently in Perigueux and will be more than happy to welcome you to ''Le Castel Saint Front''.
We provide an exceptionally high-standard of accommodation and service :
- your beds are made before arrival
- transfer from or to the Perigueux SNCF Station
- all bookings : restaurants, guided tours ...
- excellent local advice and list of recommended addresses available
We are your English speaking hosts and are on-hand to help you on any aspect of your stay with suggestions regarding :
- what to see and what to do
- best itineraries through wonderful scenery
- history of the region
- the shops, restaurants, wineries, vineyards ...
and so much more…
''Quality of life, harmony, tastes ...'' these are the terms which best define the Perigord.
First of all, as has been shown, the ''Perigord's raison d'être' is to welcome with open arms those who come here to rediscover forgotten pleasures offered by the natural and simple things in life : pure air, silence, space (especially that), the genuine beauty of the surroundings and the art of living that these pleasures encourage.
Those who value archeology, history, gastronomy, in the country of prehistoric art and troubadors, with its natural beauties, its caves, its old residences and its 1.001 castles, the Perigord and its capital Perigueux, lovingly restored, are all places that MUST be visited.
Come and wander around Perigueux classified ''Town of Art and History'' :
- Back to the magnificence of the Roman Empire with its many architectural remains and its Gallo-Roman Museum ''Vesunna'', constructed by the architect Jean Nouvel on an exceptionally well-preserved site. Its educational development allied to the beauty of its collections, together make a visit with no parallel.
- the Saint Front Cathedral sits prominently on its hill. It is an example of Byzantine architecture with its Greek cross (unique in France).
Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an important stage on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route (the Vezelay route).
This cathedral is quite a surprise. An unusual sight. It rears up, clear and white, from the very middle of the swelling sea of Medieval Perigueux roofs. A flash of brightness but which lasts. It dominates the town with its marvellous mass. What astonishes you is the lavish yet sober aspect of the Romanesque and Byzantine architecture but above all, it is the way in which the bell-tower grows ever taller as you approach just as the Compostella pilgrims in former times must have approached it, dazzled by it, captivated by it. It is lofty and white, stark and empty with naves and domes, with arches and galleries and clear stained glass to diffuse the azure brilliance onto the stainless white stone.
Inside, a magnificent 17th century reredos in the Baroque style.
- The Medieval and Renaissance district : one of the largest conservation areas in France. Its picturesque atmosphere emanates from its charming narrow streets, little squares, cobbled passages and its architecture in an incomparable state of conservation. Stroll into the ancient city, it is to wander through two thousand years of history.
In Perigueux, eating well is a virtue ! Having delighted your eyes, now is the time to delight your taste-buds. Armed with your shopping basket, you will be captivated by the colourful and animated atmosphere of our Wednesday and Saturday morning markets, where all the colours, smells and tastes of local produce, will excite all your senses.
From Mid-November to March, the prestigious award-winning markets (Marchés au Gras) are held in Place Saint Louis, where local producers can be seen selling truffles, foie gras, other duck and goose products.
Taste the richness of this exceptional territory : foie gras, duck, truffles, cep mushrooms, strawberries, walnuts, goat's cheese, Bergerac and Saint Emilion wines …
Nearest Golf : an 18 hole course (6 km).
Fancy a few rounds of golf ? The Golf, located only 5 minutes from the center of Perigueux, will welcome you to its calm and friendly atmosphere. The golf course, flat and technical, with numerous water hazards, is accessible to all levels of golfers, but requires concentration to play your handicap. In addition to the 18 holes, you will find here a high quality attractive Pitch & Putt, as well as a large driving range. The warm welcome and friendliness of the team remains the main asset of this club. After your game, the bar and the restaurant will offer you many enjoyable moments and a breath of fresh air !
Whatever the time of year, from the North to the South, from the East to the West, the countryside around Perigueux reveals the infinite richness of its natural and architectural heritage.
