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12th Century Château with pool in the Midi-Pyrénées
Béduer, near Figeac, in the Lot
9 bedrooms, sleeps up to 17 people
Château de Béduer
The Château de Béduer is a thousand years old, a private castle romantically set in Southern France, in the village that bears its name. High on a hill and set in stunning gardens and parkland, this 12th century feudal château, one of the most beautiful and historically important castles in the region, has panoramic views of the lovely Célé valley. The atmosphere is peaceful and relaxed, ideal for short or long breaks, for family holidays or for a group of friends.
The château is also available fully-staffed and caters for: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries or other celebrations, as well as corporate special events, concerts, exhibitions, presentations, meetings and seminars for up to 100 people. The castle sleeps up to 17 and additional accommodation for a further 25 is available in three nearby holiday cottages. Béduer is two hours from Toulouse airport and less than six hours from Paris. Cahors is an hour.
The Lot is one of the most unspoilt regions of France with vast areas of primeval oak forest, tranquil river valleys and ancient towns. The attractive medieval town of Figeac is only 10 minutes away with its traditional weekly markets and well-preserved architecture. Béduer is a charming village set on a hill overlooking the Célé valley that enjoys views north towards the village of Camboulit and east towards Figeac. There is a bakery and restaurant in the village within walking distance and a choice of shops and others restaurants within reasonable driving distance.
From the driveway and park, a great door forms the entrance to the château. The main door leads into the courtyard with stunning views across the valley. On the left are the original Keep and the remains of the chapel, part of which is now an upper terrace reached by a wide stone staircase. On the right is the main part of the building with separate entrances to La Salle Voutée and La Salle des Etats.
La Salle des Etats is the château’s Great Hall, an immense two-storey room with a wide gallery. The three metre thick walls show its medieval origins. Note the beautiful 15th century fireplace where our staff will keep a blazing fire going in winter and the 17th century painted ceiling, best viewed from the gallery.
The vaulted dining room opens onto the courtyard, the kitchen, the salon, the anteroom to La Salle des Etats and the wide spiral staircase to the upper floors. It seats up to 14 (larger numbers dine in La Salle des Etats). The glazed double doors open onto the courtyard. Le Salon provides a comfortable area for relaxation and has a fireplace and ample seating, a large flat-screen home theatre system with surround sound and satellite TV (including a range of English language channels), and an extensive library of books and CDs. There is a large table for board games, buffets or snacks, several smaller tables and a baby grand piano. An 18th century Aubusson tapestry covers one wall opposite the fireplace. The window overlooks the Célé valley towards Figeac and glazed double doors lead out onto the terrace with a giant chess set and steps leading to the gardens and the park.
The bedrooms are large, furnished with period family furniture and are a mixture of double, twin and single rooms.
The pool and gardens are yours to enjoy.
Outdoor activities are popular, especially bicycling, riding, walking and hiking, tennis and swimming. The tourist office in the village has guides with maps (Guide de la Randonée) showing walking and mountain biking routes and there are pleasant walks, short, long, easy and challenging, on the doorstep and further away. The GR65 on the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle route passes just above the château.
There is good road access to Figeac, to Cajarc, a charming market town on the river Lot, and to the medieval city of Cahors. Figeac is a 9th century river town, famous as the birthplace of Jean François Champollion (1790-1832), who deciphered Egyptian hieroglyphics by solving the puzzle of the Rosetta stone. There is an excellent museum named after him with an oversized replica of the Rosetta stone in its courtyard. The open-air markets offer a wide and tempting range of local produce, such as the Cabecou miniature goat cheeses.
Near Rocamadour, between Gramat and St Céré, is the Gouffre de Padirac, a huge natural sinkhole and the entrance to a remarkable underground river system. You take a boat along the underground river to some stunning caves with vast geological formations. The largest of the caverns, Le Grand Dôme, is 94m high. Also underground, near Cabrerets, are the prehistoric Pech Merle caves with ancient wall paintings dating back 17,000 years and remarkable rock formations.
The Cahors vineyards are less than an hour away. Many are open for wine tasting and purchases on site. In summer, the creative arts come to life with exhibitions, classes and courses and a long season of classical concerts including the local festival, les Rencontres Musicales de Figeac.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am
Bedlinen, pool and bath towels are provided
Cot and high chair are available
Please enquire for weekly rates to include
the holiday cottages in the village on a self-catering basis
A deposit of 25% is required on booking,
the remaining balance sent 8 weeks before arrival
Together with a returnable damage deposit
Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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