Chateau Des Lauzes

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Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 7

Overview

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This outstanding historic château allows you to experience the very best of Dordogne. Set in over 60 acres of glorious grounds of woodland, fields and even a lake, Château des Lauzes offers beautiful accommodation between the Vézère and Dordogne rivers, a short drive from some of the region’s most incredible sights.

The château dates back to the 17th-century and is typically Périgordian in style with its towers, windows and shutters; look out for the locally sourced limestone, lauzes, protecting the roofs. There’s an air of fairy-tale charm as you wander around the grounds, gazing at the mesmerising château framed by ancient trees and splashes of summer colour from the terracotta pots, hanging baskets and gardens. 

Inside, the historic ambience continues across the two wings and separate pigeonnier, over which nine bedrooms are scattered. In the oldest wing, a sumptuous lounge by the open fire awaits and a dining room with space for every guest is wonderful for feasts prepared in the well-equipped kitchen. Five elegant bedrooms can be found in this wing including a grand master suite at the top of one of the towers with panoramic views from each of the four windows.

The second wing and separate Pigeonnier offer a further four bedrooms, some with pretty balconies or terraces as well as a large living room leading on to a delightful round terrace with remarkable valley views. Throughout both wings of the château, the newly renovated bedrooms have been thoughtfully styled with antique furnishings and pretty touches to create a grand yet homely ambience.

Yet this château isn’t just about its history and Dordogne charm, the facilities will amaze you too. Downstairs there’s an impressive cinema room; bring your own DVDs and Blu-rays or watch a film on Netflix - kids will love the twinkling lights on the ceiling! There’s also an indoor hot tub and a bar service you can request.

Summers can be spent by the swimming pool, perhaps preparing lunch in the lovely Pool House and enjoying it under the gazebo in this gorgeous setting. Wander over to the lake with its own boat and skip over the bridge to a little island with its enchanting summer house. Not to mention the many acres of fields and woodland; look out for old pine trees, chestnuts, weeping willows and the magnificent planes that greet you as you arrive.

Once you leave this rural retreat you will discover how close you are to so many sights of the Périgord Noir. Within a 10-minute drive you can be on the banks of the Dordogne, hiring canoes or enjoying a riverside picnic, perhaps with produce picked up from the Sunday morning market in the local medieval village, just 4km away.

Other amazing places to visit include archetypal riverside villages such as Domme, Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac, some offering boat trips along the Dordogne, as well as the magnificent town of Sarlat-la-Canéda. The Vézère valley is also so close, as is the market town of Le Bugue and Les Eyzies with its pre-historic treasures.

The delightful château owners can guide you on some of the most wonderful highlights whether you’re seeking history, nature or fine food and wine. How ever you spend your time, the beauty of the château and surrounding area is breathtaking. 

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What you should know…

  • The three tower bedrooms in the North Wing are accessed via steep and curving turret stairs
  • Indeed, this château offers immense character with lots of steps both inside and out as well as open terraces around the building, some with amazing valley views
  • If you would like to make use of the bar, please request this at least a few weeks in advance so staff can be arranged
  • The hospitable yet discreet owners live on the estate in a lodge which is out of sight

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Hot Tub BBQ Satellite TV Gym/Fitness Room Outdoor Games Table Tennis Home Cinema DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Château Interiors

North Wing

Ground Floor

- Living room with open fireplace and doors opening up to sun terrace and patio
- Dining room with table for 18 guests and doors opening up to sun terrace
- Kitchen, well-equipped (including four Miele ovens)
- Guest WC (via a couple of steps)

Tower (accessed via turret stairs)


- Master bedroom with super king-size bed, living area and bathroom (on floor below) with WC, bath, separate shower, double marble vanity unit and a dressing room

First Floor (main building)

- Bedroom 2 with king-size double bed
- En-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, hand basin and WC
- Bedroom 3 with two double beds (accessed via bedroom 2 or bedroom 4 only)

Central Tower (accessed via turret stairs)

- Bedroom 4 with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with bath with shower attachment, hand basin and WC
- Bedroom 5 with super king-size double bed (or two singles) and en suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment, hand basin and WC

South Wing

Upper Floors (over three floors)


- Living area with doors leading to small round terrace
- Dining area
- WC
- Kitchen with doors leading to large terrace
- Bedroom 7 with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment, hand basin and WC. Door leading to small terrace (with stairs leading to lower gardens)
- Bedroom 8 with two single beds (or super king-size double) and an adjacent library
- Bedroom 9 with king-size double bed and en suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment, hand basin and WC. Doors lead to small terrace with seating area 

