Astier Petit Chateau

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Property Amenities

Private pool
Wi-Fi/Internet access
Air conditioning
Under 1 hour to airport
Heated Pool
Shared pool
Indoor games
Outdoor games
Cable TV
DVD
Working fireplace
Heating
Caretaker/owner lives on site

Babies & Toddlers

High chair(s)
Cot(s)
Toys
Child-safe Pool
Gated/fenced grounds
Baby proofing
Ideal for babies & toddlers

Kids & Teens

Ideal for kids
Ideal for teens

Things to Do

Rural Location
Walkable Village/Town
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Golf course nearby
Wine tasting
Walking/Hiking paths
Fishing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
‘We had a superb family holiday, teenagers adults and toddlers alike’

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Overview of Astier Petit Chateau

What Oliver loves…

  • The property sits right at the heart of the archaic French town of St Astier. The town offers a weekly traditional french market, several restaurants as well as bakeries and spa's.  Moreover, nearby activities such as canoeing, tennis and biking paths are in walking distance ensuring there is never a dull moment!
  • Very child and baby friendly boasting an unusually large 14 metre fenced pool as well as trampoline, swings, children's books and toys
  • Relaxed and cosy feel, a home away from home
  • Two different properties on site means two different families can enjoy their privacy whilst holidaying together

What you should know…

  • Occasionally (3 nights a year) you can hear music from the garden. Otherwise it is a quiet oasis in the town centre
  • Beautifully contained walled gardens with lots of nooks and crannies and private space for everyone. But there is not 10 acres of property like in a remote chateau

Set in the heart of a beautiful market town, yet entirely contained within private and quiet walled gardens, this petit chateau offers something for all ages, including a large, 14 metre pool. The main house and neighbouring cottage are rented together for groups of up to 16.

Astier Petit Chateau is situated near a lovely market town that plays host to several events during the year, including night markets and local antiques brocants. With just a short walk from the house you can pick out your own seasonal vegetables, foie gras, local cheeses, olives, breads and much more. There are several restaurants, bars and bakeries within walking distance, as well as the tranquil River L'Isle which feeds into the Dordogne.

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Interior & Grounds

The property consists of the main house (petit chateau) together with a period cottage, so larger groups or families with children of different ages can have privacy, whilst also enjoying the shared gardens and living areas. 

The main house comprises a large kitchen/breakfast room that opens onto the terrace and pool area; a large drawing room with classic stone fireplace ideal for winter parties; two large double rooms with en suite bathrooms; two large twin bedrooms with a modern family bathroom; and a DVD room with flat screen TV that can be converted into another double using a sofa bed if required.

The period cottage has its own fully equipped kitchen with stone fire place; a king size downstairs double room that opens on to the garden and pool area; a second upstairs double; a sunny twin bedroom; and a single bedroom that also contains a large wooden cot.

The property opens onto beautiful mature walled gardens with electric gates at both ends and parking for up to four cars. Guests are welcome to help themselves to any seasonal fruits from the trees, including cherries, apples, grapes, peaches, apricots, pears and figs. The pool area is fenced with a child secure gate. There are several dining and seating areas around the garden and swings, a trampoline, slide and Wendy house to help occupy younger age groups. All amenities and restaurants are just a walk from the garden, including a tennis court.

Map, Location & Local Information

Astier Petit Chateau is situated in the heart of a lovely market town.  Every Thursday morning, a large French market transforms the tranquil town into a colourful scene, full of delights of the local region: seasonal vegetables, foie gras, local cheeses, olives, breads and much more. The town also holds several events through the year, including night markets and local antiques brocants.

There are several restaurants, bars and bakeries within walking distance. The River L'Isle, which feeds into the Dordogne, can be found a short distance from the chateau. Facials, beauty treatments, canoeing, tennis and mini golf are also just a short walk away. Alternatively, there are many lovely walks from the house up into the surrounding hills.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac

(26-30 km)

Nearest Ferry port St Marlo

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Village St Astier Nearest Town/City Perigueux
Nearest Restaurant St Astier Nearest Bar/Pub St Astier
Nearest Beach La Jamaye

(9 km)

Nearest Golf Marsac

(9 km)

The Region

The pace of life in the Dordogne is languid, laid back and positively infectious. Relax in bucolic beauty as you drift along the Dordogne River, or wander among the forests and hillside of the Périgord Natural Park.

The foodie scene too, is a relaxed affair. Take your time over your lazy lunches of local duck, black truffles and goats cheese. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even hunt for them yourself. The wine here is second to none, with infamous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chenin Blanc all having a huge presence here.

The Dordogne is also brimming with history. Castles and chateaux are scattered throughout the region, among the enchanting medieval villages. History of an altogether more ancient sort can also be explored in the incredible prehistoric cave drawings of Lascaux and Grotte de Rouffignac.

