Chateau De La Cheine
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What Oliver loves…
- Relax in the eclectic mix of traditional and modern furnishings in this classic château
- Perfect for groups of friends and family alike with its swimming pool and spacious parkland where kids can run around and explore
- With only 5 minutes to Bergerac, the property is in prime position for wine tasting, great restaurants and direct flights from the UK
- Only an hour and a half from the world famous Bordeaux means day trips can be easily arranged
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In a pretty countryside setting, just a short drive from the beautiful market town of Bergerac, Château de la Cheine is a wonderful place for family holidays, celebrations or a reunion of friends. Relax in glorious surroundings and be brilliantly near world-famous vineyards and fine local cuisine.
Set in stunning private grounds, the château features a good-sized swimming pool and picturesque gardens, kids will love exploring the woodland! Inside, guests will be made to feel welcome in authentic and traditional surroundings with rustic furnishings and charming style, creating a warm and characterful ambience. The classic reception and dining rooms provide room for rest and relaxation whilst ten bedrooms over the first and second floors allow ample space whether you are spending quality time with extended family or old friends.
Bergerac is only 6km away where you can explore the historic lanes, visit the famous Maisons de Vins and dine in some excellent restaurants. Wine-lovers can visit some of the local vineyards and châteaux whilst further afield you can head to the wine-town of Saint-Émilion or the wineries around Bordeaux.
The area is famed also for its archaic historical sites and is within easy reach of all the famous 'Perigord' tourist attractions including some of the region’s most charming villages along the Dordogne river. Not to mention canoeing, walking, cycling and golf nearby. This really is relaxing Dordogne at its very best.
What you should know…
- The beautiful swimming pool is located in a discreet location away from the main house, therefore children need to be supervised at all times.
- The three bedrooms on the top floor all share one bathroom, perhaps the best place to put all the kids together!
- The discreet owners (and their dog) usually live on site in a separate cottage with their own entrance. They are there if needed but otherwise respect their guests' privacy.
This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!
This is a historic home, and as such:
- It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
- Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!
The chateau has 10 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 6 WCs and can host 20 people in great comfort. On the ground floor there is a small kitchen with all the necessary appliances, a living room with a fireplace and seating for 17 and a dining room. Activities on offer in the chateau include a tuned piano, Wi-Fi access, Livebox, Satellite TV with English channels and table tennis.
Of the 10 bedrooms, 5 are doubles and 5 are twins, most of which are on the castle’s first floor and some on the second floor (there are no bedrooms on the ground floor). There are four classic bathrooms as well. The chateau has central heating, and all bed linen and towels are provided.
The large park to the rear of the manor offers space aplenty for outdoor games, and a BBQ area. Dining outside in the garden is a must as is taking a dip in the private swimming pool (with alarm system properly certified).
Château de la Cheine is in the local commune of Ginestet, a predominately wine and agricultural area. It’s just a short drive from the historic market town of Bergerac (6km), making it an ideal location for exploring this region of Dordogne.
Local activities across the region include walking, cycling, fishing, golf, horse-riding, canoeing, tennis whilst there is also go-karting near Bergerac and tree-top activities in the forests north of the Dordogne.
One of the best activities if of course wine-tasting in some of Bergerac’s finest vineyards. Wine-lovers should also head further afield towards the wine-town of Saint-Émilion (70km) or the wineries around Bordeaux around ninety minutes away.
Beautiful Bergerac is a fantastic town to explore with its historic architecture, charming shops and Maisons des Vins. Visit on a Wednesday and Saturday morning to experience the atmospheric food market and buy plenty of local produce to enjoy back at your château. Other great markets nearby include Eymet (33km) on a Thursday morning, lovely Issigeac (25km) on a Sunday morning and another Saturday morning market in Sainte-Foy-la-Grande (26km).
Other highlights of the Dordogne include two of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’, Monpazier and Monflaquin as well as stunning riverside spots along the Dordogne such as Domme, Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac.
