The "almost" comment is because we lost a day and a half to the Iceland volcano. I rated Excellent simply because La Petite Maison was the core of an Excellent overall experience.
The house is unique and has character; which means you have to deal with some idiosyncrasies. May not suit some but to me was part of the experience.
Because of the volcano, SNCF strike, Google maps error and my not reading directions properly (Souillac, Sarlat(!), Beynac) we got to Sarlat so late we stayed there a night. We were to return a couple of days because we enjoyed the town very much.
We spent the first day exploring the town and the chateau. After that we typically had a leisurely morning "at home", a driving tour in the afternoon with a nice dinner at the end before "home". I made the daily walk (climb up / down and back) to the shops at the 'upriver' end of town for bread and food. Very nice people. I enjoyed getting samples of cheeses I'd never had before.
As we're right on the path to the chateau I felt quite privileged to be relaxing in that location.
The climb to the chateau is very rewarding. Had a nice chat with the Dutch woman who has a store half way up. The restaurant by the chateau could have charged a fortune for drinks for panting tourists - but was reasonably priced and quite pleasant.
We had good food everywhere; dinner at La Petite Tonelle and lunch in Monpazier (not sure which resto) were the most memorable.
Daytrips to Sarlat, Hautefort and around the nearby countryside.
A lovely experience!
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