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Chateau Raysse Is An Enchanted Medieval Chateau In France's Famous Dordogne.

Bedrooms 7
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Chateau Raysse in Cazoules, near Souillac, Dordogne, France - Our Gorgeous Hideaway Sits Upon 20 Acres Of Meadows, Centennial Trees And Wilderness.




Chateau Raysse emerges from 20 acres of meadows, centennial trees and wilderness. Shallow sunshine shards dapple secluded spots in the expansive gardens and desultory walks snake through the woods. In our big field, for animal lovers we have several gamboling deer, two bossy donkeys - Vanille and Chocolat, and their companions two fluffy sheep - Esmeralda and Quasimodo.



Perfect for Weddings.

Chateau Raysse is an utterly romantic and tranquil setting for weddings, celebrations and gatherings but we aim to give you great value for such a beautiful backdrop. We can accommodate 35 people maximum but we can hold wedding receptions for a multiple of this.

Wedding Facilities:

Come and visit us in glorious Dordogne and our concierge will show you our facilities, introduce you to caterers or a wedding organiser, a photographer or whatever you wish. We can show you the local medieval chapel and introduce you to a priest or celebrant; as well as demonstrate some of our special Perigueux hospitality. You can design a menu to your specification and requirements with our superb Wedding Planner and Chef. Hairdressing, make up, and childcare (French or Anglophone) can be arranged. On-site religious or non-religious blessings can be organised. There are several magnificent churches nearby.



The Chateau Raysse Estate.

1. Chateau Raysse, The Primary Property.

N.B. Please note that is this is our premium property with mostly king size beds and accommodates 15 people at one time. For this property prices start at €3,600/ week but rise to €7,500 during the peak season. You may view the various price options in the "Prices And Availability" section.

2. The Maison Du Parc.

La Maison Du Parc is a converted annexe sleeping 16. Altogether there are 8 bedrooms. Maximum 16 occupants. It has 5 King-size bedrooms on the ground floor with direct access the terrace garden; 2 of these are four-poster beds. They all have en-suite bath/shower rooms.

3. The Pigeonnier.

Contact us for information on our third smaller property, The Pigeonnier, which can accommodate a 4/5 people max. It can be booked for a smaller group or also become a useful addition if you have a surplus of guests for either of our other 2 properties.

Our 3 rental properties can be booked together or separately, as you wish.



Any further queries, please ask.



History of The Chateau.

The castle’s tower was laid in 1155 for the Raysse family, allies of the French Aquitaine duchy which was un-patriotically siding with Eleanor and her English husband Richard the Lionheart against the French King Louis VII. The body of the Chateau was built at the end of the religious wars (about 1690).



Your Stay At Chateau Raysse.

At Chateau Raysse our friendly and attentive concierge will show you our facilities, on site or off: Introduce you to caterers. We have deals with local suppliers. Ask about our rates for meals and fine dining.

Have a dip in our 2 spacious pools. Check out the local towns & restaurants and the local amenities like kayaking, cycling or golf. For children and adults alike there is the local aquapark, Quercyland or the nearby Forest adventure park like Go Ape, La Forêt des Ecureuils.




2 large swimming pools.

Steam room.

Cycling. (We have bikes!)

Safe big trampoline for children.

Full size Snooker table in The Maison du Parc.

An Utterly excellent bakery less than 5 minutes walk from chateau entrance.

Within easy reach:


Wine tasting.


Canoeing & Kayaking.


Horse riding.

Forest Adventure Park for children.

Quercyland Aquapark




Chateau Raysse is situated in a lush countryside of wooded hills and hidden valleys, vineyards, walnut groves and orchards, fields of maize and sunflowers, farms producing foie gras, towering chateaux and ancient villages and towns, which scatter a landscape steeped in history.

Throughout the whole Dordogne region there is an abundance of beautiful countryside and medieval towns filled with wonderful restaurants ranging from family run country ones through to top gastronomic ones, all at reasonable prices.

