Vacation rental château in Dordogne

Annesse-et-Beaulieu

Annesse-et-Beaulieu, Dordogne, Aquitaine

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Sleeps12

Bedrooms6

Bathrooms6

Château Beaulieu

Introduction

This magnificent château with a living area of 900 m² (8,100 ft²) dates back to 1550. The current owners have painstakingly restored the property to its former glory and created a simply outstanding family home with 6 bedrooms and 6 ensuite bathrooms.

Original features throughout; mosaic and wooden floors, oak panels, beamed ceilings and superbly spacious bedrooms. Two separate living rooms and fully equipped kitchen. Games room with pool table. Table tennis and TV.
Internet access.

The exterior has a wealth of wild vegetation and formal gardens that stretch over an area of 40 acres. Lawns, grassed areas and woodlands are perfect for children's games or walking or jogging.

Private pool 12m x 5m with sun deck and lovely dining terrace.

10 km from Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne, which constitutes an ideal starting point for the discovery of some of the most beautiful towns of France.

Twice weekly maid service included in the price.

The owners live within the grounds and are happy to offer full catering, babysitting and full maid service. Please ask for rates.

Details

Large entrance hall.

Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, American-style fridge freezer, microwave, gas range hob and electric oven.
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Door to rear dining terrace and pool area.

Separate WC and hand basin.

Large dining room with Renaissance fireplace and oak panels. Beamed ceiling. Dining table and chairs.

Main living room with fireplace, beamed ceilings, sofas.

Second living room with TV, DVD and CD player.
Internet access.

Bedroom 1 'Maleville suite'; (30 m²) double with ensuite WC, shower hydro-massage and hand basin.

Stairs to 1st floor;

Games room with pool table.

Bedroom 2 'Baronne suite'; (20 m²) Queen-size double with ensuite WC, shower hydro-massage and hand basin.

Bedroom 3 'Comtesse suite'; (30 m²) two queen-size double beds with WC, jacuzzi bath / shower and hand basin.

Bedroom 4 'Camille suite'; (50 m²), king-size double with WC, shower and hand basin.

Bedroom 5 'Oriental suite'; (80 m²) 1 king-size double with ensuite WC, jacuzzi bath / shower and hand basin.

Third floor;

Bedroom 6 'Marquis suite'; (80 m²) king-size double with WC, jacuzzi bath / shower and hand basin.

EXTERIOR;

40 acres of grounds including lawn, large grassed areas and woodland with jogging and walking paths.

Private swimming pool 12m x 5m with sun-deck. Sun-loungers.

Shaded dining area with dining table and chairs and BBQ.

Private drive with automatic gates.

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Prices

From To Weekly rental rates Euros Sterling * US Dollars *
10/09/2016 22/10/2016 late September & October € 2,950 £ 2,523 $ 3,292
17/12/2016 07/01/2017 Christmas & New Year € 4,950 £ 4,233 $ 5,525
01/04/2017 01/07/2017 April, May & June € 2,950 £ 2,523 $ 3,292
01/07/2017 02/09/2017 July & August € 4,950 £ 4,233 $ 5,525
02/09/2017 09/09/2017 early September € 3,950 £ 3,378 $ 4,409
09/09/2017 28/10/2017 late September & October € 2,950 £ 2,523 $ 3,292
16/12/2017 06/01/2018 Christmas & New Year € 4,950 £ 4,233 $ 5,525
Refundable Security Bond € 850
  • * Sterling & US Dollar rates are provided only as a guide. Rentals are payable in Euros.
  • Prices are for the rental of the entire property above, per week.
  • Bookings run from Saturday 4:00pm to Saturday 10:00am.
  • Neither Pure France nor the property owner are liable for any loss or interruption of internet service.
  • No smoking in the property.
  • Bookings include electricity, water, linen and towels.
  • Maid service twice a week.

Location

The château is situated in rolling countryside in the small commune of 'Annesse et Beaulieu' just outside the villages of Siorac and Gravelle, 15 minutes from Périgueux.

Basic amenities in Gravelle, 1 minute drive. All shops, hypermarkets, café bar restaurants etc in beautiful Périgueux.

2 tennis courts 1 minute away.
Canoeing and Kayaking locally along the rivers Isle and Dordogne.
18 hole golf course 5 minutes away.
Wine tasting in the world famous vineyards of Monbazillac, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Saint-Émilion and Lalande-Pomerol.
Walking, jogging in our 40+ acres of forest, prairies and gardens.

