Telegraph Travel's France expert Nicola Williams. France summer holidays guide: self-catering and villas.
Staying in a château is the only proper way of enjoying your self-catering holiday in style, and the Dordogne has more than its fair share of family-sized versions. The only question is, how do you find the best?
Most of the self-catering specialists for France have a selection of Dordogne properties, but for cherry-picked château rentals I adore the selection offered by Pure France. Based in the south of France, its portfolio packs a real Gallic art-de-vivre punch: a 13th-century castle in Bergerac; a country manor near Brantôme; a castle dating back to 1741 with abundant fruit and vegetables in its gardens for guests' use. Properties sleep 10 to 20, each has a pool, and maid service is occasionally available.
The Château Périgord, in the Dordogne, is a beautiful 18th century château that sleeps 14.
Pure France (0203 514 2359, 00 33 468 244 894; purefrance.com). 2013 prices start at £2,500.
Written by Nicola Williams, Travel writer at the Daily Telegraph.