Basement

- Cinema room
- Hot tub with changing room and shower
- Bar (on request)
- WC

Separate Pigeonnier 

- Bathroom with large shower, hand basin and WC (lower floor, separate access)
- Bedroom 6 with double bed (upper floor)

Outside Grounds

- Swimming pool (12mx6m, depth: 1m-2.1m) with safety alarm. Open approximately May to end-October
- Poolside terrace with sun loungers, tables and chairs
- Poolside gazebo with lounge chairs
- Pool House with shower, WC, kitchen area, fridge, gas hob, oven and microwave
- Barbecue
- Kids play area with swing and trampoline
- Table tennis
- Golf buggy (for up to 4 people) to take you around the grounds
- Lake (no fishing)
- Lake house with outdoor seating area (via bridge over to an island on the lake)
- Gardens, fields and forest (over 60 acres, including connecting hiking and cycling paths)

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Satellite TV (including English channels)
- Indoor hot tub
- Cinema room (DVD/Blu-ray or Netflix)
- DVD collection
- Bar (on request only with advance notice)
- Washing machine and dryer

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Des Lauzes
<1hr to Airport Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Romantic Boat Trips
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Set in over 60 acres of vast grounds featuring fields, forests and a small lake, Château des Lauzes enjoys an incredible location in the heart of the Périgord Noir, between the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. There are walking and mountain biking trails in the estate which lead to other paths in the neighbouring countryside.

Despite this rural location, you are near two villages, the nearest being 3.5km with a couple of good restaurants and a bakery.

The other village, 4km away, is set on the hillside above the Dordogne river. Explore the old town, dating back to the 12th century, wandering around the steep lanes and perhaps stopping off for a coffee in a charming café or a spot of lunch. This medieval village has an interesting history and there is lots of beautiful architecture to admire as well as amazing valley and river views from the top. There’s a lovely market on a Sunday morning which shouldn’t be missed. There are also supermarkets and shops in a commercial area around the village which are useful amenities to have so close, just a ten-minute drive away.

Within ten minutes you can also be on the banks of the Dordogne river, hiring canoes and kayaks or simply sitting by the riverside with a picnic of regional delights picked up from a local market. There are boat trips along the Dordogne river, departing from some of the idyllic riverside villages such as Beynac-et-Cazenac (14km) and La Roque-Gageac (19km).

The Vézère river is also a wonderful spot for canoeing with Le Bugue (12km) just fifteen minutes by car (visit on a Tuesday morning for market day!). Not to mention the amazing pre-historic attractions across the Vézère valley, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The village of Les Eyzies is only 8km away with its Musée National de Préhistoire.

There are also many fascinating caves in the area to explore - the most famous being pre-historic Lascaux, 30km away, with others even nearer such as the Gouffre de Proumeyssac (10km).

Not to mention the Dordogne's awe-inspiring châteaux, some of which are possible to visit such as Château de Beynac (16km) and Château des Milandes (14km) with its wonderful gardens. Garden lovers should also visit Les Jardins de Marqueyssac (17km) or the incredible Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac (33km).

Sarlat-la-Canéda (20km) is known for its beautiful architecture, excellent restaurants and wonderful markets. Some of the France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ are also nearby such as Domme (24km), Saint-Amand-de-Coly (37km) and Monpazier (35km).

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac

(53km)

Nearest Airport 2 Brive–Souillac

(55km)

Nearest Airport 3 Bordeaux

(159km)

Nearest Village

(3.5km)

Nearest Restaurant

(3.5km)

Nearest Shop Bakery in local village

(3.5km)

Nearest Supermarket Carrefour

(5km)

Nearest Town/City Sarlat-la-Canéda

(20km)

Nearest Golf Golf de la Forge

(13km)

Nearest Train Station

(6km)

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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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

This is a truly incredible area for children. The vast grounds feature hiking and mountain biking paths which connect to other trails in the neighbouring countryside, plus a lake for supervised fun walking over the bridge to the charming summer house. The area is very safe for children being isolated from any roads.

There are so many activities within a short drive. Le Bugue (12km), for example, has many attractions such as the Aquarium du Périgord Noir and the charming Parc Le Bournat, a re-creation of an early 20th century French village with fairground rides. You’ll also find miniature golf in Le Bugue and opportunities to hire canoes and kayaks on the Vézère river.

