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OVERLOOKING THE BANKS OF THE DORDOGNE RIVER and Calypso Island, the village of Carennac is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in all of France. Carennac dates back to the eleventh century (1050AD) built by Benedictine monks, their priory’s coffers grew rich from pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela.

The real magic of the village is how you can feel yourself literally propelled back in-time to the Middle Ages … wandering through the tiny streets with leaning houses and overhanging wooden balconies it’s easy to imagine you’re back in 16th century France.

Carennac is best known for its typical Quercy architecture and the richly carved 12th century tympanum of its Romanesque priory-church, Saint-Pierre. The cloisters, which were rebuilt in the 1400’s after the Hundred Years’ War, are also wonderful to explore — as is the rest of the village.

With the exception of the months July/ August it’s not impossible to have our village completely to yourself. The reason? A majority of our homeowners either live in major metropolitan areas of France or internationally leaving the village virtually deserted outside of major holiday periods.

 

This is place is a photographers’ dream… great pictures are a snap and if paddling the Dordogne a stop here is a must!

Merci et à bientôt! Jack

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July 24, 2012 - Posted by Jack Tobin

Located in the very heart of the Dordogne River Valley… we love Le Sud! When it comes to renting self-catered accommodation this is certainly worth consideration; Colette & Harvey Jacobsen are outstanding hosts and their property is centrally located, adjacent to the river, sits on a network of walking trails, yet is only minutes away from all required conveniences.  Did we mention it’s also extremely tranquil and beautiful?

There is still availability for summer and fall 2012 at Le Sud and the weekly rates are very reasonable. All bookings are Saturday to Saturday:

Aerial view: Le Sud

 

‘Le Jasmin’ 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4/5)

‘Le Jasmin’ cottage is at the western side of the property and has excellent views on three sides. Available weeks and rates:

 

25 August/ €1180 per week

1, 22 September/ €750 p/w

29 September/ €500 p/w

6, 13, 20, 27 October/ €500 p/w

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‘Le Romarin’ 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4/5)

‘Le Romarin’ cottage is located at the eastern end of the main barn.   It consists of a large living room with spacious kitchen area, comfortable seating and separate dining area on the ground floor together with bathroom with bath, shower, bidet, wash-hand basin and toilet.   At the rear is a tiled patio with table, chairs, parasol and barbecue. Available weeks & rates:

 

1, 8, 15 September/ €750 p/w

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‘La Lavande’ 2 Bedrooms + mezzanine (sleeps 4/6)

‘La Lavande’  cottage is situated in the middle of the main barn.   The second floor features kitchen, large dining area and comfortable living room .   This living space also has a spacious private balcony providing  a beautiful view of the Dordogne Valley.   Two bedrooms (one with double bed and one with two single beds), a bathroom and separate toilet are located on the ground floor and a further mezzanine bedroom with its own toilet and wash-hand basin is situated above the living area.   At the rear of the cottage is a private terrace with a further table, chairs, parasol and barbecue. Available weeks & rates:

 

1, 8, 15 September/ €850 p/w

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‘La Petite Grange’ 2 bedrooms (sleeps 4)

This detached barn, ‘La Petite Grange’, stands to the south of the courtyard, separate from the other houses, and its secluded patio and private garden with table, chairs, parasol and barbecue enjoy a lovely view over the gardens. Available weeks & rates:

 

25 August/ €1080 per week

1, 8, 15 & 22 September/ €650 p/w

29 September/ €460 p/w

6, 13, 20, 27 October/ €460 p/w

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Le Sud Location:

We think Le Sud is one of the best values in the region and if you mention ‘Kayak Dordogne’ you’ll received a nice welcome wine & cheese basket upon arrival… that’s my tip of the week. Book it!

Please click above to email or call us directly at USA(760) 268-9601 for further details and reservations availability.

Merci et à bientôt! Jack

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July 8, 2012 - Posted by Jack Tobin

A 20 MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE DORDOGNE RIVER AT CARENNAC takes you to the nearly vertical village of Rocamadour which has been visited by pilgrims since the 9th century who were traveling to Santiago de Compostela. In 1166 when the perfectly preserved remains of St. Amadour were discovered just in front of its little Chapelle Notre-Dame, Rocamadour became one of the most important centers for religious pilgrimage in all of Europe. It is said, ‘St. Amadour’ was actually Zacchaeus, a tax collector in Jericho at the time of Christ, who was advised by the Virgin Mary to come to this location in France to live out his remaining years as a hermit.

Rocamadour, Zacchaeus and the Chapelle Notre-Dame

Toward the end of the 12 century, Henri Courtmantel, aka: “Young King Henry”, son of King Henry II of England & Eleanor of Aquitaine, plundered Rocamadour and stole its most prized relics including; Rowland’s famous sword, Durandal and a small statue known as the ‘Black Virgin’ . Ultimately, under pressure from King Henry II, he returned these relics to Rocamadour and they can be seen there today.

Henri Courtmantel, crowned King Henry III of England during his father Henry II Plantagenet’s lifetime, died in the nearby village of Martel during the year of 1183 full of remorse for his big heist. His brother, Richard the Lionheart, became next in line to the throne.


Over the centuries thousands have crawled up the 216 stone steps of Rocamadour’s Grand Escalier on their knees to seek forgiveness & cures or even more harshly… as penance for petty crimes committed.

On Right: Steve, Bobbi & Martine seek forgiveness of sins!

 

Regional  map/ carte- region:

Rocamadour is the second most visited destination in France, outside of Paris, and a ‘must-do’ on any itinerary into the Dordogne River Valley!

à bientôt! Jack
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July 5, 2012 - Posted by Jack Tobin