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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 beds sleeps 6, Great Base to Explore the Region, Village Location with All Amenities, 3 Minute Walk to Shops, Restaurants & River

Near Sarlat, the house is situated in the Beautiful village of Beynac et Cazenac on the ancient path leading up to the Medieval Castle. Being built into the cliff face the house overlooks magnificent views of the Dordogne and neighbouring castles while looking directly upwards from the peaceful garden terraces at the rear reveals remarkable views of Beynac Castle. The location of the house provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne region with its beautiful views, castles, Bastide villages, vineyards & enjoy the relaxed French culture. Beynac, not surprisingly has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages; it has a variety of restaurants, food and antique shops, galleries, and a summer market to explore. You can walk to the medieval castle on the cliff top above the village or take a more relaxing trip up the river on a gabarre (local boat) or simply pass the time of day on the secluded terraces at the rear of the house.

The house is located on the steep path/narrow road up to the castle (as see in the film 'Chocolat'). Because of the slope and layout you will find the house has two front doors. On entering the first, main front door, you will find a door on your left which leads to the main bedroom with en suite. To the right is a staircase leading up to the first floor and the large lounge with seating for six and stunning views of the river and 3 castles. There is WiFi, TV(Orange .fr cable tv), a DVD player, 40+ DVD's - wide selection to suit all ages, a HiFi music center - with a selection of music CD's, a Chest with board games for all ages, Books & Binoculars. Beyond the sitting room are 5 steps up to the kitchen/dining room. The kitchen is supplied with Bottle gas oven & hob with Extractor Fan, Ceiling Fan, dishwasher, large multifunction microwave and fridge with freezer compartment. There is an extendable dining table with six chairs (a high chair and booster seat are located in the hall under the stairs) There are place settings for 12 plus an array glasses and comprehensive set of cooking utensils.

from the kitchen there are two staircases, one leads up to the attic bedroom with 2 single beds and the other down to the double bedroom (again with stunning views of Fayrac Castle) and to the second front door. There are french windows which lead to a small kitchen balcony with views of the river and castles. From the back of the kitchen/diner is a door that leads to the shower room with the utility room beyond (washing machine, tumble drier & Hoover). To the left of the steps leading to the lounge is a door leading out to the two terraces with a table & 4 chairs, a bistro table & 4 chairs plus an additional folding table & 2 chairs, 2 sunbeds, 2 sun umbrellas and a Weber kettle Bar-B-Q with cooking utensils. Look up from the terraces and you have a stunning view of Beynac castle directly above you.

The lounge and kitchen are on the first floor for three reasons, one, to give easy access to the terraces; two, to take advantage of the wonderful views - I never tire of them; and thirdly it provides more privacy.

Temporary parking is available on the quay. A weekly Non-residents parking ticket (at around 13euros) is available from the Mairie. opening hours Mon to Fri 10.00 to 12.00am and 2.30 to 4.00pm This reduces the cost of parking in Place D'Alsace considerably.

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.

The Village Dr. - Speaks good English. On the door is a timetable with 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 minutes 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.

More Details

Mrs Ruth Duckworth
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Mrs Ruth Duckworth

My husband and I fell in love with the region while holidaying here. Buying and renovating the house gave us a project and the opportunity to return here as often as we could. The region has so much to offer in regards to history, culture and great food. It is also so beautiful, that we never tire of it.

Why Mrs Ruth Duckworth chose Beynac-et-Cazenac

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 in 2005 as a project to renovate but would like to retire here. The house was not such a small project in the end, but we have enjoyed renovating it over the past few years. We enjoy the weather, stunning scenery, the history of the area and the relaxed French way of life. 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 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, 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. All the above are within 3 minutes walk of the house. Beynac is within an easy drive of hundreds of beautiful towns, villages, Castles and caves and has historical sites from early man through the Hundred Years War to the present day. There are many activities including ballooning, canoeing, horse riding, to name but a few in the locality. A location for all tastes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The property was wonderful and exactly as shown in the photos. The house has everything you need and there are two separate sleeping ends giving privacy to occupants. We had a lovely family reunion there with 5 adults and a baby. The village of Beynac is delightful and there is lots to do in the immediate area. The views over the river and up to the castle are spectacular. The owners were extremely helpful and answered all our queries promptly. We would definitely stay there again. The property does have stairs and would not be suitable for very young children. (VRBO)
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Beynac-et-Cazenac in Périgord

