"Very small but has everything you need." Cénac-et-Saint-Julien by Beausoleil

Cénac-et-Saint-Julien Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 8 photos

Rent a Gite in Cenac-et-Saint-Julien

We decided to explore the Dordogne region of France. We'd driven through it several times and were captured by the wild beauty of the region so this was the year. We researched Gites de France, Holiday-Rentals.com and VRBO (vacation rental by owner) and came up with a truly lovely little house. We found the beautiful place pictured above. If you're interested, you can contact them at info@ourfrenchvacation.com and be sure to mention the house in Cenac. (This is their American friend and she speaks English.)

The owner is the wife and mother of two butchers in Cenac and is thoroughly charming although she does not speak English. Her daughter-in-law and granddaughter both speak excellent English.

The web site indicates you may want to drive to Sarlat for shopping but we found everything we needed right in Cenac. They have two butcher shops, 3 boulangeries, a local wine-produce market, pharmacie, wifi Internet cafe, several bars, a post office and even a small supermarket at the edge of town.

Update: 2011
We just returned from our second trip staying in this charming gite. We took our adult daughter with us this time and she now loves it as much as we do. The gite is beautiful; the area is fascinating and the owners friendly and helpful. We will return again as soon as we can.

Small town but very friendly

Here is a photo of the front of M. Guinot's butcher shop and deli. Highly recommended. He supplies some of the best restaurants in the area but the shop is small and friendly.

The entire town is small and friendly. There is ample parking in the lot by the Maire and you can easily walk to all shopping except the supermarket at the edge of town.

A rather grand church for a tiny town

Eglise Ste. Marie in Cenac (or rather on the edge of town) is a very grand church for such a small village. It's history includes being associated with the very powerful Abbey at Cluny and that explains its size. The carvings inside are magnificent and not to be missed.

There is parking on the side road just past the church and it's a great place for a walk in the countryside if you enjoy that sort of thing.

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  • Pros:A small friendly village with all you need
  • In a nutshell:Great base for exploring a magnificent area of France.
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  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    What a fantastic region!! I remember an old advertising about cheese with "the good milk of Perigord" and a little boy carrying milk bottles. It looks exactly like in that ad :-) Time to consider this part of France for vacation :-)
    Oh, and your gite sounds amazing! To come and stay forever :-)

  • giampiero6's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Now that's some local magic!

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