Kirstie and Paul Rowbotham moved here from the UK about three years ago, taking over this small vineyard near the village of Les Leves-et-Thoumeyragues. We were welcomed by Kirstie who showed our family around the vines, discussed the wine-making process and told us her story. Paul then took the adults inside for the serious business of tasting their excellent range of wines, while our three small children were entertained in grand style in the lovely family garden by Kirstie's father, "Poppy" – the highlight being a gentle circuit of the garden in the sidecar of his shiny black Triumph.
Chateau Gauthie is situated deep in the wine growing region of Perigord, surrounded by charming medieval villages. The Chateau which dates back in parts to 15th century is set in beautiful grounds of about twenty acres with mature trees and a lake. Here down a small path overlooking the lake is a treehouse nestled in the fork of an old oak tree. Although it may evoke memories of childhood this is not something put together over a couple of weekends of DIY. It combines all the romanticism of a treehouse with up to date modern facilities. The workmanship and quality of the interior is superb and includes an en suite shower room and a balcony overlooking the lake. It is accessed by a spiral staircase and sits eight metres off the ground. A scrumptious breakfast is delivered in a wicker basket and tied to a rope at the bottom which you then haul up on a winch. Visitors have free use of the nearby hot tub just up the lane and a swimming pool. The Chateau, which is also a B&B serves an evening meal should you want it but it is nice to experience eating in a local restaurants in one of the nearby villages. This is the perfect intimate getaway.
Prices from 120 euros.
Chateau Gauthie. Monmarves, 24560
Tel 0033 553273033
An enchantingly atmospheric chateau, unspoilt by renovations, gave us a fabulously relaxing stay in the Dordogne coupled with a well organised range of activities from kayaking to guided walks and hang gliding to horse riding. Lots of supervised activities for the kids and gentler ones for us! Would definitely go again.
Phone +33 (0) 5 55 28 01 92
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