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Enchanting 450 year old stone farmhouse with detached guest house!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bed/2 baths. Main house has 1/1 and guesthouse has 1/1

We have a wonderful southern exposure allowing for gorgeous sunrises and sunsets and views of mountains and a patch work of small working farms. Available for 1 week minimum with a Saturday afternoon check-in and a Saturday morning check-out. Located in the medieval village of Carves just 4 kilometers to Belves. This is the most beautiful valley close to

the Dordogne River in the heart of the Perigord Noir. We often take bicycles to the river (30 minutes) of surreal scenery. Idyllic, private location perfect for discovering prehistoric caves, ancient castles, wineries, quaint stone villages, fois gras, delicious french country cuisine and many other wonderful

scenic experiences. Canoeing or kayaking on the Dordogne is a dream...slow, clear and calm best describes this gorgeous is an awesome experience for ANY age, young and old alike! Come and learn the meaning of bliss!

Master ensuite bedroom upstairs with king bed and ensuite guest house with a queen bed...perfect for two couples or two friends. Montauban enjoys peace and quiet away from all the hustle and bustle of all the tourist sites that attract people to the Dordogne but we are within easy driving distance to all major attractions, cafés, restaurants, caves, historical monuments, castles, chateaux, the Dordogne River, the Vezere River and the Lot. In addition to all that, the home is full of character, charm, and comfort.

More Details

Property Manager
Barton Whelan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, dutch
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Barton Whelan

Kristi and I were born and raised in central California. We have lived in Big Sur, CA (Monterey Peninsula) 40+ years. We have three children and three grand children. We absolutely love our ancient stone cottage in Carves, the heart of the Dordogne, as the english speaking call the area. The french refer to this area as the Perigord Noir, famous for their fois gras, truffles, goat cheese (chevre) and all products of duck.

Barton Whelan purchased this cottage in 1975

Why Barton Whelan chose Carves

My mother bought this property as a ruin in 1975 and lovingly restored it to the warm and cozy home it is today.

She deeded the property to us in 1999 (we are truly blessed).

What makes this cottage unique

Our favorite part of this home is that our neighbors make the absolutely best award winning chevre (goat cheese) in all of France...I have sampled it throughout other parts of the country and nothing beats it's quality. I didn't even like the stuff until I tried their's now I can't get enough! All the food there is a true delight. Considering the food, scenery, history, pre-history, rivers and valleys and patchwork farms and medieval stone villages and castles and prehistoric caves

we never grow tired of the area and we spend 6-8 weeks there every year for the past 20 years.


Carves Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • One bathroom in main house with tub and hand held shower, sink, bidet and separate toilet room. One bathroom with sink, shower and separate toilet room in detached, adjacent guest house.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom in main house with full bath, incl. bidet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 2nd bdrm and full bath in detached guest house. Charming!
  • 1 en-suite king bed in main house and 1 en-suite queen bed in separate, detached, directly adjacent guest house.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
We require a minimum of 1 week stay check-in on a Saturday and check-out on a Saturday, however, occasionally we make exceptions especially if more than a week, and sometimes less than a week. Please inquire.


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(13 traveler reviews)

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Enchanting 450 year old stone farmhouse with detached guest house!
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Amazing Retreat in the South of France

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I had a chance to spend sometime at Montauban with another couple during the first week of June and we all loved it. We stayed in the guest house while the other couple had the bedroom in the main house, a perfect arrangement for the four of us. What a beautiful old cottage and very comfortable, especially the beds. Ton and Rinie were awesome! They live about about half a mile away and were very attentive if we needed anything at all. As all the other reviews stated, this is a great place to stay while discovering all that the Dordogne has to offer. We would love to come back someday.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a good time. Hopefully there will be a next time. Bart
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Charming country house!!!

