Located in the path to the castle, Tibalou house is one of the mots Scenic house of the village.
Frederique & René DROUIN
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 17, 2019
About Frederique & René DROUIN
THE OWNER FALLS IN LOVE WITH PERIGORD AND LATER ON WITH BEYNAC MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO
Frederique & René DROUIN purchased this House in 2012
Why Frederique & René DROUIN chose Beynac-et-Cazenac
LE TIBALOU HOUSE IS ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC HOUSE OF THE VILLAGE OF BEYNAC
What makes this House unique
Ideally located in the heart of the village of Beynac in the 1st part of the path to the castle. at 3-5 mn walk to the shops and the river Dordogne. Large terracea nd splendid views over the Dordogne from all the rooms. Limestone walls and beams.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
We stayed at Frederique's lovely stone house for 5 nights in July 2018. During that time, we felt like we had moved back in time, living similarly to the way folks might have lived many decades ago. We walked down the hill to the brasserie every morning for baguettes and pastries (the women there are very nice); crepes for lunch at the cafe (the cafe owner is a bit grumpy but makes very good crepes); and then 6 very good restaurants to choose between for dinner. From the house, it is only several minutes walking to Castlenaud, a 13th century castle that was our favorite on the trip. The house itself was built who-knows-how-many hundreds of years ago, but has all the modern conveniences for a nice stay, including solid WiFi, dishwasher, gas stove with cookware, and a washing machine (like many in France, you use a drying rack to dry). Now let's get to the Pros and Cons.
Pros: house has the best view of just about anywhere I have _ever_ stayed in my life; Frederique (owner) and Martine (caretaker) are both very friendly and easygoing, and will make sure you have everything you need; Beynac is awesome, a way better place to stay these days than Roque Gageac, Sarlat, Les Eyzies de Tayac as it still feels authentic; very close to Castlenaud; weekly parking easily arranged at city hall; right on the Dordogne, we canoed 14km practically right to our front door; last but not least, orange cat who we named Pierre Buffiere likes to come by and will be your outdoor cat for the week if you give him some table scraps.
Cons: booking and logistics will be easier to arrange if you know some French--Frederique and I communicated in French, and Martine only speaks French--however the home documentation is in English and Martine understands gestures well, so it is certainly doable and worth the effort if you don't have any French at your disposal; it was not possible to pay through HomeAway so I had to arrange a wire transfer and then do the deposit through PayPal, all of which required quite a few e-mails and a fair amount of time; the beds, like most in France, are not as large as I'd like (I'm 6'2"), however they were comfortable; the two bedrooms are upstairs and the only bathroom is downstairs, which makes for a little extra work in the middle of the night if you're over 40 ;)
Overall, we had an excellent time there, we are very happy we stayed, and we would certainly like to stay there again on our next visit to Dordogne!
Thank you very much Jonathan for taking the time to detail your stay in our house.
We are delighted that you have enjoyed your stay in Beynac and have enjoyed all the activities and visits of this beautiful BLACK PERIGORD.
However, I want to specify that I speak English and I write English without any problem. You have chosen to communicate in French.
Payments are made either by Paypal or by bank transfer.
For the cat of the neighbor, it comes very very rarely in our garden except when guests feed it. We do not wish it.
We sincerely thank you for entrusting us with your holidays.
Delightful apartment, views, village
Tibalou was a delightful oasis with remarkable views set in a well-preserved medieval village complete with castle. The beds were comfortable and the apartment, well-appointed. Martine, the woman who welcomed us, was delightful and always helpful. (We managed with basic French to have a great connection.) While visiting, we explored les grottes Lascaux and Font de Gaume (remarkable), and other remarkable prehistoric sites, traveled down the Vezere River by canoe, relished regional market days, and enjoyed the local cuisine. Despite the many tourists trekking up to the castle, we found Beynac to be a much more serene village to stay in than, say, Sarlat. We would certainly recommend the area and this apartment.
Eve Pranis and David Blanchard (Vermont, USA)
Thank you for the trust you have given us.
You are very friendly and communicative.
Martine will keep a very good souvenir of your stay.
You took excellent care of the house and keep it clean .
Thank you for you comment and very glad you went very good holidays in Beynac et Cazenac in our house.
We stayed at this lovely house from Aug 17th - 22nd. We were met in the village parking lot by Martine and she walked us up to the house. She didn't speak any English and we don't really speak French but with a lot of hand gestures we were able to understand each other. The owner stopped by the next evening to make sure we were all settled in. He didn't speak English either but had his charming young grandson with him to translate. He and Martine could not have been more welcoming!
The pictures on this site do not do the house justice - it's much bigger than it appears to be. Everything was clean and comfy and the kitchen was fully stocked. The washing machine was a huge bonus but there is no dryer, which was an adjustment for us spoiled Americans! The views from every window were breathtaking, especially early in the morning when there was fog in the valley. It was very hot when we were there but the stone house was so nice and cool we didn't even need to open the windows.
We visited during the height of tourist season and the town is packed to the gills every day, all day long. Parking was not fun and even trying to get out of town took some time because of all the cars. Luckily the town really cleared out every evening and we were able to enjoy it more.
Practicalities: as lazy Americans we are used to driving everywhere so the climb up the hill to the house was a little challenging, especially with groceries. The owner was kind enough to stop by the day we left to tell us we could drive our car up the hill to get our luggage but we didn't want to attempt the narrow road. The walk is not horribly long but be aware it's pretty steep on a cobblestone path.
Even with all the tourists, hike to the house and parking challenges this house was so magical and the owner so welcoming I would jump at the chance to visit again - Thank you so much for your hospitality!!!
Everything it was advertised to be.
The Maison Tibalou was like a house in a fairy tale, but very modern. comfortable and spotlessly clean inside. Our local hostess Martine was very kind and helpful.
The location is very central for sightseeing, hiking, canoeing down the river, etc.
Thank you, M. Drouin, for sharing this charming place with us!
Many thanks Christine. We made our best to fully renovate the Tibalou house last year with passion and are delightful that you did appreciate the limestone walls and beams, the patio and views over the Dordogne combined with all the comfort you can expect for your holiday(dish washer, washing machine...). Bien cordialement,
mature couple from Canada
We spent a wonderful two weeks in this lovely house in the heart of the village of Beynac. Everything about the "Maison Tibalou" was delightful--- spotlessly clean completely equipped kitchen, comfortable beds, wi-fi that worked all the time, and a beautiful panoramic view of the Dordogne Valley right out our window!
The village is centrally located for sightseeing, hiking and canoeing down the River.
Belle prestation avec tout le confort, vue splendide sur la Dordogne avec de magnifique couchers de soleil. Maison calme, idéal pour se reposer.
Contact avec la propriétaire très sympathique.
Ce fut un reel plaisir de vous accueillir et de vous apporter des conseils de visites et de bonnes adresses.