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Chateau | 17 bedrooms | sleeps 34

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Chateau de Rayze lies in Southern France, in the Dordogne, near Sarlat. Set in 20 acres of arcadian grounds, it has two swimming pools, a steam room, a trampoline, a snooker table, deer, goats and donkeys! Three luxurious and elegant properties with seven, eight and two bedrooms are available for exclusive hire together for groups of up to 34.

Although mostly built in the seventeenth century, the Chateau de Rayze dates back to the twelfth century. The castle’s tower was laid in 1155 for a family that had become allies of the French Aquitaine duchy who were unpatriotically siding with Eleanor and her English husband, Richard the Lionheart, against the French king, Louis VII. The main body of the Chateau de Rayze was built at the end of the religious wars, in about 1690.

Size Sleeps up to 34, 17 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 60 km, Nearest railway: Souillac 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 17 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 15 En suites
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (14), Cots (1), Dining seats for 24
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The Chateau de Rayze estate comprises of seventeen double or twin bedrooms in three separate but proximate properties. The chateau (with the pigeonnier) can be rented on its own or in conjunction with la maison du parc for groups of up to 34. Each property has its own private garden and swimming pool.

Fifteen have en-suite bathrooms. Four rooms have four-poster beds. All properties have their own washing machine, living room, and fully-equipped kitchen. The chateau has internet access and the Maison du Parc has a fax.

Chateau: Seven beautiful en-suite bedrooms (six double and one twin) with a magnificent kitchen, living room, study, and all modern facilities. Private swimming pool, and gas central heating.

Pigeonnier: The Pigeonnier is part of the château, though quite private and independent. It has a living room that opens into a fitted kitchen equipped with everything needed including a washing machine, dryer and microwave. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one double with a cot, the other a twin, and a pretty bathroom with a separate WC. In the attic there is a room suitable for perhaps a teenager who likes to be private. The Pigeonnier also has central heating for those who prefer the quiet cosiness of the Dordogne during the winter months. Outside is a garden shaded by two large chestnut trees near to the swimming pool (secure for the safety of young children) and equipped with garden furniture.

La Maison du Parc: Kitchen – fully-fitted and equipped with everything necessary to test your culinary skills. Reception/Conference room - a large room that opens on to the terrace. Six double bedrooms - four are en-suite and have direct access to a private garden. Two twin bedrooms and two additional bathrooms.

Further details outdoors

The Chateau de Rayze looms atop one of the hills that circle the Dordogne. At every extremity of the estate ancient walks and cycling paths file to the distance. There are twenty acres of undulating grounds with two swimming pools, two kitchen gardens, an orchard, pear, fig and cherry trees, a trampoline, centennial trees, acres of wilderness and forestry, and the Big Field where the donkeys, our goat, and the chateau deer all congregate to greet the passerby. Settle down, read a book, and explore the grounds.

Further details


The Dordogne region

- NEARBY: The chateau is surrounded by wooded hills and hidden valleys; vineyards, walnut groves and orchards; fields of maize and sunflowers and farms producing foie gras; towering châteaux and ancient villages and towns - a landscape steeped in history. There is a quality of life here: old values still exist together with the benefits of modern living and the people are open and welcoming. Almost everywhere you go are restaurants ranging from family run country ones to gastronomic - all at reasonable prices.

Top Ten things to Make Your Day in Dordogne:

1. Rent a canoe on the river Dordogne.

2. Visit the caves at La Cave. Lascaux or Domme. The Grotte de Lascaux near Montignac contains 17,000 year-old Cro-Magnon animal paintings.

3. Take a walk through the grounds and meet the donkeys and deer. Go horseriding, cycling, walking, climbing or caving - or play golf. Take a bounce on our trampoline!

4. Take a nearby train to Limoges, Brive, Cahors, Toulouse or even Paris.

5. Take a drive to Sarlat, La Roque Gageac - often voted France’s prettiest village, cliff-built Rocamadour or Martel.

6. Visit Cordes, the pearl of the bastides.

7. Visit a vineyard in Bordeaux.

8. Relax at one of the swimming pools. Have a barbecue.

9. Visit the gardens of le Manoir D’Eyrignac.

10. Eat riverside at Brantome.


- Cazoules: Only 300m away, Cazoules has a sleepy, bar restaurant and a renowned boulangerie.

- Souillac: A five minute drive away, Souillac has lots of charming shops, an enclave of old streets, the byzantine-domed abbey church of Ste Marie with exquisite carvings, and a remarkable museum containing a large collection of automated dolls! It hums to an International Jazz Festival in mid-July.

- Sarlat: Sarlat's Saturday morning market is famous, full of chatter and colour, the stalls spreading into the narrow streets around the market square. The town is famed for its medieval, Gothic, and 17th century architecture and is a pleasant place to wander through, particularly in the early and later part of the year when it is quiet. The square in front of the Cathedral is a good spot to stop and sit on a cafe terrace and watch the world go by, and there are several restaurants to choose from. It also has an active and varied program of musical and theatrical events through the summer months.

- Beynac: If you take the riverside road towards Beynac (20 minutes) you will see a remarkable feudal castle crowning the cliff ahead of you. The village below was originally troglodyte, built on shelves in the cliff and finishing in a group of humble houses around the skirts of the castle. There can be few places left, which still creates a feeling of stepping into a medieval past.

- Bergerac: An hour's drive will bring you to Bergerac and the vineyards that surround it. Apart from the Bergerac wines, Pécharmant just to the north of the town is a tiny area that makes an excellent red wine and, to the south, Monbazillac produces a sweet white wine that is good with foie gras and pastries, or just by itself.

- Domme: Perched high above the Dordogne Valley is Domme, a 13th century bastide village. Honey coloured houses lead to the market place, and a terrace overlooks the Dordogne river far below. Look to the horizon over waves of hills receding into the Auvergne, as well as the famous caves of Lascaux and Eyzies and their extraordinary prehistoric cave paintings.

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  • 6 Years listed

Calendar last updated:28 Jan 2015

Based in United Kingdom

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