Forge du Roy
David and Jacquie Cowham
Dordogne (24) Special
during the reign of King Louis XIV, the 'Sun King', the captivating
Forge du Roy, on an estate of 184 acres, invites you to come
for a week or more to enjoy the beautiful, historic
with all its wonders including 147 UNESCO listed prehistoric
sites. The Forge itself is stunning and was
originally built as
a hunting lodge for the Marquis de Fleurac in 1680. It evolved
centuries from a forge, producing huge iron cauldrons for sugar
reduction in the French Caribbean and cannons for Napoléon's
army, to the very special place it is today ~ welcoming families,
wedding celebrants, or groups of friends for a holiday in
the heart of the Dordogne surrounded by historic towns, fine
restaurants and myriad places for outdoor activities.
The château has ten luxurious guest rooms, en suite or with private bathrooms, to accommodate up to twenty guests in absolute comfort. Two ground floor bedrooms are wheelchair accessible. Spacious salons invite relaxing or gathering for conversation, and a magnificent dining room creates the perfect ambiance for a formal dinner party. The Estate Managers, Paul and Jennifer, are never intrusive but are always availalbe to answer their guests' questions or arrange something special. Both the Forge and the Barn have fully-equipped kitchens. All linens and towels are provided, and there is daily cleaning service.
The outdoor amenities are quite exceptional as well: a sparkling swimming pool and pool house, a boules court, table tennis and an estate that just begs to be explored. Long walks and spur-of-the-moment pauses for landscape painting or photography are tempting, so bring your camera and brushes. Perhaps most appealing are the 4-acre lake, stocked with trout and carp for fishing, and the lovely little River Manaurie flowing gently through the property. Guests will be happy to sit around the fire pit or have dinner under the pergola on balmy evenings.
Château Forge du Roy is the ideal location for a small wedding ~ there are dozens of amazing backdrops for those romantic and treasured wedding photos. The planning can be done by the bride and groom or with the help of the château's Concierge Service and wedding planner. Either way, a wedding at Château Forge du Roy will be a stress-free and happy occasion for everyone to mark the beginning of a couple's life together.
So much can be part of your stay at The Forge including hot air balloon rides over the Dordogne and Vézère Valleys, day trips to nearby bastide villages including some of the 'Plus Beaux Villages de France', the region along the River Vézère with its many prehistoric sites including the Lascaux caves, and, of course, outdoor market days. If you are renting the château as a self-catering property, visiting the markets for fresh produce, baked goods, fish, meat and cheese will make preparing those meals all the more enjoyable. Be sure to also take advantage of the kitchen garden (jardin potager) for organic fresh produce. Of course, if you want meals prepared for you by professional chefs, arrangements can easily be made.
Château Forge du Roy is an excellent choice for family getaways or vacation get togethers with a group of friends. Your hosts can arrange wine tastings at the château, help with outings such as canoeing, horseback riding, playing a round of golf, or even truffle hunting. All you have to do is book your week or two to live in the lap of luxury while soaking up the local culture and enjoying this beautiful and historic region of southwest France.
* * * You can book this lovely property by contacting au Château and mentioning 'Forge' in the subject line. * * *
Rooms: 6 in the château and 4 in the barn, all with
private en suite bathrooms. Total capacity is 20.
Prices: High season £9500, mid-season £8000 and low season £6200 per week. Saturday to Saturday bookings.
Rent Forge or Barn separately: Minimum 3 nights - Forge £600 per night, Barn £400 per night.
Deposit: 30% when making the reservation.
Refundable Security Deposit: £2000 - returned within two weeks
Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be in writing (email) four weeks or more before your arrival date. Otherwise, your deposit will be forfeited.
Dinner: If rented as a self-catering property, no meals are provided. However, Continental breakfasts can be served if requested and a chef can be hired to prepare lunches and dinners. Fine restaurants throughout the area.
Pets not permitted.
Free WiFi, telephone. No TVs in bedrooms.
All rooms are non-smoking.,
Air Conditioning in château bedrooms.
Open All Year.
From Paris Gare Montparnasse via TGV and TER to Périgueux about 4h 20min. 40 minute drive to château.From Paris & the North by auto (under 6 hours) : take autoroute A10 to Orléans, then the A20 direction Limoges; continue to Brive La Gaillarde and take the A89 direction Périgueux. Take exit 17 onto the D6089 to the D31 to the D32 to D47 only briefly. Make the next right onto a lane marked Forge Neuve/Moulin Haut and go 1.2 kms. On left will be a carpenters shed, on right the entrance to the Château.
Airport: Bergerac Airport (45 kms)
Railway Station: Périgueux (40 min.)
Car Rental Périgueux rail station (click here)
Car Rental Bergerac Airport (click here)
GPS coordinates: N 45°01113' E 0°93875'
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