Arrival around 5-6pm, warm welcome, tour and keys remittal. You take the site over !
Welcome cocktail on the terrace.
A simple dinner was prepared according to your instructions. It is arranged as a buffet presented on the table of the main courtyard for a candlelight tasting under the stars… Lounges and bedrooms are decorated with bouquets, charm overwhelms you, you are alone on your rock in your castle.
History and reunion of all
Like with every morning, a hearty breakfast awaits you in the large dining room. This morning, walk outside in the coolness of the early hours, to discover the large park and its paths, the arboretum, and the troglodyte site of Montastruc., including the sculpted Venus from the 5th century.
Meet at the swimming pool at foot of the large dovecote. Barbecue/plancha and refreshments, farniente, games with family and friends.
After a break, go to the terrace to taste rosé wine from Bergerac and Monbazillac, and for amateurs of local food, toasts with foie gras, all from our favorite producers.
Typical Périgord dinner followed by an evening in the grand living room and into the music room.
It’s market day in the very pretty village of Sainte-Alvère, near the truffle market and the baroque church. Be on site around ten o’clock to meet local producers. Taste their specialties to whet your appetite before having lunch in one of the many bistros and small restaurants in the village.
Next, early afternoon, visit a truffle field with a renowned local producer that we have recommended to you. Summer truffle hunt, ans even some tasting of Périgord black truffles, Melanosa Melanosporum, preserved since winter by the producer.
Returning to Montastruc, make a short stop into the Liorac forest to discover the keep of Causse de Clérans in the hollow of the valley.
Peaceful evening in Montastruc after a light dinner.
Dordogne – The River
Canoë-kayak expedition on the Dordogne river near La-Roque-Gageac. Qiet descent of the river or naval battles for the more intrepid, while admiring the extraordinary landscapes and castles. Marie has prepared a picnic basket of fresh bread and other surprises, just for you.
On the way back, visit the vertiginous chateau de Beynac, and if there is time left, the chateau de Commarques, or one of the other great castles that come your way.
At Montastruc, your arrival is expected. Time to get dressed-up, aperitifs and cocktails in the large living room, then a fine dinner prepared by Marie or by our chef@home. After diner, relax back in the lounge and the main courtyard.
How good it is to breathe the air of these great forests and contemplate the still wild nature from the site of the swimming pool. Light salads and gourmet plancha, and presto !
Meeting with our oenologist to discover Bergerac wines this afternoon. Theory on site in the coolness of the former grand kitchens of Montastruc? Then travel to the nearby vineyards of Pécharmant, and tasting of the bottles from our winegrowers friends who will enchant you with the love of their terroir and the care given to their very “boutique” production.
How about ending the day with a local fine restaurant, chosen for the warmth of its welcome and the simple but uncompromising quality of its dishes ? Marie has reserved for you.
Have a great evening !
An exceptional bike ride
Your bikes (electric if you wish) adapted to your respective sizes have been delivered by our usual supplier and are ready. Here is where and exploratory expedition begins in the immediate surroundings of Montastruc, through forest roads and fertile valleys
Discovery of superb villages and castles of Saint-George-de-Montclar, La Gaubertie, Clermont-de-Beauregard, Saint-Maurice…
Lunch in the woods or at the Clermont-de-Beauregard creperie…
Return by bike to Montastruc and, for those who wish, a home massage has been organized with professionals by our team and awaits the athletes.
Cocktails on the terrace and candlelit dinner under the stars in the main courtyard.
Montastruc offers itself
For this last day in Montastruc, you were spoiled with choice : visit prehistoric caves in the Vezere valley, perhaps even the extraordinary replicas of Lascaux, or discover Périgueux and its Romanic-byzantine cathedral and the romaine remains, or even Brantôme, the « Venice » of Périgord, or for the more athletic guests, a day of tree climbing or other experiences into the generous local nature, on foot, by bike, or on horseback… or stroll quietly in search of churches and forgotten abbeys, or treasure-hunt among antique dealers, or visit a last castle before leaving the area, or quite simply chose the “dolce vita” by the swimming pool and its exceptional site… or maybe it was an unforgettable hot-air balloon flight over the Dordogne before leaving it ? Or did you chose a cooking class that Marie teaches herself, or that she organizes into a beautiful kitchen of another country house for a complete meal to enjoy after the class… Whatever has been your choice, while you devoted yourself to it, Marie and her team have prepared a festive meal and the decorum that comes with it. Tonight is a grand evening and Montastruc offers itself to you with its “grand-siècle” face.
If you wished for it, the party moves to the 18th century former grand kitchens in the basement of the castle where you will dance until dawn.
The final word
Everything has an end and one must leave behind this place out of time…
Breakfast was a bit earlier than usual but not less appetizing, and Marie manages your check-out before ten o’clock.
Goodbye ! Come back when you want, there is still so much to see in Périgord !
Listed on French Historic Monument Association
Philippe & Ségolène Raynaud de Fitte
- European Heritage Days (exceptional opening September 18 & 19 2021)
- The journey of the Luxembourg Grand-Ducale family & of the Habsbourg Imperial family
- The 18th century grand kitchens of Montastruc
- “Les Champs de Bleuets” (The cornflowers fields)
- Venus or Grand Goddess of Montastruc (Lamonzie-Montastruc, Dordogne)