- Périgueux: The capital of the Dordogne and one of the largest Medieval-Renaissance towns in France. You can visit the ancient walled town of Vesunna, a Roman site which dates back over 2000 years.

The cathedral of Saint-Front is the largest church in the South West and one of the stops on the pilgrimage route to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (in town the route is marked by golden clam shells and is also the same route that runs in front of Château de Siorac).

There are plenty of shops and restaurants, 4 museums (Le Musee du Périgord at Allee Tourny, Le Mussee Gallo-romaine, Le Musee Militaire, Le Musee Atelier du Trompe l'Oeil) also theatre, cinema, market, shops, boat trips, etc...

- Brantôme: A beautiful picturesque small town on an island, known as the Venice of the Dordogne. The Carolingian abbey has the oldest bell tower in France. You can sign up for canoe or boat rides. There are plenty of shops and restaurants.

- Bergerac: Founded on the banks of the Dordogne, has preserved the evidence of the XIV century when its role as supplier of wine to the English kingdom established its importance and wealth.

Some hardly-altered Medieval houses can be seen in the centre. With over 100 vineyards open to the public you will have much to choose from for those wine tasting tours. For white sweet wines visit Monbazillac.

- Sarlat-la-Canéda: A Medieval town where one can feel transported back in time. Its the home town of the 'Festival des Jeux du Theatre' and of the film festival 'Cinephile'. It gathers all types of artists, musicians, sculptures, painters, etc... The Sarlat-la-Canéda market is well known in the region. Three stars in Michelin Guide.

- Domme: A fortress founded in 1281 by the French king Philippe III as a front against the English. At the bastide you can see the graffiti left on the walls by prisoners during the English war.

- Rocamadour: A breathtaking site cascading down the side of a mountain. It paid homage to the pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. Absolutely a must visit!

- Monpazier: The bastide founded in 1284 by Edward I of England. A bastide was a new town built in the Middle Ages on the initiative of a lord for economic reasons in colonizing and exploiting an area, and for military purposes in setting up garrisons guaranteeing security at the borders of their possession. In the second half of the XIII century, the kings of England (then masters of Aquitaine, and of France), built several of these in the Dordogne.

- Limeuil: A truly beautiful Medieval village situated at the crossing point between the rivers Dordogne and Vézère. There are wonderful views from the top of the mountain.

- Les Eyzies: world capital of Prehistoric finds, has plenty of museums, caves, and interesting places to visit.

- Saint-Émilion: Its a very important wine town, and is blessed with impressive Medieval architecture, including an entire church carved out inside a hill. A walk up to the tower is well worth the effort for beautiful panoramic pictures of the surrounding vineyards that go on as far as your eye can see. Explore the many vineyards open for wine-tasting; also many of the stores in Saint-Émilion will ship the wine to your home address.

Châteaux to visit:

- Château Castelnaude-la-Chapelle, near Domme. Feudal castle, war museum of the Middle Ages, sometimes offers evening Medieval reanimations.

- Château de Marqueyssac, its gardens offer pleasant shaded walks through a maze of 150,000 hand-pruned boxwoods.

- Château de Beynac, Sits on top of a mountain with breathtaking views. It was one of three in the immediate area dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. It was controlled by the French for part of the time while the other two châteaux (Castlenaud and Jardins de Marqueyssac) belonged to the English. Beynac was captured by Richard the Lionhearted in 1189, but it returned to French control in 1199. It was recaptured by the English in 1360 and remained in their hands until the end of the Hundred Years' War.

- Château de Chabanas, next to Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère. Situated at the highest point of the 'Côte de Jord', occupies a spectacular position overlooking a valley first lived by Neanderthal man. Its a good example of the Renaissance period.

- Château de Losse, overlooks the Vézère, a Medieval stronghold with its elegant Renaissance hall, architecture, decor and period furniture.

- Château de Fenelon, situated in the valley of the Dordogne between Sarlat-la-Canéda and Souillac.

- Château Biron, South East of Bergerac on D 660 or 8 km South of Monpazier. Former barony of the Périgord, property of the Gontaut Biron during eight centuries.

- Château de Bourdeilles close to Brantôme its two châteaux of different periods built on a fortified bank, a Medieval fortress and a Renaissance palace.

- Château de Puyguilhem is situated North of Brantôme. Its an early Renaissance castle under Val de Loire style.

- Le Château de Bonaguil is a Medieval fortress, an example of late XV century military architecture.

- Château Hautefort, East of Périgueux. Ancient strong fortress rebuilt in the XVII century.


