About the property
- House5381 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Our Chateau is in Cazoules, near Souillac, Dordogne, France - Our Gorgeous Hideaway Sits Upon 20 Acres Of Meadows, Centennial Trees And Wilderness.
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!
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 19, 2018
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 House in 2005
Why Marc C chose Cazoulès
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 House 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.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Most Relaxing & Enjoyable Stay France
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 ≥tting 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!!
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.
Additional information about rental rates
La Maison du Parc, Chateau Raysse Comfortably sleeps 16 adults across 8 bedrooms. Sleeps a maximum of 18 guests. We usually expect a minimum 7 Night stay. Seasonal Rates: Weekly basis. Standard Rate: 8th October - 31st May___________| €3100/ Week | Mid Season 1st June - 30th June________________ €3200 / 7 nights | High Season 1st July - 21st July_________________ €4200 / 7 nights | Peak Season 22nd July - 2nd September 02/09_____ €5300 / 7 nights | High Season 3rd September - 23rd September______ €4200 / 7 nights | Mid Season 24th September - 7th October_________ €3200 / 7 nights | If you have more than 16 in your group we propose our adjoining property, Chateau Raysse, our primary property which sleeps 14 more adults in its 7 bedrooms. (Maximum 17.) La Maison du Parc can be combined together with the chateau to sleep a recommended group of 30. (Maximum 35.) In addition, we have a 3rd smaller property next to La Maison du Parc. This is The Pigeonnier. The Pigeonnier is part of the chateau estate, though quite private & independent. It can sleep a further 3 adults (Maximum 5 guests.) N.B. This is a more simple accommodation & its style, price & quality is more basic than the other 2 properties. It can also be combined with La Maison du Parc. This combination Sleeps 19 adults (Maximum 23 guests.) If you have a larger party or if you are organising a wedding, celebration or other special event where exclusivity and privacy are desired we recommend booking Chateau Raysse, The Whole Estate (all 3 adjoining properties) together for a single, unified stay which comprises 17 bedrooms & sleeps a recommended 33 adults and a maximum of 40 guests. We have a lot of experience hosting big events! Please visit our section Chateau Raysse, The Whole Estate to find out more details & to see a full list of our prices. Weekly standard prices range from €7400 & rise to €14200 in the peak summer season. The Chateau, La Maison & The Pigeonnier which can sleep 33 (Max 40).