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Spacious Old Wine Chateau Full Of French Heritage With Pool, Gardens And Views,

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Spacious Old Wine Chateau in Carsac de Gurson, Dordogne, France - Close To Historic St Emilion, Bordeaux, Perigueux, Swimming Lakes, Cycling, Wine Tasting

Chateau de Carsac is an old wine chateau set in the heart of historic Dordogne amongst rolling hills, vineyards and fortified towns. Lovingly restored to a very high standard it offers spacious internal accommodation opening out onto sheltered and sunny terraces, 6 acres of gardens and fields. The main terrace has a 9m heated pool with a loggia where you can watch the kids swim while enjoying a lazy lunch. There is also a lovely swimming lake with a sandy beach with a cafe and a bar a mile away in the valley and just beyond is the old fortified town of Villefranche de Lonchat with restaurants, bars and shops.

Ideal for families and fully equipped for babies and children with cots, high chairs and loads of toys. Outside there are safe gated terraces, more toys, paddling pools and an alarmed pool.

Perfect for groups who want to relax, try wine tasting (we are close to St Emilion - one of the oldest wine centres of the world), sample local markets and cuisine, visit beautiful chateau and gardens. With Bordeaux and the coast to the west and Perigueux and the historic Dordogne to the east this is an ideal location for fun packed holidays. We can arrange excursions and tours in our new VW minibus or perhaps return to lovely meals cooked to perfection on the terrace.

The chateau combines traditional French architecture with the latest facilities including wifi internet, hi definition TV, hi fi, a well equipped kitchen, everything you need for a memorable holiday. We are proud of our carbon neutral green credentials with ground sourced heating and energy saving throughout. We can also pick you up from station or airport and have lots of bicycles for car free holidays.

More Details
  • Sleeps 16
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Retired doctor, francophile and lover of french cuisine and wine. Lives close by in the village and available to help make your holiday the best ever.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Thank you for your lovely chateau. On arrival there were gasps of delight from all of us… A splendid holiday” Rob and Di

"We have had the most lovely stay” Victoria Sanders

"One of the best holidays ever” Daisy and Alice

"Perfectly stocked house for children – home from home, couldn’t be better, wonderful support, welcome and place” Katy Peters

"We have all immensely enjoyed staying in your wonderful chateau. It’s perfectly set up for a wonderful holiday” Christof and Katy

“Amazing time, gorgeous chateau in a wonderful setting” Katrina and Simon

“Thanks for an amazing holiday in a beautiful chateau… one to remember” Matt and Leanne

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Chateau Carsac, spacious and thoughtfully renovated, impressive rooms, home from home” Steve and Alma



These are from our 2012 guestbook... please ask if you would like to read all the comments in full
Feb 2011
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3 Reviews

5
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

5

Great family property with superb pool

  • 5 of 5

We enjoy a lovely week with our family, great pool and family home. The chateau was in top condition, and a great location for a relaxing break. We would highly recommend, and love to visit again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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So good we came back.....twice

  • 5 of 5

We love Chateau Carsac. We haven't returned to holiday destinations before, though we've had some lovely holidays, but in this case we have been 3 times. The Chateau is beautifully renovated with everything you could need, (we are a family of 5 so the pool is an essential). It's close enough to a number of great places to visit, including a swimming lake with activities like canoeing and the excellent town of St Emilion. Phil and Lucy are superb hosts and they treat us like friends not customers. There's lots more that I could write, but that might spoil the experience of discovering it all! It's a very good example of 'you get what you pay for'.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A week of Bliss

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing and memorable week in Carsac. The Chateau is stunning and was well stocked with everything one would need to cater for a young family. The pool was a perfect size, was well maintained and had a safety alarm/gate system. Phil, the owner, is very helpful and sorts any requests out quickly. He hires bikes out at a very reasonable rate which is great as the surrounding area is beautiful and ideal to explore on a bike. St-Emilion is around 30 minutes drive away and is a lovely place to visit/eat out at. I would heartily recommend this rental for a young family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind comments Joe, we love to have families with young children to stay and try hard to make it a both a special holiday for parents and fun place for kids so its good to know it all worked out so well for you.
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Location

From the Owner

The chateaux was a case of love at first sight, sitting on the edge of a village by a beautiful old church surrounded by its own gardens, barns and fields. I remember standing in the loft looking 6 metres up to the old roof beams with a sense of awe.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bergerac at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Local village bakers, bar, post office and shops at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Libourne (TGV), nearby local station as well at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A89 at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Local village, many more within short drive at 2 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The Chateau is about 25 minutes from St Emilion, perhaps the heart of the worlds wine trade where wine tasting courses and chateaux tours are organised by the tourist office. Come at the end of September and help with the vendage. We also keep a small cellar and can organise wine tasting parties.

Food lovers will enjoy plenty of local food markets full of fresh local produce and the chateau has a well equipped kitchen to cook your finds. The owner lives locally and is allways happy to join in with some local recipe ideas!

There are a number of cycles available and endless leafy lanes and villages to cycle through. The chateau is also amidst a network of waymarked footpaths which normally avoid the roads.

For explorers we are at the centre of historic Dordogne. The hundred years war was finally ended at nearby Castillon, the ruins of Edward first's ancient fort are a mile away. Lovely chateaux, gardens, fortified towns and endless flea markets are all within easy reach.

Coast/Beach:

There is a large swimming lake with sandy beach, cafes and bars about a mile away. For the more adventurous the Atlantic coast with a 150 miles of sandy beach for swimming, sailing and surfing is about 90 minutes drive. There are a number of charming ports and resorts for bars, cafes, restaurants and of course the seaside!

