About the property
- Castle5000 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 - 7 nights
8 Bedrooms, 7 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14 adults + 2 teens
This spectacular château with a private heated pool is located between Gourdon and Sarlat in the famous Périgord Noir Region, the Dordogne. It is the Region with the best food of France and many castles everywhere... For exact availability you can check Francevilla. nl - the name of the Castle is Chateau Lotoise. Chateau Lotoise is ideally positioned on the edge of Périgord Noir in Dordogne, nearby other well-known castles and some beautiful towns to visit like Sarlat, Rocamadour, Saint Cirque la Popie, Cahors, Beynac, Domme or Larocque Cageac. The private domain is set on the edge of a picturesque medieval village with easy access to all local amenities and close to the Dordogne River. In the village a lovely restaurant and bakery service, for your fresh croissants in the morning...
The original medieval château was built circa 1440 and served as a defensive structure to protect the inhabitants against the British during the 100 Years War.
The domain includes besides the chateau itself an entrance gate with a renovated guest house with old towers. This guesthouse has one large bedroom and two guard rooms in the entrance towers converted into two bedrooms with one queen size bed and one single bed. This authentic guest house is suitable for teenagers or adventurers, not suitable for elder people, it has a bathroom, kitchen and living-room on the ground floor, very cosy decorated. Attention: price is based on only the Castle (up to 10 persons), cottage is an extra charge (will not be rented out if you only rent the castle, you will at all times have your privacy !
Interior of the Castle: There are several floors in the Chateau. There is the fantastic cellar with original domed ceiling from the 17th century and underfloor heating, which can be used for weddings or your own private party…inside the cellar a ping pong table for the sportive people... On the ground floor you find a large reception room/living room divided in two parts with an impressive fireplace and satellite TV/DVD and WIFI. In the convivial dining room (seating for 14/16) there is a romantic open stone fireplace. The dining room leads to the modern, fully equipped kitchen and to the terrace with spectacular views over the cliff… (you are 80 meters above the ground….)
On the first floor are four private double bedrooms with glorious en-suite bathrooms. The fifth bedroom, in the tower, is an exclusive and very romantic room with a ‘spa’ bathroom, an incredible four poster bed and a huge fireplace. All the rooms and bathrooms have recently been carefully renovated and decorated to a style befitting their historical past.
There is a sizeable garden with a beautiful huge pool (4 x 12) for you to savour the wonderful French summers and watch the sunset while having a nice barbecue at the pool. The many terraces and the massive walled, medieval garden sets you above the valley below, while providing wonderful areas to enjoy the tranquillity and silence that the grassy park affords you.
Together with the Gîte the chateau can easily lodge 16 people (in the cottage preferably young adults or teens).
Airconditioning, Table tennis, mini foot, badminton, internet, Tennis court in the village 100meters away. Gardener and maid available if necessary (extra charges).
Special services: we also offer the service of a Private Chef, Catering, Holistic Massage at the chateau, Golf Outings and a Private Wine Guide who can take you on a tour or come to the castle to give you a Black Wine Workshop, this all to make your French experience an unforgettable one…. In Milhac a fantastic restaurant Delicatessens that offers also catering.
History: According to local legend there are underground tunnels linking the domain to the châteaux of Gourdon, Rocanadel, Masclat and Fenelon. During the French revolution the vendor threw golden keels in the well to collect at a later date, he never came back and they remain unfound. The original castle was burnt down during the revolution in a protest over corn. The subsequent château has taken its place and offers a more open and welcoming feel. Perched on top of a cliff facing due south and west this château is unique not only in its positioning but also in its rich heritage.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Lydia Mennes
Pascal N, Norvegian of origin and artbroker, is the owner of the chateau, but FranceVilla, a small specialised agency run by Lydia and Thijs Mennes, based in the Netherlands, is taking care of the rental of the chateau in exclusivity for the owner. You can find more information on the Agency through their website Francevilla . nl
Lydia Mennes purchased this Castle in 2007
Why Lydia Mennes chose Milhac
Because the parents of Pascal used to live in this area for a long time and Pascal had the chance to buy the chateau and renovated the whole property since then. The chateau is located in one of the most beautiful parts of France, where life is good, food is good, wine is excellent and the scenery magnificent...
What makes this Castle unique
Luxury, Views, close to a village, close to many beautiful sites in the Dordogne, private cook, private painting course available
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Wonderful Family Reunion in Historic Chateau
We had family coming together from numerous parts of the world and took the opportunity to rent this magnificent chateau in Milhac. The area provides loads to see and do along the Dorgogne River, with Castles, Forts and Caves. The House allowed for a fantastic point for everyone to come together and just enjoy fantastic grounds and views down the valley. The rooms are spacious, with tasteful decorations and furniture. The bathrooms modern and plentiful showers/baths. I would highly recommend this chateau to wedding parties, families and anyone who has a few families wishing to spend quality time together as it really has everything you need, with plenty of walking and biking, canoeing, all close by.
Thank you so much for this very nice review. We all do our best to give you the best service possible.
Lydia and Thijs Mennes
Just two of us for one week. It was a great place, great location. The countryside around Milhac is beautiful, and I would recommend the canoeing or kayaking from Grolejac or Domme. A special thank you to Lydia and the team for their help.