In The Vicinity:


Resting close to the River Dordogne and the tiny village of Cazoules, It is idyllic cycling and walking territory along dedicated paths. Our local village has a sleepy bar-restaurant and a superb, renowned boulangerie.


5 minutes by car, Souillac has lots of charming shops dotted around old streets, as well as a couple of large supermarchés on the chateau side of the town. There are dedicated shops specialising in foie gras and fine wines. The byzantine-domed abbey church of Ste Marie has exquisite carvings and a remarkable museum containing a large collection of automated dolls! It holds an International Jazz Festival in mid-July.


Famous for its Saturday morning market which spreads from the central market square into the narrow streets around. At these times Sarlat buzzes with chatter and swirls with colour. The town is famous for its medieval, Gothic and 17th century architecture and is a truly pleasant spot to wander around. But be warned it can become very busy in the summer season with its bustling cafe terraces situated in the pedestrian square by The Old Cathedral de Sarlat, a national monument of France. Some may prefer to take it easy here in the early and later parts of the year when it is more relaxed and quiet. For others an ice cream and cooling drink is best taken when the season is in full flow. There are some excellent restaurants and it also has an active and varied program of musical and theatrical events throughout the summer months.

Lascaux Caves.

The Périgord region in which the Dordogne sits is the birthplace of modern Cro-Magnon (v. Neanderthal) man. For those interested in Anthropology, History or Art History a 45 minute drive can take you near the village of Montignac. There you will discover the ancient Lascaux Caves famous for their Paleolithic cave paintings. Only discovered in 1940 it is thought that these paintings are over 17,000 years old. The images are mainly of large animals, which fossil evidence tells us lived in the area at the time. But other depictions are believed to be prehistoric star charts, correlating with the constellations of Taurus, the Pleiades and the grouping known as the Summer Triangle. In 1979, Lascaux was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list along with other prehistoric sites in the area.



Chateau Raysse is a gorgeous hideaway for Families, Friends, Reunions, Seminars, Weddings or Workgroups.



Planning your Journey.

Getting here is easy as It is close to four international airports and rail.

Airports: Brive-la-Gaillarde, Vallee de la Dordogne aéroport 20 min,

Toulouse 1h 40m,

Bordeaux 2h 30m, Bergerac and Limoges are 1h 20m away (low cost flights from London Stansted).

By Road: Souillac - 3 kms (motorway link from Toulouse and Bordeaux and from Brussels, Paris and the north) Paris - 500 kms, Channel ports 8/9 hours

By Rail: Souillac is five minutes’ drive from the chateau and is right on the Paris-Brive-Cahors-Toulouse line. If you can it’s better to come by rail!



So why not come to Chateau Raysse & dip deeply into The Magnificent Dordogne!

More Details

Marc C
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
31 May, 2017

About Marc C

I am Steve. I grew up in Dublin but I am passionate about France, ever since holidaying there as a boy. In Dublin I studied the Arts, French & Business & I finished my studies in Paris. Together with my brother Mike I run the Chateau. We work hard throughout the year to make the Chateau as welcoming as possible, maintaining the buildings and extensive grounds and forging the relationships with people in the local community who can also provide their time and skills to make the Chateau the best it can possibly be year on year.

I love history, culture and glorious French cooking. I also love keeping active by walking with my loving 10 year old French golden retriever: "Vicomptesse du Chateau de Plaisance" AKA Molly. I swim as well as play ping-pong, tennis and love canoeing in the Dordogne.

Marc C purchased this castle in 2005

Why Marc C chose Perigord Noir

I love France & wanted to build roots there but away from the city, with it’s sapping energies, jostle & din. I live mostly between Dublin & London. I wanted to find someplace historic & grand with clean air & rich countryside; a traditional France. But it needed to be accessible by major airports, no more than 1h30m by road & also to be on France’s extensive rail network. I finished my studies with a diploma in entrepreneurial studies & with that foundation underneath, my brother proposed that the Dordogne would hit all the right notes and he proposed to come on board as a partner. The Dordogne brims over with beautiful countryside & medieval towns & villages to explore with a cornucopia of culinary delights at superb prices. When we discovered “Le Raysse” we had found the perfect match.

