beynac or castelnaud ?

Jan 24th, 2011, 12:44 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 71
Thanks for the tip to eat at Roque Gageac sted of Beynac.
m34aggie is offline  
Jan 26th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 41
We visited both castles in May 2010. My vote is for Castelnaud! I had read the book: A Castle in Our Backyard: The Dream of Owning a House in France - and that convinced me to visit the Dordogne (lots of info in the book about the region, plus my husband always had the dream to visit the prehistoric caves). We actually visited Castelnaud twice, which was a good thing since we somehow went the wrong way inside and missed some areas our first visit. A trip highlight was a hot-air balloon ride which had us drifting overhead of Castelnaud around 7:00 pm. Beautiful with the sun shining on the walls and turrets! Beynac: Visited there and did a self-guided tour. We did see a group led by a guide, so perhaps this was something you could pay extra for.
Rosiekins is offline  
Jan 26th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,180
I will be staying next door to the castle at Beynac for a week in June, so some interesting information, particularly on the restaurant scene.
twk is offline  
Jan 26th, 2011, 10:08 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 958
twk, my thread from last year on the restaurant scene:

About half way down the thread is the updated list, which was still current last August.

Also, my MIL went to Cabanoix et Chataigne and Bistrot d'Epicure in the last year and found them both fantastic. My favorite is still Belle Etoile.

I'm partial to Beynac Castle, but Castelnaud is more of a destination.
christycruz is offline  
Jan 26th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 45,650
I think that's the Jardin d'Epicure, no? And not in Beynac, though on the road to it.
StCirq is online now  
Jan 26th, 2011, 12:10 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 958
StCirq you would know better than I. The name changed about a year ago, so it's one or the other but I can't remember which.
christycruz is offline  
Jan 26th, 2011, 12:45 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 770
Castelnaud has more to see - weaponry - but I loved the views from Beynac. I think I really liked Beynac better, but it is true there is not much in the way of furnishings. It really feels authentic though and of course there is no competition for its architecture.
mimipam is offline  
Jan 26th, 2011, 12:54 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 20,483
Castelnaud also has a kitchen section which describes medieval kitchens and foods.
Michael is online now  
Jan 27th, 2011, 12:21 AM
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 1,702
The restaurant that USED to be called the Jardin d'Epicure is now the Bistrot d'Epicure

It is technically in the hamlet of Castels, but is on the main road (D703)into St Cyprien, coming from Beynac.

It is very good, with imaginative, and somewhat lighter food than in many of the other local restaurants. The couple who own it are also charming - Marina comes from our village, and looks after the front of house, while her partner does the cooking.
Carlux is offline  
Jan 27th, 2011, 01:17 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 71
Thanks to you all.Printed the Christycruz thread on restaurants.
m34aggie is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:05 AM.