Chateau Duras

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Sleeps: 11 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4
Oliver Approved

Overview

Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village Ideal for Parties

Chateau Duras is a beautiful and historic rural Chateau with private tennis court and heated pool set in the vineyards of South West France. The Chateau is very private yet has easy access to the activities of the Dordogne River, championship golf, markets, towns and restaurants.

The Chateau sleeps 11 in great comfort. All rooms are large and furnished with French antiques and art work. There is a lot of space and fantastic views surrounded by a clipped hedge in 2.5 acres of private grounds. Food and drink are important aspects of the experience and there are splendid places to dine and relax all around the Chateau.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Peak weeks are often booked out a year in advance so book early!
  • One of the bedrooms can only be accessed via another bedroom so this works best as a family suite

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Wheelchair Access Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Five large reception rooms, including a TV room with HD TV, Blue Ray and speakers. The Kitchen is very large and caters for chefs and cooking enthusiasts; there is a large informal kitchen table that seats up to 14 in addition to the formal dining hall. The kitchen is fully equipped and has an adjoining pantry and laundry room.

Five Large bedrooms; three with Super King size beds and one King size; one bedroom has three single beds and one of the double bedrooms also has a French day-bed. There are two cots for infants. Three of the bedrooms have en- suite bathrooms with shower/bath facilities, wash basin and WC. There is an additional family bathroom accessible to all bedrooms.

There are hardwood tables and chairs in the front courtyard for al fresco dining and stone tables and chairs on the rear terraces. There is high quality outdoor furniture around the pool and beside the tennis court. Both gas and traditional BBQs are on site in addition to the heated pool. The deep end of the pool is about 2.5M and the shallow end is 1.5M, the pool also has some steps that are graduated at the shallow end. There is also an all weather tennis court there is boules in the courtyard, table tennis in the South East Tower and championship quality table football indoors.

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Duras
Walk to Village Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Horse Riding Go-Karting Fishing Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The local village (3 minute drive) has restaurants and an excellent baker.  The closest town, Duras, (7 minute drive) has supermarkets, shops and leisure facilities. The River Dordogne and Championship golf are both with 15 minutes drive of the Chateau.  Bergerac and Ste. Emillion are half an hour away. Bordeaux is an hour and 15 minutes drive.

The Chateau is surrounded by local wine and food producers who are happy to conduct tastings. There are walks and outdoor activities throughout the surrounding area. Kayaking on the Dordogne River and go-karting are also available to keep the kids entertained.

A fully comprehensive house-book is provided at the chateau that details all the local things to do, towns and villages to explore. Best of all, it lists and rates the local restaurants and even highlights the ones that you mustn't miss during your stay.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac/Bordeaux

(31-35 km)

Nearest Village Duras

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Ste Foy La Grande

(7 km)

Nearest Golf Chateau des Vigiers

(7 km)

Region

Aquitaine’s reputation as a varied and enchanting destination is well-earned – whether you’re looking for relaxation or excitement, this beautiful part of south-western France is a feast for every one of the senses. To make sure you’re getting the very best of your holiday (and to clue you up if you’re thinking of going) check out our wonderful travel guide – it’s full of tips, info and the things you really shouldn’t miss when you visit unforgettable Aquitaine. 

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Chateu Duras is ideal for families with children of all ages, offering plenty of space to play both indoors and out on the lawn. Being situated well back from the main road and with all rooms at ground level, this property provides a safe and secure retreat for young families, whilst older kids will find an endless array of on-site entertainment to keep them occupied. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Plastic crockery
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Walk to Village
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Horse Riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • English speaking babysitter available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • English speaking babysitter available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £250 OR €300 per week of stay. Paid by bank transfer, cheque, in cash or by PayPal.
Arrival time 16:00
Departure time 10:00
Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Bed linen, pool and bath towels included
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Changeover day Saturday.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Smoking Allowed? Yes
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Pool heating charge? No
Other Ts and Cs A booking form will be provided to you by the owner. This must be signed and returned before a booking can be confirmed.
Minimum stay 1 week except mid July and August when 2 weeks
Other Ts and Cs Stag/Hen parties and other celebrations not allowed unless pre-arranged with the owner
Heating costs included? charged at extra cost if required

