2 Bedrooms With Ensuites, Large Salon And Sunny Veranda. Airconditioned.
- english, french
About Beth Gibson
We are U.S. citizens, but admittedly francophilies! We love the French people, countryside, history... and of course, the food and wine. In our younger years (we are now close to retirement) we lived in France for a year and studied the language and since then have enjoyed vacationing in France. We could not believe it when our dream came true and we were able to purchase a beautiful home in France in such an amazing setting!
Beth Gibson purchased this House in 2014
Why Beth Gibson chose Plazac
We looked at many properties but when we drove up a winding mountain road, topped the mountain and saw our house overlooking the Vezere valley we were hooked! The house is comfortable and spacious with all the amenities but plenty of atmosphere and charm. The property is very private with mature hedges and a large garden but not isolated with neighbors everywhere and the village of Plazac is just at the foot of the mountain. We even have a spa within walking distance for the ladies!
What makes this House unique
We are close to everything... the prehistoric caves, the Vezere river with canoeing, routes for bicycling, and hiking trails of the Grandes Randonnées (GR36 is within a short walk). But we also within a short drive to many fine restaurants and historical sites. There is so much to see and do from this area. You feel the 'spirit' of the history here, from prehistoric cave peoples, medieval Templars, the soldiers from the 100 Years War to the resistance fighters of WWII were all in this place. But probably the most remarkable aspect of the property is the feeling of peace and contentment which seems to whisk away the cares of the world. Truly magical!
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great property in a great location,
2nd visit and enjoyed every minute
A Magical Place
We had a wonderful vacation in Plazac. Beth and John were great hosts from a distance, providing useful information on house and neighborhood and an onsite manager who made everything easy. The beautiful house offered all comforts and was a delightful place to return to after a day of touring the fascinating historical sites of the region. For us, it was a perfect vacation in its combination of both natural beauty/relaxation and the many intriguing places to visit that were close by. We found this area of the Dordogne to be very special and Beth and John's home the perfect base for taking advantage of all that the area had to offer.
Beautiful vill and pool
The best villa we have stayed at in 7 years of visiting France. A fantastic location with beautiful views from the balcony and windows. The house was finished to a high standard with a lovely pool and garden area.
Lots to see and do within a short drive and numerous great restaurants!
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed your stay and please come again.
Lovely house and location
We really enjoyed our stay here. The house was lovely and well equipped, with a gorgeous view. We managed to be there during a heatwave and France's hottest day ever, so the AC units were a very welcome addition! We will be back.
A magical holiday
This property is fabulous. Beautiful location, lovely home, and the Dordogne region of France is just filled with a variety of activities. It was so hard to leave!!
Very comfortable, wonderful location
The house is very comfortable and well equipped. We had a lovely week here, there is so much to do in the area. The pool area is very nice, the pool itself is a good size and very private. A beautiful house, ideal for a relaxing holiday.
The Dordogne region is one of the most beautiful areas in France, containing an immense variety of landscape and architecture. The history of the region is as rich as its landscape is diverse. It has been inhabited by man since Paleolithic times, and among the more momentous prehistoric discoveries are the cave paintings of Lascaux and other sites. With the diversity of its landscape and the beauty of its houses, churches and chateaux, as well as the warmth and hospitality of its inhabitants, it is no wonder that for many people the Dordogne epitomizes the dream of an idyllic rural past!
The meandering rivers Vezere and Dordogne are lined with massive limestone cliffs peppered with imposing chateaus and castles. Here is where the Hundred Years' War was fought by the French and British. The rivers Dordogne and Vezere provide idyllic opportunity for canoeing and kayaking, fishing, or just enjoying a glass of wine in one of the many riverside villages. Cycling and hiking are extremely popular in this area and can be enjoyed by those of all levels of expertise. Highlights of the area include Sarlat, a superbly preserved medieval market town; Domme, a bastide town perched on a hill overlooking the Dordogne; multiple caves featuring prehistoric cave drawings (including Lascaux); the castles of Beynac and Castelnaud (rival castles of the French and British during the Hundred Years' War), and the preserved sites of the troglodytes, ancient cave dwellers of the region. After a full day of cycling, canoeing or visiting historic sites, feast on the superb culinary specialties of the region; fois gras, truffles, and some of the finest cuisine one can find in the country. If wines are of interest, there are plenty of nearby vineyards and Bordeaux is only 2 hours away.
The house sits on a hill with beautiful panoramic views over its village of Plazac, a commune in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France.
There are at least 20 nationalities represented among the villagers, and there is a lively social scene. A typical dinner will last for at least five hours and draw heavily on the products from the nearby Bordeaux wine region, as well as the local game, truffles, cepes (wild mushrooms) and foie gras.
Plazac was put on the map, so to speak, by the Archbishop of Périgueux, who used it as a country retreat. Parts of the village, including the church, date back to the 12th century. It is rumored that there are underground tunnels beneath the village that were used during the many conflicts over the centuries. There is certainly a spring which feeds underground passages sending water to the church and its attached presbytery with the excess flowing beneath the streets to the nearby Vimont River.
Plazac is in the Périgord Noir, a region that saw tremendous amounts of fighting during the Hundred Years' War, which actually lasted much longer, between the French and the English. As a result, the hills are studded with castles and chateaus. The nearby Dordogne River formed the border between the English in Aquitain and the French, who were north of the river. Along the river there are many castles in pairs, one on the north, the other on the south bank. One of the most interesting is Castelnaud (English) and Beynac, which has been completely restored to its original state and is a must-see in the region.
In addition to castles and chateaus, the area is honeycombed with caves. The most famous is Lascaux near Montignac (15 minutes from Plazac) where the famous cave paintings were discovered by some children. Another favorite is Les Grottes de Rouffignac, where a battery-powered railway takes visitors over a mile underground to see cave paintings including pictures of mammoths which were drawn from life. Also nearby is the troglodyte village of Les Eyzies and the beautifully preserved and vibrant medieval city of Sarlat with its large and lively Saturday market day - not to be missed!