This large and noble family Château Francais, listed and protected in its entirety as well as its grounds under the Historic Monuments of France can accommodate up to 20 people very comfortably.
The chateau is ideally located 11 kilometres from Bergerac and allows easy access to the Dordogne main touristic attractions. Raised on a rock base overlooking the Caudeau valley and surrounded by a 15 ha estate, the Château Francais is partially surrounded by broad water ditches.
A drawbridge gives access to it. The fortress walls from XIIth and XIIIth centuries overhang the troglodytic habitats from the Vth century, and protect the buildings built successively from XIVth to XVIIIth century and deployed around the main courtyard.
The stables with their beautiful mansard roof date from the XVIIth century, the pigeon tower is from the XVIIIth century. The Château was entirely restored and offers modern comfort within an exceptional and authentic setting furnished with many family antiques.
The grounds include a 15m x 6m swimming pool set on a terrace dominating the site.
3 hours of cleaning service per day except Sunday – the service can be complemented and adapted on request.
Our personnel is always happy to propose at very reasonable cost the preparation and full service of meals and offers a variety of menus options during your stay, based on fresh products from local market.
This comes in addition to the rental cost and is to be established according to your needs.
- 10 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms accommodate comfortably up to 20 people
- Large dining room with banquet table for more than 24 guests
- Many living rooms
- Vaulted (former Grand Kitchens of the XVIIIth century)
- French billiards
- Satellite Television
- Swimming pool 15m x 6m
- 15 ha grounds
- Parking adapted to large receptions
- Receptions and wedding events possible
- Option of coupling events rental with neighbouring Chateau de Bellegarde, very close to Château Francais
- Tennis Courts and Horse Riding facilities in the vicinity
The Bedrooms configuration is as follows:
2 adults + 1 child
Italian shower / Large private bathroom / Separate Water Closets in the corridor
1 Queen bed
The Countess’s antechamber, elegant, all in the soft pale blue soothing tones of its toile de Jouy, adjoins the countess’s room. This beautiful room served by the 18th century gallery was used as an intimate and private salon for the lady of the house, who could host her guests there, away from the pageantry of the grand salon of Château Francais
Overlooking the water moat shaded by tall lime trees, facing north-west and contemplating a landscape of meadows and forests, the former anteroom is a comfortable refuge. Completed by a bathroom and a separate toilet, this room is the last component of a large ground-floor apartment whose rooms can communicate with each other.
Bathtub / Italian shower / Large bathroom shared with Count’s bedroom / Independant Water Closets in the corridor
1 Queen bed
The “Countess” room, nested into the heart of the 18th century wing of Château Francais, is the room occupied by lady of the house. It is accessed by the beautiful gallery developed along the main courtyard.
Beautifully sized, paneled and upholstered in toile de Jouy, incorporating many cupboards originally designed in the woodwork, the countess’s bedroom overlooks the water moat, shaded by large lime trees.
Warm and bright, cool in summer, this beautiful room overlooks the meadows and forests to the northwest of Château Francais. Served by a large bathroom shared with the count’s room, the countess’s room is completed by its anteroom, thus making up a large ground-floor apartment whose rooms can communicate with each other.
Bathtub / Italian shower / Large bathroom shared with Countess’ bedroom / Independant Water Closets in the corridor
1 Queen bed
The Count’s Room, located in the 18th century wing of Château Francais, is an intimate and comfortable room reserved for the landlord. Served by the beautiful gallery built along the main courtyard, paneled of wood and warm fabrics, it is enriched with a wardrobe, an alcove, and a secretary integrated into the woodwork, where the Count de Château Francais kept the most valuable documents including the feudal rights linked to the domain.
Overlooking the water moat shaded by tall lime trees, this pretty room faces north-west and contemplates a landscape of meadows and forests.
Served by a large bathroom shared with the countess’s bedroom, the count’s bedroom is one of the components of a large ground-floor apartment whose rooms can communicate with each other
Bathtub / WC in private suite with bathroom
1 Queen bed
The “Blue room” is a pure Louis XV style room entirely designed and built in the 18th century, into a 13th century corner tower. Opening to the west onto the large lime trees and overlooking the water moat, this intimate blue room incorporates an alcove, and the paneling integrates trumeau oil on canvas depicting hunting scenes.
Its blue-and-gold tones and the soft western light make it a soothing and cool place in summer.
This pretty ground floor bedroom and its large private bathroom are accessed through an airlock opening onto the Château Francais dining room.
Italian shower / WC in private suite with bathroom
1 Queen bed and 1 single bed
François’ room is on the 1st floor of the 18th wing, a beautiful room with furnishings mixing French semi-colonial and 18th century style, in blue and white tones. This large bedroom opens onto the main courtyard to the south-east from where it overlooks, from the top of the ramparts, the valley of the small river “Le Caudeau” as well as the village of Lamonzie-Montastruc.
