Chateau D'Ax

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Sleeps: 24 Bedrooms: 12 Bathrooms: 7
Oliver Approved

Overview

Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Chateaux & Castles Great Value
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Parties

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The old bones of this 14th century château in Midi-Pyrénées stand proudly on a hectare of green parkland. With sweeping views over the surrounding territory (known for sunflower and wine production), your guests will commune with this countryside on the edge of the Dordogne. Inside, simple furnishings let the château's character shine; stone walls, well-loved brick fireplaces, and mysterious spiral stairs suggest a storied past.

Up to 24 guests can spread out on the grounds here - they’ll especially love the swimming pool and barbecue area in the summertime. A separate apartment in the château lends extra privacy for a large family - it features its own kitchen and living area, and a dorm room with five single beds for the kids.

Just 8km away is Tournon-d'Agenais, a lovely 13th century village with a central square and charming stone arcades – make sure you try some of the delicious apple-based dessert 'tourtiere' during your visit.

One of France’s most beautiful villages, Pujols, is around half an hour away or spend time visiting the Malbec producing vineyards surrounding the gorgeous town of Cahors on the Lot river. Then there’s canoeing, biking and hiking through the Lot and Célé valleys, castle ruins and many enchanting bastide villages and market towns.

You may fly in through Bergerac, a hub of wine-related commerce for the Dordogne (and certainly worth a pause on your way to the château!).

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What you should know…

  • Check the 'Features' tab for the layout of the various bedrooms and bed types.
  • The fantastic swimming pool is slightly secluded - it’s a lovely walk to get there!

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Indoor Games Table Tennis Table Football Home Cinema DVD Working Fireplace Caretaker/Owner on Site

Château Interiors

-    Living room with grand fireplace
-    Dining room 
-    TV room with home-cinema
-    Kitchen, fully-equipped
-    Bathroom

First Floor

-    Bedroom 1 with twin beds (90x200cm each)
-    Bedroom 2 with double bed (180x200cm)
-    Bathroom (shared between bedrooms 1 and 2)
-    Bedroom 3 (a side-room/annexe) with French bed (120x190cm)
-    Bedroom 4 with double bed (180x200cm) and en suite bathroom 
-    Bedroom 5 with double bed (160x200cm)
-    Bedroom 6 with twin beds (90x200cm each)
-    Bedroom 7 (tower room) with twin beds (90x200cm)
-    Bathroom (shared between bedrooms 3, 5, 6 and 7)

Second Floor

-    Bedroom 8 with double bed (180x200cm) and en suite bathroom
-    Bedroom 9 (tower room) with double bed (160x200cm) and single bed (80x190cm)
-    Bedroom 10 with twin beds (90x200cm each) and French bed (120x190cm)
-    Bathroom (shared between bedrooms 9 and 10)

Self-contained apartment

-    Living room with fireplace
-    Kitchen
-    Bedroom 11 with double bed (160x200cm)
-    Dorm-style bedroom 12 (low ceiling) with five single beds (90x200cm each)
-    Bathroom
-    Terrace

Outside Grounds

-    Swimming pool (14x7m, depth: up to 2m) with safety gate/fencing, open approximately mid-May to end-September
-    Al-fresco dining terrace
-    Barbecue
-    Grounds with fruit trees

Facilities


-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Home cinema
-    DVDs
-    Board games for children
-    Children’s books
-    Table tennis
-    Table football

Location

About the surrounding area of Chateau D'Ax
Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Château d’Ax is in a tiny village in the Lot department, close to medieval Tournon-d'Agenais and around forty minutes west of Cahors. The nearest airport is Bergerac (76km) whilst Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is about a 90-minute drive away.

There is a restaurant around 3km away as well as a tennis court within a 5-minute drive which Château d’Ax guests may use on a complimentary basis. The nearest shops can be found in the lovely village of Tournon-d'Agenais (8km) with its medieval lanes and a picturesque central square – make sure you try some of the apple-based pastry dessert ‘tourtiere’ during your stay.

Montcuq (15km) is home to a brilliant Sunday morning market and is a lovely village to explore with glorious views of the Lot valley. The bastide town of Lauzerte (21km) is another gorgeous place to visit, officially classified as one of France’s ‘Plus Beaux Villages’.

Drive around 20 minutes north to the Lot for peaceful picnics, canoeing opportunities and lovely walks with the most beautiful scenery. Summer boat trips depart from Puy-l'Évêque, a charming village perched above the river with an attractive Tuesday morning market. A little further away is Villeneuve-sur-Lot (34km), a historic bastide town which could be combined with Pujols, another one of France’s most beautiful villages with many wonderful views.

Heading east, Cahors (37km) is known for its famous bridge, Pont Valentré, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Pick up all sorts of regional delights from the twice-weekly market including Quercy melons when in season, and stroll around the captivating historic centre with its medieval lanes, pretty squares and impressive cathedral.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bergerac

(77km)

Nearest Village

(Walking distance )

Nearest Town/City Cahors

(37km)

Nearest Restaurant

(3km)

Nearest Shop Tournon-d'Agenais

(8km)

Nearest Tennis Complimentary use for château guests

(3km)

Nearest Golf Golf des Roucous

(30km)

Region

A relatively new addition to France, the Midi-Pyrénées was created to surround the cultural capital of Toulouse in the late 1970s. You might think that its relative youth would mean the Midi-Pyrénées is short on character or identity, but remember, this is France we’re talking about – the whole country is steeped in history and tradition. Encompassing parts of Gascony, Languedoc, the Gers and several others, you’ll get a varied slice of the whole French experience here, not least if you stay at one of our beautiful chateaux in the Midi-Pyrénées! And if you want to discover the best of what the region has to offer, our Midi-Pyrénées travel guide is here to show you where to go, what to eat and how you can make the best of your break with some amazing activities.