  • 5 of 5

We live in the Lot region of France and when we wanted to visit the Dordogne we stayed at Montauban with another couple from the States. This is a great location for seeing the region and enjoying the beautiful Dordogne countryside. Fabulous views from the house. We really enjoyed canoe trips on the Dordogne river with the lovely castles, the great French country food and wine, and would highly recommend Montauban particularly for two couples as each have their own building. Also would be great for a romantic holiday.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you chose our house to discover the Dordogne. Bart
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Southeast Georgia USA

Quaint and Perfectly Located

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this charming spot for a week in October. While we were prepared for typical fall weather, possibly rainy, had excellent weather each day. The cottage is well suited for exploring the Dordogne Valley and its many charms. Driving the back roads to each destination is a pleasure. Food and wine lovers will be in heaven; La Esplanade and L'Envie des Mets were outstanding. Nearby Sarlat is foie gras central. We drove to St. Emilion for a day of wine touring. Local daily markets offer excellent food shopping choices. We cooked at the cottage three evenings and took advantage of the excellent cuisine in the area for lunches. Beyond the food and the scenery, the Vezere Valley offers must-see cultural sights. Ton and Rinnie, the property managers, helped us get the most from our stay, and we would go again. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Harry and Jackie for sharing your experience at Montauban. I am so glad the weather in October was good to you! Although Ton and Rinie live nearly 1 kilometer from Montauban, they are always available for our guests. Hopefully you two will return someday. It is a magical area that can be enjoyed many times. It always has more to offer, time after time. Sincerely, Bart Whelan
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charming cottage in a wonderful setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Montauban. First the warm and generous welcome Ton and Rinnie gave us, and then this incredible charming house...It was so relaxing to arrive "home" in such a peaceful place after visiting the caves, castles and medieval villages packed with tourists! Despite its "character" and beautiful deco this house has everything you may need.

We also enjoyed those narrow winding roads among the woods, such incredible landscapes, the peace despite the tourists..and of course the food and Bergerac white wines. The region is amazing both for the nature and culture, but Montauban itself is worth a visit.

We were so busy visiting places that didn't have time for a stroll in the countryside, we should come back!

We are thankful to Ton and Rinnie, they are so nice, we always had that feeling that they were close in case of need, everything was so easy with them...and we enjoyed very much our conversations!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Gemma for your heartfelt review. We are so lucky to have Ton and Rinie looking after Montauban and our guests. We all hope you return someday! Most Sincerely, Bart Whelan
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Somerset, England

Life in Perigord

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent two weeks here. We were met by Ton and Rinnie who were always available with friendly help or assistance. The property has a comfortable lived-in feel. For us it was the perfect base for long walks through the beautiful French countryside, trips to prehistoric and medieval sites, dining out in restaurants serving local produce and dishes. And in the evening we were able to sit on the balcony and, glass in hand, watch the deer feeding on the grass a few metres below us. We came back home, refreshed and relaxed-the sign of having spent a great holiday.

PS: the Wi-Fi works a treat so you never feel out of touch!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, please forgive my very late response to your kind review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves during your stay at Montauban. I know Ton and Rinie enjoyed having you there! Sincerely, Bart
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Peaceful Aquitaine Farm House

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful bucolic setting with sweeping views of the gentle valley and hillsides off the back deck. The place is cozy, charming and well enough equipped to make any area vacation a good home base. The caretakers are personable and accommodating and it was a treat to get to know them. With fresh goat cheese up the road, a good bakery 3 miles away , a very good smoked salmon pizza at the Troglodyte Café in downtown Belves , or a wonderful kayak opportunity on the Dordogne River, look no further. Vive La France.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tom, Thank you for your kind words. We are glad that you enjoyed your time at Montauban. I think Ton and Rinie enjoyed your stay nearly as much as you did! Sincerely, Bart
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Bergerac 25 miles.Toulouse, Blagnac airport 2 hrs
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Golf Lolivarie 18 holes
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Belves, Siroac en Perigord, La Roque Gageac,
Car: necessary

Located in the in the medieval village of Carves, 4 kilometers from Belves in the Perigord Noir, an area with beautiful rivers (Dordogne and Vezere) perfect for canoeing, swimming, and fishing. Ancient caves, Lascaux, Gouffre de Padirac, prehistoric cliff-side dwellings, and beautiful chateaux and castles. Gorgeous rolling country side dotted with small working farms. Quaint ancient stone villages everywhere.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $307.65

Rate for June, July, August, September, October 16th is 700Euros for 7 nights

Rate for all other months is 550 euros for seven nights

More than 7 nights but less than 2 weeks maybe negotiated

Check, bank transfer, cash

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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