Chateau De Ruffiac

Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 6
Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 6


Up To 20% Off & Champagne!
Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village
Special offer

Up To 20% Off & Champagne!

20% off advertised rates for all stays in May and June 2018
10% off advertised rates PLUS complimentary champagne for all stays in July 2018Discount will be applied at the time of booking. Offer Valid 17th April - 30th June only.

You and your guests will feel like aristocracy in this stately 17th century chateau overlooking the Dordogne river. It has been painstakingly restored in the French renaissance style - whether you’re reading in the library or wandering the 20-hectare park with private hiking paths, here your chateau holiday will recall the grandeur of old.

Luxe perks are readily available (maid service, on-site concierge, and a chef service, all at additional cost), so your only worries involve how to spend your family holiday. And you certainly have options; descend to the private pool in a green garden, walk just a few minutes to the banks of the river Dordogne, or explore the heights of the chateau’s towers.

The Dordogne holds endless possibilities - boat cruises, hot-air ballooning, golf, canoeing and discovering the dozens of beautiful small towns. We recommend touring Sarlat-la-Canéda (15 km), where the Rue de la Republique is a medieval maze for pedestrians only. A culinary center, here you’ll find foie gras and truffles, the region’s specialties. Wine lovers will demand a day trip to Bergerac (90 km), the centre of the region's wine production. However you spend your days here, they'll be infused with the magic of the Dordogne.

Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What Oliver loves…

  • The traditional furnishings and impressive architecture of this chateau in the Dordogne will take you back in time.
  • The banks of the Dordogne river are a brief walk away.
  • Perched high above the surrounding countryside, you’ll see far - and be seen - from the towers of this singular chateau.
  • A gorgeous castle, perfect for the whole family

What you should know…

  • To help you unplug, Wi-Fi only reaches some areas of the chateau.
  • Please note the maximum number of guests is 16
  • The chateau is available for Christmas and New Year. Please note that during this period, heating is charged at extra cost (see our 'T&Cs' tab for details)

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Internet Cable TV Games Room Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Rooms at the chateau are elegant and tastefully representative of the French style. The lucky guests that rent the chateau will enjoy all its amenities including eight bedrooms, two living rooms with large Renaissance fireplaces, a vast and fully equipped kitchens (Godin cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, all equipment), a dining room, an inner courtyard and two boudoirs in the towers. The castle has six bathrooms and four WCs. Other facilities include: phone, fax, internet connection, TV set with international channels and sport channels, HI-FI, babyfoot & table tennis. All bed linen is supplied free of charge. There is a spare bedroom that can be used as a dormitory for children.

Outside the chateau sits in a 20-hectare park with private hiking paths. It is even possible to access the chateau by helicopter! There is also a garage and a private alarmed swimming pool.


About the surrounding area of Chateau De Ruffiac
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Walking/Hiking Paths Rural Location Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The chateau is located 5 minutes from the pretty village of Carlux, half-way between Souillac and Sarlat, the medieval capital of the Perigord Noir. It sits in the heart of all the major Quercy and Perigord areas of interest.

The chateau is also close to numerous leisure activities, such as boat cruises on the Dordogne, hot-air ballooning, canoeing and golf.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Brive-Vallée de la Dordogne

(26-30 km)

Nearest Ferry port Souillac

(10 km)

Nearest Village Carlux


Nearest Town/City Sarlat

(15 km)

Nearest Restaurant Saint julien de Lampon

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Carlux


Nearest Beach River

(1 km)

Nearest Golf Souillac

(15 km)

Nearest Supermarket Souillac



Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Child-Safe Pool Cot(s) High Chair(s) Fenced Grounds

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Booster seat : x2
  • Baby bath : x2
  • Changing mat : x2
  • Baby monitor : x2
  • Bath toys
  • Pushchair
  • Potty
  • Stair gates
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Plastic crockery

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Farm animals to visit
  • Go-Karting
  • Watersports
  • Horse riding
  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Coastal

Onsite Facilities

  • Climbing frame
  • Table tennis
  • Table football
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Pool/Snooker
  • Pool Inflatables

Services Available

  • Professional nanny babysitter available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Welcome pack
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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.

- 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

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.



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

Terms & Conditions

Security deposit €1000 paid to the owner via bank transfer 8 weeks prior to the arrival or in cash upon arrival
Arrival time 3 pm onwards.
Departure time 10 am.
Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Included.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
Changeover day Saturday.
Other Ts and Cs Tourist Tax: 0,33 euros per person per night.
Smoking Allowed? Yes - Only on the ground floor.
Heating costs included? Yes, except during Christmas and New Year when there is a mandatory extra charge of €1000 to be paid locally in cash.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes
Other Ts and Cs The maximum number of guests is 16, including children and babies. The exact number of guests must be communicated at the time of booking.