Very sunny, it has a generous wardrobe and an adjoining private bathroom. In addition to its large double bed, François’ room offers a single bed and a trundle bed of the same size, making it one of Château Francais’s rooms with a family vocation.
Italian shower / WC in private suite with bathroom
2 twins (can be made into a King) +1 single bed
Antoine’s room is on the floor of the 18th century wing, a beautiful room with furnishings mixing semi-colonial and classic French spirit, in pale green and white tones. This large bedroom opens onto the main courtyard to the south-east from where it overlooks, from the top of the ramparts, the valley of the small river “Le Caudeau” as well as the village of Lamonzie-Montastruc.
Beautifully sunny, it has an adjoining private bathroom. In addition to its two American “full size” single beds, Antoine’s room offers a single bed, making it one of Château Francais rooms most appreciated by our young guests.
Bathtub / Shared WC with “Pink” Bedroom
1 Queen bed
“Adelaide’s room” also known as “the princess’s room“, with its fabrics, is a bouquet of roses looking through two large angled bays over the main courtyard and the village. On the 1st floor, at the top of chateau grand staircase from which it is accessed by an airlock, this room of Château Francais is the quintessence of the intimate Louis XV style and yet open to nature.
Very bright, the bedroom includes an alcove bed and numerous oil paintings on canvas integrated into the paneling which, in a relatively naive 18th century style, represent the judgment of King Solomon. Adelaide’s room is served by a bathroom, shared with the adjoining “pink room” and lit by a generous bay looking to the south-east.
2 guets + 1 baby
Bathtub / Shared WC with Adélaïde’s bedroom
2 single beds (can be made into a Queen) + 1 baby bed
The “Pink bedroom”, all in pale salmon-colored fabrics, has a generous canopy embroidered with flowers under which one likes to take refuge. Its medieval mullioned bay observes the village to the south-east. The French-style beamed ceiling reminds us that this room is located in the gothic building of Château Francais.
It is accessed on the 1st floor by the grand 18th century staircase coiled into the entrance of the castle. The pink bedroom is served by a bathroom, shared with the adjoining “Adelaide’s bedroom” and lit by a generous bay looking to the south-east.
Italian shower / Bathtub / WC in private suite
1 Queen bed
The master bedroom was occupied by the lords of Château Francais, from ancient times all the way through the end of the 17th century.
On the 1st floor, very spacious, bright in sunny tones, lit by a large bay to the south-east, this room is the largest in the castle and offers a four-poster bed and canopy, a wardrobe, and a very spacious bathroom housed in the corner tower to the south.
The magnificent beams that make up its French-style ceiling are medieval, and the large stone fireplace is from the 17th century.
This beautiful room is accessed directly from the Gothic room which serves as a family lounge for the guests of Château Francais.
1 - 2 guests
Italian shower / WC in private suite
1 single bed
The “Abbot’s room” is a Louis XV room entirely designed and built in the 18th century into a 13th century corner tower, in a style of rustic simplicity but with the elegance characteristic of its time.
On the 1st floor, opening to the west over the large lime trees and overlooking the water moats, the Abbot’s room with shimmering colors is full of light and adjoins the old open Gothic gallery which became oratory in the 15th century.
One can access this pretty bedroom and its private bathroom directly from the Gothic room serving as a family lounge for Château Francais guests.
Wedding & Reception at Château Francais
Château Francais offers an exceptional setting for weddings and events. The total number in residence remains limited to 20, however all events can be set outside in the « cour d’honneur » and in the upper courtyard where 100 to 200 people can fit easily, while dinner can be served under marquees in the upper courtyard for 80 to 100 guests. A dance floor can be installed as well under the marquees.
Starting mid-2016, the 18th century vaulted « grandes cuisines » will be as well in the château basements for your events.
Please note that for all events requiring marquees and special arrangement, we require the services of a wedding planner to coordinate all details. Some British wedding planners who live in the area know Château Francaisvery well and we can establish contact on request.
For weddings and other large reunions, our personnel contributes generously to the coordination and preparation of the settings, to the on-going cleaning during the event to keep the place neat, as well as to the general cleaning that follows. To cover this and the additional wear and tear generated by these events, a supplement of 800 euro is charged in addition to the weekly rental price.
During high-season, we unfortunately cannot consider any fractional rental around a weekend, and must stick to the full weekly rental Saturday to Saturday. There is no limit to the number of weeks that can be rented next to each other. During medium and low seasons, a reduced period built around a long weekend can be considered.