Chateau Valjean

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Pool Chateaux & Castles
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids Walk to Village Parking Space

Just outside one of Dordogne's famous winemaking villages, ten minutes south of Bergerac on the Dordogne river, this spectacular and quintessentially French château welcomes up to twelve guests for a break in truly lavish surroundings.

The exterior is absolutely stunning and lovingly maintained, its pitched tower making a stylish addition to the skyline of this exquisite part of southwest France. The first floor’s master bedroom is served by a large balcony that delivers sunset views across the Bergerac valley, but the breath-taking vistas certainly aren’t confined to there.

Although the château has recently been renovated, most of its characterful features have been retained, such as the kitchen’s striking fireplace and pisé flooring. This type of floor is common in buildings of this type in the region, and is comprised of a mosaic of small stones, absorbing heat by day and releasing it at night.

Timber flooring, exposed and beautifully preserved stone walls continue the tasteful blend of restored and modernised elements, with stunning antique furniture and artwork adorning every room. You’ll find reception rooms with expertly reupholstered chairs and preserved walls, along with a huge living room featuring a vast, modern sofa in front of a smart television. The bedrooms are suitably well-appointed in the same vein, with sumptuous beds, beautifully tiled en-suite bathrooms and large windows that flood the rooms with glorious natural light as you begin your day at this exceptional house.

The château’s ten-acre grounds are just as superbly maintained as the building itself, with manicured lawns, ancient trees and smart topiary. The tasteful modern touches extend to the gardens too, with a ten-metre infinity pool with stone terrace and timber decking providing a superb spot to drink in the valley’s panorama – as well as a glass or two of the local wines. There’s a large dining table outside too, along with a pair of tables at the poolside terrace – ideal for a barbecue dinner with sunset views.

Although a stay at the grand Château Valjean constitutes a holiday in itself, a brief glance at a map of the local area tells you what a great location it’s in for those keen to explore some of the area’s prettiest towns and villages, as well as hiking and cycling around the glorious Dordogne countryside. Bergerac is just ten minutes away, a vibrant blend of half-timbered buildings now housing exclusive boutiques and a modern, thriving new town south of the river. As you’d expect in this heart of France’s gastronomic excellence, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to restaurants and wineries to visit. Golfers are sure to be tempted with spoiling a good walk at the world-class Château Vigiers golf course, which also hosts two terrific restaurants.

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What you should know…

  • The infinity pool has no fence, so smaller children should be supervised when outdoors.
  • A seventh bedroom is available on request - please enquire for more information and pricing. 
  • The stunning countryside location necessitates car hire, should you wish to get out and about during your stay. 
  • Please be cautious when walking into the nearest village as while the roads are quiet, there are no pavements. 

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Coffee Machine Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV Working Fireplace/Woodburner Parking Space

Villa Interior

Ground Floor

- Reception rooms
- Drawing room
- Living room
- Kitchen with dining table, range oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, electric coffee machine
- Secondary kitchen with oven, fridge-freezer, air fryer, dining table
- Laundry room
- King-sized bedroom with shared en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom with shared en-suite

First Floor (Tower)

King-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bathtub, shower and separate WC
- Queen-size bedroom with en-suite bathroom and separate WC

Second Floor (Tower)

- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and separate WC
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower and separate WC

Outside Grounds

Infinity swimming pool (10 x 5m) with shutter cover
- Sun loungers with parasols
- Terraces
- Lawns
- Large dining table
- Parking
- Gas barbecue

Facilities

Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Fireplace
- Log burner

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau Valjean
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Cycling Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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Château Valjean is just outside the a well-known winemaking village.As well as a couple of restaurants and an indoor market hall (where you’ll find a range of delicious local produce on a Sunday morning), the spectacular sixteenth-century Château is well worth a visit. There are interactive children’s activities celebrating the region’s viticulture and biodiversity, tours of the castle, and its grounds, wine tastings and a chance to purchase locally produced wines and foods in the boutique throughout the year, with special evening events during July and August.

Head ten minutes north and enjoy a taste of authentic Dordogne town life in Bergerac, with medieval, half-timbered buildings lining the squares and streets of the picturesque old town, north of the river. There are plenty of restaurants and open-air cafés to choose from, along with a selection of boutique-style shops. From the car park at the bottom end of the old town, you can join boat trips throughout the day, taking you along a picturesque route through the town and out into the countryside. The modern area is equally welcoming, with a range of more modern stores offering plenty to tempt the visiting shopper. Contrary to popular belief, the town has no connection with Cyrano de Bergerac, but those with a nose for a good wine certainly won’t be disappointed by a visit to the home of Monbazillac, Pacharment and Saussignac. A beautifully preserved, twelfth-century cloister in the old town is home to the Maison de Vins de Bergerac, an exhibition showcasing the town’s rich winemaking heritage. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to sampling the fabulous labels of southwest France too, with a plethora of wineries to discover around Bergerac, offering vineyard and cellar tours.

