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Air conditioning necessary in July?

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Air conditioning necessary in July?

Our family of four (children 12 and 14) will be in the Lot/Dordogne area for 8 days beginning July 3. We do not have any particular health problems, but find if difficult to sleep if it is very warm at night.

I have seen some gorgeous properties, such as the Manoir de Malartrie, which do not have air conditioning. I am very tempted, but would not like to get there and find that we are all miserable due to lack of sleep.

Any advice on whether air conditioning is necessary in the Dordogne in July would be much appreciated!

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1. Re: Air conditioning necessary in July?

It really depends on the year. We've been in the Dordogne in July when temperatures have hit 41C (105.8) - which was pretty warm!! And we've been in the Dordogne in July when temperatures were only averaging at about 14C (57.2) during the day.

If there isn't air conditioning there is usually a cooling fan that can be put on at night if necessary.

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2. Re: Air conditioning necessary in July?

Agree with Bean that it depends on the year.

But it also depends on the building. This year we stayed in the Dordogne in mid July during a heatwave, but the traditional stone cottage that we rented was deliciously cool inside.

BTW: At the Manoir de Malartrie two rooms (Castelnau and Malartrie) do have air conditioning according to their website.

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3. Re: Air conditioning necessary in July?

The overwhelming majority of French people do not have air conditioning in their homes regardless of where they live in France so looking for a place with air conditioning will eliminate many properties from your search. They use traditional cooling techniques like fans, closing shutters during the day and opening windows at night when temps are cooler. Most buildings are also stone/masonry built. The French generally find air conditioning unnecessary but if you are used to having air conditioning then you may want to find a property that has air conditioning if you think you'll be unable to adapt in the event that you are here during a heat wave.

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4. Re: Air conditioning necessary in July?

As already mentioned, it depends on the year. It can be insufferably hot in the Dordogne in July...or not. Most dwellings, like my own, have incredibly thick stone walls that keep them cool even in high temperatures. I have no AC, but with fans and making sure to close the shutters during the day am perfectly comfortable sleeping there in mid-summer. If you're very sensitive to such things, though, and need AC, your choice of accommodation will be somewhat limited. But that will be true anywhere in France. AC in homes is not the norm in rural areas anywhere.

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5. Re: Air conditioning necessary in July?

Thank you to all for the helpful replies! I think we will do without at least part of the time. It looks like the evening temps tend to be cool.

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