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  Château Lagorce
33550 HAUX
Edward Holmes


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Languages:    English 
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Département: Gironde (33) 

Special Features:  Wine AppreciationWeddings

Château Lagorce
  On a hillside overlooking a valley, surrounded by forests and rolling terrain, Château Lagorce has the advantage of being located near the city of Bordeaux and amid the famed vineyards of the region.  Large enough for a celebratory group gathering where all guests can have a luxurious bedroom with en suite bath, this Roman style château, some of which dates back to the 15th century, has a fascinating and complex history.  The name 'Lagorce' comes from a type of vegetation that appeared in the early 16th century, and according to a document dating to the 1700s, there was originally a moat surrounding the castle.  With its oldest tower boasting walls 1.2 meters thick, the château was defensible during the feudal wars of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, the latter two seeing destruction of parts of the castle. 

The property changed hands and families many times over the centuries, occasionally seeing periods of restoration.  Then in the 19th century, the Faux family became successful vignerons planting Barsac and Sauternes vines.  Records indicate that their wines sold at twice the price of others in the region because of its high quality.  The property was sold in 1859 to Jules Beyssac, whose heirs lived on the estate until 1956.  Two more families owned the château until the Holmes family purchased it in 2002 and spent two years renovating the château itself. 

They are planning to renovate the courtyard to create more en suite guest rooms and further facilities, but today it is a fine establishment worthy of the most particular guests and is one of the most important heritage buildings of Haux, the local town.  The château sleeps up to 52 people in twenty-one air-conditioned en suite bedrooms. It has lovely salons, a grand dining room accommodating up to twenty-two people, a library, a breakfast room seating twenty-five, and fine kitchen facilities.  Each room is furnished and decorated tastefully and with the comfort of guests in mind, and four of the bedrooms have terraces overlooking vineyards.  In winter months, the château is centrally heated and three log fires are provided. 

Pastimes at the château can include snooker, table tennis, exploring the caves on the grounds, enjoying the golf practice area or fishing in the 6-acre private carp lake in the park.  A beautiful medieval French chapel is available to those who would like to have a wedding or renew their vows on the grounds of the château.   A local officiate or an English-speaking minister can be provided. 

The location of Château Lagorce is ideal.  It is only minutes from both the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, a half hour from twenty excellent golf courses, and surrounded by the vineyards of the Bordeaux and St-Emilion region.  The ocean is not too far away, and guests can spend an enjoyable day in Arcachon reached by auto in about 45 minutes.  Dining out at fine restaurants will be an adventure in just deciding where to go!  The choices are endless.   As there is an estate manager living on site, guests will be able to avail themselves of his advice, assistance and expertise.  Arrangements can be made for a chef, transportation, wine tastings or tours.  The owners offer Golfing, Fishing and Wine Holidays ~ so there is really something for everyone! 

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Rooms:   21 air-conditioned doubles, each with an en suite bathroom.  The property can accommodate up to 52 guests.
Wedding Package Prices:     To rent the château for 3 nights for 30 people in 15 en suite bedrooms) is € 11,590 to € 17,650 depending upon season.  Up to 21 guest rooms can be rented at an additional cost per room (please inquire). Packages include wedding meal, wine, tableware, tables, chairs, wedding planner, photographer, flowers and sound system.  Low season is November to April; mid-season is May, June, September, October;  high season is July and August.  Exact rate will be quoted when reservation is requested.
More about Wedings: The medieval French chapel is in unique, picturesque and in quaint surroundings. A range of facilities for outdoor functions with room for up to 100 plus are available.  The site is perfect for marriage ceremonies or to renew wedding vows. If you would like to arrange a local priest or an English-speaking minister, please use contact form above.
Other rentals:  The château can also be rented by the week for vacations.  Please inquire about rates.  Amenities available:washing machine, dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and microwave. There is also an intermittent maid service for fresh towels and sheets. 
Dinner:  Chef service upon request.  Wine not included. Also, ten fine restaurants available within 20 minutes distance and up to forty more in a half hour's drive.  The beautiful dining room has a Louis XIV fireplace and a large oak table seating 40 people comfortably. Possibility of wine tastings nearby.
Entire château is non-smoking.

No dogs.  Guests are asked to respect the property.

Open all year except Christmas and New Year. 
On the grounds:  air-conditioned guest rooms, large swimming pool, 6-acre private carp lake for fishing, full-size snooker table, table tennis, air hockey, golf practice area, small river, large caves available for tours, CD players, hi-fi, DVD player, TV, small private chapel for use by guests, Internet access, terrace and child-friendly outdoor facilities, bicycles, barbecue grill.
Vicinity:  horseback riding, water skiing, tennis, bike rental, hot-air ballooning, discothèque in St-Emilion; Bordeaux, the Médoc, St-Emilion, and their vineyards; market at Créon, historic Nérac; wine tastings, golf, fishingAtlantic beaches and towns, Arcachon.


From Bordeaux & Bordeaux Merignac Airport:  enter the Bordeaux Ring road heading southeast direction Toulouse. At exit 18A join the Autoroute 62 heading south direction Agen and Toulouse. Exit  Autoroute at  1.1 sign posted La Brede. Turn left onto the N113 direction Castres, Portet and Cadillac. Continue on N113 through Castres to a set of traffic lights where you must turn left at the signpost for Langoiran.  Go over the railroad crossing and through the small town of Portet where you will cross the Garonne River via an iron suspension bridge.   As you leave the bridge, turn left at the traffic light, and go straight through Langoiran. After passing over a mini-roundabout with the Intermarché on the right-hand side, go up the road for another half  kilometer, pass the right hand turning to Capian. 50 yards further up the road turn right at the agricultural garage on the D239 towards Haux. Château La Gorce is a half mile on the right opposite the entrance for Ballarin Wine

Airport:  Bordeaux Merignac
Railway Station: Bordeaux Gare St-Jean (3 hour by TGV from Paris.)

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