Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps up to 4 adults and 2 children)
- english, french
About Vincent Shrader
We are avid Francophiles and love to travel in Europe. We've been coming to Beynac since 1997 and immediately felt a sense of connection to this charming little village in this beautiful region of France. Some years we visited several times. Eventually, we found a place of our own. This is more than a vacation rental to us, it's a second home
Vincent Shrader purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Vincent Shrader chose Beynac-et-Cazenac
Beynac feels like home to us. Like a story book village lost in time that we had only read or dreamed about, it deserves its designation as Most Beautiful Village of France.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Mont Joie enjoys a central village location and superb 180 degree views from the covered balcony, garden terrace and pool terrace. The stunning scenery and setting are captivating! Located on a footpath leading up the chateau but far enough to be off the main road and away from street noise. Just steps away are the best restaurants in the village, a snack shop, wine shop, bakery, grocer, post office, pharmacy and ATM.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We started planning our return as soon as we arrived!
The view is just as amazing as the pictures. Mont Joie is comfortable and relaxing for a family, with everything you need along with everything you could want for a comfortable and relaxing vacation. We were just as excited to come back in the evenings for tea and wine on the porch as we were to see all the amazing sights around Beynac.
There is no shortage of castles and caves within a short drive, and Beynac castle itself is just up the hill. This is the perfect location from which to explore the Dordogne region.
Thank you so much for your warm hospitality, and sharing your home. Martine in particular was wonderfully warm and welcoming. She has a gift for hospitality, and we appreciated her smiles and cheerful good wishes, which didn't need translation.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Mont Joie. The house was well-appointed and a perfect fit for two adult couples with two nice master bedrooms and baths on separate levels from the grand living room and dining area on the main floor. The views from the house were amazing - fog lifting off the river in early morning, hot air balloons taking off in the afternoon from the field across the river and beautiful sunsets. We shopped at the local weekly market in nearby St. Cypriene (the best we have ever seen!) and enjoyed preparing most of our dinners in the well-equipped kitchen.
Beynac is a beautiful village with good restaurants and is perfectly situated to explore the many and varied sights and attractions in the area. Beynac is also an excellent base for canoeing on the Dordogne and great cycling in the region, ranging from relatively flat and easy to long challenging rides with plenty of scenic hills - high quality bikes can be rented for the week from Aquitaine Bikes who will deliver and pickup from Beynac.
We found that a week was not enough to enjoy this wonderful area and hope to return again soon to Villa Mont Joie!
Fantastic views and medieval charm in the heart of Beynac
Our family had an amazing time at Mont Joie. The house is in a great location in Beynac-- as described in other reviews, it's a little bit of a hike up to the house but well worth it. The views of the Dordogne from the main room window are incredible. It is a true historical home, but also has the modern comforts that made it an enjoyable stay for our family. Vincent provided a very helpful guide to both the house and the area-- it's great to have a local perspective beyond what the guidebooks tell you. We really enjoyed staying in Beynac-- while smaller than Sarlat, it had good restaurants, grocery, patisserie, boulangerie, etc.-- we would definitely choose to stay in Beynac and at Mont Joie again!
Fabulous view of the French countryside from a charming stone house!
My husband and I rented this house to celebrate my birthday. We wanted a quiet holiday where we could relax and enjoy the French countryside. We definitely got that by staying in Mont Joie!!! We felt instantly relaxed after we arrived. We proceeded to spend every evening on the balcony enjoying watching the birds, boats on the river and life in the village. The village of Beynac is extraordinary with its beautiful stone houses, cobbled streets and its chateau! We loved exploring the alleyways and visiting the local shops and restaurants. The locals were very friendly and helpful - even when dealing with our basic French! This was the perfect location to explore the surrounding villages which also have a rich history.
The parking grotto (and the road up to it) are too difficult to navigate unless you are in the most compact of cars. We tried it once and then decided to park at one of the nearby lots instead as our small car was not small enough!
lots of stairs, but oh so beautiful
Breathtaking views that we enjoyed from the dining room and especially from the terrace. Well provisioned and we were well taken care of by the local contact people. We loved the area and took the river walk to Chateau Castlenaud, canoed on the Dordogne, and visited three Cro-Magnon man cave painting sites. We had a hard time leaving!!
Paradise in France
Our stay at Mont Joie, has been wonderful. After about 24 hours we began to refer to it as “our house” & “our town” (as in: our town is much better!). It’s a place We always dreamed of staying, but couldn’t describe, until Arriving here. could not stop taking pictures at every turn as I explored this little town. The four of us had a great time exploring the Dordogne & Perigord. We went to markets in St. Cypriene & Sarlat (so, so, too big). Tasted wine in the Percharmant (very good,) and ventured into prehistoric caves in Rouffignac (incredible). Beynac is a great, central location for day trips in every direction.
Mont Joie was very comfortable & well appointed, especially the kitchen. We like to cook & it had everything we needed, which isn’t common in a rental unit. And I can’t tell you how much we appreciated a DRYER🤩. The fireplace was so wonderful since a cold front moved in. Had a fire most nights. One suggestion, a full length mirror would be nice.
We really need to give a shout out to Martine who was so welcoming & helpful even though we had the language barrier. If you ever want or need a guide, please call Sarissa who will take you to wineries, prehistoric caves and the best place to buy chocolate eclairs.
Vincent, you have a piece of paradise here. Thanks for letting us share it for a while.
Gabarres de Beynac offers old fashioned flat bottom barge rides up and down the river, departing at Beynac. Also available are canoe rentals by several companies that service Beynac. Please see the local TI upon your arrival.