How long have you owned the property?
We took over the property early 1998 and have done extensive restoration works since then with the support of the Historical Monuments of France.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
Besides its remarkable architectural features, this house has a generous soul that can be felt from the moment one arrives and that stays long with the guests after they leave.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The chateau is one of the mythical places in the region and its history spans over 1500 years, from the fall of the Roman Empire to today. It has played a role into the Grand History of France, as well as into the local and family history of the region, which adds to its charm.
Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
May 1940, HRH the grand duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and her family exiled themselves in the chateau, ex-filtrated from Luxembourg in extremis by France before the arrival of the German troops. They remained there for a few months under the protection of a section of Senegalese riflemen, before gaining Portugal… On June 16th 1940, they were joined in the chateau by the last empress-queen of Austria-Hungary Zita of Habsburg, sister of Felix of Bourbon-Parma, husband of Charlotte of Luxembourg. On her way to exile towards Spain via Bordeaux, Zita transited through Montastruc with her 8 children of which her elder son Otto of Habsburg, archduke of Austria.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Enjoy the Dordogne countryside – visit the many châteaux, and if a bit adventurous, canoe down the river – visit some of the local wine producers. We can recommend a few great ones.
Black truffles and foie-gras, with a glass of Pècharmant local red wine, or of Montbazillac.
Visit Sarlat, and on the way, the numerous fortresses, troglodytic sites and prehistorical caves of the region. We are near the river that concentrates most of the sites…
What insider tip would you pass-on about the property or the area?
Take the time, slow down and enjoy the small villages, walking back roads and exploring local communities away from the main track.