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Beautiful house with stunning views of The Dordogne and La Roque Gageac

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Unsurpassed views or one of France's most beautiful villages from the house

Le Mirador is a lovely traditional stone house perched above the Dordogne on the edge of La Roque Gageac. It was built over 200 years ago in the gorgeous honey coloured stone of the region and was recently sympathetically rennovated. It has unsurpassed, uninterrupted views of the river, La Roque Gageac and the valley beyond from its 2 terraces. It has a living/dining room, a well-equipped kitchen and 2 bedrooms both of which have their own shower room. All the rooms look over the river. At the entrance door there is a small covered terrace with a table and chairs, giving wonderful views across the valley. From here steps lead up to a large roof terrace with a barbecue and dining furniture. The views from here are absolutely stunning with wonderful uninterrupted views along the river to the famous village of La Roque Gageac and across the walnut groves in the valley to the bastide town of Domme on the skyline.

La Mirador is a really superb location for a holiday in the Dordogne. Within strolling distance of La Roque Gageac - designated 'one of the prettiest villages in France', it is set in the heart of the most celebrated part of South West France. No fewer than five castles are within a mile or two of the house and the famous medieval town of Sarlat is only 5 miles away. With the beautiful bastide town of Domme three miles away, Castlenaud just over one and Beynac around two, you won't find a more central location to enjoy the best of the Dordogne's 'golden triangle' . In the village itself you'll find a boulangerie, gift and wine shops and several lovely restaurants and cafes to enjoy what the French do best! With the river only a short stroll away there is no shortage of places to swim. Canoeing is available a few hundred yards away as are boat trips. Bike hire can easily be arranged.

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 abound, with their steep roofs and pigonniers. 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 4 miles away. Here among the cobbled streets are lots of charming shops and restaurants. The Dordogne is also a place of walnut groves and potagers where local people harness the rich soil and warm climate to grow things 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. The beautifully preserved town of Sarlat, 6 miles away, boasts the highest density of listed medieval 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 Lascaux and the National Museum of Prehistory

The area is renowned too 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.

A fascinating cave - 'The Grotte de Domme' can be visited 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 5 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 and 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. Its also a real delight to swim in the Dordogne which is only 50 metres from the house, or 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 are tennis courts and 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 are surely few better locations than La Malartrie from which to explore 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 coul happily spending a day reading on the terrace here 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.

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David Fulton
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About David Fulton

We are a Scots family - David, Lorna, Erika and Lily who have had a home in La Roque Gageac for 13 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.

Why David Fulton chose La Roque-Gageac

The best views, of the best section, of one of the best parts of France. It doesn't get any better than this.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in La Roque-Gageac in Périgord

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Beautiful house with stunning views of The Dordogne and La Roque Gageac
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The best view in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

A delightfully cozy and comfortable house nestled at the foot of the cliffs overlooking the Dordogne River. The house easily accommodates four people and has all of the basic amenities (although internet access in the area can be unreliable). It has the advantage of being in walking distance of the restaurants and shops of La Roque-Gageac, as well as the river itself. Best of all is the spectacular view from the upper terrace, where you can watch the world go by, whether in a canoe or a hot-air balloon. It's a convenient base for visiting the picturesque Perigord Noir region, although the sheer number of tourists in La Roque-Gageac and elsewhere during the summer months can be overwhelming. Our hosts David and Lorna were very friendly and helpful in making suggestions about local activities and places to visit.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location and what a view!

  • 3 of 5

Such a pleasure to sit on the front terrace and look out over the river, at the town and across to Domme. Very serene in the evening, especially with the full moon. During the day, watching the canoes and other boats on the river and listening to the birds overhead was relaxing.

The location of the house is great. There is so much to do and places to visit in the surrounding countryside. Domme, Sarlat, and the many enchanting small towns and villages to explore are just short drives away. La Roque is a lovely village with a great restaurant - La Belle Etoile - make a reservation in advance.

The house itself is very basic and could use some updated amenities and improvements such as better beds and redone bathrooms. The kitchen was acceptable. The major issue is accessibility. It's a walk - uphill - from the place to park and because of that not really appropriate for anyone with mobility issues or for those people who can't manage luggage.

