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Chateau Choices - France (Peg's Picks - D) 

D1. Domaine Château Saint-Jean 
Parc Saint-Jean, 03100 Montluçon
Phone  +33 0 4 70 02 71 71; Fax: 33 0 4 70 02 71 70
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: This building once belonged to the Order of Saint-John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. Since 1925 it has built up a reputation as a perfect place for a relaxing break with excellent cuisine. Thierry Doualt enhances the very best country produce in the sumptuous setting of the Roman chapel, a place of worship of the Knights of Malta on the route of Santiago de Compostela. Superb views of St-John's park surrounded by oak trees from the rooms located in the annex. An indoor swimming pool and the billiard ensure relaxation.

Domaine Château Saint-Jean has 16 rooms and 4 suites
The accommodation is normally closed 01/01 au 10/01 each year

ROOM FACILITIES:            Air conditioning in 7 rooms 10 non.smoking rooms, Cable or Satellite television, Minibar,
HOTEL AMENITIES:           Lift, Internet, Wi-fi, Indoor Swimming Pool,
ON SITE FACILITIES:         Garden, Terrace,
NEARBY:      Tennis 1 km, Golf 5 km, 18 hole course, Walking Km, Horse riding 10 km, Canoeing 7 km,
CARDS ACCEPTED:           Euro / Mastercard, Visa, Diners.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN:     French, English, Spanish, Italian,
DIRECTIONS:           A71 moorway, take the Montluçon n°10 exit, and the RN144 highway towards Clermont-Ferrand and Neris-les-Bains, then the race track and Park Saint-Jean. GPS: Avenue Fournier Sarlovèze
The airport is Clermont-Ferrand which is 120 Kilometres away.The station is at Montluçon Ville which is 2 kilometers away.
GPS: The Latitude is 46.32291205726062 N and the Longtitude is 2.605562210083008 W.

D2. Château de Villersexel
70110 Villersexel,
Franche-Comté, France
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: Built in only a few years, this castle constitutes one of the most beautiful copies of Louis XIII architecture. It is said that Eiffel and Garnier were the architects. Registered as an Historic Building, the elegant Château de Villersexel is entirely furnished in the style of that period. Lafayette lived in this Historic Chateau.

This is a private Château whose actual owners' family dates back from the time of Charlemagne. Corinne and Jean-Pierre Potet (he doesn't like to be called Baron ... but he really owns the title!) are living there with their two children. This is their home and they will definitely enjoy to receive you as paying guests. They are all absolutely charming and will do their utmost to make your stay there unforgettable.

Year after year they renovate and refurbish the bedrooms whose names are steeped in History such as : Empire, Honneur, Rotonde and Montebello. The original Château was destroyed by fire in 1871 and the rebuilt one now houses a fabulous museum you can visit and admire as have done De Gaulle and Churchill who stayed here for a while.

By previous arrangement meals are served in the friendly table d'hôtes style, with a healthy cuisine prepared in the family kitchen.

This Chateau offers a unique venue for all types of events, including weddings, fashion shows and receptions. Meeting rooms (up to 100 people) can host your training courses, seminars or conferences and Villersexel is also an ideal place for shooting films. (Lunches or Diners for groups can be arranged in superb vaulted cellars).

Owners: Corinne and Jean-Pierre Potet
Number of Rooms / Suites: 10/2
Rates: from 99 € / from 150 €
Restaurant: Table d'hôtes (Advance booking essential)
Swimming pool on the estate
No Credit Cards

22 km from Highway A36
(Exit #5 at Beaume-les-Dames) 
Paris 390 km • Besançon 65 km
Reims 340 km • Basel 120 km
Brussel 515 km • Frankfurt 400 km
Lausanne 150 km


D3. Chateau de Pray
Rue du Cèdre
37530 - Chargé (Amboise) - Loire Valley – France
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: Chateau de Pray lies in the heart of the prestigious Loire Chateaux Region. A mile west of the town center, this château from 1224 resembles a tower-flanked castle on the Rhine. Inside, you'll find antlers, hunting trophies, and a paneled drawing room with a fireplace and a collection of antique oils.

There are 19 rooms at your disposal. The ones in the main building were renovated in 1998 and are conservative and comfortable. The more spacious rooms are near the ground floor, you’ll certainly particularly appreciate the canopied four poster beds. Small but well-organized bathrooms contain tubs and showers. The restaurant, elected "Table de qualité" by Alain Ducasse and featuring a Michelin Star, offers Loire cuisine and fixed-price menus of excellent quality; reservations are required.

Leisure is well known in the chateau region, wine tasting, chateaux visits, medieval buildings but for nature lovers: the Aquarium de Touraine with typical Loire river fish, and the Chinon, Bourgueil and Vouvray vineyards and cellars. Golf, horse riding, tennis and cycling facilities also nearby.
Accommodations:          19 rooms at the Hotel: 13 rooms and 2 suites at the Château and 4 Pavilion rooms Renaissance; High-speed Internet access; Gastronomic restaurant (Michelin starred);  Meeting facilities;     Warmed swimming pool open in Summer; Access to Internet; Massage in room; Bikes rental; Horse riding center nearby; Departure in Helicopter from the Garden; Flights in Baloon; Wine tasting in our Petit Caveau...

Supérieure - from 205 to 255:  Situated inside the Castle, at the Ground floor, at the 1st or 2nd floor, with a view of Garden or on main courtyard, these cosy rooms will seduce you by their furniture of 16th century. Big Four-poster beds of 160X200 or canopy bed, curtains in fire, they are tastefully quite decorated and offer you all the necessary comfort. Private modern bathroom dressed in marble and in wood, with bath and toilets. Flat screen television. 1 of this room can welcome 3 persons. You will find a big bed of 160X200 and a small bed of 90X190 there The hotel has 6 rooms "Supérieure" which can welcome from 2 to 3 persons, of a total surface about 27m2
Classique - from 195 to 245:  Situated inside the Castle at the Ground floor, at the 1st and 2nd floor, these rooms have a view on the main courtyard or on the garden. They are elegant, functional and of style quite various some of the others. Private modern bathroom dressed in marble and in wood, with trapézoïdale bath and toilets. Flat screen television. In 4 of these rooms, you will find big double beds of 160X200 or twin beds of 90X200, as well as of the furniture of 16th century. In 1 of these rooms, you will find twin beds of 90X200, as well as a single bed for an additional person of 90X190. The hotel has 5 rooms "Classique" which can welcome from 2 to 3 persons, of a total surface about 24m ².
Petite Chambre - from 135 to 145:  Situated inside the Tower of the Castle, at the 1st and in the 2nd floor, these rooms offer you a pleasant view on the garden and the valley of the Loire. Collectively called 'Dolly' for their cosy and flowery side, these rooms have double bed or canopy bed of 150x190. Curtains in fire and furniture of the 16th century complete their decoration. Private Marble bathroom with Italian-style shower and toilets. Flat screen television. The hotel has 2 rooms "Petite Chambre " which can welcome one or 2 persons, of a total surface about 16m ².
The Chateau's Location:  Pray lies in the heart of the prestigious Loire châteaux region. 10 Min. away: Amboise, the jewel of french royalty and the Clos Lucé manor, former home of Leonardo de Vinci; Chenonceau, with its gallery across the Cher river designed by Diane de Poitiers; the Montrichard keep; the feudal castle of Chaumont. 30 Min. away: Azay le Rideau, Villandry and gardens, Loches, where Joan of Arc met Charles VII, Cheverny with its luxurious furniture, and the royal residences of Chambord with its carved roofs and Blois with its octagonal stairway.


