“Opulent yet cosy 19th-century mansion in the Dordogne countryside, with charming hosts, gourmet dining, and 7 elegant rooms”
The 7 rooms are spread over the first and second floors, which are architecturally quite different, but every room is beautifully designed. Expect Mies van de Rohe Barcelona chairs, sleek beds and gilt antique mirrors, plus homely touches like fresh flowers, free bottled water and Miller Harris bath products. Book into an M or XL Suite and you'll also get an iPod dock, Nespresso coffee machine, TV and DVD player.
The first-floor rooms have more of a château feel, with high ceilings, proud fireplaces and polished wooden floorboards. We stayed in one of the 2 XL Suites on this floor (Suite 1): a welcoming yet stately room with 2 tall windows framing beautiful park views. The spacious Japanese-style bathroom has twin basins and a shower. XL Suite 3, on the other hand, is the only room with a balcony, making it a standout choice for honeymooners. The M Suites are also on this floor, with ensuite shower rooms and lovely park or forest views.
Up on the second floor, the ceilings are lower, but the views are far-reaching and there’s plenty of charm. Here you'll find S Suite, the smallest, which has no TV and is a great budget option. There are 2 more XL Suites on this floor, too: both are huge with park views, but Suite 9 is the largest - sleeping 2-4, with a contemporary open-plan loft layout and a walk-in shower.
All rooms have kingsize beds (which can be made up as twins) and little indulgences like fluffy robes and slippers, but don't expect technology heaven - the WiFi doesn't extend to the bedrooms.
Breakfast is a fine spread of pastries, yoghurt, bread, ham and cheese, served in the state-of-the-art kitchen or out on the garden terrace in summer. Although it's not included in the room rate, it's a lovely way to start the day. Eggs are collected from the resident chickens daily and can be cooked in various ways on request (extra charge).
During the day there’s the Bistro24 brasserie-style menu. You can order dishes like homemade quiche with salad - very tasty, if a little keenly priced - to eat in the sitting room, on the terrace or in your room. In the evening, a 5-course dinner is served at the long table in the traditional dining room, or outside in good weather. Every day sees a different menu, on a 7-day cycle, featuring sophisticated marriages of flavour, all stylishly presented. Courses may include scallops in carrot velouté or calamari on rocket pesto with black salt. Each meal ends with a selection of wonderful local cheeses, their provenance explained by affable host-with-the-most Jordi. The wine list is also extremely inviting, with a marvellous array of Bordeaux and Bergerac wines, and lots of discreet, helpful recommendations from your hosts.
If you decide to dine out, there are plenty of restaurants to tempt, ranging from traditional French cuisine and gastro-dining to Michelin-starred show-stoppers - Eduard and Jordi are happy to advise.
Although the château can accommodate all ages, Jordi and Eduard don't recommend it for children under 12 - it's really more of a couples' place. The atmosphere is best suited to adults, and the property is not adapted to the needs of families.
Teens (over 12)
That said, XL Suite 9 can sleep up to 4 in 1 double bed and 2 singles.
Children must be watched: the property has lots of stairs, the park is not closed, and the swimming pool is neither fenced nor supervised.