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large walk in glass block shower enclosure
  • Bed room 1 en-suite Bathroom with bath with shower, wc, bidet and basin. Bathroom 2, located on the level between bedroom 2 and attic bedroom, has a Large glass block walk in shower, wc and basin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom with king sized bed and en-suite bathroom on the ground floor (camping cot available on request and intercom system). 2nd bedroom with double bed. Attic bedroom with 2 single beds. All have medium sized oscillating tower fans
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: This is an old stone house (thought once to have been a coblers shop - hence the large window in the main bedroom) that has been renovated over the last few years retaining the exposed beams and stone walls where possible and extending into the attic. There are Fire alarms fitted throughout the house so please No smoking NO pets are permitted. Suitable for families or couples. You will find the basics - tea, coffee, spices etc in the kitchen. Outside: The main secluded terrace has a Webber charcoal BBQ, a table and 4 chairs plus an additional folding bistro table with two folding chairs, two sunbeds & a sun umbrella. There is a second smaller terrace with bistro table and 4 chairs & sun umbrella with views of the river over the roof tops. Parking is available in the Car Park 5 minutes walk away. A weekly ticket can be purchased from the Mairie for 13 euros (Mairie open 9.00 to 12.00am and 2.30 to 4.00pm Mon to Fri). You can drive up the single track road to house to unload but may have to reverse down, or park temporarily on the quay at the bottom and use our case trolley (in the hall) to bring the cases up. Utility Room: Beyond bathroom 2 is a utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Also iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner & brushes, basic first aid kit. Cleaning / Towels / Linen : Inclusive in the rental - the house is cleaned prior to arrival, beds made and towels provided. For those staying longer than a week an additional change of linen can be arranged for charge. Please leave house clean and tidy, as you would want to find it Other: Entrance Hall leading to main bedroom and stairs to living room which leads to kitchen diner with balcony and magnificent views of the Dordogne. Stairs from Kitchen up to attic bedroom, stairs down to bedroom 2 & second front door. Access to terraces.


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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle and River Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful house in an absolute hidden gem in France!!

  • 5 of 5

The house is simply gorgeous! It has beautiful views of the castle and river and is well laid out if you are staying with a few people as the bedrooms are separated and private. Beynac is simply stunning and the house is in a great location, a quick stroll to the local shops and the river. Ruth was great, very responsive from the start and accomodating! Highly recommend both the house and the town :)

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Audrey, It gives me great pleasure that you have enjoyed Beynac and surrounding area as much as we do. Should you be passing this way again you would be most welcome to stay. Kind regards Ruth and Mike.
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Beynac 2013

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful property in a superb location and close to all amenities - restuarants, boulangerie, boucherie, and general store. We swam in the river every day and also walked to several of the local castles. The house was very comfortable and as keen cooks we found he kitchen had everything we needed. We can recommend the Petit Tonnelle restuarant and the local cafe for early morning coffees. It is worth visiting Beynac castle to get an amazing birds eye view of the property from the battlements.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you enjoyed your stay. The river is wonderful in summer. Do visit again - you'd be be most welcome. Regards Mike and Ruth
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Beynac et Cazenac
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Beynac et Cazenac
Nearest Beach
Beynac et Cazenac
Car: necessary


There are river beaches at various places along the Dordogne, the nearest (suitable for children) is at Castelnaud about 3km away. Or you can swim across from the quay to the beach on the bank opposite the house. Barrel available for keeping valuables dry. Picnic basket for 6 and rug, rucksack for 2 picnicers, freezer box for your use.


There are two airports both about 40km away at Bergerac and Brive. Also Bordeaux and Limoges at a distance of about 80km. I would recommend that a car is hired, essential if you wish to explore the area - there is so much to see and do.


The nearest large town is Sarlat to the East (10km) and small town Saint Cypriene to the west (10km) en route to Bergerac. Both have a large supermarkets with petrol stations attached. Places to visit - Sarlat la Caneda famed for a street market, open air theatre, Lascaux Caves, Font de Gaume Caves , Rocamadour, Troglodyte dwellings at St. Christophe, the Bastide town of Domme, sculptured gardens of Marqueyssac, La Roque Gageac, Castlenaud, St. Emilion & Bordeaux for the Vineyards and much more.

Further Details:

There are all the basic shops - 2 bakers, a mini market that sells fresh fish and local cheeses, a butcher/Charcuterie, a chemist, a post office and an ATM, Hair Salon, Tabac/Bar, tourist information office plus various other shops.There are 5 or 6 restaurants in the village and all are within a 3 minute walk away. La Petite Tonnelle has great reviews on the internet and you will need to book during high season.

Bikes can be rented from Roque Gageac or Sarlat.

Canoes can be rented in Beynac - you are driven up river and can take all day to paddle back to the village - a fantastic day out for all the family.

Trips on the river in the Gaberre with French or English guides on the history of Beynac.

Balloon trips can be organised - viewing the area from above.

Historic and pre-historics site abound and fantastic natural spectacles such as Font de Gaume and Proumeyssac caves.

The wine regions of Bergerac and Bordeaux perfect for exploring and are within an hours drive.

In fact there are so many things to do you will be planning your return trip before you know it!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £262.94

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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.