I can't say enough about Mont Joie!! We were treated wonderfully by the lovely woman who met us upon arrival (very late at night, nonetheless), by the adorable housekeeper, by the owners themselves, and by all the kind people in town!
The house was breathtaking. When I say that, I mean it. I can't describe in words the beauty and true authenticity that is this house. The walk up the cobblestone path (and Chateau Beynac is at the top of the hill if you keep walking!) is magical. It feels like you're in a different century. The house is magnificently done - all fabulously updated while holding that medieval charm. The doors, windows, walls, and fireplace were all a wonder to experience. The layout is perfect. Open and airy. Balconies everywhere with views of castles, the river, and the green countryside. Two master suites were perfect. The children's bedroom was adorable. The garden was dainty and the cobblestone steps leading down to it made my heart skip a beat.
We were in Beynac during the off-season so it was quiet, which we loved. Our family (me, husband, two small children) were there for a week before my mother and step-father joined us. They were just as blown away!
The gardens, ooohhhh how lovely!! The strolls along the cobblestone paths - I never wanted them to end. The bakery, butcher, market, and restaurants in town were all a delight! Everyone was so welcoming and helpful. So kind.
Sarlat was a fun place to hang out for a day, ride the carousel, walk in the park, do some shopping and dining. We did the Jardins de Marqueyssac, which went on forever and ever in their magical greenery.
We did a few castles (Castelnaud was by far the favorite of the children, as the place comes alive and you can tour around the castle and grounds). We did the Prehisto Dino Park for the kids - and they loved it. Simple but fun! We did some caves, fun and awe inspiring. We saw an ancient city once built into the side of a rock face. We saw another ancient / medieval castle built into the side of a cliff.
Every dining experience was one for the books. We ate in Beynac and Sarlat as well as a few other places - all fab. And the WINE! My favorite thing to do was get some local radishes and butter, a baguette, foie, and local cheeses to enjoy while sipping wine on the balcony. The Cahors malbec, oh yes.
Again, I can't say enough about this place. It was truly a magical fairytale dream come true. We will be back. Oh yes, we will be back.