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                                                          Special Edition                          June 2003


Live Like Royalty in Your Own Château ! 

Château de Rouffillac

[UPDATE April 2007:  This château is being sold and no longer appears on our web site.]

Château de Rouffillac on the River Dordogne

Are you dreaming or is this really a place you could call your own for a week or two or more?  This magnificent château in southwest France's Périgord is real,  and it can be all yours to share with family and friends.  Perched above the banks of the beautiful Dordogne River, Château de Rouffillac is an exceptional property with tastefully decorated rooms done in the French style.   Ideally located in one of France's most popular destinations, Rouffillac is truly a dream vacation spot come true.

View from the Garden at Château de RouffillacLocal attractions will astound you, from the prehistoric sites of both Neanderthal and Cro Magnon man as far back as 40,000 years BC to today's charming villages clinging to cliffs along the region's gracefully meandering rivers.  Rouffillac castle is situated on a cape which overlooks the River Dordogne, a few kilometers upstream from Beynac.  Nearby are villages unique to this region of France -- a place that endured centuries of dispute between the British and French  -- with such names as La Roque Gageac, Domme, Beynac-et-Cazenac, (three of the regions Most Beautiful Villages of France) Sarlat la Canéda, and Rocamadour.  Don't miss the dramatic chasm of the Gouffre de Padirac and for prehistory a "must see" -- the caves at  Lascaux II.  The château itself is in the little village of Carlux, dating back to the 10th century,  near the town of Rouffillac.  As anyone who has been to the Périgord will tell you, this is one of the most interesting and pleasant regions of France.  Having the opportunity to stay in a place as lovely as Château de Rouffillac makes it all the more special.

Beautiful La Roque Gageac

       The Dordogne Valley from the château garden

Rooms at the château are elegant, each thoughtfully representative of the French style.  The lucky people who rent the château will enjoy all its amenities including eight bedrooms, two lounges with large, Renaissance fireplaces, a vast and completely equipped kitchen, a dining room, two entrances,  an inner courtyard, and two boudoirs in the towers.  It is even possible to access the château by helicopter.  And, of course, modern conveniences have not been overlooked.     The castle has six bathrooms, four WCs, a garage and a swimming pool. It is suitable for as many as sixteen persons.

                A glimpse of enchanting La Roque Gageac

The staff of the castle guarantees the quality of your stay.  Every day the keeper tends the garden. A cleaner does six hours of free cleaning per week with the possibility of extra hours for a nominal charge.  At your request, a cook will prepare your meals.  Even your contact with the outside world and your entertainment have been considered -- you will find television, a  fax machine and a video recorder compatible with American and Canadian cassette tapes.

Please take a tour of this wonderful property on our web site today.  Don't let the opportunity of a few weeks in the Dordogne pass you by, especially if that opportunity includes enjoying all the pleasures of a country château -- complete with a magnificent view, comfortable accommodations and all the modern amenities set in a region offering charm, warmth and an astounding history!   Château de Rouffillac is waiting for you!

[ Photo Credits  -  Château de Rouffillac;  La Roque Gageac -  J P Ramel ]

Of course, if you have any questions or need help with reservations at any
of our member properties, don't hesitate to contact us at

Provençal Cooking Classes  --  Update 

We can sign you up today for an exciting cooking workshop in an historic château on a wine estate in the beautiful Luberon not far from Aix-en-Provence and Marseille  --  guaranteed to give you a substantial introduction to the art and craft of French cuisine, or improve upon your own culinary skills! 

A recent message from the château offering these workshops informed us that three of the classes scheduled have openings for those of you who would like to participate.  There are currently openings in workshops scheduled for July 1, 2003, September 29, 2003 and October 4, 2003.  Of course, the château will be pleased to schedule any date to suit your itinerary while you are visiting Provence.  For information visit our Wine Châteaux page or contact us at

We hope you have enjoyed meeting our two newest members
and that we have given you many reasons to explore more of France by presenting these 
special properties to you.  From a château in the sunshine of Provence's Var to a fairy tale
castle in the Dordogne with breathtaking views over the river valley
-- a stay at either will place you in the delightful environs of southern France.
 As always, we will be bringing new members to our web pages in the coming weeks and months.
Look for a luxurious addition very soon -- a château selected by a prominent
travel magazine as one of the 50 Most Romantic getaways in the world! 
 Please continue to visit our member properties to experience the comfort, congeniality, 
and relaxation they each provide.  All are unique,  offering complex and interesting histories, 
friendly owners and regional diversity.  Avoid those impersonal hotels, and opt for the comfort and
security of a château or manoir in the French countryside.  You won't regret it!

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