Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 4880: Owner, Residence Reygate
5bed/2.5bath house in Sarlat, Aquitaine
10/17/2010 - 10/31/2010, Two Weeks
This home was located on the very edge of the medieval city of Sarlat. It was a great location, walking distance from everything you'd need -- the boulangerie/patisserie was only a couple of blocks away, there was a mini supermarket a short walk (through the old city), movie theater, market twice a week, umpteen restaurants.
One wall of the townhouse is part of the original city ramparts. It's been modernized, and is in excellent shape. The house was very quiet, though perhaps it would be noisier if we had been there in high season. This is the only property owned by the Reygates, who live in Australia most of the year. You enter at the first floor, but of course must go upstairs to the bedrooms. There are three bedrooms on the second floor and two on the third.
No pool, but there is a very nice sitting area. It was too cold to use when we were there, but it would be lovely in the nicer weather. It's a patio with garden plants on the sides, and visitors are welcome to use the herbs that grow there.
The house was clean and the furniture looked relatively new. The only criticism I have is that the owners opted for easy care rather than cozy. There are two back sofas (don't know if the leather is real or fake, though probably the latter.) There is something about the place that is cold. You can see that in the photos. It's not offensive, just ... cold.
The beds are all doubles, and they're fine. Nice bathrooms, too.
The kitchen is small, but functional. I don't know how comfortable it would be for a larger group, but then I'm used to my own big kitchen with blender, slow cooker, etc. We did just fine.
Problems or Bonuses
No big surprises.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner was very nice to communicate with by e-mail, but there isn't anyone on-site. If you rent here, be smarter than I. I had problems but it was my own fault for not printing out a crucial page of the owners instructions, which were very, very clear and plain. He has instructions with pictures for everything, including how to work the appliances.
We paid €550 per week, but it was the last two weeks of October. His prices have gone up, especially since the fifth bedroom was completed.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
If we had people coming with us, I'd rent here again. We had expected two other couples, but they weren't able to come. If it was just us again I'd see what else was available. We really really loved the location.
Things to do in this area
We drove to a different sight or town almost every day, due to the nature of seeing the Dordogne region. Caves, castles, scenery -- the area is loaded with history and beauty. You can't do it without a car unless you're with a tour group (which we, of course, avoid -- at least in Europe.)
The medieval city of Sarlat has so many restaurants and shops it would be next to impossible to remember all of them, and I didn't write any down. Sorry.
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