La Roche d’Esteil

Sainte-Nathalène, Dordogne
Bed & Breakfast

Perfectionist hosts make your stay memorable. Bedspreads are French boutis, floors are soft sisal, and the food and wines are fabulous


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Another haven of peace in the bustling Dordogne – this time with a marvellous chef. Four miles from Sarlat, on the edge of the village, is a Perigourdine farmstead in lovely lawned grounds, with a pool hiding behind a walled garden. Maarten and Karen, serious but fun, loving their new life, left stressful jobs in Belgium (she ex lawyer, he ex sommelier) to bring up their young son in the country. They have four country comfortable bedrooms in two restored barns, and one in the house. Get cosy in the sitting rooms, laze by the pool, linger over dinner in the rustic-chic dining room. Maarten’s twice-weekly ‘cuisine du terroir’ will enchant you.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights in high season.
1 December - 16 March.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dinner, 3 courses, €38. Child (under 10) €15.


Nightly price
from €95
Damage deposit
Singles €85-€92. Extra bed/sofabed available €28 per person per night.
3 Doubles
From €95
1 Suite for 3
From €95
1 Suite for 4
From €155


We stayed at the wonderful La Roche d’Esteil in August with our daughter 9 years & son 7 years. Karen and Martin were excellent hosts, both discrete yet friendly and approachable. Our accommodation consisted of an elegant downstairs bedroom & shower room with a staircase up to a spacious twin room for our children. Breakfast was perfect - an assortment of local bread, pastries, ham, cheese, homemade yogurts, eggs and little treats. We enjoyed two meals during our weeks stay which were divine - Martin is a talented chef. Location was fabulous - peaceful yet only a 12 min drive to Sarlat.

Victoria, Canterbury

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Karen & Maarten Ilegems

  • Les Jardins d'Eyrignac at 4 km on the same road as ours which is a must-see
  • The beautiful medieval village Sarlat at 6 km
  • The Vézère valley with it's beautiful prehistorical sites and nice villages
  • The garden of Marqueyssac
  • Château de Castelnaud and the classified village Castelnaud la Chapelle
  • Château de Beynac