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Charming 500 Year Old French Cottage in the Heart of Dordogne

Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France
  • House1075 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

New in 2018--Air Conditioning, a rarity in southwest France. Nestled in the tiny hillside village of Beynac, La Petite Maison invokes a timeless sense of charm and beauty. Catch a glimpse of medieval life in this 500 year old home and explore the most scenic and breathtaking villages of Southwest France.

Unlike many homes listed under Beynac in the VRBO directory, La Petite Maison enjoys a central location within the actual village and is one of the most picturesque homes in Beynac. Situated on a cobbled footpath leading to the Chateau, your medieval adventure awaits. Step inside into a quiet retreat and enjoy the charm of its thick stone walls and heavy chestnut timbers. Many of its furnishings date back to the 1700’s including the dining table and buffet, both made of walnut in the local Perigordian style.

Amenities include:

• Central village setting just steps away from bakery, grocery store, restaurants, ATM, post office, galleries, hairdresser, and pharmacy

• Two romantic master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, one with a four poster antique colonial bed, the other in the style of Louis XV

• Fully modern bathrooms fitted with spa shower cabins, perfect for helping you relax after a busy day of sightseeing

• Fully equipped kitchen to make dining in easy and stress free

• High ceilings with large chestnut wood beams in the living/dining room with local antiques and leather furniture

• Massive stone fireplace with stove insert and antique copper accents

La Petite Maison is perfect for couples and small families. With two master bedrooms, it sleeps 4 very comfortably but may also sleep 1 additional guest in a single bed in the upstairs bedroom.

No one will have to draw straws for the kid’s bedroom because this cottage has two full sized master suites each with its own private ensuite bathroom. A common living area with the sitting room and dining area separates the bedrooms above and below. The living room boasts a massive stone fireplace, antique copper, and leather furniture, which accentuates the comfort and enjoyment of staying in your own place.

In the upstairs bath you will find a fully modern step-down bathroom fitted with handmade Italian tiles, an ultra relaxing shower cabin, vanity and a Napoleon III armoire. The downstairs bathroom is fitted with a luxury spa shower featuring 8 shower heads, an extra large sink, heated towel warmers and beautiful Italian marble tile.

The village of Beynac consists of a cluster of golden-stone houses beneath a dramatic 500 foot cliff. Perched at the top stands the 12th century Chateau Beynac, rising from the sheer cliff face along the most historic and scenic section of the Dordogne River. With its formidable Chateau, rows of charming houses, and the gentle river below, the setting is simply captivating. La Petite Maison makes for an ideal home base for visiting all the picturesque villages in the Perigord Noir, including Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Castelnaud, Monpazier, and Sarlat, the most historically preserved medieval city in all of France.

Beynac castle is renowned for being one of the best preserved medieval castles in France. It was painstakingly restored last century using only the tools of the medieval craftsman. From the castle terrace, the chateaux of Marqueyssac, Fayrac, and Castelnaud are all within view across the verdant tapestry of this beautiful valley.

Nowhere have we found a more tranquil, beautiful, and romantic setting than here in the Dordogne. Whether you are exploring fairy tale castles, strolling a local market, wandering through cobblestone streets, studying prehistoric cave art, or simply taking in the unspoiled countryside, you will come to understand why this is one of the most endearing regions in all of Europe. Designated by the French government as one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Beynac never fails to impress.

Keywords: Medieval Stone House in Most Beautiful Village of France


Vincent Shrader

Member Since 2006
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within one hour
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
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 dreamed 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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, 1 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Double Beds (2) Our beds are slightly larger than an American double bed, Baby Cribs (1) There is portable baby crib available on request suitable for babies and toddlers up to two years old. An additional single bed (1) is located in the upstairs bedroom


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Village
            Central village location, just steps away from restaurants, cafés, bakeries, post office, ATM, pharmacy, and shopping.


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                        New for summer 2018. Air conditioning, a rare amenity in the central village, included in the rental cost.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Free Long Distance
                        Free Long Distance: FREE long distance telephone service to all of Western Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many more.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Electric heating is provided in the rental cost.
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                        Free High Speed Internet!!
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Parking is available down the footpath only a block away from the house.
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Free WIFI! Bring your laptop.
                      • Wood Stove
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Kitchen
                            Full Stovetop and Range included
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Coffee, Filters, Paper Towels, dish soap, etc.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Dining for up to five guests
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 5 people


                                  • Books
                                    Several travel books specializing on the local area
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    We have a game chest with several board games
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    local French channels and a few English news channels including BBC, CNN and France 24.
                                  • Stereo
                                    Bluetooth audio player
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library
                                    Several films for your enjoyment including those shot on location around Beynac and France and several childrens videos.


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        There is a metal table and 4 chairs outside on the terrace.
                                      • Golf
                                        Two courses about 15 km from home: Lolivarie Golf Club and Golf de la Forge, both near Belves.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        An unforgettable experience. Several canoe outfitters can transport you upstream for a scenic and photo gobbling excursion down the river past several chateaux and spectacular vistas.

