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Beynac-a Million Euro View and a 15th Century Village Charmer

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 4 adults and 2 children)

Mont Joie is a charming 15th Century stone house located in the heart of the village of Beynac, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The chateau at Beynac is on the top of a 500 foot cliff and the village houses are positioned below - providing privacy and spectacular views from one side of the house, and village life on the other.

Extraordinary views of the magnificent Dordogne river and the Valley of the Five Chateaux present themselves from each of the four floors. The front door opens directly from the cobblestone streets - just steps from our private and unique parking grotte - into the main room of approximately 60 sq. meters. Honey colored stone walls, stone tile floor, ancient wooden beams and a huge medieval fireplace set the tone for this main floor. A fully applianced kitchen with a granite countered cooking area is built into one of the old fireplaces. Antique carpets and leather seating offers a comfortable area to relax, listen to the stereo or view English satellite television on the 30' flat panel television. The large dining table suitable for seating up to 6 diners is next to the window offering spectacular views of the river, the sunset and the colorful montgolfiers (hot air balloons) drifting by at dawn and sunset most days in season.

Down the stone staircase is the Master Bedroom with an ensuite bathroom combining modern fixtures with stone walls. A King-size bed with temperpedic mattress, reading lamps, desk and a large private full width balcony with loungers, barbeque and dining table for two make this room the ideal spot to relax with the a glass of wine to admire the view. On this same level there is a very small bedroom with bunk beds for children, which is especially convenient for parents who want their young children to sleep nearby but in a separate space from the master bedroom.

One floor down, the old merchants store room now is the second large bedroom, again with stone walls, ancient beamed ceiling and a river view. This room also has a king size bed. An ensuite bathroom, and a full laundry room with washer and dryer complete this floor. Because neither bedrooms are in the attic, and the thick stone walls offer a cooling insulator against the hot Dordogne summers, we sleep comfortably cool all summer long, many times with a duvet cover.

Another floor down brings you to two flagstoned terraces, one with a grape and wisteria arbor for a shaded sitting area and a few steps down, the lower terrace - with full access to the sun. Wonderful views of the river from both terraces and views of the Chateaux of Fayrac, Castelnaud, Lacosse and Marqueyssac.

Eat, drink and be merry. The 64 steps from the lower terrace to the kitchen will help burn off those excess calories.

Feeling hot and want a cooling dip? We will tell you about about our favorite spot in the wonderful River Ceau. Crystal clear water with no chlorine, within 4 kms. Nice shady spot for a picnic, so pack the basket and experience the true French joie de vivre.

Please note: If you have mobility issues or concerns please contact the owner.

More Details

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

About The Owner

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

The Owner purchased this villa in 2008

Why The Owner chose Aquitaine

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 villa unique

Villa Mont Joie enjoys a central village location and superb 180 degree views from the covered balcony and two garden terraces. The stunning scenery and setting are captivating! 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, wine shop, bakery, grocer, post office, pharmacy and ATM.


Beynac-et-Cazenac Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathrooms have showers only. Hair dryers are supplied by owner.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Kids Room - Small bedroom with bunk beds for up to 2 children only.
  • King size beds (2). Bunk Beds in the kids room (2), Baby Crib (1). Please note: The Kids Room is a small bedroom with two bunk beds and a built-in dresser. It is located on the same level as the master bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
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
Rates are for up to 4 adults and 2 children.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

Beynac-a Million Euro View and a 15th Century Village Charmer
average rating of 4.983051 based on 59 reviews

A Fairytale Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about Mont Joie!! We were treated wonderfully by the lovely woman who met us upon arrival (very late at night, nonetheless), by the adorable housekeeper, by the owners themselves, and by all the kind people in town!

The house was breathtaking. When I say that, I mean it. I can't describe in words the beauty and true authenticity that is this house. The walk up the cobblestone path (and Chateau Beynac is at the top of the hill if you keep walking!) is magical. It feels like you're in a different century. The house is magnificently done - all fabulously updated while holding that medieval charm. The doors, windows, walls, and fireplace were all a wonder to experience. The layout is perfect. Open and airy. Balconies everywhere with views of castles, the river, and the green countryside. Two master suites were perfect. The children's bedroom was adorable. The garden was dainty and the cobblestone steps leading down to it made my heart skip a beat.