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Catering & Services

Please enquire with Oliver's VIP Concierge to arrange any of the activities listed below during your stay.

On-Site:
-  Pilates sessions
-  Massage and beauty including:
-  Facials – with luxurious Charme d’Orient products from Paris
-  Balinais Body Massage - soft, stimulating and totally relaxing
-  Le Japonaise du Pied – relieves aches and pains in the foot, which affect how the whole body functions and relaxes
-  Le Lys – a royal massage with four hands
-  Shaitus – Japanese bodywork which calms the nervous system, improves circulation and alleviates stress
-  Babysitting – enjoy a child free meal out at one of the restaurants a short walk from the house
-  Nanny Service – let someone else take on the task of afternoon high tea and bath time while you enjoy some relaxation in the garden
-  Children’s French lessons – ensure the kids make the most of their stay in France through immersion in the language and local culture. Young children will learn numbers, colour and foods through games, and they can even take a tour of the Thursday market with their teacher and bring back your bagette for lunch having ordered it themselves in French!
-  Grocery Service – get the fridge stocked up before you even arrive on holiday
-  Adult French Lessons – for teenagers studying for exams to adults wanting to brush up on their skills.  All lessons are planned according to needs

Off-Site:
- “Great Value Girls Day Out” – Colour Me Beautiful 90 minute analysis with image consultant. Includes lunch and what to wear to flatter your body shape, plus an peek into what’s current in the french boutiques
- French Cooking Course – for 2 – 5 people.  Custom menus and lunch included. Great fun and very personalized
- Riding lessons
- Tennis and Canoeing.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit £500. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure, subject to damage inspection. Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m. Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed. End of stay cleaning included? Please leave the property in the state that you found it. Alternatively, an end of stay clean is available for €200.
Changeover day Saturday. Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
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. Other Ts and Cs The owner prefers bookings of 2 weeks in the peak season but will consider one week bookings. Please enquire.
Other 2 During the winter (mid October to March) only the main house is available (up to 8 guests). Please enquire for a discounted rate. Pool heating charge? £50 per week
Security deposit Security deposit

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Cot(s)
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Baby proofing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Indoor games
Cot(s)
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Toys
Baby proofing
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Child-safe Pool
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Gated/fenced grounds
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages

Reviews for Astier Petit Chateau

Astier Petit Chateau Reviews


  • Wonderful holiday in Astier Petit

    Posted by Merrick Pope on 20/09/2012

    Hello Phillida,

    I am ploughing through emails on return to work, and thought I would drop a quick line to say thank you for our wonderful holiday in St Astier. We all had a great time, and the house was perfect to accommodate us, without feeling like we were on top of each other. The fact that the grounds are secure also meant my sibs with the little ones could relax, knowing they were pottering about somewhere in the garden, without having to be hawkeyed.

    Heidi was incredibly helpful, and arriving to food and groceries meant the holiday could start right away, and the people of the town warm and friendly.

    We are planning a trip to our family home in Brittany next year, but hope to return to St Astier possibly 2014, if you are still renting out the house then.

    Best wishes, and thanks again,

    Merrick

  • Beautiful in every way

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 19/11/2009

    5/5 Beautiful Home, Beautiful People!

  • Fun for everyone, even with the age differences

    Posted by Anonymous Guest on 01/11/2009

    We had a superb family holiday, teenagers adults and toddlers alike

  • Hope to come again next year!

    Posted by Martin Sunday Times Travel Writer on 24/10/2009

    Dear Phillida and Heidi, Just wanted to say what a great time we had in St Astier - great weather, great house. It really was perfect. Loved the kayaking and La Polombiere, and, Heidi, your food was great. I'm a travel writer (for the Sunday Times) and I was very impressed by all the extra little touches (welcome pack, exhaustively stocked kitchen, gas BBQ, champagne flutes, iPod docks etc). Enjoyed the Cambridge pics round about too - most of us were at St Catharine's in 2001. Maybe we'll come again next year! Best regards

  • A real home from home

    Posted by Caroly & family on 15/10/2009

    We couldn't have asked for more from our holiday a hugely warm welcome, a beautiful setting, a fantastically equipped house, lovely weather - a real home from home. We hope to be back!

  • Simply amazing

    Posted by Owen Holt on 15/10/2009

    Homely, welcoming, thoughtfully equipped. We recommend the ponies for the children, the local market, wandering the back streets of the town and as much relaxing and outdoor time as possible thank you!

