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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6, 3 minutes Walk to Shops & Restaurants

The house is situated in the picturesque village of Beynac et Cazenac on the ancient cobbled path leading up from the riverside to the medieval castle. The house is within 3 minutes walk of all amenities and overlooks magnificent views of the Dordogne and neighbouring castles while looking directly upwards from the peaceful garden terraces at the rear reveals a remarkable view of Beynac Castle.

House Description.

The house is built into the rock face on the steep road up to the castle and is therefore on three levels. Originally, it was a cobbler’s shop, and has been renovated over the last few years, mainly internally, to reveal the beautiful yellow rock and wooden beams with the living quarters on the first floor to take full advantage of the beautiful views and to provide easy access to the rear terrace.

On entering the front door; to the left is the master bedroom with king sized bed and en suite bathroom.

To the right is a staircase to the first floor where you will find a large sitting room (30sq.m) with magnificent views of the Dordogne. There is Internet access, a TV with French TV channels, a dvd player with a selection of dvd's, a 'pirates' chest with a selection of board games and also a selection of novels in the book case. In addition there is a folder full of details of things to see and do in the region.

At the far end of the sitting room are five steps up to the kitchen/dining room with French doors leading out onto a small balcony where once again the views are spectacular. The kitchen is fully equipped and supplied with a dishwasher, gas cooker, fridge and multi-function microwave.

Leading off the kitchen is a shower room with a large glass brick walk-in shower, W.C. and wash hand basin and beyond, a further door to a utility room where the washing machine and dryer are located.

The staircase leading down from the kitchen provides access not only to a second exit door but also to bedroom 2 with a double bed.

The beautiful wooden staircase leading up from the kitchen provides access to the third bedroom which is furnished with two single beds.

From the rear of the kitchen is a door to the terraces with sun loungers, patio table and chairs, a charcoal Bar-B-Q all set off by spectacular views of the castle directly above.

There is now a new upper terrace with a stunning view of the river over the rooftop - lovely for catching the evening sun.

There is car access to the front door to unload your luggage, but be prepared to reverse 50 yards back down to the main road if necessary. Alternatively, park on the quay and use our case trolley (in the entrance hall) to bring the luggage up to the house. Car Parking is close by in Place d'Alsace Car Park. An economical weekly parking ticket can be obtained from the Mairie.

There are 6 restaurants to choose from in Beynac all within 5-10 minute walk of the house.

The village has all the the major essentials - mini-market, butcher, baker, hair stylist, chemist, ATM, Post office, Tabac, and Doctor who does speak English.

Local History

Beynac et Cazenac is a magical village of honey coloured stone houses nestled alongside the beautiful Dordogne river below the stunning cliff, from the top of which the medieval Beynac Castle keeps watch on the river below and on the countryside to the south, west and east, as it has done since the 12 century. It is no surprise that it has been listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.

The surrounding area is steeped in history including the oldest cave drawings at Lascaux Caves, and witnessed the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) between England & France. Beynac Castle changed allegiance many times and was once the home of Richard the Lionheart having scaled the cliff face to gain access to the castle(King of England 1189 to 1199). Sarlat la Caneda a beautiful nearby town, was rescued in the 1960’s from demolition and is now thriving with many restaurants, shops, outdoor markets and outdoor theatre.

The narrow cobbled street that leads up to Beynac castle (as seen in the opening scenes of the film Chocolat) was the main road following the Dordogne river from Sarlat via Bergerac to Bordeaux – most traffic was then along the river and you can still take a trip on the traditional gabarres today.

This region of France has a reputation for gastronomic delicacies such as foie Gras and truffles. The relationship between foie gras and the perigord region dates back to the 18th century, and continues to be celebrated with festivals and tasting events.

Walnuts are produce in great quantities in the region and the local walnut liqueur is well worth sampling.

Places of interest

Sarlat la Caneda (about 10km), a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey, is one of the most visited towns in France. This is largely due to the efforts of Andre Malraux, Minister of Cultural Affairs, who chose Sarlat as a trial town in 1962 for the Loi Malraux Law to protect the heritage of France's towns. Sarlat is now classified as a ville d'art et histoire and has the highest density of certified 'Historic Monuments' of any town in France. It is on the list for future nomination as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Marqueyssac Gardens (about 2km), already listed as a national historical monument, covers 22 hectares of land, with more than 6 km of shaded paths edged with 150,000 hand pruned boxwoods that are over 100 years old. It is the most visited garden in Perigord and overlooks the entire Dordogne valley providing spectacular panoramic views.

Bergerac (about 40 km) to the west on the northern bank of the Dordogne is characterised by elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. One of many highlights is the old town, with restaurants & boutique shops along quaint cobbled streets. There are 2 statues of Cyrano do Bergerac from the famous play of the same name. On both sides of the river are 13,000 hectares of vineyards producing red, white and rose wine, although not as revered as Bordeaux, they have good flavour and should not be overlooked.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac about (25km) is the home to the Musée National de Préhistoire (National Museum of Prehistory) and the area contains several important archaeological sites. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. In March 1868, the geologist Louis Lartet discovered the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, in the Cro-Magnon rock shelter at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. These skeletons included a foetus.