Eymet is just a twenty-minute drive west, one of the area’s wonderfully preserved bastide towns. An early start on Thursday is rewarded with the chance to explore the varied and colourful wares at the town’s weekly open-air market. From fresh fruit, vegetables and artisanal breads, to clothing and accessories, you’ll find a wealth of terrific local produce and goods. If you prefer a more measured start to your mornings, the central Place de la Bastide hosts the atmospheric Marche Nocturne on Tuesday evenings during July and August. Terrific street food, late openings at the town’s cafés and a tempting array of stalls all add up to make a delightful evening out in this vibrant town.

Golfers enjoying a break at Château Valjean will be just a twenty-minute drive from the spectacular twenty-seven-hole course at Château des Vigiers. With a magnificent lakeside backdrop of oak woods, vineyards and plum trees, the three diverse nine-hole courses are an absolute joy for linksmen of all handicaps, with a particularly stunning view of the castle at the ninth on the ‘Le Lac’ course. There’s a six-hole academy course too, along with driving ranges, training bunkers and practice greens to sharpen your chipping and putting before heading out on one of the picturesque courses. Club and cart rental is available, as well as the chance to treat yourself at the club shop. Visitors can book ahead and enjoy a well-earned meal at one of Golf des Vigiers’ two restaurants, with traditional and gourmet cuisine available.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac Airport

(6km)

Nearest Airport 2 Périgueux Bassillac Airport

(62km)

Nearest Village

(Less than 1km)

Nearest Restaurant

(Less than 1km)

Nearest Supermarket

(9km)

Nearest Golf Golf Du Château Les Merles/Château des Vigiers

(18km/20km)

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

You’ll have a choice of six bedrooms, making this château an ideal choice for large family groups. The infinity pool is always a hit with younger visitors, with hours of fun to be had. This rental benefits from Wi-Fi throughout, so why not pack a streaming device to enjoy an evening movie in the living room?

There are plenty of bastide towns nearby to explore as a family, with stunning castles, towers and bridges across the Dordogne river. The surrounding countryside is fantastic for hiking and cycling too, with quiet country roads and fantastic trails to explore.

Open from June till mid-September, the Aqua Park just south of Bergerac features four pools, including waterslides and a shallow splash pool for smaller visitors. There’s also the chance to enjoy games of beach volleyball and outdoor ping-pong, along with plenty of space to simply relax in both shaded areas and sunny terraces. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Cycling
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Child-Safe Pool

Extras

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
- Bike hire

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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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

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit £1250 paid to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Changeover day Saturday. All other changeover days on request.
Minimum stay 7 nights. All other durations on request.
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.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
Pool towels included? Yes
Energy costs included? Yes.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Tax French Visitors Tax is included.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Pool opening dates? 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.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that published rates are only valid for the current year. Any bookings for subsequent years will be on request only and correct rates will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Other Ts and Cs Please note that your booking will only be confirmed once we have checked availability with the owner or their property manager.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 12th 2024 - May 4th 2024 £3,763
May 4th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £4,704
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 20th 2024 £5,958
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £6,898
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 £5,958
Sep 28th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 £4,704
Nov 2nd 2024 - May 3rd 2025 £3,763
May 3rd 2025 - May 31st 2025 £4,704
May 31st 2025 - Jul 19th 2025 £5,958
Jul 19th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 £6,898
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 £5,958
Sep 27th 2025 - Oct 14th 2025 £4,704

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 12th 2024 - May 4th 2024 €4,097
May 4th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €5,122
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 20th 2024 €6,488
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €7,511
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 €6,488
Sep 28th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 €5,122
Nov 2nd 2024 - May 3rd 2025 €4,097
May 3rd 2025 - May 31st 2025 €5,122
May 31st 2025 - Jul 19th 2025 €6,488
Jul 19th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 €7,511
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 €6,488
Sep 27th 2025 - Oct 14th 2025 €5,122

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Apr 12th 2024 - May 4th 2024 $4,395
May 4th 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $5,494
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 20th 2024 $6,959
Jul 20th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $8,057
Aug 31st 2024 - Sep 28th 2024 $6,959
Sep 28th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 $5,494
Nov 2nd 2024 - May 3rd 2025 $4,395
May 3rd 2025 - May 31st 2025 $5,494
May 31st 2025 - Jul 19th 2025 $6,959
Jul 19th 2025 - Aug 31st 2025 $8,057
Aug 31st 2025 - Sep 27th 2025 $6,959
Sep 27th 2025 - Oct 14th 2025 $5,494

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.

Reviews

  • Lovingly preserved

    on 10/09/2022

    I recently had the pleasure of staying at this beautifully restored chateau, lovingly preserved by the current owners.

    The chateau offers all the modern comforts together with beautiful antique furniture. The location of the chateau makes it an easy walk into the village and surrounding vineyards with stunning views towards Bergerac and beyond.

  • Cannot recommend it highly enough

    on 19/07/2022

    I recently had the pleasure of staying at this beautiful chateau and cannot recommend it highly enough. The chateau itself is stunning, with a classic French design that has been impeccably maintained. The interior is filled with antique furnishings and artwork, adding to the overall feeling.

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