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Luxurious Cottage next door to the stunning Beynac castle!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Resting atop an enchanting Medieval village and right next to a pristine castle lies La Maisonnette du Coteau. Recently renovated, this exquisite cottage offers numerous luxuries, while maintaining a deep respect for it's Medieval roots.

Rest here while you experience a taste of a French countryside steeped in history and culture. Not only will you enjoy the beauty, comfort, and luxurious ammenities at La Maisonnette, but you'll also appreciate Beynac's delicious restaurants, amazing concerts, beautiful walks, stunning art galleries, and one of France's most well-preserved castles within minutes.

When you stay at La Maisonnette, you'll understand why it's one of the most photographed homes in the village, and on several of the printed postcards you'll find around town. Its prominent place atop the Cliffside village of Beynac-et-Cazenac affords its guests breathtaking views of the Dordogne River, the entire valley, and of the village. Enjoy a dinner or lunch outside on the terrace overlooking the canoes dotting the river, or take a bath in a claw foot tub while you gaze out across the Valley of the Five Chateau. Now that's what we call relaxing!

Inside the home you'll find:

* gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances including a sub-zero freezer, two refrigerator drawers, and a dishwasher; the highlight of the kitchen is the gourmet La Canche gas stove--a stove that professional cooks in Europe use throughout France

* beautifully restored wood beams in every living space

* a mix of modern and antique furnishings, including a few pieces that are hundreds of years old

* thick, perfectly restored stone walls

* unique window shapes and ornate iron work on the exterior

* romantic master suite with queen-size bed and a private bathroom, including a claw foot tub overlooking the Dordogne Valley.

* 2 additional guest rooms, one featuring another queen-size bed with both antique and modern furnishings; another with two twin beds; both are lovely and very comfortable

* Sleeps 5-6 people

* Antique tile floor on the mail level, recently refurbished hardwood floors throughout the remainder of the cottage

* Modern bathroom on the second level, including a luxurious shower cabin and a towel warmer; private views of the nearby hillside as well

* relaxing TV/movie room where a TV, DVD player and leather sofa await

* both a washer and a dryer on the premises

* gorgeous, mature, terraced gardens overlooking the Dordogne River Valley.

Let me share a little more about the glorious town of Beynac and while this is the ideal location for your vacation...whether you arrive from the East or from the West, stunning views of the town invite you as you approach this Medieval cliffside town. You will find your breath taken away as you observe the little golden buildings with their antique tile roofs nestled amongst each other as they overlook the lovely river Dordogne. Like us, you'll be shocked that such a lovely place even exists! It will feel surreal as you spend your days enjoying all the Dordogne has to offer. There will be no question in your mind as to why Beynac is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France)

La Maisonnette is the ideal landing pad for visiting the other small, picturesque villages in the area, and for enjoying other sights as well. Make sure you visit the Marqueyssac Gardens, the Lascaux Caves (oldest art on the earth), the famed outdoor market in nearby Sarlat, the 5 chateau within 5 minutes of Beynac, and take a canoe or boat ride down the river for unexpected and amazing views. And don't forget to take a tour of the castle you'll be staying right next to (the windows of La Maisonnette look out upon the old castle walls and the old city walls as well); the Chateau of Beynac is one of the best preserved in France. You'll feel as if you stepped back to the 12th century!

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Ben Brubaker
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2017

About Ben Brubaker

Over the past 15 years, we've created several reasons (and sometimes excuses!) to visit France. For us, France offers the best of everything we want in a vacation--culture, art, breathtaking scenery, excellent cuisine, history, etc. When we first visited Beynac, we felt as if we stepped into some sort of fairy tale--something we'd never experienced, even in France, up till this point. The Dordogne region, more specifically Beynac, is the perfect location for any traveler wanting to experience the best of France. Renovating this historic cottage was one of the most difficult, yet most rewarding 'adventures' we've ever taken and we hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors here at La Maisonnette du Coteau.

Ben Brubaker purchased this chateau / country house in 2009

Why Ben Brubaker chose Perigord Blanc

After falling in love with Beynac, we decided to check out a few properties in the area. Properties in this coveted Medieval village are rarely on the market and if they are, it's not for long. When we saw this little cottage nestled next to an amazing castle, we thought, 'this is our chance!' Cottages next to castles aren't exactly the norm :) We sacrificed much and put our hearts and souls into making this a vacation property you'll want to return to over and over.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

There are many unique aspects to La Maisonnette, let me name a few: the luxury kitchen, the washer AND dryer, the stunning views, the mature gardens, air conditioning, and well-designed spaces. If you choose to stay at La Maisonnette du Coteau, this will likely be the only time in your entire life that your view from the cottage includes a majestic river, a Medieval village and most importantly, a 14th century castle. Yes, as you walk out the door of La Maisonnette, you find yourself staring directly at the old castle walls.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Ben and Stephanie,

We truly can't thank you enough for sharing your beautiful home in France with us! The beauty was almost too much to take in, we loved every. single. minute. and left feeling relaxed and thankful.

