- Sports & activity
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Court
- Cot / Highchair
- DVD player
- Internet Access
- Linen provided
- Log Fire
- Washing Machine
- Golf within 30km
- Horse Riding
- Babysitting available
- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Pet Friendly
- Wheelchair Friendly
This exquisite chateau is situated in the Gironde hills, right in the heart of the wine region of South West France. With a private tennis court and heated pool, surrounded by rolling vineyards and within easy reach of lots of activities, a holiday in a chateau is a real treat and this is a wonderful location.
The Chateau is an ideal venue to explore the region; it provides great comfort with 4 large reception rooms, a huge kitchen and pantry, and a south facing conservatory. There is lots of space inside and out. It is situated in the Gironde hills bordering the Lot-et-Garonne and the Dordogne, a beautiful location in the wine region of the South-West of France. This scenic area offers a wide range of activities and sight-seeing excursions. The site dates back to Roman times and the main building dates from the 15th century. The Chateau is considered a local historic monument, with interesting features and signs of fortification most likely associated with the 100 years war. Previous owners include the Marquis de Seville and the Ducs de Duras. An 'information book’ contains useful information for your castle holiday and lists places of interest in the area. It is accompanied by maps and a restaurant guide. The Chateau is prepared for your arrival; all you have to do is enjoy yourselves!
Chateau des Vigiers is a Golf and Country Club 15 minutes drive from the chateau with a championship course. Monsegur is another beautiful bastide town with good shopping. Sainte Foy la Grande is 20 minutes by car from the Chateau, an old town on the river Dordogne. Bergerac is 40 minutes by car, the largest town on the river Dordogne and the centre of the region’s wine production. Marmande is a large town 20 minutes by car. Lac St Sernin is only 6 minutes by car, it is hidden in the pine woods across the valley. A freshwater lake with a sandy beach; perfect for a walk or picnic. Canoeing and Kayaking on the Dordogne is fun for all ages. Only a 15 minute drive at Pessac. Fishing licenses can be obtained locally. Saint Emilion is a beautiful ancient town. Outstanding wine and restaurants. 35 minutes by car.
By Car: Major routes south from the channel ports; aim for Libourne, a town north-east of Bordeaux. The chateau is less than an hour's drive from Libourne. By Train: Take the Eurostar from Waterloo and change at either Lille (a platform change) or Paris (involves crossing the city) in order to board the southbound TGV to Libourne station were car hire can be arranged. There is an excellent (if expensive) overnight motorail service from Calais to Brive, depositing its passengers and their cars within 2 hours of the chateau. By Air: Wide choice of airlines and prices; regular flights to Bordeaux (80-minutes drive) or Bergerac (40 minutes) where car hire can be organised. Toulouse and Biarritz can be used as alternative airports.
Bordeaux/Bergerac 35 - 40 miles
Nearest Train Station:
Ste Foy-la-Grande or Marmande 10 miles
Lake beaches nearby
A stay in a chateau usually offers spacious accommodation and this is no exception. Even on very hot days the thick stone walls keep it is cool inside. All rooms are large with high beamed ceilings and tiled floors, restored and decorated with French antiques. The Chateau has modern facilities and is very well maintained. The Kitchen; large (52ft x 35ft) with exposed stone walls, overlooks the courtyard and the North garden. It has an informal dining table that seats 12 in comfort. Dining Hall; grand room with a monumental open stone fireplace and antique dining table. There is a laundry room, cots and a high chair. Bedrooms; all of the 5 bedrooms (4 king size doubles , 1 triple room) are large and have tiled floors, high, beamed ceilings, large windows and fireplaces. Two have en suite bathrooms and one has an en suite WC and wash basin. There is also a separate bathroom with shower, wash basin and WC.
A tranquil and very private setting, the two and a half acre garden is fully enclosed by a clipped hedge. The front courtyard is 100ft square. The large swimming pool (18ft x 36ft) has panoramic views from the decked pool side and shade under the walnut trees. There is a high quality all weather Tennis Court in the north of the Chateau grounds with views over the rolling landscape; the court has markings and net adjustment for Badminton. The 100ft terrace overlooks the South West garden and pool and has stone tables and seating so you can enjoy the sunsets across the valley. There are BBQs (gas and charcoal) for al fresco dining, sun-loungers around the pool, and a swing seat and terrace furniture in the South West garden. There is a games room in the courtyard for table tennis and parking for several cars in the courtyard barn out of the sun.
The local town of Duras is a pretty arcaded bastide town 6km from the property, ideal for daily shopping. There are restaurants, supermarket, bars, banks, bakers, butchers and petrol stations. The market is in the main square every Monday morning and the town is on a hill with lovely views. In May and June the area is full of wild flowers and the orchards are in full blossom. The grape picking season is late September/October when it can be as hot as July/August. If you are not restricted to school holiday periods May/June Sept/Oct is a beautiful time to visit the South West. Championship golf (Chateau Vigiers 27 holes) is 15 minutes away as is the fun of the Dordogne river. The well equipped kitchen encourages a variety of chefs to be associated with the Chateau if you want a formal or informal (al fresco) meal cooked for you. The property is surrounded by outstanding award winning local wine producers and outstanding food, and the local markets are excellent even by French standards - a must for a holiday in a chateau!
Conditions of Rental
50% non refundable deposit payable on booking. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Bed linen and towels are provided and are changed every week. Additional cleaning and baby-sitting can be arranged to suit. The Chateau is for your exclusive use. The property is managed by a local resident who is British and who lives close to the Chateau.