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Lovely House with stunning views of The Dordogne and La Roque Gageac

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Spectacular views of La Roque Gageac, the river, chateau and valley beyond

Number 1 La Malartrie is a lovely traditional stone house perched above the Dordogne on the edge of La Roque Gageac. It has unsurpassed, uninterrupted views of the river, La Roque Gageac and the valley beyond. It has a spacious well equipped kitchen and 3 bedrooms each with their own bathrooms. The lounge/dining room opens onto a spectacular terrace with stunning views along the river to the famous village of La Roque Gageac and across the walnut groves in the valley to the bastide town of Domme on the skyline.

La Malartrie is a really superb location for a holiday in the Dordogne. Within strolling distance of La Roque Gageac - designated 'one of the prettiest villages in France', it is set in the heart of the most celebrated part of South West France. No fewer than five castles are within a mile or two of the house and the famous medieval town of Sarlat is only 5 miles away. With the beautiful bastide town of Domme three miles away, Castlenaud just over one and Beynac around two, you won't find a more central location to enjoy the best of the Dordogne's 'golden triangle' . In the village itself you'll find a boulangerie, gift, wine and icecream shops and several lovely restaurants and cafes to enjoy. With the river only a short stroll away there is no shortage of places to swim. Canoeing is available just a few hundred yards from the house and guests can step out the door onto a network of beautiful walks. Countless lovely cycle routes are accessible from the house and bike hire can easily be arranged.

The Dordogne is simply a glorious place to be - a paradise of beautiful tree-clad landscapes studded with medieval castles, ancient churches, bastide towns, and amazing caves. Pretty Perigordine houses abound, with their steep roofs and pigoniers. La Malartrie is on the edge of the famous village of La Roque Gageac - one of the most photographed places in France and designated by the French Government as one of the prettiest villages in France. From the house's position perched above the river there are breathtaking views of the village clinging to the cliffs and across the valley to the bastide town of Domme. If you're visiting the Dordogne it doesn't get any better than this stunning stretch of the river between Domme and Beynac. No fewer than five castles - four of which are open to the public - are within a mile or two of the house. Castelnaud (1mile) has a fascinating museum of medieval warfare and Marqueyssac has beautiful topiary gardens to visit. Chateau des Milandes was famous as Josephine Bakers residence in the 1930s. The medieval bastide town of Domme which is well worth a visit lies about 3 miles away. Here among the cobbled streets are lots more charming shops and restaurants. The Dordogne is also a place of walnut groves and potagers where local people harness the rich soil and warm climate to grow produce for the wonderful local markets. We were delighted early in our time here to buy melons fresh from the field from a man with a trailer and earthy hands! Everyone has a walnut tree or ten and the nuts are taken to the local walnut mill to be pressed for oil.

People have lived here for 40 000 years and evidence of the past is everywhere. From prehistoric dwellings, castles of the Hundred Years War to the medieval and Renaissance buildings of Sarlat, historical sites abound. The beautifully preserved town of Sarlat, 5 miles away, boasts the highest density of listed medieval buildings in Europe. The Dordogne is also famous for its prehistoric sites. The entire Vezere Valley is a Unesco World Heritage site, the home of the National Museum of Prehistory, Lascaux and countless other fascinating prehistoric sites.

The area is renowned of course for its food and there is no shortage of restaurants and auberges happy to let you sample the local cuisine, rich in duck, truffles, ceps and walnuts.

A fascinating cave - 'The Grotte de Domme' can be visited from its entrance in the village square in Domme. The route descends inside the caves past amazing calcium formations and ends in a spectacular trip back up in a glass-sided lift. From the viewpoint in Domme you can look back across the valley to your holiday house in La Roque Gageac. Sarlat with its cobbled streets, medieval buildings and festivals is only 6 miles away. A walk here in the evening when the buildings are all lit up and the gas lights are on is very special.

When you can tear yourself away from the view from the terrace there are any number of wonderful walks to enjoy. An extensive network of marked footpaths through the trees and along the rivers makes finding your way easy. Or you could just stick to wandering from boulangerie to restaurant via the charming cobbled streets of La Roque Gageac. Canoeing is very popular and a lovely way to see the countryside and castles from another angle. Just walk along to the canoe base, paddle down the river and then a minibus brings you back from your chosen stopping point. Take a picnic and stop off at a wee beach for lunch by the river before you finish. It's also a real delight to swim in the Dordogne which is only 50 metres from the house, or its beautiful tributary - the Ceou - with its crystal clear spring-fed waters. (a mile away) You can take a boat trip from the village too on the flat bottomed gabarres which used to transport produce up and down the river. There are tennis courts and horse riding at Beynac 2 miles away. Bikes can be hired at Castelnaud and delivered to the house - another wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful Dordogne countryside. Several recently completed cycle paths make this safe and easy.