For more fantastic markets, beautiful architecture and amazing restaurants, both Périgueux (50km) and Sarlat-la-Canéda (80km) are worthy day trips, as are the fascinating Lascaux Caves (105km), a UNESC World Heritage site just over an hour away.
There are lots of activities across the region that will appeal to kids of many ages. Whether it’s a waterpark near Bergerac or visiting prehistoric caves and historic châteaux, there is always lots to keep families busy on great days out.
This area is also popular for those that love outdoor sports such as horse-riding, mountain biking, canoeing as well as walking and fishing. There is also go-karting near Bergerac and tree-top activity centres dotted across the Dordogne.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- <1hr to Airport
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Pool inflatables
- Board games
- Child-Safe Pool
- Outdoor Games
- Table Tennis
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
Extras included at this property:
- Welcome basket (wine, chese, pate, bread, butter, coffee, tea, milk, sugar)
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 via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.|
|Arrival time||4.00 p.m.|
|Departure time||By 10.00 a.m. (ready for a 9.45 a.m. inspection).|
|Energy costs included?||Yes within reasonable use. There may be a charge for the low seasons.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, excluding pool towels|
|Pets welcome?||No dogs.|
|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.|
|Other Ts and Cs||No groups under 30 allowed. No stag or hen does. Names and ages of customers must be sent to owner before arrival.|
|Other Ts and Cs||1 extra bed is available on request at a supplement of €200/week/adult (baby: free of charge).|
|Heating costs included?||Included, except in winter (from November to March) with extra of €300/week payable locally. During this period, logs and fuel are also provided.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Special events/celebrations are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and possible additional charges.|
How long have you owned the property?
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The traditional and unspoilt french feel to the property, which we have striven to retain.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Apart from the friendly ghost... The property was built in 1840 for a french colonel. It was originally a wine chateau with 38 hectares of vines. We are only the 6th family to own this property.
What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
"Would it be alright if we lit a bonfire on the lawn by the pool?" In August in 35 degrees.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
The local markets.Wine tasting.
Chateaux, caves, wine tasting, Watersports
Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
The property is countryside located. Still, just 5 minutes from Bergerac and 15 mins from the airport.
Settled in nicely
Settled in nicely.
Chateau de la Cheine - The perfect place for my birthday celebrations
I recently booked Chateau de la Cheine for my 30th birthday celebrations for five nights in early November. We were 19 adults (30 - 45 years old), and the Chateau easily and comfortably accommodated all of us in its ten spacious bedrooms. With its two large living rooms, dining room, games room and kitchen, there was no shortage of space for everyone to spend time in - which worked out well as we had a couple of rainy days! The Chateau was very well heated and Karen ensured that we were always well stocked with firewood.
I asked Karen to cater my birthday dinner and she cooked us a lovely 4 course meal and made me a birthday cake. On the afternoon of the dinner, she very kindly came and arranged the dining room with lovely white tablecloths, dining settings and candles. The dinner and local wine provided was delicious and reasonably priced (25 per head), and we had plenty of leftovers for the next day too!
There was lots to explore in the area around the Chateau. Bergerac is a lovely town with plenty of excellent restaurants, and of course there are the incredible chateaux, restaurants and vineyards of Bordeaux just a short drive away. (The grounds of the Chateau themselves are also very beautiful and we managed to fit in a few lovely walks and runs.)
All in all, I would highly recommend this Chateau for large groups and for families. Karen and her family are very welcoming, responsive and professional, and the Chateau itself is very good value for money. We definitely hope to come back again in summer!
We stayed for a week at the Chateau for my husband's 40th birthday and it was perfect. The grounds were beautiful and well kept and the house had a lot of space and fun activities for the whole family. The owner catered a home coocked French meal one night and it was delicious. For the rest of our stay, we had easy access to Bergerac for supermarket runs or lunches in town. She went out of her way to ensure we were confortable and was alzays around to answer any questions or give us advice on what to do in the nearby areas.
