Spectacular views of La Roque Gageac, the river, chateau and valley beyond
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About David Fulton
We are a Scots family - David, Lorna, Erika and Lily who have had a home in La Roque Gageac for 16 years now and think of it as a very special place. From the photos we have included you can see what an amazing outlook the house has. We're sure anyone who goes there will have a wonderful holiday in a fabulous part of France.
David Fulton purchased this House in 2012
Why David Fulton chose Vézac
The best views, of the best section, of one of the best parts of France. It doesn't get any better than this.
What makes this House unique
Very few houses have the views we have from the terrace.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
We could not have chosen a better place for our week in the Dordogne.
David and Lorna Fulton, the owners, could not have been kinder and more considerate of their guests in La Malatrie.
La Roque Gageac is ideally located to allow day trips by car, on foot or canoeing on the river. The verandah overlooking the river provides a relaxing place to eat, have a drink or to just sit and be mesmerised by the activity on the river, the bird life or views of the valley.
The hotels and cafes in the village provide many choices for meals.
Arriving there by train and taxi from Sarlat was actually an advantage as we explored the immediate area more closely than we would have otherwise. We walked the Cénac for our groceries and also walked to Castelnaud and Domme.
Having one of the best, if not the best restaurant in the Périgord is another considerable advantage in staying at la Malatrie in La Roque Gageac. A meal at the Belle Etoile was the most memorable event of our entire holiday.
There are several stores selling local products including fine wines and foods. The boulangerie also offers some tasty traditional breads and patisseries. It is a good thing we did so much walking and paddling otherwise we all would have put on weight!
A taxi visit to La Grotte Rouffignac was another wise investment. Christoph of Taxi a la Carte provided our transport in his Tesla vehicle. He also gave us a commentary on the villages and points of interest. There are other Neolithic and Mesolithic caves to visit including Lascaux II and Lascaux IV.
My recommendation of La Malatrie as the perfect base for exploring and enjoying the upper Dordogne will be given to anyone who expresses an interest in visiting France.
The kitchen is well set up if you need to do a little cooking .
I will miss the river, the birds, the food , the wine and David and Lorna.
They have my deepest appreciation for offering La Malatrie for rent.
Fabulous home, storybook village, wonderful hosts
Six of us (3 couples) just spent an idyllic week in this lovely house overlooking the Dordogne River in one of the designated “prettiest villages in France.” We could have spent the week entirely on the terrace, watching the activity on the river, but with so many wonderful sights to see in the area, we tore ourselves away, and returned each evening to watch the lights come on in the quiet village of La Roque-Gageac. Read the write-up the owners have included in the posting, as they give an idea of what you have to look forward to. The photos, if anything, do not do the home justice.
Our hosts, David and Lorna, were very warm and helpful and immediately made us feel as though we were visiting long time friends. So much so that we will miss them and their house in La Roque-Gageac.
Perfect location for the perfect holiday
How relaxing to sit on the generous terrace and soak in the marvellous view especially when the balloons went over. The house is homely and inviting and was equipped with everything. Beds were comfortable. Our hosts were always contactable for advice and were always happy to help out. Perfectly located to access all the towns nearby either by walking or driving. Swimming and canoeing on the river was the highlight. The beach was two minutes away. We are already planning our next visit to No.1 La Malartrie
Traditional French House in a Spectacular Location
A lovely holiday spent in a beautiful location. The house has everything you need with the added bonus of a spectacular view from the veranda over the Dordogne and Le Roque Gageac. The owner lives nearby and made us feel very welcome. This area of France has some beautiful villages and restaurants to explore however all you need is some bread, cheese and wine and you'll find it very difficult to move away from the veranda.
Beautiful Views, Beautiful Place
Our experience was one of the most relaxing ones we’ve ever had, the view was spectacular. The patio made a perfect spot for having breakfast and dinner. Lots of room to spread around, not too cramped. It featured a lovely kitchen with lots of counter space. The best we’ve had!
Lovely guests, a pleasure to have them.
A very special vacation home!
