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Beautifully Renovated 500 Yr Old Cottage: Experience Life in a Medieval Village

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,075 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Vincent Shrader
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 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 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed Beynac and the surrounding area. What a beautiful part of

the world! Your little cottage was the perfect place to absorb the atmosphere

of the medieval village, everything was fine and it was a very relaxing

place to unwind after a hectic day out!! It also provided us with the

oppurtunity to buy and prepare food from the wonderful local markets--

something special!! Your information was a great help and very much


Once again, many thanks

Sep 2007
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Beynac-et-Cazenac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1075 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
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.


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Beautifully Renovated 500 Yr Old Cottage: Experience Life in a Medieval Village
average rating of 4.990909 based on 111 reviews
Montréal, (Québec) Canada

A fantastic stay in la Petite Maison

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at la Petite Maison in Beynac-et-Cazenac. The medieval village of Beynac is charming and very well preserved. From there, we had the opportunity to visit easily Lascaux 2, the Château de Castelnaud, Sarlat and its market, Domme and Rocamadour. We also enjoyed cooking with our son and his girlfriend in the very well equipped kitchen. Everything was perfect and we plan to return as soon as possible.

Un dernier mot pour souligner l’excellente rénovation et restauration de la Petite Maison. En effet, le cachet ancien de cette propriété a été magnifiquement préservé tout en offrant le confort d’aujourd’hui. Bravo à vous deux, Vincent et Michelle, et merci de nous avoir donné la possibilité d’en bénéficier!

Maurice et Denise (Québec, Canada)

  • Submitted: May 25, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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,

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Best wine region

  • 4 of 5

We totally enjoyed our stay in Beynac. The restaurants were wonderful. The views amazing. So many things to see wandering about. Lots to do in the area. Balloon rides, canoeing, exploring the castles, side streets. The market was so quaint. (Totally disappoint that it was only there once a week. I really wanted to buy more local wine). People were so friendly throughout the Village. The bakery amazing. Weather was beautiful. I love Beynac-et-Cazenac. The only thing I’d change is that spoiled as we are in North America, I would have killed for a king size bed.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An absolutely charming, storybook home! Fairytale outside, air conditioning and Wi-Fi inside!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful visit! Martine was absolutely lovely; fun, kind and patient with our poor French language skills. She even made us a dinner reservation on our first night there. The house is charming, and it was wonderful to sit on the patio and watch village life go by. Thank you Vincent and Martine!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Roodepoort South Africa

Small piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had the most warming welcome from Martine (who only speaks French) and felt really at home . La Petit Maison is equipped to a tee, beautiful furniture, and a patio to die for. We had many a late dinner out on this little patio. The house is ideally situated in Beynac so that you can explored all the beautiful surrounding villages with ease. Wonderful forests to hike in.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Louis! We are so pleased that you loved our little piece of paradise as we do. I should add that although our housekeeper speaks only French, our property manager speaks fluent English and is always available if needed.
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La Petite Maison is absolutely perfect :o)

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this charming little cottage for 2 weeks. It is the perfect location for exploring the Dordogne region and for other day trips. The property is absolutely breathtaking and is like living in a fairytale. It is exactly what you see in the pictures....only better!! You will be impressed from the time you arrange this accommodation with the owner, are met and given the keys (super cool keys) and are greeted by the wonderful housekeeper. The owners suggestions for weekly markets, hiking, gardens and cave art were brilliant. We loved the St-Cyprien market and you MUST have the roast chicken and potatoes. Of all the villages we visited we were always so excited to get back home to La Petite Maison and Beynac. We would go back in a heartbeat!!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Hotel Du Chateau
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Golf de la Forge
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
La Petite Tonnelle
Nearest Point of Interest
La Petite Tonnelle Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Hotel du Chateau Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Post Office and ATM
Nearest Point of Interest
Bakery and Sandwich shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Local Grocery, Butcher, and Les Delices Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Chateau Beynac
Car: recommended

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $46.69

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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