Château La Thuilière
What We Love
- A romantic French château stay, with breakfast, a vineyard visit and a choice of beautiful digsLazing in a hammock in the château’s rambling grounds
- Sampling delicious vin rouge in the area’s much-lauded vineyards
- Hip design pieces introduced tastefully to this historic mansion setting
What To Know
- Perfectly situated for day trips to Bordeaux, Perigueux, and Brantome
- Those flying into Bordeaux can rent a car at the airport and drive to the chateau; it's roughly an hour and a half drive and very easy to find
- Guestrooms have Nespresso machines
Fine wines, rolling French countryside, a storied château filled with antiques and art – we defy you not to feel in the mood for l’amour at Château La Thuilière. Holding a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, it’s at once intimate, relaxed and yet, impressively grand.
Inside you’ll find a library, billiards room and drawing room, where you can lounge on plush sofas in front of a roaring fire or help yourself to a tipple from the Honesty Bar. Modern design classics by Philippe Starck and Mies Van der Rohe sit beside traditional tapestries and Tudor-style architecture. Outside, meanwhile, there are acres of private parkland and woods to explore, hammocks and daybeds to chill in, and even a sunken pool for summertime dips. In short, it’s the dream holiday home many have always aspired to have.
There are three rooms for you to chose between – small, medium or extra large – all with king-size beds. And because you’re in the Dordogne – where it’s virtually criminal not to take advantage of the region’s renowned wines – you’ll get the chance to visit a nearby vineyard and taste the impressive terroir’s of either St Emilion or Begerac.
How to Get There
Beautiful chateau with modern bedrooms, quirky deco but retaining a lot of the original features - all very pleasing. The hosts Stefan and Leila were very welcoming and had lots of advice about things to do in the area. The meal we had one evening and the breakfasts were really good. If back in the area, we will definitely stay here again.
Last year , my wife and I had a fantastic stay at this charming hotel. I decided to come back with my family. I hardly ever do it. First good sign.
In the mean time previous hosts Jordi and Eduard had passed over the baton to Stephane and Leila. Both of them have been just great to all the family. They have made us feel at home. We stayed every night for dinner and everything was just delicious.
A great place to use as a base camp to visit the area of Perigord, Dordogne and Saint Emilion. Stephan made very good recomendations of places to visit and restaurants where to eat.
We had a wonderful three days at Chateau La Thuiliere. Our hosts could not have been more helpful, supplemented by their lovely dog! In the evenings we sat in the very comfortable sitting room having champagne from the honesty bar. We were then served the most delicious suppers in their atmospheric dining room. The interiors are a comfortable mix of old and new, creating a cool vibe. But the most important thing is the empathy of the owners, who are charming, kind, knowledgeable about the area and great hosts!!
We wanted a change of scene to celebrate an anniversary and selected this charming small chateau. We were welcomed warmly by the new owner and his dog. Our room was just as shown in the pictures and the bed was VERY comfortable. Unusually for France it was a king-size.
We enjoyed our delicious dinner in the beautiful dining room- joined by 6 other guests. For 2 of them it was their 6th visit! At the end of the stay, we felt like we had been away much longer than 2 days and one night. The weather was decidedly cool- it would be lovely to return in the warmer months.
Within the main entrance area of Chateau La Thuiliere, there are a few business cards and brochures for suggested activities that guests could do during their stay in the Dordogne area.
One of the "postcard like" pieces of information has five different pictures of Chateau La Thuiliere and a scaled down map of the area. As a guest, I felt incline to add one of the postcards to my souvenir pile as a small memento from our stay at the Chateau. Thank goodness for my impulsivity, as this postcard is now propped up on my office desk where I take a glance at it during the day, which often helps to realign my thoughts and attitude. Just one more reason why traveling is so important and necessary for us.
My husband and I stayed at the Chateau for a total of four nights during the latter part of December. For two of the four nights, we had the Chateau to ourselves (no other guests).
Eduard, Jordi, and Veronica saw to it that we were well feed and hydrated with the local libations. We were also given helpful hints for places to visit in the surrounding area. Suggestions: Aubeterre and the 900 year old church built within a cave. Nontron- a great place to buy quality pocket and kitchen knives, and the castle at Baynac-et-Cazenac. Sarlet is a touristy hub for foie gras. Beware of the crowds on Saturday.
In addition, Chateau La Thuiliere is near the town of Mussidan. Mussidan has a commuter train that is an easy (1 hr.) trip to the city of Bordeaux. We drove our rental car to the train station (less than 10 minutes); left the car, and took the train for our day trip into Bordeaux. We recommend the Cite La Vin Museum. Try to book a Wine Workshop. If you plan on doing any wine tasting in the area, the train is a great alternative as it might help reduce concerns with the wine experience and driving. Note: The city of Bordeaux does not have great taxi service once you are away from the train station.
Anyway, two days after our stay we had the opportunity to meet some absolutely wonderful people from other parts of the world. The dinner table talk was convivial and, of course, each meal and wine pairing was done to perfection.
We are so grateful for the experience and the indelible memories at Chateau La Thuiliere. Thank you.