About the property
- Villa1950 sqft
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Walking distance to all shops, restaurants, bakeries, grocery, Post, and ATM
Mont Joie is a charming 15th Century stone house located in the heart of the village of Beynac, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France. The chateau at Beynac is on the top of a 500 foot cliff and the village houses are positioned below - providing privacy and spectacular views from one side of the house, and village life on the other. Coming in summer of 2018, cool off in our new pool!
Extraordinary views of the magnificent Dordogne river and the Valley of the Five Chateaux present themselves from each of the four floors. The front door opens directly from the cobblestone streets - just steps from our private and unique parking grotte - into the main room of approximately 60 sq. meters. Honey colored stone walls, stone tile floor, ancient wooden beams and a huge medieval fireplace set the tone for this main floor. A fully applianced kitchen with a granite countered cooking area is built into one of the old fireplaces. Antique carpets and leather seating offers a comfortable area to relax.
Step into a fairy tale setting: Extraordinary views of the magnificent Dordogne river and the Valley of the Five Chateaux present themselves from each of the four floors. The front door opens directly from the cobblestone streets - just steps from our private and unique parking grotte - into the main room of approximately 60 sq. meters. Honey colored stone walls, stone tile floor, ancient wooden beams and a huge medieval fireplace set the tone for this main floor. A fully applianced kitchen with a granite countered cooking area is built into one of the old fireplaces. Antique carpets and leather seating offers a comfortable area to relax, listen to the stereo or view English satellite television on the 30' flat panel television. The large dining table suitable for seating up to 6 diners is next to the window offering spectacular views of the river, the sunset and the colorful montgolfiers (hot air balloons) drifting by at dawn and sunset most days in season.
The Garden: The lovely garden features two flagstoned terraces, one with a grape arbor for a shaded sitting area which includes a small fountain and a few steps down, the lower terrace - with full access to the sun. Wonderful views of the river from both terraces and views of the Chateaux of Fayrac, Castelnaud, Lacosse and Marqueyssac. Eat, drink and be merry. The 64 steps from the lower terrace to the kitchen will help burn off those excess calories. Feeling hot and want a cooling dip? We will tell you about about our favorite spot in the wonderful River Ceau. Crystal clear water with no chlorine, within 4 kms. Nice shady spot for a picnic, so pack the basket and experience the true French joie de vivre.
Assistance on hand: English speaking agent on hand to answer any questions.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
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 and two garden terraces. 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, gift shops, bakery, grocer, post office, pharmacy and ATM.
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Perfection in a villa rental
Bottom line, Villa Mont Joie is equal to our best villa experience in 40 years of extensive traveling and my 20 years of travel consulting . VIEW: Magic. Certainly the best villa view in Beynac and equal to the best overall take-in villa view of our travels. We always seek a stunning view in a villa. Mont Joie is true magic and the pictures just cannot do it justice - 180 degree view of the Dordogne, castles, boats, hot hair balloons, swans - that is changing and mesmerizing dawn to dusk. The huge top floor window and large covered second floor deck with table/chaises/bbq are focal points to this. INSIDE: This is a beautifully renovated medievel era home with the finest touches of period interior design and furniture and lighting. Many of the walls are the glowing honey color stone of the region. The master bath is spectacular with the glass sink set against the local stone. KITCHEN: Equipped at the highest grade with stainless steel appliances, granite, and extensive dishes, serving and kitchenware, and accessories. As cooks, we were in heaven. BEDS: Among the most comfortable of all our travels. SETTING: Mont Joie is in the fairy tale town of Beynac, consistently one of the most beautiful villages in France. The key sites of the area are all within easy reach by car (chateaux, Sarlat, etc).
We were a party of 4 - myself and husband and daughters 9 and 15.
We found Mont Joie as close to perfection as a rental could be. The owners use this home as their own for their vacations which speaks volumes to the quality. As renters of Mont Joie, we stepped in as "residents" rather than mere villa renters for the week due to the quality and beauty. The ultimate compliment to a rental is that you want to stay there rather than venture out as it is so nice. Mont Joie is truly a rare gem . .and we were lucky to experience it. A week of magic moments in a magic villa in a magic setting - what more could you want from a vacation?
Villa Mont Joie -a lovely spot in beautiful Beynac
We had a great stay in Mont Joie- a lovely, well furnished and comfortable home overlooking the Dordogne river, with patio and garden to enjoy as well. We had everything we needed, a well stocked kitchen with good knives, several pots and pans, big bowls and plenty of utensils to cook meals. The beds were quite comfortable and the bathrooms modern and big. Something to note: the bedrooms and bathrooms are downstairs one and two levels down. The lower level is quite cool- great in summer but needing the heater in the fall, and is a bit of a hike to get back up to the living area. So not only are there a lot of steps up and down in the house, but also a quite steep walk up to the house on the street. We loved getting all that exercise, so did not mind it. We did not get a chance to enjoy the lovely gardens because the weather was too cold, but the view outside the living room is beautiful. All in all , a lovely stay.
