Wednesday, January 15, 2014

‘Laudonie’, a fabulous holiday retreat in France

 

If you plan to spend this year’s holidays in France, you absolutely should stop nearby the village of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac (Dordogne) and spend a few days at the fabulous Château Laudonie!

1Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

‘Laudonie, nestling between woods and hills, is located 4 km to the east of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac. The estate comprises 53 hectares that are partly in the commune of Plazac and partly in the commune of Rouffignac–Saint-Cernin de Reilhac. A little communal no-through-road leads to the property. The buildings will impress you as soon as you arrive. They are perched on a ridge offering a stunning view over the surrounding valleys and hills.
The inner courtyard is the heart of the estate. It is bordered by the Manor House, the four towers and the barn.’
(text  Laudonie website)

2Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

The old accountancy books reveal that Laudonie had been bequeathed to Sieur Debord, Lieutenant of the Port of Bordeaux, sometime around 1500 AD. This family took the name of the Laudonie locality for the family.

4Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

The Laudonie estate has been sold and re-sold on several occasions. In the late 1990’s, this ‘castle’ was bought by Pierre Caron who fell in love with the property. With a huge enthusiasm and dedication he started the renovation of the historical estate to share it with family and friends.

After Pierre Caron passed away in 2005, his wife Fanny Van Herzeele, continued the restoration and completed the work of her husband with the help of the Belgian architect Stephane Boens.

3Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

 

The Manor House can easily accommodate twelve people.

5Manor House hall first floor  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

10Manor House salon  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

7Manor House kitchen  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

8Manor House one of the bedrooms  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

11Manor House terrace  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

 

In the North Tower, there is an apartment of about 100m² (1000ft2) that is ideal for two people.

6North Tower living room  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

9North Tower kitchen  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

12North Tower terrace  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

 

The West Tower is similar to the North Tower, in terms of accommodation. However, it does not have a private terrace.

13West Tower living room  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

14West Tower Bedroom  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

 

The South Tower is the smallest of the four and serves as an extension to the Manor or Tower North. It has four beds (bunk beds) and is equipped with a bathroom but with no kitchen. It is ideal for a group of youngsters.

15South Tower seating area  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

16South Tower bedroom  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

 

Laudonie offers his visitors an extended recreation area, where you will find a swimming pool, a sauna, a tennis court and a petanque pitch. In addition, Laudonie is located in close proximity to a golf course.

17Swimming pool  Image source website Laudonie – Photo credit Dirk Goethals

 

I would love to recommend you to visit the gorgeous website of LAUDONIE, where you will find much more to read about the history of the estate and were you will find more information together with an extended photo gallery of the property.

http://laudonie.fr

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Lieu dit Laudonie - 24580 Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de Reilhac - France
Fanny Van Herzeele
E-mail :
info@laudonie.fr
Telnr : +32 476 41 88 81

You can find Laudonie on FB HERE.

 

I am curious to know your thoughts about this French ‘jewel’.

xx

Greet

17 comments:

  1. This would be a dream getaway Greet. Even the bed linens are gorgeous!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Kansas City Culture

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  2. Very peaceful and private! I have been longing to visit the Jardins de Marqueyssac and Lascaux Caves. I will have to check the distance from the Chateaux.

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  3. As usual, you do have an eye for sharing the very best...would love to stay here for a few days on my next trip...the decor looks so serene and livable and the venue so inviting...a real jewel for sure. Hope your New Year is off to a wonderful start. Wishing you a great 2014 and hoping this will be the year I finally get to meet you in person. xo Jermaine

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  4. I love this, clean, rustic with a touch of elegance! I am addicted to your blog, Greet

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  5. Greet,
    I spent much of the holiday break pouring through your blog. I love "Belgian" style so much. I have also enjoyed looking through your favorite designers and decorators. I am a painter and designer. xoxo Heidi

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  6. Beautiful, like going back in time. Would love to visit!

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  7. What a fabulous recommendation Greet……I have made a note!

    Hope all is well with you and have a lovely week!

    Sophia x

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  8. Wat een mooie lokatie, een droomplek om een vakantie door te brengen. Ik denk dat ik niet meer naar huis wil als ik daar ben ;-).

    Fijne avond Greet! Liefs, Ingrid

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  9. It's really fantastic! Thx for posting.
    Greetings by Heidrun

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  10. oh my! i want to visit! plan something for design freaky bloggers, greet. what an enchanting getaway this would be.

    michele

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  11. Ah Greet ! Vous pensez aux vacances en France...?
    Quel endroit superbe,ça fait rêver... J'adore l'architecture, les tours sont très sympathiques !
    Décidément les Belges sont forts pour la restauration et la décoration, j'aime cette sobriété et l'emploi des matières naturelles : bois, pierre, terre cuite...
    Bises,
    Céline.

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  12. precious place, happy to see you shared the address!!!!
    xo Z

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  13. What a charming and peaceful place - just perfect for a great holiday:)

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  14. Superbe reportage et belle adresse à essayer ! Un rayon de soleil en ce lundi de froid et grisaille ! Merci
    Apolline

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  15. Am marking Laudonie as a new destination. Thanks for being our eyes on Europe.
    b

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