|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Cro Bique is a lovely vacation home in the Dordogne region, South-West of France , in the picturesque village of Beynac. The house is situated in a quiet street on the way to Beynac Castle, it has beautiful views from the double sun terraces where you can bask in the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings. The first floor has a comfortable living-room, dining area, spacious kitchen and a toilet. On the first floor there are three good sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The house is pleasant and well equipped for long stays. Besides the sun terraces, there is a barbecue area and a terraced back garden which ends in a forest, and places you can relax and read a good book.
It is a 'Home away from Home'.
A short walk will take you to the delighful village, which belongs to the'Plus beaux villages' - ( Frances most beautiful villages).
Further Details: The cobblestone streets, the cute shops and galleries, the promenade along the river Dordogne, takes you back in time. During the summer months, you can take a river trip on Gabarres (traditional barches), and glide past some of the most beautiful castles in the area. The natural scenery is stunning, and there are lots of walking/bicycle routes that will take you to amazing places and views. A short drive to Les Eyzier, will take you on a journey in time - from Neanderthal to Cro-Magnon. The Musee National of Les Eyzier is the centre of the world's biggest concentration of sites, occupied and embellished by mankind.It is also close by other interesting places like chateaux Castelnaud , La Roque Gageac ,the Fenelon castle and the gardens of Marqueyssac. The medieval towns of Sarlat, Domme, Le Bugue and Montpazier are also interesting to discover. This is the country of Foie Gras and Truffles, and many recommended restaurants are specialized in traditional cuisine.
We had a wonderful stay at Cro Bique this past July. The house is very comfortable and the hosts were extremely pleasant and helpful. Despite us being several hours later than we expected (we didn't get there until around 9 PM), Ofer was waiting at the house for us with a smile and a helping hand to unload the car and get everything inside. He gave us a tour of the house and left a bottle of wine and some items in the fridge for breakfast. He also gave us a valuable piece of information when he recommended going to the outdoor market at Saint Cyprien the following morning! But if you miss the market in Saint Cyprien, don't worry - nearly all the surrounding towns have outdoor markets at least once per week, so you're sure to have other opportunities.
Anyway, the house is lovely, and has everything you would need. Coming from America with our king sized beds, we were a little worried about the bed size. But it was not a problem! The mattress in the master bedroom was plenty big (I'd estimate somewhere between an American king and queen in size), and my wife and I didn't bump into each other at all while sleeping. Mattress was comfortable and did not sag. Two of our kids slept in the kid's room, which has two twin sized beds. Our 3rd kid got a room to herself, with a 140 cm bed, which is huge for a single kid or adult, but may be a little tight for 2 adults. The bedrooms are not huge, but they are comfy and clean.
We were there during a major heatwave - Tuesday got up to 100 degrees F! The stone house stayed fairly cool, but if I could have made one wish for the house, it would have been for a portable AC unit, just for the very hottest of days. Most of the time it was not necessary. Opening the windows in the evening brings in cooler air. We were shocked at first that the windows don't have screens! If we slept with the windows open and no screens at home the mosquitoes would turn us into ShrinkyDinks overnight. But not at Cro Bique! Even with the windows wide open all night, we did not get a single bug bite. Moths might fly in, attracted to the light, but they fly back out again when the lights go out.
All in all the house is wonderful. You'll be renting half of a dup, but the folks in the other half were very quiet and we barely knew they were there. We had a really REALLY great time and look forward to coming back some day. Thanks Gabriella and Ofer - it was wonderful to meet you!
It was our first visit to the Dordogne in June and, despite the weather, we were not disappointed and this was due to the fact that we stayed at Cro Bique and could not have asked for anything better. From our initial enquiry in November 2015, Gabriella/Ofer had promptly responded to all our emails and we were greeted on arrival by Ofer who shared more useful information with us about the house, where to eat, supermarkets, vets and good places to visit etc.
We found the house extremely comfortable, spotlessly clean with amazing views across the valley and Gabriella and Ofer had thought of everything and catered for all requirements to make the house feel like home.
There were panoramic views across the valley from the decked area at the front of the house and also lots of wildlife. Beynac itself was quite busy and quite congested with cars and it was good to be able to leave the car at home in the evening and walk down to the village for a meal and then slowly stroll back to this peaceful retreat. There was a short cut from the house to the village which took around 7 minutes or a longer more scenic walk along the country lanes which was around 15 minutes. Le Bo bar was good for lunch and a drink and reasonably priced but didn’t serve food in the evening – all the other restaurants in the village were ok for an evening meal but did get quite busy. There was a local Supermarche, Boucherie and Boulangerie about 15 minutes walk from Cro Bique with a larger supermarche (Casino) on the way to Sarlat. Also a small boulangerie in Beynac village.
There are lots of great places to visit i.e., Sarlat, Montpazier, La Roque-Gageac, St Cyprien to name but a few.
If you require a good Vet we can strongly recommend Dr Thibault de Jongh, Clinique Veterinaire, Sarlat who speaks extremely good English and extremely helpful. This practice is just before the main Casino supermarket on the left hand side coming from Beynac.
All in all, we found Cro Bique a perfect base for visiting the Dordogne and our thanks and appreciation to Gabriella and Ofer who ensured that everything was perfect for their guests and even provided a nice welcome pack which also included treats for our dog. Thank you to Gabriella and Ofer and look forward to returning in the future. Paul, Pauline and Archie (Border Terrier). P.S. Apologies for delay in reviewing but our internet has been down.
