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Activities for French Castle

Golf: The nearest golf course is half an hour away just this side of Perigueux. A driving range is also about half an hour away towards Angouleme.

  • Paint ball: Half an hour away in the direction of Angouleme.
  • Zip line and obstacle course: For younger children 35-40 minutes towards Angouleme. The best one for all ages is just over an hour away in the direction of Thiviers.
  • Canoeing: Many rental sites all along the Dronne River and close to the castle rent canoes and kayaks. They will pick you up from a predetermined place and bring you back to your car.
  • Go Karting: the nearest place is 1 hour 15 minutes away South of Perigueux.
  • Hot Air Ballooning: One hour and a half away on the Dordogne River several hot air balloon rental companies operate. They normally hold up to 12 people for rides of an hour or more. For a special fee they will also come to Marouatte and fly from our field just outside the castle.
  • Horseback riding: Available in Riberac, 25 minutes away.
  • The Castle owners can also offer plein air painting courses, photography courses and forest bathing experiences.
  • Sleeps Number Sleeps 15-35
  • Games Room Games Room
  • Party Room Party Room
  • Swimming Pool Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court Tennis Court

French Castle


Located in the Perigord Vert region of the Dordogne, the Chateau dates back to the 12th century. It is set in a magficent 270 acre estate and has been host to British Royalty, leading polititians and has been used an inspirational place to write and produce by many well know singers and songwriters. The current owner, acclaimed music producer Miles Copeland, purchased the castle 25 years ago for family holidays and has hosted song writing retreats with popular artists such as Cher, Jon Bon Jovi, Ellie Goulding and Carole King to name a few.

It is now possible to rent this beautiful castle for family holidays, retreats, weddings and short breaks. Changeover day is Saturday.

The castle consists of two main areas – the Outer Bailey (sleeping 10-13) and the Inner Bailey (sleeping 15-22). All prices quoted are for up to 15 people staying in the Inner Bailey.  Extra guests (up to a total of 35) are then charged 200-300 euros per week depending on season. The Troubadour dining room and facilities can be added for 600 euros for 2 day minimum or 1300 euros/week which can seat 35 for dinner.  Please note the Outer Bailey is not let separately or to separate groups.’

The Grounds 

The French Castle is a holiday home for between 15 and 35 guests.

The Chateau is approached by a steep winding drive with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Just a short walk from the castle beyond the main gate is a playing field and all-weather tennis court.

The high outer walls with guard towers at each end enclose the Outer Bailey of the castle. Enter through the main gate into a large courtyard with dovecote and parking. Walk over the causeway of the dry moat to the Inner Bailey of the castle. Through an archway, above which a selection of coats of arms are displayed, a vaulted cloister leads to the formal gardens and terrace and lily pond. Here the swimming pool (approx 12m x 5m with a shallow end and deep end) and sun terrace are set against a backdrop of crenelated towers and pointed castle spires. The pool is fitted with an alarm and is heated during the summer months, May to September.

Inner Bailey

Dining area at the French Castle.          One of the magnificent bedrooms at the French Castle.

The accommodation is spread through the Inner Bailey in various wings and towers. The ground floor houses the kitchen, dining room, library/den, cloakroom, laundry room and games room, which contains a snooker table, table football, satellite tv, dvd and music centre. The very grand Salle d’Honeur (living room) is on the the first floor.

Chapel Wing   

1st floor  Master bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom

2nd floor  Two double bedrooms – Pugin and Gothic  , 2 separate bathrooms

Cloche Tower Wing

Two en-suite king bedrooms – Queen Mother 1 and Queen Mother 2.

Garden Tower

Ground floor  Double bedroom with en-suite shower

1st floor  King bedroom with en-suite bath

Maidens Tower

Lower ground floor  Shared bathroom and WC

Ground floor  Double bedroom with wash basin

1st floor  Double bedroom with wash basin

The historic exterior of the French Castle, a private retreat in the Dordogne.

Outer Bailey

Ground Floor

Chez Lorraine – King bedroom with shower, Troubadour dining room, Troubadour kitchen and the Estate Office

1st Floor

Chez Lorraine 2 – Family bedroom with two queen beds, one single bed and a shower room, Montagrier 1 – King bedroom, Montagrier 2 – Double bedroom, Green Room – Double bedroom. There are two shared bathrooms and a small living room.

The country country with french dressers and plenty of equipment for big groups.               Part of the grounds of the French Castle.

During your stay

History is all around as is stunning scenery, beautiful rivers and an abundance of medieval castles and ancient sites. There are also Cro Magnon cave paintings and ‘Grottes’ throughout the region.  For wine enthusiasts, the Bergerac and St Emilion regions are close by and a trip to Bordeaux is a must.  The town of Perigueux with markets on Wednesday and Saturday mornings is great for shopping.  The more local Brantome, set on the river Dronne and known as the ‘Venice of Perigord’ is steeped in history and has its market on Friday and also has a wealth of Michelin starred restaurants.

The Dordogne river the the historic towns are great day trips during a family holiday.


Perigeux is the nearest big city at 35 minutes drive, Bordeaux and Limoges airports are just under a 2 hour drive, Bergerac airport around one hour and a half from the castle. Driving from Paris is a five to six hour drive. There are adequate landing sites for a helicopter.

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Bedrooms and Bathrooms

 Inner BaileyKingDouble Family (2dbls/1single)
Bedrooms45 0
En suite bathrooms41 0
Separate bathrooms03 0
 Outer BaileyKingDoubleFamily (2dbls/1single)
En suite bathrooms101
Separate bathrooms020


  • TV/DVD/WiFi
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Table Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Snooker Table
  • Table Football
  • Music Centre

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