Chateau Des Bois

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 6
Oliver Approved


Recommended Pool Chateaux & Castles
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties

The elegant and imposing mid-16th Century Chateau Des Bois is situated in 40 acres of private grounds and boasts excellent views over the Isle River valley. Six lavishly decorated bedrooms and six bathrooms are available for exclusive hire. A swimming pool is available for private use; it is fitted with a child security alarm.

The Chateau Des Bois features stunning minimalist furniture and decoration, including mosaics, detailed plasterwork, parquets, stone-flagged floors, and high ceilings with magnificent exposed oak beams. Many of the rooms are covered in wood paneling, while an enormous 17th century fireplace forms the centrepiece of the dining room. Beupoil family wallpaper still hangs in the living room.

The Chateau Des Bois is located on a hilltop village between the two towns of ‘La Roche’ and ‘Gravelle’, and overlooks the river Isle and the woods of Antoniac. The architecture of other buildings in the village bear a remarkable similarity to the chateau; this is because the family who once owned the chateau also owned the village and rewarded the local farmers with housing and food in return for their labours in the fields.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked 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 can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the 'Extras' tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Due to the hilltop location, a car is recommended.

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Games Room Indoor Games DVD Caretaker/Owner on Site

Six bedrooms with en suite bathrooms are laid out across three floors. With an area of over 1000sq/m, guests will have a considerable amount of space to relax in. The chateau can also provide cots for youngsters.

On the ground floor is the spacious kitchen with all modern conveniences, including dishwasher, microwave, induction cooking top, oven, toaster, electric coffee maker and large fridge. There is a large kitchen table with more than adequate supply of pots, pans, dishware, glasses and cutlery. The large, grand dining room has a period fireplace and there are two further living rooms, one of which is equipped with TV, CD & DVD player. The bedroom on this floor has an en suite bathroom with hydro-massage shower. There is also a laundry room with washer and dryer, a downstairs bathroom and an office with internet access.

On the first floor there are 2 double bedrooms and 2 king size bedrooms, 3 of which have bathrooms and the other with comes with a hydro-massage shower.

On the second floor is the 6th bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom. There is a billiard room in the loft. All bedrooms come with luxury linen and pool maintenance and twice weekly maid service is also included in the rental price.

You will be delighted by a wealth of wild vegetation and formal gardens that stretch over an area of approximately 40 acres. The newly planted formal gardens contain around 2000 boxwoods, 400 rose bushes, trees and rhododendrons. The wild woodlands flourish with oaks, pines, chestnuts and acacias, and many well priced varieties of edible mushrooms are readily found during the autumn. Within the 16 hectares of grounds is the private swimming pool (12x5m) equipped with an alarm system. It can also be lit for night swimming. There is also an outdoor play room with pool table and ping-pong table. The barbeque area comes with plenty of outdoor seating. There are also two tennis courts 1km away that guests are welcome to use.


About the surrounding area of Chateau Des Bois
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The nearest airport is Bergerac 45km away and the nearest town of a reasonable size is Perigueux 10km away. There are plenty of local high-end restaurants in Perigueux such as Les Huit, Hercules Poireau and Les Clos Saint Front. There is also a large outdoor market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and in Saint Astier on Thursdays. A large supermarket and shopping mall is 5km away.

Local activities include golf (5 minutes away), tennis (2 minutes away), canoeing/kayaking (10 minutes away) and wine tasting in Saint Emilion, Bergerac, Pomerol and Monbazillac (all within 45 minutes).

Brantome is a delightful little town which has earned the moniker ‘The Venice of the Dordogne’ due to its location on an island. See the oldest bell tower in France at the Carolingian abbey, take a canoe or boat ride on the river, browse the windows of the many shops or sample the local cuisine.

Bergerac is a riverside town with medieval houses that line the streets of the centre, virtually unchanged for centuries, and over a hundred vineyards cater to wine enthusiasts of varying tastes. For those who enjoy a sweet wine, Monbazillac is a pretty good bet. Sarlat is another medieval town with well preserved streets and a good market.

The river is an essential part of the landscape of the Dordogne, and runs straight through the southern part of the region, taking in many scenic towns along the way. A boat trip is the best way to explore these villages – enjoy stunning scenery along the way and bask in the sheer charm of this region.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac

(46-50 km)

Nearest Village Gravelle

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Perigueux

(10 km)

Nearest Restaurant Razac

(2 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Gravelle

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Arcachon

(Over 100 km)

Nearest Golf Peigueux / public

(5 km)


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 Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
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.

- The owner can provide catering for a 5 course meal, prepared with fresh and organic ingredients. Contact us to arrange your tailor made menu!
- Extra maid service is available charged at 15 euros/hour/maid (2 maids available). N.B. Maid service twice per week is included in the price.

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.



Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
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 €1000 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.30 p.m. onwards.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
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.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to September. Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.
Heating costs included? Extra cost based on consumption, payable locally.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs approximately between €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Other Ts and Cs Special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Minimum stay 7 nights in July and August and during Christmas and New Year. 4 nights during all other periods.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 7th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 - - £5,034
Sep 1st 2022 - Dec 17th 2022 £1,715 £2,144 £3,000
Christmas & New Year £2,878 £3,597 £5,034
Jan 7th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 £1,715 £2,144 £3,000
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 - - £5,034
Sep 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 £1,715 £2,144 £3,000
Christmas & New Year - - £5,034
Jan 6th 2024 - Feb 8th 2024 £1,715 £2,144 £3,000

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 7th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 - - €5,602
Sep 1st 2022 - Dec 17th 2022 €1,909 €2,386 €3,339
Christmas & New Year €3,202 €4,003 €5,602
Jan 7th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 €1,909 €2,386 €3,339
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 - - €5,602
Sep 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 €1,909 €2,386 €3,339
Christmas & New Year - - €5,602
Jan 6th 2024 - Feb 8th 2024 €1,909 €2,386 €3,339

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 7th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 - - $5,707
Sep 1st 2022 - Dec 17th 2022 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
Christmas & New Year $3,262 $4,078 $5,707
Jan 7th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 - - $5,707
Sep 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401
Christmas & New Year - - $5,707
Jan 6th 2024 - Feb 8th 2024 $1,944 $2,430 $3,401

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Great Holiday at the Chateau!

    Posted by Julia on 29/05/2018

    Fabulous holiday, beautiful chateau lovely hosts, couldn't have asked for more!

  • Thank you for being excellent hosts

    Posted by Diane and Steve on 16/07/2010

    Hi, Just writing to say what a brilliant time we had in your chateau last week. Thank you for being excellent hosts and preparing such lovely meals for us. None of us wanted to leave, as you could probably tell, and we will always have fond memories of our holiday - maybe we'll visit again sometime.

  • You may not have seen the last of us!

    Posted by Jennifer et al on 16/07/2010

    I wanted to be sure and send you both a heart felt thank you from me, my family and my friends. You helped to make our already fabulous vacation even more wonderful every day that we were at the Chateau. We are all home safely now and we have such incredible memories of France thanks in part to you both. I want to personally thank you, Jose, for the time and attention you gave to Lily with the horses and to Alex with the Internet. I really appreciate all the time you spent on those things! We are all telling the great ghost stories of the Chateau and are passing along information about our stay. We all would like to return, you may not have seen the last of us!

  • We look forward to visiting again

    Posted by Bruce and Deb on 16/07/2010

    Just wanted to say thanks again for the great time we had the week of June 24, 2006. You've done a great job with the chateau. We enjoyed meeting you in person (after receiving your many helpful emails in the months leading up to our visit), and had a great time touring, eating and drinking in the Dordogne. We look forward to visiting again in the not too distant future.

  • The Chateau was fantastic

    Posted by Kirsten et al on 16/07/2010

    We've just arrived back from the Chateau - it was fantastic!!! Jose and Diana were fabulous hosts, it was perfect for the kids and the food was spot on!! We are all discussing our next visit. Thanks.

  • Issue 11 Live Marketing News

    Posted by Richard and Tracy John on 16/07/2010

    Issue 11 Live Marketing News: In the heart of the Dordogne, just 10 minutes from the beautiful cathedral city of Perigueux is this stunning Chateau. A 16th century chateau, lovingly restored by owners Jose and Diana, there are just 6 rooms on offer, most set out as suites and all offering luxury bathrooms with Jacuzzi. The venue - set in its own 40 acre grounds - is perfect for romantic retreats, but could also the ideal base for a company looking for a senior Executive's retreat. Food - breakfast and evening meals - are first-rate, in terms of both quality and quantity, and the owners are on hand to deliver exceptional customer service. Communication links are excellent; the airport at Bergerac is just 30 minutes away has daily flights from the UK with various low-cost airlines

  • The chateau is breathtaking

    Posted by Claire and Allan on 16/07/2010

    Hi Diana and Jose We wanted to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to you for such a fabulous stay in your Chateau and in your company. The chateau is breathtaking, the restorations you have carried out are amazing, you have sympathetically recreated the masterpiece it originally was, yet still managed to bring brought it into the 21st century with the luxury touches of the ensuite bathrooms and the soft furnishings. Having had a full guided tour of the Chateau I don't think I could actually choose a favourite room, as they were all exquisite. India has enjoyed telling her friends that she stayed in a 'real Castle'. We've got to say though, that the most impressive part of our stay was your superb hospitality, not to mention the delicious cuisine

  • The most breathtaking French chateau

    Posted by Lee M on 16/07/2010

    Dear friends and colleagues: I would not usually do this, however, Tim and I have fallen upon the most breathtaking French chateau in the Dordogne - I simply could not, not share it with you! It was so much more than we expected...! It is without question one of the most amazing places that either of us have had the fortune to stay. Jose and Diana could not have made us feel more welcome. They have lovingly restored their C16th chateau to glorious splendour and it feels more like a lavish home than a hotel (or a museum!). The chateau has 40 acres of forest to explore and the surrounding villages are exquisite. It is pretty much a 2.5 hour door to door trip (or at least for us) and there are regular flights from both Southampton & Standsted to Bergerac with a 40 minute drive to the Chateau. Jose is a fabulous chef and will cook up a feast of local produce at your request and Diana's breakfasts are simply gorgeous. (Gentlemen - if you are in the bad books this is most definitely the way out!) I guarantee you will love it

  • Beautiful 16th century chateau

    Posted by EVELYN and TOM HELLER on 16/07/2010

    Article Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle: This fall my husband and I stayed at this Chateau in the Dordogne region of France. Owners Jose and Diana left New Jersey to restore this beautiful 16th century chateau. The couple, who speak French, English and Spanish, are the warmest hosts we have ever encountered. They are very familiar with the region and its history, and gave suggestions that made our stay even more memorable. Each bedroom has a private bath. The rooms are all beautifully furnished and include modern amenities. The grounds include a swimming pool, many walking paths and horses

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