|Property Name:||Chateau de Cautine|
|Location:||Correze, Limousin, France|
|Prices:||from £1700 to £3200 per week|
Chateau de Cautine, in the heart of France, is an ancient chateau full of atmosphere, cosy corners, huge fireplaces, masses of antiques, sleigh beds, a ‘Rapunzel’ tower, even a chapel with a confessional!
With plenty of accommodation for up to 16 and room for an extra 6 children, a chateau holiday for a large group or shared amongst a number of families or couples suddenly becomes very affordable!
It is fully centrally heated and very cosy in winter while in summer, due to its ancient thick stone walls, it remains cool even on the hottest days.
The dining room is very atmospheric and highly conducive to long dinner parties by candlelight! Seating up to 24 people it has an original stone fireplace with carved wooden surround and open beamed ceiling.
The large sitting room is another lovely room with comfortable sofas and chairs, a small library of books, a fireplace and an old piano (not restored yet!). Television and DVD player. Sound system for CD’s and cassettes.
Off the living room is a play room where there are children’s books, toys and various games. There is a table-football table, a collapsible ping pong table and a snooker table in the house which can be put up in one of the large bedrooms if required.
Downstairs there are two comfortable bedrooms, one double and one twin with a WC adjoining. All have lovely views over the garden and surrounding countryside and are furnished with antique beds and cupboards.
On the first floor there are six bedrooms, sleeping eleven people in two doubles and seven single beds. Five of the bedrooms are very large and many of the single beds are large sleigh beds which can easily sleep two children. Extra folding beds are also available and can be set up in any of the rooms as required.
Surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of forests and mountains, and the beautiful valley of the Dordogne, Cautine lies within a spectacular setting.
There are some bicycles at the chateau for riding around the lanes and to the lake. Horse riding is a mere ten-minute drive away and the fabulous experience of canoeing on the Dordogne river is just 20 minutes away in Argentat.
Beyond Argentat you can explore the Dorgogne valley full of fascinating villages, chateaux and caves.
Nearby are the fascinating ruins of the Tours de Merle, a medieval fortress.
To the west are a group of villages identified as being amongst ‘Les plus belles village de France’, amongst them, Collonges-le Rouge, the red city and Turenne, a 15th century village whose high pitched roofs surround two castles from which the foothills of the Massif Central can be seen.
Also to the west is the Dordogne valley, with a wealth of towns and villages such as Argentat, Beaulieu sur Dordogne, and the citadel of Rocamadour is only 50 minutes drive away.
For those wishing to explore a little further afield, the world famous cave paintings of Lascaux, and La Chapelle aux Saints, site of the discovery of the oldest Neanderthal man, can be reached in an hour, along with the many other attractions of the Lower Dordogne area.