Chateau de Camiller is situated in the tranquil countryside of Correze on the frontier of Limousin and Auvergne, a region of high plateaus and deeply incised gorges. There are many rivers close by, none more renowned than the Dordogne river, the lifeblood of a region famed for stunning natural scenery, beautiful medieval towns and, of course, excellent food and wine.
The 17th century chateau is set in 34 acres of wonderfully sunny terraces, gardens and woodland. The bedroom suites combine period furnishings with modern bathroom facilities. The downstairs area contains wonderful open fireplaces, TV & satellite, a fully equipped kitchen and a 15x10 metre swimming pool add to the enjoyment of your stay
The magical powers of this property help you relax in an instant. "This chateau is like stepping straight into a film" as one guest put it. And another guest wrote: "an incredible, beautiful, historic chateau that dates back to the 17th century. The moment we rolled through the gates of the chateau, we knew we'd made an outstanding choice in terms of accommodation - this place surpassed all of our expectations. Not only was it in one of the most lush and beautiful regions of central France, but it was gorgeously furnished, decadent in it's size, incredibly well maintained and amazingly well equipped."
Set on the edge of the fascinating Dordogne region of France, near the medieval town of Argentat, we are surrounded by lakes, forests and gorges: one of the 'wildest' and most unspoilt parts of France. And there is an abundance of delicious local and regional cuisine, restaurants, ancient villages and historical sites within the area. Day trips to Collonges la Rouge, Rocamadour and other 'plus belles villages de France' are wonderful.
The chateau is fully centrally heated and ideal for mid season and winter breaks too. Big roaring fires and long winter walks., skiing 1.5 hrs away in the Massif Central mountains. Lots of activities in mid and summer season such as canoeing, rock climbing, hang gliding, cycling, walking & hiking, golfing and more (see below).
More things to Do
Beyond Argentat you can explore the Dorgogne valley full of fascinating villages, chateaux and caves. Nearby we have the spectacular ruins of the Tours de Merle, a medieval fortress.
To the west are a group of villages identified as being amongst ‘Les plus belles village de France’, amongst them, Collonges-le Rouge, the red city and Turenne, a 15th century village whose high pitched roofs surround two castles from which the foothills of the Massif Central can be seen.
Also to the west is the Dordogne valley, there are a wealth of towns and villages such as Argentat, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, La Roche Canillac, Loubressac, Autoire, Carennac and Martel. The Chateau de Bac, Chateau de Soulages, Chateau de Rieu, the Chateau de Val and the Chateau Rilhac-Xaintrie are all close by, while the citadel of Rocamadour is only 50 minutes drive away.
For those wishing to explore a little further afield, the world famous cave paintings of Lascaux, and La Chapelle aux Saints, site of the discovery of the oldest Neanderthal man, can be reached in two hours, along with the many other attractions of the Lower Dordogne area. The Cahors, Bergerac and Bordeaux wine regions are also within easy reach.
For those seeking more active pursuits, there is a wide choice ranging from horse riding, canoeing down the Dordogne River, tennis, golf, cycling (there are some bicycles at the house & others can be hired) to hot-air ballooning and hang gliding.
There is also an excellent aqua park 20 minutes drive away, providing hours of enjoyment for children. Other activities include: relaxing, aromatherapy massage, walking, mushroom picking, hiking, hangliding, archery, tree climbing, orienteering, mountain biking and bungy-trampolining. The Massif Central mountains are an hour and a half’s drive away where there are a number of ski resorts so it is possible to drive for a day’s skiing.
Arts & Music
Cultural activities and events take place in many of the towns nearby with concerts and performances throughout the summer. There is the famous Festival of Sedieres, held in the nearby Chateau de Sedieres, a music, film and art festival running over a 6-week period every year from mid July. See their website here.
If you are in search of gastronomic delights, there are numerous local restaurants serving delicious local dishes and a list of the best is here at the chateau. Local specialities such as foie gras, truffles, walnuts, cassoulet, confit de canard and cabecou cheese are a must. The famous wine region of Cahors is an hour’s drive away.
Healthy Local Foods
There are a number of shops in the nearby village and you can buy organic milk, cheeses, fruits and vegetables from a nearby farm or from the local markets. There is a very good local restaurant just 5 minutes walk from the chateau and they can also deliver meals. There more restaurants within easy driving distance.
By car - 5 hours from Paris, 8 hours from Calais
By plane: London Stanstead to Brive la Gaillarde on Ryan Air. London City Airport to Brive la Gaillarde on City Jet. (Brive is 50 mins drive away from the chateau & there are two buses to our village daily from there)
From many UK and European airports: Ryan Air/Easyjet/Flybe to: Limoges, Bergerac or Rodez or Toulouse
Flying & driving time from airport to chateau: Limoges (1.45 hrs), Brive la Gaillarde (45mins), Rodez (1.45hrs), Bergerac (2hrs), Toulouse (3hrs)
Train: Brive la Gaillarde
Bus: Bus from Brive la Gaillarde station to St Privat at 2.30 and 6.20 daily except Sundays and public holidays
|Nearest Ferry port
Moulin de Lavergne
Moulin de Lavergne