D4. Château de Saint Paterne
72610 Saint Paterne (proche Alençon-France)
Tél:+33 (0)2 33 27 54 71
Charles-Henry et Ségolène de Valbray
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: Charming and luxury hotel in Normandy - Welcome to the Chateau Hotel of Saint Paterne near Alencon   Château de Saint Paterne, 3 star hotel, 2km from Alençon, between Loire and Normandy, great stop-over place from Calais de L’île de Ré, Dordogne, Bordeaux, Brittany. The château hôtel de Saint Paterne is all this in Alençon : Luxury hotel, chateau hotel, boutique hotel and private chateau, a special place to stay.

It’s also an accomodation in Normandy : Luxury hotel, special place to stay between Normandy and Loire, Private chateau, hip hotel, boutique hotel, family owned place are terms which round up the spirit of Saint Paterne.

The chateau hotel of Saint Paterne will welcome you for a week end in France or Normandy, or a stop-over from Calais, a special stay for a few days exploring Normandy beaches, Mont saint Michel (Mont saint Michael), Loire valley chateaux, Chartres Cathedral or Le Mans. (24 hours race in Le Mans, or the Bugatti race track).

Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray will help you in your itineraries, in the Perche region, the Haras du Pin, the old town of Alençon, Pays d’Auge, or Alpes Mancelles.

Combining comfort and elegance, the luxury hotel of Saint Paterne will also give you the charm of a private chateau for a luxury week end.

Diners will be prepared the owner Charles-Henry de Valbray, also cook book author of « les jules aux fourneaux » and « un plat c’est tout » (Albin Michel).

10 prestigious rooms – heated pool from may to end of September - park – exclusive rental.

Guide books speak of Saint Paterne chateau-hotel :
Alistair Sawdays Special places to stay : “A 21st-century fairy tale: a 500-year-old château was abandoned by its owners for 30 years, then rediscovered by the heir who left sunny yellow Provence for cool green pastures”.
Châteaux et hôtels collection (CHC) : “….a superbly refurbished lounge on the ground floor featuring 18th century furniture, an intimate dining room where guests can discover a series of fine dishes served by the author of cooking books.”
Michelin red guide book : « A romantic stay awaits you in this château with its large parc….”
Chic Retreats : « Château Saint-Paterne is a true luxury family-run Château with the authenticity of a family home and the comfort and luxury of an elegant small charming hotel. Just 2 km away from Alençon, between Loire valley and Normandy, located half way between Paris and Brittany Château St Paterne lies in one of the most beautiful areas in France. Charles-Henry de Valbray and his team will welcome you with open arms into their home and invite you to appreciate the pleasures of life in this Renaissance period house that once accommodated Henri IV of France's paramours.
Room for romance : « THIS JEWEL OF A RENAISSANCE CHATEAU on the borders of Normandy and the Loire boasts impeccable credentials as a romantic hideaway. Château de Saint-Paterne was where King Henry IV conducted his very own liaisons dangereuses, indulging in royal romps with his lovers far from the prying eyes of his court. Wrapped in lavish 25-acre gardens and vibrantly restored by Charles-Henry and Ségolène de Valbray, Château de Saint-Paterne offers an authentic taste of ‘la vraie vie de château’ in a style that’s both luxurious and lived-in.
Guide Elle : « le château de Saint Paterne est entouré d’un vaste parc où il fait bon déambuler avant de se baigner dans la piscine ou d’apprécier au coin du feu un dîner préparé à partir des produits du potager.


18700 Aubigny-sur-Nere, France
Tel: 33 0 2 48 81 51 60; Fax:  33 0 2 48 58 21 25
FROM THEIR WEBSITE: A listed historical monument, this family-owned Château is reflected in a freshwater lake in the heart of an extensive forest. A range of leisure activities are offered to guests, so that you can explore the grounds as your fancy takes you :

Theatrical guided tours of the Château : an enchanted stroll through the intimacy of the château, where history and folklore intertwine. Browse through our shop featuring regional products and a wide selection of gifts.
Staying at the Château :the elegant, spacious rooms, together with the lounges, overlook the park or the lake.
La Maison d’Hélène : the restaurant, nestled in an 18th century half-timbered house, favours an intimate style of cuisine, using local and home-produced products.
Concerts : the association ‘Les Amis du Château de La Verrerie’ organizes concerts throughout the year within the walls of the Château.
Hunting & shooting : during the season, we host small and big game shoots into the grounds of the Château.
Leisure activities : you can explore the 40 hectares of private parkland at the Château on foot or mountain bike, or take a canoe out onto the lake. There are also plenty of tourist, gastronomic or cultural leisure activities on offer in the surrounding area. The Château de La Verrerie is part of the Route Jacques-Cœur.
Event organization, receptions : throughout the year, the château hosts a variety of events, including not only weddings, receptions and seminars, but also exhibitions, archery competitions and vintage car rallies
The origins of the Château de La Verrerie date back to 1422.  In this year, King Charles VII gave the County of Aubigny to John Stuart, Count of Darnley and Constable of Scotland, in recognition of his loyal services during the Hundred Years’ War in the battle against the English.  A small glass lakeside glass factory, which was demolished in 1815, inspired the name of “La Verrerie”.

However, the château was not built until the end of the 15th century, at which time Béraud Stuart, the grandson of John Stuart, returning from a campaign in Italy, constructed the main house to the side of the Chapel, that joined onto the Renaissance Gallery, which was built in 1525 by Robert Stuart, the son-in-law of Béraud Stuart and a comrade-in-arms of Bayard.
  • In 1670, the last Stuart of Aubigny died and the Château de La Verrerie, as laid down in King Charles VII deed of donation, was returned to the French crown.
  • King Louis XIV, acting on a decree of 18 March 1673, gave the land back to Charles II, King of England, who was the direct male descendant of John Stuart. In the same year, at his request, it was given as a gift to his mistress, Louise de Kérouaille, Duchess of Portsmouth.
  • In 1734, the Duke of Richmond, son of Louise de Kérouaille and Charles II inherited the seigniory, raised to a duchy-peerage.
  • In 1842, the heirs sold the Château and the land of Aubigny to Léonce de Vogüé, the ancestor of the current owners.
  • In 1895, Marquis Louis de Vogüé built the south wing which now houses the reception rooms and most of the bedrooms.
  • In 1962, Count Antoine de Vogüé, who had then been Mayor of Oizon since 1953 – and who would go on to become the Cher departmental councillor in 1964 and was re-elected to both positions – settled permanently in the ground floor of the north wing.
  • In 1965, he opened the château to visitors and joined the Route Jacques Cœur association.
  • In 1978, his wife, Countess Antoine de Vogüé, opened the ‘La Maison d’Hélène’ restaurant. In 1982, she started welcoming guests to the chambre d’hôtes. She now lives in the large house to the rear of the restaurant, known as the ‘Gros Chêne’.
In 1993, their son Count Béraud de Vogüé and his family took over the family business on their return from Canada and the USA.  The only owner of La Verrerie to have been born there, he works relentlessly to promote La Verrerie and other private châteaux that belong to the association ‘La Route Jacques Cœur’, over which he presides.

