An authentic country house with sweeping views, nestled in the Périgord Noir
area of France, on the Camino de Santiago pilgrims’ way
Tamniès, DORDOGNE aquitaine 24620 FR


The property lies near the charming towns of Sarlat-la-Canéda, Montignac and Les Eyzies. It is just a stone’s throw from the picturesque Château de Commarque, which towers on a hillside and overlooks the Grande Beune valley – a Natura 2000 conservation zone. The region is known worldwide for cave exploration, for its built heritage and for its gems of prehistory, not to mention its fine cuisine. Two small towns with shops and amenities lie close to the property. Sarlat-la-Canéda town centre is 15 minutes away. Brive-la-Gaillarde, with its international airport and train station, is an hour from the home. And the nearby A20 and A89 motorways take you to Toulouse in 1 hour and 45 minutes and to Bordeaux in 2 hours and 15 minutes.


Back in the Middle Ages, the property was a knightly dwelling that was well known in the Périgord region as a noble house. It has kept many architectural traces from this period of history – both outside its thick walls and inside them. The edifice lies on the edge of the land that belonged to Sarlat abbey, which Commarque priory and fiefdom also belonged to. This fortified house was the property of Gaillard de Beynac, the son of a seigneur of Commarque, according to a successional distribution in 1255. In the mid-1970s, a statue was discovered here during a large-scale renovation of the house. This statue represented a pilgrim holding a shell, which gave credit to the theory that this site was not just a stronghold near the local priory, but also a refuge often used by pilgrims walking along the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrims’ way. The house stands in a commanding position: it looks down at its two neighbouring villages and along its valley of prehistory. A driveway of plane trees leads up to the house, nestled among the fruit trees that dot the one-hectare meadow surrounding it. The dwelling comes into view gradually, its noble appearance and quaint charm becoming clearer as you get closer to it. The dwelling has a large main section with annexes at a right angle to it and outer walls enclosing the complex. Its exposed stonework is laid in opus incertum and opus vittatum patterns. Stone tiles from a local quarry cover its roof, the steepness of which changes in accordance with the roof’s weight upon the walls. The small outbuildings include an annexe, used as a workshop with a 25m² floor area, a few medieval ruins and a bakehouse on the outer side of the walls. Because this semi-circular bakehouse was built outside the walls, it ensured that the main house was protected in the event of accidental fires.

The country house

The house is rustic in style and its renovation has kept this rural charm. The materials that form it give the dwelling its beauty alone: age-old stones from local quarries. The edifice faces south-east with a sweeping view over the valley. It seems to float above the mist in a backdrop of prairies that stretch to the horizon and are criss-crossed with hedges. It has a cellar, a ground floor and a first floor. The south-east-facing facade looks out at a medieval garden. This elevation has a tall, broad door and a variety of windows. Three dormers with shell motifs punctuate the gabled roof, which has a hipped end. This roof, covered with stone tiles, bears witness to early use of lofts as living spaces. The elevation on the other side faces the house’s tree-dotted courtyard. A monumental chimney stack rises up from the roof on this side.

The ground floor
The ground floor lies upon a medieval cellar in good condition. The year 1801 is engraved into a lintel, though the edifice dates further back. The hallway has a cobblestone floor of river pebbles. It leads to a large lounge that features a Renaissance fireplace between two narrow windows with stone window seats. An office with ochre lime-coated walls and a cross-window forms an intermediate space connecting to a dining room, which leads out westwards to a terrace. Lower down, in the part at a right angle to the house’s main section, there is a dual-aspect kitchen and a pantry. One particularity of this kitchen is that a bedroom lies above it. This bedroom, which you reach it via a ladder staircase, was probably once a servant’s room. It adds to the three other bedrooms on the first floor. Following the gentle slope of the annexe sections, you reach a bedroom, a shower room with a lavatory, and a separate court entrance. Terracotta tiles adorn the floor. The windows are fitted with shutters of sculpted wood. The rooms have French-style oak-beamed ceilings, often from before the 18th century. Electric heating warms up the ground floor.

The first floor
A plain quarter-turn staircase leads up to a landing that connects to three bedrooms. Two of these bedrooms connect to each other. They are dual-aspect rooms. These three bedrooms share a single bathroom with a lavatory. This bathroom lies in the property’s former dovecote, the pigeonholes of which remain. Once the parts of the roof requiring repair (costed) are restored, this bathroom could be redesigned to create a separate passage to the eastern bedroom. All the bedrooms have sloping attic ceilings. They have rather different styles, but they are all high-ceilinged because the roof is very steep. There are exposed stonework walls and plastered walls on this top floor. In some spots, the insulation needs to be improved. There are old window frames. Old oak strip flooring extends across the two western bedrooms, whereas the other two bedrooms have more recent oak strip floors.

Our opinion

This charming property is full of history. It is a sleeping beauty that lies in a bucolic backdrop at the top of a lush viewpoint. Though the house is currently inhabited, it awaits a new owner to give it a fresh lease of life. The dwelling needs a little renovation, if only to bring back the splendour of its first restoration 50 years ago. It is the perfect family home with so many precious assets: fruit trees that dot the property, the possibility to create a swimming pool on the south side, a water reservoir that naturally forms behind the bakehouse when it rains, and the property’s remnants to restore so you can leave your own mark on this unique place. And of course, there is the dwelling’s quaint character, which makes this noble home look like it has come straight from a fairy tale. In fact, in its long story, this rare gem has never stopped being an idyllic haven.

Exclusive sale

580 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

See the fee rates

Reference 512279

Land registry surface area 10304 m2
Main building surface area 200 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 20 m2
including refurbished area 20 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


Ilan Libert +33 1 42 84 80 85



send to a friend Pinterest linkedin Facebook

NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

By continuing your navigation, you accept the use of cookies to offer you services and offers adapted to your centers of interest and to measure the frequentation of our services. Learn more