We were in Beynac during the off-season so it was quiet, which we loved. Our family (me, husband, two small children) were there for a week before my mother and step-father joined us. They were just as blown away!

The gardens, ooohhhh how lovely!! The strolls along the cobblestone paths - I never wanted them to end. The bakery, butcher, market, and restaurants in town were all a delight! Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. So kind.

Sarlat was a fun place to hang out for a day, ride the carousel, walk in the park, do some shopping and dining. We did the Jardins de Marqueyssac, which went on forever and ever in their magical greenery.

We did a few castles (Castelnaud was by far the favorite of the children, as the place comes alive and you can tour around the castle and grounds). We did the Prehisto Dino Park for the kids - and they loved it. Simple but fun! We did some caves, fun and awe inspiring. We saw an ancient city once built into the side of a rock face. We saw another ancient / medieval castle built into the side of a cliff.

Every dining experience was one for the books. We ate in Beynac and Sarlat as well as a few other places - all fab. And the WINE! My favorite thing to do was get some local radishes and butter, a baguette, foie, and local cheeses to enjoy while sipping wine on the balcony. The Cahors malbec, oh yes.

Again, I can't say enough about this place. It was truly a magical fairytale dream come true. We will be back. Oh yes, we will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mont Joie is even better than it looks!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were lucky enough to spend six nights at Mont Joie in early December and cannot speak highly enough of this beautiful home in what is a truly exceptional part of France.

As Chateau Beynac and the village first came into view the effect was simply stupendous and we could hardly believe that the next week was to be spent in such a glorious village.

Martine met us in the car park and very ably assisted the transfer of the luggage and our introduction to the joys of Mont Joie. She is a wonderful asset to the owners and as helpful and friendly as can be. She also kindly booked dinner for us at a local restaurant.

As you step into the house the feeling of stepping back in time is inescapable however the furniture and fit out are so comfortable and welcoming that you feel completely at home (not that our home is in any sense comparable!).

I won't describe the house in detail as that has been done many times before. Suffice to say that absolutely everything you have read in the reviews Mont Joie is accurate. As we were there in early winter we did not get to spend much time in the two terraced gardens or on the terrace off the main bedroom however they would clearly be wonderful and peaceful areas in warmer weather.

The weather for early December was wonderful for touring however with crisp nights clearing to sunny skies and no rain or winds at all so we counted ourselves very lucky.

Mont Joie and Beynac are a fantastic base from which to tour the Dordogne and we certainly did a lot of that. The options are almost endless and are such as to cater to all interests. What was equally wonderful however was to come home at the end of a long days touring to the comforts of our temporary home in Mont Joie. Often the highlight of the day was to sit in the comfortable couches with a glass of local wine and review the wonders we had seen, with the beauty of the setting sun turning the evening sky a glorious pink superbly reflected off the surface of the river just below the house! Oh to be an artist and try to capture the beauty of those evenings. Even so the memories remain strongly and the photos will have to do.

We feel very lucky to have been able to stay at Mont Joie and to have experienced all that the home, village and area can provide, even for such a short period of time. Our hosts were very kind to promptly arrange the return of several items of clothing that I had left during the final pack up.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It is a beautifully situated, well equipped and tastefully decorated house with magnificent views.

  • 4 of 5

The property is well equipped, tastefully decorated with magnificent views. It is well looked after by a charming and helpful local lady who only speaks French. It has very limited access by a small car and access on foot is up a short but steep climb up a cobbled street. Dragging heavy suitcases up to the house from where the car has to be parked is a challenge and may be impossible for the inform or elderly. The region is picturesque with rolling hills, the river, many charming villages and imposing castles. There is lot to do up to the end of September. The locals are friendly and most speak good English. Sightseeing involves walking up and down steep streets and multiple stairs, but these challenges are invariably repaid by what is there to be enjoyed. It is a heavily visited region and as a result the tourist industry imposes its own predictability and repetition. Driving is easy if you have a good GPS navigation system. The restaurants around tourist spots have very similar menus. Their food is adequate but usually lacks flair. Dishes which appeal to young children can be difficult to find. All in all a very good place to visit at any age.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect, in every way!

