7-bed medieval chateau on 15 acres with swimming pool.
In Arcadian Périgord, overlooking the Dordogne Valley, Château Raysse is a Mediaeval chateau dating from the twelfth century and offering 12 rooms tastefully decorated.
Erupting from idyllic greenery and yielding splendid views of the valley, the estate includes two other rental properties - converted stables sleeping 18 people and a former pigeon house that sleeps up to 5
Château Raysse is set in 20 acres of meadows, centennial trees and wilderness. There are secluded spots in the gardens and some lovely walks through the woods. We also have two deer, two bossy donkeys, Vanille and Chocolat and two goats, Esmeralda and Quasimodo, and a sheep which are great favourites with children.
It perches close to the village of Cazoules which offers a restaurant and bar, and is 3km from bustling Souillac.
In terms of military architecture, it is very probable that the Raysse tower dates back to between 1150 and 1155 when the Aquitaine duchy was siding by Eleanor and her English husband Richard the Lionheart and erecting towers to control the arrival of troops of the French king Louis VII. Before this date, there was no need for such a building. The progression over almost a century of the Aquitaine/France war most probably was the reason behind spread of a single tower into a real castle.
The end of the religious wars (about 1690) marks the era when local lords destroyed or abandoned their medieval castles and rebuilt The Raysse castle is typical with its huge 17th century main house.
Nowhere can trace history better than the very stones of the Raysse old tower. They can sing our history since the years of Alienor and Henri, and this is already fantastic….
Chateau Raysse is close to many of the medieval towns and villages of the Périgord and Quercy as well as the famous caves of Lascaux and Eyzies and their extraordinary prehistoric cave paintings. Domme for instance, balancing high above the Dordogne Valley, is a 13th century bastide village with honey coloured houses leading to the market place and a terrace overlooking the Dordogne river far below flowing through the waves of hills that recede into the Auvergne.
Raysse is an easy walk to the little village of Cazoules where there is a restaurant. Souillac, a ten minute drive, has lots of charming shops; Sarlat is 20 kms away.
There is a quality of life here, old values prevail and the people are open and welcoming. Almost everywhere you go are restaurants ranging from family run country ones to gastronomic, all at reasonable prices....Read more
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