Every winter, the association ‘Les Amis du Château de La Verrerie’, which was founded in 1999, organizes concerts in the Grand Salon of the Château.
Around 2 hours from Paris (185 km) and 45 minutes from Bourges (45 km)
How to get from Paris to La Verrerie :
A71 motorway: exit no. 03 for Lamotte-Beuvron. Follow the D923 towards Aubigny-sur-Nère, and then the D89. La Verrerie is signposted from Aubigny-sur-Nère.
A6 and A77: exit no. 19 for Gien / Bourges. Follow the D940 towards Bourges. At Aubigny-sur-Nère, follow the D89.
How to get from Bourges to La Verrerie :
Take the D940 signposted Montargis / Paris. At La Chapelle d'Angillon, turn right onto the D926 towards Auxerre. Shortly after entering the forest, turn left onto the D39 and follow it to the La Verrerie.
Airport : Paris Orly (150 km)
SNCF railway station: Gien (35 km) / Bourges (45 km)


D6. Château de la Bégude**** -
Route de Roquefort-les-Pins
06650 Opio
Tél : (33) 04 93 12 37 00 - Fax : (33) 04 93 12 37 13
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  In the heart of a superb forest domain, one of the jewels of the Riviera Château de la Bégude, an invitation to relax and unwind in a superb 17th century Bastide.

In the heart of the Côte d'Azur, with its gentle way of life, a privileged site combining luxury and authenticity, right in the middle of Opio Valbonne golf course. The main theme throughout the 34 rooms, is modern comfort combined with a classic Provence decor.

    34 rooms and suites
    Restaurant offering Provence cuisine
    Swimming pool and tennis
    Surrounded by a park and 18-hole golf course
    20 minutes from Cannes and Nice Airport
    An historic site on a listed domain

Golf d'Opio Valbonne

The Hotel Château de la Bégude is located in the heart of the Opio-Valbonne golf course, one of the oldest on the Riviera. Conceived in 1966 by the English architect Donald Harradine, the golf is very appreciated by regional players as well as foreign ones. The first nine holes require a good mastering of approach shots and irons whereas the last nine demands good wood mastery.

One of the jewels of the Riviera, set in the heart of a superb forest domain with 18 holes - On site


D7. LA VILLA Mauresque
1792 route de la Corniche Boulouris
83700 Saint Raphaël
Telephone : +33 (0)4 94 83 02 42   Mobile : +33 (0)6 11 91 29 13   Fax: +33 (0)4 94 83 02 02 
Email : contact@villa-mauresque.com
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  A luxury boutique hotel on the French Riviera, near St Tropez and near Cannes,  right on the seafront...

The Villa Mauresque is a stunning 19th Century villa, two actually, which make one of the most romantic boutique hotels on the French Riviera! Both hotels enjoy 2 swimming pools and  stunning manicured gardens on the seafront, you may go from one infinity seaview pool to the other more sheltered one surrounded by bougainvilliers and palm tress as you wish, all tucked away in one of the most enchanting locations near Saint Tropez and near Cannes with breathtaking sea views over the Mediterranean…or enjoy the heated seaview jacuzzi right on the seafront whilst you sip your glass of rosé...
La Villa Mauresque's two hotels, Boutique Hotel Riviera and Spa French Riviera both enjoy fitness room, personal trainers, yoga teachers, massages in your room or on the seafront....you name it, at the hotel we are pleased to help you find what you desire!  Tennis, horseriding, and nautical activities and golf on the French Riviera at or near our hotel...

Rooms and Suites - Experience serenity and tranquility in this peaceful oasis... your French Riviera hotel rooms have been renovated and some redecorated to make sure your romantic holiday in a boutique hotel in France is unique and unforgettable! The Boutique Hotel of the Villa Mauresque has the larger suites which are ideal for families, and the Spa hotel has smaller more affordable rooms

Restaurant - Lunch or Dine at our Boutique hotel French Riviera or Spa French Riviera hotel, both offering you French Cuisine at its best, by Chef Philippe Joffroy, served on the seafront or by the pool, wherever you wish!  He will be happy to provide the dish of your choice if you warn him with 2 days notice!

With free access to the boat house and its kayaks and mini zodiac boat, enjoy the small beach in front of the villa.  From April to mid October, enjoy our Chef 'sdelicious mediterranean food right by the seafront!

Of all the Boutique hotels in France, La Villa Mauresque is unique in its architecture and sense of peace and quiet...Enjoy a drink from the external seaview jacuzzi spa,  get ready to unwind completely on this peaceful oasis.

Only 5 minutes from Saint Raphael, 30 minutes from Cannes and 30 minutes from Saint Tropez when  little traffic (or in high season it is best by the ferry or in our private 30m sailing yacht which you can rent to visit the French Riviera coast) and 50 minutes from Nice airport, it is ideally located for discovering the area's most beautiful sights which are all within easy reach.  The Villa Mauresque is composed of two luxury hotels in the same grounds - the "Boutique Hotel French Riviera" and the "Spa French Riviera". Weare less than 40 km away from St Tropez and Cannes, one hour from the port of Monaco, and all the most beautiful scenery of the French Riviera and the South of France!

Chosen by WARNER BROTHERS to film the series THE BACHELOR IN 2011 AND 2012 - the luxury  Boutique Hotel of the Villa Mauresque was chosen as the romantic spot on earth to film this famous series!

The Boutique Hotel Riviera is a 7 suite/ bedroom luxury boutique hotel right on the seafront, with stunning views in every direction and an infinity pool and Jacuzzi spa overlooking the sea.  Each room has been individually decorated with every attention to detail

The Spa Hotel Riviera is an oeuvre d'art in terms of architecture.  This villa has colourful bougainvillias and palm trees surrounding the swimming pool, all 4 bedrooms have terraces with pool view. As the bedrooms are smaller than at the Boutique hotel, they are also more affordable.

Ask about our  special offers off season.  Saint Raphael boasts the highest number of days of sunshine per year in all of France!

