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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6, 3 minutes Walk to Shops & Restaurants

The house is situated in the picturesque village of Beynac et Cazenac on the ancient cobbled path leading up from the riverside to the medieval castle. The house is within 3 minutes walk of all amenities and overlooks magnificent views of the Dordogne and neighbouring castles while looking directly upwards from the peaceful garden terraces at the rear reveals a remarkable view of Beynac Castle.

House Description.

The house is built into the rock face on the steep road up to the castle and is therefore on three levels. Originally, it was a cobbler’s shop, and has been renovated over the last few years, mainly internally, to reveal the beautiful yellow rock and wooden beams with the living quarters on the first floor to take full advantage of the beautiful views and to provide easy access to the rear terrace.

On entering the front door; to the left is the master bedroom with king sized bed and en suite bathroom.

To the right is a staircase to the first floor where you will find a large sitting room (30sq.m) with magnificent views of the Dordogne. There is Internet access, a TV with French TV channels, a dvd player with a selection of dvd's, a 'pirates' chest with a selection of board games and also a selection of novels in the book case. In addition there is a folder full of details of things to see and do in the region.

At the far end of the sitting room are five steps up to the kitchen/dining room with French doors leading out onto a small balcony where once again the views are spectacular. The kitchen is fully equipped and supplied with a dishwasher, gas cooker, fridge and multi-function microwave.

Leading off the kitchen is a shower room with a large glass brick walk-in shower, W.C. and wash hand basin and beyond, a further door to a utility room where the washing machine and dryer are located.

The staircase leading down from the kitchen provides access not only to a second exit door but also to bedroom 2 with a double bed.

The beautiful wooden staircase leading up from the kitchen provides access to the third bedroom which is furnished with two single beds.

From the rear of the kitchen is a door to the terraces with sun loungers, patio table and chairs, a charcoal Bar-B-Q all set off by spectacular views of the castle directly above.

There is now a new upper terrace with a stunning view of the river over the rooftop - lovely for catching the evening sun.

There is car access to the front door to unload your luggage, but be prepared to reverse 50 yards back down to the main road if necessary. Alternatively, park on the quay and use our case trolley (in the entrance hall) to bring the luggage up to the house. Car Parking is close by in Place d'Alsace Car Park. An economical weekly parking ticket can be obtained from the Mairie.

There are 6 restaurants to choose from in Beynac all within 5-10 minute walk of the house.

The village has all the the major essentials - mini-market, butcher, baker, hair stylist, chemist, ATM, Post office, Tabac, and Doctor who does speak English.

Local History

Beynac et Cazenac is a magical village of honey coloured stone houses nestled alongside the beautiful Dordogne river below the stunning cliff, from the top of which the medieval Beynac Castle keeps watch on the river below and on the countryside to the south, west and east, as it has done since the 12 century. It is no surprise that it has been listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.

The surrounding area is steeped in history including the oldest cave drawings at Lascaux Caves, and witnessed the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) between England & France. Beynac Castle changed allegiance many times and was once the home of Richard the Lionheart having scaled the cliff face to gain access to the castle(King of England 1189 to 1199). Sarlat la Caneda a beautiful nearby town, was rescued in the 1960’s from demolition and is now thriving with many restaurants, shops, outdoor markets and outdoor theatre.

The narrow cobbled street that leads up to Beynac castle (as seen in the opening scenes of the film Chocolat) was the main road following the Dordogne river from Sarlat via Bergerac to Bordeaux – most traffic was then along the river and you can still take a trip on the traditional gabarres today.

This region of France has a reputation for gastronomic delicacies such as foie Gras and truffles. The relationship between foie gras and the perigord region dates back to the 18th century, and continues to be celebrated with festivals and tasting events.

Walnuts are produce in great quantities in the region and the local walnut liqueur is well worth sampling.

Places of interest

Sarlat la Caneda (about 10km), a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey, is one of the most visited towns in France. This is largely due to the efforts of Andre Malraux, Minister of Cultural Affairs, who chose Sarlat as a trial town in 1962 for the Loi Malraux Law to protect the heritage of France's towns. Sarlat is now classified as a ville d'art et histoire and has the highest density of certified 'Historic Monuments' of any town in France. It is on the list for future nomination as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Marqueyssac Gardens (about 2km), already listed as a national historical monument, covers 22 hectares of land, with more than 6 km of shaded paths edged with 150,000 hand pruned boxwoods that are over 100 years old. It is the most visited garden in Perigord and overlooks the entire Dordogne valley providing spectacular panoramic views.

