Cantou: A Cottage to Rent in the Dordogne Valley
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
|Living space||1100 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Adventure, Historic, Romantic, Away from it all, Rural, Village|
Description from the owner
Modernized self-catering French farmhouse in the Dordogne River valley, with sunny patio in a friendly hilltop community between Dordogne and Lot. The fully equipped cottage has a complete kitchen, washer, dryer, dishwasher, linens, satellite TV, stereo, iPod/CD and DVD players. Broadband internet service is available at the community center in Gagnac-sur-CÃ¨re, or on site using the G3 network with a suitable USB attachment. Swimming, golf, tennis, hiking, biking, caves, horses, quiet. History, culture, food, wine. The Grande RandonnÃ©e national network of hiking trails runs right through town. Central heat for year-round comfort.
Cantou: A Cottage to Rent in the Dordogne Valley
Dordogne Region, Aquitaine, France
Additional Location Information
Pech La TeuliÃ¨re is a 1300-foot (400 m.) hill that was a refuge and lookout for the Resistance during the Second World Warâ€“the farmers never let the Nazi occupiers get to the top, even though they tried. "Cantou" is on a dead-end road (cul-de-sac) serving about a dozen houses, in a hamlet with as many as 65 inhabitants in high season, as few as a dozen in the winter. The national hiking trail, the Grande RandonnÃ©e, runs directly through the hamlet. At the bottom of the hill and within 5 miles are all amenities like post office, banks (ATMs), supermarkets, movie house, bookstores and other merchants in Biars-sur-CÃ¨re, Bretenoux and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. There are farmers' markets twice weekly; and special delights are the late-spring FÃªte de la fraise (strawberry festival) in Beaulieu and the late-November regional attraction, the Foire Ste. Catherine in Bretenoux.
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$129||$129||$800||$2,400||7 nights|
|All Dates||$129||$129||$800||$2,400||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Deposit - $200 - Security Deposit - Security
- Cleaning - $75 / stay - Fee - Cleaning
Additional notes from owner
Discounts for monthly or longer visits. For bookings shorter than 7 days, payment is due upon booking and is non-refundable; and those bookings may not run through a Saturday. For week and longer bookings, half the amount is due upon reserving, the balance is due 60 days before the visit. No refunds within 60 days of the visit unless I am able to rebook the dates to another guest at the same rate. Flat US$75 cleaning fee for the visit, payable 60 days in advance.
Last-minute discounts avaialable within 60 days of the target dateâ€”contact for details and rates.
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Saukville Wisconsin USA
High on a hill in the Dprdogne
Cantou is located high on a hill above the town of Gagnac and nearby to Bretenoux and Castelnau. It involves a winding road to and from the house which is a challenge when you first use it, but something we quickly got used to. The house is fully equipped and offers great views of the Dordogne Valley. Everything we needed was in the house.
It is a good location for touring and is within an hour or so of the Dordogne and Lot river valleys. We used it for a base and traveled in all directions to wonderful places. Nearby wineries got special attention.
Thomas B. DePriest
Falls Church, VA
A French fairy tale.
The cottage is tucked away in a quiet village. It is rustic dry-stone with an over sized fireplace and exposed beams. The kitchen has all modern appliances, including a new dishwasher,and a door to the yard. There are also a washing machine and a clothes dryer. The bathroom shower and toilet are modern, as is the toilet in the half-bath. The master bedroom runs across the rear of the house and has lots of space. The guest room is more compact, with two single beds, perfect for children. There is off-road parking for two vehicles. The patio outside the kitchen overlooks the river valley to the west and is perfert at sunset. The area is full of midieval villages and churches. There are caves to visit, local markets to discover, and wonderful restaurants if one does not want to cook at "home." Even the supermarket is worth a visit, or six.
Carl And Anna Till
Our favorite place to visit!
We have visited Cantou many time over the last 15 years at least, with family and with friends. We are travelers and this is our favorite spot. We love the house,the location and of course all the fresh foods that are available to cook in Richard's kitchen.
charming stay in Saint Cere area
We spent 2 weeks in La Theuliere, we had a very favorable opinion regarding comfort and amenities. The place is peacefull and not far away from old castles. We tested some restaurants and the local vineyard "Les coteau de Glanes". In summary a vivifying diving in a typical French region.
Short but oh so sweet!
Our family has known Richard Johnson for many years, and consider him a good friend, not just a vacation landlord. His rental house, "Cantou," is for those who want to experience a real-life fairy tale. If that's your cup of espresso, drink on!
[Our projected stay of two weeks was reduced to 5 days by unspeakables at Heathrow airport, but that's another story].
Cantou is rustic, not fancy, glitzy, or luxurious. It dates from about 1648, and is for you if you're seeking a wonderfully cozy, comfortable, charming abode on top of a mountain in the middle of nowhere. You are in the heart of "la France profonde."
The house itself is great for just relaxing and hanging out, as well as serving as a departure point for visiting high and low temples of gastronomy, fabulous wines (e.g. Cahors, Madiran, etc.), real-life thrilling castles from the Medieval era, the cave country (e.g. Lascaux), dating back at least 50,000 years, and beautiful, unspoit nature.
The pace of life is slow, leisurely, and most un-New Yorkish. Stress is non-existent here, but patience is a virtue, as you are somewhat isolated and it takes a while to go most anywhere (a car is indispenable).
For those who like (or imagine they would like) this sort of dwelling and its environment, Cantou is utter bliss. We've come many times, and can't wait to return.