Le Petit Château

The Dordogne & South West , France

  • 10
  • 5
  • 4
  • Elegant 18th-century château
  • Set in peaceful countryside
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Near Bordeaux vineyards

Sitting proudly in spacious grounds, the elevated position of this elegant little château adds to the fairy-tale quality of its pristine 18th-century turrets and offers guests glorious views across the mature gardens and rural landscape of Aquitaine, one of France’s most famous wine-producing regions.

Light and airy, the interior’s spiral staircase in the tower connects three floors, each tastefully furnished with a mix of contemporary and period furniture. Inside and out there are plenty of communal spaces for groups to come together for dining or after dinner drinks, while alone time is possible too – in snug sitting rooms and shaded spots around the south-facing swimming pool at the front of the property.

Bakeries, shops and markets are just a few minutes by car, along with a good choice of restaurants. An hour’s drive or less provides an abundance of the wider region’s three core attractions: wine, coastline and history. The famous vineyards are within easy reach, as is the UNESCO World Heritage St-Emilion wine area.

Picture-postcard pretty, nearby Dordogne is a patchwork of charming villages, cycle and walking trails and thousands of vineyards. Also on your doorstep is the Lot-et-Garonne, a network of history-soaked bastide towns scattered across the rich agricultural landscape. For a leisurely day’s outing, hire a small boat to cruise down the River Baïse, starting at Nérac, home to Henri IV’s imposing former residence.

The local area

The château is ideally located for exploring the gastronomic delights of Aquitaine, the beauty of the Dordogne, and the charm of the Lot-et-Garonne. The Bordeaux vineyards are within easy reach – the UNESCO World Heritage St-Emilion wine area is less than an hour away. The Périgord truffle region is also close by with the beautiful city of Bordeaux, the ‘pearl of Aquitaine’ just an hour away .

Although perhaps less pretty than the Dordogne, the Lot-et-Garonne has a particular charm of its own. One of the smallest départements in France, it nevertheless has plenty of interesting places to visit, including the most bastide towns, scattered throughout the very pleasant, mostly agricultural landscape. Monflanquin, Villeréal, and the château at Duras give testimony to battles fought long ago. Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a pleasant riverside bastide town with an attractive old quarter, and nearby 13th-century Penne d’Agenais with narrow alleys winding up to the top of a hill where a more modern basilica perches, Peyragude, a small-scale version of Sacré Coeur. Another fortified village, Vianne, has become a famous centre for fine crystal glassworks, and is known for its vibrant Friday marché nocturne. Agen, on the Garonne, boasts the best art museum in the area with several paintings by Goya. For a hopefully leisurely day’s outing, you can hire a small boat to cruise down the River Baïse, starting at Nérac, Henri IV’s youthful residence, which also has a fine market.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 5 bedroom château (sleeps 10)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Ground floor

  • Entrance with spiral stone staircase linking all three floors
  • Spacious living areas
  • Living room, opens onto garden and pool area
  • Formal dining room, opens onto garden and pool area 
  • Sitting room and study
  • Kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • WC

First floor

  • Double bedroom in turret with en-suite shower room and WC, 
  • Double bedroom (can be made up with twin beds)
  • Double bedroom (small double bed)
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room
  • WC 

Top floor

  • Master bedroom with en-suite shower room with WC, sitting room

General 

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 2 cots (no linen) and highchair
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • iPod docking station
  • Wireless music streaming
  • DVD player and DVDs
  • Heating up to €500 per week
  • Pets are not allowed
  • Private swimming pool 11m x 5m (depth 1m – 2m), security alarm, heated to 27°C free of charge in June, July, August and September (a charge is applicable for other months), open May to end September

Wifi

  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Additional cleaning €15 per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • Cook (on request)
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Getting there

  • Airports
    Bergerac 49km
    Bordeaux 107km
    Brive-la-Gaillarde 168km
  • Ferry ports
    St-Malo 627km
    Caen-Ouistreham 644km
    Le Havre 711km
    Cherbourg 752km
    Calais 922km
  • TGV stations
    Agen 63km
    Libourne 77km
    Bordeaux 95km

Location

  • Lot-et-Garonne region
  • Restaurants (Escassefort) 4min drive
  • Shops (Escassefort) 4min drive
  • Miramont-de-Guyenne 15min drive
  • Eymet 25min drive
  • Bergerac airport 50min drive

Flights

Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Bergerac 49km/45min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City British Airways Sunday All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
Bristol Ryanair Saturday 3 Jun - 30 Sep
East Midlands Ryanair Sunday 26 Mar - 22 Oct
Liverpool Ryanair Saturday All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 29 Apr - 30 Sep
Southhampton Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Exeter Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Manchester Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep
Edinburgh Flybe Saturday 1 Apr - 9 Sep

Bordeaux 107km/1hr 15min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun From 22 Apr (Sat)
All season (Sun)
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
23 Apr - 22 Oct (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Saturday 13 May - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 13 May - 23 Sep
Edinburgh Ryanair Saturday All season
Southampton Flybe Saturday 27 May - 2 Sep
Birmingham Flybe Sat/Sun 26 Mar - 9 Sep

 

Brive-la-Gaillarde 168km/2hr 5min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Stansted Ryanair Saturday All season

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From the Dordogne’s forest-covered hillsides to the undulating countryside of Lot-et-Garonne, these fertile landscapes have long played their part in human history – the famous Lascaux cave paintings testify to that. For a taste of spectacular coastline on your holiday, head to Charente-Maritime or find a lakeside beach that’s perfect for a picnic – this region is known for its abundant food and excellent wines. Choose a restaurant in an ancient village square and enjoy the sense of history repeated.

And for a place to stay in Dordogne and the South West, explore our collection of luxury villas.

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