8 Bedrooms | 7 Baths
From €6,500 per Week
Chateau Bergerac, Dordogne, France Vacation Rental
Grottos and Cro-Magnon cave paintings make the Dordogne (Périgord) the birthplace of modern man where history and prehistory entwine to make each visit a new discovery. Today, the distinctive regional cuisine, appealing culture, delightful villages, and tranquility found in the region mean that it is all the more interesting as a holiday destination.
A wise lodging choice for visitors to this part of France is Chateau Bergerac, a bright and spacious 17th century chartreuse (charter house) - the largest one in the region - and a listed Historical Monument. Guests will appreciate the peace and quiet while being only a few kilometers from all the important sites and attractions. Chateau Bergerac was once at the heart of rich vineyards, and sits on the high slopes of the Black Périgord. For those familiar with the Dordogne département, it is divided into four distinct areas known as the Périgord Blanc, Périgord Vert, Périgord Pourpre, and this, the Périgord Noir. The Black Périgord is known for its deep gorges beneath smooth cliff faces, the cave paintings of early man, the River Vézère winding through many prehistoric sites, and the wonderful towns of Montignac, Les Eyzies and Sarlat.
The park surrounding the château was planted in 1896 by Lord Greenwell and his wife Emma Maire, great-grandparents of the current owner. Her bedroom upstairs has a distinctive bow window. Emma was a painter, and her paintings can still be seen on the walls of the orangerie. There are eight grand cedars at the opening of the courtyard, a 300 year-old climbing vine adorns the east terrace under a fine balustrade, and a regal 300 year-old chestnut tree near a large terrace dominates the view over the Dordogne valley. Meadows surrounding the château ensure its rural charm, and those who love the outdoors will certainly enjoy the Zodiac swimming pool, the beautiful views and the château's expansive park.
The main building is the home and heart of the estate, while stables, an orangerie and cellars occupy the two wings. The interior has dramatic vaulted ceilings, columns, magnificent Louis XIV fireplaces and authentic charm that guests will find both cozy and intriguing. The interior is exquisite, warm and welcoming. No detail has been overlooked, and the décor and furnishings are completely in keeping with the architecture and period of the château. You will be met with a welcome basket of fruit, a book and local specialties. Five spacious and comfortable bedrooms plus two smaller rooms are offered for fourteen people (adults and children) and there are cribs (cots) for two infants. Welcome baskets in the bathrooms include shampoo, soap, perfumes, etc.
The living areas are impressive and inviting. The grand dining room with its vaulted stone ceiling and classic fireplace is the perfect place for an elegant dinner. The country kitchen is has a massive fireplace, golden stone walls and lots of space for creating great meals and includes an American refrigerator, coffee and Nespresso machines, a Babycook and a food processor. A pale blue lounge offers a soothing and relaxing environment, and its vaulted ceiling creates the perfect acoustics for playing the piano or listening to music. A professional chef works daily or on request.
Take advantage of themed holidays offered by the owners exclusively for their guests to learn about red wine and the surrounding vineyards, gastronomy courses, history and prehistory outings, local golf games and more. Do consider the warm and historic Chateau Bergerac for your Dordogne vacation ~ a place from which to explore all that this amazing region of France has to offer.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Some homes allow events, please ask
Rates vary depending on time of year and number of guests
High season and holiday rates are higher
50% down to book
Balance due 60 days prior
Please bring proof of identification
Passport required for non-resident
Travel insurance recommended
All bookings are final
Rates and fees subject to change without notice
**All starting rates are low season rates. Rates are now quoted based on occupancy and use. Please call or inquire for individual group rates.**
5 Full + 2 Half Bathrooms
5 Double Beds
4 Single Beds
Cable / Satellite / Freeview
Heated Private Pool
Ping Pong Table
Maid Service Daily (2 hrs)