Rapunzels Folie

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2
Oliver Approved


Wedding Venue Recommended Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

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Romance and whimsy rule the day at this fantastical 15th century cottage in the Dordogne. Nestled on the shore of a lush, green lake, honeymooners will love to stargaze and watch wildlife from the private dock. Inside every room is unique, and the design plays with the delicate and the bold, the old and new. You’ll absolutely swoon for the bridal bed - a stately four-poster in a rustic barrel vaulted bedroom.

In the daytime, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens, and on to the nearby village of Nonards (1 km), where you’ll find the nearest pub. A little farther down the road is the medieval town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne (5 km), where restaurants and cafes are convenient to the riverside.

If you’ve time to tour the region, we recommend Périgueux, an hour and a half west. Here you can dig deep into history at the Perigord Museum of Art and Archaeology, or the Vesunne Museum, built on the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa. Périgueux is also known for markets, with delicacies aplenty - duck, chestnuts, foie gras, and truffles.

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…

  • The charming owners live discretely within the estate
  • Due to the nature of the cottage and also its location on the river and lake, the property is not suitable for small children
  • The barrel vaulted bedroom on the top floor has less space and furniture but it more and than makes up for it in beauty and charm!
  • There is a small daily charge for fishing in the lake - rods can be provided!

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ All Bedrooms En-Suite DVD Working Fireplace Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Rapunzels Folie has its own entrance (separate from the entrance to the chateau), and is approached down an avenue of plain trees, through the large wooden gates into your private paradise. There is a deck for sunbathing or trout/carp fishing (for a small charge, including the use of rods), watching the wildlife, or gazing at the stars. There is a wonderful South facing terrace with large barbecue and steps down to the river as well as a further West facing terrace and a cosy Chelsea summer house.

The house is a three story timber framed building. On the ground floor there is a charming sitting room with windows overlooking the lake, a large inglenook fireplace and comfortable sofa and chairs. A round dining table seats four. Off this is a delightful fully equipped kitchen with small breakfast bar all in part of the round tower.

On the first floor there is an intimate sitting room with plasma screen TV, DVD player CD, i-pod, books and another deep sofa. Leading off this is a luxurious double bedroom with en-suite WC, bidet and the magical black bathroom with large bath, basin and shower as well as underfloor heating.

Climb the stairs again to the top floor where you will find the unusual barrel vaulted wooden brides bedroom complete with ethereal four poster bed. This room has four windows making it light and airy. It also has it's own bathroom with WC, bidet, basin and large round rain shower. The house has full central heating, beautiful bedding & towels included.


About the surrounding area of Rapunzels Folie
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The Gate House is 6 km from the Romanesque town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, situated  40 minutes from Brive airport, one and a half hours from Limoges airport, served by Ryanair, two hours west of Bergerac and two hours north of Toulouse.

There is much to do in this area, including Arts and Culture, many festivals, markets, Canoeing on the Dordogne, Fishing, Golf, Hot Air Ballooning and Horse Riding. There are also many famous caves and grottos as well as ancient Chateaux.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport BRIVE

(38 km)

Nearest Village NONARDS

(Under 1 km)


(5 km)


(5 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub NONARDS

(Under 1 km)

Nearest Golf PUY A ARNAC

(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

Water Hazard: the property has a lake and a river. Children must be closely supervised at all times.

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD
  • Waterfront

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Welcome Hamper Included
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 villotel@oliverstravels.com 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. 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 (payable locally):

- Complimentary welcome hamper with essentials foods, local  delicacies, Champagne, seasonal fruits, flowers and wood for the fire.
- Maid service twice a week and laundry service (prices from 12 euros per hour)
- Airport collection and taxi service
- Chef available to come to the Gatehouse to prepare and cook dinner for guests
- A massage therapist is available for reflexology at the Gatehouse
- Clay pigeon shooting, archery and rifle shooting can be arranged with the owners (payable locally)
- Fishing in the lake for trout or carp (small charge per day which includes the use of rods)

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 exquisite French chateau is the perfect venue for your dream wedding, with a private lake, immaculate gardens, rose covered bridges and a castle gateway, the setting is simply faultless and will allow for an unforgettable occasion.

Rapunzels Folie can host up to 70 guests with many nearby hotels and B&Bs to accommodate them.

The owners can recommend caterers, bar facilities, musicians, bands, flowers, photographers and any other requirements you may need. The chateau has hosted many grand events and weddings so are happy to assist with your needs.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about rates and availability.

