|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Chateau Madame stands high on a hillside looking down and across a valley once lorded over by this 12th century Baronnie. Witness and party to the Hundred Years War, she is now a sleeping giant - one of peace and tranquility. Certainly the photographs here will more eloquently describe Chateau Madame than I possibly could. She is anything but pretentious, rather, comfortable in her own skin. There is a deep privacy to her - she has secrets - and perhaps that is as it should be.
Chateau Madame has been meticulously restored with an eye towards preserving her original personality and character. Modern comforts and amenities have been subtly woven into her fabric allowing the original Chateau to remain at center stage. Chateau Madame is the perfect place for couples, families, and friends to come, relax, adventure and just be. We love Chateau Madame and it is our pleasure to share her with like minded travelers.
Though a passing farm vehicle is as common as not, Chateau Madame is central to and minutes away from all the remarkable places and adventures we come to the Dordogne and the Perigord Noir for. Exploring the magnificent landscape and medieval surroundings will transport you to a another century. Chateau Madame is minutes away from such places as Castelnaud, Beynac – the stronghold of Richard the Lion heart, The ancient town of Sarlat, Domme and a seemingly unending list of places and remarkable experiences.
The Dordogne is one of the world centers of pre-history and records Europe’s earliest art treasures. At Les Ezyies, 10 minutes away, you will find the magnificent newly constructed National Museum of Pre-history, The cave paintings at Lascaux, and the remains of the Cro-Magnon Man.
Directly below Chateau Madame is a wonderful vegetable farm that sets up at all the weekly village markets. Walk down the driveway and buy your dinner fresh from these lovely people.
When you arrive you will turn up the long grassy drive and traverse the hillside until you are facing the Chateau, its terrace, and french doors leading into the kitchen. A massive wisteria clings to the Chateau. Great fortune if you are there during its bloom!
Entered through the French doors. Overhead are huge hewn beams as in all the rooms. The kitchen is fully equipped including dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, electric kettle, electric four burner stove. Passing through a stone passage is the refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer, hand basin, and WC.
From the Kitchen pass to the dining room. A huge fireplace, high beamed ceiling and stone walls the color of Champagne greet you. Light pours in from the facing view of the valley on to the warm chestnut floors.
From the dining room pass to the stair hall. One of our favorite parts of Chateau Madame, it ascends to the 2nd and 3rd floor.
Pass now to the living room whose chestnut floors,huge fireplace and dimensions nearly duplicate that of the dining room. The furniture is decidedly comfortable as is the atmosphere. It is a place to relax with friends and family after a day of adventure or to just read a good book.
1st Floor Bedroom
Pass out of the living room and up five steps to the 1st floor bedroom. Two twin beds face a window view of the valley.
A stone fireplace stands against the high peaked ceiling. This part of the Chateau was built somewhat later and as a result captured the lower portion of one of the towers which interestingly now lives in this sleeping chamber.
1st Floor Crimson Bathroom
Pass through the 1st floor bedroom into the bathroom. Without any question, this ensuite bathroom is by far the most incongruous part of Chateau Madame. Created lovingly for a teenage daughter during the 1960s - with a sunken tub! - the walls, the floor, and yes, the ceiling, are all very beautiful very crimson red tiles. Dazzling! Photographs don’t do it justice.
Pass again through the 1st floor bedroom and through another door, and you will find a small room with a spiral stairway leading up into the tower and tower bedroom. Certainly a great place to be banished to, it has a single bed and the best view at Chateau Madame. Through its own door, the tower room shares the crimson bathroom with the 1st floor bedroom.
Master Bedroom 1 - second floor
Opposite the bed and its hangings a massive fireplace is centered. The room is large and nearly duplicates the size of the dining room below. Adjoining it and also large is the master bathroom. With tub, free standing shower, bidet, toilet and sink. A casement window looks out over the distant hills and valley.
Master Bedroom 2 - second floor
A beautifully carved stone fireplace stands adjacent to the bed with its warm red bed hangings. From there you will look out the tall windows across to the hills on the other side of the valley. The bathroom is located in the Watch Tower. The windows, once used by lookouts, were designed for these commanding views.
Included are a tub/shower, toilet, and sink.
The 3rd floor is currently not part of the rental space.
Keywords:Dordogne, Preigord Noir
With a love of this part of France, my parents, artists, bought Chateau Madame in 1989. Having begun on the same path, my work had evolved to Architecture and the design, oversight and restoration of historic buildings, which continues today. So needless to say, Chateau Madame was perfect. Chateau Madame came to me some years ago. I find her just as warm and fascinating as I did at the start. It's such a different environment from the norm, for me, it's the perfect place to keep a busy mind at rest.
I live on an 18th Century Farm in coastal Rhode Island in the United States. Old for New England, there is a dichotomy yet a peaceful link between the two that I love.
The Owner purchased this castle in 1989
Chateau Madame sits aside a remarkably quiet and untraveled hilltop village nestled under the ruins of the once massive Miremont Castle. You can take a pleasant walk up and around the village, coffee cup in hand, and frequently not see a soul.
Yet literally minutes away are some of the most remarkable and famous locations in Southwestern France.
In addition to the many previously mentioned attributes of Chateau Madame - I ask, have you ever thought; How wonderful would it be to live or stay in a real chateau, a castle, with all the romance and mystery, and have it all to myself!? Then reality creeps in: have you looked at the size of an average castle lately? Whoa!
Chateau Madame is every bit a real castle yet unlike most it is of very reasonable proportion: 6500 Sq. ft. ~ 603.87 sq. meters -
For us and those who come to stay that dream has been satisfied. That combined with its peaceful location and easy access to all things good in the Perigord Noir makes it hard to beat.
A wonderful area for exploring off the beaten path where other don't go. You can find the untouched and original French countryside, farms, and amazing diversity of architecture. A canoe or kayak voyage down the Dordogne with a sandwich at hand is a day to remember. Very early mornings watching the mist burn off the hills and valley with a cup of hot coffee. Speaking or struggling with your French at the local village markets and meeting the lovely people who live here. Get everywhere before the others. Take a simple walk in a forest that attracts you along the roadside for just fifteen minutes- you'll be surprised. Keep bathing suits and a towel in the car at all times. Find a secluded spot on the Dordogne and slip into the water for just 10 minutes,dry, dress and continue on. Relax.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 1 - Sep 15
Sep 16 - Nov 15
|Refundable damage deposit||€850|
Security/Damage Deposit 850.00 Euros ~ refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
25% to confirm agreed dates and 75% 8 weeks before arrival date plus Security/Damage deposit.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.