Chateau Gastebois

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Sleeps: 16 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 11

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome All Bedrooms En-Suite Ideal for Parties

Chateau Gastebois has been sitting above the Dropt River for over 400 years, occupying its place on a hill at the centre of the Bordeaux and Bergerac wine regions and between the small market towns of Eymet and Issigeac.

It was built during the reign of Henry IV and the grounds were awarded by the King to the family for loyal service to the court. Its noble past can be felt in the original paneled dining room; the work of the same master craftsman who also worked on many rooms at the Chateau de Versailles. However guests may prefer to dine alfresco on one of the beautiful terraces. The house is filled with antiques, yet feels like a family home which oozes elegant charm and character and plenty of comfort.

Enjoy privacy and tranquility in this meticulously maintained property set in 100 acres of gardens, woodlands, and tended grounds. Within the estate there is a private swimming pool, a tennis court and impressive yoga facilities. Table tennis is provided as well as grassy areas ideal for croquet and badminton. There are several lovely paths for walking within the estate.

First class wineries abound and the hosts are always delighted to organise wine tours or tastings. The area surrounding the house provides a plethora of activities including horse-back riding, canoeing, fishing and boat rides on the Dordogne river. Many historic chateaux are a short drive from the house.

Chateau Gastebois sleeps a maximum of 16 guests in 9 spacious bedrooms between the main house (the Manoir) and the the separate guest house (Le Pigeonnier). Additional guests may be accepted on request for an extra charge. Please enquire.

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 you should know…

  • Chateau Gastebois is very popular and booking early is highly recommended!
  • The caretaker lives discretely in a separate wing and can help with anything guests may need.
  • Chateau Gastebois is available approximately end April to end October.

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite Tennis Court Ground Floor Bed & Bath Games Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Table Tennis Table Football Caretaker/Owner on Site

One enters the Manoir into the main hall which is in traditional Perigordian style. To the right is the Salon Cariele that still has its original tiles and is a superb spot for reading on a warm afternoon. The Salon also has a large table from which buffets are usually placed when dining on the east terrace of the house. Two further grand salons open out on to the east terrace which is an ideal place to relax and enjoy views over the woods and rolling hills surrounding the property as well as to dine on balmy summer evenings. The salons are comfortably furnished with a mixture of new and antique furniture including a grand piano.

Walking straight through the entry hall to the north side of the house you will find a family room complete with satellite TV, DVD player, stereo, internet access, numerous board games (monopoly, chess, backgammon, Cluedo, etc.), a well-stocked library and toys for children. To the left of the entrance hall is the formal panelled dining room with seating for 14 and a magnificent fireplace. Further to the left is the large eat-in kitchen, with a table seating twelve, massive stone fireplace, dishwasher, and all other appliances and amenities.  The laundry room in back of the kitchen has a sink, washing and drying machines.

On the first floor are seven luxurious bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms that have been finished to the highest standard. The bedrooms are furnished with antique armoires and chest of drawers; some from the original period of the house. Each bedroom has comfy chairs and writing tables. The ‘blue’, ‘yellow’, and ‘Chinoise’ rooms are equipped with King (European)/Queen (American) size beds.  The first floor landing has a cosy space for reading, writing or relaxing.  Each of the bedrooms and bathrooms has lovely views over different aspects of the Park.

The guest house called ‘Le Pigeonnier’ contains a large sitting/dining room with a TV/DVD player and stereo on the ground floor.  Also on the ground floor is a fully equipped kitchen (all appliances, including a dishwasher) and has been recently modernized. Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. The first floor master bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed and divan. Washing and drying machines are located on the first floor landing. The second floor bedroom has two twin beds and a sleeping loft. Child cot and baby equipment are available upon request. There is an additional eighth bedroom offering a comfortable and refined stay.

Within the magnificent grounds there are three outdoor eating areas: one in front of the kitchen that benefits from sun the entire day, the second on the east terrace shaded by several mature lime trees, ideal for afternoon tea and buffet suppers, the third is situated at the pool – adjacent to the guest house kitchen and is convenient for luncheons, and late dinners to enjoy the spectacular Dordogne sunsets. To the back of the pool and guest house is a rock garden with a pleasantly gurgling fountain that is a bastion of tranquillity.  It enjoys sunshine throughout the day, with a few well-placed trees for shade.