What makes this castle unique

Chateau Raysse is simply stunning with its magnificent medieval tower & extensive grounds with 20 acres of meadows, centennial trees & wilderness, offering the chance for walking, cycling, playing & delicious alfresco meals. In the long summer afternoons shallow sunshine shards dapple secluded spots. The grand rooms of the chateau offer a relaxing, rejuvenating sleep. The 2 pools & steam room offer wonderful recreation & the nearby access to the river offers blissful canoeing & fishing opportunities. The local bakery offers delicious bread & pastries. The big snooker/ play/ conference room, large trampoline & the lounge/ library offer excellent recreational opportunities also. Chateau Raysse is a gorgeous hideaway with the chance to explore a plethora of local historic towns and villages.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Cazoulès in Dordogne

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 15 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Master - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to master bedroom.
    Bathroom 2 - Eugenie - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to Eugenie.
    Bathroom 4 - Bright White - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bright light room.
    Bathroom 5 - Deep Green - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to Deep Green room.
    Bathroom 6 - Yellow room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to Yellow room up the tower.
    Bathroom 7 - Back room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to Back room up the tower.
    Bathroom 3 - Blue room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite to blue room.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - Eugenie - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Four-Poster bed with en-suite W.C. & shower.
    Bedroom 3 - Blue - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With en-suite W.C. & shower.
    Bedroom 4 - Bright White - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With en-suite shower room/ W.C.
    Bedroom 5 - Blue/Green - 1 Large Double Bed , With en-suite bathroom with Bath & W.C.
    Bedroom 6 - Large Yellow Room up the Spiral Staircase. - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Spacious room. With en-suite W.C. & shower room.
    Bedroom 7 - Back Room on 2nd Floor, up the spiral staircase. - 1 Double Bed , With en-suite shower & W.C.
    Bedroom 1 - Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Spacious blue-themed 4 Poster bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
  • 5 of our bedrooms lie on the first floor, accessible via the 12th century tower by the spiral staircase in the tower. The other 2 reside on the second floor above. 5 of the bedrooms are spacious. The master bedroom is fit for a King and Queen. 5 are king-size beds (2 of which are four-poster beds). 2 are double beds in slightly smaller rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 5 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our 3 rental properties can be booked together or separately, as you wish. We have 2 large outdoor pools. The chateau has 7 bedrooms, The Maison du Parc has 8 bedrooms & the Pigeonnier has 2 bedrooms. Please ask for more detailed information! Booking of the Pigeonnier is available upon request. It is a more simple accommodation & its style, price & quality are more humble than the other 2 properties. It has its own terrace garden outside shaded by 2 large chestnut trees & it's close to one of our pools. It is part of the chateau estate, though quite private & independent. Climbing up to the first floor you find the reception room which opens into a fitted kitchen, equipped with everything needed. It has 2 bedrooms: 1 double bed, 1 twin bed & bathroom with a separate WC. There is also a small mezzanine space suitable for perhaps a child or teenager who likes to be private. Max. 5 people. It has central heating for those who prefer the quiet coziness of the Dordogne during the winter months. We have plentiful grounds for you to set up a barbecue, take in an evening meal or lounge by our pools.


