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

Ruth Duckworth

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

Ruth Duckworth

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015
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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


Beynac et Cazenac House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 6, 3 minutes Walk to Shops & Restaurants

The house is situated in the picturesque village of Beynac et Cazenac on the ancient cobbled path leading up from the riverside to the medieval castle. The house is within 3 minutes walk of all amenities and overlooks magnificent views of the Dordogne and neighbouring castles while looking directly upwards from the peaceful garden terraces at the rear reveals a remarkable view of Beynac Castle.

House Description.

The house is built into the rock face on the steep road up to the castle and is therefore on three levels. Originally, it was a cobbler’s shop, and has been renovated over the last few years, mainly internally, to reveal the beautiful yellow rock and wooden beams with the living quarters on the first floor to take full advantage of the beautiful views and to provide easy access to the rear terrace.

On entering the front door; to the left is the master bedroom with king sized bed and en suite bathroom.

To the right is a staircase to the first floor where you will find a large sitting room (30sq.m) with magnificent views of the Dordogne. There is Internet access, a TV with French TV channels, a dvd player with a selection of dvd's, a 'pirates' chest with a selection of board games and also a selection of novels in the book case. In addition there is a folder full of details of things to see and do in the region.

At the far end of the sitting room are five steps up to the kitchen/dining room with French doors leading out onto a small balcony where once again the views are spectacular. The kitchen is fully equipped and supplied with a dishwasher, gas cooker, fridge and multi-function microwave.

Leading off the kitchen is a shower room with a large glass brick walk-in shower, wc and wash hand basin and beyond, a further door to a utility room where the washing machine and dryer are located.

The staircase leading down from the kitchen provides access not only to a second exit door but also to bedroom 2 with a double bed.

The beautiful wooden staircase leading up from the kitchen provides access to the third bedroom which is furnished with two single beds.

From the rear of the kitchen is a door to the terraces with sun loungers, patio table and chairs, a charcoal Bar-B-Q all set off by spectacular views of the castle directly above.

There is now a new upper terrace with a stunning view of the river over the rooftop - lovely for catching the evening sun.

There is car access to the front door to unload your luggage, but be prepared to reverse 50 yards back down to the main road if necessary. Alternatively, park on the quay and use our case trolley (in the entrance hall) to bring the luggage up to the house. Car Parking is close by in Place d'Alsace Car Park. An economical weekly parking ticket can be obtained from the Mairie.

There are 6 restaurants to choose from in Beynac all within 5-10 minute walk of the house.

The village has all the the major essentials - mini-market, butcher, baker, hair stylist, chemist, ATM, Post office, Tabac, and Doctor who does speak English.

Local History

Beynac et Cazenac is a magical village of honey coloured stone houses nestled alongside the beautiful Dordogne river below the stunning cliff, from the top of which the medieval Beynac Castle keeps watch on the river below and on the countryside to the south, west and east, as it has done since the 12 century. It is no surprise that it has been listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages.

The surrounding area is steeped in history including the oldest cave drawings at Lascaux Caves, and witnessed the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) between England & France. Beynac Castle changed allegiance many times and was once the home of Richard the Lionheart having scaled the cliff face to gain access to the castle(King of England 1189 to 1199). Sarlat la Caneda a beautiful nearby town, was rescued in the 1960’s from demolition and is now thriving with many restaurants, shops, outdoor markets and outdoor theatre.

The narrow cobbled street that leads up to Beynac castle (as seen in the opening scenes of the film Chocolat) was the main road following the Dordogne river from Sarlat via Bergerac to Bordeaux – most traffic was then along the river and you can still take a trip on the traditional gabarres today.

This region of France has a reputation for gastronomic delicacies such as foie Gras and truffles. The relationship between foie gras and the perigord region dates back to the 18th century, and continues to be celebrated with festivals and tasting events.

Walnuts are produce in great quantities in the region and the local walnut liqueur is well worth sampling.