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 22nd 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £4,527
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £3,395
Sep 28th 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 £3,169
Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 £3,169
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £3,395
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £4,074
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 £4,527
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £3,395
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 £3,395
Sep 26th 2020 - Feb 22nd 2021 £3,169

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 22nd 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €4,739
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €3,554
Sep 28th 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 €3,317
Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 €3,317
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €3,554
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €4,265
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 €4,739
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €3,554
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 €3,554
Sep 26th 2020 - Feb 22nd 2021 €3,317

Prices based on an occupancy of 11 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 22nd 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $5,253
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $3,940
Sep 28th 2019 - Apr 25th 2020 $3,678
Apr 25th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 $3,678
May 23rd 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $3,940
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $4,728
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020 $5,253
Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $3,940
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 26th 2020 $3,940
Sep 26th 2020 - Feb 22nd 2021 $3,678

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Erica

How long have you owned the property?
14 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its rural Charm and Frenchness; it has a magical quality that is hard to describe but it was love al first sight.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The border of the Bordeaux wine appellation was drawn around the property in the 1850s; it was owned for 400 years by the same protestant clerics' family, counter to the reversal of the treaty of Nante that disallowed Protestants to be major property owners. Paul Revere (Longfellow poem fame) came from here.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
We try to be very discrete.

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
A lady heard we had Dalmatian dogs and arrived with her 6 adult Dalmations to pay us a visit!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?

Spend time on the Dordogne River

Really eat?
Food from the local Markets

Really see?
The local Vineyards if they can tear themselves away from the comfort of the property

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Enjoy the Chateau and find your own space; there is a lot of it. Explore the area. Relax and chill out. Try all the local wines and eat the local produce; it always taste better than anything you can get at home!

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Reviews

  • Birthday Celebration!

    Posted by Sheila on 09/07/2019

    We had a fabulous time at the chateau and are now dispersed in different European cities. Very envious of your beautiful home and our chef friend loved the superbly equipped kitchen. You have furnished the chateau so tastefully and I loved just sitting in the lounges enjoying the books and pictures on the wall. I had exactly the family birthday celebration I hoped for. Thanks!

  • We hope to return again!

    Posted by Brian on 03/07/2019

    We had an absolutely fantastic time at Chateau Duras last week. Everything worked so smoothly for all of us.
    We really appreciated all the attention to detail and the opportunity to stay at your beautiful home.

  • Great time at the Chateau!

    Posted by Julie on 08/06/2019

    The Chateau is such a beautiful property filled with so much character and history. We were fascinated by your vision for the property and admire all of the work that has been carried out there over the years. We have fond memories of our time at the Chateau and will no doubt reflect on these for many years to come.

  • Lovely!

    Posted by Carolyn on 25/08/2018

    The chateau is very comfortable and in a great spot with a great tennis court and pool.

  • Thank you so much for making it available to us!

    Posted by Judith L. on 20/08/2018

    I felt I must write to tell you what a wonderful family holiday we had at Chateau Duras. What a magical place. It was magnificent to look at and yet was so welcoming and homely. Our three families plus dog fitted in so well and the children absolutely loved it. We were together to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary (two years after the actual event!!) and the Chateau truly surpassed all our expectations in every way. We made good use of the pool and the tennis court with everyone of all ages playing and the pool was amazing especially in temperatures of up to 30 degrees a lot of the time. The walnut trees provided us all with much needed dappled shade! We loved the local markets in Duras and St Foy La Grande, the boulangeries, the butcher in Duras and also the various night markets and the brilliant BBQs at Domaine de Grand Mayne. We have brought home wine from both there and Les Hauts de Riquets. Jane was also very helpful with any queries and also provided us with a delicious meal on arrival. It is true to say that the holiday came to an end all too quickly and none of us were ready to come home!! We hope very much to return again one day to your beautiful home!

  • Such a wonderful time!

