Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)
- english, french
About Vincent Shrader
We are avid Francophiles and love to travel in Europe. We've been coming to Beynac since 1997 and immediately felt a sense of connection to this charming little village in this beautiful region of France. Some years we visited several times. Eventually, we found a place of our own. This is more than a vacation rental to us, it's a second home.
Vincent Shrader purchased this House in 2006
Why Vincent Shrader chose Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac feels like home to us. Like a story book village lost in time that we had only read or dreamt about, it deserves its designation as Most Beautiful Village of France.
What makes this House unique
La Petite Maison enjoys a central village location. Located on a footpath leading up the chateau but far enough to be off the main road and away from street noise. Just steps away are the best restaurants in the village, a snack shop, gift shops, bakery, grocer, post office, pharmacy and ATM.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Enjoyable Two-Week Stay
We feel very lucky to have found this property as it was the ideal home base for our exploration of this area of France. The town itself is full of history with many breathtaking views and excellent restaurants (we followed up on the owners detailed recommendations for dining and were never disappointed) , and very central for driving about in other areas. The house itself has all the modern conveniences carefully appointed to remain in keeping with its historic nature. Loved the beams in the ceilings and the stone walls. As it was just two of us staying, we didn't need to use the upstairs bedroom (and it was also quite hot up there due to the heat wave the area was experiencing). But we lived fully on the main floor and downstairs bedroom/bath very comfortably. We had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We especially enjoyed the peace of the village in the morning with all the windows open, walks on the river at that time, and coming back with a croissant or two. We also had no trouble at all cooking in when we wanted to cut back on dining out. All of the detailed suggestions left for renters were fabulous (outdoor markets are a must!) and our only regret is that we didn't get to do everything on the list! Thank you for sharing your lovely home, Vince!
Become part of the Medieval Dordogne valley
This gem in the lovely, medieval town of Beynac-et-Cazenac was exactly what we were looking for during our time in the Dordogne. We visited with a 10-month-old and a 3-year-old and four adults. It looks just like the pictures! Everything in this town looks medieval, so it was so perfect to stay in this stone house along the steep, winding cobbled road up to the castle (which was an awesome castle and stays open until 7pm). The house is three floors with the entrance on the middle floor (opening onto the upper street on the right side of the house in the picture). Each flight of stairs had a gate or a door at the top to keep the kids from taking a tumble. The house is carefully maintained and well furnished with a bathroom included in each bedroom (no door separating bathroom from bedroom). It was very clean and inviting with a welcome basket including milk and fresh strawberries, cereal, coffee and cookies, and more. The full kitchen was equipped with dishes and coffee maker and more – everything we needed to do breakfasts at home. Although the bakery just around the corner was too tempting with its chocolate croissants every morning!
Check-in with English-speaking Andrea, was very easy. She showed us around, gave us the keys and was easily accessible by texting while we were there. Parking was in the small main city lot right by the river, about a minute or two away by foot. It definitely filled up during the day but we could always find parking in the evenings. There are more lots farther away as well. We did have to pay for parking some days but it wasn't too expensive.
La Petite Maison was an excellent location from which to see the Dordogne River Valley. We walked to Castelenaud (3 miles away) which has an amazing medieval weapons collection. We visited Sarlat, Roque St. Christof, the gardens at Marquesyssac and drove through Le Roque Gageac. Traffic was not bad in early May when we were there. Too much to see! We will have to return to La Petite Maison. Definitely our favorite stay on this trip.
Home away from home
La Petite Maison (which is not really petite) is a very clean and charming centuries old 3 story home that has been remodeled to perfection! We were greeted by Martine and her daughter; who took care of us from the moment we met in the parking lot. We enjoyed the welcome basket of food that lasted us for many days. We planned our excursions in La Dordogne based off of Vince's information packet. It was extremely helpful--read it well to help navigate and love your stay. After long days of exploring (wear good walking shoes!), our favorite part of La Petite Maison was relaxing in a long hot shower that has a corner seat with back spraying jets (!) and heated towels from the towel heating rack. There were many other conveniences at La Petite Maison including WIFI, a washer and dryer, full kitchen, relaxing sofa, & a big kitchen table. We were also impressed with the amount of lighting throughout the home; especially above the basement master bed; as we like to read at night. You will not be disappointed if you choose La Petite Maison!
Perfect house, great town, fantastic area.
Although we arrived late we were still warmly greeted, and there was even a welcome basket waiting on the table with supplies, followed by a return visit the next morning to explain the way everything worked. Perfect place to relax in.
Wonderful stay in the dordogne valley
We stayed for 9 nights at the Petite Maison and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is charming and comfortable and the town is delightful. We highly recommend it.
The property was gorgeous enjoyed the air con.
The outside patio area was lovely.
The kitchen was well equipped and lovely.
things I would of loved in the property
1, the cups are really lovely but when i was there it was missing bigger cups for tea coffee and larger glasses for a glass of iced drink.
2, umberella for outside, I never used the outside much due to no cover from the hot weather.
I hope others that visit enjoy the place as we did,
So glad you loved your stay. Great idea about the umbrella and the large glasses! We typically use the patio for breakfast and dinner. There is shade in the summer from 7 pm and that makes it perfect for a casual dinner served outside.
Several Chateaux nearby to explore. Gabarres de Beynac offers old fashioned flat bottom barge rides up and down the river, departing at Beynac. Also available are canoe rentals by several companies that service Beynac. Please see the local TI upon your arrival.