Château Des Sènèchaux
our romantic Towers is the only way to describe this enchanting listed 15C Château in a setting filled with romance and intrigue. The approach to the courtyard through two large iron gates, the Wisteria climbing the walls entices you with its fragrance to climb the steps to the sun terrace, filled with sunshine from March through to October. Take in the breathtaking view of the terracotta roofs, the flowing river, the village and its people.
 
A view of the Towers from the Courtyard Terrace and the East Wing of the Chateau

The Château is spacious and furnished throughout with antiques in typical French style creating a comfortable atmosphere. All main rooms have high ceilings and fabrics decorate many of the walls. Some rooms are wood panelled, there are tapestries, paintings, and a splendid Venetian chandelier.
 

View of the Château on Christmas Day


Upon entering the Chateau through the arched doorway into the carved panelled dining Room one is taken in by the mediaeval atmosphere, perfect for a Banquet, with huge beams a magnificent stone fireplace, a Grand table that seats 16 people in style,and 22 with an extension. Shutters that open onto a large terrace with a beautiful view across the river Dronne.
 

Welcome to the Chateau

Into the Courtyard from the Main Entrance & A View of the Terrace



The family sized Kitchen, with its own courtyard, leads off from the Dining Room. Back from the Dining Room through a small reception area into the main Salon with silk walls and gilt mouldings with an adjoining intimate Double bedroom and bathroom. Up the magnificent spiral Walnut staircase to the first floor to find four large comfortable bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, 3 double and one with two single beds, the atmosphere is traditionally French.
 

The Dining room by candlelight

The second floor takes you to four intimate bedrooms two with en-suite in one half and another two bedrooms one with en-suite bathroom. Exceptional views from almost every room. There is access to the towers at this level, but strictly under guidance.
 

Two bedroom suites


Corner in the dining room and the Master Drawing room


From the large terrace go down a flight of sweeping stone steps into the private gardens, which are well sheltered, in full view of the River Dronne. There is a Pergola leading you to the overhanging buttress on the river. Here one can sit and while away the day, doing nothing, or maybe a little fishing, the view is magnificent.
 

View in the Court Yardas the sun sets and a view from the garden at the Overhanging Buttress


The town of Bordeilles has another Castle which is open to the public, and is well worth a visit, also a variety of small shops for gifts and essentials, three restaurants, and two small bars. There are also very good bread shops one being a patisserie which sell all manner of food for a wonderful French style breakfast, fresh bread daily - what better?

 


 

View of Chateau from river bank.

 


Some comments and impressions from our previous guests...

Michael, Surrey

... thank you for making our introduction to the Dordogne memorable, thank you it was a lovely experience. We wish you well in your venture, you deserve success via your efforts and enthusiasm - apart from being nice people.
The Leonard's - Wales

Many, many thanks for your kind hospitality this week and ensuring our stay was a quiet and relaxed one. We are well fed, well watered and well refreshed. What else could we ask. We love the Chateau, if you ever sell a share in it, please consider us and give us a call. We will certainly be back, soon I hope.
The Jobling's - Buckinghamshire

Many thanks for a super time and we will have to return so that we can find our place in the sun.
The Winter's - Surrey

Superb holiday with nice people.
Callaghan & Brown - Berkshire

One of the most relaxed and companionable holidays we have had.
The Stewart's - Somerset

A fisherwoman's dream. From the boat, the rock or off the bridge. To sit and watch the kingfishers whilst imbibing your choice of the local wines is just pure heaven. This has been one of the happiest holidays I have ever had.
The Drew's - London

A lovely place to spend a peaceful week. Fishing from the balcony in the garden is excellent - except that it's very difficult to reel in the big ones unless you have got a landing net with a long handle. It's also useful to have a patient wife who keeps you supplied with wine and food. Next time I'll catch the big one that got away.
The Goss's - Berkshire

One of the most peaceful and beautiful places to stay for a holiday, only a week isn't long enough. Beautiful countryside, lovely lodge and charming host!
Hunt & Goulbourn - London

Lovely setting, perfect hosts, memorable food and wine - what more can anyone want?
The Richard's (the October pioneers) - Wiltshire