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Although the eye is first drawn to the symmetry of lines and perspectives so dear to the French spirit, this property is far from solemn or severe. On the contrary, it exudes a somewhat rustic softness and the spirit of a family home embraces guests upon arrival. The well groomed nature in the delicate French garden continues into the distance towards woods and crops that echo the gentle slopes of the Périgord region. The long outbuildings enclose this elegant residence, behind the doors lie large and high volumes designed to welcome guests into a warm atmosphere where their well-being naturally becomes the centre of attention. At the edge of Périgord and Limousin, La Meynardie invites you to delight in relaxation and succumb to the temptation of the abundance of irresistible excursions that this South-Western region has to offer.
La Meynardie has been in our family for several generations. The property was bought by our family in 1941 and it became the theatre of the Alsos mission during the Second World War. This American mission, under the command of Colonel Boris Pash, established Meynardie as its base and the property became the operational centre for the south of the Loire. Colonel Pash wrote a book named 'The Alsos Mission' where he speaks at length about Meynardie and describes it as "an impressive old chateau".
The 17th century chateau was built during the reign of Henri IV. Preceded by an entrance courtyard bordered by two outbuildings, it is extended by a huge terraced esplanade creating a magnificent French-style park overlooked by a 19th century orangery that has been transformed into an independent house. "Its stately appearance comes from an unbroken row of machicolations, stone dormers with pediments, large slate attics and two pavilions on the roof," according to Baron de Verneilh's description from 1873.
La Meynardie is a chateau that dates back to the end of the 16th century/the beginning of the 17th century in Louis XIII style, built during the reign of Henri IV or Louis XIII. The estate also included the Meynardie forge, on the Valouze, which produced more than five hundred quintals of iron during the 19th century. It belonged to the Croizant family, Arlot de Frugie, and was then passed down through successive marriages to the families of Curmond de la Meynardie, to Ribeyreix lord of La Meynardie, and then to the Count of Villoutreys - most of whom are buried in the chapel. During the Revolution, the latter left the country and the chateau was put up for auction as national property. It was bought by the Maitres de Forge Texier family, then de la Salle family, and was finally bought in poor condition in 1883 by Mr. Sohier for his wife (niece of Marshal Bazaine) who carried out very important interior and exterior work. He notably created the French-style park, and installed magnificent stables for his hunting with hounds, which are still visible to this day. The chateau was bought by our family during the Second World War.
A large and comfortable chateau with refined decor surrounded by a huge French-style park featuring a swimming pool and tennis court. A large family house for twenty-three people in the Dordogne. A dream place for adults and children to enjoy a holiday together, a relaxing weekend with friends, or a family celebration, all the while being at the crossroads of many famous tourist and gastronomic attractions. A timeless place in the heart of Périgord. The serene calm of immersion in nature. Huge spaces steeped in history. Authentic luxury and refined charm. A slow pace of life and modern comfort.
Au fil de l'eau is a bistro in Brantôme annexed to the wonderful Moulin de l'Abbaye opposite. Atelier des Sens in Bourdeilles is also worth a visit. Notre-Dame de Boschaud abbey and Chancelade abbey. Chalard abbey has an incredible cemetery of recumbent statues. For walks, the Barde pond next door is magnificent and reminiscent of Canada in autumn! For local products, go to the Potager de Frugie in Saint-Pierre-de-Frugie whose products are also sold at the village's organic grocery store. For honey, try the Coquille at the Bonhur honey farm that also offers tours. For meat, Coutancie is a must and is our equivalent of Kobe beef. For local markets, there is Thiviers on Saturdays and magnificent markets throughout the Renaissance town of Périgueux. In winter, do not miss the 'fat' and truffle markets. You can also visit a truffle farm in Sorges.
The chateau (with an orangery, park and swimming pool) can accommodate small weddings of up to fifty guests. Guests can be accommodated in the eleven bedrooms spread over the two buildings, the chateau and the orangery.