Family friendly chateau holiday accommodation in Dordogne

Fairy tale like chateau rises up amongst a forest of green trees and rolling hills in the Dordogne

In the midst of the magnificent Dordogne countryside, the Chateau de Sadillac rises up like a fairy tale castle but unlike in the story books – this castle isn’t just for Kings and Queens and sleeping beauties, it’s the most beautiful holiday home. With a ton of fabulous things to do without stepping out of your castle grounds, and a huge variety of attractions and sites nearby, it’s ideal for families looking for a truly fabulous break.

The gorgeous Chateau de Sadillac

Field full of bright yellow sunflowers with a chateau in the background in Dordogne France

When Hetty and Hielko Pieksma saw the Chateau de Sadillac in 1999, they were absolutely smitten. As they opened the huge gates and saw its 12th century tower and oaky brown shutters it was, says Hetty “love at first sight”. With their two young children they were looking for an adventure and a holiday home they could rent out. “It needed love and attention for sure” says Hetty “but it was irresistibly beautiful and we knew it would make the most amazing chateau holiday home”.

It came with its own golf course and stunning views over the countryside and was within easy reach of Bergerac International Airport (and Bordeaux). Centuries earlier it had been the site of a priory, founded by Benedictine monks from the monasteries of Moissac and Cluny. Now 20 years on, the gorgeous chateau is one of the most beautiful family friendly chateau rentals in France.

One of the most family friendly chateau holiday stays in France

Swimming pool in the grounds of a chateau, sun beds around the side, trees and plants give shade and shelter

On a holiday with children, you need something for everyone to do, as well as places to relax. At Chateau de Sadillac, kids can run free in the enclosed grounds, cycle safely on private land or quiet country lanes, climb trees, swim in the heated pool, learn to play golf and fish in the lake. There’s a giant chess set and table football and of course Wi-Fi so they can share special moments with their friends. Why not do a spot of shopping at the local market and then let the kids help prepare a fabulous meal or barbecue in the evening, it’s a great chance for them to be introduced to new flavours and foods, and in this part of the world, you’re totally spoiled.

In the evenings, the gorgeous gardens beckon you out to indulge in a dinner made with fabulously fresh local products under the stars, an aperitif or glass of wine. And with Bergerac just down the road you don’t have to go far to get a decent vintage. Sitting outside listening to the birds sing, breathing in the fresh air and recharging your batteries – it doesn’t get much better than this.

The chateau’s oldest parts are almost one thousand years old, but most of the building dates to the 16th century when it was updated. It’s now a holiday home that’s been beautifully renovated with gorgeous bathrooms and luxury bedrooms (sleeps up to 15). A cosy wood fire gives a romantic glow on chilly nights and the bar is perfect for entertaining. There’s a heated pool and Finnish sauna, fabulously comfy sitting rooms, covered terrace and huge kitchen. There’s even a pizza bread oven in the garden – completely irresistible. You can move in for your holiday and truly relax, feeling utterly pampered.

Chateau with its own golf course

Golf course, mood lighting at a small bar, billiards table and beautiful terrace at a chateau holiday home in Dordogne

This holiday accommodation is different – it come with its own 8 acres of private, 9-hole, par 27 golf course. Lush fairway, its own lake and magnificent views. Great for teaching kids how to play the game, improve your swing or simply enjoy a round in the most beautiful surroundings in the shadow of a castle with a cape of velvet green lawn.

Around and about

Market stalls line a cobbled street lined with medieval buildings in Sarlat, Dordogne

There’s everything you need here but you’d miss out if you didn’t have a few days out. The chateau is just on the edge of the village of Sadillac, an ancient commune where the Romans settled. It’s the perfect base to explore the region. In Sadillac you’re surrounded by lush vineyards and fields full of sunflowers, a countryside that is peppered with tiny hamlets and grand castles.

5km to the south is the famous Chateau de Monbazillac and the less well-known, but Hetty says, “even more beautiful” Chateau de Bridoire. Bergerac is just 15km away and this lovely town on the banks of the River Dordogne with its magnificent Medieval centre is a must-see in the area.

Visit the gorgeous hanging gardens of Marqueyssac, time warp town Sarlat, the beautiful Chateau de Castlenaud and the fascinating Roque Saint-Christophe. Channel your inner caveman with a trip to the Lascaux Caves and several other prehistoric sites. You really do have the most enormous choice of things to do and see, and yes it’s a cliché – but there really is something for everyone here.

At the Chateau de Sadillac you’ll enjoy a supremely relaxing rural self-catering holiday in one of the most gorgeous areas of France. It’s everything a French chateau should be for the whole family.


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