These two luxury French Riviera Hotels, Boutique Hotel French Riviera and Spa French Riviera have undergone extensive renovation works... Repainting inside and out, redecoration, Spa French Riviera has acquired a new external jacuzzi on the sea front with amazing views! Boutique Hotel French Riviera has acquired a new infinity pool and teak decks around the pool area... with Manutti loungers...we are proud to re-open with a French Riviera face lift!  Of the luxury boutique hotels in France, this one will certainly tempt you...

Additional mentions:  Nominated for "Best Charming Hotel" by Condé Nast Johansens for the 2011 prize; Bentley exhibits its most recent luxury cars at our French Riviera Hotels; In 2009 we had the pleasure to host Bentley's latest luxury cars at our Boutique Hotel  French Riviera, which they privatised for the shoots; Cartier exhibits its latest jewellery at the luxury hotel La Villa Mauresque, privatising both its hotels entirely, the Boutique hotel French Riviera and the Spa Hotel French Riviera were privatised for a few days to get the best shots and coulours of the french riviera sky...

Amenities - Meetings and Events -  This is a rare opportunity to host a wedding or a meeting in the French Riviera on the seafront  luxury Boutique Hotel with stunning sea views and seafront spa... Many return to celebrate their wedding anniversary and our hotel enjoys many returning guests every year!  Host your event/seminar/wedding/christening at our cote d'azur luxury hotel!

Packages - Check out our packages, ask for more information at the hotel reception:  From November to April, automatic upgrade! OR 3 nights for 2 OR 4 nights for 3


D8.  Chateau de la Commanderie * * *
17, Av. d´Echirolles
38320 Eybens - Rhône-Alpes - France
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  Château de la Commanderie was the former hospital/residence of the Kings of Malta. Here you will find warm atmosphere, antique furniture, 18th century wood-panelling, and Aubusson tapestries. Château de la Commanderie is awash with family antiques and heirlooms, unquestionable good taste prevails in every room and fresh flowers add that touch of life and genuine attention. Bedrooms are divided among four separate buildings, adding to the sense of intimacy. Rooms in Château and Chalet are the more traditional with carved wooden beds and gilt-framed mirrors, though some of them give onto a small road. The Orangerie has rooms that, once you have negotiated the rather plain corridors, look out over fine parkland and are deliciously peaceful. The least expensive rooms are in the Petit Pavillion, on the road side. The cuisine in tune with the place and the seasons. 10 minutes from the centre of Grenoble, the atmosphere is that of an intimate family-run hotel.


The first informations we have about the Chateau de la Commanderie are from 1259, under the name of “maladrery de la Levade”. It was about a leper-house of Templiers.In 1311, Templiers were dissolved by the council of Vienna, then by the Pope in 1312. Their properties were supposed to be transfered to the Order of St Jean of Jerusalem, which will become “order of the knights of Malta”, but, with the removal of the templiers, the "dauphin" Jean II seized the Commanderie.

After the leaving of leprous, Commanderie will belong to the ordinary agricultural management of the commanders of Echirolles. It seem that the castle was then sold, in the XVIéme, because we don't find any more informations in the official reports of the visitors of Malta Order, and it was registered in the inventory of the national properties of the religious orders during the French revolution.

In 1808, the castle was the property of Mr. Joseph DASTIER, then of the family BRUN beer brewer in Grenoble, and natural owner of the “refrigerators of La Frise”, where they stored their beers. It is this family which added one more floor above the dining room, restored the roofs, addes a new part on the right side of the castle,... in order to make it more comfortable. We can still see two original loopholes which were to defend the access of the castle, as well as a sarcophagus whose origin is still a mystery.

GrenobleBecause this city, the ancient capital of the Dauphine, is the commercial, intellectual, and tourist center of the Alps, it's a major stop for travelers (including those driving between the Riviera and Geneva).
A sports capital in winter and summer, it attracts many foreign students -- its university has the largest summer-session program in Europe. Founded in 1339, the University of Grenoble has a student body of some 40,000. With a population of 400,000, this town is also home to four other universities with a large segment of English and American students, giving the city a cosmopolitan air.

From Grenoble:
Follow Rocade South, then exit at No. 5 toward Le Bourg, continue to the Esso Station, turn on the right, Chateau de la Commanderie entrace is 300 Mts. from station on the left.


D9.  Château de Saint-Loup
79600 Saint-Loup-Lamairé
Comte Charles-Henri de BARTILLAT
Email: inquiry@au-chateau.com
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:   It was the Renaissance -- 1518 --  and a new owner was claiming this estate in the Deux-Sèvres of western France, just north of the Poitou city of Parthenay.  His name was Artus Gouffier,  and he was the King's chamberlain.  M. Gouffier's family owned the nearby Château d'Oiron, still standing five centuries later and open for public visits the year 'round.

The stunning Château de Saint-Loup you see today was constructed by Claude Gouffier and his son, Louis, between 1609 and 1626 in the shape of an "H" to honor the then king, Henri IV, and they crowned the château's central pavilion with a bell tower.     But earlier, in medieval times, the de Dercé family built a fortress on this land.  All that remains of that fortress today is the Keep consisting of a fourteenth century tower and the fifteenth century buildings adjoining it, which were remodeled in the troubadour style in the nineteenth century.  A ring of machicolations crown the square tower and high wooden cross pieces support the hoardings, with the entrance to the tower protected by a portcullis.  Famous visitors to the Keep include the Black Prince who imprisoned the King of France, Jean le Bon, there following the battle of Poitiers in 1356.

Today, the recently updated Keep is a comfortable and inviting chambres d'hôtes with four double rooms and two suites, all with private baths, providing modern conveniences while maintaining a medieval atmosphere.  Guests will appreciate the tasteful use of antique furnishings and four-poster beds.  For those visitors who would like to share the château experience with a group of friends or family, it is possible to rent the Keep as a self-catering accommodation on a weekly basis.  The Keep can house up to sixteen people and provides all necessary facilities including an equipped kitchen, a salon and a large dining room.

The château is situated on 50 hectares of land and surrounded by a moat, and its owner, Comte Charles-Henri de Bartillat,  is proud of the historic château with its orangerie, ornamental potager,  magnificent eighteenth century gardens and park.   Château de Saint-Loup beckons visitors to enjoy all it has to offer.  The château itself has nine beautifully appointed guest rooms, each just waiting for the arrival of its next occupant.   A library music room with piano and sitting rooms are at your disposal when you stay at the château.  Cocktails are served in these rooms prior to enjoying a delicious dinner in the grand dining room.

