Chateau de La Meynardie

Chateau de La Meynardie

La Meynardie is a magnificent 16th-century château in the Périgord Vert region of the Dordogne. With its 19th-century Orangerie, converted into a charming guest house, the property comfortably accommodates 23 guests. The French-style park, swimming pool and tennis court make La Meynardie an ideal location for vacations for adults and children alike, for a relaxing weekend with friends, or a family celebration, while at the same time being at the crossroads of many famous tourist and gastronomic destinations. It's the ideal château for your next nature vacation!

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Its row of machicolations and stone pediments give La Meynardie a stately appearance and serve as a reminder that it was built under the reign of King Henry IV. Its French-style grounds are an elegant setting for reception, both the castle and the “Orangerie” offer magnificent view of the landscape. Its imposing entrance hall with its huge stone staircase contrasts with the warm atmosphere found throughout the other living areas. The refined décor of the bedrooms and their comfort perfectly complement the very ancient origins of the château. You will be the only ‘master of the house’ and will feel at home at La Meynardie as you enjoy an atmosphere conducive to rest and shared pleasures. In the heart of Perigord Vert area, chateau la Meynardie serves as a gateway to the worldwide known valleys of Dordogne and la Vézère wich used to be the hunt field of Cro-Magnon.
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Principal living and reception rooms

Chateau La Meynardie may host 50 guests for a reception. Renovated with a lot of taste, this French chateau for rent has many lounges, among with a vast wooden panels library, a big dining room and a majestic entry hall. This hall, with its never-ending stone stairs is the ideal precious casket for a great anniversary dinner or reception.
The comfortable, easy to live and refined rooms provide a warm and cosy atmosphere with its nice and beautiful volumes.

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Our bedrooms

The castle has 9 charming bedrooms split on the total 1 500 m² surface area. On the first floor, the main Napoleon III staircase opens on 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 separate toilets. On the second floor, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 2 separate toilets.
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Guest house

In the park, a XIXth century Orangerie and its beautiful big windows has been transformed in a separate house recently renovated. This guests house has a lounge/dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a separate toilet, and a kitchen.

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Our Rates

The property is always rented out in its entirety and to a single family, who will have access to the grounds (2 hectares) with the swimming pool and tennis court and to the château which sleeps 23 persons. If you intend to hold a function in the grounds, you will be sent a quote.
The rental includes the grounds, the bedrooms to sleep 23 persons and the château’s reception rooms. The price includes heating, water, electricity, maintenance of the garden and swimming pool as well as regular housekeeping. Bed linen and towels are provided, but not swimming pool towels. The beds are made upon arrival.
Quote upon request for Christmas and New Year
Damage deposit : €3,000

Season Stay
Low season
Week 7 days 7 nights    
Mid season
April May June September October November except Chrismas and New year WE 3 days 2 nights    
Week 7 days 7 nights   5900 €
High season
July - August    
Week 7 days 7 nights   8000 €
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La Meynardie is a late 16th to early 17th century château in the Louis XIII style which was built under Henry IV or Louis XIII.
“Its stately appearance is due to an uninterrupted row of machicolations, stone pedimented dormers, large slate roofs and two pavilions on the roofing.” This was how it was described by the Baron of Verneilh in 1873.
The estate also includes the forge de la Meynardie, on the Valouze, which used to produce over 500 quintaux of iron in the 19th century.
It originally belonged to the Croizant, Arlot de Frugie family before being passed on through successive marriages to the Curmond de la Meynardie and Ribeyreix, Lord of La Meynardie, families and then to the Count of Villoutreys, most of whom are buried in the château’s chapel.
At the time of the French Revolution, the Count of Villoutrys emigrated and the château was auctioned off as “a property of the state”, whereupon it was purchased by the Texier and then by the la Salle family of ironmasters.
Mr Sohier then repurchased the very run-down château for his wife (the niece of Marchal Bazaine) in 1883 and carried out major work on it, both internally and externally. He notably created the French-style grounds and set up magnificent stables for his hunts.
La Meynardie was finally repurchased in 1941 by the grandparents of the current owners.
The château was used as a theatre for the Alsos Mission during the war. Under the command of Colonel Boris Pash, this US mission set up its base in La Meynardie, which was to become the operations centre for the southern Loire area. Colonel Pash wrote a book about it entitled “The Alsos Mission”, in which he wrote at length about La Meynardie, describing it as an “impressive ancient château”.