Terms & Conditions



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

Security deposit £300. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time Between 4.00 and 8.00 pm. A late check-in fee will be charged for arrivals later than 8.00 p.m.
Departure time Before 10.00 am
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? On request only and by prior agreement with the owner and at an extra charge of £50 per dog per week.
Changeover day Saturday from June to September. Any day of the week during all other periods.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. The house should be left in a tidy and clean state. Extra charges will apply if excessive cleaning is needed.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Other Ts and Cs For insurance purposes, all exterior doors and windows must be locked when away from the property. The owner of the property will not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or consequential losses due to theft or any other security related incident howsoever caused.
Minimum stay 4 nights, except from June to end of September when 7 nights. In high season short-breaks may be accepted on request.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 23rd 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 - - £2,023
Oct 2nd 2021 - May 28th 2022 £1,190 £1,467 £2,023
May 28th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 - - £2,023
Aug 27th 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 - - £2,023
Oct 1st 2022 - Jan 24th 2023 £1,190 £1,467 £2,023

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 23rd 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 - - €2,222
Oct 2nd 2021 - May 28th 2022 €1,307 €1,584 €2,222
May 28th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 - - €2,222
Aug 27th 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 - - €2,222
Oct 1st 2022 - Jan 24th 2023 €1,307 €1,584 €2,222

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jul 23rd 2021 - Oct 2nd 2021 - - $2,617
Oct 2nd 2021 - May 28th 2022 $1,539 $1,816 $2,617
May 28th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 - - $2,617
Aug 27th 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 - - $2,617
Oct 1st 2022 - Jan 24th 2023 $1,539 $1,816 $2,617

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.

Owner Profile

Property Owner
Lady Sarah

How long have you owned the property?
11 years

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The romantic fairy-tale setting, nestling besides the river, with golden colored stone and its towers.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
We have a bedroom where Napoleon's Marshal and Marshal Ney stayed after defeat at Waterloo, before capture. During the revolution it escaped burned as it was wet and the roof too slippery. It was a safe house for English airmen during the last war.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Recently we have had just had a boy band heartthrob and his squeeze (who was an equally famous girl singer!)

What’s the strangest or most difficult guest request you’ve ever received?
They will remain nameless, as apparently the customer is always right!

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Canoeing on the Dordogne, and Hot air ballooning over the Chateaux.

Really eat?
The region is famous for Foie Gras, Truffles Duck, Chestnuts and Apples.

Really see?
Visit the most beautiful Villages that abound in this ancient area, plus the caves

Lastly, what insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Be a lover of Peacocks, wild life, and nature...sitting on the terrace watching the stars, it's a complete contrast from city life!



  • Amazing!

    Posted by Jessica on 01/09/2018

    Rapunzels folie was absolutely amazing! Sarah and Chris were great hosts. The fridge was shocked with food and there was wine and champagne in the chiller. A beautiful, tranquil place where you can completely relax. I cannot wait to return to this stunning place!

  • Truly Amazing!

    Posted by Christopher on 18/08/2018

    It was a great venue run by excellent people.

  • A Charming Place!

    Posted by Jill on 30/05/2018

    An incredible get away from Manhattan - relaxing, peaceful and surrounded by beauty.

  • Absolutely superb!

    Posted by Fiona on 30/11/2016

    What a fabulous place to stay! We headed down from London in need of a relaxing few days, it could not have been more perfect. The gatehouse itself is exquisite, beautifully presented and furnished, equipped with everything we needed plus more. After a quick trip to the supermarket to stock up on food and wine we hardly ventured out for the rest of our stay. It was the perfect environment to just curl up in front of a crackling fire and let the world carry on without us for a few days. Thank you so much Chris for looking after us so well, we will be back in a few months for another battery recharge!

  • Absolutely wonderful place to stay

    Posted by Jo, Tony and Alysia on 11/10/2016

    Absolutely wonderful place to stay, totally relaxed. The ducks, geese, peacocks, lizards and dogs make it all a magical fairy-tale. Thanks to Sarah and Chris for being excellent hosts throughout. We will return.

  • We stepped into a fairytale!

    Posted by Ginny and Anna H. on 28/08/2016

    Two girls from Berkley, California, stepped into a fairy-tale. Loved our stay and can't wait to return. Thank you for all your kindness and hospitality!

  • A wonderful house

    Posted by Mark, Lucie and Beth P. on 27/08/2016

    We had a wonderful time in the peaceful grounds. The dogs, geese and peacocks added to the natural atmosphere. The house was wonderful and we will be sad to leave.

  • Amazing and peaceful place

    Posted by Bernie, Maria, Ellie and Saffie on 20/08/2016

    Totally amazing, peaceful place to stay. Loved everything about the gatehouse, chateau and surroundings. Thank you Chris and Hagar for making our 30th wedding anniversary something to remember. A very special place! The girls are going to miss Hagar, as are we!

  • Thank you for a truly memorable stay

    Posted by Joshua A. on 10/05/2016

    We just wanted to thank you for a truly memorable stay at Rapunzels Folie. We had a wonderful time - everything was perfect. From the beautiful grounds, to the fantastic decor, comfortable bed and of course, Hagar and Sirus. Chris was an excellent host and was kind enough to show us round the Chateaux which was a unexpected bonus. The beautiful weather was icing on the cake. We've already recommended the place to several people! Thanks again!

  • Wonderful way to start our married lives together

    Posted by Alex and Andrew M. on 24/08/2015

    Fantastic place! Wonderful way to start our married lives together. Just the relaxing time that we needed. Thank you!

  • A blissful start to married life!

    Posted by Jenny and Chris B. on 23/08/2015

    We've had a wonderful stay here at this honeymoon cottage. A blissful start to married life! Thank you for your hospitality Chris. We'll certainly miss Hagar's company too. All the best!