This house is just outside Bergerac, so you feel like being in the country but close enough to all the major shops and supermarkets. The house is very big, and can easily accommodate up to 20 people. We were 18 in total and had old and young in our group. The pool was a huge hit with the kids, as it was very warm. The kitchen has everything one needs and more. Karen was amazing and gave great tips on places to see and things to do. I would highly recommend this house. Especially if you are big group and need some space. This house offers it all and has all the amenities one requires, washing, cooking enough bathrooms, big living rooms and a great outdoor dining table. This chateau ticks all the right boxes for an unforgettable holiday.
Ideal for parties!
Thank you for making our stay very enjoyable. the accommodation and location of the chateau was perfect for our party of 15, with ages ranging from 2 to 74.
The pool was excellent and we were able to play football and tennis in the extensive ground. We ate outside most evenings at the large table under the gazebo.
We arranged for the proprietor Karen to cook a delicious 3 course meal with wine on evening, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended. A wonderful holiday.
Our stay at The Chateau De La Cheine was amazing and Karen went out of her way to make my sons 30th birthday week so memorable. We were a diverse group, family with grandchildren one of which was a small baby and also university and school friends.
Karen catered three evening meals for us for over 20 people and the food was superb. From the casual barbecue salads to the elaborate birthday dinner such care was taken to include fresh local ingredients and the cheese board and wines were excellent. That night the beautiful flower decorations and candles up the laid table were the perfect finishing touch.
We cannot thank her enough for making our stay as relaxed and enjoyable.
Amazing time with friends & family
We spent a fabulous week in August at Chateau de la Cheine - three ex-schools pals with assorted spouses and teenage offspring. The Chateau is a short drive from Bergerac (and nearby airport) and set in its own spacious grounds, with swimming pool and outdoor dining area. The Chateau itself could easily accommodate 16 of us plus baby, with room (and bathrooms!) to spare. Despite its size and air of French grandeur, we quickly felt at home there. On the ground floor there are several large communal rooms, but because of the excellent weather, we spent most of our waking hours outdoors. There is a large, well-equipped kitchen, as well as a games room where the younger members of the group could play pool (hooray!). There was plenty to see & do nearby - Bergerac and its food market are worth a day's visit in their own right - but, most of the time we preferred to relax by the poolside & enjoy the French countryside. Our host, Karen, lives nearby and was a good source of information and advice about things to see and do. For a small extra charge, and by prior arrangement, Karen cooked us a delicious three course meal (plus wine) on our first night. This was a really welcome start to the holiday as we were all weary from our travels. Highly recommended. Our only suggestion would to be to make sure you book two weeks and not one, to give yourselves time to unwind in this stunning holiday destination.
The pool is fantastic and all ages enjoyed it. The house is large with good kitchen facilities, but the bathroom facilities could have been better. Beautiful setting, and the gardens were stunning. Enjoyed many an evening in the moonlight.
Fantastic stay in June 2018
We travelled as five families and had a great stay at the Chateau. The owner looked after exceptionally well, even travelling to the local shops one evening when there was an issue with a travel cot. Well worth investing in the home cooked meal on the first night - great value for money and really tasty! Good location for vineyards, medieval villages and a great little theme park called Le Bournat.
Wonderful Family Time!
We had a brilliant time at Chateau De La Cheine. We were celebrating our mother's 80th birthday and had three generations of family there. We all had plenty of room and enjoyed spending time chatting around the pool and eating wonderful meals in the outside space. Fabulous time!
Wonderful Stay with my Family!
A perfect venue for a large group, especially if there are young children. Beautiful grounds to run around in safely and a good sized pool. A kitchen suitable for catering for a large number eating either in the splendid dining room or, weather permitting, in the covered outside dining area. Handy for Bergerac and the many splendid attractions of the Dordogne. The friendly English owners live nearby and Karen's cooking is delightful. A great week spent with family in late May/June, occasional showers (the Dordogne is not a green area for nothing!) but plenty of warm sunshine. A great time was had by all.