We especially want to thank you for the wonderful Orientation Guide. Oh my! We had no idea there was so much to do and see, the information was very helpful. Our favorites? Les Delices (Seriously, is there a better croissant anywhere in the world? We searched all over Paris and found nothing quite as tasty! And don't EVEN get me started on Koing Aman...mmmmm!). Jean Luc and Francoise [owners of the nearby restaurant "Le Donjon"] became fast friends (despite the fact we spoke VERY limited French), he even invited us to his kitchen for an impromtu cooking lesson! What fun memories.

We feel blessed and lucky to have experienced a little slice of heaven on earth, called Beynac. Thank you!


Troy and Stacey
Aug 2010
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Car: recommended

Paragliding, Truffle Hunting, Gourmet Cooking Classes, Hot Air Balooning, & Castles a-plenty


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Beynac-et-Cazenac in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Queen size Beds (2) There is a Queen size bed in each of two larger bedrooms. These beds would be the equivalent of 'queen' in the US, but in Europe they are 160cm x 200 cm.and considered a King. A third bedroom has two twin beds. A portable/folding crib is available in the cottage, and would fit in one of the larger bedrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming


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Luxurious Cottage next door to the stunning Beynac castle!
average rating of 4.9649124 based on 58 reviews
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Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5

As others have noted, this cottage is straight out of a fairytale. The setting is gorgeous – across a cobblestone path from the medieval Beynac Castle and perched on a hill that overlooks the Dordogne Valley. Inside, you will find a clean, beautifully restored and decorated home with modern kitchen and bathrooms. It was great for our family of four with plenty of space (on 3 floors) for all of us to spread out, especially after long car rides or canoe trips together. The garden and terrace areas are lovely – we enjoyed wine and snacks there in the afternoons. We were rather amused by the large number of castle-goers who stopped to take a photo of the cottage…almost every time I peeked out the kitchen window or front door, there was someone pointing their camera at me! This was a great base for exploring the area – just walk down to the village to rent a canoe for the day or drive to neighboring villages and many of the area’s caves with famous pre-historic paintings. Be sure to check out one of the open air markets or farm stores and cook dinner in at least once or twice during your stay. Elly, the manager, was so friendly, available, and helpful. Thank you!! Just a little note about access…you have to walk on a steep cobblestone path for maybe 100 meters from the nearest parking lot. Pack lightly and wear comfortable shoes!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rustic on the outside, cozy and modern within

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at Ben's cottage and would love to be back again. The kitchen was so well-stocked and the markets so full of life and fresh produce that we ended up savoring the cottage and cooking most meals there. Note to future travelers - ditch the Lonely Planet in lieu of Ben's thorough, detailed orientation guide. It reviews the best restaurants, bakeries, walks, markets, etc and was invaluable to us!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet cottage in a beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

La Maisonette is a completely charming cottage in a fairy tale location. The village of Beynac is one of the loveliest in the Dordogne and a perfect base for exploring the river valley and neighboring towns. From our arrival and first walk from the car park down the narrow cobbled pedestrian street we were enchanted. The cottage is beautifully furnished and our family of four had a wonderful week. An unforgettable highlight was strolling around the peaceful village in the evening when all the day-visitors had gone- we felt we were walking around our own private castle. We also enjoyed dining outside on the terrace (and the amazing view from the bathtub!) The house is comfortable for four adults (six might find it a little too cozy) and as others have mentioned in their reviews, the walk down (and back up!) to the house and then on to the lower village is quite steep and might be difficult for some. Thanks to Elly for such a kind welcome and to Ben for being so helpful with arrangements and information.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brilliant. Awesome. Inspirational. Like being in a fairytale. Everyone should have this experience.

  • 5 of 5

It's difficult to find words that express how wonderful staying in this location is, let alone how gorgeous la maisonnette was.

The cottage was so lovely. It had all the charm of a centuries old cottage but with all the modern amenities one could wish for.

The village was like being in a fairytale.

We wish we could have stayed longer.

The instructions for the house were very clear and helpful. Elly and Pierre were just lovely.

Thank you Ben & Stephanie for creating a wonderful getaway.

We will be saving up to return and spend more time here.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Six stars! Seven!

  • 5 of 5

Before I wrote this review, I looked at some of the most recent ones. They are all glowing and generally gob-smacked. So I won't repeat what has already been said numerous times. La Maisonette is the best place any of us have stayed, EVER. The area is incredibly gorgeous with tons to do. We could easily spend six months straight or just move right in and never leave. Thank you Ben and Steph for sharing your amazing cottage. Thank you Elly and Pierre for being such fabulous local hosts. Thank you Martine for cleaning the home to perfection. I am always seeking variety and new experiences and generally do not return to the same place twice. I would head back to Maisonette very happily for another stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at La Maisonette for 1 week and had a fabulous time! The cottage is comfortable and well-decorated and the view of Beynac Chateau outside the front door is incredible. While walking the hill is tough, it was worth it for the view! We had breakfast every morning on the terrace as well as a couple of lunches and dinners. The location is close to many other amazing sites/villages/chateaux but you'll need a car to get to them. We visited the Saturday market in Sarlat and the Thursday market in Domme - fun! Thanks, Ben and Stephanie, for sharing your French home with us!! We want to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
11 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Sept - Oct
24 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nightly Rate
18 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nightly Rate
5 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Nov - December
21 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
3 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nightly Rate
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Peak Season
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Damage Deposit £439.82

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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