It is said that the Perigord countryside is among the gentlest in the world and since happiness never comes alone, the villages of the Perigord are overwhelmingly beautiful : a Romanesque church roofed in heavy stone shingles (called ''lauzes'' in french), a chateau or a very old majestic residence on which History has left scars that tell many a tale, the curve of an old bridge, houses enclosing the priest's garden where forgotten flowers flower discreetly and just there, beyond the last barn of the village, the meadows softly rise and fall to the undulating mushroom woods where the muffled fox-barks yelp in the night. At the period of the grape picking, the vines are adorned with a gleaming kaleidoscope of colours, a very subtle impression of russet ...
- Lascaux (dubbed the ''Sistine Chapel of Prehistory'') : one of Europe's finest prehistoric sights
- the Vézère valley, also known as the Valley of Mankind, is one of France's UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- the caves of Grand Roc (the site of Jean Auel's 6th book in the Earth's Children series - The Painted Caves), Villars, Gouffre of Proumeyssac …
- the Castles of Beynac, Castelnaud, Hautefort, Jumilhac, Losse, Puyguilhem … whether they are perched on the hills overlooking the Vézère and Dordogne rivers, or hidden in the forests …
- the fabulous gardens of the Manoir d'Eyrignac, the suspened gardens of Marqueyssac ...
- Sarlat, Brantôme, Monpazier (the best-preserved bastide in the Dordogne), La Roque-Gageac, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, …
- Exploring the Domme's unusually shaped bastide : the terrace at Domme is a miracle of nature refined by man. As you look upward from the valley on certain days, your first sight of Domme is enough to dazzle you for life.
Henry Miller on discovering the Perigord wrote :
''This is a magic land jealously guarded by poets ... It is a kind of Paradise granted to the French. I am convinced that that is how it was for Cro-Magnon Man and that he settled here because he was extremely intelligent, with a highly developed sense of beauty. Maybe one day France will cease to exist but the Dordogne will survive just like the dreams that nourish the human soul.''
Numerous cultural, musical and summer festivals and events, of which the famous Festival of Perigueux 'Mimos''.
This festival features mime, dance, object theatre, acrobatics, street entertainment, puppets and juggling.
The streets, squares, gardens, districts and indoor venues of Perigueux come alive with colour, shapes and rythms.
Many tourists come to Perigueux for Mimos and stay during all the festival.
They like attending the show of opening which is always spectacular.
It takes place end of July.
DirectionsACCESS : There are many easy ways to get to the ''Castel Saint Front''.
By PLANE : nearest International Airports :
• BORDEAUX-Merignac (140 km) : 1 H 30 easy drive by the highway A89.
• BERGERAC Dordogne Perigord Airport (50 km) : 40 min .
• BRIVE Vallée de la Dordogne Airport (80 km) : 50 min easy drive by the highway A89.
• LIMOGES-Bellegarde Airport (90 km) : 1 H 25.
• ROISSY CDG (Paris 500 km) : 6 H easy drive by the highways A10 and A20 .
By CAR from :
• PARIS (500 km)
• BORDEAUX (130 km) A89
• CALAIS (Hoverport) : 8 H
• LYON : 4 H 30
• TOULOUSE : 2 H 50.
Take exit 15 ''PERIGUEUX CENTRE''.
Take the ''Centre Ville'' direction and then the Saint Front Cathedral.
''Place de la CLAUTRE'' (parking of the St Front Cathedral) -
FREE PARKING : ''Place MAUVARD'' at 150 m.
By TRAIN :
Paris (4 H), Bordeaux (1 H 15), Toulouse (3 H), Lyon (5 H).
We live nearby and are available to collect you from the Perigueux SNCF Station.
All these airports and train stations have car hire companies.
We are happy to help you finalize your travel plans.
• Nearest Motorway : A 89 - Exit 15 (6 km).
• Nearest Train : Perigueux SNCF Station (1,2 km).
• Nearest Airport : BERGERAC Dordogne Perigord (50 km) 40 min.
• Sarlat : 65 km.
• Lascaux : 50 km.
• Brantôme : 30 km.
• Bergerac : 48 km.
• Saint-Emilion : 85 km.
• Rocamadour : 120 km.
Rates based on 2 guests.
MINIMUM 2 NIGHTS or 5.
Supplement : CLEANING - HEATING - Tourist tax.
Contr. Booking Deposit : 40 %.
Key pick up with owner.