|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Stone Barn's main bedroom is on the ground floor with ensuite shower room containing a generously sized shower cabinet, basin and toilet.
The kitchen is open plan through to the TV area with dining table and chairs and mezzanine above. All the usual equipment is provided, electric stove, washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board, kettle, toaster, eating utensils etc. There is a comfortable seating area for watching the international channels on the TV.
The second bedroom is on the mezzanine with a folding privacy screen and its own ensuite shower room with basin and toilet. The door out onto the second floor terrace opens from the top of the stairs next to this bedroom. There are french doors opening from the living room onto the walled courtyard which is a shared area if the units have been rented separately.
The property in two parts, the original house and the stone former barn nestles amongst a charming cluster of honey-coloured stone houses, surrounded by walnut groves, at the end of a no through road. The two building set up is attractive to those people who wish to holiday in company with friends or family but maintain their own space.
This property would perfectly suit two families or couples, or a multi-generational family reunion, who can be together yet have independent facilities, or a couple on their own who wish to get away from it all and enjoy the space, peace and calm of this delightful place.
In high season it is expected that the property be rented as a whole unit, however, in mid and low season it is possible to rent only one of the units if that is preferred.
With a 5 minute stroll, you reach the banks of the Dordogne. This river is recognised as one of the 15 cleanest rivers in Europe. The nearest swimming beach is at Cenac-et-St-Julien.
Whether you're planning for lazy days at the house with relaxing walks to enjoy the stunning surroundings, or wish for a more active holiday, St.Julien is an excellent place in which to base yourself.
The property does require a fair level of mobility from its visitors as due to its age there are stone and wood stairs throughout the two buildings although the main bedroom of the stone barn is on the ground floor.
We prefer any family with young children stay in the main house where there is space for cot, high chair etc. and safe access to the garden.
From the living room in the main house doors open onto the pretty, enclosed garden on one side and onto the courtyard on the other. Stone Barn has doors onto the courtyard and a private terrace with table and chairs accessed from the mezzanine bedroom.
Both charcoal and gas barbecues are provided on the property and there is an open barn in the garden that can serve as an outdoor bar for night time or al fresco dining in the shade in the day time.
James Oxford the owner and your host, is an art director and conceptual artist from Los Angeles.
James and Aude purchased this barn in 2013
Your host simply couldn't resist the film set like backdrop to this charming property and on returning to LA he missed no longer having castles in his backyard. He returned to buy this place! As he has found and confidently expects you will too, his house offers the perfect base for discovering the stunning and dramatic scenery of the surrounding area with its chateau, caves, restaurants, riding stables, golf links, river trips and so on and on.
We keep very good memories of visits and meetings held during our stay in France. Our trip went very well and our passing through your house has played an important role. We spent a very pleasant week in St-Julien, we felt at home, in a comfortable house, clean and welcoming. Your welcome (good wine, bread, jams, flowers ...) has affected us as well as your messages to make sure everything went well.
Notre voyage s’est très bien passé et notre passage dans votre gîte n’y est pas étranger. Nous avons passé une très agréable semaine à St-Julien, nous nous y sentions chez nous, dans un gîte confortable, propre et accueillant. Votre accueil (bon vin, pain, confitures, fleurs ...) nous a touchés ainsi que vos messages pour vous assurer que tout se passait bien.
This was a great property. Beautiful setting in a quiet village. Would be a perfect spot for a quiet and relaxing holiday. The kitchen was great and very well appointed. There is a central courtyard shared between the 2 rental properties as well as a shared pool. The second story balcony had a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and a lovely spot for Al Fresco dinners. NIce walk to the river. Great spot!
We have just had the most wonderful holiday, staying in the lovely and characterful stone barn. We are a family of 4 (chn aged 9 & 6) and the well equipped accommodation (James really has thought of everything!) and perfect location made for a very relaxing week. The short walk down to the Dordogne river from the barn led us to what we considered to be the most beautiful stretch of the river. Lots of things to do within a short drive (Domme, Castlenaud, kayaking), our only disappointment was that we were only there for 1 week! A perfect holiday destination for families or couples. Simply stunning!
We stayed in the house after kindly being upgraded by James. It is a super property with everything you need and much more, very comfortable, with lovely personal touches, and a beautiful swimming pool in a garden setting. James is full of local information and really informative. It is approximately 500 yards from the banks of the Dordogne river .