Places of interest

Sarlat la Caneda (about 10km), a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey, is one of the most visited towns in France. This is largely due to the efforts of Andre Malraux, Minister of Cultural Affairs, who chose Sarlat as a trial town in 1962 for the Loi Malraux Law to protect the heritage of France's towns. Sarlat is now classified as a ville d'art et histoire and has the highest density of certified 'Historic Monuments' of any town in France. It is on the list for future nomination as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Marqueyssac Gardens (about 2km), already listed as a national historical monument, covers 22 hectares of land, with more than 6 km of shaded paths edged with 150,000 hand pruned boxwoods that are over 100 years old. It is the most visited garden in Perigord and overlooks the entire Dordogne valley providing spectacular panoramic views.

Bergerac (about 40 km) to the west on the northern bank of the Dordogne is characterised by elegant Renaissance buildings from medieval times. One of many highlights is the old town, with restaurants & boutique shops along quaint cobbled streets. There are 2 statues of Cyrano do Bergerac from the famous play of the same name. On both sides of the river are 13,000 hectares of vineyards producing red, white and rose wine, although not as revered as Bordeaux, they have good flavour and should not be overlooked.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac about (25km) is the home to the Musée National de Préhistoire (National Museum of Prehistory) and the area contains several important archaeological sites. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. In March 1868, the geologist Louis Lartet discovered the first five skeletons of Cro-Magnons, the earliest known examples of Homo sapiens sapiens, in the Cro-Magnon rock shelter at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac. These skeletons included a foetus.

Gouffre De Proumeyssac (about 20km). This Cathedral of Crystal is a spectacular cavern with incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites. From the ceiling hang four huge stalactite formations. These resemble, and are named after: a siren, a waterfall, a jellyfish and an octopus. From one of these water pours down adding to the pools of water on the floor below.

Legends surrounding the 'Trou du diable', the 'devil's hole'. In the winter the hole emits a mist in the same way that rivers do on a cold day and in olden times this was thought by the local people to be smoke from the fires of hell. The hole was used as a general tipping site and so the stench from this added to the myth. Wealthy travellers were targeted by robbers and disappearing travellers were rumoured to have been dropped down the hole adding to the area's reputation.

It wasn't until 1907 that the hole was explored and the cavern discovered. As of 1924 visitors were allowed, being let down into the cave by cable & basket. Then in 1956 a tunnel was built providing the easy access today's visitors enjoy.

Keywords: Vacation home, Holiday rental house, Sarlat vacation rental, Beynac vacation rental, Dordogne Rental

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ruth Duckworth (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015

About Ruth Duckworth

We live in England, having returned from working overseas for many years. We love to travel and enjoy having our little projects. The house was not such a small project but we have enjoyed renovating it over the past few years and continue to improve the back garden. We have now completed the second terrace behind the house which gives a great view of the river over the roof top. We enjoy the weather, stunning scenery, the history of the area and the relaxed French way of life. It always feels like home!

Ruth Duckworth purchased this house in 2005

Why 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 because we thought it had so much potential and it is in such a unique location with such spectacular views - we would love to retire here or spend at least 6 months a year here in the future.

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 house is in such a unique location with such breathtaking views - I still have to stop and just gaze at the views 9 years down the line. The location of the house also provides an ideal base for exploring the Dordogne region, with its beautiful views, medieval castles, Bastide (walled) villages, pre-historic history, caves and enjoying the relaxed French culture. There is also a wide variety of activities for the more active holidaymaker.