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Activities around

This is one of the regions with the most châteaux, abbeys and even caves in France, boasting architectural treasures, particularly Roman art.
Jumilhac le Grand, 8 km away: a huge feudal edifice built in the 12th century, with Romanesque Revival roofs enhanced with allegorical ridge tiles that are unique in France.
Saint Jean de Cole (20 mins away): one of France’s most beautiful villages with its 12th century château, Romano-Byzantine church and ancient priory.
Brantôme (30 mins away): hailed as “the Venice of the Périgord”, it is romantic and brimming with history. It boasts France’s oldest bell tower, a church consecrated in 804 by the Pope, and a magnificent Abbey.
It is also a recognized gastronomic stop-off point thanks to the magnificent Moulin de l’Abbaye from the ‘Relais et Châteaux’ chain, where all of these historic monuments can be enjoyed from the waterside terrace.
Next to it (also 30 min from Meynardie), you can visit the splendid Château de Bourdeilles and Château de Mareuil, which are two of the Périgord’s baronies established in the 10th century.
Bourdeilles has a mediaeval château, a real fortress with a dungeon surrounded by ramparts dominating the valley, a ‘Pavillon Renaissance’ and a 14th century bridge with a very pretty mill.
Mareuil was rebuilt in the 15th century, following the ravages of the Hundred Years War, in a flamboyant Gothic style and belonged to the House of Talleyrand-Périgord.
Puyghilem, in Villars (30 mins away): a château with an elegant Renaissance silhouette, built in the early 16th century and on a par with the great châteaux of the Loire.
In the same municipality stands the Abbaye de Boschaud – a 12th century Cistercian abbey.
Still in Villars, mother nature and time have worked their magic to create prehistoric caves (discovered in 1953), where the natural concretions rub shoulders with the magnificent prehistoric paintings (like in Lascaux).
Périgueux (40 mins away): standing at the heart of the Périgord blanc region, this town is the capital of the Périgord. There is an incredible amount of history to admire here: from the vestiges of the Roman Empire to the heart of the mediaeval town, and from the Byzantine-inspired Cathédrale Saint Front (a UNESCO World Heritage site) to the numerous Renaissance ‘hôtels particuliers’ (townhouses).
A recognised Town of Arts and History, it has over 50 historical monuments and is a first-rate tourist and cultural centre. It is also a gastronomic town with its picturesque markets spreading out across the various squares, particularly the famous truffles and foie gras market.
Near Périgueux stands the Abbaye de Chancelade. Built between the 10th and 12th centuries, this is an imposing cluster of buildings with an abbey church, Roman chapel and the abbey’s dwellings.
Excideuil (35 mins away): 1,500-year-old city with a fortified castle, which was often attacked but never taken, and its medieval streets.
Hautefort (45 mins away): 1,000 years old, this ancient and extremely spacious mediaeval fortress was transformed into a country estate in the 17th century. It is an architectural gem as well as a historic treasure.

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Access from the nearest towns :

La Meynardie is 1.5 km from La Coquille, located on Nationale 21, between Limoges and Périgueux.

Address of the château : La Meynardie, 24 450 La Coquille.
GPS coordinates : Latitude:45°32’54.99’’; Longitude: 0°59’37.92’’

The park : 2 ha of grounds with tennis court
Swimming pool : heated swimming pool, 11m x 5m
Rented out surface area of the house : 1000 m2.

Chateau :
Ground floor :

– Entrance hall with grand staircase
– Dining room
– Fully equipped scullery and kitchen
– Small reception room
– Large reception room

First Floor :

– Napoléon III Landing
– Beige bedroom : 1 king-size bed and 1 child’s bed
– Jaune bedroom : 1 queen-size bed
– Bathroom and toilet
– Mauve bedroom : 1 queen-size bed
– Bleue bedroom : 1 queen-size bed
– Bathroom
– Fleurs bedroom : 1 queen-size bed

Second floor :

– Rouge bedroom : 1queen-size bed
– Bathroom and toilet
– Rayure Bleue bedroom : 3 single beds
– Rayure Beige bedroom : 1 double bed
– Saumon bedroom : 3 single beds
– Bathroom and separated toilet

Orangerie house :

– living room : 2 sofa-beds
– Parc bedroom : 1 queen-size bed and 1 single bed
– Près bedroom : 1 queen-size bed or 2 single beds
– Wi-Fi internet access.

Cot and high chair.
Table tennis, badminton, pétanque, croquet.
Deckchairs and garden furniture.

Our team will be at your disposal for any question you may have.

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