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Reviewed October 6, 2011

If you ever nurtured a dream to restore an old wreck of a monastic farm in rural France, save yourself the labor and visit the Ferme de Tayac! It is everyone's dream come true. We were there for 4 nights last year and just returned from 8 more! In so many ways, the Ferme evokes medieval life in rural France, from the buildings' construction of completely idiosyncratic timber framing (you can see the carpenters' marks on each member), to the hand-hewn stones that form walls and steps. To this ancient fabric Suzanne and Mike have added modern bathrooms, good lighting and wonderful beds, and filled the grounds with ever-blooming roses, lavender borders, boxwood, and old-fashioned flowering plants. Others have noted the convenience of this location (for example, in 8 days we visited 5 chateaux/gardens, 4 caves, 2 rock shelters, 7 picturesque villages - 3 with markets - and 2 world-class museums). But the very best part of a sojourn at the Ferme is that Mike and Suzanne have created ways for guests to meet, tell stories around an enormous breakfast table, and share picnic lunches or dinners or glasses of wine under the shelter of the "abri" in the garden. On chilly days the wood fire in the large and graciously furnished salon draws guests round. Time seems to almost stand still, the only reminders of the day being the 8:00 am and 7:00 pm church bells, three beautiful tones that make every cell in your body smile . Bring along a Swiss army knife, some plasticware and a willingness to let the day unfold as it will, and remember how much fun it is to make an occasion out of very simple ingredients. The Ferme de Tayac is our idea of Heaven.

Room Tip: Room #5, at the back, has French doors that let onto the very private back garden with a metal table and 4 chairs, plus lovely roses right outside the doors. It's wonderfully private. Visit the Web site to make sure you understand what amenities are and are not available, as this is a B & B, not a hotel. Actually, that's what makes it so special!
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Scott B
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

If you like old, friendly and things that are a little different this is a place for you. This is not a hotel but a B & B. We got off the train in Les Eyzies and I think we may have been the only ones getting off. We loved the fact that it was in the middle of nowhere. We had seen Ferme de Tayac from the train and knew it would be easy to find. We walked the short distance to Mike and Suzanne's and I don't think we had a car go by us. The air was really fresh and clean. Strongly suggest you book Font de Gaume in advance and go, this cave was worth seeing. There is lots to do in the area but you are limited to what you can do without a car. We spent 4 days here with no car and loved every minute of it.

Room Tip: If you are looking for a fine hotel this is not for you, if you like old, rustic, unique you will love this place.
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Rootietootie22
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Reviewed May 29, 2011

The ferme is located on the edge of town, down a quiet side road and in the countryside but still only 5 minutes walk to the centre of town and 3 minutes walk to train station. There is parking on the side on the grass between the ferme and a large old church. Both the building and the location were beautiful. Our bedroom, no 5, was stunning and had a modern bathroom with shower. Rooms 5 and 6 face the rear of the property.1 to 4 face the side. Very quiet due to location and thick stone walls. The perfect and large bed, and silence with a sense of peacefulness, meant we slept perfectly. Facilities include: breakfast, wifi and a pool and spacious grounds. Oh and a fridge in one of the barns. Suzanne and Mike were friendly, hospitable and charming. Everything had been thought out and was perfect. Les Eyzies is an ideal location for visiting Perigord Noir due to its nearness to all the major sights and activities. We came across this by chance and it made our holiday. Didn’t want to leave and we miss both it and them.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank EpicCure
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Reviewed May 11, 2011

Mike and Suzanne have done a wonderful job restoring this set of buildings that dates back to the middle ages. She's English, he's Dutch. The cottage they live in is as old as the neighboring church, 1120, when it was the caretaker's residence. The guest rooms are in a building that used to be a barn in the 16th century, when monks who worked the farm resided in cells up stairs. If you love flea markets then you will love the way Suzanne has decorated the place, including the large Great Room where breakfast is served. The rooms are spacious, the beds comfortable, the nights quiet, and the grounds beautifully landscaped. There's also a big pool which we didn't get to use, it being April. It's within walking distance of the Les Eyzies train station and not much further to town. There is free wi-fi, but you must plug in outside at the only spot where the signal is strong enough. Hopefully they will address this inconvenience soon. Breakfast is satisfying and filling: coffee and tea, cereal and yogurt, bread and croissants, hardboiled egg. The bathrooms have liquid hand soap, so bring whatever else you may need.

Room Tip: The corner room opens to the back.
  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank lovemusicals
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Reviewed April 29, 2011

Suzanne and Mike, extremely hospitable people, run an excellent operation in a very attractive set of converted farm buildings. Breakfasts are more than adequate, the public rooms large and well-appointed, and the bedrooms comfortable and pleasantly reflective of Suzanne's slightly quirky taste. We spent four nights at the Ferme, enjoyed it immensely, and would happily go back.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled on business
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2  Thank WLG37
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