Elegant, up-market chateau brimming with charm.
Weekly price guide: £5250-£7875
Property Ref: CHA1910
This Perigordian chateau brims with the charm and nobility of its 400 years of existence. The original features include a paneled dining room that was installed by the same artisan who completed many of the rooms at Versailles. The house is brimming with antiques, but maintains the atmosphere of a comfortable family home and sleeps 14 in 7 spacious bedrooms: five in the main house and two in the neighbouring guest house ‘Le Pigeonnier’. Enjoy absolute privacy in this meticulously maintained property set in 32 acres of gardens, woodlands, and tended grounds. Within the estate are a private pool and a tennis court. Table tennis is provided as well as grassy areas ideal for croquet and badminton. There are several lovely paths for walking within the estate. The chateau is situated between the small market towns of Eymet and Issigeac and is easily accessible by air from the Bergerac airport or by train from Paris to Libourne. The area surrounding the house provides a plethora of activities including horse-back riding, canoeing, fishing and boat rides on the Dordogne river. Many historic chateaux are a short drive from the house. First class wineries abound, tours of which are available almost daily. The chateau was built during the reign of Henry IV and the grounds were awarded by the King to the family for loyal service at court. The house is situated halfway up a limestone hill above the Dropt River.
|Bedrooms:||On the first floor are five luxurious bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms that have been finished to the highest standard. The bedrooms are furnished with antique armoires and chest of drawers; some from the original period of the house. Each bedroom has comfy chairs and writing tables. The ‘blue’, ‘yellow’, and ‘Chinoise’ rooms are equipped with King (European)/Queen (American) size beds. Each of the bedrooms and bathrooms has lovely views over different aspects of the Park.|
|Bathrooms:||8 bathrooms all en-suite with large bars of French soaps and white fluffy towels..|
|Kitchen:||There is a large eat-in kitchen, with a table seating twelve, massive stone fireplace, dishwasher, and all other appliances and amenities. The laundry room in back of the kitchen has a sink, washing and drying machines.|
|Living Rooms:||One enters the Manoir into the main hall which is in traditional Perigordian style. To the right is the Salon Cariele that still has its original tiles and is a superb spot for reading on a warm afternoon. The Salon also has a large table from which buffets are usually placed when dining on the east terrace of the house. Two further grand salons open out on to the east terrace which is an ideal place to relax and enjoy views over the woods and rolling hills surrounding the property as well as to dine on balmy summer evenings. The salons are comfortably furnished with a mixture of new and antique furniture including a grand piano. Walking straight through the entry hall to the north side of the house you will find a family room complete with satellite TV, DVD player, stereo, internet access, numerous board games (monopoly, chess, backgammon, Cluedo, etc.), a well-stocked library and toys for children.|
|Other Rooms:||To the left of the entrance hall is the formal panelled dining room with seating for 14 and a magnificent fireplace. The first floor landing has a cosy space for reading, writing or relaxing.
The guest house called ‘Le Pigeonnier’ contains a large sitting/dining room with a TV/DVD player and stereo on the ground floor. Also on the ground floor is a fully equipped kitchen (all appliances, including a dishwasher) and has been recently modernized. Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. The first floor master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed and divan. Washing and drying machines are located on the first floor landing. The second floor bedroom has two twin beds and a sleeping loft. Child cot and baby equipment are available upon request. There is an additional eighth bedroom offering a comfortable and refined stay.
|Linen/Cleaning/Towels etc:||Linen and towels are provided.|
|Outside:||Within the magnificent grounds there are three outdoor eating areas: one in front of the kitchen that benefits from sun the entire day, the second on the east terrace shaded by several mature lime trees, ideal for afternoon tea and buffet suppers, the third is situated at the pool – adjacent to the guest house kitchen and is convenient for luncheons, and late dinners to enjoy the spectacular Dordogne sunsets. To the back of the pool and guest house is a rock garden with a pleasantly gurgling fountain that is a bastion of tranquillity. It enjoys sunshine throughout the day, with a few well-placed trees for shade.
The heated pool and the area surrounding it is equipped with sun loungers, occasional tables, umbrellas and large comfy towels. The hard surfaced tennis court sits in a secluded area to the back of the property. Table tennis, croquet and badminton sets are provided. Gorge on beautiful peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, pears, apples and figs from the mature orchards in the park. The various paths throughout the estate are lined with blackberry bushes – providing juicy and delicious fruit. Enjoy walks through the grounds which boast lots of species of mature trees including oaks, cedars, chestnuts, magnolia, elm and Judea.
There is a great one hour walk amongst the nature and wildlife without having to leave the chateau grounds!
|Additional notes (if any):||The Chateau is an excellent venue for weddings, anniversaies and birthdays. Please enquire for more information.
Cleaning is provided twice a week and linens/towels are changed once a week for guests staying more than a week.
Additional housekeeping/cleaning services are available upon advance request, please ask at time of booking. Babysitters can be arranged, again at some advance notice. A chef service can be provided only at if notified well in advance of the stay.
A shopping service is available if you would like the fridge stocked before you arrive. Gift baskets or flower services can be arranged for special occasions.
Terms & Conditions
Security deposit €1000/£1000 to be paid either into the owners bank account before the client's arrival, or in cash when they arrive at the property. They reserve the right to hold the money up to one week, but if there is no damage it will be returned either by cheque or bank transfer within a few days.
Energy costs €150 per week. The heating is charged to expenditure during the winter
Pets welcome only outside and in the kitchen area
End of stay cleaning €150
Other Ts and Cs Maid Service twice a week