The heated salt-water pool 10x5m and the area surrounding is equipped with sun loungers, occasional tables, umbrellas and large comfy towels. The hard surfaced tennis court sits in a secluded area to the back of the property, not  more than 1 minute walk. Table tennis, croquet and badminton sets are provided as well as a portable bbq. Gorge on beautiful peaches, apricots, plums, cherries, pears, apples and figs from the mature orchards in the park. The various paths throughout the estate are lined with blackberry bushes – providing juicy and delicious fruit. Enjoy walks through the grounds which boast lots of species of mature trees including oaks, cedars, chestnuts, magnolia, elm and Judea.

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Gastebois
Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Horse Riding Go-Karting Fishing Historical Sites
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Chateau Gastebois is 19 km from the Bergerac airport which is serviced by several airports in Europe including London Stansted. The house is a one hour drive from Libourne train station, which is easily accessible from Paris. In addition, the house is an hour and a half drive from Bordeaux and two hours from Toulouse (both have major international airports).  Avis, Hertz, and Eurocar provide rental car services at Bergerac, Bordeaux and Toulouse airports as well as the Libourne train station. The nearest towns, about a 10 minute drive, are the historic bastide Eymet, and Issigeac, well known for its colourful Sunday morning markets. Guests will find a range of restaurants in each of these towns as well as a post office, pharmacy, banks, petrol stations and well stocked supermarkets.

In the immediate area is a horse riding school, canoeing, fishing in the Dropt and boat tours on the Dordogne. Balloon rides can be arranged as a great way to get a panoramic view of the exquisite Dordogne valley.  A 10 pin bowling alley is 15 minutes by car. Two world class golf courses are within a one hour drive. You will be provided with maps of historic walks showcasing the natural beauty of the region as well as many of the churches, bastides and other buildings of note.  The valley is a regular spot for keen biking enthusiasts because of the gently rolling hills.  A spectacular son et lumeire show of the re-enactment of the 100 years war battle at Castillon is a short journey by car.

The region boasts the world renowned Bergerac appellation wine area which covers 12,700 hectares. Wine has been produced in the region for well over 400 years. Wine enthusiasts will find similar grapes to those found in the Bordeaux region including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec reds; Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadet whites.  Many vineyards welcome visitors and offer tastings. The formal ‘route de vin’ maps out a plan of the vineyards in the area.  Contact Oliver's VIP Concierge to arrange tastings and to get winery recommendations. The Dordogne is the supplier of almost half of France’s fine produce including truffles, cepes and foie gras, which are available at the Metairie adjoining the estate. 

The area is awash with sightseeing opportunities. Historical chateaux, gardens and bastides are abundant in the region – you will be provided with guides not only to the major sights, but also to the gems that are off the beaten track. A favourite outing for guests is to the prehistoric caves at Lascaux, which is about an hour and a half drive through magnificent emerald green countryside.  Ancient towns such as Sarlat and Perigeux are well known for their cathedrals and are excellent for shopping and antiquing. 

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 Kids Ideal for Teens

The property has activities for children of all ages. For babies, there are loads of age appropriate toys. Whilst young children and teenagers have a swing set, climbing frame, sand pit, and extra large trampoline to play with.

There is a swimming pool and tennis court, ping pong table, and football. The chateau also provides a badminton net and birdies, boules, croquet sets, footballs and goal nets, cricket bat, balls and wicket.

Indoors, there's a Wii, with a wide range of sporting and other games, huge library of DVDs, books and board games. Meanwhile, the grounds around the house are ideal for hide and seek, Easter egg hunts, tree climbing and exploring.

BABY AND TODDLER EQUIPMENT

Mattress protector: x2

Bath toys: x4

Changing mat: x2

Baby monitor: x1

Pushchair: x1

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Mattress protector
  • Bath toys
  • Changing mat
  • Baby monitor
  • Pushchair

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Horse Riding
  • Go-Karting
  • Fishing
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Climbing frame
  • Children's books
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Xbox/Playstation
  • Board games
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • English speaking babysitter available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • English speaking babysitter available

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 included at this property:

- Two hours maid service twice a week (does not include linen changes)

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!

