Auberge de Castel-Merle

Sergeac, Dordogne
Bed & Breakfast


A hidden edge-of-hamlet paradise with unfussy rooms overlooking courtyard or woods. Great views, brilliant hiking & 10km to the Lascaux cave

Bedroom

8 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

High above the valley of the Vézère is an atmospheric inn where a Templar castle once stood; views from the terrace, where you breakfast leisurely, perhaps on truffle omelettes, are peerless. The place has been in Anita’s family for generations, her archaeologist grandfather adding stones from his own digs (Les Eyzies, the capital of prehistory, is nearby). Gentle, helpful and full of good stories, she and Christopher love the place. Years ago they renovated the buildings with great care, keeping the traditional look, and using walnut wood from their own land to restore bed heads and doors. Pastel, pelmets and painted flowers on the walls clothe the dining room; modest, air conditioned bedrooms in country style have beams, stone walls and wooden floors; shower rooms are neat and compact. Some rooms overlook the courtyard, others the woods. Christopher is an enthusiastic truffle hunter; Anita makes beautiful cakes. The hamlet is charming – you can walk to it – and the forest hiking is a joy so bring your walking boots. Great value.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3pm-7pm
Check out
By 11am
Closed
16 October - 31 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Wine €9-€28. Picnics and light snacks available on request. Restaurants 10-minute walk.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €78
Surcharges
Singles €69-€79.
7 Doubles
From €78
1 Twin
From €88

Reviews

This Auberge is exactly as described. Rustic, unfussy décor and with wonderful views across the valley. Christopher and Anita are charming hosts and their knowledge of the area, based on a life time living here, means that they are really well placed to describe the best places to visit and to eat out. Breakfasts are generally simple but we treated ourselves to Christopher’s truffle omlette on the last day, which was delicious, with very generous helpings of truffle, which Christopher finds himself in the surrounding woodland.

Liz, Devon

We stayed for only two nights but wish we could have stayed longer. We arrived in an outside temperature of 44C but the room was cool and comfortable and the ambience of Auberge de Castel-Merle is a welcoming one that is totally fitting with it's location in a small Dordogne village. Christopher's cooking was great and the outside dining with wonderful views added to our experience. A very relaxing and beautiful location.

Edward

I had rarely heard my husband speak of any hotel with such effusive compliments as he has of Castel-Merle. We returned to the Auberge Castel-Merle for 6 nights in May because we often dreamed of our 3 previous stays …the gorgeous views, the wonderfully delicious food & the warm hospitality of our hosts, Anita and Christopher, who are delighted to share their knowledge of the many cultural and natural sites in the area. We are planning to return in the future to continue exploring the wealth of pre-historic offerings. The beautiful and peaceful garden and grounds are welcoming after a hectic

Linda

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Anita Castanet & Christopher Millinship

  • Fully Qualified French lessons one to one with our daughters who used to teach at the alliance Francaise in Scotland
  • The Lascaux caves 10 km away.Canoing down the river VézèreThe medaeval town of Sarlat 20 km. The troglodite fortresses of the Roc St Christophe and La Maison Fort de Reignac,and La Madeleine.
  • The National Museum of Prehistory at Les Eyzies and the prehistoric caves of;Fond de Gaume,Les Combarelles,Cap Blanc,and Rouffignac. We are also 10-minute form new Lascaux exhibition.
  • The chateaux; Losse,Comarque,Puymartin,Hautefort,Sauveboeuf.Beynac,Castelnaud,Fenelon ..........
  • Beautiful villages of the Vézère Valley(classified by UNESCO); Sergeac,St Leon sur Vézère, Fanlac, StAmand de Coly.
  • Bird watching, Black Kites, Buzzards, Ravens, Falcons. Someone even saw a Golden Auriol. Many public footpaths start directly from the Inn. We supply maps and walking sticks! Canoeing on the Vézère from St Leon or Thonac.