River View House, Montfort, nr Sarlat, Dordogne

Sleeps 10

€3,250-€4,970 per week

The wonderful Dordogne River winds its way along from its source beyond Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne down towards the coast.  As you drive along it, at the edge of the pretty hamlet of Montfort you turn sharply up hill and bump your way along a track and through some gates to a clearing in the wood. You have arrived at River View House.  Walking into the house and out through the French doors onto the large terrace, you feel the full impact of the 180 degree view down over the rolling countryside and the river meandering its way below you.

There are two terraces;  the top, wide stone terrace which runs the full length of the house has a shady dining corner under an old oak tree, directly off the kitchen and dining area. Steps lead down to the lower terrace where a heated pool with roman steps is surrounded by decking and there is another shady area here under a pergola.  Plenty of outdoor space with a view for everyone.

Inside, the open plan living room is comfortable and light, furnished with cool linen sofas, rugs and a mélange of rustic and antique furniture.  The large kitchen and dining room are through an arch at one end.  Here there is also a study/library, shower room and a large double ensuite bedroom which opens onto the terrace.  Upstairs there are a further five bedrooms, three with ensuite bathrooms and two sharing a family bathroom.

You will not be lost for things to do, from canoeing on the river to visiting local sights including the most famous town of the region and one of the most renowned and visited in France – Sarlat. Very popular with tourists all year around, Sarlat is a beautiful, well preserved medieval town just a few kilometres north of the Dordogne.   Or visit Beynac-et-Cazenac, another medieval town towering over and hugging the river’s banks.  If you can catch the early morning sunshine on the yellow sandstone buildings, so much the better.  These form part of the Golden Triangle and all within a fifteen minute drive of the house.

A twenty minute walk will bring you to the hamlet of Montfort which has three restaurants/bars and a bakery.  A fifteen minute walk and you will be swimming in the Dordogne!

Sleeps:  10

Price Guide 2019:
High Season (13thJuly – 30thAugust)  €4,970 per week
Low Season (rest of year) €3,250 per week

Foodie Weekend Prices:  From £1,940 for 4 nights sleeping 2-4 people and £2,205 sleeping up to 10 people September to April.

Ground floor

  • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (roll top bath)
  • Shower room with WC
  • Open plan kitchen/dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Study/library

Lower ground floor

  • TV room
  • Games room with table tennis and children’s toys

Upstairs

  • 3 double  en suite bedrooms
  • 1 family/dormitory bedroom which can sleep 3
  • 1 small double
  • Family bathroom

Ground Floor Plan

First Floor Plan

Lower Ground Floor Plan

  • Maid service is supplied every Saturday
  • Extra maid service, babysitting and chef dinners can be arranged on request and at additional cost.
  • Heated pool with electric cover 10m x 5m
  • WiFi
  • TV with English channels
  • Table tennis and children’s toys
  • Cot and high chair

Festivals and Markets in Sarlat:

  • Feast of the Truffle: every year, mid-January.  Workshops are open to the general public to discover all the subtleties of the truffle, such as identification workshops, the scent of truffles and how to buy a truffle.
  • Sarlat Fest’Oie:  Sarlat celebrates its web-footed emblem with a goose fair during the first weekend in March.  On Place de la Liberté, there is a big traditional market promoting regional products and of course foie gras, the region’s speciality.
  • Days of the Earth: In the heart of the city, every year on Thursday and Friday of Ascension. This is the perfect opportunity to discover or rediscover the authenticity, traditions and quality of Périgord Noir products.
  • The Ringueta: Festival celebrating the traditional games of the past – taking place every 2 years (even years) on the weekend of Pentecost. The Occitan language is honoured.
  • Sarlat Art Festival: Every year in May
  • Journées du Terroir:  A two day market with local produce in May
  • Sarlat Swing It:  Jazz Festival at the beginning of June.
  • Heritage Night: the third weekend of September.
  • Days of Taste and Gastronomy: end of September.    Visitors can  enjoy all sorts of local (and not so local) specialities and participate in workshops and demonstrations.
  • The Film Festival: mid-November.
  • The Christmas Market: in December. A colourful and wonderful market organised around an ice rink with fifty magical chalets offering the best that this region has to offer.  The village really comes to life! 

Airports:

  • Brive 45 minutes
  • Bergerac 1.30 minutes 

20 minute walk to small hamlet with 3 restaurants/bars and bakery. 15 minute walk to edge of the Dordogne river for swimming.

10 minute drive to local amenities in Carsac, including post office, SPAR, chemist, doctor/dentist clinics, bakery, butcher, pizza restaurant, hotel, bar, wine shop and Sunday summer market.

The medieval, picturesque town of Sarlat-la-Canéda is a 15 minute drive, with all its shops, pavement cafés, restaurants, supermarkets and traditional weekly street markets.

Canoeing and kayaking, boat trips, cycling, water parks, fishing, quad bikes and karting, golf, rock climbing, hot air balloons – all this is on offer in the region

PLEASE NOTE THE MAP IS ONLY AN INDICATION OF LOCATION

What Sarah thinks:

“The Kenyan based owner I have known for years, and she has chosen a wonderful site for her lovely new French home, you will not be disappointed from the view to the location to comfort.”

Client Reviews:

“We had a wonderful trip! The pictures cannot fully represent the beauty of the house, the pool, and the hilltop setting with views over the river and the whole valley. The layout of the house worked very well for us, as each of our families had their own “wing” with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. We were grateful for the help with arranging chefs and babysitters (who were fantastic), and in general the hosts were proactive in making sure we had a great stay. The location is great too, as you are near a couple of cute towns with good bakeries and restaurants, close to Sarlat, Domme, and La Roque-Gageac, and centrally located for prehistoric caves, river trips, wineries, etc. We can’t recommend this house enough!”
June 2018

“This is truly a place to unwind and treat yourself to a wholesome family holiday.”

“Your house is beautiful! In the middle of the forest and still close to Sarlat. The view is wonderful and the forest sounds and birds is a wonderful way to wake up to. We had a great time! Thank you”