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 www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

This classic French manor in Bergerac contains all the finest ingredients of a unique and magical wedding day. Guests of all ages will be enchanted by the history and beauty of the venue and impressed by all there is on offer. There is an outdoor chapel here as well as other romantic and idyllic settings for a ceremony within the gardens or on the pretty terraces. Smaller groups could choose an indoor ceremony inside the exquisitely designed château followed by wining and dining in the original wood panelled dining room which has hosted so many noble feasts over the centuries. The vast and glorious grounds have woodlands, paths, orchards and sweeping lawns with perfect spots for an elegant marquee.

Wedding Reception
A reception for up to 50 guests could be hosted at this château, outdoors in the gardens or on one of the terraces with the hire of a marquee if required. Smaller groups of up to 22 guests could be hosted inside the château.

Dancing could continue at one of the outdoor locations with dancefloor hire and music playing as late as you like with no noise restrictions at this location.

Wedding Ceremony
There is an outdoor chapel on site which could seat up to 50 people for a ceremony. Alternatively, there are spaces in the grounds or on the terraces while smaller groups of up to 22 guests could have a ceremony inside the château.

The owners are able to provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.

Where to Stay
Up to 16 people can sleep at the château.

The château is able to help find local accommodation for the remaining guests.

The owners can supply details of local transport firms.

Wedding Planning 
The château can recommend an event planner or clients may arrange their own.

The owners can suggest suppliers for most event needs.

Catering
The château is able to recommend caterers or clients may arrange their own.

Other information
For groups of over 22 guests, a marquee is required in case of bad weather.

Event fee depends on the type of wedding.

Events can be held between April and October.

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 €1250 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival or in cash on arrival and refunded by cheque or bank transfer two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes
Heating costs included? Heating is charged during the winter, based on consumption.
Linen & towels included? Yes. A linen change can be requested and paid locally.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €500, paid locally. 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 garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Minimum stay 1 week
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 17th 2019 - May 1st 2020 £5,375
May 1st 2020 - May 23rd 2020 £6,383
May 23rd 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 £6,988
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 £8,735
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 £6,988
Oct 1st 2020 - Apr 19th 2021 £6,383

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 17th 2019 - May 1st 2020 €5,954
May 1st 2020 - May 23rd 2020 €7,070
May 23rd 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 €7,740
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 €9,675
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 €7,740
Oct 1st 2020 - Apr 19th 2021 €7,070

Prices based on an occupancy of 16 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 17th 2019 - May 1st 2020 $6,599
May 1st 2020 - May 23rd 2020 $7,836
May 23rd 2020 - Jul 1st 2020 $8,578
Jul 1st 2020 - Sep 1st 2020 $10,722
Sep 1st 2020 - Oct 1st 2020 $8,578
Oct 1st 2020 - Apr 19th 2021 $7,836

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

Property Owner
We are a French-British family who purchased the 100-acre estate in 1998 from the descendants of the original landowners who built the property around 1600. Knowing the region well, we adored the verdant countryside, magnificent food and wine and the numerous cultural and historic monuments. We viewed scores of properties, where we could entertain family and friends from around the world; we fell in love with the estate the instant we entered the park through the chestnut lined drive. The beauty, tranquillity and privacy were perfect. The chateau itself hadn’t been touched in many, many years: the benefit being that most of the original features were still in place. It took two years to renovate the Chateau, employing the most skilled local artisans to preserve its integrity and add finishes of the highest quality. We are proud to have brought the Chateau back to its former glory and saved for posterity a place of historic significance in the region.

How long have you owned the property?
20 years

What is it about the property you first fell in love with?
Entering through the front gate one feels that time has stopped. The park was very well maintained with ancient cedars, oaks, chestnuts and scores of flora and fauna that the owners had brought back from their travels around the world and have flourished at the property. The beauty, peace and tranquillity of the park and grounds put us under a spell; spending time at the estate is like being in wonderful dream which one doesn’t ever wish to wake from.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The Chateau was built by French nobility between 1580 and 1608. The family belonged to the royal court throughout the entire reign of the French monarchy. Paintings depicting family members with the Kings of France can be seen in the Gallerie des Batailles at Versailles and the Louvre.
The land for the estate, encompassing thousands of hectares, was ceded to the family by Henry IV. The original deed signed by Henry IV can be seen at property. IV. Artisans who designed the panelled state rooms in Le Petit Trianon at Versailles also installed the dining room and library at the Chateau.
Underneath the house is an extensive series of tunnels originally used during the Catholic-Protestant wars that raged in the area. During WWII it served as the centre of the resistance in Southern France. The underground tunnels were used to hide refugees and allied soldiers. Charles de Gaulle and John D. Rockefeller were among the illustrious visitors during the 20th century.

