Astier Petit Chateau

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Sleeps: 8 - 16 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 5
Oliver Approved


Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

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 heated 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 brocantes. 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.

Oliver Approved

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.
  • Outside high season, the property is available at a lower price for smaller groups of up to 8 guests. Please note that when booking this option, the cottage is not included.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Shared Pool Internet BBQ Cable TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

1) Chateau + Cottage: 16 pax (exclusive use of all facilities)
2) Chateau Only: 8 pax (exclusive use of all facilities except the cottage - option available from April to June and September only)

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 and the heated pool is open from May to September. The 14m long swimming pool has one particularly deep end and a shallower end (young children will still need buoyancy aids in the shallow end though). There are several dining and seating areas around the garden and swings, a trampoline, slide and Wendy house to help occupy younger age groups. There are two large gas BBQs for you to enjoy. All amenities and restaurants are just a walk from the garden, including a tennis court.


About the surrounding area of Astier Petit Chateau
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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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)

Nearest Supermarket




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

Bikes can be hired in advance and delivered to the property. They can include baby seats and toddler trailers. There are 84 km of tarmac bike paths directly from the house.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Stair gates
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)
  • Baby Proofing

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Climbing frame
  • Trampoline
  • Board games
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Private pilates lessons (at extra cost)
  • A menu of home cooked food is available (at extra cost)

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:

-  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

- “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

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

Terms & Conditions

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

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.
Heating costs included? Yes, oil heating
End of stay cleaning included? The property should be left in a tidy and clean state but for those who wish there is the option of a walk out clean of 200 euros payable locally
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Internet access? 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.
Changeover day Saturday
Pets welcome? Yes, on request with the owner and at a supplement.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Energy costs included? reasonable energy costs are included in the main house but there is an extra charge for central heating in the cottage as per usage
Other Ts and Cs The swimming pool is open from May to September.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Apr 18th 2020 £4,914
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £3,622
Jun 27th 2020 - Feb 18th 2021 £4,914

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Apr 18th 2020 £4,914
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £4,640
Jun 27th 2020 - Feb 18th 2021 £4,914

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Apr 18th 2020 €5,149
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €3,795
Jun 27th 2020 - Feb 18th 2021 €5,149

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Apr 18th 2020 €5,149
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €4,862
Jun 27th 2020 - Feb 18th 2021 €5,149

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Apr 18th 2020 $5,713
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $4,211
Jun 27th 2020 - Feb 18th 2021 $5,713

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Aug 18th 2019 - Apr 18th 2020 $5,713
Apr 18th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $5,395
Jun 27th 2020 - Feb 18th 2021 $5,713

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

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!



  • All Perfect!

    Posted by Leslie on 07/07/2018

    House Great, Location great,family experience great.

  • 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,

  • 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!

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