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Chateau Raysse Is An Enchanted Medieval Chateau In France's Famous Dordogne. - Chateau Raysse, The primary property

Sleeps35
Bedrooms 17
Bathrooms3
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
castle
Sleeps
35
Bedrooms
17
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
5 - 7 nights

Description

Cazoulès Castle Rental Photos and Description

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 Chateau Raysse, The primary property 17 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35, 3 Bathrooms

In Arcadian Périgord, guarding the Dordogne Valley close to the River Dordogne, Chateau Raysse is a resplendent medieval chateau constructed in the twelfth and seventeenth centuries. The ancient estate of 12 hectares comprises three main rental properties and two swimming pools.

The whole estate (3 adjoining properties) comprises 17 bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of 35 guests.

The Chateau itself comprises one large kitchen, two reception rooms and seven double or king bedrooms, accommodating up to 15. The bedrooms are spacious and 4 of them have Four-Poster beds.


Owner
Marc C
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016

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.

Reviews

1 traveler review

Chateau Raysse, The primary property
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
5

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!!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

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

Rates & Availability

Cazoulès Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Rate 13
Oct 8 2016 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$3,840
 
 
Rate 14
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
$4,053
 
 
Rate 15
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 21 2017
5 night minimum stay
$5,227
 
 
Rate 16
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$8,000
 
 
Rate 17
Sep 3 2017 - Sep 23 2017
5 night minimum stay
$5,227
 
 
Rate 18
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 7 2017
5 night minimum stay
$4,053
 
 
Rate 19
Oct 8 2017 - May 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
$3,840
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$3,840
$16,640
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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

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Amenities

Cazoulès Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
General:
  • Internet
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Shower room 3 - shower
    Shower room 4 - shower
Bedrooms:
  • 17 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35
Outside:
  • Golf ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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