House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This fantastic holiday home sleeps up to 8 people and is situated in the south-west of France, right in the heart of the Dordogne and within the famous 'vallée des cinq châteaux' ('valley of the five castles').

The house enjoys beautiful views of the surrounding valley, the river, lush greenery and the golden castle of Castelnaud.

The House has many features including 3 double bedrooms and 1 twin room, a spacious living room (HiFi, TV - DVD only at the moment, is included) with prime view of the castle, dining room, a large modern extremely well equipped kitchen, balcony, garden, driveway and own private outdoor swimming pool – perfect for a holiday in the Dordogne. It is located on the side of the hill of Castelnaud with the petite village within walking distance below, offering amenities such as a bakery/patisserie, butcher, general store/newsagent, post office/cash machine, café bar and riverside restaurant as well as access to the river where you can picnic, swim or hire canoes. A 2-minute walk up to the top of the hill takes you to the castle entrance, a few snack bars and restaurants, an ice cream hut and offers you the chance to look out across the Dordogne valley.

Stand-up power fans and a portable air conditioning unit are available to keep you nice and cool at night.

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is in the Top 10 bucket list as one of the Dordogne's most beautiful villages, according to Complete France magazine... "With panoramic views across Dordogne, the Céoy river and beyond, this sky-high village is a must-visit on any trip to Périgord. Take a stroll on the hilly streets that wind through the depths of the village, or simply admire the perigordine style houses that adorn Castelnaud. Just remember to take your camera, as you’ll want to remember these scenes for many years to come."

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 shower room and 1 toilet only
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bergerac 72 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (3), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users

The Dordogne region

Castelnaud la Chapelle (or simply Castelnaud) is situated in the Dordogne valley, in the region known as the Périgord Noir (part of Aquitaine), south-west France. It is an area that is incredibly beautiful – with its gentle, meandering rivers, lush greenery and golden stone – and is also steeped in a fascinating history that stretches back to prehistoric times.

Regional specialities include duck and goose such as confits de canard and foie gras; truffles, wine and walnuts (used to make all kinds of delights: ‘nothing is lost of the walnut except for the sound of its shell being cracked’).

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud is a petite village within walking distance offering amenities such as a bakery/patisserie, butcher, general store/newsagent, post office/cash machine, café bar and riverside restaurant as well as access to the river where you can picnic, swim or hire canoes. A 2-minute walk up to the top of the hill takes you to the castle entrance, a few snack bars, an ice cream hut and offers you the chance to look out across the Dordogne valley.

Close by there are hot air balloon rides, a supermarket and other shops, golf courses, a trout farm (great for the bbq), pottery shop and the clifftop hanging gardens of Marqueyssac, wine tasting, bicycle hire, various walking and jogging routes and of course grand landscapes and architecture.

The Château de Castelnaud – one of the five castles of the vallée des cinq châteaux – dates back to at least the 13th century. It boasts a long and chequered history, from the early Cathars, the Hundred Years War (when the castle changed hands between French and English forces), through a more stable period of prosperity, to later become abandoned, until its renaissance in the 1960s. Today the picturesquely restored château houses a much-visited museum of medieval warfare, featuring reconstructions of siege engines, mangonneaux and trebuchets. The castle is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Beynac castle and its riverside village, both having featured in the 2000 film Chocolat, is also very close, visible across the river from the battlements of Castelnaud.

Only a short drive away (10 km) is the picturesque medieval town of Sarlat with its restaurants, cafés, cultural events and of course famous markets. With its castles, prehistoric caves and bastide towns, this is an area rich in things to see and do and is the perfect place for friends and families to enjoy a relaxing but stimulating holiday.

Weekly markets (mornings) – Mondays: Les Eyzies (Easter to 1 November); Tuesdays: Cénac, Le Bugue; Wednesdays: Cadouin, Sarlat; Thursdays: Meyrals (during holiday seaon), Domme; Fridays: Le Buisson (July, August), St Cybranet (7 July to 25 August); Saturdays: Sarlat (all day), Belvès; Sundays: St Cyprien, Marquay (2 July to 27 August).