If a group of visitors wishes to rent the entire castle, that is possible as well -- as a bed and breakfast accommodation.  Perhaps someone wants to celebrate a special occasion at the château.  It is available for weddings, anniversary parties -- actually any occasion at all - and up to 50 guests can be seated in the dining room or 80 in the music room.   Your host says that anything you can dream of can come true at Saint-Loup!
Double Rooms: 15: 11 with baths, 4 with showers, all with WCs.  Singles and twins also available.
Prices: € 115, € 135 (single occupancy) & € 190 (double occupancy) in château; € 150 & € 190 in keep.
Suites/Apartments: 3  € 190
Extra Bed:  € 55 for adult; € 45 for child under 18
Breakfast: € 15 per person
Keep: € 3,900 per week (excluding Christmas and New Year's) from Sunday at noon to Saturday at noon (6 nights)
Rent Entire Castle:  € 6,400 from Sunday 3PM until Saturday noon.
Ménagerie: This interesting building along the canal will soon provide ten new rooms for overnight stays and facilities for receptions, weddings and other group events.  Expected completion 2013.
Dinners:   By advance reservation only, € 75 per person including wine.
Open all year.
On the grounds: fishing, biking, horseback-riding, 18th century gardens
Vicinity:  Golf, horseback-riding, windsurfing, swimming pool, tennis, Futuroscope, La Rochelle and the Île de Ré, the sea and beaches, Puy du Fou spectacle, Loire Valley châteaux, the Keep of Moncontour, Basilica of St Jouin de Marnet, Château d'Oiron, the Marais Poitevin and Niort.

From Paris a 4-hour drive via the Autoroute (A10) direction Tours.  Take the N152 at Tours direction Saumur, the N147 at Saumur to Montreuil-Bellay, the D938 direction Thouars and proceed 23 kilometers to left turn onto the  D46 direction Saint-Loup-Lamairé.  The château is signposted.
From Poitiers:  take the N149 direction Parthenay, then the D938 direction Thouars, and turn right onto the D46 direction Saint-Loup-Lamairé.
Airport: domestic flights into Poitiers
Train: from Paris, Gare Montparnasse, to Poitiers the TGV takes about one and a half hours.  The TGV from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Poitiers - 2 hours.


The Pleasure of the Pyrenees

D10.  Domaine De Rochebois**** 
Route De Montfort, 24200 Vitrac
Tel : +33 (0)5 53 31 52 52 - Fax : +33 (0)5 53 29 36 88
eMail : info@rochebois.com
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  Domaine De Rochebois is located in the heart of the Perigord region, between Toulouse and Bordeaux. It provides peaceful accommodations with an outdoor pool and golf course.  The elegant 19th century residence offers air conditioned rooms with satellite TV. Some rooms have a private terrace overlooking the grounds.

In addition to the 9 hole course course, there is a bar and lounge with pool table.

The Domaine De Rochebois is 4 miles from the medieval town of Sarlat. Free public parking is available for exploring the Dordogne by car.

- Hotel Rooms: 40
- Facilities of Domaine De Rochebois include:  Restaurant, Bar, Grounds, Non-smoking Rooms, Elevator, Heating, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning
- Activities: Massage, Pool Table, Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Services: Meeting/Banquet Facilities
- Internet: Free! Internet via modem is available in public areas and is free of charge.
- Parking: Free! Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
- Policies of Domaine De Rochebois:             Check in: 16:00 - 19:30 hours
Check out: 08:00 - 11:30 hours
- Cancellation / Prepayment: Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.
- Children and extra beds: All children under 4 years are charged EUR 30 per person per night for extra beds. All children under 2 years are charged EUR 30 per person per night for baby beds.  The maximum number of extra beds/baby beds in a room is 1.  Any type of extra bed or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
 - Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately when checking out.
- Pets are not allowed.
- Accepted credit cards: American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Carte Bleue, Diners Club.  The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.
The Domaine De Rochebois Vitrac is located in Sarlat, Vitrac, Aquitane, France
  • 300 yards from Domaine de Rochebois Golf Course
  • 4.0 miles from Sarlat
  • 3.0 miles from Sarlat-la-Caneda Aerodrome de Sarlat Airport (XSL)
  • 3.1 miles from Gare de Sarlat
  • 3.1 miles from Gare de Sarlat
  • 3.6 miles from Chateau de Marqueyssac
  • 3.8 miles from Gare de Vezac-Beynac
  • 3.9 miles from St-Sacerdos Cathedral


D11.  Château de La Côte Biras
Bourdeilles 24 310 Brantôme
Tel : +33 (0)5 53 03 70 11 Fax : +33 (0)5 53 03 42 84
E-mail : contact@chateaudelacote.com  
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  The Château de La Côte is situated in the heart of a park boasting century-old trees and bordered with boxtree walkways which overlooks a verdant valley.
The seventeen rooms and suites, situated in both the towers and the main building are spacious, comfortable, and peaceful, each having a character of its own. They are equipped with period and stylish furniture, some with adjoining sitting rooms with fireplaces, wainscoting and four-poster beds. The Moulineaux suite, in addition, allows for private access onto the dungeon terrace
Prices 2013
  • Double Rooms from 80€ to 225€
  • Extra beds from 15€ to 25€
  • Half board chosen from the menu : 48€ per
  • adult , 32€ per child and 19€ for under 10
  • Short packages deal to 82€ and 89€
  • Gift voucher and themes week end,
  • Christmas, New Year's Eve party: contact us
  • Animals welcome: 8€ per day

Getting to Château de La Côte
  • By car : From Périgueux follow
    signs to Brantôme D 939 and
    D106 E1 to Biras-Lisle
  • By train : 15 km from Périgueux
    or 75 km with the TGV from
    Angoulême .
  • By air : 50 km from Bergerac
    or 90 km from Bordeaux.
  • Helipad : GPS 45°17'901" Nord
    / 0°36'693" Est

Accès :

  • Route : De Périgueux direction
    Brantôme D939, puis
    direction Biras-Lisle D106 E1.
  • Gare : Périgueux à 15 km ou
    Angoulême par TGV à 75 km.
  • Aéroport : Bergerac à 50 km
    ou Bordeaux à 90 km
  • Hélisurface : GPS 45°17'901" Nord
    / 0°36'693" Est

La Fleunie 24570 CONDAT
Sur Vezere
Tel:  05 53 51 32 74; Fax: 05 53 50 58 98
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  A stunning Chateau and charming Hotel from the 12th and 15th centuries in the heart of the Periford noir.  Close to autorouts A20, A89.  A haven of 106 hectares with 33 rooms.  2 Tennis courts, golf practice,,, outdoor swimming pool, fitness room, sauna and French billard room.

