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Our 3-bedroomed house has simply stunning views of La Roque Gageac , the Dordogne and Domme. All the bedrooms are en-suite and look over the river.
It also has a spectacular 10-metre-long terrace from which to enjoy the views, entertain, dine or sunbathe.
Inside there is a lovely lounge with French doors leading onto the terrace with a barbecue and a dining area with seating for six. A well equipped kitchen makes this a fantastic place to enjoy good food, good company with unbeatable views.
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.
Our two houses in La Malartrie are lovely traditional stone properties perched above the Dordogne on the edge of La Roque Gageac. They have recently been sympathetically renovated but were originally built 200 years apart in the gorgeous honey coloured stone of the area. Both have unsurpassed, uninterrupted views of the river, La Roque Gageac and the valley beyond.
They have completely separate entrances about 30 metres apart. Each has stone steps leading up to their own private terrace with wonderful uninterrupted 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 and wine shops and several lovely restaurants to enjoy what the French do best! With the river only a short stroll away there is no shortage of places to swim. Canoeing is available from the village as are boat trips, 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 de 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 of 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 things for themselves and to sell at 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 and the home of the National Museum of Prehistory
The area is renowned too 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. The route descends inside the caves past amazing calcium formations and ends in a spectacular trip back up in a glass-sided lift. Sarlat with its cobbled streets, medieval buildings and festivals is only 5 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 perspective. 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. Its 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 steep yourself in 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 cormorant 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.
We are a Scots family - David, Lorna, Erika and Lily who have had a home in La Roque Gageac for 12 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
The best views, of the best section, of one of the best parts of France. It doesn't get any better than this.
A security deposit of £300 is payable. This is normally refunded if there are no breakages or excess cleaning required.
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.
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.
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.
Greatest view possible! Would go back immediately. Well located to discover the Dordogne region.
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!
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.