Le Jardin Du Chateau
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What Oliver loves…
- There are wonderful views of both the village’s medieval château and Dropt valley
- Take a little path from the upper garden and it’ll lead you straight to the charming village of Duras
- As evening falls, take your glass of Côtes de Duras wine, download a special app to your phone and you can control the coloured lighting of this 13th-century castle in a very 21st-century manner.
- This is a lovely historical home full of character and style
- Many bastide villages of the Dordogne are within easy reach such as Eymet, Monflanquin and Monpazier
- Local vineyard tours and wine-tasting can be arranged
- Wine-connoisseurs should also visit Bergerac, Saint-Émilion or even the Bordeaux vineyards
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It’s said that in former times, fruit was picked from Le Jardin Du Château and served to aristocracy in the imposing 13th-century château just opposite. Nowadays guests can enjoy breathtaking views of Château de Duras from the upper garden of their historic holiday home in this unique and spectacular setting in Dordogne-Lot et Garonne border.
Yet it’s not just the proximity to Château de Duras that makes this place so special. The owners have restored this listed ancient monument to a beautiful standard, creating a stylish and charming home with an eclectic feel yet still respecting its historic past. Downstairs there’s a vast living and dining space with an open-plan kitchen with high-end equipment, ideal whether you wish to create a feast or simply relax in the snug area with a glass of local wine and a great film. On the second floor there’s a second living-dining room and another superbly equipped kitchen and wine-fridge, allowing ample space whether you’re a large family or mixed group of friends.
Each of the six pretty en-suite bedrooms have been designed individually with some antique furnishings such as the Arts and Crafts bed in one of the rooms alongside simple yet smart style in others, all with linen from the White Company and Christy towels. At the top of the house enjoy the private double bedroom in the tower whilst families will appreciate the adjoining twin and double rooms on the first floor, each with their own bath or shower room.
Step outside from the lower living space into the south-facing garden and admire the wonderful views through the trees of the Dropt valley which has remained remarkably unspoilt over the years. A shady gazebo is a lovely place to lounge as kids splash around in the swimming pool and as evening approaches you can set up the al-fresco dining table by the Weber gas barbecue for a meal to remember by the beautifully lit pool.
From the second floor you can access the upper garden, a romantic spot with a lawn and sofas plus a second barbecue and table where you can sit and marvel at views of the Château de Duras so close. As evening falls, take your glass of Côtes de Duras wine, download a special app to your phone and you can control the coloured lighting of this 13th-century castle in a very 21st-century manner.
From the upper garden there’s a little path that leads straight to the village of Duras in minutes, where you can be exploring charming lanes, picking up breakfast in the boulangeries, buying fresh local produce at the twice weekly market or enjoying lunch in one of the restaurants. Indeed, this region is filled with many marvellous châteaux and pretty bastide villages, some in the neighbouring Dordogne region such as Eymet, Monpazier and Monflanquin.
Bergerac is also within easy reach with its medieval architecture, great restaurants and Maison des Vins. Wine-lovers should also try the sweet wine at the nearby Château de Monbazillac and spend the day in the idyllic town of Saint-Émilion. The city of Bordeaux with its surrounding vineyards and impressive La Cité du Vin museum is also a fantastic place to visit.
With undulating countryside of rolling hills, summer sunflowers and fruit trees, this is a sublime setting whether you wish to stay close to home or explore further afield. Whatever you choose to do, there’s no doubt that Le Jardin Du Château will leave you with memories for a lifetime.