    Posted by Judith L. on 20/08/2018

    I felt I must write to tell you what a wonderful family holiday we had at Chateau Duras. What a magical place. It was magnificent to look at and yet was so welcoming and homely. Our three families plus dog fitted in so well and the children absolutely loved it. We were together to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary (two years after the actual event!!) and the Chateau truly surpassed all our expectations in every way. We made good use of the pool and the tennis court with everyone of all ages playing and the pool was amazing especially in temperatures of up to 37 degrees a lot of the time. The walnut trees provided us all with much needed dappled shade!
    We loved the local markets in Duras and St Foy La Grande, the boulangeries, the butcher in Duras and also the various night markets and the brilliant BBQs at Domaine de Grand Mayne. We have brought home wine from both there and Les Hauts de Riquets. As well as your own recommendations I was recommended a blog written by a local lady named Helen called Not Just for the Holidays http://notjustfortheholidays.blogspot.com/ which gave us helpful updates on festivals and events.
    Jane was also very helpful with any queries and also provided us with a delicious meal on arrival.
    It is true to say that the holiday came to an end all too quickly and none of us were ready to come home!! We hope very much to return again one day to your beautiful home. Thank you so much for making it available to us.

  • Wonderful!

    Posted by Jo on 14/07/2018

    We loved it and had a great time. It was pretty perfect.

  • Fantastic!

    Posted by S.Elliot on 02/06/2018

    The weather was not a problem. We had the most wonderful time at your stunning home taking full advantage of the tennis court and swimming pool. Being so comfortable we rarely found the need to venture far.... apart from collecting more provisions and seemingly endless amounts of wine!
    Consensus from my family is that Chateau Duras is the best and we all hope that we may be able to visit again sometime!

  • Great place to stay with friends or family

    Posted by Maggie S on 04/07/2017

    This Chateau has the wow factor as you arrive and is a superb place to share with friends or family. The style is wonderfully French with all the mod cons of a good heating and plumbing system! And the grounds are so expansive that there is plenty of room for children to run about. Unfortunately the weather was not particularly kind to us so the tennis court was not used as much as we would have liked. I can thoroughly recommend using Oliver's Travels who provide an excellent service.

  • Everything was just perfect!

    Posted by Jackie H. on 30/06/2017

    We’ve had various family/friends holidays in villas etc in Europe but in comparison everything at Chateau Duras was just perfect & exceeded our expectations. The chateau is wonderful & the setting is breath taking with the beautiful sunsets. Importantly, we felt very welcome & comfortable there. The pool & tennis courts were excellent & the table tennis was competitive! Jayne was very efficient in sorting a cot out for our granddaughter.
    Two of our sons are great wine enthusiasts & they had a great time at St Emilion as well as exploring local vineyards & meeting with owners. Our middle son got engaged during our holiday on a trip to Bordeaux. Everybody had a wonderfully relaxing & comfortable stay.
    We have spent a lot of time in France & Italy over the last 25 years both in summer & winter but latterly have visited Italy much more. However, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve fallen in love with France again & in particular, Perigord - again ! I very much hope to be able to stay at the beautiful Chateau Duras again. Thanks for all your help & advice prior to our stay.

  • Richard Pells

    Posted by Richard P on 06/09/2016

    Amazing Chateau!!
    Truly delivers everything the website promises.

    The nice side of the chateau is that it has all the amenities to accommodate the number of guests advertised - both in sleeping, entertaining and relaxing space.

    Jane, who looks after the chateau, is great - accommodating with every request and full of knowledge of the local area.

    Cannot recommend the chateau more!

  • Multi-generational family holiday heaven

    Posted by Oliver B on 25/07/2016

    We were a group of grandparents to grandchildren and all absolutely loved the chateau. It's the perfect place for a family reunion. Lovely enclosed grounds meant it was safe for the toddlers to roam and various beautiful terrace areas made for the perfect post bedtime glass of rose!

  • We hope to return!!!

    Posted by Peter and Debra Taylor on 26/11/2014

    We’d like to thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful, very tastefully furnished Chateau. You must be very proud of it. We hope to be able to return some day, perhaps for 2 weeks next time. Many thanks again for a great holiday.

