One of the most wonderful things about going to our home in France is to see the magical Chateau de Beynac. You drive along side of the Dordogne river round a bend in the road and there it is. Every time I experience this I get the Wow factor, your eyes start at the village at the bottom with its shops and restaurants, and then you are drawn upwards towards the Chateau perched high on the rocks. It is indeed like going back in time to the period of knights and chivalry. But I am an old romantic.
A little bit of history for you now. In the middle ages, Beynac was the seat of one of four baronies in the Perigord. With its narrow medieval streets and Chateau overlooking the river Dordogne the village has lived through many wars and was captured only twice, by Richard Coeur de Lion ( Richard the Lion Heart) and Simon De Montfort.
The Chateau has been used as a set for many films, and the village is equally camera-friendly with its paved streets and steps. There is a path up to the Chateau from the village which is worth the climb to see the views. But there is also a very handy road that takes you up to the Chateau.
A very large kitchen, you can just see the slope on the right that was used by the knights when they were on horseback. It gives a new meaning to the word, fast food.
The “showboats” are replicas of the flat-bottom boats that sailed along the ‘rivere esperance’ (river of hope), in the 19th century. They float 150 meters by the cliffs and down the river, taking in five of the areas Chateaus (Beynac, Castlenaud, Fayrac, Marqueyssac and Lacoste)