Gilles and Françoise Liébus                                                                                                                                   
46200 Meyronne - France
Tél : +33 5 65 32 21 60 - Fax : +33 5 65 32 26 93
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  It is in the heart of a region rich in history and full of activities that Françoise and Gilles Liébus welcome you in "La Terrasse", their prestigious Hotel-Restaurant. Located in the small village of Meyronne, north of the Lot department, the castle keeps an authentic soul and provides comfort, quietness and well-being.
The village of Meyronne has kept all its authenticity with its houses and its castle: former summer residence of the Bishops of Tulle it is reflected in the clear waters of the Dordogne. After passing through the centuries, this castle turned into a 3 stars hotel restaurant and, located in the heart of the Dordogne valley close to Rocamadour, Padirac, Sarlat, is the ideal place for excursions.
With the experience gained through previous generations, the Liébus family will receive you as privileged guests. If you have a sporting soul, you can indulge to your passions as the offer is attractive. In the evening you can relax around the pool while dreaming of another time before heading to the terrace where you will be dazzled by the panoramic view. We will be pleased to offer you a fine cuisine, cooked with fresh produces.  The whole team will offer you the warmest welcome with dishes finely cooked by Chef Pascal Périgaud.
Enjoy with serenity the Quercy countryside bordered by the Dordogne at La Terrasse, which offers breathtaking views from its rooms, suites, and shady terrace, and will charm you with its warm welcome.
At your disposal you will find a library with an important collection of books on the cultural and historical heritage of the surroundings.
Nothing is left to chance, even your bed ... Cozy rooms have been furnished, all in a different style so that your nights will be as beautiful as your days.
These original decorated rooms will enhance the pleasure of your stay with their unique design, combining disorientation with antique furniture and familiarity with the development of newer technologies. Thus the atmosphere of our times is mixed with that of previous centuries, for your delight.  In order to reinforce the serenity of your stay and help you find rest easily, all our rooms and suites are air conditioned, equipped with every comfort: bathroom or shower, private toilet, hair dryer, mini bar, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, safe, welcome products...
For your relaxation and extreme comfort during your stay, enjoy our top elegant suites with refined decoration, spa bath, a touch of romance in these hot areas, the chic and more ...
TheTulipe suite will evoke complicity, as the tulip is synonymous with true love.
The Olivier suite will offer a fragrance of peace and tranquility. This duplex is characterized by a stone arch and its large fireplace. The room is authentic and noble.
The Eglantine suite, duplex, at the top of the tower where the dominant salmon color means the happy days pass too quickly. Composed of a large fireplace and loopholes in the four walls, this room combines quietness, happiness and a wonderful view.
When the light of day declines and the cool night stands, be sure to find a gentle heat between the walls of our home or, on the contrary, a pleasant refreshment during your summer evenings.After an afternoon of sightseeing all around our many touristic attractions, our outdoor heated pool will keep you waiting till the time of tasting the flavors of our good table of the Lot.
Out of the peak season, Mrs. Liébus will welcome you in the beautiful vaulted room of the castle, filtered atmosphere and idyllic setting, with elegant tables surrounded with stone walls. On sunny days the shady terrace overlooks the Dordogne valley.
"La Terrasse" offers its services by organizing seminars, meetings, business lunches, families’ receptions, banquets, weddings and other events.
Meyronne is a small stone village overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Dordogne which has seen its landscape change dramatically over the years. Offering a magnificent view from its cliffs and rocks overlooking the valley, the territory is covered with limestone uplands.
Rocamadour -  A natural and idyllic setting for the lovers of silence and quietness, as for the most active, who can enjoy the different entertainment at different times of the year, with hiking, mountain biking rides, water sports (canoeing kayaking, fishing or simply swimming).
Throughout the year, the Souillac Golf is open for your enjoyment.
Near Meyronne, discover the heritage of the town of Souillac, including the abbey church St. Mary dating from the Middle Ages or the National Museum of automatons, one of the finest collections in Europe.
Also visit the Caves of Lacave, the Caves of Lascaux or Pech Merle, evidence of prehistoric activity.  Do not forget to visit Sarlat, Rocamadour, Carennac, Martel, Collonges La Rouge ... the most beautiful villages of France located a few miles away from Meyronne.  A cultural stop is also required at Padirac, the gap is of interest as a geological phenomenon in France.  Our region has many natural and cultural treasures as the valley of the Dordogne, Rocamadour, you can discover all this wealth in video on this site
Drive- Dordogne valley Airport : 10 Minutes - Souillac train station : 10 Minutes 
Highway A10 - Exit 55 - Then Route de MARTEL - Possibility of car rental on reservation
Tél : +33 (0); Fax: +33 (0)                                 

Catherine DELPECH and Laurent TAYEBI
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  This XVII century Manor house was a Hunting Lodge (With a falcony tower from XIII Century) ) before the conversion into a Farm with the Barn built in 1848 .
It has been renovated and extended as 3 stars Hotel in 1984. The Hotel proposes 16 rooms all different, distributed in three buildings , The “Manor House with one tower suite, the Barn with 5 rooms and the building of the park with 10 rooms (capacity of occupancy from 2 to 5 persons). All the rooms are quiet in this little hamlet of LAFAGE located above the ROCAMADOUR canyon.  Most of the rooms are located at ground level with direct access to the park . They all have park or valleys view.

It is a region, rich in cultural and natural patrimony where you can, upon your desires and aspirations turn your stay to Culture, from Castles to water Mills, from prehistorical Sites to Medieval Villages, Nature,  From Caves to Canyons, from Pubescent oaks forest to dry lawn valleys and night skywards observation with one of the purest sky in France, Nature Sport, From Hiking to Mountain Bike, From Canoe to Canyoning and speleology with one of the world-wide greatest spots.  
From Paris :
A10 to Orléans then A20 to Limoges,Brive
Exit 54 then to MARTEL
Once you reach Lhospitalet Rocamadour then turn to the first right
To Gourdon (1,Mile ahead)
From Toulouse :
A62 to Bordeaux then A20 to Montauban, Cahors
Exit 56 then to Gramat and Rocamadour (D807) or to Rocamadour
(D50 et D32)
Railway  - sncf.com
ROCAMADOUR Railway station (4 Miles)
Souillac (13 Miles)
BRIVE Airport (30 Miles) 
TOULOUSE Airport (106 Miles)
GPS : 44:48:12N - 1:35:42E
Rocamadour, Vertigo City, is one of the major touristic Sites in the LOT.  Located in the Naturak Regional Park of "Causses du Quercy", close to the Dordogne Valley (5 H. from Paris, 2h30 from Bordeaux, 1h30 From Toulouse and 45 Minutes from SARLAT and SAINT CIRQ LAPOPIE).


