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Au Paradis Bleu

| Dordogne , Nouvelle Aquitaine
14
7
7
Internet access
Swimming pool
Castles
Family friendly
Wedding venues

At a glance

  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Games room and play areas
  • Open-plan living room/kitchen/diner
  • Woodburner
  • BBQ

An attractive chateau set close to the border of Lot et Garonne and the Dordogne, Au Paradis Bleu’s pretty shutters and warm stone frontage belie its elegant, authentic French interior.

Au Paradis Bleu sleeps 14 guests across 7 bedrooms which offer flexible bed arrangements to suit your party make up. The chateau can be rented with three further gites within the grounds to sleep an additional 10 people across 5 bedrooms (including two additional swimming pools).

The chateau itself was built in 1780 for the Cardinal of Argen, with modern renovations having transformed it into comfortable and spacious holiday accommodation. The large, open-plan kitchen and living area promote communal living, with a traditional wood burner at one end creating a cosy, homely feel. The standout features of the kitchen are a double range oven, American fridge freezer and spacious granite worktops, making it the ideal place to cook up a delicious meal.

Enjoy a snack or breakfast sitting at the kitchen island or sit your whole party around the dining table for a convivial meal.

Families and friends will enjoy the numerous reception spaces, including a drawing room with piano, well-stocked library and games room with snooker table.

Outside, the 20-acre garden and fields offer yet more opportunity for relaxation. The chateau overlooks its large heated swimming pool with terrace and open-fronted tobacco barn alongside providing shaded seating and a table tennis table. Fig trees in raised beds, lavender plants, and buddleja add to the relaxing atmosphere.

Linger over your evening meals at the open-air dining table, as you enjoy the effect of the evening light on the pond, fields and open countryside beyond. Three stone-built barbecues invite you to make the most of the great outdoors.

In the summer, the chateau is cool and welcoming, offering respite from the sunshine and inspiring relaxation.

SLEEPS 14: 7 bedrooms; 6 with king-size beds, 1 twin room. It is possible to vary bed configuration to replace king-size beds with 2 singles in 2 further bedrooms.

ADDITIONAL BEDS: 3 gites within the grounds can be booked with the chateau to provide a further 5 bedrooms sleeping 10 guests. 1 baby cot provided.

COOK + DINE: Well-equipped kitchen with island and breakfast stools – features under counter fridge, American fridge freezer and gas cooker with 5 gas rings. The kitchen opens out on to the dining area (seating 14) and a living area with sofas. Dine al fresco if the weather’s fine in the open-air dining room, with views out over the fields. 1 high chair provided.

RELAX: Snuggle in front of the wood burner in the open-plan living/kitchen/diner, or sink into the sofas of the spacious and airy sitting room. For quiet time, get absorbed in a book in the library or head outside to the shade of the tobacco barn by the pool.

BATHE: 7 bathrooms. 5 of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities.

OUTSIDE: Heated swimming pool, alarmed for safety. Shaded tobacco barn with seating and table tennis table. 3 stone-built barbecues and open-air dining room. Extensive grounds with large pond, fields and plenty of space for outdoor games.

TECH: Wi-Fi, satellite TV.

PLAY: Plenty of outdoor space for fun and games. ¾ size snooker table, table tennis and running machine. Heated outdoor swimming pool.

PETS: Regret no pets. 

VENUE HIRE: Au Paradis Bleu is an excellent wedding venue. A large former gym can hold 30 people and there is a covered patio with similar capacity. A complimentary night in the romantic Pigeonnier and a honeymoon hamper is included for the bride and groom. Weddings can be arranged and managed by negotiation, please contact Big Domain for more information.

LOCAL AREA: Au Paradis Bleu is situated in the romantic countryside of south-west France, close to the border between Lot et Garonne and the Dordogne. A small local supermarket is located at Monbahus (2 miles) and larger supermarkets can be found at Miramont (8 miles). For dining out and enjoying the French cuisine, head for restaurants at Eymet (10 miles) and Miramar (8 miles).

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: An inland lake at Lougratte (6 miles) has a beach and is good for swimming and other water sports. It is open from June to August only and there is an entrance fee. The fine white sand, water slide, pedalo and canoe hire, diving platform, children’s playground, snack bar and picnic areas make it ideal for families.

Get out and about exploring the laid-back towns and villages of Lot-et-Garonne and the Dordogne, with plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and dining out in the area.

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport: Bergerac (20 miles). Nearest train stations: Bergerac (20 miles) and Marmande (25 miles).

The Big Domain Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered Office Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF | Company No. 04707652 | VAT reg: 942636610