What you should know…
- The double and twin bedroom on the first floor are adjoining, making a perfect family suite
- The house is a listed ancient monument so naturally some child supervision will be required at times. For example, there are various levels, stairs are steep with low banisters but stair-gates can be provided
- Open-plan kitchen-diner, well-equipped including large Falcon range oven and other high-end equipment plus living area with TV (French channels). Doors opening up to garden terrace and pool
- Separate WC
- Double bedroom with king-size bed and ensuite shower room with WC
- Double bedroom and ensuite shower room with WC (adjoins to twin bedroom)
- Twin bedroom and ensuite bathroom with WC (adjoins to above double bedroom)
- Second kitchen, well-equipped with Falcon range cooker, wine-fridge and other high-end equipment
- Living-dining area with TV (UK channels)
- Double bedroom with ensuite shower room with WC
- Double/twin bedroom with king-size double/twin beds with ensuite bathroom with bath, separate shower and WC
- Access to upper garden
Tower wing – Top Floor
- Double bedrooom with ensuite shower room with WC
- Swimming pool (11mx6m) with safety alarm. Solar covering to retain heat at night
- Sun-loungers (x8) and shades
- Gazebo with lounge area
- Al-fresco dining table
- 6 burner Weber gas BBQ (near pool)
- Upper garden with dining and lounge area
- 4 burner Weber gas BBQ (upper garden)
- UK Satellite TV
- French TV
- Fortnum and Mason picnic basket
- Pool toys
- Table tennis
- Board games
Le Jardin Du Château is in the charming and historic village of Duras in the Lot-et-Garonne department, close to the Dordogne and Gironde border. The house enjoys wonderful views of the Dropt valley from the lower garden, swimming pool and some of the bedrooms as well as Château de Duras from the upper garden.
There’s a little path that leads from the upper garden which takes you straight into the village in a few minutes. Here you will find some lovely cafes, four restaurants and a couple of bars as well as useful shops such as a bakery, butchers, and grocery store and an atmospheric Farmers market on a Monday and Wednesday morning. Look out for the guy who sells oysters from Arcachon on a Sunday morning!
There are events taking place throughout the year and from July to early September the village also hosts delightful weekly night markets where you can enjoy great local food and wine with live music. Wine-connoisseurs will also appreciate the impressive Maison des Vins just to the south of the village whilst history lovers can visit the Château de Duras with its fascinating history dating back to the 12th century.
This region is filled with undulating countryside with rolling hills, vineyards, summer sunflowers and fruit trees as well as historic châteaux and idyllic bastide villages, many with their own weekly markets. Highlights nearby include pretty Monségur (9km), 13th century Eymet (20km) with its beautiful main square, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (22km) on the banks of the Dordogne with its river beach and Montcaret (26km) with its excavations of a Roman villa. A little further afield, Issigeac (43km) has a delightful Sunday morning market and both Monflanquin (57km) and Monpazier (66km) have been classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.
You are also within easy reach of beautiful Bergerac (40km) with its medieval architecture, narrow streets of boutiques, great restaurants and Maison des Vins. In the surrounding region there are also many wine châteaux and vineyards where you can sample the local wines of Duras (Côtes de Duras) and Bergerac as well as the sweet wine of nearby Château de Monbazillac (35km).
Wine-lovers should also head to the idyllic wine town of Saint-Émilion (44km) as well as the vineyards around Bordeaux (98km) including the impressive La Cité du Vin in the city centre.
For those seeking sporty activities, there is canoeing in the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, golf courses across the region as well as many beautiful hiking and cycling trails and horse-riding. Head to nearby Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras, only ten minutes away, for a tree-top activity centre or towards Bergerac for a waterpark, miniature boat rides and go-karting.
|Nearest Airport 2||
|Nearest Train Station||
Gare de La Reole
Golf des Vigiers
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As you leave the upper garden there’s a path that leads straight to the village and also to a small children’s playground, perfect for letting off steam at any time of day.
There are wonderful cycling and hiking trails as well as horse-riding in the region plus canoeing on the Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Those seeking adventure can discover a tree-top climbing centre near Sainte-Colombe-de-Duras, only ten minutes away or head to near Bergerac, where you’ll find a waterpark, go-karting, boat rides and a miniature ferry sailing lake.
Another sweet place to go with younger kids is Le Chaudron Magique, an organic farm where children can milk the goats and make goats cheese!
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Stair gates
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- <1hr to Airport
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Board games
- Children's books
- Pool inflatables
- Child-Safe Pool
- Indoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Maid Service Available
- Wine-Tasting Available
- Maid Service Available
- Welcome Basket and Wine Included
- Wine-Tasting and Tours 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
Extras available at this property (payable locally):
- Welcome basket including F&M jam, tea, local chocolates and 6 bottles of wine from a local vineyard
- Wine-tasting session in house
- Wine-tasting and tours at local vineyard
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!