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 23rd 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - £5,028.00
June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - £5,438.00
June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - £6,464.00
September 1st 2018 - December 15th 2018 - - £5,028.00
December 15th 2018 - January 6th 2019 - - £5,028.00
January 6th 2019 - June 1st 2019 - - £5,028.00
June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - £5,438.00
June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019 - - £6,464.00
August 31st 2019 - October 25th 2019 - - £5,028.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 23rd 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - €5,494.00
June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - €5,942.00
June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - €7,063.00
September 1st 2018 - December 15th 2018 - - €5,494.00
December 15th 2018 - January 6th 2019 - - €5,494.00
January 6th 2019 - June 1st 2019 - - €5,494.00
June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - €5,942.00
June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019 - - €7,063.00
August 31st 2019 - October 25th 2019 - - €5,494.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 16 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 23rd 2018 - June 2nd 2018 - - $6,741.00
June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018 - - $7,291.00
June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018 - - $8,667.00
September 1st 2018 - December 15th 2018 - - $6,741.00
December 15th 2018 - January 6th 2019 - - $6,741.00
January 6th 2019 - June 1st 2019 - - $6,741.00
June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019 - - $7,291.00
June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019 - - $8,667.00
August 31st 2019 - October 25th 2019 - - $6,741.00

Owner Profile

Property Owner

How long have you owned the property?
15 years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
I fell in love with the arquitecture and the view of the Dordogne.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The previous owners were very famous!

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
Once I received a very unusual request for an accordionist.

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

Go canoing in the river to enjoy the lovely climate and views.

Really eat?
In this part of France you must eat truffles.

Really see?
The castles, caves and gardens in 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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  • Brilliant Experience

    Posted by Tom on 15/08/2017

    We were all very impressed by the welcome that was given to us and the rapid response to any questions or requests ---especially the promised champagne and wine which was summoned up so speedily.
    It's an amazingly beautiful chateau and we had great fun there with the generous support.
    Thank you particularly for organising a splendid trip to the Domme vineyard and the excellent restaurant we lunched at afterwards.
    We had a wonderful week and particularly enjoyed the views of the Dordogne River from the bedroom windows and terraces of the chateau.
    I wish you every success with the chateau in future and thank you once again wholeheartedly for your very considerate care of our group -- and our holiday.

  • What a wonderful time we all had

    Posted by Marion A. on 21/06/2017

    Hello Isabelle, what a wonderful time we all had at Chateau de Ruffiac. The house is so beautiful and well set up. And we all enjoyed meeting you. You are so welcoming and helpful. We will all remember our times sitting out in the garden having drinks and dinner with those wonderful views. And what a beautiful part of France! I can see why your parents wanted to have a place there. I have spent the last two nights in Aberdeen and it is grey and bleak. I miss the beautiful greens of Perigord and the soft, honey- coloured stone of the buildings. However, now I'm on the ferry and we sail soon for the overnight trip to the Shetland Islands. Regards, Marion

  • Un chateau magnifique

    Posted by Rebecca L. on 16/01/2017

    Bonjour Isabelle, je voudrais vous remercier beaucoup pour notre séjour au château. Nous avons passé les vacances merveilleuses. Le château est magnifique et vous étiez une hôtesse très gentille et pleine d’égards pour nous.Surtout, c’était un honneur d'avoir vu la bibliothèque. Je l’ai trouvée fascinante et avec une ambiance spéciale même sans des livres. Votre père était un homme très important. Merci pour expliquer. (Et merci, aussi, pour votre patience avec mon français! J'ai beaucoup aimé vous parler.). Bien sûr, je voudrais beaucoup revenir au château, peut-être pour mon anniversaire prochaine année en juillet. Bien amicalement, Rebecca.

  • We had a wonderful time

    Posted by KJ on 16/04/2014

    By way of feedback, I can report that we had a wonderful time at Chateau Rouffillac, and we were well looked after by Isabelle. The chateau was very comfortable with everything we needed to make it a memorable holiday. Thank you for all your assistance in organising such a great location!

  • Fabulous

    Posted by Flora | Oliver's Travels on 11/03/2014

    I was lucky enough to stay at the chateau towards the tail end of last year. I absolutely agree with the review below that it's a wonderful place to stay but can also confirm that the following changes have been made:
    - A new improved wifi has been added and I had no problems with it during my stay.
    - The chateau can be cool outside of the summer months on account of the thick stone walls (but you can just turn the heating up if you need it).
    - The outdoor pool can be cold outside of the summer months (but you certainly don't need it any warmer in July & August) - it just depends if you're lucky with the weather.

  • Had a wonderful stay here.

    Posted by Anonymous User on 19/06/2012

    Had a wonderful stay here.
    Very big! & Peaceful. Grounds are massive.
    All the little handy amenities cork screw, cake tins
    etc.) are provided.
    Would have been good to bring/know: A hot water bottle
    Wireless internet reception not good if you move away from the modem bc thick walls tend not to be permeable to the WiFi signal;
    Outdoor swimming pool is very cold especially if, like us, you don't bother to put the cover on.
    REALLY lovely.

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