A little further north is Préhisto Parc (17km) and Jacquou Parc (22km), an amusement park with rides and water features. There are also tree-top activity parks in the region, the closest being on the banks of the Dordogne offering courses for adults and children.

Of course you will also be able to enjoy horse-riding, hot air balloon rides, canoe hire for leisurely days on the Dordogne river as well as many caves and grottos across the area. Not to mention all the incredible historic châteaux across the Dordogne region.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Trampoline
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Wine-Tasting Available
  • Transfers Available
  • Breakfast Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • On-Site Concierge

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
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras available at this property (included):

- Concierge service by on-site owners (who live out of sight in the gate house) such as booking restaurants, calling taxis and any other questions
- Golf buggy (for up to 4 guests) to drive around estate

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Bar service with staff and possible entertainment (with 3-4 weeks notice)
- Bread delivery from local bakery
- Breakfast
- Chef service
- Pre-stocked fridge
- Welcome hamper or champagne on arrival etc.
- Daily maid service
- Babysitting
- Airport transfers
- In-house massage treatments
- Yoga sessions
- French lessons
- Day trips

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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Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.


Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1200 paid via bank transfer to the owner before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 5.00 p.m.
Departure time 9.30 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Extra €750 per week, on request (payable locally).
End of stay cleaning included? Yes and mid-stay clean included for stays of more than one week. Please note 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.
Linen & towels included? Yes and changed mid-stay for stays of more than one week.
Pool towels included? Yes.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately May to end-October. 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.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings and other special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges. Stag/hen parties are not permitted.
Other Ts and Cs Quiet and non-intrusive owners live in a lodge on the estate, they will be very happy to help.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
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.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 9th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 £9,003
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 £7,074
Oct 1st 2020 - May 29th 2021 £6,431
May 29th 2021 - Jul 3rd 2021 £7,074
Jul 3rd 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 £10,032
Sep 4th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 £7,074
Oct 2nd 2021 - Jan 10th 2022 £6,431

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 9th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 €9,407
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 €7,391
Oct 1st 2020 - May 29th 2021 €6,719
May 29th 2021 - Jul 3rd 2021 €7,391
Jul 3rd 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 €10,482
Sep 4th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 €7,391
Oct 2nd 2021 - Jan 10th 2022 €6,719

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 9th 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 $10,661
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 $8,377
Oct 1st 2020 - May 29th 2021 $7,615
May 29th 2021 - Jul 3rd 2021 $8,377
Jul 3rd 2021 - Sep 4th 2021 $11,880
Sep 4th 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 $8,377
Oct 2nd 2021 - Jan 10th 2022 $7,615

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
Since June 2019.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?We fell in love with many things! The external appearance of the property is just breath-taking. It’s a fairy-tale Château with stunning towers and an amazing roof (made with lauzes). We also fell for the amazing estate and the garden, which is situated on a slope and overlooks a valley; and, of course, everything we found in the garden: the beautifully situated pool, the gazebo, the pool house, the lake, the lake house and the so-called ‘French Garden’ in front of the conservatory.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Unfortunately, we know very little about the history of the building. We do know, however, that the main part of it dates back to the seventeenth century. We also know that all the paths around the Château have been there at least since 1807, as they can be found in the Cadastre napoléonien. The only really interesting story we know about the property is that the French Resistance stayed in a small cave that can be found in the rock on which the Château is built. You can still find the oven in there which they used to bake bread. Later, a part of th cave was changed into a wine cellar.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?
Descend in the ‘basket’ in Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac; take a hot-air balloon ride and see all the region’s castles from the sky; visit Sarlat, a fourteenth-century known as ‘The Outdoor Museum’; and, drive or cycle around and admire the stunning landscape of the Périgord Noir.

Must eat?
Truffles. You can’t visit the Périgord Noir without having eaten truffles. If you search well, you can find them on our estate (finder keepers!).  

Must see?
The 17,000-year old wall paintings in Font-the-Gaume; the gardens of Manoir d’Eyrignac; and don’t forget all the beautiful villages nearby, such as Domme, La Roque-Gageac, Beynac-et-Cazenac and Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
We hear from everybody we have met so far that ‘Chateau Des Lauzes’ is a completely hidden gem. Most of the locals do not even know of its existence, even though it is a large property set on 28ha estate. Now the gem is accessible! Two insiders’ tips: bring your binoculars, because the is much beautiful wildlife to be spotted here! Also, bring some sort of hiking/walking shoes, as you will need them walking around our estate and beyond.

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