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, birthdays and gatherings, conferences, seminars, workshops and other special events but we aim to give you great value for such a beautiful backdrop. We can accommodate 35 people comfortably (40 at a squeeze maximum.) but we can hold wedding receptions for a multiple of this.
Come and visit us in glorious Dordogne and our superb 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 exquisite 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 adults at one time. (Maximum 17 guests upon request). For this property prices start at €3,600/ week but rise to €7,500 during the peak season. Please search for our section "Chateau Raysse, The primary property" if this capacity and specification suits your group's needs.
2. La Maison Du Parc.
La Maison Du Parc is a converted annexe sleeping 16 adults. (Maximum 18 guests, upon request.) Altogether it holds 8 bedrooms. It has 5 King-size bedrooms on the ground floor with direct access the terrace garden; 2 of these are Four-Poster beds. All the rooms have en-suite bath/shower rooms with W.C.
3. The Pigeonnier.
Contact us for information on our third smaller property, The Pigeonnier.
This venue is part of the chateau estate, though quite private & independent with a separate access.
It can sleep a further 3 adults between 2 bedrooms (Maximum 5 guests, upon request.)
N.B. This is a more simple accommodation & its style, price & quality is more rudimentary than the other 2 properties.
Stepping outside this little accomodation yields an enclosed garden shaded by two large chestnut trees. A short moments walks brings you to our second swimming pool, equipped with garden furniture.
For an extra fee it can be combined with "The Chateau, The Primary Property" to sleep a combined 18 adults (Maximum 22 upon request.) or with La Maison to sleep a combined 19 guests. (Maximum 23.) Please message us for more information.
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.
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:
Canoeing & Kayaking.
Forest Adventure Park for children.
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.
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!
N.B. To encourage use of sustainable transport we will refund 10% of the price of return rail tickets between London or Paris and Souillac to a maximum of 50 Euro per staying guest or 300 Euro per group - upon production of tickets.
So why not come to Chateau Raysse & deeply dip into The Magnificent Dordogne!