We thoroughly enjoyed a family reunion in Summer 2014. We had 28 people altogether from Ireland, New Zealand, Caneda, one English family, as well my cousin who emigrated from Ireland 24 years ago to Peru! Some of us had never met but my cousin and her Peruvian husband had never been to Europe together so we wanted something special at a great price. After a long time planning and emails back and forth we decided on somehwere charming with nice weather, outdoorsy and with some incredible history. We found this chateau fit our budget nd had everything we were looking for and we kept things simple nd opted for accommodation only as self catering suited everybodys budget best though we did get a meal cooked by a charming local woman for one of the nihgts and it was so good that we had another meal prepared for the last night which was a superb conclusion. The place is informal and stylish and the concierge very obliging and dealt happily with occasional minor problems e.g. blown lightbulb in bathroom, gas needed replacing for cooker. All sorted promptly. Actually the concierge could not have been more attentive when he wasn’t tending the grounds. He even brought us some local wine from his friend’s vineyard the day after we arrived. The chateau bedrooms had style and the 4 poster bedroom was loved by my sister, her husband and 4 year old child with it’s view from the balcony and annex room for the child. My own room had a huge bed and the ensuite bathroom was masive. The other rooms had double beds and there were no complaints there. Most of the time we ate outside, as weather was blissful especially by the pools. The adults had the run of the chateau pool, while the teenagers and kids made the other pool by the maison and Pigeonhouse their own, after some negotiation. The estate was ideal for our multi-generation family as we met or went off separately for the day as suited. The Caves at Lascaux are not to be missed, nor is the Sarlat market or some of the other medieval villages like Domme and Saint Julien de Lampon. The local canoeing was so serene and attractive with great scenery and well worth doing. This was my absolute highlight from the whole trip rowing gently down the river Dordogne with my cousin and my husband. That and the time spent having the locally cooked food and getting to know some of our clan who I hadn't seen in ages, as well as getting to know the new family members. The estate is not the Ritz but it has character and is decorated in the local style with some pleasing modern touches like the glass brick showers and eclectic furniture in the maison. Although the chateau was an upgrade over the maison. The extensive grounds gave the younger ones scope for adventures and there are fantastic local facilities including a water park with slides & burger style cafe/restaurant, cycling routes, and a military style obstacle course park which was adored by the younger members, in particular. But relaxing after dinners with local wine was a great end to most of the nights. Ideal for families and great value per person - we loved our time there and can't wait to go back.