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Sarlat, capital of the Périgord Noir. A thousand years of existence, dozens of listed or registered monuments, and renowned for its gastronomy all over the world - in just a few words, you have everything you need to know. The name has captured so many imaginations that it is easy to feel as though you know the city without ever having seen it. Nothing, however, can replace the wonder it inspires as you walk through the winding streets and arched passages. The former Hôtel de Leydis alone tells the story of this place that was blessed by the gods. Behind the medieval facade, which harmonises so perfectly with everything that surrounds it, visitors will have plenty of time in the comfort of their suites to meditate on the beauty that man has been able to build and preserve here.
We already knew that the Dordogne was one of the most beautiful and interesting regions in France. Sarlat, in particular, is the epicenter of all the important sites in the surrounding area: ornate Paleolithic caves such as Lascaux, pretty villages perched on the river such as Rocamadour, the endless famous chateaus and gardens, and the duck and goose foie gras farms.
The guesthouse's most important feature is the southern facade, where a medieval-style cantilevered wrought iron balcony is testament to the the original construction's defensive allure. Other features also take us back to the Middle Ages such as two carved gargoyles that watch over a niche with a statue of the Virgin Mary, and the traces of Gothic arches inside and out.
The Sarladaises Suites occupy the former Hôtel de Leydis, an impressive building of medieval origin which was renovated by the Leydis family in the 17th century. The family presided over legal affairs in the Présidial, the royal court of justice. Over the years, many magistrates of this family and other judges have stayed in these beautiful rooms.
The building consists of two apartments and three studios that are open to discerning travelers as seasonal rentals. Each unit has been restored with respect for the delicate fabric of the old building, but with all modern amenities and comforts. The decor includes beautiful works of art and furniture that were specifically chosen to reinforce the original spirit of the place. Each room contains a detailed brochure, much like a museum guide. We also chose to limit the occupancy to a maximum of two people in order to preserve the atmosphere.
The Village de Hautefort invites you to explore a magnificent chateau with period furniture, French gardens and a beautiful, gently undulating countryside. Among the many prehistoric caves, Rouffignac is, in our opinion, the one that offers the most authentic experience with painted buffalo rides in the belly of the hill. The Maison Forte de Reignac is one of a kind and surrounded by a landscape of preserved cliffs overlooking the Vénère - it combines defensive and majestic architecture with the troglodyte way of life that is typical of the region. For a good meal, we always recommend farmhouse inns; our favourites are La Ferme Lacombe on the road to Les Eyzies and L'auberge de Layotte in Tursac.
910 € - 2240 € per week
260 € - 640 € per week-end
The five suites, each with a unique spirit, are spread over the three floors of the house. On the first floor, the Griffon (the former kitchen of the house with a rustic charm) is a 35m2 studio composed of a bathroom and a kitchenette with an old fireplace and a stone sink. Opposite, an 80m2 Louis XV style apartment, called La Licorne, is made up of a living room, a large bathroom, a large bedroom with two twin beds (which can be converted into a king size double bed) and a fully-equipped kitchen. On the second floor is Le Phénix, a 35m2 studio with a bathroom and kitchenette, and La Salamandre (85m2) with a bathroom and a kitchen equipped with a gastronomic plan. Two large Louis XIII wooden fireplaces command the living room and the huge bedroom. Meals can also be enjoyed on the balcony with views of the city. On the third floor is Le Caladrius, a 26m2 suite with a bathroom, a kitchenette and a view over the lauze roofs of old Sarlat. It is equipped with an iron and brass bed adorned with an old canvas canopy.