Bergerac (about 40 km) to the west on the northern bank of the Dordogne is characterised by elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. One of many highlights is the old town, with restaurants & boutique shops along quaint cobbled streets. There are 2 statues of Cyrano do Bergerac from the famous play of the same name. On both sides of the river are 13,000 hectares of vineyards producing red, white and rose wine, although not as revered as Bordeaux, they have good flavour and should not be overlooked.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac about (25km) is the home to the Musée National de Préhistoire (National Museum of Prehistory) and the area contains several important archaeological sites. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. In March 1868, the geologist Louis Lartet discovered the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, in the Cro-Magnon rock shelter at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. These skeletons included a foetus.

Gouffre De Proumeyssac (about 20km). This Cathedral of Crystal is a spectacular cavern with incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites. From the ceiling hang four huge stalactite formations. These resemble, and are named after: a siren, a waterfall, a jellyfish and an octopus. From one of these water pours down adding to the pools of water on the floor below.

Legends surrounding the 'Trou du diable', the 'devil's hole'. In the winter the hole emits a mist in the same way that rivers do on a cold day and in olden times this was thought by the local people to be smoke from the fires of hell. The hole was used as a general tipping site and so the stench from this added to the myth. Wealthy travellers were targeted by robbers and disappearing travellers were rumoured to have been dropped down the hole adding to the area's reputation.

It wasn't until 1907 that the hole was explored and the cavern discovered. As of 1924 visitors were allowed, being let down into the cave by cable & basket. Then in 1956 a tunnel was built providing the easy access today's visitors enjoy.

Keywords: Vacation home, Holiday rental house, Sarlat vacation rental, Beynac vacation rental, Dordogne Rental

More Details

Owner
Ruth Duckworth
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Ruth Duckworth

We live in England, having returned from working overseas for many years. We love to travel and enjoy having our little projects. The house was not such a small project but we have enjoyed renovating it over the past few years and continue to improve the back garden. We have now completed the second terrace behind the house which gives a great view of the river over the roof top. We enjoy the weather, stunning scenery, the history of the area and the relaxed French way of life. It always feels like home!

Ruth Duckworth purchased this house in 2005

Why Ruth Duckworth chose Perigord Blanc

We fell in love with the region when travelling through France. The scenery is breathtaking and there is so much history. We bought the property because we thought it had so much potential and it is in such a unique location with such spectacular views - we would love to retire here or spend at least 6 months a year here in the future.

A house needs to be lived in and letting it in the interim is an ideal way of doing this while sharing the lovely location with others.

What makes this house unique

The house is in such a unique location with such breathtaking views - I still have to stop and just gaze at the views 9 years down the line. The location of the house also provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne region, with its beautiful views, medieval castles, Bastide (walled) villages, pre-historic history, caves and enjoying the relaxed French culture. There is also a wide variety of activities for the more active holidaymaker.

It has all essential amenities within easy walking distance and yet within a short drive provides a variety of activities to suit all holidaymakers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks again for an absolutely fabulous stay in France. The house was so comfortable and beautiful and the kitchen was so well equipped. Great for cooking as most places we rent don't even seem to have a potato peeler or a decent chef's knife! The terrace out the back was gorgeous
Jul 2014
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Beynac-et-Cazenac, France

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet , Main en-suite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Large walk-in glass block shower.
  • Main en suite has a bath with integral shower, basin, toilet and bidet. 2nd bathroom has large walk-in glass block shower, basin and toilet. Situated on floor between bedroom 2 and 3.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot , With ensuite bathroom. Camping cot available upon request.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Loft Bedroom situated above kitchen with 2 single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Situated below Kitchen. Cupboard with Water softener.
  • King size beds (1) This is in the main bedroom with ensuite bathroom, Double Beds (1) Bedroom 2 has a double bed., Twin or Single Beds (2) There are 2 single beds in the loft bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Camping Cot/Crib Available on request. Small Tower Fans in each bedroom. Child Intercom system - all available upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The village, has a small supermarket/deli, butcher, chemist, two bakers and a Hair Salon. There is also a post office, ATM, Tabac, Tourist information office as well as antique shops and galleries. Village Dr. - Speaks good English. Times for drop-in, and times for booking an appointment. The Restaurant La Petite Tonnelle (has great reviews on the internet, you will need to book in high season) Hôtel Restaurant du Château (200 meters distant) and several others within easy walking distance. All amenities are within 3 mintutes walk of the house. If you require more selection there is a large Carrefour supermarket at Saint Cyprien (petrol available here) - about 6 miles. Or a similar distance in the opposite direction on the outskirts of Sarlat there is a Casino supermarket.

