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In the middle of the most famous stretch of the Dordogne, with some of the best views in the valley, Le Mirador is a brilliant place to base yourself.
Walk through a vine-covered pergola to the covered terrace where you can look across the river to La Roque Gageac, the valley beyond and Domme perched on the edge of the cliffs.
Continue up steps to a spectacular roof terrace or go in the front door to the lounge. On the roof terrace, you can dine or just relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views - a glorious panorama of the Dordogne valley.
You'll find dining furniture on both the terraces and in the dining area of the lounge - and a barbecue on the roof terrace.
There are two good sized bedrooms - one on the ground floor with a King sized bed and another accessed by a spiral staircase with exposed beams, twin beds and an ensuite shower room. A door at this level leads to the roof terrace. All rooms have views of the river and beyond. There are two shower rooms, one on each floor.
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.
Linen and towels are included though we ask you to bring along extra towels for swimming and sunbathing
La Mirador's patios were used frequently as we enjoyed the wonderful views and various water activities. The fun was further enhanced by the 'close' visits of the hot air balloons each morning and evening, great fun!. This house serves as a great base to see many of the towns of the Dordogne Valley. La Mirador met our needs, at the same time, this house seems best suited for two adults or two adults and two children due to some space restrictions.
Great accommodation, great location, very informative host
The property is an exquisite balance of rustic charm and practicality. Two outdoor areas for dining / relaxing; the BBQ and well-equipped kitchen are suitable for creative cooking and entertaining. Owner David is a forthcoming host, generous with useful local information to plan and facilitate the stay.
The location is central to a host of activities and must-see attractions, but a short saunter down to the river was enough to provide hours of good swimming and chill-time for the kids.
A perfect and memorable stay.
My husband and I spent 2 weeks in the Dordogne river valley and split our time at 2 HomeAway properties. Our first week was in Beynac and our second week was at Le Mirador. We highly recommend both villages but I have to say that La Roque Gageac wins out by a smidge, due to the number of restaurant options including Chez Tom which stays open outside of normal lunch and dinner hours and sells takeout pizza. The Boulangerie in Beynac is much better but no problem because Beynac is only a 5 minute drive.
It was quite rainy our first week in the Dordogne so we visited caves, castles, and Troglodyte villages. (No canoeing when the water is high!) But our second week in La Roque Gageac couldn't have been better. Warm and sunny allowing us to take full advantage of the outdoor spaces. Le Mirador was perfect for us. The views! Even better than the photos. We ate every meal on the covered patio or the roof-top. Even on a hot day, it's quite pleasant sitting under the leaf canopy of the Pergola.
The house is well equipped and we had everything we needed. We cooked a number of meals in the kitchen. David had a nice coffee/tea tray set up for our arrival and it was great to have many of the basic necessities provided - milk, sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, paper towels, dish washing liquid, plastic wrap, toilet paper. The kitchen is not granite, glass, and stainless steel - so if that's what you're looking for you may be disappointed. But it was clean, very quaint, and had everything we needed. We also appreciated the numerous English channels on the TV (although we didn't spend much time inside) since the previous house in Beynac had no TV.
When I first learned there was no AC at Le Mirador, I was a bit worried. I'm at that phase of life where I crank up the air at night. The temperature wasn't a problem, however. The house backs up to a stone cliff and the downstairs stayed cool the entire time we were there. Outside temperatures were low 80's F. The master bedroom is on the first floor. The upstairs bedroom got a little warm at times but a fan is provided. We never had to use the fan and actually used the space heaters a few nights.
There's so much to do even within walking distance - Castelnaud and Marquessac are both very walkable. There's a really nice cliff walk above La Roque Gageac. But beware of blindly following the yellow blazes - we got hopelessly lost and David had to rescue us!
Two couples spent nearly a week at this lovely house in early October, overlooking La Roque Gageac and the Dordogne River. It was hard to pull ourselves away from the front porch and upstairs terrace -- the views really are stunning! We had the privilege to meet the owner of the house, as well as his wife and daughter - wonderful people who all made us feel very much at home. The house was clean, cozy, and met our needs quite well. Access to the upstairs bedroom is up a winding staircase, and access to the house itself is up a small footpath. This worked fine for us, but someone with mobility issues could be challenged. Do take advantage of all the area has to offer! The maps in the house with walking trails enabled us to trek for miles (kilometers!) through the beautiful countryside, and the kayak trip down the Dordogne River was a high point of our trip. Our only disappointment -- we didn't think to make an advance reservation at the La Belle Etoile Restaurant since we were there in the off-season, and unfortunately, it was full. So do book early. But we had several very enjoyable meals at La Plume D'Oie Restaurant, which was recently taken over by a very nice young couple from Northern France. All in all, a wonderful experience in La Roque Gageac! Thank you David!
We had perfect weather and a perfect stay. The photos capture the location accurately and we made plenty of use of the two terraces, dining and enjoying the picture perfect views over the river and the town. The location was a little challenging for our nonagenarian travelling companions but doable, luggage needs to be carted up the footpath to the house from the road below. The kitchen was well equipped and David our host made every effort to accommodate our needs. An exciting balloon fly by one evening that was close enough to see the faces of the occupants of the gondola made the advantages of the location very clear. Within one hour's drive there were more places to visit than we could fit in. All in all most enjoyable.