Domaine de la Chartreuse

Saint Colomb de Lauzun, Lot-et-Garonne
Self-catering


Stately stone-built mansion with gîtes on the side, in striking distance of rivers to kayak, markets to wander and bastide towns to explore

Place

2 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 6 – 16

The
Experience

The main house is big and elegant, with an almost Parisian flair. Inside it’s quirky and minimalist with high ceilings, huge beams and lots of space; 16 in the main house and the same again across the three modern gîtes in the converted barn next door. Both areas have a pool, grounds and wide farmland views. Rent separately or as a group and come together in the salons for drinks and conversation.

Upstairs there’s plenty to do: a central space with toys and games, ping pong and day beds for afternoon naps, plus a big garden for racing around or idling in the sun. Gather the troops for sun-dappled lunches on the gravel terrace.

It’s very quiet and peaceful here. You’ll adopt a slower pace for Aquitaine’s marchés gourmands and friendly farm shops, kayaking on the river Dropt and lazy wandering around châteaux – Bridoire has giant chess, pedalos and a maze.

Domaine de la Chartreuse - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • The feeling of space
  • Knowing the kids are happy swimming and playing billiards and ping pong
  • Shopping and eating in Lauzun
Domaine de la Chartreuse - Gallery

Home truths

  • There’s a road close to the border of the property
  • Some rooms still haven’t had a makeover
  • The terrace of the main house has an unfenced drop down to the gardens below

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub/bar 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

Booking restrictions
Personal chef, baby-sitter and masseur available.
Closed
22 July - 30 August.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €125
Weekly price
from €745
Damage deposit
€2700
Surcharges
Additional heating costs may apply. Cleaning: €200 (€80 euros for the barn).
1 House for 16
From €2416 bedrooms
1 Barn for 6
From €1253 bedrooms

Reviews

Domaine de la Chartreuse is a drop of elegance in the surrounding French countryside. A mix of old and charming with Parisian chic - minimalism, this is a great place to entertain or be entertained, with plenty to keep the kids happy too.

Harriet, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

You’re in the middle of two small towns, just a kilometre away with plum orchards and farms as far as the eye can see. Huddled into a bend in the road, the house is well placed: sleepy Lauzun (1km) has the essentials, a pharmacy, épicerie, butcher and bakery, plus a good restaurant – Le Lion d’Or, where the food is simple and local. Farm-fresh produce is easy to find, with many selling direct to the public – just follow the road signs to pick up just-picked plums, pears and veg. For a bigger selection of supplies Eymet (7km) has a lively market.

Local points of interest from Ghislain Le Chatelier

  • Renovated Castles are closeby, in Duras, Bridoire, Lauzun or Biron for instance. Visits possible depending on the period of the year
  • Vineyards of Monbazillac (sweet white) and Bergerac (whites and reds) are a few minutes away, cellar tours and wine tasting are available. Saint-Emilion and the greater Bordeaux wine area (Graves, Sauternes, Pomerol...) are not too far either
  • Renovated Castles are closeby, in Duras, Bridoire, Lauzun or Biron for instance. Visits possible depending on the period of the year
  • The property was probably built in during the period 1670-1690, under the reign of Louis the 14th. It belong to the “Domaine de Lauzun” that included the Castle of Lauzun, and more land in the area.
  • The house was built by Antonin Nompar de Caumont, Count of Lauzun (Duke in 1690), for his mistress Anne-Marie Louise d’Orléans, Mademoiselle de Montpensier (cousin of Louis 14th, and the wealthiest heiress in France) who he hoped to marry in December 1670.
  • The 2 lovers are believed to have wed in secret... Lauzun was freed following repeated asks from Miss Montpensier, who sold several of her richest lands to free her lover. Monplaisir stays attached to the Castle of Lauzun.

Introducing

Ghislain Le Chatelier

Ghislain and Helene bought Domain de la Chartreuse in 2013 – she’s an artist, he’s in technology. They live in Singapore with their four children and spend their holidays in Lot-et-Garonne when the house isn’t being enjoyed by guests.