who has ever visited the Dordogne département of
France knows how seductive it can be. Timeless villages,
rivers, spectacular vistas and unparalleled opportunities to enjoy a
memorable holiday. The region, known in France as the Périgord,
is considered the birthplace of modern man (Cro Magnon), and the
and prehistoric sites which abound in the Périgord are carefully
preserved and give the region an alluring uniqueness.
We may have just discovered the perfect place for a holiday in the Dordogne ~ the stunning Château de Castelmerle near Monpazier. This historic château, set on 18 hectares of meadowlands and woods, dates from the 13th century, and its centerpiece is a medieval stone stairway. The main living area of the castle was constructed in the 1560s by the de Constantin family who owned the property until the French Revolution in the 1790s at which time they fled to Spain. From 1540 for about 300 years, it was designated a château by the government authority. It lost the château designation. In April of 2014, the owner - after much effort - was able to have it redisignated a château by the French historial housing authority.
The present owner has sympathetically renovated Château de Castelmerle to a very high standard including restoration of its fine oak ceilings. Furnishings include antiques and paintings to create a classical setting, while no modern comforts or conveniences have been overlooked. There is a fine library in the château, a geothermal heating system, and a bar available to guests on the top floor of the dramatic tower, as well as Sky TV in the sitting room and a Bang & Olufsen stereo system in the Grand Salon.
The château offers six exquisitely-furnished guest rooms, each with its own modern en suite bathroom or shower room. Two of the bedrooms have lovely four-poster beds and sitting areas to provide a quiet retreat for their occupants. Large windows bring in the warmth and light of the glorious Dordogne sunshine, while offering views over the wide expanse of lawns and landscape surrounding the château. Not only can you rent the entire château to make it your very own for a week or longer, but for a small additional cost a chef can be included to prepare breakfast each morning and catered dinners five nights of each week. A housekeeper can be arranged to come in on an hourly basis at the discretion of the guests.
On the grounds guests can enjoy relaxing on the teak loungers in front of the château or around the newly installed heated salt-water swimming pool; and they can take meals in the evenings at the outside dining area while enjoying some spectacular sunsets. The location of this château is perfect for visiting so many of the attractions of the Dordogne and westward toward Bordeaux. Monpazier, said to be the best preserved bastide town in the Dordogne, is only minutes away, and it should definitely be visited on market day. When you are planning your next stay in France with your family or close friends, be sure to consider renting the enchanting Château de Castelmerle.
3 double guest rooms, 2 suites and 1 twin, each with a modern en suite
bathroom or shower room.
Maximum capacity is 12 guests.
Rental rates are €5250 (about £4565) per week in peak season for self-catering (6 guest rooms) in peak summer season (May to end of September); inquire prices for April and October; £ 1750 for November to end of March, except Christmas and New Year which are at peak summer rates. Discount of £ 500 for two-week bookings.
Short breaks from £ 500 per night.
A chef can be made available to prepare all meals with advance request. Guests select and assume the expense of the food and wine for the dinners.
Security Deposit: A security deposit will be required before arrival date.
Housekeeping service available at € 12 per hour paid in cash directly to the housekeeper.
Rental period is Saturday to Saturday.
Cancellations must be received in writing prior to 10 weeks before scheduled arrival date. Deposits and payments for cancellations received in that manner and timeframe will be returned in full. After that time, deposits will be returned only if owners are able to rent the Château for that period.
Small weddings can be hosted. Please inquire.
No dogs, please.
No infants, please.
of the year.
From Paris, take the A10 south direction Orléans, connect to the A71 direction Vierzon, then the A20 direction Limoges. At Limoges take the N21 direction Bergerac/Agen.
From Bergerac Airport, at the T junction, turning left onto N21 direction Colombier. Turn left onto D14 direction Issigeac as far as Villereal. Take the D104 to Monpazier, turn left at the T junction and then turn right onto D53 direction Belves. After about 3/4 mile drive past stone gate posts. Continue 1/4 mile and the château driveway in on the right marked by black and white sign opposite builder's merchant. Turn right onto driveway and proceed to the end.
Railway Station Sarlat: from Paris Gare Montparnasse via Bordeaux or Libourne (approx 5h 15 min)
Airport - Bergerac (see driving directions above)
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The Grand Salon