CAVES / PREHISTORIC SITES:

- Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil: The 35,000-year old Cro-Magnon site gave its name to the race Homo sapiens, and has been viewed as the cradle of humanity.

- La Grotte du Grand Roc: located West of Les Eyzies is a truly natural masterpiece.

- Pataud: Prehistoric site where Cro-Magnon men settled many times between -35,000 to -20,000 years ago.

- Village Troglodytique de la Madeleine: Cro-Magnon men settled here over 15,000 years ago.

- Lascaux II: the most famous Paleolithic sanctuary in the world.

- Le Thot: Animal Park with fauna prevailing in the Cro-Magnon period. A museum providing a broad view of prehistoric art.

- Gouffre de Proumeyssac: baptized the 'Crystal Cathedral', its the largest developed abyss in Périgord.

- Grotte de Villars: The grotte is the largest underground network in Périgord with more than 13 km explored. The underground river has hollowed out huge chambers, connected to each other by galleries. Rainwater percolation created beautiful natural scenery.

- La Roque Saint-Christophe is a cliff refuge built by the People of the Cliffs thousands of years ago.

- Grottes du Roc de Cazelle: Special for children : workshop : demonstration of flint cutting, engraving, music, fire and excavation.


GARDENS:

- Jardins du Manoir d'Eyrignac: The gardens are of outstanding beauty and unique in the originality of their design.

- Jardins de l'Imaginaire: Overlooking the Valley of Vézère, covering more than 6 ha of terraced gardens.

- Jardins de Marqueyssac: Sits at 130 meters above the river Dordogne, it offers one of the most beautiful panoramas of Périgord.


HISTORY OF THE CHÂTEAU:

Between the towns of 'La Roche' and 'Gravelle' lies the village of Siorac. The château sits on a hill next to a beautiful park from whose terrace one can oversee the village of Siorac, the river Isle and the foliage of Antoniac. The village of Siorac was owned by the château, hence the similar building construction. The farmers where given dwelling and food in exchange for their labour.

The château was built in 1550 above an existing cellar from the XV century. The addition of the third floor took place in 1857, to be used as accommodation for the employees of the property.

The château had a chapel named Sainte-Anne which stood across the road (now only a cross remains), the family held baptisms, marriages and funerals there. The road that runs in the front is the pilgrimage route of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.

Joseph Louis Camille de Beaupoil 'Marquis de Saint-Aulaire' was born in Paris in 1810 son of Louis-Clair de Beaupoil, Comte de Saint-Aulaire and of Charlotte du Roure de Beaumont-Brisson. He married Alphonsine d'Estourmel in 1840, with whom he had five children (one of which was the painter Lucien de Maleville). Upon completion of his studies the young marquis becomes secretary of the embassy in Austria. In 1860, the marquis gives-up his diplomatic activities to concentrate on the renovation of the 'Château de Siorac'. He then publishes many historic pieces such as: Les Valois - Les Guise - Henri IV… he is also one of the founders of the Historic and Archeological Society of Périgord. The marquis died at the age of 86 in 1896. His daughter Marthe who married Ernest 'Marquis de Maleville' in 1870, inherited the château.

Reviews

« A magical stay in a château deep in France was very affordable at the château which dates to 1550. Luxurious suites and modern bathrooms gracefully installed in the turrets make for a fanciful and exotic stop. »  Article Featured in the Los Angeles Times

« We enjoyed the stay last week and your château was wonderful. The service and everything was great, we highly recommend this place. Families or friends get together where you can relax and just have time for each other. Great place. We will be back! »  Regards Ewa and George

« Our family recently shared an incredible week at your château. Our ages ranged from 2 to 59, including a few teenagers. Without exception, everyone loved the château. Whether our activities involved just hanging out together, enjoying the château and eating Jose's amazing and abundant dinners, or going our separate ways to explore the surrounding area, there was something for everyone. Thank you, Jose and Diana, for an unforgettable vacation! »  Sincerely Gayle Weinberg - Montana, U.S.A

« Jose and Diana - We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay in your exquisite château. The restorations are world class - and the accommodations were refined and elegant. Our large family had entrusted me with all of the planning for our trip abroad and I was relieved when the gates opened upon our arrival at the château, and I heard a collective 'awww...' and witnessed 11 dropped jaws... Your hospitality and generosity will not be forgotten. We will return in the very near future and definitely extend our stay next time around - if not to absorb more of the charming Dordogne, then to soak up more of the ambiance you've created at the château. »  Thanks again Seth - Texas, USA