The hosts were great, very helpful and pleasant. This is a wonderful spot for those who want to visit this part of Perigord and for those looking for a place to hike, canoe, etc.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The house is situated 50 metres from the parking and you have to go up 3 steps. La Roque Gageac is built against a cliff and therefore to enjoy the village you have to be prepared to accept the odd hill. All of the other charming villages around are the same. The beds are all new within the past 18 months, the ensuite was new last year. This is a period French property, 300 years old, but stripped of all floors 3 years ago and rewired , replumbed and decorated to reflect its age and charm. It does not look like a formula hotel, but has comfort, charm and character with wonderful views.
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Great views, great location with a few fyi's

  • 3 of 5

La Mirador's patios were used frequently as we enjoyed the wonderful views and various water activities. The fun was further enhanced by the 'close' visits of the hot air balloons each morning and evening, great fun!. This house serves as a great base to see many of the towns of the Dordogne Valley. La Mirador met our needs, at the same time, this house seems best suited for two adults or two adults and two children due to some space restrictions.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that you had a nice holiday and our house "met your needs" as four adults ( a couple and two men in later middle age.) We feel that your comments regarding the type of party our house is suitable for is not what we, or many of our previous guests, think. Our house is perfectly adequate for two couples or a family to have a lovely holiday in. The room sizes are as follows: Lounge ...........5.9metres (19ft 4) x 3.0 (10ft) Bedroom 1......3.9 metres (12ft9) x 3.5 (11'6") Bedroom 2......4.3 metres (14ft) x 3.5 (11' 6") Kitchen............3.7 metres (12'1") x 2.0 (6' 6") Roof terrace...6.0 metres (20 ft) x 4.0 (13ft ) Covered terrace 3.4metres( 11') x 1.9 (6ft 2)
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Great place to stay in the Dordogne

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodation, great location, very informative host

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks
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A Sublime Hideaway in the Heart of the Perigord

  • 5 of 5

The property is an exquisite balance of rustic charm and practicality. Two outdoor areas for dining / relaxing; the BBQ and well-equipped kitchen are suitable for creative cooking and entertaining. Owner David is a forthcoming host, generous with useful local information to plan and facilitate the stay.

The location is central to a host of activities and must-see attractions, but a short saunter down to the river was enough to provide hours of good swimming and chill-time for the kids.

A perfect and memorable stay.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you all had a nice holiday.
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Cute, convenient, well-equiped cottage with truly spectacular views!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spent 2 weeks in the Dordogne river valley and split our time at 2 HomeAway properties. Our first week was in Beynac and our second week was at Le Mirador. We highly recommend both villages but I have to say that La Roque Gageac wins out by a smidge, due to the number of restaurant options including Chez Tom which stays open outside of normal lunch and dinner hours and sells takeout pizza. The Boulangerie in Beynac is much better but no problem because Beynac is only a 5 minute drive.

It was quite rainy our first week in the Dordogne so we visited caves, castles, and Troglodyte villages. (No canoeing when the water is high!) But our second week in La Roque Gageac couldn't have been better. Warm and sunny allowing us to take full advantage of the outdoor spaces. Le Mirador was perfect for us. The views! Even better than the photos. We ate every meal on the covered patio or the roof-top. Even on a hot day, it's quite pleasant sitting under the leaf canopy of the Pergola.

The house is well equipped and we had everything we needed. We cooked a number of meals in the kitchen. David had a nice coffee/tea tray set up for our arrival and it was great to have many of the basic necessities provided - milk, sugar, olive oil, salt, pepper, paper towels, dish washing liquid, plastic wrap, toilet paper. The kitchen is not granite, glass, and stainless steel - so if that's what you're looking for you may be disappointed. But it was clean, very quaint, and had everything we needed. We also appreciated the numerous English channels on the TV (although we didn't spend much time inside) since the previous house in Beynac had no TV.

When I first learned there was no AC at Le Mirador, I was a bit worried. I'm at that phase of life where I crank up the air at night. The temperature wasn't a problem, however. The house backs up to a stone cliff and the downstairs stayed cool the entire time we were there. Outside temperatures were low 80's F. The master bedroom is on the first floor. The upstairs bedroom got a little warm at times but a fan is provided. We never had to use the fan and actually used the space heaters a few nights.

There's so much to do even within walking distance - Castelnaud and Marquessac are both very walkable. There's a really nice cliff walk above La Roque Gageac. But beware of blindly following the yellow blazes - we got hopelessly lost and David had to rescue us!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
La Roque Gageac
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
La Roque Gageac
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
In front of the house
Car: not necessary


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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