After a very long drive down from Calais, Maaike showed us to our wooden chalet, one of fifteen built in a quiet woodland setting. The chalet was impeccably clean and kitted out with everything you might need - even a dishwasher! Comfortable rooms and a great shower. No TV and no mobile phone reception, but really fast Wi-Fi at 2€ a day.
Evenings were spent on the veranda with a chorus of birds, insects and deer rustling in the woods. Lizards bask on the deck in the sunshine. We didn't venture into the pool, but a couple of kids staying there seemed to enjoy it. The site also has laundry and recycling facilities - Castelwood has been awarded the EU Ecolabel for environmental friendliness - separate bins are provided for recycling, the chalet has ecobulbs throughout and the taps are fitted with aerators.
The area is great for exploring - loads of places to go and things to see, including castles, gardens, boat trips (and canoeing!) along the Dordogne river, caves, vineyards, horse-riding and markets. We did a lot of driving and every corner revealed yet another fantastic view. We were extremely fortunate with the weather and had glorious sunshine and temperatures in the 20s for the entire time we were there - in April!! Places that we enjoyed include Bergerac, Domme, La Roque-Gageac and Les Jardins Marqueyssac.
Eating out will generally present menus with foie gras, gésiers, magret de canard and yet more foie gras (not my cup of tea!), but you will also find salads with delicious local goats cheese and walnuts. Of course, you don't need to eat out at all, as you have the chalet kitchen, the bbq area and great fresh French produce in the shops.
Wish there were more places like this in other areas - great value for money and the perfect base for visiting such a beautiful region - loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is a wood at the foot of the hill on which the castle and its village are located. A wood with a large variety of trees and rich in wildlife. Nestled in between those trees are our 15 wooden chalets. Each chalet has more than 50m² (540 sq.ft.) living space as well as a spacious veranda of 15m² (160 sq.ft.). They are fully and comfortably equipped. Holidays to the rhythm of nature, peace and relaxation. No disco music in the evening, or noisy activities during the day. There's a swimming pool where you can cool down and laze around. We, your hosts, can point you to all the marvellous things to do and to see in our beautiful region - a region we know as well as the backs of our hands. ... more less
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