                                        Onsite Services

                                          • Chauffeur


                                              • churches
                                              • cinemas
                                              • festivals
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hot air ballooning
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis


                                                              • Top attractions nearby include dozens of medieval castles, famous prehistoric caves, medieval festivals, and an amusement park. Local Services in the village include art galleries, ATM, post office, cafes, restaurants, wine shop, toy store, boat tour, medieval shop, bakeries, butcher, grocery store, auto repair, hair salon, and gift shops. Leisure Activities include cooking lessons, golf, local markets, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and biking.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 5:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                72 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                It couldn't possibly be any better!

                                                                Judith N.

                                                                Staying here is like staying in a dream. Everything you need is here and the cottage and the town are charming and welcoming. You can eat out or cook in. You can wander the town or hunker down and read a book or travel to the nearby historic and natural sites (and there are many). You can photo bomb the dozens of people passing by and taking photos of where you are staying (not that I did or that I would, but it was so funny to look out the window and see people looking back). Both my husband and I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Vincent, Sarissa and Martine all make the stay easy with their help and advice and the basket of goodies to get you started. We loved shopping for ingredients for our Christmas dinner at the little local shops at the bottom of the hill (including an excellently tasty chicken complete with head and a Buche de Noel cake and the requisite champagne). Add some pate from a local farm and it is an unforgettable experience in an unforgettable place. We also loved trying the local delicacies at the nearby restaurants and those further away. Even in December many places were open and everyone was so patient with our attempts to speak French. Thank you, Vincent, for sharing your treasure with us. We hope to return someday and we hope you will allow us to stay again.

                                                                Lovely cottage in the heart of the Dordogne

                                                                donna f.

                                                                We enjoyed a delightful stay in this cottage in Beynac. It was a perfect location for exploring the Dordogne region. The kitchen was well-appointed with all that we needed to cook wonderful meals. The wood burning stove was a charming respite at the end of a day of exploring. The owner was responsive and his agent and housekeeper were both prompt, amiable and available for any assistance we may have needed. The cottage is spacious, consisting of 3 floors, one bedroom with en suite bath on the 3rd floor, another on the ground floor with the kitchen and living area in between, making the layout perfect for 2 friends, 2 couples or a larger family. Sipping wine on the small terrace (shown in the picture with the flowers in the pot) made us feel like we were special parts of the Beynac scene.

                                                                A Fabulous Cottage

                                                                NikkiSeattle WA

                                                                My sister and I spent almost two weeks at La Petite Maison in early October and totally loved it. We arrived later than expected, but the marvelous Martine met us and showed us around, and even with our almost nonexistent french she managed to give us the full lowdown. The cottage is beautiful inside and out. It was immaculate (also thanks to Martine), and the furnishings are beautiful, but comfortable and cozy.

                                                                The kitchen was well stocked and there was a welcome basket waiting for us that included coffee, milk, granola,and other goodies. There was also a really useful information book that gave us valuable house and local information.

                                                                The village location is perfect for touring the chateaus and caves and village markets in the area. The countryside in the Perigord is absolutely beautiful and staying in La Petite Maison enabled us to enjoy it at our leisure then come back and relax on the patio with a glass of wine. Even the weather was perfect for our stay!

                                                                Vincent was a great host - responsive and really cooperative in planning our stay. All in all, we loved our whole experience and would come again in a heartbeat.

                                                                Only two caveats - The stairs to bedrooms/bathrooms are steep. I took them slowly and I was fine, but just be aware. The wifi wasn't the best. We didn't follow-up on it, because we didn't really care, so it could probably be improved. We just felt that a couple weeks away from the news was a real vacation!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We know how important a WIFI connection is to many, including ourselves when we are at the house. There must have been a temporary hiccup with the internet during your visit because normally the connection is excellent!

                                                                Beautiful place

                                                                Paul B.

                                                                Great little town.cool place in great location


                                                                Fred S.

                                                                We had a wonderful time and are definitely planning to return. Since then I have shown the link to at least 20 people for potential travel.

                                                                Sarissa and Martine were wonderful and energetic. Must be the hills!

                                                                Fred Sautter

                                                                Our Excellent Second Visit

                                                                In March of 2013 we spent two weeks at La Petite Maison so were pleased to find LPM still charming on the outside and very comfortable on the inside with all the mod-cons. It was always a pleasure after a full day of visiting the many churches, chateaus and castles in the area to return to LPM and relax.

                                                                Beynac is a small but well serviced village. The daily walk to the bakery with views over the Dordogne river valley was always a wonderful way to greet the day. The Knick/knack store beside the pharmacy has an excellent collection of wine of the region. Eric's grocery store is handy for things you might have missed at the Sunday St Cyprien market. La Petite Tonnelle restaurant at the end of the street has an excellent chef and friendly staff.

                                                                Vincent and Michelle have made LPM a home away from home for their guests. An added bonus is the wonderful Martine, who is the housekeeper.

                                                                This area of France is dotted with rolling hills, farm land, small villages which makes it the ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday.


                                                                Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France

                                                                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.

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                                                                If we have open dates within 45 days of your visit - ask us about Last Minute Discounts.

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