Château de Garrevaques
Tel: 33 0 5 63 75 04 54; Fax: 33 0 5 63 70 26 44
Château de Garrevaques is a warm and welcoming family home, and as cheerful and inviting as these photographs indicate.  If a personal touch is what you desire, this unique residence offers that and more.  It proudly sits in its own 8-acre park surrounded by stately trees and vast lawns.  A swimming pool is the focal point of outdoor activity and is available for the enjoyment of château guests.
Château de Garrevaques is occupied today by the fifteenth generation of the family who constructed it in 1460.  It survived extensive damage during the French Revolution, but was rebuilt late in that century to stand today as a beautifully decorated, tastefully restored example of the architecture of the period and the region.   Guest rooms are only available in the château when there is a large event and all the rooms in the Pavillon are occupied.  The living areas of the château are available for use by guests of the Pavillon.  
Only a few years ago, a lovely 15 room boutique hotel and a restaurant was added ~ Le Pavillon du Château.  Add to that the spa, Les Soins de Colette, and you have a truly complete vacation retreat.  Of course, there is that wonderful swimming pool for everyone to use!
Don't forget that Château de Garrevaques is the perfect venue for meetings, seminars, and, most of all, a grand marriage and reception.  Complete facilities for an indoor or outdoor reception are available to make a wedding day just perfect!  The grand family traditions of Château de Garrevaques  -- combined with the beauty of the residence and gardens -- are made even more delightful by your cordial hosts who sincerely want you to find great pleasure and joy as guests on their estate.  A vacation spent at Château de Garrevaques will not only introduce you to this beautiful part of France, but it will remain part of your best memories of France for years to come.
Pavillon du Château (boutique hotel): 15 air-conditioned rooms, all en suite, modern with handicapped access and an elevator (lift).
Prices:  doubles € 180 to € 220 per night and 4-person Duplex € 280 per night.  Half board  € 110 to € 130 per person.
Château Rooms:  6 guest rooms are only made available when a large group event is taking place and the Pavillon rooms are fully taken.  Salons in the château are still open for guests of the Pavillon.  Request room rates.
Extra bed:  € 30 (baby bed is free)
Buffet Breakfast: € 12 per person, served in the Pavillon
Dinner at restaurant La Cave au Grenier in Pavillon from € 25 to € 45.  € 15 for children, offers regional dishes, local seasonal cuisine.
Half-Board:  € 110 - € 130 per person / per day, minimum two-day stay.
Groups of 40 persons maximum, on request.
Pavillon-Spa ("Les Soins de Colette" ) -  50 meters from the Château, offers wellness facilities (10 treatment rooms, Hammam)
Open All Year
Possibility to permit guests to bring a small dog.  No large dogs, please.
On the grounds:  Cooking classes in château kitchen. Painting and French language classes are offered, and Qi gong and yoga classes.  All are taught by professional teachers and English is spoken. Tennis, swimming pool, billiard room.  Converted barn, now "L'Orangerie", is the perfect venue for large parties, dances, seminars and weddings. Menus for groups from € 25/person; Gala dinners from € 50/person.  Conference rate:  half or full board € 55 to € 190 per person.  Rental prices from € 500 to € 4500.
Vicinity:   Gliding, horseback riding, golf at Fiac and Mazamet, duck hunting in winter,  lakes, Canal du Midi cruises.  Excursions can be arranged to visit Toulouse and the assembly line of Airbus Industries.  Your hosts can arrange transport and guides for visits to  Albi, the medieval town of Cordes, Limoux Cellars for wine tastings, Carcassonne, antique shopping in Revel, scenic drives in the Pyrénées and more!
Directions:  From Paris,  Autoroute A10 south direction Vierzon where you take the A20 direction Toulouse.  From Toulouse, follow directions given below.  From Toulouse, take A68 to Albi and exit number 2 to Castres, go 30 km further, in village Cuq Toulza turn right on D45 direction Revel. Garrevaques will be at 10 km later before Revel.  From Montpellier:   after Carcassonne on way to Toulouse exit at Castelaudary and go in the direction of Revel, about 25 kilometers.  At Revel, third roundabout turn left.  At traffic light turn left onto D1 to Gendarmerie. Then turn right onto D79F.  Garrevaques is 4 more kilometers.  Le Pavillon du Château will be on the right in the village.  Airport and Railway Station:  Blagnac / Toulouse or Carcassonne 45 kilometers



D16. Hôtel Allodis
Spa des Neiges by Clarins
Le Belvédère | 73550 Méribel | France | www.hotelallodis.com
Tel + 33 4 79 00 56 00 | Fax + 33 4 79 00 59 28 | allodis@wanadoo.fr
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  The Hotel Overlooks Méribel, the Allodis Hotel enjoys a privileged location including panoramic views of the peaks of the 3 Valleys.
Swimming Pool, Sauna, and Steam Room:  Extend your exceptional moment by taking advantage of our swimming pool, sauna, and steam room.
Activities:  Whether it’s Summer or winter, Meribel offers a wide range of activities that will take your breath away! Golfing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, thanks to the Allodis Hotel’s ideal location, adults as well as children will find their happiness nearby.
Looking for relaxation and well-being ? Discover the Spa des Neiges by Clarins, where you can find the pleasure and revitalization of a massage, as well as a diverse array of water-based treatments.
Travel by Road: At Moutiers, take the road for Méribel. At the entrance of the resort, follow « Le Belvédère ». Go through the tunnel ; the Allodis Hotel is at the end of the Belvédère road.
Low Season is from 07/07/2012 to 20/07/2012 incl.
Season is from 21/07/2012 to 01/09/2012 incl.
Season Gold is from 22/12/2012 to 11/01/2013 incl. And from 09/02/2013 to 15/03/2013 incl.
Season Silver is from 16/03/2013 to 14/04/2013 incl.
Season Silver is from 15/12/2012 to 21/12/2012 incl. And from 12/01/2013 to 08/02/2013 incl.

Rates include the use of the swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, and fitness’ room.
Dogs are not allowed.


Baby (until 2 years) :

70 € / day, food for dinner is included.
Summer season: only food will be charged.

If children share the parents’ room:

Children between 2 to 6: – 50 %.
Children between 6 to 12: – 30 %.
Christmas dinner: supplement of 105 € per person.
New Year dinner: supplement of 168 € per person.


1.65 € per day, per person. Rooms are available from 3.00 pm and must be free by 10.00 am when you leave.

Cancellation fees

More than 30 days before arrival. 40 % of the stay.
From 30 to 15 days before arrival. 75 % of the stay.
From 14 days to arrival. 100 % of the stay.

Booking’s conditions

- deposit to be paid at the booking’s date: 40 % of the stay.
- balance to be paid 15 days before arrival.


73460 FRONTENEX, France
Tél. : + 33 (0)4 79 37 91 59 - Fax : +33 (0)4 79 37 93 84 
E-mail : info@hotel-pacoret-savoie.com
- Ideally located at the heart of Savoie
- Hotel 3 stars
- Member of Relais du Silence and of Auberges & Bistrots de France
- 10 rooms and suite
- Gastronomic restaurant
- Terrace in summer
- Lounge
- Open air swimming pool
- 2½ acre park
- Bowling ground
- Locked garage
- Helicopter landing
- Animals admitted
Laurence and Gilles Chardonnet promise you a personal welcome in this magical and restful place.

FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  In the shady park nestling in greenery, on the terrace, in the swimming pool with sunshine all day long, at the foot of the mountains, after a bowling session or just lying in the sun at your ease, you can enjoy your favourite aperitif and appreciate the blissful location, the rustic calm, the soft breeze caressing your skin.
By Car and Motorbike: The hotel is close to Albertville and Chambery near the RN90 at Frontenex. Free parking for our two-wheeled friends depending on availability.
By Train: TGV Paris/Albertville: 3 hrs 40 min
By Helicopter and By Air:
Helicopter landing
Lattitude : 45°36'20'NLongitude : 6°16'7'E
Distance in Km from Frontenex:
Albertville 10 km
Moutiers 24 km
Annecy 93 km
Chambéry 45 km
Grenoble 74 km
Chamonix 77 km
Genève 130 km
Lyon 153 km
Turin 196 km
Paris 611 km

At the heart of Savoie, surrounded by the Belledonne, the Chartreuse and the Bauges Regional Park.  On the edge of the Tarentaise, the Maurienne and the Beaufortin, the Tour de Pacoret is located at the gates of Savoie. A romantic stopover from which to explore the wonders of Savoie and its historic and natural heritage.
The everlasting Alps ... Must see
• Explore surrounding lakes
• Albertville Olympic sites
• Magnificent Alpine panorama
Albertville Tourist Office


Le Puits - 73800 Coise Saint Jean
Tél.:  +33 (0)
Fax : +33 (0)
FROM THEIR WEBSITE:  We know that the noble Chevaliers du Puits lived in the Château de la Tour du Puits in the Middle Ages. The Puits stronghold which gave its name to all the castle grounds belonged to Guillaume du Puits at the end of the 12th century. In 1233, just before his death and in spite of the fact that he was married, he made a donation to the Domène priory so that he could be buried there in monks clothing. His son Guigues du Puits, who resided in the Green Tower situated to the west, approved the will. After that, in the 13 th century, we find Noble Pierre du Mas and then The Manuel du Puits.
The Green Tower and the old fortified house which was outstanding for its doors and windows typical of the 15 th century, for its 17 th century ceilings and for its round tower to the north beside today's village, came into the hands of Noble Michel de Sonzier, who received 500 ecus in exchange for his possessions in Sonzier. The Sonziers also gave to the convent in Rumilly the ' Clos du Puits' and they will belong to them until 1793 when they were bought by the Ducoudray family, who sold them in 1864 to the Baron D'Alexandry d'Orangiani, mayor of Chambery and husband of Camille Cuillerie Dupont de Chambery. 

The Lépigny Tower (the château's tower today), another part of the Puits estate, located 250m to the east of the Green Tower, went by mariage to the following families - Vuillod, d(Yenne, Losaz, Rochette, Berod,Jordanne de Bettonet, Beaufort. Francois de Beaufort was lord of the Puits in 1547 and then the Veigé de Lépigny family.The Lépigny tower belonged in 1600 to Noble Charles Veigé de Lépigny. In 1689 there was a chapel for St Francois. The Green Tower to the east and the Lépigny tower to the west are the main markers of a former feudal enclosure which sheltered nobles and commoners in brotherly solidarity. The modest homes moved closer to the orchards and land and only the two towers have resisted. 

At the end of the 12 th and the beginning of the 18 th century, two other residences were built to the north-east and south-east of the Lépigny tower by the same family near a well.
The northern house was occupied in 1728 by noble Hyacinthe de Veigé de Lépigny.A story tells that in 1720 noble Hyacinthe de Veigé de Lépigny was prepared to marry his younger daughter to a bourgeois as he was poor and the reputation of the family had suffered: the elder daughter had given birth to an illegitimate child, supposedly with the lawyer Perret. The said Perret promised to wed the elder daughter if he was proven to be the father and if he received 10000livres.
Antoine de Gallis bought the estate in 1793 and his son-in-law sold it in 1842 to Baron Hyppolite d'Alexandry d'Orangiani, with its outhouses , for 16440 livres.
The latter also acquired another lot in 1867 for 5000 francs from the grand-sons of Benoît de Gallis, one of whom, Charles, had emigrated and become an important merchant in Lyons and Moscow while the other, Gustave, was a lieutenant in the army at Ancenis in 1875. 

The residence to the south-east, next to the old Lépigny tower, belonged in 1728 to Jean-François de Lépigny and it is here that the Baron Michel d'Alexandry d'Orangiani built the Château de la Tour du Puits and kept the old tower of the Veigé de Lépigny.
Raymond Prevot, the current owner , acquired the estate in 1994.
Our rooms all bear the name of a historical character who lived in the castle. With their four-poster beds, or twin beds, marble and wooden-floored interiors, they are all different and vie with each other for comfort and decoration. You will want to try them all!
Our rooms are non-smoking and can be accessed via the staircase. There is no lift.
For reasons of hygiene, we accept small dogs only if they sleep in the basket provided. Large dogs are not accepted.
Alone or with friends, enjoy a few moments of well-being in the castle spa. Try face or body treatment in the Thalgo Institute, our swimming-pool in its natural setting, our open-air jacuzzi or our sauna in the suberb Savoyard chalet. Try our spa attitude health menus.
Combine your passion for cycling and a dream stay in the Tour du Puits castle which is ideally located for cycling the legendary Tour de France roads and climbing the mythical Alpine passes - Glandon, Croix de fer, Galibier, Madeleine, Iseran, Saisies, Aravis, Alpe d'Huez amongst others. Come and discover our mountain itineraries either in total liberty - we will supply you with the itineraries-, on a course or on a day trip with a cyclist or a professional cyclist from the prestigious AG2R team.
Garage, workshop and mechanic, bike rental, accompanying car, sports massage, - you will have everything you could wish for!
Alone or with friends, enjoy a few moments of well-being in the castle spa. Try face or body treatment in the Thalgo Institute, our swimming-pool in its natural setting, our open-air jacuzzi or our sauna in the suberb Savoyard chalet. Try our spa attitude health menus.
Discover the golf courses in the Savoy area, Aix-les-Bains, Giez, Talloires and the mountain courses in Méribel, Mont d'Arbois, Chamonix....as well as the comfort and good food in the Tour du Puits castle with its spa facilities. We will book your green fees.
Specially for you, we can drop you off by helicopter at the golf course of your choice and pick you up after your game.

Alpine skiing, cross-country, snow-shoe outings, dog-sledging and bobsleighing.
Enjoy the comfort ,the seclusion, the excellent food and the spa in our castle ideally located at the foot of the ski resorts. Whatever your wishes and your level, with or without a guide or instructor, discover each day a new ski area, on or off piste. Try skiing for one day with a champion!
Fantastic! Our helicopter in one quick hop can take you to the resorts or nearly Italy where you can discover majestic peaks, the Mont Blanc, glaciers, and magnificent descents of over 2200 m in altitude difference.

From Chambery or Grenoble :  Take the A43 motorway, exit 23 Chateauneuf , turn right and follow the signposts. Or take the main road number 6 and after Montmelian turn right at the Pont de Coise and follow the signposts.

From Albertville or the Maurienne valley :  Motorway A430/A43; exit 24 La Rochette, Aiton, Bourgneuf, Châteauneuf.

By train : Railway station at St Pierre d'Albigny, Chamousset or Montmélian. Taxis can be booked at the Château.

By plane :  Airports at Chambéry, Annecy, Lyon, Grenoble or Geneva. Helicopter taxi can be booked at the Château.

By helicopter : The Château's private helicopter can be booked for you.
If you are coming with your own helicopter:
N45 32 04 E 0060924 Altitude : 1250 ft
Avoid flying over the villages at low altitude
Best approach : 030°  

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