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Chateau Raysse Is An Enchanted Medieval Chateau In France's Famous Dordogne. - La Maison Du Parc

Overview

Property

Updated: 19-May-2015
Chateau Raysse in Cazoules, near Souillac, Dordogne, France - Our Gorgeous Hideaway Sits Upon 20 Acres Of Meadows, Centennial Trees And Wilderness.

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.

The castle’s tower was laid in 1155 for the Raysse family, allies of the French Aquitaine duchy which was unpatriotically 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).

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.

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 the 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.

Facilities

2 large swimming pools.

Steam room.

Cycling. (We have bikes!)

Safe big trampoline for children.

Snooker table in The Maison du Parc.

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

Within easy reach:

Walking

Wine tasting.

Fishing.

Canoeing & Kayaking.

Golf.

Horse riding.

Forest Adventure Park for children.

Quercyland Aquapark

Location

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:

CAZOULES

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.

SOUILLAC

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.

SARLAT

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.

Getting there 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!

More Details

Details for holiday home La Maison Du Parc, 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, 6 Bathrooms

La Maison Du Parc is a converted annexe sleeping 16. It has 8 double bedrooms. 4 have direct access to the private garden, 2 with four-poster beds, 6 en-suite bath/shower rooms, Max 16 people. Large Steam Room. Fully-fitted Kitchen equipped with everything necessary to test your culinary skills. Includes all kinds of utensils, cutlery, crockery and pots and pans available. It has a brand new large gas cooker/oven and a dish washer & a dining table adjoining a terrace garden. We also have barbeque facilities. Reception/Conference/Snooker room on first floor - large room which opens onto front terrace via staircase.

Outside: For warm evenings there is a south facing summer kitchen leading into the garden. The nearby swimming pool (13.5 x 7.5 metres) is safely screened for children.

  • Sleeps 16
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English, French

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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Aéroport de Brive-Souillac at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Tabac Les Cledoux at 0.7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Résidence Souillac Golf & Country Club at 12.2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Gare SNCF - Souillac, France at 4.3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A20 at 8.5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Auberge du Puits at 4 Kilometres Car: recommended

Travel:

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

Distances:

Cazoules: 5 minute walk to nearest village

Souillac: 5 minute drive to nearest town

Further Details:

SOUILLAC

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. It holds an International Jazz Festival in mid-July.

SARLAT

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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 13
8 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,854
for 5 nights
£2,595
 
 
Rate 14
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,914
for 5 nights
£2,679
 
 
Rate 15
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,512
for 5 nights
£3,516
 
 
Rate 16
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£3,170
for 5 nights
£4,437
 
 
Rate 17
3 Sep 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,512
for 5 nights
£3,516
 
 
Rate 18
24 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,914
for 5 nights
£2,679
 
 
Rate 19
8 Oct 2017 - 31 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
£1,854
for 5 nights
£2,595
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£1,854
for 5 nights
£2,595
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings are usually made by bank transfer with 30% deposit upon booking with the balance expected 2 months before stay.

Notes on prices:
Full Occupancy of All 3 Properties:
Peak: 22 July - 2 September.
14200 Weekly
35 No. People
Min 7 Nights

High: First 3 weeks of July and first 3 weeks of September.
July 1st - 21st July
3rd September - 23rd September
10200 Weekly
35 No. People
Min 7 Nights

Mid: June, last week of September and first week October.
1st June - 30 June
September 24th - 7th October
7950 Weekly
35 No. People
Min 7 Nights

Low: Rest of the year.
8th October - 31st May
7400 Weekly
35 No. People
Min 3 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Internet

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8

Outside

  • Golf ...

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: 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 and the Pigeonnier has 2 bedrooms. Throughout the estate most of the rooms have large double or kingsize beds and there are several rooms with 4-poster beds. Most of the rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Please ask for more detailed information. Outside: 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 gambolling deer, two bossy donkeys - Vanille and Chocolat, 3 fluffy sheep and 2 quizzical goats - Esmeralda and Quasimodo. We have plentiful grounds for you to set up a barbeque, take in an evening meal or lounge by our 2 pools. The maison has a terrace garden where we grow herbs. It has space for a large table for outdoor meals as well as a barbeque. The Pigeonier has a terrace outside with hammock and is close to one of our large pools.

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