Thank you very much for reviewing the Castle, we are proud and happy we can rent out such a beautiful place,
Lydia of FranceVilla
Once in a lifetime experience!
Never thought it could be even better than the pictures or the video showed us. We have had an incredible holiday. The whole chateau breathes love for the area, love for antiques, and love for the castle itself. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and we would like to thank Lydia of FranceVilla for her excellent services!
Thank you very much!
Little piece of heaven
we stayed at chateau Milhac with 12 of us for the week and during that time we had our wedding blessing there in the grounds. The whole week was superb and the setting was absolutely magical. We had so many wonderful days relaxing in the pool and using the bbq outside at night watching many shooting stars. Everyone who stayed with us had a fantastic time and fell in love with the chateau and the beautiful surrounding area. The wedding was so beautiful and we just couldn't have asked for more from the venue and the staff who helped accommodate our needs. Special thanks to Lydia and her team for all of their help in booking the chateau, liaising with the owner pascal about what we wanted and for pascal allowing us to have our wedding there. Also the team and pascal helped us out when we had a water cut at the property- thankfully this was restored in time for the wedding on the Thursday. It really was the best holiday of our lives and all our friends feel the same. A very special place. We know the area well so it was not an issue for us that it is a little further out of the usual tourist spots. We loved the privacy and quiet. We hope to return one day! top draw, stunning!!!!
Thank you so much for your appreciation, you were also the finest guests we could have !
We wish you many happy memories!
Lydia and Pascal and Marissa
The Most Amazing Place Ever!
We could not have been more please with a vacation rental. It is in a beautiful little town where you will be hard pressed to see one other car a day. There is a great restaurant about 250 feet away, and not much else in the town. If you are looking to relax and venture out for day trips, book this place immediately. It was perfectly quiet. No noise, no people, no issues at all. It is by far my favorite place so far. We did so much using this as our base, from outdoor markets in sarlat, to canoeing down the river, to hiking, to visiting the monkey sanctuary, to a cave tour! You will not be disappointed. The beds are all nice. You do have to climb stairs or ladders to reach them BUT its worth it, no doubt. We had a party of 16 people and everyone was happy. The guard tower apartment was an added bonus. Small bedrooms but still amazing! The views are beyond description. The estate sits above the valley and its beyond beautiful. The grounds were all well kept and the pool was perfect! I am hoping it is available the next time we visit because I cannot imagine staying anywhere else. It was that good. The people in the area were all sweet and didn't make us tourists feel bad at all. Everyone was welcoming. Just driving around in the surrounding area is a great way to spend a day.
Thank you sooo much for this most positive and kind review, on behalf of FranceVilla ànd the owner of this spectacular Chateau. Let me also tell you the contact between us has at all times been very respectful and caring. It was a joy to be able to give you the most perfect holiday in a beautiful location!
Kind regards, Lydia
An Incredible Dream
This place could not be more beautiful or unique. I was among 10 friends from San Diego who stayed here for a week. We each had to pinch ourselves regularly to believe we were actually staying in such a magical place. We all admired the skill and thought that went into updating it and making it so comfortable. We had a few problems with appliances, but we contacted the local manager and received prompt attention. The town of Milhac is tiny and charming and a wonderful place to walk. The one restaurant in town, O' Chemin de Lune, is excellent although only open for dinner. The town is a great home location to take day trips from. It was a dream vacation.
There are a few things I would point out though that make this not a place I'd recommend for people who have trouble with stairs. Three of the 5 bedrooms in the main house have narrow and steep stairs between their private bathroom and the sleeping area. It's a bit of a challenge in the middle of the night. Staying in the cottage and tower rooms would be like living in a fairytale, but they are also up very steep and narrow stairs, and the two tower bedroom occupants must walk on a narrow cat walk and pass through the main bedroom to use the bathroom. This would be super for a family, but not so good for some adults.
Altogether we could not have had a better time.
Thank you so much for your compliments, indeed it is a very special place! Please note for future guests: starting end May the restaurant is open also at Lunch Time... and yes we do tell people who are not so very "quick" anymore, that some stairs are steep... glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday!
Just down the road from magnificent sites and other famous chateaux like Chateau des Millandes, Beynac and Castelnaud, your own private Chateau is an ideal base for exploring the area. Find your way up to Domme, just minutes away, or to Sarlat to take part in their famous markets. The village of Daglan is minutes down the hill where you can find a daily supermarket, and a wonderful restaurant where you can dine outdoors while looking up at the Chateau. Wonderful walks through the Chateau’s private forest open out into hikes down the hill to the Céou river which runs from the Dordogne. Other restaurants and shopping opportunities abound with all the richness of the area's famous pre-history as well. Take a drive up to the Lascaux caves, or visit nearby Cahors for wine-tasting.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
The price of the chateau is based on the Chateau only (10 persons). If you like to rent the cottage as well there is an extra charge extra per week required (for lastminutes please enquire). For the period September till June there can be an extra charge for heating. The cottage will at no time be rented to other people, you will have the whole premises at all times for yourselves. We will offer you many advantages like: every wednesday a cleaning lady will come in to do the kitchen and bathrooms, all information given re chief cook, massage, wine tours etcetera. Cleaning fee is 250 euros, linen offered when booked for 2 weeks or more