  • A fantastic retreat

    Posted by Jonathan on 15/08/2015

    A fantastic peaceful retreat, we needed rest! Fab meal at the chateau, thanks Chris for your company, advice and hospitality. We had a wonderful time here.

  • The most amazing start to our honeymoon

    Posted by Elle and Nick K. on 08/08/2015

    We have had the most amazing, relaxing start to our honeymoon! Thank you so much to Chris for being so welcoming" Very much enjoyed Hagar's company. We will definitely return.

  • Most amazing and precious experience

    Posted by Bettina and Brice on 26/11/2014

    The most amazing and precious experience of feeling alive and peaceful for the first time. Most discreet, efficient and friendly welcoming and care,

  • Can`t wait for a return!

    Posted by Kelley Ahern on 26/11/2014

    I visited the Rapunzels Folie in 1998 and recently came across the pictures from that trip. When I checked to see if it still existed I was pleasantly surprised to see that it did and has new owners! You have done a wonderful job of updating the decor - it looks outstanding. Can't wait for a return visit!

  • Surpassing all our hopes!

    Posted by David, Valerie and Sarah on 26/11/2014

    When we were searching for a house where our small family could spend some time together cooking, reading and exploring the countryside we could scarcely believe our luck when we came across Rapunzels Folie. Could it really be as wonderful as it seemed. After a week here we know that we were indeed lucky, Rapunzels Folie surpassed all our hopes, thank you.

  • Simply perfect!

    Posted by Axel and Phillippine Apr 14 2011 on 26/11/2014

    thanks for this relaxing time in this perfect place, it was a perfect lovely week end, simply perfect.

  • WOW!!

    Posted by Jessica Kissel on 26/11/2014

    WOW this looks beautiful!!!! I can not believe how beautiful it is. We must be in touch, email or call me! Same email as before.

  • Paradise perfected!

    Posted by Alex and Liz on 26/11/2014

    "As your first honeymoon couple, we would like to thank you for the best start to married life that there is. Rapunzel's Folie is paradise perfected"

  • We would like to tell the world about this place!

    Posted by Angela and David on 26/11/2014

    "We would like to tell the world how lovely Rapunzel's folly is, although we really want to keep it our secret"

  • Lovely!

    Posted by Mark and Rachel on 26/11/2014

    Lovely relaxing honeymoon at Rapunzel's Folie

  • A sensational place

    Posted by Alison and David on 26/11/2014

    What a sensational place to stay, it was perfect for our honeymoon. We hope to experience Rapunzel's Folie again in the not too distant future.

  • Just the best!

    Posted by David and Helen on 26/11/2014

    Thank you for what has been our best holiday ever! The Chateau is perfect as you are as hosts.

  • Perfect honeymoon ever

    Posted by Joe and Helen on 26/11/2014

    Thank you for the perfect start to our honeymoon. You made us feel very welcome. Rapunzels Folie is absolutely beautiful. We will remember our time here always. Thank you! xxx

  • A real break from our hectic lives

    Posted by Jo and Mike on 26/11/2014

    This is our second visit. Was as good as before - a real break from our hectic lives.

  • A little piece of heaven

    Posted by Tony and Fi on 26/11/2014

    A long way from darkest Africa but home from home. A little piece of heaven. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.

  • We loved it so much!!

    Posted by Angela and David on 25/06/2010

    We would like to tell the world how lovely the Rapunzels Folie is, although we really want to keep it our secret

  • Little peace of heaven on earth

    Posted by Jo and Paul on 13/06/2010

    We had a fantastic few days - this place is like a little peace of heaven on earth and we hope to come back again!

  • We can't say enough and can't wait to go back!

    Posted by Greg B on 06/06/2010

    Your host displays his Barcelona charm and contemporary sense of design in this century-old Chateau. An hour East of Bordeaux and one half-hour from Bergerac, the inn is located near the charming town of Mussidan. This Chambres d'hotes is surrounded by vineyards, truffle and fois de gras. The five course French gourmet meals with organic ingredients should earn the chef a Michelin star. All the bedrooms have new cozy top of the line beds and bathrooms. We can't say enough and can't wait to go back!

  • Our perfect honeymoon

    Posted by Joe and Helen on 28/05/2010

    Thank you for the perfect start to our honeymoon. You made us feel very welcome. Rapunzels Folie is absolutely beautiful. We will remember our time here always. Thank you! xxx

  • Best holiday ever!

    Posted by David and Helen on 26/05/2010

    Thank you for what has been our best holiday ever! Rapunzels Folie is perfect as you are as hosts.

  • Rapunzels Folie is paradise perfected

    Posted by Alex and Liz on 21/05/2010

    As your first honeymoon couple, we would like to thank you for the best start to married life that there is. Rapunzels Folie is paradise perfected

  • Our second visit

    Posted by Jo and Mike on 14/05/2010

    This is our second visit. Was as good as before - a real break from our hectic lives.

  • A little piece of heaven

    Posted by Tony and Fi on 07/05/2010

    long way from darkest Africa but home from home. A little piece of heaven. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.

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