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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The Lot valley offers so many wonderful family activities from picturesque walks and riverside picnics to canoeing, horse-riding and cycling through the vineyards.

One way to admire the beautiful scenery of the Lot River is by taking a summer boat trip from either nearby Puy-l'Évêque or Cahors. Whilst in Cahors take a tour of the historic town by the little road train that operates in the summer months.

Water lovers also note the close proximity of Lac de Montcuq, about 14km away, where you will find a sandy beach, children’s play area, fishing opportunities and supervised swimming in the height of the summer.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • Home Cinema
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service 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 available at this property:

- Catering services
- Babysitting
- Transfers

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

A simple rustic venue, so charming and full of character with interesting sculpture and artwork and intriguing spiral staircases. Many events have happened here over the centuries so add your special wedding day to the plethora of stories these 14th century walls hold. It's definitely a romantic venue for the more intimate occasion with cherished family and friends. There is a peaceful orchard for an outside ceremony as well as space within the château where you can dance all night if you choose to - there are so many wineries in the area to keep your glass topped up!

Wedding Reception
There are many possible reception locations outside in the château grounds, which can host up to 70 people. For an indoor reception, the rooms of the château can seat up to 50 guests. Dancing can take place outside in the grounds  under a hired marquee or inside the château cinema room. Outside music can play until midnight but there are no music restrictions inside so it can go continue until as late as you like.

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony for up to 70 people is able to take place either outside in the château orchard or inside the château or party room. The venue can supply details of an English-speaking wedding planner.

Where to Stay
Up to 24 people can sleep inside the château and there is a hotel 7km away where further guests may wish to stay. There is a possibility for guests to stay in tents in the park. The owners can supply details of local transport firms.

Wedding Planning
The château manager can help with planning or clients may arrange for their own planner.

Catering

The venue can recommend local caterers or clients may arrange their own.

Other information
Parties of over 50 people are required to hire a marquee for an outdoor reception. Events can be held April - September. Events are asked to move inside after midnight.

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 €1000 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival or in cash on arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? A compulsory charge of €20 per person is payable for linen and bath towels.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €375, payable 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 rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
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 Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events/celebrations are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Minimum stay 7 nights (July and August) or 3 nights at other times of year.
Changeover day Saturday (July and August) or flexible on request at other times of year,
Pool towels included? Extra charge payable locally.
Pool opening dates? The pool is open approximately mid-May to end-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.
Tax French Visitors Tax payable locally (typically costs €1-€3 per adult per night- please enquire if exact amount is required).
Heating costs included? Yes.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2021 - Apr 16th 2022 - - - £4,163
Apr 16th 2022 - May 14th 2022 £2,119 £2,885 £3,651 £3,954
May 14th 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 £2,654 £3,613 £4,573 £4,953
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022 - - - £6,244
Sep 3rd 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 £2,654 £3,613 £4,573 £4,953
Oct 1st 2022 - Apr 19th 2023 £2,119 £2,885 £3,651 £3,954

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2021 - Apr 16th 2022 - - - €4,631
Apr 16th 2022 - May 14th 2022 €2,357 €3,123 €3,889 €4,400
May 14th 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 €2,953 €3,912 €4,871 €5,511
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022 - - - €6,947
Sep 3rd 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 €2,953 €3,912 €4,871 €5,511
Oct 1st 2022 - Apr 19th 2023 €2,357 €3,123 €3,889 €4,400

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Oct 16th 2021 - Apr 16th 2022 - - - $5,372
Apr 16th 2022 - May 14th 2022 $2,734 $3,500 $4,266 $5,103
May 14th 2022 - Jul 1st 2022 $3,425 $4,384 $5,344 $6,393
Jul 1st 2022 - Sep 3rd 2022 - - - $8,058
Sep 3rd 2022 - Oct 1st 2022 $3,425 $4,384 $5,344 $6,393
Oct 1st 2022 - Apr 19th 2023 $2,734 $3,500 $4,266 $5,103

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

How long have you owned the property?
We have owned the property for 7 months.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

Its beautiful setting (green valley) and the medieval character (stone walls, fire places, spiral staircase).

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

Not yet...

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

Must do? / Must see?
Visit the pretty villages of Quercy Blanc and its surroundings, both picturesque and welcoming (Castelnau-Montratier, Lauzerte, Montaigu-de-Quercy, Montcuq, Roquecor, ...), the many bastides and the proud ruins of castles.
A little further, stroll to Saint Cirq Lapopie (most beautiful village in France), visit Rocamadour, explore the cave of Pech Merle and the chasm of Padirac.
Discover the rural heritage: several thematic hiking trails focused on small heritage (mills, churches, dovecotes, streams, fountains, vineyards).
Visit Cahors with its rich historical heritage, wines and gastronomy.
Explore the Lot and Célé Valleys: swimming, canoeing, zip line, water park, hiking, climbing, orienteering...
Taste the gastronomic specialties, typical of the South-West, and savor the local products by going to one of the many local farmers' markets.

Must eat?
Southwestern cusine (Duck - confit de canard,  margret de canard, foie gras...) , Roccamadour goat cheese, Truffles accompanied by Cahors Vines (Malbec, etc.)

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Enjoy this beautiful spot, the big terrace with the view to the green valley, the big pool (14mx7m), the tennis court in St. Matré (3km distance) which can be used for free by our guests. Watch a movie in the cinema room furnished with original cinema chairs and a big screen.

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