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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views
average rating of 4.97561 based on 56 reviews
5

A lovely house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Beynac, and in particular, sitting on the balcony watching the canoes go by on the river below.. The house is well equipped with everything you need. We also enjoyed eating on the terrace in the evening. Also it was very convenient to be able to walk to the restaurants from the house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beaumont, CA
5

Relaxing stay on the river!

  • 5 of 5

The place was very spacious, clean and relaxing! We spent most our days canoeing on the river since it was very warm, but the house stayed comfortable. Kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed making breakfast almost every morning. We enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NC, USA (but from Provence day we will be arriving)
5

Loved our week in your home.

  • 5 of 5

beautiful view, beautiful area. loved the home

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heavenly stay in Beynac, Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

2 couples stayed here at Chez Duckworth, and it was worth every penny. The location was perfect, just up the hill from the river, and from the upper terrace we could have our evening happy hour overlooking the river and surrounding valley, watching swans, canoes, and the Dordogne itself floating by. The house was beautiful, very clean, and a total charmer, with views from every window as a bonus.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A wonderful place to stay in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Loved our Beynac holiday house. It has a wonderful view over the Dordogne, generous living space and three good bedrooms all in separate parts of the apartment. The kitchen has everything you need, the bathrooms are very good, and there's a huge chest full of games. Beynac is a charming village itself and ideally placed to explore the Dordogne area. We highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house in a lovely village with absolutely magnificent views, day or night.

  • 5 of 5

The listing was described accurately and the property was very picturesque, clean and well-maintained. Ruth was quick to answer any of our questions which we e-mailed. I would highly recommend this property to all, except to those who have difficulty with walking up stairs or walking relatively long distances. There are a lot of stairs in the house and it is a steep climb to the property from the main street or the parking lot. It was perfect for the three of us who are active people in our sixties. Having 2 bathrooms was a distinct plus. Although 2 of the bedrooms are on street level, we were not bothered by noise at night.

We enjoyed touring the 3 very different local castles that can be viewed from the house and which are open for tours. We loved the magic of eating on the high terrace and watching the hot air balloons and basking in the view. The 4 hour canoe trip on the Dordogne chauffeured from Beynac was fantastic on a hot day. The gaberre boat tour from Beynac was great for local history and bird life. We were amazed and awed by three local pre-historic caves and the troglodyte villages that we toured. We attended a class at a truffle farm that was very interesting and informative. Our tour of medieval Sarlat was fascinating. One of us took a day long cooking course in St. Cyprian and later reproduced the duck meal for all to enjoy. The local produce and fish/meat both from the weekly markets and the Beynac store were delicious. The pastry shop at the entrance to Beynac is ecstatically good. For our night to eat out, La Petite Tonnelle in Beynac was a real treat. I would advise that a car and GPS are necessary to fully enjoy the numerous activities in the area. We managed to see 5 of the most beautiful villages in France on our drives!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Beynac
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Vezac
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Beynac
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Castelnaud (or Beynac for good swimmers)
Car: necessary

The location of the house provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne with its beautiful views, castles, Bastide villages and relaxed French culture. Beynac village, which featured in the opening scenes of the film ‘Chocolat’, has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages; it has a variety of restaurants, food and antique shops, galleries, museums and a summer market to explore among its winding cobbled streets. Take a relaxing trip up the river on a gabarre (local boat). For the more adventurous there is ballooning, canoeing, cycling and horse riding. Further afield it is an easy drive to Sarlat, Castelnaud, the Bastide town of Domme, Font de Gaume (book tickets at least 3 months in advance) and Lascaux Caves, Rocamadour, pre historic cave paintings, troglodyte houses at Saint Christophe and Roque Gageac, the beautiful sculptured gardens of Marqueyssac and the vineyards of Bergerac & St. Emilion. In fact there is so much to see and do, you will be contemplating a return trip before you know it.

Other Activities: canoeing, horse riding, cycling & walking

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit A$446.11

A 25% deposit required to confirm reservation. Remainder due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Rent payment in full before details of key safe to access property will be forwarded to you.
300 euro refundable damage deposit required.
Change-over day is Friday. We can be flexible on this. Maximum Occupancy - 6 persons
Shorter Stay of minimum 5 days negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.