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Villa Belvedere

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 8

Rates: from £2,088 per week

Perched high on a rock face in the very heart of the old Dordogne with stunning views from its twin terraces overlooking the valleys of the Dordogne and C'eau, Villa Belvedere is the perfect private hilltop retreat from which to explore the delights of the Dordogne. It would be difficult to find a more central location in this, the most beautiful and dramatic part of the Dordogne, just 20 minutes from the famous medieval market town of Sarlat, 15 minutes from the ancient hilltop fortress of Domme, 10 minutes from the Chateaux of Beynac, Les Milandes, and Fayac with the spectacular views and gardens of Marqueyssac literally across the valley.

A fabulous terrace runs the full length of the house whilst below an extensive pool deck extends out over the valley on stilts. The pool area comprises a summer kitchen, gas barbeque, sun loungers, large outdoor dining table and comfortable armchairs. Kick back with a bottle of chilled Bergerac and raise a glass to the hot air balloons rising up directly from the valley below as they pass right in front of the terrace! Five minutes from Belvedere, beneath the Chateau of Castlenaud, is the local village with an excellent baker, butcher, small grocery store, two restaurant/café bars plus a post office and a 24hr cash-point facility. Importantly the canoe hire is based right here for those exciting trips down the Dordogne. Villa Belvedere has all the comforts and facilities one could want from a modern luxury villa – with whisper-quiet air conditioning in all the bedrooms, modern bathrooms and a comprehensive kitchen. A fabulous terrace runs the length of the house with an extensive pool deck literally built out over the valley on stilts. The pool area also comprises a summer kitchen, new gas barbecue, sunloungers etc. Essentially a private home rather than a typical 'holiday let', Villa Belvedere has all the modern conveniences from wireless broadband to a 52" LCD television, DVD, VHS and Bose sound system as well as an extensive private library.

Villa Accommodation

Ground Floor

  • Living/Dining Room: large traditional living/dining room with sound system, DVD player, satellite television and 56inch plasma TV
  • Kitchen: lovely decorated and fully equipped kitchen
  • Outdoor terrace with dining area and panoramic views

First Floor

  • Bedroom 1: Master Bedroom with en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2: Double Bedroom with separate bathroom
  • Bedroom 3: Double Bedroom, sharing a bathroom with Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 4: Twin Bedroom, sharing a bathroom with Bedroom 2

Kindly Note

  • Children under 8 years old are not encouraged in this villa due to the drop in front of the house.

1st Monday of May, Snail Festival (Bertric Burée)
Nearly 100,000 snails are cooked in huge vats and devoured by locals and visitors from all over France. An all day event, in traditional French style, which involves the consumption of lots of white wine and a huge evening feast. Great fun day for the whole family as they normally host a brocante (equivalent of a car boot sales), fun fair, bar and market where they serve food including snails, beef or confit de canard (duck) and lots of wine. Great fun and always on the first Monday in May.

2nd Sunday of May, Strawberry Festival (Beaulieu)
The main event is the baking of a giant strawberry pie, but it is accompanied by a market with regional produce and French and international music and dance performances. The medieval, cobbled streets, a splendid Romanesque abbey, and the Chapel of the Penitents offer a magnificent setting for these strawberries! Entertainment for the whole family; horse riding, wooden exhibition, face painting, wooden games, various workshops (cooking, arts and crafts), parade and races, nature sports events (canoes, making kites, fishing simulator), plus street entertainment and magicians.

Pentecost Sunday, Rocamadour AOC Cheese Festival (Rocamadour)
This festival of Rocamadour AOC cheese is celebrated on Pentecost Sunday each year. There is a competition for the best farmhouse cheese, cheese tasting, traditional music, face painting and feasting. A chance to shop at a wonderful cheese market as well being able to taste all the wares. From the Rocamadour AOP throughout the 25 past editions of the event, they have given us a tour of French cheese gastronomy; and what diversity! Cow, goat, sheep, known and less known.

Mid July, Fete de la Madeleine (Duras)
This is a three day festival in Duras, which traditionally celebrates Baroque music. There is local camping in the château grounds, BBQs each evening, as well as a fireworks display. A rough guideline for the programme is below but is always subject to change. Saturday: Grilled sandwiches and concert with the group Sangria, entry is free. Sunday: Grilled sandwiches and concert (free admission). Monday: Grilled sandwiches and concert with Mickaël Vigneau and Collective Métissé. Closing the three-day festival with fireworks.

Late September, Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (Rocamadour)
A hot air balloon fiesta in Rocamadour in late September. This gathering of European hot air balloons forms a stunning sight against the backdrop of the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour. Attracting some 20,000 spectators, it pays to get your viewing spot early.

Places to see and things to do in the region of Sarlat

  • Visit the Eyrignac Gardens
  • Discover the Valley of Dordogne (e.g. by boat in traditional Gabarres or canoeing down the river)
  • See the prehistoric Lascaux Caves
  • Visit one of the numerous castles, such as Chateau des Milandes
  • Expolre the Caves of Lacaves or Caves of Pesques (pre-booking might be required)
  • Drive to "the most beautiful village of France", La Roque St Christophe
  • Take a hot air balloon and marvel at the region from above
  • Savour famous French delicacies such as Foie Gras and Magret de Canard in one of the plenty Michelin-starred restaurants
Time Zone

GMT + 1 hour



Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping Suggestions

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

The South West is in a temperate zone that is far enough in the north to experience all four seasons. The region has pleasant and warm spring weather. There are hot summers with an average temperature around 30°C. Daylight in the summer averages between 8 and 9 hours. Autumn in the South West is also pleasant, with warm daytime temperatures and cool evenings. The days can be quite short during the winter months, with an average number of sunlight hours between 2 and 3 in December and January and temperatures below the freezing mark.


It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.


Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving Info
  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if their road has a white line across it.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your Passport or national ID, driver's licence, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • An international driving licence is not required. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by your passport, will suffice.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (autoroute). Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros. Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the motorways (autoroute) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.

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Availability Information

Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.

Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.



  • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
  • Maid service 3 hours once a week in mid and high season (no additional maid service available).
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
  • Final Cleaning.
  • WiFi broadband internet.
  • Central Heating (from April to October).
  • Private swimming pool (11mx5m).
  • Telephone (Local calls only).

Extra Services

  • Pool heating available on request at £150, payable in advance (temperature max. 24 degrees, no cover for the night).
  • Air-conditioning available on request at £100 per week in all bedrooms, payable in advance .
  • Maid service available on request in low season (£100).
  • Central heating available on request in low season (from October to April) at £100 per week,  payable in advance .
  • Cook service (local cuisine) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 25/hour plus the cost of the groceries.
  • Waiters (obligatory for more than 8 guests): From EUR 20/hr (subject to availability).
  • Transfers from Bordeaux Airport to the Villa (Transfer both ways): Mercedes E class (for two or three passengers) or Mercedes Viano (for seven passengers) available from EUR 552.
    (Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of EUR 60 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Concierge offering.
  • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting,  tennis or golf courses, bike rental or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

  • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.

  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Phone
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Swimming Pool (with Pool Alarm)
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine


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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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