Situated in the tiny village of St Julien, the properties are perfectly placed for exploring the beautiful villages. It is a quiet rural setting with lovely walks. It is wonderfully peaceful, meaning you can escape back to calm and tranquility after your day, yet the main sightseeing villages of the Dordogne are all within a short drive.
Cenac St Julien is a 5 minuets drive away with shops, supermarket, Boulangerie, restaurants etc. There are lots of places to enjoy outdoor activities such as Kyaking in Cenac.
We would definitely return should we be holidaying in the region again.
We really enjoyed our stay in this comfortable and nicely appointed house in the peaceful village of St Julien. The owner was on-site while we were there and he wae charming and could not have been more helpful. It was very hot when we stayed and it was wonderful to plunge into the delightful garden pool. The nearby village of Cenac supplied all our needs and all the great sites of that part of the Dordogne were within easy reach. A great location which we would recommend to our friends and would love to revisit.
Notre séjour dans le Périgord Noir avec des amis autrichiens était très agréable. La location était parfaite. C’est une maison décorée avec beaucoup de goût, et bien qu’elle soit ancienne, elle est fonctionnelle, et il y a tout ce qu’il faut pour se sentir comme chez soi. Vue les fortes chaleurs, nous avons apprécié la fraicheur d’une maison en pierre et la belle piscine toute propre, sans oublié les soirées barbecue. Merci au propriétaire pour son accueil, sa disponibilité et sa sympathie. Nous y retournerons surement, car la maison et la région nous plaisent beaucoup, et il nous reste encore des endroits à découvrir
We stayed in the Stone Barn for 7 nights. It is a beautiful conversion that manages to feel both spacious and cosy. It is very well appointed, though being in a more remote location, not surprisingly, it suffers from occasional variations in water pressure. The garden with pool and courtyard are shared with the main house but our sun terrace on the first floor was private to the Barn. The main house was occupied during our stay by two American couples. This turned out to be a very enjoyable additional dimension to our stay as we had an evening of absorbing, pleasurable conversation in their company. The village is tiny and quiet. The buildings are a wonderful rich colour of the local stone. All around are rolling fields of lush orchards, and yellow harvested fields scattered with hay rolls. It is an exquisite unspoilt setting. There are many attractive places to visit, towns such as Domme, Beynac and Sarlat. gardens such as the extraordinary Parc du Château de Marqueyssac and the serene gardens of the Manor of Eyrignac. There is also the huge array of fascinating caves around Les Eyzies. The combination of driving or walking through beautiful countryside to such places in the area and returning to the peaceful, comfortable Stone Barn gave us a blissfully wonderful week.
The Dordogne river (rated as one of the 15 cleanest in Europe and classified as a Unesco World Heritage Biosphere Reserve), offers water sports and safe for swimming river beaches along its length.
The sea coast is the Arcachon Bay, near Bordeaux, approximately 2.5 hours drive away.
A google search will bring up the names and locations of several golf courses around Saint Julien. The nearest one is La Lolivarie, a 9 hole course at Siorac on the road to Bergerac. Chateau de Vigiers, near Bergerac is an 18 hole course.
How to get there
Bordeaux airport(international flights with big carriers): 205kms
Nearest airport Bergerac(all the 'budget' airlines): 70kms
Airport at Perigueux(flights from Paris): 75kms
Train: Paris to Perigueux 4hr
Train: Bordeaux to Sarlat 2hr30m
Use of a car is essential. Car rental companies at train stations and airports.
Local shops in Cenac(4kms) for basics. Domme(5.5kms) other shops and Casino supermarket. The nearest big supermarkets are in Sarlat(15kms) where there is a Casino, Leclerc and Carrefour. There is also a big Carrefour at St. Cyprien (20kms).
The best produce market in the region is held in St. Cyprien every Sunday morning. Other markets, Domme - Thursday, Le Bugue - Tuesday, Sarlat - Wednesday and Saturday.
Credit Agricole have an outlet in Cenac otherwise banks can be found at Daglan, St.Cyprien and of course, Sarlat. The Post Offices often have ATM's and the nearest is at Beynac-et-Cazenac.