Gouffre De Proumeyssac (about 20km). This Cathedral of Crystal is a spectacular cavern with incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites. From the ceiling hang four huge stalactite formations. These resemble, and are named after: a siren, a waterfall, a jellyfish and an octopus. From one of these water pours down adding to the pools of water on the floor below.

Legends surrounding the 'Trou du diable', the 'devil's hole'. In the winter the hole emits a mist in the same way that rivers do on a cold day and in olden times this was thought by the local people to be smoke from the fires of hell. The hole was used as a general tipping site and so the stench from this added to the myth. Wealthy travellers were targeted by robbers and disappearing travellers were rumoured to have been dropped down the hole adding to the area's reputation.

It wasn't until 1907 that the hole was explored and the cavern discovered. As of 1924 visitors were allowed, being let down into the cave by cable & basket. Then in 1956 a tunnel was built providing the easy access today's visitors enjoy.

Keywords: Vacation home, Holiday rental house, Sarlat vacation rental, Beynac vacation rental, Dordogne Rental

More Details

Owner
Ruth Duckworth
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Ruth Duckworth

We live in England, having returned from working overseas for many years. We love to travel and enjoy having our little projects. The house was not such a small project but we have enjoyed renovating it over the past few years and continue to improve the back garden. We have now completed the second terrace behind the house which gives a great view of the river over the roof top. We enjoy the weather, stunning scenery, the history of the area and the relaxed French way of life. It always feels like home!

Ruth Duckworth purchased this house in 2005

Why Ruth Duckworth chose Aquitaine

We fell in love with the region when travelling through France. The scenery is breathtaking and there is so much history. We bought the property because we thought it had so much potential and it is in such a unique location with such spectacular views - we would love to retire here or spend at least 6 months a year here in the future.

A house needs to be lived in and letting it in the interim is an ideal way of doing this while sharing the lovely location with others.

What makes this house unique

The house is in such a unique location with such breathtaking views - I still have to stop and just gaze at the views 9 years down the line. The location of the house also provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne region, with its beautiful views, medieval castles, Bastide (walled) villages, pre-historic history, caves and enjoying the relaxed French culture. There is also a wide variety of activities for the more active holidaymaker.

It has all essential amenities within easy walking distance and yet within a short drive provides a variety of activities to suit all holidaymakers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks again for an absolutely fabulous stay in France. The house was so comfortable and beautiful and the kitchen was so well equipped. Great for cooking as most places we rent don't even seem to have a potato peeler or a decent chef's knife! The terrace out the back was gorgeous
Jul 2014
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Amenities

Beynac-et-Cazenac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Main en-suite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in glass block shower.
  • Main en suite has a bath with integral shower, basin, toilet and bidet. 2nd bathroom has large walk-in glass block shower, basin and toilet. Situated on floor between bedroom 2 and 3.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , With ensuite bathroom. Camping cot available upon request.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Loft Bedroom situated above kitchen with 2 single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Situated below Kitchen. Cupboard with Water softener.
  • King size beds (1) This is in the main bedroom with ensuite bathroom, Double Beds (1) Bedroom 2 has a double bed., Twin or Single Beds (2) There are 2 single beds in the loft bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Camping Cot/Crib Available on request. Small Tower Fans in each bedroom. Child Intercom system - all available upon request.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The village, has a small supermarket/deli, butcher, chemist, two bakers and a Hair Salon. There is also a post office, ATM, Tabac, Tourist information office as well as antique shops and galleries. Village Dr. - Speaks good English. Times for drop-in, and times for booking an appointment. The Restaurant La Petite Tonnelle (has great reviews on the internet, you will need to book in high season) Hôtel Restaurant du Château (200 meters distant) and several others within easy walking distance. All amenities are within 3 mintutes walk of the house. If you require more selection there is a large Carrefour supermarket at Saint Cyprien (petrol available here) - about 6 miles. Or a similar distance in the opposite direction on the outskirts of Sarlat there is a Casino supermarket.

Reviews

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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views
average rating of 4.976744 based on 58 reviews
Riverdale, NY
5

A beautiful and welcoming house set in heaven-like scenery

  • 5 of 5

This house in the medieval village Beynac-et-Cazenac rates very high on the accommodation scale, as can be seen by the many reviews written about it. Ruth and Mike Duckworth have masterfully set up this house as both a vacation house and as a home away from home, all this amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Dordogne valley and river. The house is situated just after the entrance to this small village, upon a steep path that leads to the majestic Chateau de Beynac that towers above the house and the whole valley. The many tourists who travel the path during the day on their way up to the castle, many a time stop by the house to take pictures of it and the flowers and vines that grow on its doorstep. During the evening and night, the place is completely quiet.