La Malatrie is a unique property with an incomparable view from the veranda. We spent a fabulous eleven days there in beautiful October weather. The house is very comfortable with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a well equipped kitchen. From there we visited 8 of the Plu Beau Villages de France, plus several Bastide towns and Chateaus. Lascaux IV is an easy drive and well worth a visit. There are numerous caves in the area that can be visited. We were warmly welcomed by David Fulton and he was at the ready with recommendations for an enjoyable experience.
Merci David, we shall return!
The Dordogne is simply a glorious place to be - a paradise of beautiful tree-clad landscapes studded with medieval castles, ancient churches, bastide towns, and amazing caves. Pretty Perigordine houses in honey-coloured stone are everywhere with their steep roofs and pigoniers. La Malartrie is on the edge of the famous village of La Roque Gageac - one of the most photographed places in France and designated by the French Government as one of the prettiest villages in France. From the house's position perched above the river there are breathtaking views of the village clinging to the cliffs and across the valley to the bastide town of Domme. If you're visiting the Dordogne it doesn't get any better than this stunning stretch of the river between Domme and Beynac. No fewer than five castles - four of which are open to the public - are within a mile or two of the house. Castelnaud (1mile) has a fascinating museum of medieval warfare and Marqueyssac has beautiful topiary gardens to visit. Chateau de Milandes was famous as Josephine Bakers residence in the 1930s. The medieval bastide town of Domme which is well worth a visit lies about 3 miles away. Here among the cobbled streets are lots of charming shops and restaurants. But the Dordogne is also the place of walnut groves and potagers where local people harness the rich soil and warm climate to grow produce for the wonderful local markets. We were delighted early in our time here to buy melons fresh from the field from a man with a trailer and earthy hands! Everyone has a walnut tree or ten and the nuts are taken to the local walnut mill to be pressed for oil.
People have lived here for 40 000 years and evidence of the past is everywhere. From prehistoric dwellings, castles of the Hundred Years War to the medieval and Renaissance buildings of Sarlat, historical sites abound. The beautifully preserved town of Sarlat, 5 miles away, boasts the highest density of listed buildings in Europe. The Dordogne is also famous for its prehistoric sites. The entire Vezere Valley is a Unesco World Heritage site and the home of the National Museum of Prehistory and Lascaux.
The area is of course renowned for its food and there is no shortage of restaurants and auberges happy to let you sample the local cuisine, rich in duck, truffles, ceps and walnuts.
In Domme you can visit a fascinating cave - 'The Grotte de Domme' - from its entrance in the village square. The route descends inside the caves past amazing calcium formations and ends in a spectacular trip back up in a glass-sided lift. Sarlat with its cobbled streets, medieval buildings and festivals is only 6 miles away. A walk here in the evening when the buildings are all lit up and the gas lights are on is very special.
When you can tear yourself away from the view from the terrace there are any number of wonderful walks to enjoy. An extensive network of marked footpaths through the trees and along the rivers makes finding your way easy. Or you could just stick to wandering from boulangerie to restaurant via the charming cobbled streets of La Roque Gageac. Canoeing is very popular and a lovely way to see the countryside and castles from another angle. Just walk along to the canoe base, paddle down the river. then a minibus brings you back from your chosen stopping point. Take a picnic and stop off at a wee beach for lunch by the river before you finish. Or stop at one of the lovely riverside cafes for an omelette. It's also a real delight to swim in the Dordogne which is only 50 metres from the house, or in its beautiful tributary - the Ceou - with its crystal clear spring-fed waters. (a mile away) You can take a boat trip from the village too on the flat bottomed gabarres which used to transport produce up and down the river. There's are tennis courts horse riding at Beynac 2 miles away. Bikes can be hired at Castelnaud and delivered to the house - another wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful Dordogne countryside. Several recently completed cycle paths make this safe and easy.
There can surely be few better locations than La Malartrie from which to enjoy the glories of the Dordogne. To wake up to the river shining below and the view unfolding across the walnut groves in the valley is a joy. Perhaps you'll wander along to the boulangerie for the croissants. You could happily spend a day reading on the terrace watching the occasional cormorant dive or canoeist paddle by. And in the evening what better vantage point could there be from which to watch the lights come on in La Roque Gageac over a glass of wine while debating which of the restaurants was the best.