Château de Monrecour
An imposing neo-Renaissance mansion set in generous grounds in the heart of the Dordogne countryside, Château de Monrecour dates back to the 15th century but was largely rebuilt in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its turreted towers and grand proportions are matched by a relaxed atmosphere, personal service and fine food. A modern annex houses additional rooms and two swimming pools sit in the gardens.
Inside the main chateau are ten guest rooms decorated with touches of period style such as exposed wooden beams, terracotta tiles and antique furnishings. The 21 rooms in the newly built annex have more modern decor, yet are still in keeping with regional style. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi and air conditioning, and there are many options offering additional space for families who wish to stay together.
The hotel restaurant, La Table de Monrecour, offers gastronomic and bistro-style dishes typical of the region for both lunch and dinner. Along with the swimming pools, the chateau also has a library, table tennis and pétanque set (similar to bowls), and you may see hot air balloons taking off from the generous grounds. Château de Beynac is just a ten-minute drive away.
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The 10 rooms in the original chateau are decorated in traditional period style, some with four-poster beds, original fireplaces and antique furniture. The rooms differ across the three categories: Charme, Luxe and Family Charme, but all have modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Some also offer views of Château de Beynac and the Marqueyssac gardens in the distance. The other 21 rooms are located in the newly built annex that surrounds the swimming pool. These rooms are decorated in the style of the region with stone walls, terracotta tiles or exposed wood beams but with crisp modern furnishing, showers and sometimes a bath.
Château de Monrecour is just a five-minute drive from Beynac village, 20 minutes from Sarlat-la-Canéda and 40 minutes from the prehistoric caves at Lascaux IV. The nearest town is the sleepy village of Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse which is just a five-minute walk away.
Food and Drink
La Table de Monrecour serves refined traditional French cuisine with modern finesse as well as more everyday light meals in the style of a local bistro for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating with views of the grounds. Breakfast is served in the grand ballroom in cooler weather and on the terrace in warmer months.
Facilities and Activities
In addition to the large swimming pool, there’s a second smaller pool and two paddling pools so children can swim separately. Château de Monrecour also has extensive parklands with a variety of walking trails, and bicycles are available to rent from the hotel reception.
A great option for both families and couples looking to stay in an authentic castle in the Dordogne countryside, Château de Monrecour offers easy access to the Dordogne’s main sights as well as a swimming pool.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Hôtel La Couleuvrine offers comfortable rooms within a historic setting. Just steps away from the medieval heart of the old town, guests can discover Sarlat on foot and enjoy the many shops, restaurants and monuments nearby.
La Villa Romaine is a secluded Tuscan-style property in the heart of the Dordogne. Elegant yet relaxed, it’s both a destination in itself and an ideal base for exploring this historic region.
This Relais & Chateaux property in the heart of the Dordogne countryside is a quiet, rural retreat set in a grand, vine-covered mansion. It has a Michelin-starred restaurant and highly attentive service.
Refined, modern amenities, a heated pool, a spa and Jacuzzi make the Plaza Madeleine Hôtel & Spa an appealing base in medieval Sarlat. Conveniently located on the edge of the old town, it’s just a short walk from the city’s many attractions.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Explore the history of the Dordogne on this full-day tour which takes in the fortified town of Domme, Château de Castelnaud and Château de Beynac, as well as the troglodyte village of La Roque-Gageac and a leisurely cruise to see the region from a different perspective.
Discover the prehistoric cave art of the Vézère Valley in the Dordogne on a full-day tour that takes in Lascaux, Rouffignac and the National Museum of Prehistory with a private guide to bring the region’s history and significance to life.