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 28th 2017 - June 24th 2017 £1,473.43 £1,753.38 £2,946.88
June 24th 2017 - August 26th 2017 - - £4,472.36
August 26th 2017 - October 7th 2017 £1,473.43 £1,753.38 £2,946.88
October 7th 2017 - October 21st 2017 £1,164.43 £1,385.67 £2,328.88
October 21st 2017 - December 16th 2017 £958.43 £1,140.53 £1,916.88
Christmas & New Year - - £2,637.88
January 2nd 2018 - January 6th 2018 £958.43 £1,140.53 £1,916.88
January 6th 2018 - February 24th 2018 £958.43 £1,140.53 £1,916.88
February 24th 2018 - April 7th 2018 £1,164.43 £1,385.67 £2,328.88
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 £1,473.43 £1,753.38 £2,946.88
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - £4,472.36
August 25th 2018 - October 6th 2018 £1,473.43 £1,753.38 £2,946.88
October 6th 2018 - October 20th 2018 £1,164.43 £1,385.67 £2,328.88
October 20th 2018 - October 30th 2018 £958.43 £1,140.53 £1,916.88

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 28th 2017 - June 24th 2017 €1,681.07 €1,961.02 €3,362.14
June 24th 2017 - August 26th 2017 - - €5,102.59
August 26th 2017 - October 7th 2017 €1,681.07 €1,961.02 €3,362.14
October 7th 2017 - October 21st 2017 €1,328.52 €1,549.76 €2,657.06
October 21st 2017 - December 16th 2017 €1,093.49 €1,275.59 €2,187.00
Christmas & New Year - - €3,009.60
January 2nd 2018 - January 6th 2018 €1,093.49 €1,275.59 €2,187.00
January 6th 2018 - February 24th 2018 €1,093.49 €1,275.59 €2,187.00
February 24th 2018 - April 7th 2018 €1,328.52 €1,549.76 €2,657.06
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 €1,681.07 €1,961.02 €3,362.14
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - €5,102.59
August 25th 2018 - October 6th 2018 €1,681.07 €1,961.02 €3,362.14
October 6th 2018 - October 20th 2018 €1,328.52 €1,549.76 €2,657.06
October 20th 2018 - October 30th 2018 €1,093.49 €1,275.59 €2,187.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 28th 2017 - June 24th 2017 $1,826.52 $2,106.47 $3,653.07
June 24th 2017 - August 26th 2017 - - $5,544.12
August 26th 2017 - October 7th 2017 $1,826.52 $2,106.47 $3,653.07
October 7th 2017 - October 21st 2017 $1,443.48 $1,664.72 $2,886.97
October 21st 2017 - December 16th 2017 $1,188.11 $1,370.21 $2,376.24
Christmas & New Year - - $3,270.02
January 2nd 2018 - January 6th 2018 $1,188.11 $1,370.21 $2,376.24
January 6th 2018 - February 24th 2018 $1,188.11 $1,370.21 $2,376.24
February 24th 2018 - April 7th 2018 $1,443.48 $1,664.72 $2,886.97
April 7th 2018 - June 23rd 2018 $1,826.52 $2,106.47 $3,653.07
June 23rd 2018 - August 25th 2018 - - $5,544.12
August 25th 2018 - October 6th 2018 $1,826.52 $2,106.47 $3,653.07
October 6th 2018 - October 20th 2018 $1,443.48 $1,664.72 $2,886.97
October 20th 2018 - October 30th 2018 $1,188.11 $1,370.21 $2,376.24

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Philida

How long have you owned the property?
10 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Its location in the heart of a perfect small town so you could walk to everything.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The owner who built the property was the manager of the famous shoes factory "Astor shoes", which was a big industry in St Astier in the 1950s and 1960s. These hand made leather shoes could be found in John Lewis.
St Astier was one of the first towns in the Dordogne to get it's own railway station due to it's thriving 19th century industry.
The original chalk factory still runs today and provides some of the best quality rendering in the world (it's often used on beautiful white Georgian facades such as the town houses found on Brighton seafront).
St Astier also has a goat's cheese factory where you can buy it's products directly (or find them in your local Sainsburys!). Another export is cinema seats, the St Astier factory made the seats in the Sydney Opera House.
Going back a little further in time you can enjoy the medieval center of the town or take a walk up to the original Chapel du Bois where the town was first founded.

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

Grab a basket and go to the local market on Thursday. Go to St Emilion; Aubeterre; Sarlat; Perigueux, Brantome, La Jemaye and canoe down the l'Isle river.

Really eat?
Foie gras, confit de canard, local french caviar and walnut oil.

Really see?
The local chateaus and gardens including Hautefort, Chateau de Montreal, Les jardins Imaginaire.

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Walk to the everything and leave the car behind; tennis, biking, walking, eating, drinking, local shops, the market, the river... There is so much to do and see!

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