Travel:

The nearest airport is Bergerac (45 minutes by car) and Bordeaux (60 minutes). The TGV stops at Libourne (20 minutes) and we are 10 minutes from the autoroute at Montpon. We are about 6 hours drive from St Malo ferry and 9 hours from Calais. A car is recommended (there is so much to see) but car free holidays are available, we have a 7 seat minibus to pick you up from a station or airport, can arrange excursions and tours and cycles are available for regular trips to markets and shops.

Distances:

A small baker, shop and bar is about a kilometre away by road or by foot along a path away from the road through the vineyards. A larger selection of shops and a restaurant can be found 2 miles away. Nearest main town with shops, supermarkets and food markets is about 10 minutes drive. The nearest place of interest is 10 metres away, a lovely 12th century church adjacent to the property. St Emilion is 30 minutes, Bordeaux and Perigueux are an hour away by car.

Further Details:

This is an eco-friendly chateau renovated using traditional building techniques; lime for building and local recycled oak for windows and doors. The thick stone walls act as a natural heat accumulator topped up by a heat pump which moves heat from the field in front of the chateau to the house with impressive efficiency. The same system can be used to heat the pool in spring and autumn or to cool the house in summer if required. Only 4% of our energy use is based on fossil fuels and to help you offset the carbon you use to get here we will plant a tree, one for each visitor.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Easter
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,250
for 7 nights
£3,250
 
 
Mayday
22 Apr 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Early Spring
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
Whitsun
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
Spring
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
High
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,250
for 7 nights
£3,250
 
 
Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 7 nights
£2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
14 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 14 nights
£1,200
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Pet Fee £25

Bookings:
Bookings may be made by email or telephone and a 25% deposit is payable to secure your reservation. The balance is payable 8 weeks before arrival together with the security deposit; this will be reurned within a week of departure. We are happy to send a copy of our brochure (with links to a lots of photos) or a copy of the rental contract prior to booking if required.

Changeover Day:
Prices are normally for weeks from Saturday to Saturday but other periods can be accommodated out of high season so please contact us for prices. Check in is from 5pm on the day of arrival and by 10am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are comprehensive of everything you should normally require. Crisp linen and fluffy towels are included along with pool towels and normal cleaning upon your departure.

There is a £200 discount for small groups of 6 or less and a £200 supplement for groups of more than 12 though this may be waived for small children. The chateau may also be booked between any 2 dates low season and mid season. We require a non-refundable deposit of 25%, the balance (75%) is paid 8 weeks before your holiday together with a security deposit of £500 which will be refunded immediately after your stay.

Please enquire if you wish to bring pets, there will be a small additional cleaning charge of £25 per pet per stay. Pool heating (to 28 deg C) is available if needed and a small daily charge of £8 is made for this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

All the charm of the Dordogne but easy to reach and close to a million things to do. I just love being at the heart of the French countryside.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 300 m²

Bathrooms

  • Church ensuite - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Tower ensuite - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Large wet room style bathroom with walk in shower
  • Main bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Double sized bath with shower - great for kids!
  • Downstairs Toilet - Toilet
  • The two largest bedrooms are ensuite, one with separate bath, walk in shower, bidet, sink, wc, the other with bath/shower sink and wc. The remaining rooms share a bathroom with a very large bath, shower, bidet, sink and wc. Separate wc downstairs.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Tower - 1 Large Double Bed, Large ensuite bedroom with room for 1 or 2 Z beds or cots
  • Church - 1 Large Double Bed, Large ensuite bedroom with room for 1 or 2 Z beds or cots
  • Garden - 1 Large Double Bed, Large bedroom with room for 1 Z bed or cot.
  • Valley - 1 Double Bed, Double room with space for a Z bed or cot
  • Village - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Triple room with a double and a single bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 12 adults or up to 16 inc smaller children Notes on bedrooms: 2 large ensuite double bedrooms with space for 1 or 2 folding beds or cots. 2 double bedrooms with a connecting door and both with space for 1 extra bed or cot. 1 triple bedroom with a double and a single bed. These last 3 rooms all share a large bathroom. Music room with double sofa bed and space for 1 or 2 extra beds/cots.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • 7 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is contained on the ground and first floors. Downstairs is open and safe for children, the main terrace is gated and stair gates can be fitted on request. The second floor attic provides a further large and partly refurbished space complete with sofas, bean bags and computer for older children to hang-out (please note not really suitable for small children). Outside the main terrace descends to the pool terrace and loggia. Outside: The main terrace is partly shaded and has a table for 12 with further smaller tables that can be added on if required. Through a gate and down 3 steps to the pool terrace with a heated 9 x 5m pool. This has a small paddling area and very wide shallow steps. By the pool is a covered loggia with an outside kitchen, barbecue and a table for 10. Plenty of sun loungers, side tables, inflatable toys, children's tables and chairs are provided. The pool terrace is sunny, sheltered and has unobstructed views of the garden, the valley and the ruined chateau beyond. Plenty of garden games are available including croquet, badminton, boules and children's toys. Utility Room: Small utility area with iron and ironing board, washing baskets, cleaning materials and so on Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh linen and towels including pool towels are provided on arrival. Further cleaning and laundry available for a small supplementary charge. Welcome pack of food and wine provided to get you through your first night. Other: Lovely old dining room full of charm with a stone fireplace and a ceiling of oak beams and chestnut boards. Dining table seats up to 12 but can be extended with one of the outside tables.

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