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This property is not just a beautiful sight, it's a vision. Overhanging the Vézère (a bordering tributary of the Dordogne) it sits atop a rocky spur that mirrors its shape. This is not a simple chateau, it is a ship tracing its way through the depths of the forest, carried by the current of history. Rock and stone become one, the former shaped by nature and the latter by the hand of man, united in the same movement. The power it exudes could almost be overwhelming, but it is not. A serene atmosphere reigns aboard this "ship", it consists of a square logis backed by a round tower preceding a gatehouse and a drawbridge. Old furniture and decorations have been combined with modern comforts that bring the chateau into the 21st century with grace and simplicity. For dreamy souls, the greatest challenge will be to tear themselves away from the extraordinary panorama that can been seen from the "bow" of this chateau-ship that has been sailing the lands of the Dordogne for centuries.
My family has been present in this region since the 12th century. After leaving in the 1950s, we returned to our roots and the chateau that the family had left in 1815.
Belcayre Chateau is a 14th century house that was remodelled in the 16th century and then again in the 19th century. It consists of a dwelling preceded by a castellum. A round tower with machicolations dating from the 15th century adjoins it. The architectural peculiarities come mainly from the natural uniqueness of the site. The rocky promontories it was built on give the chateau a unique charm worthy of a Perrault tale. Guests can enjoy a terrace located twenty-five metres above the river Vézère, overlooking the valley. The property is above all a modestly-sized place where one can enjoy life. Although the rooms are large, there are, for example, no large reception rooms or monumental stair cases.
This chateau has witnessed a great deal of France's history. It has lived through a life of provincial nobility, the war of religion which was very active in the region, and many battles during the French Revolution. The main building was built around a 12th century tower. The tower, located on a rocky promontory, was part of a network of towers that were used to relay light signals to the city of Montignac located about ten kilometres away. Four families, whose coat of arms are present in the living room, succeeded each other until 1815. The property was then more or less abandoned and even became a tobacco barn. In the 1900s, the chateau was taken over by an engineer from the Ecole Centrale who restored it and added new features such as the gatehouse.
The chateau is located in the heart of a seventeen-hectare, private park which is well maintained by our gardener - it provides total tranquillity and the opportunity to walk, gather mushrooms, swim or canoe. The terrace overlooking the valley is lined with large tables where guests can take in the breathtaking views while enjoying the coolness of the forest and the river. Staff are on site every day to attend to the needs of the guests.
In this highly gastronomic region, you can take advantage of the variety of local producers who are often signposted along the roads or selling in the markets that take place every day. We recommend the the restaurants at the Bouilhac, the Manor of Hautegente, and the chateau of Mercuès which is a little further but can be grouped with a tour of Rocamadour. For simple yet delicious food, the restaurant in the small village of Fanlac offers a glimpse of a local cuisine that caters to all appetites. The Perigord Noir classical music festival - from late July to mid-October - has performances from excellent artists in the most beautiful places and churches in the region.
The whole chateau and the park can be privatised for filming and photo shoots. If necessary, lots of accommodation is available nearby.