There are three bedrooms, all on different levels of the house - one master bedroom with a large bathroom, on the top level a room with two beds, and on a separate bottom level another room. The main level has a large sitting room and adjacent to it is the spacious and well-equipped kitchen. This level also has a bathroom and a washroom, and outside a pretty garden with plenty of place to sit. The windows of the house overlook the street below, the valley and the river, so one can spend hours just looking through them. The house is fully furnished and the attention that was given to all the details gives a sense of warmth and mystery.

We are a family of five, and all had plenty of space in the house. There are many books and DVDs that helped pass some relaxing time we had. The rest of the time, we were out visiting the many scenic attractions in the area. We spent 9 days in the area and had plenty to do, and actually did not manage everything, such as some of the caves for which one has to book tickets months ahead.

There is a small village shopping center with a bakery and supermarket about 3 minutes walk from the house, which was very convenient. Occasionally, when we drove through Sarlat, the main “city” in the area (one has to drive through it on the way to many places) we could stop there at its large supermarkets or for gas. It is also a very pretty place to go to in the evening. As for parking, since the house is on a steep and narrow path, there is no parking by the house, but as Ruth well explained, we parked at the parking lot that is about 5 minutes walk from the house and that was no trouble at all. In summary, we highly recommend the place for a family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Yaron, What a fantastic review! Many thanks for taking the time to write it and there will definitely be a big percentage reduction on your next visit! Kind regards, Ruth.
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Beckenham, Kent, UK
5

Beautiful house, stunning location and lots to do.

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful inside and out, located on a charming street, immediately beneath the Chateau and overlooking the river. We loved the views from the house - multiple chateaux, hot air balloons and folks canoeing and fishing in the river.

Inside, the house is really nicely restored and is very well appointed and decorated. We had everything we needed for 2 adults, 2 children and our baby and one double room to spare. It was great to have a selection of board games, DVDs etc available, but as we had lovely weather we barely used them. More useful, therefore, were the river inflatables, fishing net etc for our many trips to swim in the clean waters of the Dordogne. Those enjoying fishing would love this too and canoeing and cycling are all available nearby.

We enjoyed Beynac itself - good local restaurants, a few essential shops including nice butcher and baker.

Our biggest concern before coming was car parking but even in the height of the season this was fine. Unload and pack parked near the house, then use the Place D'Alsace car park (or one of the others) for a weekly parking permit of €13 from the Marie. Simple and fine and well worth it to stay in such a brilliant location.

Instructions in the house are extensive and clear and the owners and local representative are contactable if needed.

We had such a great time and only hesistation in recommending is lest others now book it for when we want to go again...

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. It is much appreciated that you have take the time to give such a comprehensive review. We are particularly pleased that you raised the subject of parking as I am sure many people worry about it before they arrive. In reality it is much more straight forward than imagined prior to arrival. Thank you and do visit us again soon!
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5

A lovely house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Beynac, and in particular, sitting on the balcony watching the canoes go by on the river below.. The house is well equipped with everything you need. We also enjoyed eating on the terrace in the evening. Also it was very convenient to be able to walk to the restaurants from the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beaumont, CA
5

Relaxing stay on the river!

  • 5 of 5

The place was very spacious, clean and relaxing! We spent most our days canoeing on the river since it was very warm, but the house stayed comfortable. Kitchen was well equipped and we enjoyed making breakfast almost every morning. We enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NC, USA (but from Provence day we will be arriving)
5

Loved our week in your home.

  • 5 of 5

beautiful view, beautiful area. loved the home

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

Heavenly stay in Beynac, Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

2 couples stayed here at Chez Duckworth, and it was worth every penny. The location was perfect, just up the hill from the river, and from the upper terrace we could have our evening happy hour overlooking the river and surrounding valley, watching swans, canoes, and the Dordogne itself floating by. The house was beautiful, very clean, and a total charmer, with views from every window as a bonus.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bergerac
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Beynac
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Vezac
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Beynac
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Castelnaud (or Beynac for good swimmers)
Car: necessary

The location of the house provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne with its beautiful views, castles, Bastide villages and relaxed French culture. Beynac village, which featured in the opening scenes of the film ‘Chocolat’, has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages; it has a variety of restaurants, food and antique shops, galleries, museums and a summer market to explore among its winding cobbled streets. Take a relaxing trip up the river on a gabarre (local boat). For the more adventurous there is ballooning, canoeing, cycling and horse riding. Further afield it is an easy drive to Sarlat, Castelnaud, the Bastide town of Domme, Font de Gaume (book tickets at least 3 months in advance) and Lascaux Caves, Rocamadour, pre historic cave paintings, troglodyte houses at Saint Christophe and Roque Gageac, the beautiful sculptured gardens of Marqueyssac and the vineyards of Bergerac & St. Emilion. In fact there is so much to see and do, you will be contemplating a return trip before you know it.

Other Activities: canoeing, horse riding, cycling & walking

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $353.07

A 25% deposit required to confirm reservation. Remainder due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Rent payment in full before details of key safe to access property will be forwarded to you.
300 euro refundable damage deposit required.
Change-over day is Friday. We can be flexible on this. Maximum Occupancy - 6 persons
Shorter Stay of minimum 5 days negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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