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Château des Vigiers – 4*

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REGION : Monestier – Dordogne
ATMOSPHERE : Countryside
STYLE : Golf resort
CATEGORY : 4*
ROOMS : 25 rooms inside the castle, 40 rooms inside the inn

La French Touch

Members benefits
A cuvée from the Domaine in your room as a gift

Swing through Dordogne

Did you know that a bunker in Normandy isn’t necessarily on a beach? That a club is not always a sandwich? That the iron on a green has nothing to do with the famous throne? Do you know the names of Gary Player, Tom Watson, Phil Mickelson, or Jack Nicklaus? Did you know that Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Nelly Korda, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, and Jin-young Ko are on the list of athletes attending the Tokyo Olympic Games?

If you answered yes, you’ll love what comes next. And for the “no’s” who wouldn’t even recognize Tiger Woods? That doesn’t really matter, stick with us. Because if the Château des Vigiers, a 4* hotel located in Monestier, near Bergerac in the Périgord region, really has everything for seducing golfers (1), it has just as much going for it to enchant lovers of great addresses who have never set foot on a driving range.

HERE’S THE PITCH. The building, once called the “Little Versailles of Périgord,” was built by Jean Vigier, royal judge of Sainte-Foy-la-Grande in 1597. It was his daughter, Marguerite, who completed the work in 1621 with the construction of the dovecote. The castle remained in the family until the French Revolution and then changed owners several times over the centuries before becoming, in the 1990s, the property of a group of Swedish friends led by Elisabeth and Lars Urban Petersson.

There, the English landscape designer Donald Steel, a maestro in his realm, designed three golf courses (3 x 9 holes) of international class in the middle of plum trees, oaks, the lake, and the vineyard. The castle, the outbuildings and the old wine storehouse were renovated, completed by the construction of Périgord-style villas, a spa, and the Relais des Vigiers.

IN SHORT, THE PLACE HAS TWO STRUCTURES, the Château (castle) and the Relais (inn), in which some sixty rooms are scattered. Romantic and picturesque, each has distinct décor. Precious fabrics, marble fireplaces and antique furniture in the Château, with more contemporary and “Cape Cod”-esque dressings in the Relais, an eco-designed building whose architecture is inspired by the tobacco drying sheds formerly used in the Périgord.

There are also two heated outdoor pools, a Sothys spa with hydrotherapy pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, a gym, a billiards room, two tennis courts, a ping-pong table and two restaurants. First, Le Bistrot. Installed in the old wine storehouse, you can order an omelet with porcini mushrooms or a duck leg confit paired with the estate’s wine while enjoying, in summer, sunset on the lake in the shade of the walnut trees, or the crackling fireplace in colder weather.

THEN COMES LES FRESQUES, A ONE MICHELIN-STARRED RESTAURANT led by chef Didier Casaguana. The restaurant, decorated as its name indicates with Renaissance-style frescoes, opens onto the lake, and serves great classic and southwestern French cuisine featuring foie gras, lobster, caviar, sweetbreads, and walnuts from the Périgord on its menus.

We told you that the Château des Vigiers would have you swinging and swooning…

(1) The golf course has a covered driving range with 6 mats, two grass practice areas with two places each, two approach greens of 300 m², a putting green, a chipping green, two practice bunkers, a 6-hole practice course, a course approved for Pitch & Putt competitions, two par 4s and four par 3s.

To do

  • Take an introductory or advanced course with golf pro Vincent Trojani
  • Have lunch at the Bistrot after playing one of the three golf courses (La Vallée, Le Lac, Les Vignes) on the estate
  • Enjoy a gastronomic dinner at the table des Fresques, the Michelin starred restaurant of chef Didier Casaguana (1*)
  • Taste the Bergerac, Bordeaux, or South-Western wines held in the cellar
  • Chill out by one of the swimming pools
  • Enjoy a treatment at the Sothys spa
  • Find your form in the fitness room
  • Improve your serve on the tennis court
  • Stroll through the park
  • Play a game of table soccer, billiards, or ping-pong

The surrounding area

  • Discover Bergerac, Périgeux, the ancient Gallo-Roman city or Sarlat, medieval city and capital of the Périgord Noir
  • Hiking, biking or horseback riding on the trails of the Périgord
  • Excursions to the region’s prehistoric ruins (Valley of Vézère, Lascaux cave, the National Prehistoric Museum…)
  • Diving into the bowels of the earth at the Proumeyssac chasm and caving
  • Visits of Dordogne’s castles, manors, and gardens
  • Trips in a gabarre or in a canoe on the Dordogne, the Isle, the Dronne, or the Auvézère
  • Tasting of local products (Périgord black truffle, foie gras, confits, caviar, salmon, Périgord walnuts, chestnuts, ceps…) and wines from Domme, a French micro-vineyard, Saint-Emilion, or Bergerac with its 13 AOC
  • Hot air balloon flights

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SOUTH WEST
WITH A POOL
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