The Château du Ceou is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of the Dordogne. This 18th century summer home is one of those carefully renovated historic buildings that seem to only get better with age. Just like the wine, that used to be grown here. The lovely grounds are exciting for children to explore and the perfect starting point for discovering the Perigord Noir.
We had already heard about this château. About the wonderfully secluded spot on a wooded hilltop, completely private and quiet - no roads, no traffic, no street lights. A fantastic location to watch the stars from. Tastefully decorated bedrooms, some with enviable panoramas. There is a separate guest house (optional), modern and equipped with all comforts. And a 12m swimming pool with a lovely view across the hills. And a tennis court and maze.
On a sunny day late in summer we drove to the château, via the well maintained driveway that seems to go on forever. Along the way we came across the old dovecote and the tennis court. Slowly the chateau came into sight. The excitement rose. Once we reached the top of the hill we were welcomed by a perfectly romantic French scene: a large family having lunch at a long table in the sun with the impressive view of a château in the distance and the hills of the Dordogne. There was only one feeling: instant happiness.
When we entered it soon became clear why this is so popular with families. The interior is tasteful and cosy, starting on the ground floor with various sitting rooms with wooden floors, fireplaces, a piano, billiard table and library. The dining room is invitingly furnished for a maximum of 18 people so you can have dinner together in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy each other’s company. The fully equipped kitchen provides access to a terrace and the gardens so you can also easily dine outside.
The secluded grounds of the castle are a true paradise. A small forest, a maze, a private tennis court and a large fenced swimming pool provide lots of fun, excitement and entertainment. Children also love the tame donkeys that wander around here. There are several outbuildings such as the old winery, the stables and the guesthouse (for rent separately).
The English House Manager of the château lives in a separate house on the property and will gladly provide you with tips for trips. For example there are many street markets in the region, where you can buy fresh local vegetables, fruit and cheeses. The surrounding Perigord region also offers countless activities to fill your days, from castle or cave tours to cycling, canoeing and even balloon flights. The nearest village is Castelnaud with its beautiful castle on the rock. The historic town of Sarlat is only 15 km away. The château is a two-hour drive from the airports of Bordeaux and Toulouse, and one hour from Bergerac.