  • 5 of 5

There is nothing I can add that has not been already said, except to confirm the truths told below! Mont Joie was absolutely perfect for our family of 4. We enjoyed every patio and terrace, each day! Mornings were spent on the terrace off the master bedroom suite to watch the morning fog lift to reveal the beautiful view. As the sun rose, the teenage daughters enjoyed the sun terrace with commanding views of the river. When it was hot, we enjoyed the covered terrace where we could smell the garlic from a local restaurant. And, the large window by the dining table was often the sight to enjoy the great balloons float across the landscape.

There is a wonderful hidden entrance to the house as well that we utilized more frequently than the front door. This one comes up from the bottom of the terraces and brings you up through the house. It was just charming.

I imagine you will love, as we did, the caretaker, Martine. She is a bundle of joy and energy! We hoped for daily visits as we equated them to a shot of coffee! Don't despair though, she is not intrusive and we welcomed her visits. She just wants to make sure you have what you need and is happy to guide you to a restaurant or provide other helpful information.

The house lacks for nothing... all has been carefully thought through and is awaiting your visit. In fact, the owners are so thoughtful, they arrange for a welcome basket from the local grocer. It has everything you need to begin enjoying the house the moment you arrive! The house was spotless, beds were so comfortable, kitchen was well stocked with very sharp knives (unusual for a rental!), and the bathrooms were decadent. The owners provide very helpful information along the way too... with fantastic communication to assist with planning, and lots of materials at the house to make sure you are able to operate foreign appliances! They are quite different than American brands!

We are already considering when our return trip will be and we hope to stay for longer than one week next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon

All the other glowing reviews are true

  • 5 of 5

There is really nothing more we can say that has not already been said repeatedly in the other reviews. This is an exceptional house in a great little town. The friendly, helpful, gracious approach of the owner and local manager (Martine) was icing on the cake.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

No words can convey this fabulous property!

  • 5 of 5

We feel like we hit the VRBO lottery when we booked this property!

There are NO distortions in their description or their photos: IT WAS PLAIN MAGIC! When you visit a Midieval town that sits beneath a castle, you don't ever think YOU WILL LIVE IN A CASTLE TOO! But this property is like a castle in modern times!

Details: fast fast WIFI, wide open living room window to watch the Dordogne below and the skies above, modern kitchen well stocked for real cooking and leather couches/chairs in living room to lounge, read or contemplate your good fortune to have found this rental.

The owners are saints for having the heart to share this treasure with us!

The "steep walk" up the cobblestone house is only hard once and then it seems like "no big deal" the rest of the stay. Seriously. We are in our late 60's and mid 70's and we did well.

You never have to leave the city (but you will) since the finest of restaurants, patisseries, boulangeries and all the beauty a mideavil town can offer is right there in Beynac!

Oh, did I mention--it is a photographer's dream to capture shots everywhere you look! Inside and outside!

Don't look further, you have found what you are looking for. But hurry, or book ahead for next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Domaine de Rochebois
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Hotel du Chateau Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
La Petite Tonnelle Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Cafe de la Riviere Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Bakery and Sandwich Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Grocer, Butcher and Les Delices Bakery
Car: recommended

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

Beynac-et-Cazenac Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 1 2017 - May 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 13 2017 - Jun 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Off Season
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $543.21

Weekly rentals run from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. the next Saturday unless otherwise arranged.
Rates are for 4 guests. Add 25 euros for additional guest.Prices are all inclusive of taxes, fees, linens, and heating.
We accept all Major Credit Cards, PayPal, personal checks in Euros and wire transfers.

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.

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