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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
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||£1000 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||10.00 a.m.|
|Energy costs included?||Yes.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, including pool towels (changed weekly).|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights.|
|Pets welcome?||On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Weddings are not featured here.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Feb 17th 2020 - May 2nd 2020||£2,365|
|May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020||£2,957|
|May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||£3,548|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020||£4,327|
|Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||£6,084|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||£4,327|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020||£3,548|
|Oct 3rd 2020 - Oct 31st 2020||£2,957|
|Oct 31st 2020 - May 1st 2021||£2,365|
|May 1st 2021 - May 29th 2021||£2,957|
|May 29th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021||£3,548|
|Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021||£4,327|
|Jul 17th 2021 - Aug 20th 2021||£6,084|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Feb 17th 2020 - May 2nd 2020||€2,673|
|May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020||€3,341|
|May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||€4,009|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020||€4,890|
|Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||€6,876|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||€4,890|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020||€4,009|
|Oct 3rd 2020 - Oct 31st 2020||€3,341|
|Oct 31st 2020 - May 1st 2021||€2,673|
|May 1st 2021 - May 29th 2021||€3,341|
|May 29th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021||€4,009|
|Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021||€4,890|
|Jul 17th 2021 - Aug 20th 2021||€6,876|
Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:
|Feb 17th 2020 - May 2nd 2020||$2,897|
|May 2nd 2020 - May 30th 2020||$3,621|
|May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020||$4,345|
|Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 18th 2020||$5,299|
|Jul 18th 2020 - Aug 29th 2020||$7,451|
|Aug 29th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020||$5,299|
|Sep 5th 2020 - Oct 3rd 2020||$4,345|
|Oct 3rd 2020 - Oct 31st 2020||$3,621|
|Oct 31st 2020 - May 1st 2021||$2,897|
|May 1st 2021 - May 29th 2021||$3,621|
|May 29th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021||$4,345|
|Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 17th 2021||$5,299|
|Jul 17th 2021 - Aug 20th 2021||$7,451|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
Our week at Le Jardin du Chateau felt like the perfect meeting of past and present – an old building given a new life, an old friendship rediscovered in a new place.
Excellent - highly recommended to!
It's a short drive from Bordeaux airport through the land of good wine to the town - an even shorter drive from Bergerac. The Jardin du Chateau itself is built into the side of the hill on which the chateau is built. It is an intriguing building with the perfect combination of original architectural features and modern appliances! All the rooms have fabulous views over miles of vineyards. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and the sort of decor, linen and toiletries you might usually expect from a boutique hotel. There is ample room for entertaining with two living/dining areas, each with its own beautifully designed kitchen. The ground floor opens out onto a swimming pool and garden area. The town provides plenty of opportunity for pottering a around local bars and cafes plus a great market for stocking up on cheese to go with the local vino. Once inside the property, it is so quiet that you can't help but relax.
With spectacular views over the valley, Le Jardin du Chateau is stylish, luxurious, comfortable and relaxing.
All the south facing rooms have been elegantly and thoughtfully appointed with sumptuous mattresses and bed linen and luxurious bathroom toiletries. Every
detail has been considered to provide guests with the utmost comfort. The ground floor, open-plan space with kitchen/dining and lounge areas is perfect for a day by the pool and summertime dining whilst the second floor kitchen/dining and lounge area has more far-reaching views and is ideal for cosier dining. The house feels secluded and private whilst also being only a 5 minute walk from the village which has a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. While on my 5 day stay at Le Jardin du Chateau, we also enjoyed a day trip to Bordeaux (about a 1 hour drive away) and Toulouse (a 2 hour drive) - both beautiful cities worth a visit and there are also lots of other lovely, picturesque local villages to visit in the local area. Overall, it was a wonderful holiday - A stunning house with spacious rooms in a beautiful location.
I had the most wonderful holiday at Le Jardin du Chateau. The location was perfect with views southwards over an undulating landscape covered with grapevines and, to the rear, a Chateau which rises dramatically above the garden so that one really feels immersed in the history. The accommodation is particularly elegant and extremely comfortable. All of the bedrooms are ensuite and are simple yet stylish with very comfy beds and luxurious bed linen- all have views over a torqouise swimming pool to the vineyards beyond. There is so much space within Le Jardin du Chateau and in the gardens that it’s hard to imagine it ever feeling cramped even at maximum capacity. The town itself is a special little town with lovely cafes, fromageries etc. with pretty walks to be enjoyed very close by. A little further afield, both Bergerac and Bordeaux offer visitors numerous attractions and places of interest.
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