What can we say!
We had such a wonderful time at the Chateau. It was a perfect location for our group of 17 friends! The location was wonderful and we had plenty of room for dinners, games and relaxation! The owners, Karen and Clive, were absolutely wonderful. They donated a wild boar for one of our dinners and even helped with our silly group photo! The open space and quiet surroundings of the chateau is perfect for any group or family wanting to get away from it all. The chateau is in good repair and the multiple bathrooms were a must for our group. We would HIGHLY recommend this chateau! Thank you.
Remarkable Holiday Home & Area
We enjoyed a very happy family fortnight at this property. There was plenty of space for our party of 17, including grandparents and three families of children ranging from 3 years to 12. It was lovely that with only two days exception we ate every meal outside at the large shaded table. There was no risk of boredom, as not only the pool was well used but also the ping pong table and other assorted games were put to good use. Bergerac is a charming town with shops, markets twice a week and a good LeClerc supermarket. There are lots of activities and places to see all within easy reach of the chateau. Karen, our landlady, was very helpful with providing information and fun suggestions for the children. We particularly enjoyed half a day’s kayaking down the Dordogne.
Great for a Family
This is a brilliant base for an all age family party. Lovely grounds and swimming pool and an area full of interest and play for all.
We had a wonderfully relaxing week. There was Five families, all of which have young children. The house is beautiful and everything we could have wanted. So basically, we didn’t leave! We spent most of our time round the excellent pool and sitting outside the BBQ area. Karen & Clive live nearby and could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. I can highly recommend a visit.
Great week near bergerac
Our party of 17 had a fab week at chateau de la cheine nr bergerac in
July 2016. Host Karen treated us really well, the chateau is beautifully located and the facilities were great.
The villa is only 7km from Bergerac but you feel as though you are in rural France. We had bbq, dined alfresco and had table tennis competitions. There were also lazy afternoons by the pool!
I would recommend a stay at this great villa you will have a fabulous holiday like we did
Amazing, Welcoming and Comfortable Chateau!
We had a fabulous stay at Chateau de la Cheine. The house and garden provided flexible, comfortable space for our group of 12 adults and 9 kids. The swimming pool was lovely, clean and cool, the garden had plenty of space to dine, to sunbath and to play, all the bedrooms were comfortable, and the kitchen well equipped. There's lots to do near to the Chateau, and it's a great place to stay. We hope to be back.
The chateau was the perfect choice for us
We had a fantastic holiday at the beautiful Chateau de la Cheine. The chateau was the perfect choice for us. My two sisters and I have 10 children between us, well they are no longer children they are now aged between 18 and 28 and some have regular partners so we wanted lots of bedrooms-the chateau has ten- and a pool and of course wifi, plus its near a town with a great market –Bergerac, not to mention an airport just 15 minutes away with low cost flights. On a per head basis the Chateau was very affordable, less than £200 per person per week.
I could not recommend the Chateau more highly!
As you know we had a wonderful week.
For our family this was a particularly special week - it being my parents Golden Wedding. In many ways that increases the expectations that everyone has of the place we are staying and how the week will go.
The Chateau was an exceptionally good place to spend a week as an extended family. There was enough space for all of us despite our very varied ages. The pool was a delight, and it was far enough from the house that the youngest children were easy to keep under observation. The gardens were big enough for games of manhunt and the table tennis table added to the afternoon games. Eating outside in a space where we were comfortable as a group of 21 is a tough expectation, but it was perfectly met. We had one particularly wonderful evening when we celebrated my parents wedding anniversary.
The rooms were all lovely. The all exuded delightful french charm with lovely views. There was plenty of space. Again, having a games room inside was a pleasure - one the children of all ages enjoyed.
We know the area around Bergerac fairly well, but even so, it was great to spend time in this most lovely part of France.
Overall, we were very well looked after in what was a perfect place for our family celebrations. I could not recommend the Chateau more highly.
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