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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

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

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 27, 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 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 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.

Amenities

Beynac-et-Cazenac Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Bathrooms have showers only. Hair dryers are supplied by owner.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Rates are for up to 4 adults and 2 children.

Reviews

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5

Mont Joie, the Real Deal!

  • 5 of 5

The photos of this stone house in the quaint Medieval french village of Beynac looked too good to be true. As it turned out, if anything, they didn't do the place justice. Mont Joie is a little plice of magic where we spent two weeks recently. Imagine waking up in the morning and your biggest decision is which patisserie to walk to for fresh croissants! The place has three private terraces, all with slightly different views of the misty Dordogne. The house has a great kitchen, so many nights we cooked for ourselves and enjoyed the view. One great plus for us was there are TWO master bedrooms, each with private bathrooms and each equally desirable, so if you travel with friends, nobody has to settle for a bad room. The owner, Vincent, was easily available to answer email questions, and he supplied a huge and very useful guide to the town and the region. Plus, he has people in the town to address any needs you might have. The only very slight downside is the single parking space, which is small and extremely hard to access. We never even tried - we just kept our car in one of the very reasonable public lots about a five-minute walk from our door. Don't just take my word for it. Rent the 2000 film Chocolat. Look at the early scene of Juliet Binoche and her daughter making their way up a narrow stone street. That is YOUR street if you stay at Mont Joie!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning property with great views over the River Dordogne ideally located at Beynac

  • 5 of 5

The property is located in the historic village of Beynac below the impressive castle. The village has narrow steep lanes and Mont Joie is located on one of these routes. The house covers three floors with the entrance at the top floor where the kitchen and lounge area are located. The lower floors have the bedrooms with a great balcony terrace on the middle floor from the master bedroom. The views of the river, castles and town frontage are superb from this terrace and the lounge window. There is also the added bonus of regular morning and evening balloon flights passing over the river in view from the house.

The property has all the modern day appliances for cooking, washing, entertainment etc.

Whilst there is a parking place for the house it is located up the narrow lanes - we decided to buy a weekly pass from the Mayor's office for 13 Euros rather than undertaking the challenging driving manoeuvres required to access the parking place.

Beynac is a great location for seeing the many great sights in the Dordogne including Beynac itself, Roque Gageac, Domme, Sarlat etc.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at Mont Joie three times. That alone should express how we feel about it. The home is on a rise directly above the Dordogne, with a dramatic view which sweeps across several miles of the valley. From Mont Joie, you can see three historic castles - Castelnaud, Marqueyssac and Fayrac. Mont Joie was built in the 1500s and restored a few years ago with careful attention to historic detail. There's a certain wonderful feeling which pervades Mont Joie which is hard to put into words. The outside appears as it did centuries ago. The interior retains the original stonework, but all of the amenities are modern and upscale. There's a fully-equipped kitchen with high-end modern appliances, two stylish bathrooms and two bedrooms with comfy full-size beds. The porch, one of only a handful in Baynac, includes teak loungers and an ever-changing view that might make you forget you ever wanted to see the other villages. There are also two terraces with incredible views, one under a canopy of wisteria. If you're driving a small car, it will fit into Mont Joie's parking grotto adjacent to the house. Those with larger cars can park in the riverfront public lot a short distance down the hill. We've visited just about every village and town within 50 miles of Beynac, and have concluded that Beynac has the most striking setting. The village has a remarkable ambiance and there's a huge, genuine castle just up the hill! Beynac is just large enough to have several small shops which can provide you with most anything you'll need during a week's stay. The location couldn't be better. Just about everything that most people come to the Dordogne for is either right in the village or just a short drive away. If you need bigger stores, the small city of Sarlat is just 8 miles away. You won't be disappointed with Beynac or Mont Joie. J T and Regina

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Simply Idyllic

  • 5 of 5

Mont Joie is an idyllic home from time past. The home is appointed beautifully with a very lovely kitchen that was a joy to use.

The views from the dining area are magnificent. We even enjoyed watching three hot air balloons being inflated and taking off and then floating down the valley with the castles in the background!! The surrounding towns, castles and gardens are very interesting and delightful to visit. Lots to see and do! (The street which has the private parking grotto is most easily approached from the East, not the West ).

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beyond belief!

  • 5 of 5

Mont Joie and Beynac were beyond expectation. The pictures on VRBO certainly got us there but to actually BE there . . . awe inspiring and phenomenal! The only problem was that once we were there, it was really hard to get ourselves off one of the porches and out : O) We definitely did not venture as far as we have on past trips; didn't have to! We did the markets in St. Cyprien and Sarlat, visited Domme, Collegnes de Rouge, Marquaysac, Castelnaud and Josephine Baker's home, wining and dining along they way.

The house book was very helpful; we referred to it each day . . . and Martine, the house manager, was a gem : O)

We really wanted to stay another week, very hard to leave! Maybe next time . . .

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

lovely views

  • 5 of 5

great location. we lived on the balcony over looking the Dordogne. exceptional sunsets. place was very clean. Martine was very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The owner provided an excellent information packet before arrival which we found very useful to help us plan our week.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Bergerac
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Domaine de Rochebois
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Sarlat
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
A20
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $588.86

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.