Boutique Style Bed & breakfast
Les Cordeliers de Sarlat is an award-winning luxury boutique style bed and breakfast. Located in the historical center of enchanting Sarlat la-Caneda, this 1870s carved stone mansion is an upscale destination for a luxurious, comfortable, and tranquil stay with a warm personal touch.
Your host, a professor and avid cyclist, shares his passion for travelling and exploring and takes great pleasure in making sure you get the most out of your time in the Dordogne region. A superb breakfast with local produce, served in our cosy and elegant dining room, will have you out of bed and looking forward to the day.
Les Cordeliers is ideally situated to enjoy everything Sarlat has to offer, starting with the gourmet farmer’s markets, just steps away every Wednesday morning and all day Saturday.
You will savor the mornings at Les Cordeliers de Sarlat as you contemplate your day’s activities and getting to know the brilliant architecture, history, and landscape of Sarlat and its surroundings. And after a full day of sightseeing, why not take in a relaxing massage at the well-being center across the street that will set you up for an evening at one of the many fine restaurants.
Whether you are here to appreciate the renowned historical monuments, the Truffle Festival, Theatre Festival, Film Festival, Christmas Market, Walnut Festival, cycling the Dordogne Valley, or canoeing The Dordogne River, you will find great comfort and relaxation at Les Cordeliers de Sarlat.
Almost everything in the property is original, including the many marble fireplaces, the hardwood floors, the 12-foot ceilings, the louvered shutters, as well as the doors.
Les Cordeliers offers large guest rooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, all of which feel very open, airy, and sunny. In addition to the dining room, there is a small galley kitchen on the first floor for the guests to share and is stocked daily with cold drinks, hot tea and expresso, and snacks.
The view from most rooms is of the elegant Place de la Petite Rigaudie gardens.
Les Cordeliers de Sarlat moment of fame came in 2009, with world famous travel writer Rick Steve’s visit. His review caught the attention of many global travellers:
“Les Cordeliers offers four-star comfort at two-star prices. Most of the seven cushy rooms are cavernous; all are air-conditioned and beautifully furnished, and a small kitchen is at your disposal with serve-yourself snacks and drinks. Best of all, the price is unbeatable.”
Les Cordeliers de Sarlat is a classic 1870 ‘Maison de Maitre’ house and showcases one-meter thick walls of golden ochre stone.
Translated as ‘master’s house’, the maison de maître is an elegant bourgeois mansion that served as the home of a squire (or minor landowner). Its symmetrical facade with central front door, tall sash-style windows, shutters, and gently pitched roof supporting chimneys make it instantly recognisable. Behind the stately facade, this maison de maître features evenly proportioned interiors with high ceilings. There are three main rooms on each floor, the ground-floor reception room opening off a central entrance hall where the original gentleman owner would receive and entertain visitors.
The house extends approximately 5,000 square feet over the ground floor plus two upper floors with seven suites, each with a large en-suite bathroom.
Brits Chris & Amanda Johnson bought the house and created the three large bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor. The third floor, an old attic, was turned into four more bedrooms and bathrooms. They created a private, rooftop terrace that opens from one of the top-floor bedrooms. Although many refurbishments have since been completed, we have retained the spaciousness each room offers and prioritize tranquility and minimal clutter.
All the bedrooms are large and considered suites. They created a thriving B & B business in a house they loved and we are proud to continue their tradition.
Les Cordeliers de Sarlat has been consistently awarded the winner of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice and Booking.com’s Traveller Review Award for many years.
On a brief weekend trip to Sarlat la-Caneda, Jeffrey Klein fell in love with the town. He had been planning to leave his workplace and homes in Paris and London for a vibrant community with easy access to cycling, hiking, and skiing as well as music, art, film, and photography. Sarlat la-Caneda has it all.
He searched the town for a new home, admiring the stunning architecture as he explored and walked into Les Cordeliers de Sarlat, and immediately thought it would make the perfect home for work and pleasure.
Adopting a B & B was the perfect life choice. Jeff enjoys helping and being of service to people, and has a great deal of experience leading teams.
Having studied in Paris, Oxford, and the US, Jeff has cultivated an international lifestyle, outlook, and friendships.
Passionate about the human condition, he was an Associate Dean and Professor of Organizational Behavior at several universities in France, the UK, and Italy. While he still believes ‘organizational culture eats strategy for breakfast’, he is more interested in creating a breakfast that will linger in your memory. Convinced that life is for living, he found the best place to practice the art of living is in Sarlat la-Caneda and the Dordogne region, where an appreciation for village life is high, relationships are profound, art is a necessity, food is joyful, and living an active life is accessible.
Jeff endeavours to create a boutique style bed and breakfast offering. Over the last several years, he has re-done all of the floors on the ground floor as well as all of the bedrooms on the first and second floors. Using natural occurring stones such as travertine and marble and natural wood with a “baton rompu” design, he has worked tirelessly to create floors that are a treat for the eye. In fact, the elegant style of baton rompu can be traced as far back as 500 BC, when it was employed by the Romans in laying roads. The French heritage of such materials and design gives it the class desired by guests. Today, he continues to refurbish the overall decoration and aesthetics to bring out the true flavor of a maison de maitre.
Breakfast is served daily from 8:30AM to 10:30AM in the Dining Room which overlooks la Petite Rigaudie gardens.
In an intimate and warm atmosphere, conversations flow with the excitement of the day ahead as plans are made.
The breakfast menu is all locally sourced and fresh. Expresso and capuccino, orange juice, natural cereals, freshly cut fruit salad and organic yoghurt, local hams and cheeses, smoked fish, and marmalades. Of course, there are also plenty of pain au chocolat, pain aux raisons, croissants, and baguettes fresh-baked from our partner boulangerie, and the local specialty.
Ready and waiting. There is nothing more comforting than knowing that from the moment you wake up, your first and most important meal of the day is ready and waiting!
Looking for a venue for a special birthday, wedding gathering or anniversary, or perhaps a getaway with special friends?
Les Cordeliers de Sarlat could be exclusively yours! Love and romance are ancient traditions here since the 11th century as troubadours piped and sang in the chateaux of Sarlat and surrounding towns.
Sleeping up to 15 adults in our luxury rooms, with a minimum of 5 nights you can book all the available rooms for a special occasion. Pricing is just 895€ per night, including breakfast.
Sarlat is a terrific choice for a memorable wedding in a town that evokes the overwhelming feeling of being in a fairy tale. Planning a wedding from far away isn’t easy but Les Cordeliers is there to accommodate a small, intimate wedding gathering.
Destination weddings usually have a special atmosphere and because everyone travels from far away, there is an abundance of energy and enthusiasm for visiting the region.
In addition to staying at Les Cordeliers de Sarlat, we can tailor design a wedding gown and even write an original score for special wedding music to make your wedding a truly magical day. We have two internationally renowned artists that will work with you to fully design and create the wedding gown or music for an unforgettable experience! Please contact us for further information.
If you are interested to have us organize your wedding or special gathering, please contact us for further information. We can arrange for the florist, photographer, videographer, musicians, restaurants, wedding cake, decorations, and officiants.
While staying in Sarlat for the week, there are a myriad of things to do. The Dordogne region features no less than nine Michelin-starred restaurants and 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!