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Most Relaxing & Enjoyable Stay France '14

  • 5 of 5

We had a most relaxing & enjoyable family reunion in July 2014. We had 28 people altogether from all round the world,from Ireland, Canada England & New Zealand as well as my cousin who emigrated 24 years ago to Peru! Some of us had never met but my cousin & her Peruvian husband had never been to Europe together so we wanted something special at a great price. After a long time planning we decided on somehwere charming with nice weather, outdoorsy & with some incredible history. We found this chateau fit our budget & had everything we were looking for! We kept it simple& opted for accommodation only as self catering suited everybodys budget. But we did ordered a meal by a charming local woman. The place is informal, stylish & the Concierge obliging & dealt with occasional minor problems the occasional blown lightbulb in bathroom, gas needed replacing for cooker etc. All sorted promptly. He could not have been more attentive. He even brought us some local wine from his friend’s vineyard the day of our arrival. The chateau bedrooms had style & the 4 poster bedroom was loved by my sister, her husband with it’s view from the balcony & annex room for their child. My own room had a v large bed & nice ensuite bathroom. The other rooms were big & had double beds also. Most of the time we ate outside as weather was blissful. The adults had the run of the chateau pool, while the kids made the other pool their own. The estate was ideal for our family as we met or went off separately for the day as suited. The prehistoric caves are not to be ignored, nor is the Sarlat market or the other medieval villages like Domme. The local canoeing was serene & attractive with great scenery. This was my absolute highlight from the whole trip rowing gently down the river Dordogne with my cousin & my husband. The cooked dinner too was fab& of course getting to know some of our clan after a long time &getting to know the new family too. The estate has character & is decorated in the local style with some nice modern touches. Although the chateau was an upgrade over the maison. The extensive grounds gave the kids scope for adventures & there are fantastic local facilities like a water park with slides, cycling routes, & an obstacle course park which was adored by the kids, in particular. But relaxing after dinners with a glass of wine was a great end to most of the nights. Ideal for families & great value per person - we loved our time there & can't wait to go again!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate 14
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
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22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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3 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
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24 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
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8 Oct 2017 - 31 May 2018
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1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
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1 Jul 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
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22 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
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3 Sep 2018 - 23 Sep 2018
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24 Sep 2018 - 7 Oct 2018
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Rate 26
8 Oct 2018 - 31 May 2019
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Rate 26
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are usually made by bank transfer with 30% or 50% deposit upon booking with the balance expected 1 month before stay.

Notes on our properties & prices:

Chateau Raysse, The Primary Property.
Sleeps a maximum of 15 guests.
We generally expect a minimum 7 Night stay. If you want something different please ask us!

Seasonal Rates:
Standard Rate: Rest of the year.
8th October - 31st May
€514 Daily.
€3,600 Weekly.
€15,600 Monthly.

Peak: 22 July - 2 September.
€1071 Daily.
€7500 Weekly.
€32,500 Monthly.

High: First 3 weeks of July and first 3 weeks of September.
July 1st - 21st July
3rd September - 23rd September
€700 Daily.
€4900 Weekly.

Mid: All June, last week of September and first week October.
1st June - 30 June.
September 24th - 7th October.
€543 Daily
€3800 Weekly
€16467 Monthly

If you have more than 15 in your group then check out our adjoining property, The Maison du Parc which has some great rooms for 16 more guiests in its 8 bedrooms. The Maison can be combined together with the chateau to sleep a group of 31.

We have a 3rd smaller property next to the Maison du Parc. This is The Pigeonnier.

The Pigeonnier is part of the chateau estate, though quite private and independent.
It can sleep a further 5 people (Maximum.)
N.B. This is a more simple accommodation & its style, price & quality is more basic than the other 2 properties.

It can be combined with either The Chateau, The Primary Property to sleep a combined 20 people or with the Maison to sleep a combined 21 guests.

Chateau Raysse, The whole estate (3 adjoining properties) can be booked together for a single, unified stay which comprises 17 bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of 36 guests.

Please visit our section Chateau Raysse, The Whole Estate to find out more details and to see a full list of our prices.
To give you an idea:
Full Occupancy of All 3 Properties (Up to 36 guests).
Standard rate starts at €7400 Weekly & rises to €14200 in late July through to end of August.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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