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Visit the open markets at in the stunning medieval villages especially Issigeac and Sarlat, canoe or kayak on the Dordogne River, the cleanest in France, take a hot-air balloon ride to best view the spectacular Dordogne River Valley, and horse-back ride through rolling hills and vineyards.

Really eat?
Truffles, artisan goat cheese and foie gras. For vegetarians and vegans we are supplied with delicious product from our chef’s biodynamic farm. Help yourself to a wide variety of luscious fruit from our orchards.

Really see?
15 UNESCO listed sites including the pre-historic cave paintings at Lascaux and Font de Gaume. Delight in the 150,000 boxes hedges at the Jardin de Marqueyssac, laid out by Andre le Notre who designed the gardens at Versaille, marvel at the castles of Beynac and Domme; enjoy the falconry and plethora of memorabilia on display at Josephine Baker’s home, Chateau de Milandes.

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Reviews

  • Perfect family chateau

    Posted by John D on 10/03/2017

    Chateau Gastebois felt like home and perfect site for a family reunion and a classic picture of a French manor. Great kitchen, pool, orchard and with plenty of space for everyone - the whole family wants to return next year. Enjoyed all the help and information from JC; including personal help at a French restaurant which made the dinner much more fun. Will return again soon.

  • Great for Family Holidays

    Posted by Ana on 24/09/2016

    Chateau Gastebois is wonderful - somewhere really special and luxurious. The grounds are lovely and the children loved exploring them. We were a group of 5 families with children ranging from 3 months to 3 years - the games room and pool were also a hit. With plenty of communal space, a large kitchen-diner as well as an outside eating area - It was perfect for relaxing and we enjoyed croquet and tennis when feeling a bit more active. JC was friendly and helpful, on hand when needed but not intrusive. All in all, perfect for a group holiday.

  • Wonderful holiday chateau

    Posted by Pamela Goodman, Travel Editor, House and Garden on 24/08/2016

    What a wonderful house; what a wonderful week. Late nights and - lots of fun. And, of course the sun shone every day - a welcome relief after the terrible English summer. This house has everything to offer young and old alike. Thank you so much; will be back.

  • Most Brilliant House!

    Created on 30/07/2016

    What a fantastic place! We had the most amazing time here. Lovely house, great facilities and a wonderful setting. Everyone has said this is the most brilliant house in which they've stayed abroad. Will be back next year.

  • Bardoulie Eymet Bergerac

    Posted by Diana Wallis on 26/11/2014

    My family, including my husband and me and 7 grandchildren ranging from 8 to 14 years, spent a wonderful week at Chateau Gasteboisfor the second year running and we all agree it is a very special place. There is so much to do within the extensive grounds from swimming in the pool, playing tennis on the well maintained court, table tennis, boules and walking in the grounds through the woods surrounding the property or just relaxing. We would like to thank the owners, Jean-Claud and Lisa for allowing us to enjoy their amazing home with us. We shall return in the future.

  • Great for bear hunts

    Posted by Ana on 26/11/2014

    Chateau Gastebois is wonderful - somewhere really special and luxurious. The grounds are lovely and the children loved exploring them. We were a group of 5 families with children ranging from 3 months to 3 years - the games room and pool were also a hit. With plenty of communal space, a large kitchen diner as well as an outside eating area - Chateau Gastebois was perfect for relaxing and we enjoyed croquet and tennis when feeling a bit more active. JC was friendly and helpful, on hand when needed but not intrusive. All in all, perfect for a group holiday.

  • So Beautiful Chateau Gastebois

    Posted by Craig on 26/11/2014

    Chateau Gastebois is a truly magical place: beautiful grounds and a majestic house with a lot of personality. Plenty to explore inside and out, our party of 15 ranged from 2 years and 6 months old to 70 years old and all were enchanted with this fabulous property and wonderful location. Nearby towns, chateau's etc., are all wonderful with plenty to offer however there really is no reason to leave the property except for provisions. Looking forward to our visit next year!

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