Outstanding in every respect.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We could not imagine a more satisfying vacation than our 2 weeks at Mont Joie in picture perfect Beynac. Having spent 3-4 weeks annually in most European countries from Norway to Hungary, Turkey and Sicily over the past 30 years, this year we wanted something special for our family's return to the Dordogne and indeed we found it in Mont Joie. Everything about it was superb including the spectacular setting, the architecture, the tastefulness of its furnishings, the privacy and tranquility, the high level of comfort, the proximity to excellent resources and nearby attractions, the owner's extraordinary attention to detail and responsiveness. We must also mention the exceptionally warm, friendly and helpful Martine who greeted us and was repeatedly helpful to us during our stay and, if you are interested in wildlife, you'll be very pleased with the swans, herons, egrets, ducks and the constant aerial display of the swallows in full view from the great room, the balcony and terraces. Mont Joie is a great value and we are most grateful to the owner for this truly exceptional, most rewarding and memorable experience.
Wonderful Rental Property in the Dordogne Region
My girlfriend and I stayed at Mont Joie for 17 days in July. This provided a great base for both general relaxation and active exploration of the many great villages and sites that this area of France has to offer.
The property was entirely consistent with the listing description and pictures on the HomeAway website. It has extraordinary views, is very roomy and comfortable, is clean and well maintained and is very well equipped with everything one might need for a rental property. The owner, local manager and housekeeper were all very helpful and responsive to any and all questions/needs that we had prior to and during our stay.
We had breakfast on the main terrace every morning and, for lunches and dinners, alternated between eating in on this magnificent part of the home and going out on a roughly 50/50 basis.
I would highly recommend Beynac as a base location and this property in particular for a memorable stay in the Dordogne region.
We have stayed in so many places over the years and this is by far, the most welcoming, beautiful and comfortable yet. The owners have set the house up with everything you could possibly need. The UK TV was great and to discover the board games was a bonus. Plenty of books, movies and comfy furniture & the wood burning heater was atmospheric & wonderful. My husband, our 9 yr old and I booked Mont Joie after researching the the various home sites and the reviews were absolutely accurate!!...Actually, it was even better than the reviews. Beynac and the surrounding area is picturesque and enchanting.
We rented at the beginning of winter and, despite the cold weather, the home was warm, inviting and the views were breathtaking. Many people avoid touring during the colder seasons but we loved the fact that the area was quiet and the weather was not uncomfortable. As the previous reviews have commented, the information included in the house manual gave so much useful, local information. (& easy to read/understand instructions for everything)
Martine, the housekeeper, was charming and helpful and one can feel assured that if there were any problems or anything you needed, help was on hand. Our daughter fell in love with the kids bunk room with artfully drawn medieval theme and, despite her sleep issues, couldn't wait to climb into bed each night. This house would be perfect for anyone (except with disability or age issues-due to the steep path) A special place indeed !!!
Everything and More
I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed Mount Joie!!!!!!!!!!
There are no adequate words to describe it. I tried to put my thoughts in your guest book but in a nutshell, stepping into your place was like stepping back into time. I am sure you have heard that before. It was a fantasy. You and Michelle have done an absolutely fantastic job of creating a charming home with a wonderful atmosphere. We are so glad that we got the chance to visit especially after that delays last fall.
We had a couple of days of challenging weather but other than that it was superb. I took your advice: we’d often sit on the balcony and simple absorb the wonders around us. It was so relaxing and tranquil. The visit to the Perigord now ranks as our #1 vacation of all time. We’d go back in a heartbeat!
Jim & Bev
The Dordogne, or the Périgord as it is known by the French, is one of the most beautiful regions in France. The Périgord Noir, which derives its name from the black truffles found here and its walnuts, is to be found in the triangle of Sarlat, Domme and Les Eyzies, cut through by the Dordogne and Vézère rivers. The Périgord Noir is a stunning mixture of prehistoric caves hidden in tree-covered valleys and medieval castles dating from the 100 years war. You cannot fail to be impressed by the number and variety of castles that there are to visit, as well as the multitude of prehistoric cave dwellings and underground sites.The Périgord Noir is also famous for its cuisine. You can expect some form of duck on every menu, either the famous duck or goose liver (foie gras) or “confit de canard” or the lighter “magret de canard”. You should try the truffles, whose farming grounds are kept a very close secret by the truffle hunters, and also the cèpes, a very tasty form of mushroom.
Other Activities: Exploring Chateaux and canoeing the Dordogne River.
Additional pricing information
Weekly rentals run from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. the next Saturday unless otherwise arranged. Rates are for 4 guests. Add 25 euros for additional guest.Prices are all inclusive of taxes, fees, linens, and heating. We accept all Major Credit Cards, PayPal, personal checks in Euros and wire transfers. If we have open dates within 45 days of your visit - ask us about Last Minute Discounts