It has all essential amenities within easy walking distance and yet within a short drive provides a variety of activities to suit all holidaymakers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks again for an absolutely fabulous stay in France. The house was so comfortable and beautiful and the kitchen was so well equipped. Great for cooking as most places we rent don't even seem to have a potato peeler or a decent chef's knife! The terrace out the back was gorgeous
Jul 2014
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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 39 reviews

Lovely home, lovely location!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Ruth & Mike for your hospitality. My family (3 children under 12) loved your home and loved our week in the Dordogne. Beynac was an ideal base from which to enjoy all that the area has to offer, we hiked, picknicked, paddled and floated (in a hot air balloon) along the river. Your home was so well stocked that we wanted for nothing. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear your whole family had a great holiday - you have managed to pack in a great deal in your time here! I am envious of your balloon ride - I must take a trip next year for my 60th. Kind regards Ruth and Mike
Seattle, WA, USA

Pinch me, I'm dreaming

  • 5 of 5

The town is unbelievably cute and every morning I woke up not believing I was in the middle of it. The owners were super accommodating and made the process smooth and easy. The backyard terrace and garden was a highlight. You can drink your coffee or tea and just look up at the castle in astonishment. The area was the highlight of a 3 week vacation across various regions of France. Canoeing the Dordogne River was so incredible we actually did it twice. The views as you come into Beynac and the nearby town of La Roque-Gageac are magnificent.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. I am delighted that you enjoyed the house and region so much. The canoeing is a wonderful day out and a pleasurable way to see the region, whatever your canoeing skills. Do visit again, you would be most welcome.
Wimberley,Texas USA

River Stay

  • 5 of 5

Beynac was a delightful surprise. As everyone knows pictures can not convey the reality. Every direction is an incredible image: The river, castles out the living room window, hot air balloons over the valley, the turret of the castle above. We only stayed 4 days and were just getting going. We had 2 fifteen year old boys with us and they were plenty occupied. Hiking, swimming, kayaking ( allow 4 hours), And general exploring kept us all enthralled. The owner's guide was very helpful and their local contact, Tom, also was extremely courteous. I would recommend booking some cave visits upon arrival as they have limited capacity and time slots. After Paris, This could not have been a better destination.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post a review. Glad the location lived up to expectations - it really is stunning. Do visit us again sometime you would be most welcome. Regards Ruth & Mike

Lovely house in a beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Ruth and Mike's charming house in Beynac-et-Cazenac. The house--exactly as advertised, bright and attractive, and very clean--easily accommodated five adults and had everything we needed for a comfortable, fun vacation. We loved the views of the Dordogne River and neighboring castles from the kitchen, living room and patio especially. We enjoyed our walks through the village and up to the castle, and we had interesting daily outings to nearby markets, gardens, castles, caves and scenery all around. The area is rich in history and beauty, and Beynac provided the perfect base for exploration.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great to hear that you enjoyed your holiday in Beynac. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post a review. Regards Mike and Ruth

Beautiful home in charming village!

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 3 adults had a wonderful time in this beautiful home in the charming village of Beynac-et-Cazenac! The home is just as lovely as the pictures indicate. We loved all having our own rooms, and gathering in the kitchen to prepare meals together. The views from the little kitchen balcony over the river are amazing! We had, unfortunately, not great weather (mostly rainy days) so could not take advantage of the nice terrace, but did find that this was a great location for trips in the car exploring the Dordogne region.

Hghest recommendation for this property and thanks to Mike and Ruth for making the arrangements so easy. Loved it!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Eric for your great review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Disappointing that the weather was not the best but last year proved unusually wet. If you are in the region again you would be most welcome to stay. Regards Ruth & Mike.

Can't recommend this property enough

  • 5 of 5

I spent the week here with my family and cannot recommend the house and surrounding area enough. Mike and Ruth are so helpful. They were extremely responsive and accommodating to our needs and will provide you with suggestions and reccomendations of what to do locally.

The house is perfectly located with wonderful views over the Dordogne and the beautiful Beynac castle is located just above, a few minutes walk/climb away.

There are some very cure restaurants within walking distance and loads of activities to do and lots of things to see in the surrounding area, My favourite was the kayaking tour with scheduled stops down the Dordogne.

