IN THE HEART OF BEYNAC VILLAGE WITH SPECTACULAR CASTLE & RIVER VIEWS

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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IN THE HEART OF BEYNAC VILLAGE WITH SPECTACULAR CASTLE & RIVER VIEWS

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 terrace at the rear reveals remarkable views 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.

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 microwave.

Leading off the kitchen is a shower room with 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 terrace with sun loungers, patio table and chairs and spectacular views of the castle directly above.

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.

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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Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2010
Speaks english

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 are clearing the deposited soil and debris from the rock face and in the process of creating an second terrace with view of the river. We enjoy the weather, stunning scenery, the history of the area and the relaxed French way of life. It always feels like home!

The Owner purchased this house in 2005

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 as a project to renovate as it is 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.

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. Beynac village, which is 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 within easy walking distance.

For exercise, why not walk up to the medieval castle on the cliff top above our house following the villages' cobbled streets from our house. Or maybe you would rather take a more relaxing trip up the river on a gabarre (local boat) or simply pass the time of day on the terrace at the house. For the more adventurous there is ballooning, canoeing, cycling and horse riding available in the area. Further afield it is an easy drive to Sarlat, the Bastide town of Domme, Font de Gaume 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!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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In the Heart of Beynac Village with Spectacular Castle & River Views
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Beynac et Cazenac Perigord Noir
Stockholm
5

Can't recommend this property enough

Can't recommend this property enough
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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
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Beynac et Cazenac Perigord Noir
Australia
5

A slice of heaven.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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.
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind review. We are so pleased that you had a great reunion and we would love for you to return in the future.
Kind regards, Mike and Ruth.
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Beynac et Cazenac Perigord Noir
Michigan USA
5

castle ledge apartment

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
The Beynac property is incredible. It is attached to the side of the cliff in which a castle sits above. The apartment is well appointed and large even for those from the states. and the location is centrally located to this part of France. Only 1/2 hour away from Sarlat which is a great day trip spot. The castle above is famous as the movie set for Joan of Arc, also the castle reminds you of a castle during the middle ages. What was really fun was to look down from the castle walls and see the patio of the apartment just below us.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Beynac 2013

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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.
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Beynac et Cazenac Perigord Noir
Norway
5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Beynac is serene and peaceful, even in August - and stunningly beautiful. We stayed at Ruth and Mike's house for a week, and found everything to be better than described on this site. The house had everything we needed and more.
At first it is like living in a postcard, completely magical. Swimming in the river, walking to the bakery in the early morning, travelling to the nearby towns and walking around the castle, all made in real - though timeless, with the medieval village above ground and the caves below. This area has the longest recorded habitation in Europe and yet feels simple and welcoming with farms and farmland spread between the many villages.
Try driving on the back roads (our GPS was set on Fastest route, and led us up gravel paths and down mountain sides - gorgeous!). We sought out the local markets on market day where you get to sample local wine, cheeses, patés and pasties. We walked around the medieval section of Sarlat. We went to the caves (book online!) and found village festivals on the way.

The best part of renting this house is the view - the sunrises and sunsets on the river.
It is also large enough and has rooms enough to where each person can get away, get a nap, read and have time to rest.
The biggest surprise in the house was a well-stocked, little library (who would have expected historical novels like "The Egyptian" by Mika Waltari among travel books and crime novels?). Our 13-year old daughter was delighted by the DVD-selection, as were we.
We completely recommend Beynac-et-Cazenac and the whole region, and particularly this house.


Ruth and Mike were very helpful and professional in all our contact with them.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always wonderful to find like minded guests - I just love the area - I never tire of the views. I am delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay. You would be welcome back any time. Kind regards Ruth & Mike
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Sarlat-la-Canéda
"Beuatiful Medieval Town with fabulous Saturday Market, Summer Music Festival, well worth a d..."
Shops
"Mini Market - has most basic supplies, fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of local chees..."
Mairie
"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..."
Chemist
"Helpful and have a little English."
Poubelles/Bins
"Rubbish sack (Black) disposal, Recycling sack(Yellow) disposal, and Glass Recycling Bins. Fr..."
Quay
"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..."
Restaurant Maleville
"Restaurant Maleville Deceptive restaurant from the outside, But it has one air conditioned r..."
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
Bergerac
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Vezac
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Castelnaud (or Beynac for good swimmers)
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Beynac
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Beynac
Car: recommended

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

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Availability & Rates

Beynac et Cazenac House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
 
SPRING 2014
Apr 4 - May 22
€1,225
7 nights
 
 
EARLY SUMMER 2014
May 23 - Jun 26
€1,435
7 nights
 
 
SUMMER 2014
Jun 28 - Sep 4
€1,820
7 nights
 
 
LATE SUMMER 2014
Sep 5 2014 - Sep 25 2014
Changeover Day: Friday
€1,435
7 nights
 
 
AUTUMN 2014
Sep 26 2014 - Oct 23 2014
€1,225
7 nights
 
 
WINTER 2014
Oct 24 2014 - Dec 18 2014
€910
7 nights
 
 
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR 2014
Dec 19 2014 - Jan 2 2015
€150
€975
4 nights
 
 
EARLY SPRING 2014
Jan 4 - Apr 3
€910
7 nights
 
 
My Standard Rate
€910
7 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €300.00
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 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Change-over day is Friday. Maximum Occupancy - 6 persons
Shorter Stay of minimum 4 days negotiable. Reduced rates for stays of 14 days or more.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Beynac et Cazenac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Stove
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Television ...
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books for Adults
  • Games for Kids
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Binoculars
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Balcony ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • caves
  • forests
  • coin laundry
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • theme parks
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • wildlife viewing
  • walking
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • hot air ballooning
  • spelunking
  • rock climbing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
Notes:
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 Restaurant La Petite Tonnelle (has great reviews on the internet, you will need to book in high season) Hôtel Restaurant du Château (200 metres distant) and sevaral others within easy walking distance. All amenities are within 3 mintutes walk of the house. See location map and click on links. If you require more selection there is a large 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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