We had great hopes for our time in the Dordogne, and our stay in Beynac easily exceeded them. The house was exceptionally comfortable. Gabriella and Ofer were perfect hosts and went out of their way to make us feel welcomed. They always responded within hours to email messages, were exceptionally accommodating, were very straightforward and easy to deal with, and helped ensure that our visit was a great success. (They both speak excellent English.)
The house was very comfortable. The view from their deck, where we would sometimes have breakfast and dinner, is incredible. One looks across a valley at unspoiled farms and hills appearing much as they did a century ago. The kitchen has all the essentials and enabled us to prepare our meals with ease. The main bathroom is very well designed (unlike some others encountered in our trip.) It was very helpful to have the second WC, when a second couple stayed with us.
We were there for two weeks, and there is so much to do and enjoy that we would love to return and stay again at Cro Bique. Although the house is in a tranquil rural setting, the town of Beynac is just a few minutes away. The beautiful towns of La Roque, Domme, and Sarlat are also close, and the exceptional cave art of Lascaux II and Rouffignac can be reached by an easy and pleasant drive. We also enjoyed the excellent, moderately priced restaurants in Beynac, La Roque, and Sarlat.
Thank you Gabriella and Offer for making our vacation so exceptional!
As regular cottage holiday makers, we were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful locaton of the property. Whilst being away from the tourist trap of Beynac village, it was not isolated and within easy walking distance, yet still commanded spectacular views of the countryside with no traffic on the road leading to the property. The forest reaching the rear of the property meant that wildlife was in abundance. We saw red squirrels, woodpeckers, golden oriole, tawny owl and many more from the comfort of the sun loungers.
Gabrielle and Offa could not be more welcoming and left lots of delicious food and wine waiting for us on our arrival. Thank you Offa for imparting your local knowledge which helped us find some of the regions hidden gems and avoided the traffic jams. The cottage itself was very clean and comfortable with all living requirements catered for. The bed was also comfortable with plenty of spare blankets and plenty of towels for the bathroom.
The castle is lit up at night which can be seen from our bedroom window and in early morning the hot air baloons rise up from behind the castle.
My lasting memory of Crobique is the lack of any noise other than the wind chimes and bird song, with the occasional tractor in the far distance. Thank you to both Gabrielle and Offa for a wonderful stay.
My family (son, daughter-in-law, and 3 teenage grandchildren) and I had a wonderful stay in Cro Bique. The house, one half of a duplex, sits high on a hill with beautiful views across the valley. It is clean, tastefully furnished, and well equipped for our group of 6. We cooked every breakfast and dinner there. One unique feature (to me) was the electric toilet upstairs.
It is a short, steep, walk down a trail into Beynac. Or a considerably longer, but scenic, road walk. Beynac, which is charming, can be crowded during the day, so it was nice to return to our rural setting. We took advantage of the extensive hiking trails in the area as well as visiting several castles, an impressive garden, caves with prehistoric art, the Wednesday market in Sarlat, etc.
Gabriella and Ofer were excellent hosts. They gave us a house tour on our arrival and left us with flowers, a fruit bowl, wine and breakfast food.
My family (2 adults, 2 girls age 5 and 9) stayed at Cro Bique for 1 week in late June 2015 and found it to be an exceptional home away from home. We absolutely loved staying there and hope to return in the future. The owners Gabriella and Ofer are very friendly and helpful, it is situated just a short walk into town but also in a relaxing farm-like setting, it is spacious and well organized and equipped and has comfortable beds. These comments are consistent with those already posted here. Here’s a bit more about our specific experience and how Cro Bique exceeded our expectations.
The week that we stayed was extremely hot. There were 3 days in which the temperatures rose about 100 degree F and we were concerned that this was going to be an issue. Despite the heat, the house stayed cool, thanks to the shutters that kept the sun and the heat out during the day and the fans in each room. Gabriella and Ofer recommended places to swim and they were spot on. The kids had a great time swimming in the Dordogne during the hottest days. The deck at the front of the house was one of our favorite features. After about 4pm each day (June) the deck was in the shade, which allowed us to eat out dinners outside and relax in comfort, away from the sun.
We cooked all of our own meals during the week. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking a wide range of meals, from roasted chicken to pasta, to duck legs and sausages from the butcher. In addition, there is a barbeque outside that we used during the hottest 3 days. It worked great and (after 4pm) was also situated in the shade, making for a lovely time outside with the family.
The kids loved the area. They could walk up the hill behind the house to explore the gardens or walk down in front of the house to the hay fields that were cut and bundled during our stay. They loved having the freedom to roam around and my wife and I liked that we could easily see them from the deck wherever they went.
Finally, we found Beynac to be a great place to stay. One feature that you won’t find in the guidebooks is that the ‘area of commerce’ that is about a 15 minute walk (4 minute drive) from Cro Bique has a bakery, a butcher, and a small grocery shop that we found to be exceptional. The pastries we had at the bakery were the best we had in France and the meat we got from the butcher was also the best we had in France.
It was our favorite week of a long trip and I highly recommend it.
Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Parasailing, Wildlife Viewing, Spelunking, Hot Air Ballooning
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Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay