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Chateau des Vigiers - Luxury holidays to Dordogne

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  • About this holiday

    The four star Chateau des Vigiers is a magical gem in the Monestier countryside that dates back to the late 16th century and remains untouched in its quaint atmosphere and distinct charm. Families will love the attractions of the rural location, whilst accommodation options include the modern-style Dépendences Suites, and the classical Deluxe rooms in the chateau itself. French restaurants serve guests of all ages traditional and hearty cuisine, while two swimming pools, a 27-hole golf course and academy, and a spa provide plenty of activities during the day.

    The journey and how you get there

    Complimentary

    Welcome gift on arrival, this is usually a bottle of house wine.

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes bed and breakfast accommodation and return ferry crossing from Dover to Calais for car and passengers. Fly drive is also available.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for Chateau des Vigiers are per person based on 2 adults and 2 children under twelve sharing a Type A double or twin room:
    Low Season: From about £3290
    High Season: From about £3290
    Prices based on sharing two Classic Chateau Rooms.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code

    FE573

    Our opinion

    A grand chateau with mystical and romantic appeal for children and adults alike.

    Hotel description

    Rural and remote, Chateau des Vigiers is an other-worldly paradise in the Monestier countryside. Dating back to the late 16th century, the structure remains untouched in its quaint atmosphere and distinct charm. Although Chateau des Vigiers' vast building was constructed in the 16th century – by Jean Vigier, the Royal Judge of Ste Foy La Grande – guests can also witness evidence that a much earlier fortified construction was on the site prior to the Chateau being built. Namely, the towers are remnants of an original 12th century structure: such is the history behind the Chateau des Vigiers, which is sure to enchant adults and children that come to stay. The Chateau des Vigiers has been sympathetically restored and the final product is very elegant. Interiors host carved marble fireplaces, grand stairways, lofty tapestries and period furniture as is fitting of the setting. Guestrooms comprise of three categories, from the beautiful Classic and Deluxe Rooms in the main chateau building, to the suites and standard doubles found elsewhere in the grounds. Each of the 25 rooms is individually decorated. The ‘Dependances’ Suites boast airy, modern rooms overlooking the golf course. Here, the cosy country-style decoration makes families feel at home, and there is ample space in which to relax, with 60 square metres spread across two double rooms and living quarters. Offering seasonal and local produce as standard, the dining venues at Chateau des Vigiers comprise of the gourmet Les Fresques restaurant, which is open for evening dinners (apart from Wednesdays and Sundays), and The Brasserie Le Chai, with its light lunches and informal dining terrace. Les Fresques was awarded one Michelin star in 2014. Such a spot allows younger members of the family to enjoy the freedom of the Chateau’s lawns, while parents enjoy the peace and beauty of the location. The golf courses have been designed by Donald Steel, one of the most renowned ‘natural’ golf course architects, and offer 27 holes in total. This means that players can effectively play 3 different configurations of an 18 hole course. If golf is not your ‘thing’ then there is a beauty centre at the Chateau des Vigiers offering treatments, two outdoor heated swimming pools, a gym and a sauna.

    Location

    Monestier

    Official star rating

    4

    Annual opening

    Relais: 30 March to 31 October Chateau: 16 March to 1 December

    Distance from airport

    14 miles to Bergerac, Roumanières Airport. 60 miles from Bordeaux, Marignac International Airport

    Closest airport

    Bergerac

    Room types

    The 65 rooms at Chateau des Vigiers are divided between the Chateau, eco-friendly Relais, and Dependances. All rooms contain a bathroom with shower or bath, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms are divided into the following categories:
    Superior Garden Room at the Relais - either with garden view or on the first floor
    First Floor Superior Room - with access to Terrace, overlooking golf course and vineyards
    Family Room at the Relais - ground floor and first floor rooms with golf course and parkland views. Can Interconnect.
    Classic Room at the Chateau - ground floor rooms in the Patio wing
    Deluxe Room at the Chateau - in the 16th Century area of the Chateau
    Prestige Room at the Chateau - in the 16th Century area of the Chateau with bath and shower
    Dependance Suites - with 2 bedrooms, set in the grounds of the property

    Hotel facilities and services

    Les Fresques gourmet one Michelin star restaurant (open from 11 April- mid November excluding Wednesday, Monday lunchtime and Sunday evenings), Brasserie Le Chai restaurant with terrace (open daily), Bar Le Club, Library, Billiards room, Tea room, 27-hole Golf course, Driving range, Pro shop, Six-hole Academy, Golf packages, Golf equipment hire, Maria Galland Wellness and Beauty Spa (open 8 March to 1 December) including Sauna, Jacuzzi, Hammam, Fitness centre, Outdoor heated pool (open May to September), Two Tennis Courts, Vineyards, Wine experience, Cultural visits and Wine tasting can be arranged, Complimentary WiFi, Reception.

    Water sports

    Outdoor heated swimming pool.

    Land sports

    27-hole Golf Course, Tennis.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Attractions local to Chateau des Vigiers include: wine excursions to St Emilion, Bergerac, Truffle Farm experiences, The Chateau of Monbazillac, Beynac, Monpazier and the ‘Bastide’ towns of the Dordogne and the Lot, The caves of Lascaux, Les Eyzies, Abbaye de Cadouin, Bordeaux, The AOC vineyards along the Route des Vins, Medieval Sarlat, Bergerac antiques market, Valley of a thousand Châteaux, Gardens of Marqueyssac.  Saint-Foy-La-Grande is a local Saturday market worth visiting.

    Sports nearby

    Lake fishing, Canoeing, Horse riding.

    Children

    Children under the age of 11 stay free of charge when sharing a room with parent/s on a bed and breakfast basis in selected rooms. Eight connecting rooms available. Children under 16 are not permitted to use the spa and fitness facilities. Cots can be provided upon request and are free of charge in selected room categories.

    Minimum stays

    Other information

    Family rooms: The 11 Dépendences Suites offer the most convenient accommodation type for families, with a very spacious living area and two double rooms, a sitting room and a ground floor terrace for enjoying the outdoor air. These Suites have a cosy interior with comfortable furnishings and a warming log fire.

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