« Hi Jose and Diana. Just wanted to say thanks again for the great time we had. You've done a great job with the château. We enjoyed meeting you in person (after receiving your many helpful emails in the months leading up to our visit), and had a great time touring, eating and drinking in the Dordogne. We look forward to visiting again in the not too distant future. »  Regards Bruce and Deb

« Jose and Diana. Many thanks for your warm hospitality during our stay at your beautiful château. Meeting you and Diana and our stay at the château was the highlight of our trip. The work you have done in restoring the château is incredible and I have to say, I truly loved the Perigord region. Highlights of our trip include: a) the long walks and runs through your property and the many, many trails (next time I am definitely doing some mountain biking); b) marveling at your beautiful horses; c) your hospitality and cooking (I can still taste the incredible duck confit and scallops); enjoying the ice cold Kronenberg by the pool; and d) our trips to Sarlat, Domme, Beynac, Monbazillac and Brantome, etc. (as well as your restaurant recommendations in Brantome and Périgueux which were perfect!) Thanks again. We look forward to the many stories we will hear from all our friends we recommend to make the journey to the château. »  Sean and Lopa

« Hi Diana and Jose. We wanted to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to you for such a fabulous stay in your château and in your company. The château is breathtaking, the restorations you have carried out are amazing, you have sympathetically recreated the masterpiece it originally was, yet still managed to bring brought it into the 21st century with the luxury touches of the ensuite bathrooms and the soft furnishings. Having had a full guided tour of the château I don't think I could actually choose a favourite room, as they were all exquisite. India has enjoyed telling her friends that she stayed in a 'real Castle'. We've got to say though, that the most impressive part of our stay was your superb hospitality, not to mention the delicious cuisine. »  Claire and Allan - Newcastle, England

« In the heart of the Dordogne, just 10 minutes from the beautiful cathedral city of Perigueux is the stunning château. A 16th century château, lovingly restored by owners Jose and Diana Serrano, there are just 6 rooms on offer, most set out as suites and all offering luxury bathrooms with Jacuzzi. The venue - set in its own 40 acre grounds - is perfect for romantic retreats, but could also the ideal base for a company looking for a senior Executive's retreat. Food - breakfast and evening meals - are first-rate, in terms of both quality and quantity, and the owners are on hand to deliver exceptional customer service. »  Issue 11 Live Marketing News

« Communication links are excellent; the airport at Bergerac is just 30 minutes away has daily flights from the UK with various low-cost airlines. »  Richard and Tracy John - UK

« We've just arrived back from the château - it was fantastic! Jose and Diana were fabulous hosts, it was perfect for the kids and the food was spot on! We are all discussing our next visit. Thanks. »  Kirsten and Al - UK

« Hi Jose and Diana, I wanted to be sure and send you both a heart felt thank you from me, my family and my friends. You helped to make our already fabulous vacation even more wonderful every day that we were at the château. We are all home safely now and we have such incredible memories of France thanks in part to you both. I want to personally thank you, Jose, for the time and attention you gave to Lily with the horses and to Alex with the internet. I really appreciate all the time you spent on those things! We are all telling the great ghost stories of the château and are passing along information about our stay. We all would like to return, you may not have seen the last of us! »  Jennifer et Al - California

« Hola Don Jose y Doña Diana, Como se encuentran? bueno nosotros aca, mas bien yo en Italia y Max en Irlanda extrañando el buen clima, la buena compañia y la buena comida! De nuevo MIL GRACIAS por su caluroso y cordial atencion, estas pasan a ser nuestras vacaciones preferidas... »  Lucia y Max - Argentina

« Hi, just writing to say what a brilliant time we had in your château last week. Thank you for being excellent hosts and preparing such lovely meals for us. None of us wanted to leave, as you could probably tell, and we will always have fond memories of our holiday - maybe we'll visit again sometime. »  Diane and Steve - UK

« The château is well appointed with very large bedrooms and attractive bathrooms (all ensuite). Reference an earlier review regarding road noise, unless you live in the Outer Hebrides, the road, located below the château, is not noisy and creates no problem for sleeping. The highlight of our stay were the dinners provided by Jose/Diana (Owners). At 45 Euros per head including wine for 5 courses, they were great value for money. The château is well positioned for visiting all Perigord (10 mins. to Perigueux). I would recommend the château to anybody seeking the best of France. »  Jeff Higgs - Warwickshire, UK

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