There can surely be few better locations than La Malartrie from which to enjoy the glories of the Dordogne. To wake up to the river shining below and the view unfolding across the walnut groves in the valley is a joy. Perhaps you'll wander along to the boulangerie for the croissants. I can imagine happily spending a day reading on the terrace here watching the occasional kingfisher dive or canoeist paddle by. And in the evening what better vantage point could there be from which to watch the lights come on in La Roque Gageac over a glass of wine while debating which of the restaurants was the best.

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David Fulton
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2017

About David Fulton

We are a Scots family - David, Lorna, Erika and Lily who have had a home in La Roque Gageac for 13 years now and think of it as a very special place. From the photos we have included you can see what an amazing outlook the house has. We're sure anyone who goes there will have a wonderful holiday in a fabulous part of France.

David Fulton purchased this house in 2012

Why David Fulton chose Perigord Noir

The best views, of the best section, of one of the best parts of France. It doesn't get any better than this.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vézac in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite
  • All bedrooms have en-suite facilities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin room overlooking the river and large en-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , overlooking the Dordogne, en-suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Coombed ceiling, exposed beams, large en-suite bathroom
  • Double bedroom on the ground floor with large casement windows overlooking the Dordogne. (4.3 x 3.1 m) En-suite shower room. 2 twin rooms (4.1 x 3.85 m) at first floor level overlooking the river, each with combed ceilings, exposed beams and en-suite bathrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
We hope you will be able to come over and enjoy our house in La Roque Gageac. There is so much to see and do in the area, it is a special place to us and we are sure you will love it as much as we do.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


Great Family vacation in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at David's property just as summer was coming to an end, and it was the perfect base for a great family vacation. It has lots of private space and facilities for three couples, but also great areas for socialising - the deck overlooking the river was the location for a number of very enjoyable wine and cheese sessions!. The kitchen was generous by French standards, and everything in the house was clean and functional.

La Roque itself has some very good restaurants and a little patisserie for the odd treat, and everything else you need - from sightseeing to biking or canoeing on the river - is very accessible, making the house at La Malatrie a great base if you are looking to mix a bit of spacious relaxation with some vacation activities in a very special area of France. Geoff - New Zealand.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing View

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful 10 day vacation at David and Lorna's rental in la Roque Gageac.

To sit on tbe deck and watch the river action was marvelous. The walk into the village was only minutes and lots of trails along river to walk too besides canoeing down the Dordogne.

A kitchen with all the items to cook our meals was ideal for our party of four.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and well equipped house with spectacular views.

  • 5 of 5

No 1 La Malartrie sits on the side of the cliff a five minute walk from the village of La Roque Gageac. Having arrived by car after a long drive, the climb up the track from the allocated parking space with the family's luggage, who had packed enough for a three month visit, despite the fact we were staying for 10 days, was a little daunting. Once installed however, we marvelled at the views over the river and the village. The weather was such that we spent most of our time, when at the house, out on the terrace. Canoeing, swimming in the river, medieval villages, castles, caves, walking, fantastic weather, good food, good wine and a lovely house to stay in, all added up to make it a fantastic holiday. David was staying nearby and very kindly came to check that we had everything we needed for our stay, offering assistance and information on the area, if required. We will return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Greatest view possible! Would go back immediately. Well located to discover the Dordogne region.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to see you all enjoy your holiday.
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Beautiful location in La Roque!

  • 5 of 5

The home is a wonderful old cottage with beamed ceilings, lovely old traditional farm house kitchen, and sits above and overlooks the Dordogne River! Every evening we sat on the patio and watched the river float by. It's a quick walk into town for dinner and shopping. I highly recommend this home and location for exploring the area. Quite beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a nice time; we love it too.
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Remarkable setting overlooking the Dordogne

  • 4 of 5

We had 5 wonderful days at this home. Enjoyed sitting on the terrace and watching the river action and town of La Roque Gageac.

Our hosts were very helpful and the house was comfortable and well equipped.

A great spot from which to explore the many interesting towns in this region.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

A security deposit of £300 is payable. This is normally refunded if there are no breakages or excess cleaning required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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