  • We had a fantastic week

    Posted by Rupert Bedford on 26/11/2014

    We had a fantastic week. The Chateau is quite beautiful and I am unashamed to say that we did as little as we could possibly do in a week. We were blessed by the hot weather and our tennis and swimming has definitely improved!
    Thank you again and hope to return some time soon.

  • A great success

    Posted by Joan and Rodney Dartnall on 26/11/2014

    Could I also take this opportunity to tell you that our visit to Chateau Duras was a great success. We had lovely weather and the house far exceeded all our expectations.
    Our thanks.

  • Fantastic!

    Posted by Ali Kirkwood on 26/11/2014

    We had a lovely time at the Chateau in the warmth of late August. We now want to experience it at other times too!….Fantastic!
    Many Thanks

  • A wonderful place

    Posted by Sue and Roger Growkott on 26/11/2014

    We had the most amazing time at the Chateau Duras. our holiday was exactly what we had hoped for. You have a wonderful place and you should be very proud of it. It was very much appreciated by us all.
    Best regards

  • A thoroughly enjoyable holiday

    Posted by Stuart Bowman on 26/11/2014

    We were blessed with wonderful weather and have had a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. You have a fantastic house and we appreciated everything you have invested in making Chateau Duras a very special place. We do hope to return some day soon.
    Many thanks again.

  • We hope to be staying again

    Posted by Brian Strempel on 26/11/2014

    Thank you Erica. We found Chateau Duras delightful and elegant and the highlight of the three Chateaux we rented. We hope to be staying again next time we return to France.
    Thank you Erica.

  • Extremely relaxing place

    Posted by Susan Shears on 26/11/2014

    Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday. The chateau was wonderful - so well appointed and very comfortable it made the whole trip extremely relaxing. We thoroughly enjoyed playing tennis, swimming and of course playing boules!
    Also enjoyed exploring the area, wine tasting and some wonderful food!!
    Many thanks for creating a delightful place to stay.
    Kind regards,

  • Thank you again for letting us share this beautiful place

    Posted by Mike Smith on 26/11/2014

    We had a fabulous holiday in your wonderful home-what a place to celebrate Rosie's 60th.!! Christiane cooked us a great meal and Carl prepared an excellent BBQ.
    Our 4-year-old granddaughter actually managed to swim her first strokes in your beautiful pool. I would really like to go again next year if possible.
    You must be very proud of what you have created at Chateau Duras and thank you again for letting us share it.
    Kind Regards

  • Exceeded all our expectations

    Posted by Joan and Rodney Dartnall on 15/10/2009

    Could I also take this opportunity to tell you that our visit was a great success. We had lovely weather and the house far exceeded all our expectations. Our thanks.

  • Such a beautiful location.

    Posted by Jackie and Brian Low on 03/09/2009

    We had a wonderful time the entire visit to France was quite magical and we certainly hope to return. Thank you for providing such a beautiful location.

  • Lovely time at the Chateau

    Posted by Isobel Michael on 02/09/2009

    I just wanted to send you an e-mail to pass on the thanks from our entire group - we had a lovely time at the Chateau. It is such a beautiful house in a wonderful setting and we all wanted to let you know how much we had enjoyed staying there. Many Thanks.

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the chateau

    Posted by Jerry Wright on 30/08/2009

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the chateau. I wish it could have been longer; I have to say of all my French holidays this has been my favourite visit to France.

  • The Chateau was perfect

    Posted by Dr Nigel Jones on 28/08/2009

    The Chateau was perfect. Thank you, we had a wonderful time.

  • Rosie's 60th!!

    Posted by Mike Smith on 18/01/2009

    We had a fabulous holiday in your wonderful home-what a place to celebrate Rosie's 60th!! Christiane cooked us a great meal and Carl prepared an excellent BBQ.Our 4-year-old granddaughter actually managed to swim her first strokes in your beautiful pool. I would really like to go again next year if possible. You must be very proud of what you have created -and thank you again for letting us share it.

  • We had a fantastic week

    Posted by Rupert Bedford on 11/01/2009

    We had a fantastic week. The Chateau is quite beautiful and I am unashamed to say that we did as little as we could possibly do in a week. We were blessed by the hot weather and our tennis and swimming has definitely improved! Thank you again and hope to return some time soon.

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