Great location, easy to get to. Cannot recommend this place enough!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. So pleased you enjoyed your stay in Beynac. Do visit us again sometime - you would be most welcome! kind Regards Ruth and Mike


"Beuatiful Medieval Town with fabulous Saturday Market, Summer Music Festival, well worth a d..."
"Mini Market - has most basic supplies, fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of local chees..."
"Purchasing of weekly Non resident (tourist) parking pass for Place d'Alsace. Opening hours M..."
Cafe Bar Tabac
"Cafe and Tabac - a lovely place to start your day with Croissant and Coffee. Great Staff who..."
"Helpful and have a little English."
"Rubbish sack (Black) disposal, Recycling sack(Yellow) disposal, and Glass Recycling Bins. Fr..."
"Quay at side of river for temporary parking whilst unloading if access road to house is busy."
Tourist Office
"Situated on the main street between the Chemist and the Cafe/Bar "
Restaurant Maleville
"Restaurant Maleville Deceptive restaurant from the outside, But it has one air conditioned r..."
Hotel du Chateau & Restaurant
"Hotel du Chateau Rastaurant - out side on the terrace or inside air conditioned - great fo..."
Chateau Beynac
"Beynac Castle - Directly above our house - an absolute must to walk up through the village t..."
Château de Castelnaud
"Great place to visit, lots to see in the castle, artifacts, videos, and demonstrations for c..."
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
"Miles of walks, spectactualar topiary gardens, paths along the cliff face with wonderful vie..."
La Petite Tonnelle
"La Petite Tonnelle, Relatively new to Beynac but has quickly made a name for itself. It has ..."
Carrefour Supermarket
"Good place to do a big shop, then top up from your local village shop. !0 km from Beynac et ..."
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Castelnaud (or Beynac for good swimmers)
Car: necessary

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, which 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. Take a relaxing trip up the river on a gabarre (local boat). For the more adventurous there is ballooning, canoeing, cycling and horse riding. Further afield it is an easy drive to Sarlat, Castelnaud, the Bastide town of Domme, Font de Gaume (book tickets at least 3 months in advance) and Lascaux Caves, Rocamadour, pre historic cave paintings, troglodyte houses at Saint Christophe and Roque Gageac, the beautiful sculptured gardens of Marqueyssac and the vineyards of Bergerac & St. Emilion. In fact there is so much to see and do, you will be contemplating a return trip before you know it.

Other Activities: canoeing, horse riding, cycling & walking


Rates & Availability

From €135 Per night

Beynac et Cazenac House Rental Rates

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Apr 3 2015 - May 21 2015
5 night minimum stay
May 22 2015 - Jun 25 2015
5 night minimum stay
Jun 26 2015 - Sep 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2015 - Oct 1 2015
Changeover Day: Friday
5 night minimum stay
Oct 2 2015 - Oct 29 2015
5 night minimum stay
Oct 30 2015 - Dec 17 2015
5 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2015 - Jan 7 2016
5 night minimum stay
Jan 8 2016 - Mar 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300
Notes A 30% 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 4 days negotiable. Reduced rates for stays of 14 days or more.

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Beynac et Cazenac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Main en-suite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in glass block shower.
  • Main en suite has a bath with integral shower, basin, toilet and bidet. 2nd bathroom has large walk-in glass block shower, basin and toilet. Situated on floor between bedroom 2 and 3.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , With ensuite bathroom. Camping cot available upon request.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Loft Bedroom situated above kitchen with 2 single beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Situated below Kitchen. Cupboard with Water softener.
  • King size beds (1) This is in the main bedroom with ensuite bathroom, Double Beds (1) Bedroom 2 has a double bed., Twin or Single Beds (2) There are 2 single beds in the loft bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Camping Cot/Crib Available on request. Small Tower Fans in each bedroom. Child Intercom system - all available upon request.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
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. Village Dr. - Speaks good English. 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 mintutes 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.

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